Workshop Giveaway: Photography 101 with Elisha Snow

Photos are the heart of our scrapbook pages so it’s no surprise that Elisha Snow’s workshops are among the most popular at Big Picture Classes. I’m excited to offer a giveaway today for her new class.

Note: Elisha was one of the incredible contributors to the Everyday Storyteller books, which will be on sale for National Scrapbook Day!

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You would never say to a master painter, “What a beautiful work of art—you must have a really nice brush.” It’s the same with photography. A nice camera makes it easier to take good photos, but it’s the photographer (that’s you!), not the tool, that will ultimately produce frame-worthy photos. All you need is a basic knowledge of the elements that work together to create memorable pictures. (Hint: it’s all about light and composition!)

Whether you want to take better everyday photos with that smartphone, or you have a nice new DSLR camera that you’re dabbling with, this interactive online workshop will put you on the path to better photos. In six weeks, you’ll learn to master the rules of composition, make the most of available light, and get more out of your equipment—no matter what kind of camera you’re using.

Would you like to feel more confident in your photo-taking abilities? To find beauty in everyday objects, and see attributes of people you’ve never noticed before? Photography 101 with Elisha Snow will teach you to look at light, shadow, shape, and color differently, and most importantly, to develop a passion for preserving the beauty that surrounds you.

Learn more and register here.

Workshop Giveaway

Leave a comment by 9am CST on Monday, April 21, 2014 for a chance to win a seat in Photography 101. One winner will be selected a random to join us in class.

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Journaling Mini-Course: Heart Songs

The Art & Practice of Journaling free mini-course from Simple Scrapper offers a guided path to better scrapbook journaling.

The Art & Practice of Journaling mini-course at Simple Scrapper

Lesson

I like to think of this technique as one that translates the little things in our life into ones that are oh-so-big, of elevating the sweet moments into life-long memories. When we tap into our feelings and celebrate all that we have, the words tend to flow easier.

You can recognize there is a story to tell when your eyes well up with tears, especially those bittersweet ones, or your heart swells with love when you see a specific photo. You know there is much more than just the moment captured by the image.

In some ways these stories are more abundant, but because they often are so much part of living we can overlook their significance. It is these stories though, that will most develop your ability to journal with more meaning as you explore the how and why of what matters most.

The easiest way to start brainstorming what to write is with an “I feel” or “This makes me feel” statement. You may not include these exact words in your scrapbooking, but they will get your words pointed towards revealing what you think, feel and believe about a memory.

Assignment

Choose something in your life to celebrate, like a fresh cool breeze or the tickle of your spouse’s whiskers. Spend 10 minutes writing about this topic in your journal, casually musing on how this fills your heart. Then see if you have any photos to pair with this story and scrapbook it, if you like.

  • Did your writing help you see the significance of this “little” thing in your life?
  • Does beginning with “I feel” help you get started defining the meaning behind a story?

Further Discovery

Jellybean Toes, Cheerios and Scrappin’ Hullabaloo – CD Muckosky’s life passion is sharing her heart through words, photos and art.
Journaling from the Heart – A collection of workshop material to help guide you through life with journaling.

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Journaling Mini-Course: Life is a Highway

The Art & Practice of Journaling free mini-course from Simple Scrapper offers a guided path to better scrapbook journaling.

The Art & Practice of Journaling mini-course at Simple Scrapper

Lesson

Life is full of change, of growth, of development and evolution. It is also full of physical journeys, from one place to another, towards a new home or a new adventure. These experiences often represent some of the most defining moments of our lives. The journey documents where we came from and who we are becoming today.

This is one of my favorite techniques to journal and scrapbooking, because the stories that celebrate the journey can be some of the most powerful you will ever tell. They reveal the most why and how, showcasing the backstory of why something is (or is not).

Sometimes these stories are obvious, like a trip or how your baby grows into a toddler. There are many more, though, that require a little thought and investigation. Just as you can draw connections between seemingly unrelated images (see Day 6 – Revelations), you can also reveal the journey through superficially similar photographs.

To uncover a hidden journey, thing about the emotional or psychological impact of a change in your life, even if slight. For example, you may show images of yourself at work over the years. On one hand you are grateful to have steady employment, perhaps even at the same place, but on the other perhaps you long for more excitement or to have tried different things.

Assignment

If you’ve not scrapbooked a journey before, start with something easy to get the hang of selecting photos and telling the story. The easiest way to try this approach is documenting how a person has changed (inside and out) over a specific period of time. Start with two photos or (if you can) choose a few more. After selecting photos, practice writing in your journal first before creating your page.

  • Off the top of your head, what journeys could you scrapbook that you’ve not yet documented? Is there a journey you’re nervous to share in a scrapbook?

Further Discovery

Scrapbooking Your “Then & Now” – A past blog post at Simple Scrapper on connecting past and present through words and photos.
The Scrapbooking Journey – An older print book focused on documenting emotional journeys with your scrapbook pages.

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Journaling Mini-Course: Revelations

The Art & Practice of Journaling free mini-course from Simple Scrapper offers a guided path to better scrapbook journaling.

The Art & Practice of Journaling mini-course at Simple Scrapper

Lesson

How many times in a week do you see or hear something and think “Oh, that reminds me of…”? This happens all the time for me and I do my best to be conscious of the opportunity that thought represents. I call these memory keeping revelations, those a-ha moments where your mind identifies a fantastic story that weaves time together.

Everything in our life is about connection – between people, places and things, between past and present, or between our inside and outside selves. Every moment is an opportunity to recognize those connections. With every scrapbook page, you can choose to document them.

Traditional chronological scrapbooking doesn’t necessarily support this concept. When you are caught up in the right now, you may not be able to draw those connections and see the deeper meaning (let alone journal about it).

While many scrapbookers have embraced non-chronological, scrap-what-you-want it is often easier to scrap an event or a beautiful photo. Taking this next step does require a little extra work, but as you practice, you won’t be able to stop your own flood of revelations.

Assignment

Select one recent photo you really love. Print it out or just have it open on the side of your computer screen. Browse through your photo archive to look for various others photos, from a different time period, that you can connect to this one. Choose one example to write a paragraph in your journal about. Finally, consider incorporating these revelations into your journal-keeping.

  • Have you ever scrapbooked a story not related to the time or place of the photo?
  • Have you ever paired two seemingly unrelated photos to tell a story?

Further Discovery

Vintage Photos: Making Connections – This blog post shares examples of how scrapbookers have told richer stories by uncovering the connections between images.
Scrapping Real Life (Or Is It?) – A discussion on how some scrapbooks portray a glossier image/story on their pages than what is reality.

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