Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Reflections and Responses

Thank you so much for all your comments on my post yesterday, where I talked about wanting to find a new focus and/or direction for my scrapping - until Shimelle's next class starts, at least! You had so many good ideas :-) I've followed some links and thought about some possibilities:

I love the sound of The Street Where You Live and have downloaded the first few prompts. I was particularly taken by Karen's idea of combining this with Shimelle's Here, There and Everywhere. I think therefore I'll collect up the SWYL prompts this year, buy HTE towards the end of the year, and make this a project for early 2011.

I rather like Clair's clever suggestion of picking a challenge site and working through as many of the challenges as I can. I am definitely going to come back to this idea.

I also checked out Big Picture Scrapbooking (thanks to Cheri and the others of you who pointed me this way). In fact, I discovered that I'd signed up to this site ages ago and forgotten all about it! There are several free classes here and two of them especially appeal as being interesting, self-contained, short and - did I mention free?! There are lots of other classes here, all inexpensive, which I shall return to later; for now I shall stick to the freebies. And I'm going to start with a little project called All About Me, a mini scrapbook in a tin, which takes you through a series of questions about yourself and looks at how much of what makes you 'you' can be seen in your surroundings - so I don't actually need to use photos of myself, bonus! ;-)

Helena suggested that some of you might be interested in doing a class along with me, so we can share our progress with each other and get something of the feeling of a 'live' class. Would anyone else like to have a go at All About Me? You'll need to create a free account at Big Picture Scrapbooking - unless of course you already have one! - just click here to go to the appropriate page. Then you'll be able to access the classes. (You'll have to go through a check-out process but you won't need to input any credit card details or anything for the free classes.) I've picked this project because (a) it's free, and (b) it looks short, quick and easy! If you'd like to give it a go, please say so in the comments below. You can follow the prompt exactly or put your own spin on it if you prefer. I figured we could take a couple of weeks over it and then blog our completed projects on the weekend of Saturday 22nd May - I'll compile a list of interested people and arrange a bit of a blog hop if there are enough of us up for it :-)

There were also a couple of questions and comments this morning about my Project 365; Amy and Helena were wondering if there were specific shots I was aiming to include, whether I had a list, whether I just went with the flow and whether I felt I was showing the variety of our life through 2010. It seems a good opportunity to reflect on the project!

My approach has been fairly haphazard, to be honest - if we do anything 'special' or in any way out of the ordinary on a particular day then I try to find a shot to represent that; if not, then I pick some kind of 'everyday' shot, either a regular activity on that day of the week (Cubs, Brownies, supermarket shopping, German class) or an activity that is common on any day (cooking, housework, etc). I decided at the beginning of the year that I would include a self-portrait each time I had a haircut. I also wanted to show the changing seasons through the weather, flowers, trees and so on. I made a semi-conscious decision to not include too many photos of people this time (though I have ideas for a future 365 which consists entirely of portraits - we'll see if that comes to fruition!) The Children do appear in some of the shots so far - The Girl's Brownie uniform, The Boy's Cub uniform, The Girl waiting for her party guests, etc - and at some point I need to count up and make sure there's a roughly equal number of shots of each child. I also want to think about some of the everyday activities and items that I haven't yet included. Katrina Kennedy has produced a useful list of photos in this category - her blog post here has a link at the end to her free tutorial of helpful hints, which includes 402 ideas for photographs you could take! Some of them don't apply to me or don't appeal so much, but I must have another read through and remind myself of the shots I thought were a good idea and wanted to incorporate. I really must just have a look back through all the photos I've taken and see if they feel 'balanced' and representative, so that I can correct any accidental bias and fill in any gaps.

One final response to a comment, before I forget! Melissa, I see what you mean about the link to the photography class. I'll see if I can find a direct link that works and I'll get back to you if I do xx

Phew, what a long, rambling post! Apologies! Here's another recent layout to finish off with:


(We gave The Girl her own digital camera for Christmas 2007. She just wanted to photograph The Boy all the time! He was mostly very good about posing for her but by the time she took that shot in the centre he'd really had enough....)

Phew, well done if you made it to the end! Don't forget to express an interest via a comment if you'd like to play along with the All About Me minibook - once I've got an idea of if and how many people are interested I'll post again with further details :-)

17 comments:

Sian said...

I'll certainly check it out! I loved seeing those photos..start them early, eh?

Nadine said...

whoa mel. you ought to give me
a schedule of what you do all
day for a week. I can barely keep
up with the basics and you're looking
for more challenges! XD /admire

Scrappi Sandi said...

I love the idea of linking up to do a class with a group & bloghopping, but I'm all booked up (scrapwise) for May & with preparations for our trip to Chicago in June I dare not overstretch myself!!! If it goes well & you repeat the process later on, count me in!!

I love the 'Oh Brother' LO BTW!!

JO SOWERBY said...

the girl obviously has the knack already and big bro is still game, i have got that class on my account so i'd love the do it but i'm away that weekend so if people dont mind me posting early or late i'll join in.
Jo xxxx

debs14 said...

So ... a self portrait everytime you get a hair cut eh? So that would be one every 6 weeks then!
I had forgotten how exhausting it is when the kids are involved in lots of after school activities. Makes my cup of coffee when I get home from work and do a bit of blog hopping even more enjoyable!

cathy0536 said...

Hi, I'm up for a new challenge and have a crop before that weekend so might actually finish it in time! Have signed up for the class and off to have a look at it now...

Cheri said...

Amazingly enough that is one class at BPS that I've never done! So I've gone and signed up and printed off the hand-out. Count me in.

scrappyjacky said...

Will go and check it out.

helena said...

no messing about here - straight to the action. I'll play too becasue I'll be reunited with my stash by then

cate said...

I've got that class waiting to be done, and a deadline for a blog hop will make me actually do it, so I'll play along!

Karen said...

I enjoyed the recap of the comments. And although I do love to play along with a group, I'm sticking to my guns and passing this time. I haven't seen my desk all day and it's unlikely I'll see much of it tomorrow either so my vacation project isn't even getting much time. sigh.

Amy said...

I have done the All About Me project before but I'd like to play again :-)

I love the page of TB - he strikes me as quite a patient young lad!

melissa said...

Thanks, Mel! I'd love to join you in the all about me...what a great idea!

Heather said...

I'm in! Just signed up for the class & it looks great - not too taxing for me!!! xx

Elizabeth said...

I've just downloaded it! What a lovely idea, Mel, and it's so good that it's free. It's also good that I have some tins ....

Deb said...

The photos of The Boy crack me up. LOL.

And yes, I would be interested in participating in the "All About Me" project. I'll head over and check out the link you posted. :o)

Maria Ontiveros said...

I downloaded and think I'll play along, too.
Rinda