About the class, "In this 8-week class, you'll learn how to reach your full potential in digital SLR photography — exploring what you can do in program, aperture-priority, shutter-priority and other creative modes. You'll learn exactly what ISO, shutter speed and aperture mean individually and how they work together to create that perfect photo. You'll delve into white balance settings and focus modes, and learn more about camera equipment, accessories and lenses. You'll get a refresher on some basic (but important!) composition tips and discover some fun and amazing photo techniques that Elisha has amassed throughout her own learning adventures"
Read the rest of the class description and sign up here, class starts March 1.
To enter, leave a comment below stating why you want to improve your photos. Giveaway closes in 24 hours at 6:00 am PST. Winner will be randomly selected from comments and announced by 2/3.
And the winner is bkoconnor! Congratulations!!
"I have a burning desire to learn how to use the manual modes on my camera. My son just started competing in gymnastics and no one is allowed to use a flash during the meet or warm-ups. I need some photos of my son doing his routines that actually turn out. Please...."
List ingredients to favorite recipes on 3x5 cards, punch a hole in the corner and fasten together with a jump ring. I carry these in a small pocket in my purse or in my car. It has saved me many a time when I was out running errands, needed to figure out what to make for dinner, and being assured I bought all the ingredients I necessary. It also saves me from forgetting the one ingredient I would otherwise forget that is key to the meal!
Welcome to class giveaway week. Today's class giveaway is for one spot in Cathy Zielske's new class, Ten Tips for Type.
About the class, "In Ten Tips for Better Type, Cathy Zielske gives you a basic overview of type, designed to build your confidence when using fonts on your pages. From how many fonts look good on a page to the best way to align your words, Cathy’s class gives you a solid foundation of type theory that will translate to a better understand of how to create readable, engaging type on a scrapbook page."
To enter, leave a comment below sharing your favorite use for fonts on your scrapbook projects. Giveaway closes in 24 hours at 6:00 am PST. Winner will be randomly selected from comments and announced by 2/1.
And the winner of the spot in Ten Tips for Better Type is Donna S. "I usually just use fonts for titles on my pages My journaling is mostly done by hand. Maybe i need this class to find more uses for fonts!"
Most of you know that Heidi Swapp is our 2nd 4Expert teacher in 2012...what you may not know is that her class here at BPC is going to feature some of her amazing new products! I was lucky enough to see a sneak peek at her new catalogue during a conference call this week...and I can't begin to tell you how exciting it all is! One of the things that I love most, is that Heidi is so clearly passionate about her new products, her BPC class, and it seems everything she is involved in.
Registration will be opening soon for her 4Expert workshop. This is one you don't want to miss!
Just to get you excited, here are a few images of her new line of products, available soon...
Hi! Trina here all the way from ‘down under’ or more commonly known as New Zealand.
New Zealand often feels like it’s a million miles from anywhere. We are a tiny little country at the bottom of the world. Yes, we have a stunningly beautiful country. Yes, it’s clean and green and full of sheep. Yes, it has just 4 million people. And yes, we are an island. But we are still miles away from most places.
Because of this, I made a promise to myself at university that I would travel at least once a year for the rest of my life. I guess you could call me a traveloholic. Now this would normally be fine, right? Hop on a plane, take off and see the world…. that is unless you are afraid of flying.
And it was fine, until one day I grew terribly anxious when hopping on a plane. Does anyone else feel the sudden urge to jump up out of your seat when on a plane that’s at the end of the runway, just about to take off and scream … “let me out of here”.
It only got worse when I had children and had to leave them behind. My biggest fear - leaving them motherless was on my mind the whole time. I would get horrible for days before the flight. Nervous, grumpy for no reason, sleepless etc etc.
But I refused to let the fear get to me and instead did something about it. I took a course called ‘flying without fear’ and I learnt all about flying. I learnt about myself and what makes me afraid and I learnt I could do it. I thought there were some really valuable lessons that have helped me fly calmly (still not unafraid, but at least comfortable) that I just had to share some tips with you….
1. Learn some stats….
Did you know that you are more likely to be kicked to death by a donkey than die in a plane crash?
That you are more likely to crash on the way to the airport than in a plane?
That if you were to fly every day, it would take approx. 19,000 years to succumb to death on a plane?
Pretty good stuff to know huh?!
2. Learn how to breathe.
Most of us who are afraid of flying tend to hyperventilate. This causes anxiety, which causes panic. If you learn to breathe, or at least breathe calmly and specifically when anxious, it will easy a lot of that fear.
3. Sit on the plane with your hands in your lap, palms facing up, unclenched.
When you clench your hands, the hand of your flying partner, or the seat, you are telling your body you’re anxious, which in turn makes you hyperventilate which in turn makes you scared and panic. Relax those hands!
4. Rescue Remedy.
I’m not sure if this is commonly found around the world, but it’s a super homeopathic remedy that helps calm your nerves. Again, by being calm and breathing calmly, you are less likely to freak out. This is a wonderful tool for anytime I find myself nervous.
And so I continue to travel. And meet wonderful people from all around the world. My family and I have just returned from the most amazing adventure to Lapland.
We went to the Arctic Circle to meet Santa, have a white Xmas (Oh wow!) and see something totally different to our culture. It was AMAZING (you can view more pictures of this trip on my blog).
As a mom to 5 kids and one on the way, I needed to find a way to organize all the outdoor gear kids need, such as helmets, toques, mitts, hats, and so forth. Tired of having to always pull the down from the high shelf in the closet, I bought a set of hooks. On each hook I hung a different coloured mesh bag, one for each of the kids. These bags are large enough to hold the appropriate gear for the season and allow air flow should anything be wet. Now even my 20-month old knows where to find her gear and can put it away herself. This has made getting out and coming home much less stressful for me, and the kids can find what they need.
Hello everyone! Happy January to you! Yesterday Kayce and I had our semi-regular “girl’s day” of scrapbooking and watching the Bachelor (don’t judge!). I thought it might be fun to share a layout I made and a fun little tip that you might want to try!
As I was working on this layout, the title letter stickers kept falling off! Since I was already hand-stitching the “bunting” across the top of the layout, I decided I’d hand-stitch the letters on too! I kind of love how it looks!
A few tips:
I poked holes through the cardstock with a straight pin, before I went through with a needle and thread.
Try stitching on your letters, the corner of photos, on buttons, etc.
It can be time-consuming, stitching all those letters. I took my layout with the needle, straight pin, scissors and 2 colors of thread to my daughter’s dance class and worked on finishing it while she was in class!
A couple of notes about this layout: I scraplifted a lot of the components on this layout from a layout I saw on Pinterest, by Anabelle O’Malley. You can view her layout here.
The majority of the supplies that I used on this layout are from Amy Tangerine’s line with American Crafts. I LOVE the entire line!! You can view Amy Tangerine’s current classes at BPC here.
Have you found any fun new techniques lately? Do you have any tips to share with your fellow BPC students? If so, we'd love to hear them! Share with us in the comment section!
Whenever I get a chance to view student galleries lately, I am drawn to BPC member Dotti's photos. This one shown is indeed a favorite of mine. She shares more about the photo below.
"This photo was taken for a Picture Winter (Tracey Clark) prompt called "Warm Your Heart". I frequently buy little knick knacks to use as photo props and that's how I came by this paperweight. I asked my husband of 40 years to hold the heart as you see it here, to illustrate the prompt. The hands echoing the heart shape, I think, are critical to the overall story and it does take some handling with care to successfully nurture a long-term relationship."