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November 12, 2011

Registration is now open for Move More Eat Well with Cathy Zielske.


Do you want to spend 12 months with Cathy, getting some inspiration and encouragement to live your best, most healthy life? I know I do! And because we're all memory keepers, you'll create a scrapbook that will serve as motivation for you for years to come.

I think this is a great gift to give yourself this year! Making 2012 your healthiest yet. For less than a cup of coffee a month (only $36 for the whole year!) you can join Cathy on this great MMEW journey. What are you waiting for? Sign up now!!

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November 11, 2011

Fall is surrounding me here in Utah and I have managed to keep my fall decorations up and intact. (a big feat in a house full of boys) I wanted to add a little something else so I checked out some of my favorite sites with free printables and hit the jackpot, and you know me, I love to share!


  1. Wraps from Rebecca Cooper
  2. Favor box  from Yellow Mums
  3. Quote from Craftily Ever After
  4. Banner from Rebecca Cooper
  5. Garland
  6. Fortune cookies from Kind over Matter
  7. Dinner helps from Anna and Blu
  8. Quote from Rebecca Cooper


Anyone who purchases a Finish Line kit by Sunday Nov 13th at midnight PST will receive a free seat ($12.00 value!) in Finish Line.

Please note: Kit quantities are limited! Once they’re gone, they’re gone! Students will be added to the  Finish Line classroom on Monday, Nov 14th.

*By clicking the link(s) above, you will be leaving the BPC site and entering an outside website over which BPC has no control. The articles provided, the opinions expressed, and the experiences shared by either the owner of this site and or participants on this site are their own.



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November 10, 2011

I don't know about you, but I must be in the holiday spirit, because when I was looking through the student gallery to find a layout to feature, I couldn't help but be drawn to the Christmasy colors of this layout by Denise!

Denise says: This layout was part of my 2010 December Daily. It was inspired by a digital sketch from write.click.scrapbook (Crystal Wilkerson), but I used actual paper scraps. My brother-in-law was visiting for the Christmas holiday, and ended up getting the flu while staying with my mother-in-law. Thankfully, he was able to stop by for brunch & visit with us before heading to the airport! Note: we had more visitors post-Christmas last year, so my December Daily was about capturing the memories of the holidays instead of specific dates.

Some of my favorite classes at BPC have been Darci Dowdle's two classes (Baker's Dozen & Decorate Life) and Cathy Zielske's Design Your Life. As much as I absolutely love taking classes at BPC, one of my favorite things that keeps me coming back for more is the community!!! It is amazing to not only see other's work & be able to make comments & compliments/ask questions, but it is thrilling when others take the time to comment on my posted pages! Awesome.

Thank you Denise! We love the community at BPC too! Remember if you want some extra help documenting your holidays this year, you can sign up for the 12 Days of Christmas here at BPC!

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November 09, 2011

We love highlighting our students and want you to be join in. Check out the 2011 featured students so far and admire their work, we do.


Elizna Parsons

Tammy McClain

Angie Kyle

Karla Knightstep

Rosalie Boutcher

Els Van Goor

Christine Hood

Christi Parker

Maegan Birr

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November 07, 2011

How might you spend twenty minutes during your day? Sitting in traffic. Waiting for your dinner to cook. Listening to a co-worker expand on an idea. Reading a bedtime story to your child. Running a meeting. Folding laundry. Showering, dressing. As mothers, life might find us doing any of these activities. In fact, chances are we are doing more than one of them at the same time, hurrying, rushing.

Life as a mother is busy whether we work in or outside the home. And if we allow this fragmented feeling to take hold of us, everything suffers: our health, our happiness, the natural joy of being a mom. By trying to be everything to everybody all of the time—eventually something’s got to give. Often it’s an illness, crisis, depression, or reaching a “breaking point” that forces us to surrender.

By living in a perpetual state of “doing” we create two problems, each of which leaves us with that familiar, nauseating “I can’t do it all!” feeling. Trying to do it all, at the same time, creates a sense of constant chaos in our lives and for those around us. And the effects are even more far-reaching. This sort of crazed multi-tasking also means that we are not fully aware as we go through our days.

Instead of feeling calm and powerful we only react to the world, dizzily spinning around in a revolving door instead of making our own choices and creating our own reality. The good news is that each of us holds the possibility within us that any moment can become a peaceful moment.

Get to know more about Elizabeth by taking her Big Picture class, Just b,  Thanks Elizabeth!

 e-inspiration archive

Can YOU be open to wonder?

Tap in and feel PEACE

What drives you CRAZY?

Awakening the intelligence of your body


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November 05, 2011

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November 05, 2011

One of my favorite memory keeping tools is my scanner. I have used several Hewlett Packard models over the years and I currently have a HP Office Jet 6500. It’s nothing fancy, but it gives me nice results. Most scanners purchased within the last few years will do an adequate job. If you don’t own a scanner, you could always ask to borrow a friend’s scanner, or go to your local copy shop and use their equipment. Just bring along your own SD card or flash drive so you can save your images.

Why should you scan your special mementos? I think there are many good reasons to scan; it provides a backup copy, allows you to share the piece with others who might appreciate it (family, friends, etc.) and you can use the items in your creative projects. I’m a digital scrapbooker so I use scanned images directly on my pages. All types of scrappers will find uses for scanned items. You could use the original on your pages, but you are limited to a one-time use. I almost always prefer to use scans or at least have a scanned backup for special items.

When I save a ticket stub, or piece of memorabilia in scanned form, I have an image to keep indefinitely, just like my digital photos. A ticket stub like this one to a Shakespeare festival play, is just as much a snapshot in time as a photograph. I have journaling, time-capsule information on pricing, and a piece of the cultural experience I took part in. I love having a scanned copy so I can use it on my blog, include it on a scrapbook page (or two), and save it for future generations.

I scanned an original page from my own baby book because I treasure my Mom's handwritten notes about me. I could retype these, but it wouldn't have as much meaning as seeing her actual penned words on the page. Now that this page is scanned, my Mom and I can each have our own copy, and I can use this piece in my own memory projects.

When my daughter won a blue ribbon for her own cookie recipe at the Utah State Fair (at the age of 7 years old), I wanted to preserve her award for generations to come. The ribbon accidentally got folded when she carried it home, but I think that just adds more charm to the piece.

I had the wonderful opportunity to spend 2 months on a study abroad in England when I was in college. I spent a lot of time using this map of the underground to plan my stops. I love that I have a scanned copy as a keepsake.

watercolor ocean by my son in 2008

As a parent, I want to keep and cherish all of the artwork my children have created, but there simply isn't room to store it all. I don't feel guilty about throwing it out as long as I scan the original to save.

When you go to the effort to scan something, it shows the person that it belongs to that the piece really means something to you. My children know that I'm proud of their achievements when they see me rush to the scanner to save their special papers.

my son's handwriting at age 6

Without my scanner, I would be less likely to save the little tidbits from our everyday lives. Every document, creation, and memento I have scanned is like a special treasure that helps illustrate our life stories. I love browsing through my files and reliving memories when I see the things I've scanned. I hope you will make good use of scanning technology to save the bits and pieces of memories that tell your story. They will become some of your greatest treasures!

For more scanning inspiration, you might enjoy these other posts I've written:

Memory Monday: Scanned Treasures at scrapbookladypages.com
Memory Monday: Scan a Note at scrapbookladypages.com
Digi Scrapping Memorabilia at thedailydigi.com

Get a peak of my new Big Picture workshop, Round Up here.



*** winner is sts2000 ***

I have a box for each child that I put things in...but they are getting older now and I love some of your suggestions....because the boxes are burgeoning. Thanks for the opportunity.
Posted By sts2000  |  November 05, 2011 at 11:47 AM  |

The Daily Digi is giving away a year long membership valued at over $80. To enter the giveaway leave a comment below sharing what you do with your memorbilia.

Giveaway ends in 48 hours on 11/7 @6:00 am PST

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The Daily Digi membership, Digi Game includes:

  • The Digi Files: over $50 worth of digital scrapbooking supplies by seven of the top digital designers in the community.
  • The Playbook: an interactive ebook (at least 30 pages) showing layouts created by our team and the techniques used to achieve the looks, links to more resources and tutorials, and a video tutorial.
  • Exclusive collaborations: a huge exclusive kit created by past contributors to The Digi Files every four months you are a member.  You get the first kit, “Story of Everyday Life” right when you subscribe (pictured below)!
  • Extra Bonus Gifts every month.



This one time only discount still applies, all details here on all of Big Picture's Digital self-paced classes.

*Disclaimer: This coupon only applies to digital Self-Paced class; coupon does not apply towards other Self-Paced Projects, Workshops or Gift Certificates. Good for one time use, per student. Expires November 5th 2011 at 10:00pm PT. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Coupon must be entered in the “Promo Code” box during checkout and press “apply” button; discount will be applied immediately. Not applicable towards previous purchases. Other terms and restrictions may apply.

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November 04, 2011

Happy Digi Scrapbook weekend! Hope everyone takes advantage of all the happenings. At Big Picture we are giving you 50% of ALL of our self-paced digital classes!!

And photo printer Persnickety Prints is giving away a $50 gift certificate. Entry details at bottom of post.


  1. Digital Clustering Like a Pro
  2. My Happy Little Inspirational Goal Book
  3. Patterned Up!
  4. When You Don't Have a Photo
  5. Me and My Shadow
  6. Beginner Blends
  7. Template Manipulation
  8. Inspired by Color
  9. Personalizing Digital Cards
  10. Personalizing a Digital Scrapbooking Page

Use the following promo code to register for any of our Digital self-paced classes for 50% off!!! Hurry! This discount code expires Saturday, November 5th at 10pm PST!

promo code: digidays


*Disclaimer: This coupon only applies to digital Self-Paced class; coupon does not apply towards other Self-Paced Projects, Workshops or Gift Certificates. Good for one time use, per student. Expires November 5th 2011 at 10:00pm PT. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Coupon must be entered in the “Promo Code” box during checkout and press “apply” button; discount will be applied immediately. Not applicable towards previous purchases. Other terms and restrictions may apply.

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*** winner is JeanneB ***

Of course I "LIKE" you on Facebook already!!! Shopping around the clock for DSD!! Got some self-paced classes in mind to purchase here!! Got to take my DD for an MRI tomorrow morning, and then more scrapin'!! Should have lots to print by the end of the weekend! Thanks for the opportunity
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To enter like us on Facebook (if you don't already) and leave a comment below. sharing your weekend plans (scrapbooking related or not) Giveaway ends Saturday, November 5th at 10pm PST


Find out more about all the sales and discounts here at The Daily Digi.


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November 03, 2011

Everyone at Big Picture is hard at work getting classes ready for all of you awesome students. Prepare to be thrilled with all of our offerings!! Click on the banner image to go to class description and registration page. (oh and come back tomorrow for Digi guest posts and giveaways!)

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November 02, 2011

I am a collector. I love saving little bits of history. Some items that may not seem important are hard for me to throw away. So when I had kids it didn’t take long to realize that I would want to hang on to bits of memorbilia from their childhood. After about 3 years of motherhood and little piles of memento’s tucked away here and there and worrying that I might lose something I came up with an idea that solves this problem. Each of my kids has a special box that I can add all these special things to as the years go by. Hoping that in the years to follow they can sift through the items and we can enjoy reminiscing together.


Some of the items in my son's box shown are:

  • his ultrasound photos including the 3D ultrasound video
  • hospital bracelet
  • sleeper he came home in
  • his birth announcement in the local paper
  • a farm newspaper of him in his John Deere onesie
  • a scrapbook i made for him before he was born
  • his first letter from Santa
  • a colouring he made for us with his auntie
  • his first movie ticket
  • a letter saying he is on a waiting list to get a flag from Parliament hil
  • his gymnastics report
  • special book from his grandparent's
  • special coins
  • and more

How do you save your memorbilia? Share in the comments here or stop by and share on my blog.

Learn more about Kayleigh and her classes; Template Manipulation, and Patterned Up.

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