I am fashionably late to my own party. But, nonetheless, I have shown up wearing more than my birthday suit.* And for that, we all WIN!
Looking back, this year has been full of helping people learn to scrapbook, which I absolutely love doing! It’s as if someone asked the 9-year old Tiffany ‘what you’d want to do when you graduated to adult-level and I replied with ‘teach people how to scrapbook with technology’. And that dream came true.
I could also have dreamt to live in Hawaii as a millionaire eating cracked crab and lobster everyday with a martini in one hand and my iPad in the other. But kids are never that practical. And life is never that easy so I’ve chosen door number two, Alex.
You know, scrapbooking means the world to me. Sure I love pretty papers and doo-hickeys. And the career I have puts good food on the table.
But there’s something more.
Alzheimers and dementia runs strongly in my family. I watched my grandmother, my favorite girl, transform from this amazing, gracious, joyful, would-give-you-the-food-off-her-fork woman into a woman who couldn’t remember how to perform the basics of tasks. She would tell stories that had never happened. There were dark and ugly moments I can’t even describe online and in a blog post. Nor would I want to.
But before my eyes, I and my family, lost our favorite girl. And as we’ve healed, there’s a part of me that will never get over watching her suffer like she did.
I scrapbook because I fear how the disease might affect my Dad. Or my sister. Or me.
I scrapbook because our books might help us remember who we love and what we did just a few more days or hours longer.
I digital scrapbook because it’s quicker, saves me money, and space.
I do this because it’s real.
I once told Lisa Bearnson, original founder of Creating Keepsakes magazine, that scrapbooking was my personal hieroglyphic monument. My own way to document the now. And preserve it as my heart’s time capsule. Just because I choose to use technology (mobile or otherwise) instead of some huge-ass pyramid doesn’t make it any less important.
It’s just as real. Just as necessary. Just as meaningful.
And if you don’t know how to do what I do, I want to show you how. How to do this!
Today marks the one month mark before Digital Scrapbooking for Beginners begins! And trust me, this isn’t some big April Fool’s joke. On May 1, I’m releasing this brand new class at Scrapaneers and it will be absolutely FREE!
As we wrap up the final details for class and countdown the start, I’d thought it be cool to show you exactly how this class (and many of our classes at Scrapaneers) go from an idea in the cranium to an enjoyable class production. Catch up with Part 1 here.
Any long time reader of the blog knows I love a good ole’ fashioned video tutorial. The kind I add my crazy PG humor to while completely entertaining you as well. If the video teaches at the same time, well, bonus! Like the video below for DIY Chipboard Alpha for Titles.
Yesterday on the Scrapaneer’s Facebook page, we announced a new class: Digital Scrapbooking for Beginners. Or what I call Digi 101. Digi 101’s have been around for years. They have! But I’m super excited to tackle the topic and offer the Scrapaneers version because this one will be big. Big and FREE!
And while I’m currently wrapping up the details for class and tidying up video production, I thought it’d be nifty to share exactly how we build classes from scratch!
I’ve designed scrapbooking classes for 10 years and online digital scrapbooking classes for 8 years. And I love it though some days I have less hair on my head and leftover follicles turn gray. But when a student walks away completely pleased with everything she’s learned, I’m beyond fulfilled. And I start all over again.
The Digital Scrapbooker’s Guide to Brushwork is in it’s 3rd week over at Scrapaneers and we’re hot in heavy into artistic painting and scanning for digital brushes. It’s one of my favorite parts of class because I’ve asked students to unlock their inner designer diva and paint random strokes with watercolor and acrylics. Then I show how to scan and photograph each, digitize, alter, and save all for their brush-inspired projects next week.
And It’s the only module we spend less time with pixels and more time with old fashioned paints and canvas.
We also learn how to repurpose other digital embellishments as brushes too, a nifty trick I’ve used for years! Let me show you what I mean:
First, you start with an embellishment nicely shadowed and positioned just so.
Then you apply some digital misting — Tiffany style, of course.
Next you add some text with a brush offset, add additional brushes (for filler) and continue to mist oh so eloquently.
And the final piece goes a little something like this:
The image by its self would look fabulous as a blog header, a title for a layout, shoot — even the front of a card!
But the entire image takes less than 2 – 3 minutes to create, you just have to know how! And if you DON’T know how but really want to, head on over and join me plus all the other students who are learning how to build dramatic digital brushwork RIGHT NOW!
Call me a foodie, a food porn addict, a fatty (just tell me I look preggo) whatever you want I’ll answer to it! If and only if it relates to food. I have a love affair with good, wholesome, REAL, food. And I’ve collected recipes since I learned that such a thing was possible!
My first cook book was a collection of family recipes from my Grandma, Aunts, Uncles and cousins. That was way back in the day — 1999. Prince was affectionately known as The Artist Formerly Known As and I created the precious momento on my work computer at Kinko’s.
It was full color, included section titles with dramatic fonts, and a ton of crazy clip art of food we did not cook! But what it lacked in design, it made up for with recipes I still enjoy today.
Sadly, I haven’t updated it! Plus I’ve been carrying around a 3-ring binder of typed, outdated, worn papers. My iPad recipe apps are loaded with some of my newest recipes but apps are discontinued occasionally while others have actually lost my recipes after I entered them! That’s so no bueno.
Needless to say, my system is broken. And I really want to re-organize my recipes in a way that works for me. Preferably I’d like a binder system with the ability to remove and replace recipes over time. And something I can feel proud of sharing with anyone who comes over.
You gals have heard me chatter a lot lately about Pocket Scrapbooking and getting the memories recorded. But not much about the classes produced over at Scrapaneers lately, which I enjoy producing thoroughly! And the latest collaboration class is one of our biggest, and most technique heavy, classes to date!
The brand new All Stars 2 class collaborates lessons from myself, Amanda Taylor, Jana Morton, Amy Kingsford, Wendy Zines, and Cilenia Curtis! And we’re offering our best tricks for creating pixel magic in the areas of Cloning, Healing, Transparent Layers, Sketching & Painted Art, Dimensional Effects, Paper Creation and Lightroom techniques. You can learn more about our individual lessons here.
My long — think almost a half hour video lesson — is the Paper Machine Workshop where I share in great detail how to produce beautiful, organic (non-patterned), adorned, grungy papers. We’re not talking solid, textured papers here. We’re talking organic designs! Like this:
I’m flipping excited because it’s a set of techniques I’ve wanted to share for ages! But wasn’t quite long enough for a full-fledged class. Within the All Stars 2 collaboration class; however, I can introduce you to grungy digital paper creation art and you will become a paper-creating machine!
And there are five other lessons just as intense and kick-butt as mine!
All Star Techniques 2 opens for registration this Monday at a steal of a deal! But you can win a complimentary seat by entering my giveaway first!
All Stars 2 Giveaway
To enter to win a complimentary seat into All Stars 2, tell me which lesson you’re most excited to watch from the class! You’ll have to check out what’s offered, of course. Then share in the comments here by noon TOMORROW! That’s Sunday, January 5th at 12:00 pm EST. Increase your chases of winning by posting about this giveaway on twitter/facebook/pinterest or your blog. Be sure to come back and post a link as a new comment entry and post a comment for each share. Good luck!
The winner will be announced here on Sunday evening!