I have been a fan of Big Picture Scrapbooking almost from their inception. The concept is awesome. Discrete project-based scrapbooking classes delivered over the web that you can work on according to your own schedule. They have live chats, message boards, downloads, templates, you name it. The projects are designed for digital or traditional scrapbookers, with adaptations for either style.
I have recently been attending the “Me: The Abridged Version” class that has been taught by Cathy Zielske. She has been inspiring and has helped me to think “outside the box” in terms of scrapbooking. I have been trying for a year or two to move out of the chronological-style of scrapbooking into capturing more moment-based memories. But, it’s always felt a little awkward to me – and I have secretly felt like I was “cheating” and would eventually have to go back to catch up on the chronological albums.
Me: The Abridged Version has been the first project that hasn’t made me feel that way. I have been excited to work on it and have had fun putting it together. The premise is this – put together an album that is a simplified “encyclopedia” about you. (it’s based off of the book “Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal) It has been fun picking words to go with the letters of the alphabet that best describe me and my life. It has been even more fun trying to figure out what pictures go best with the words. I have been taking pictures of things I never thought to take pictures of before!
As you may already know, I have been learning digital scrapbooking using Creative Memories’ StoryBook Creator+ software. To do this workshop, I decided to create a digital scrapbook. The downloads on Big Picture’s website were all based on Photoshop, so this required some ingenuity on my part. I created my own template, eyeballing what had been set up in the PDF handouts and having fun creating my own page.
Once the template had been created, I picked a paper set (in this case Creative Memories’ Jewel Power Palette worked for me) and rotated papers each time the letter changed.
It’s not finished yet, but I’m having fun working on it. Here is a sample of the page template I created.
I will upload some finished pages in the next week or two so that you can see how it looks as it is filled in.
If you think you want to try your hand at this, here’s the template I created. You will need StoryBook Creator+ 3.0. If you already have SBC+ 2.0, the upgrade is only $9.95 through October. Oh, and the file is zipped, so you will need to download WinZip or some other zip software to unzip the download.