July 30, 2011
What are you waiting for? 12 days of scrapbooking inspiration from 12 of our favorite teachers! The Big Idea Festival
starts August 11th
, and I promise it’s an event you don’t want to miss!
July 29, 2011
We’re excited to announce a new collaboration between Big Picture, Tracey Clark, and Paper Coterie!
is designing a series of beautiful books to coincide with Tracey’s Picture Series
classes. The books are a fun way to pull together all of your photographs, and create a meaningful album to display them in. The first book in the series is Picture Summer
As a special offer, Paper Coterie is offering BPC members 20% off their order. Simply enter the following code at checkout: PICTURESUMMER
To enter to win, simply leave us a comment and tell us your favorite summertime activity. One winner will be randomly selected Friday, August 5th.
Thank you all for sharing your favorite summer activities! The randomly selected winner of the prize package is:
Meghan -- please email me at email@example.com to claim your prize!
July 27, 2011
A Green Idea Challenge!
Just the other day I went down to my mailbox and found an enormous pile of junk mail! Not sure if this ever happens to you, but my mailbox is constantly filled with junk mail. I thumb through the junk and as I am about to pitch it into the recycle I think I may be able to put some of this junk to use on my pages!
After thumbing through my junk mail I created three cute and relevant pages to add to my albums. These pages are relevant, because each page has a slice of memorabilia history. There are current day prices, headlines of the day, and magazine titles that have been floating around our home over my children’s lifetime. What a fun, simple way to add these details to scrapbook pages without it being the main focus of a page.
Here I used a coupon section of an ad I found in my mail box. I added a little decorative tape and a gathering stitch to create a ruffled strip of paper. I love that I can see some of the current sales prices on this page, and because I had these great food shots from a couple of years ago the page went together in a flash.
Several magazine subscription cards fell out of the magazines as I was going through my mail and I created a simple cute border frame by cutting them into one inch strips. I am not worried about what is written on the cards, just matching colors and loving the fact that this page not only tells my daughter how much I cherish her, but shows her the magazines that I have in our house during her childhood. Such a cool little insight into my life and how I think about family and parenting, and I didn’t even have to write about that on my page it is just there as a bit of eye candy.
After I finished browsing through a magazine I thought I would simply use a page of mainly text as patterned paper. I love the look of text on a page, but often do not want to spend the time creating it. This page totally fits my oldest daughter’s personality right now. She loves to shop, loves apps, and is simply growing up faster than I would like. This simple piece of text from a magazine gives little snippets of cool places to shop and get good deals right now, and who knows if they will be cool or even exist when she is older.
This week I challenge you to challenge yourself and add a little green memorabilia from the junk mail arriving at your house this week. Post it in the gallery here at BPC or your blog, and leave a link in the comments. I would love to see what you create, plus I think you will love leaving a little bit of today’s history on your scrapbook pages. If you want to see what I am up to come and check out what is going on at my house on my blog.
My Big Picture Self-Paced classes (scroll to bottom for complete listing or click through below)
Bang for your Buck
A Window to your World
Scrapinn' on a Shoestring
Saving your Sanity Series
Save your Sanity
Throughout the Holiday Season
July 25, 2011
Dance like no one is watching today! Whether you sign up for a fun Zumba class, or you crank up the radio at home, I want you to put on some music that makes you happy and just dance!
July 23, 2011
Here at Big Picture Classes, we love scrapbooking. It’s the foundation of our community, and something we all love and find value in. But we’re so excited to be a more rounded company now – to have BPC reflect a more well-rounded life.
Here are a few classes coming up that reflect some of our new topics:
By Amy Sorenson – if you struggle with journaling on your pages, or if you are just ready for some fresh ideas, this class covers nearly every writing topic.
Mastering Manual Mode
by Elisha Snow – if you have a DSLR camera, then this class is a must! Even if you are brand-new to using an SLR camera, by the end of this workshop, you’ll feel like an expert.
by Elizabeth Irvine– this is a self-paced class that teaches you all about guided relaxations. There are 3 guided relaxation podcasts included.
by Tracey Clark – this popular workshop is now a self-paced class. You’ll receive 30 emails that will inspire you to capture summer through your lens in a creative way.
And of course, we still love scrapbooking…and there are plenty of great classes available now:
Album of Awesome
by Steph from the Daily Digi – this is a great class that will teach you to recognize and document all of the little awesome things in your life.
Double Take by May Flaum and Nic Howard – registration will be opening soon. This is a class you won’t want to miss!
Are there any other types of classes you’d like to see offered at Big Picture Classes? Leave us a comment and let us know! We’d love to hear from you!!
July 22, 2011
We are so excited about our first kit ever and we want to give one away. To enter the giveaway regiser for the FREE Big Idea Festival and then leave a comment below. See the listing of what is in the kit here.
Update Giveaway Closed
Winner of kit is Corrie-fan
July 20, 2011
July 19, 2011
I print a lot of photos and graphics at home, going through many cartridges of ink. I used to just change out the cartridge when I got to the end where things print slightly off-color. However, I've realized I can use up all those last bits of ink by printing tags and graphics until the ink really does run out completely. It's a great way to create journaling tags and embellishments at home, especially if you will alter it with inks and sprays anyway. The off-color look and little printer issues actually add to the effect for grungy looking elements.
Do you have a tip for your fellow BPC friends? We’d love to hear it! Please email your Tuesday Tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. If your tip is featured here on our blog you’ll receive a $10 BPC gift certificate!
July 18, 2011
I love browsing through the BPC Student Gallery and finding inspiring pictures and layouts. This week I found a great layout that had a fabulous design and a creative story. I hope you enjoy hearing from one of your fellow students, Ronnie!
Fashion Victims was created as part of the Power Scrapping - Digi Style class, and would probably not have been created if not for this class.
Katie required us to select our pictures for several layouts all at once, which is not something I normally do! So instead of looking at pictures from one soccer tournament or one game, I was looking at two seasons worth of pictures all at once and noticed the sudden addition of these items in the pictures. The way Katie scraps gave me a whole new way to look at my pictures and connect the dots to find stories I wouldn't have otherwise seen.
I've been taking classes with Big Picture since 2006 and love the community. I've made friends with people across the world and its always nice to sign up for a class and see if any of them are doing it as well. I basically tell people you can't go wrong with the classes at Big Picture and I will always sign up for any new classes by Cathy Zielske, Nic Howard and now Katie Nelson. Big Picture is as valid to me now as a digital scrapbooker as when I was paper scrapper. It makes Thursday the best day of the week!
July 16, 2011
Summer is in full swing here in the US, and I am busy (and I mean BUSY) enjoying it! I hope that all of you are having a fabulous summer as well.
Here at BPC we like to slow down and really LIVE during the summertime. Sometimes we get so busy working and scrapbooking that we can lose sight of the reason we scrapbook: to document the amazing life we live. So, this summer, remember not to just sit on the sidelines, but to really live and experience each moment.
Along those lines, I’m excited to give you a sneak peek into our FREE summer Big Idea Festival for 2011: Words to Live By. We have 12 amazing Big Picture teachers, each offering you a daily word, inspiration, video and mini album page for 12 days. There’s a free download for the word each day, and this is a great chance to get to know the style of some of our current teachers.
This event doesn’t require a big commitment on your part…the BIG idea is to take a word and find a way to live that word and document your summer in a unique way. It’s our gift to you…our students. We wouldn’t be here without you, and we’re so happy that you’re here!
The Big Idea Festival is happening August 15th-August 27th. The event is totally FREE, but you can purchase our first-ever BPC scrapbooking kit to help you create this fun mini album. Oh…and there will be some fabulous giveaways that you don’t want to miss!! Registration is open now!!