May 21, 2013
As I have been viewing the loss and destruction caused by tornados in the mid-west, especially Oklahoma, I have been reminded of what I value most. As scrapbookers we speak the same language and we support and encourage one another to document our stories. The layout that moved me and made me want to stop and make a layout, is the one below made by Karen Grunberg. It was orginally created as part of our 2013 Creative Crop and her challenge was to use your own handwriting, I was drawn to the title, the story of the page, Savor the Gifts of the Present Moment.
My challenge to you is to TAKE A MINUTE out of your day and make a page like this!!! regardless of your to-do list, the places you have to go, the messes that need to be cleaned up, just do it!
I am going to do it (after I get my BPC work done for the day) before I make dinner, take Caden to soccer, finish the laundry, and on and on. Join me! Make your own page and upload it to the student sharing gallery and help motivate others to make this page as well.
Thanks Karen for making this page and sharing it with all of us
February 10, 2013
I have been hosting a photo scanning challenge for a local lifestyle show, Studio 5, and am so inspired by looking through older photos and the connections I have found. Making layouts that combine photos from different time periods have always been a favorite of mine. I like seeing how a relationshop can be demonstrated through photos such as in this layout. The photos are of my son Justin and my father-in law.
I would love for you to join in the challenge and scan and share an old photo. For more visit Studio 5 here. to see the full video or join the Facebook page to see what others have been sharing here.
See how easy it us to turn your phone into a scanner!
January 03, 2013
Did you know that maraschino cherries were originally produced for and consumed as delicacy by royalty and the wealthy?
Your New Year celebration *sprinkle* challenge is easy.
Serve something to someone with a cherry on top.
Join the movement, the One Little Word movement with Ali Edwards
December 29, 2012
Take Care of You! Fill Your Emotional Bucket!
Your capacity to cope can be compared with a plain, metal bucket. Imagine such a bucket sitting under an old black hand-pump. The bucket overflows with clear, cool drinking water and is regularly replenished by a single up and down motion of the pump handle. Thirsty friends, guests and even strangers continually stop to quench their thirst. What would happen if the well ran dry, or if so many people stopped to take a drink that the pump could not keep up with the demand?
Your bucket is the reservoir of strength used to cope with the stresses of life. People who drink from your emotional bucket aren’t usually thinking about empty buckets. Therefore, if you are to cope with the demands others make on you, you are the one who must ensure your bucket isn’t emptied. Take time to fill your reservoir of strength, your emotional bucket, so you can stay available to you, family and friends.
Hobbies have long been used as a way to relax and fill an empty bucket. Here are five reasons BPC classes will help keep your bucket full.
1. Fill Your Reservoir.
In groups or alone, women have always used crafts or hobbies as a way to relax. Hobbies such as quilting, scrapbooking or sewing have provided a noncompetitive environment, a place to find inner-peace. BPC’s online community is a way to not only relax but socialize, document, record and albeit unknowingly, refill your emotional bucket.
2. Stress Free and Simple.
The online classes and community are available 24/7 making you in control of when you go to class. BPC encourages socializing and working at your own pace – no pressure. Classes come directly to your inbox and you have forever access!
BPC offers a diverse schedule of classes and activities to help achieve balance. This allows more than just finish pages. Reconnecting with yourself, your past and others helps to work through a variety of emotions while you are filling your bucket.
4. Improve Your Mental, Physical and Emotional Health.
Research shows that women are much more likely than men to experience long-term stress in their lives and less likely to address the stress. This can be the cause of many health problems. So take better care of yourself by participating in hobbies and crafts you enjoy and yes! BPC is a great place to do this!
5. Document Your Memories.
Taking classes here at Big Picture helps you tell the stories of your life journey and connects you with your stories. Remember, creating is a way to unwind, accomplish a legacy for families and at the same time fill your emotional needs. Keeping life in perspective helps your stress level and thus your overall health.
Don't forget, it’s Fun! BPC is a caring, welcoming place. Come to just take a breather from your ever-chaotic lives. Come in and feel welcome any time of the day or night. Come to play, come to connect, come to relax, come to create!
The BPC community is not about how much you get done, but about how you take care of you. The simplistic, no pressure nature of Big Picture Classes allows for creativity to flow, connections to be made and a sense of relief to happen as you feel a sense of productivity. Focus on your own strengths and successes. Take classes which help you reflect your own individual feelings, creativity and free spirit. BPC provides an environment where it is okay to take care of you!
Come on in!
December 26, 2012
image source Joy of Baking
Your *sprinkle* assignment is to sit down (this is important) and eat some cinnamon toast.
Why? Because cinnamon toast is easy to make, tastes really yummy and makes you feel special.
Don’t you think?
Enjoy and take a photo or two and share with us, use hashtag #BPC on Instagram or Facebook
Bless your home next year, learn how with Courtney Walsh
December 19, 2012
I have a simple and timely challenge I want you to do! (reposted from my website)
Grab your camera and take a picture of a decoration you love.
- There’s a good chance you’re pretty busy today.
- Do this anyway.
- It will only take about 5 minutes.
Next, I’d like you to linger and then see this decoration for what it really means to you.
- Where did you get it?
- Who does it remind you of?
- Why do you display it the way you do?
Now, get in closer and click the shutter a few more times.
Share with us! Use hashtag #BPC on Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook. Now back to holiday prep.
Listen to the latest Paperclipping Roundtable with me, Kelli Crowe, Stephanie Howell, and of course Noell and Izzy. (and I will never wear Google Glasses!)
September 17, 2012
Welcome to the last day of our BIGGEST Idea Festival ever!! You won't want to miss what Angie Lucas shares today, plus she is making a BIG announcment inside the festival.
and don't miss the prize packs from My Mind's Eye.
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September 16, 2012
September 15, 2012
Welcome to Day 12 of our BIGGEST Idea Festival ever!! See what Ali Edwards has created for you.
Read about today's "Live your Length and Width" challenge and enter to win an amazing prize pack from American Crafts inside the Big Idea Festival.
New to Big Picture Classes, join in the fun by creating a free account and connect with us via Facebook.
September 14, 2012
Welcome to Day 11 of our BIGGEST Idea Festival ever!! Photographer and scrapbooker superstar, Becky Novacek, has created a challenge all about going BOLD!
Check it out inside the festival and enter to win one of two amazing prize packs from Echo Park Paper inside the Big Idea Festival.
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