Di Turner shares a synopsis of what she has learned over her four years as a BPC student.
I have completed a lot of Big Picture Classes over the last four years, and I have taken something away from every single course! For me it is a continual learning experience where I add something to my scrapbooking arsenal on every course. The courses help keep me motivated as well as inspired to scrapbook.
From Stacy Julian I have learnt how to store all my precious memories in a library of memories;
Ali, Cathy and Stacy have all taught me the importance of telling my stories;
Nic has shown me some awesome techniques and about telling stories from different perspectives;
from Karen I have finally found my ""style"";
Lain has helped me get myself organised and scrapbooking efficiently;
May, Lain, Darci, Lisa and Elizabeth have kept me motivated and have helped me scrapbook a lot of pages that I love;
Aly is the reason I have a stack of cards on hand ready for birthdays and other occasions;
and Tracey and Elisha have taught me how to take some amazing photographs which I love!
I think the most valuable lesson I have taken away from the BPC courses is the fact that it is important to tell the stories of our life, and these days there is not a layout that I complete that doesn't have some sort of story on it. Some stories are simple and short, some are longer, and in some stories are shown through the photographs.
When I first started scrapbooking it was definitely more about the pretty papers and embellishments and some pages don't have any journalling on them! I find that the layouts that I love the most now are the ones that tell a story on them, especially the stories of the everyday.
The three visuals include layouts from the "Twelve" course I am doing at the moment - I love the balance that the twelve topics that Stacy has presented has provided in my scrapbooks:
"The story of your names" My girls always love it when I tell them how we came up with their names, so I thought I would get this family story down on a layout for prosperity, choosing two recent photographs of the girls that I love. This is a family story which will go into the "Family Stories" album I have in my library of memories.
"Your favourite place to eat" An everyday story about my daughter's favourite place to eat - the sushi train, coupled with some photographs which I took on my iPhone. Shows that you don't have to have brilliant photographs to illustrate your stories. This layout is going in my daughter's album so that she can remember her obsession with eating at the Sushi train!
"Colour my world : This was an inspiration layout for the Twelve course, it shows you can get inspiration from everywhere (including a rainbow), also that you can include photographs from different time frames and places - photographs can tell a story as much as the words themselves. In this layout it shows the beautiful relationship my girls have."