Interactive Elements at Big Picture Classes

Have you seen the brand new Big Picture Classes site yet??  If you haven't, seriously STOP what you are doing and go check it out.  I'll wait right here!!  :)

Ok....so isn't the site just amazing!  It's so pretty and bright and FULL OF CLASSES!  I am so honored to be a teacher over at Big Picture Classes.  I have taken quite a few of the older classes over at BPC and I'm just stoked for the new classes and subscription plan!!

If you're not familiar with Big Picture Classes, it's an online learning platform for all things crafty, offering classes that cover all the crucial topics about crafting, creating, and documenting memories that you'll need to excel and then some.  Become a member of our learning family, and you’ll get access to as many classes as you want for only $9.99 a month.  Each class brings you a variety of topics and ideas, not to mention videos, PDFs, prompts and so much more!

My class is called Interactive Elements and I've created five projects to share with you!  I am always adding extra little flaps, envelopes and more to my projects, and I'm super excited to share my tricks with you!  Each lesson is presented as a video tutorial, so you can watch and follow along with me at the same time!!  I'm mixing in a few scrapbook layouts, a mini album AND a Project Life spread, so I promise you there is something there for everyone!!  

I so hope you will join me (and all the other fabulous teachers) at Big Picture Classes!!  You can sign up over on the site, and if you are on the fence about it, you can join for a two week FREE TRIAL to check it out....cancel at anytime!!  


Memory Planner: Creative Jumpstarts 11

Happy Monday!  Marcy and I are back today with a BRAND NEW Creative Jumpstarts challenge!  With all of the planner craze lately, we've decided to switch things up a little and add in a planner challenge.  Saying that Marcy and myself are a little obsessed with planners would be an understatement....I blame her, by the way, for my obsession.  :)

Our planner challenge for you this week is to add a photo into your planner.  Get those everyday photos off of your camera and into your planner!  I bet you will become obsessed too!!  

I'm a big fan of adding photos to my planner, but I usually slip them into the page protectors that came with each month in my Heidi Swapp planner.  Most of my daily boxes are full of notes, to-dos, reminders and written memories.  Last week, though, I was sunning it up in lovely St. John, USVI (and I decided not to take my planner with me) so my week was pretty bare and blank.  My trip happened to exactly fall over a double page spread in my planner, and I knew that photos would be the perfect way to dress up my pages!!

I sized and printed out five photos to fit in the daily boxes (and I've got a free template for you too if you want perfectly sized photos for your memory planner)!  I adhered them with some adhesive right into the daily boxes and then added a few little details about each days events to the left or right.  It was the perfect way to add in our memories so I can remember them later for my Project Life album and mini book!

I found the easiest way for me to get my photos the right size was to create a template in Photoshop.  I've tried eyeballing it, guessing it and winging it, but they never really came out the way I wanted.  I was wasting some of precious photo paper trying to size them down, so a template was a must!!

With the above template, you can drop three photos onto a 4x6 canvas, send it to be printed or print it at home!  Easy peasy!  I like a white border on my photos, so the boxes are sized to include that with trimming, but if you want them larger, just increase the photo boxes and you should be good to go!!  

What would have been "empty" boxes in my planner are now full of photos, words and memories!!  And if you aren't obsessed with how awesome and versatile these planners are yet, I don't know what else I have to do to try and convince you!  Ha!  :)

So that's our Creative Jumpstarts challenge for you this week!  Add a photo to your planners!  Be sure to tag us on Instagram and use the hashtag #creativejumpstarts !  We cannot wait to see your planners!!

Creative Jumpstarts were created by Marcy Penner and Stephanie Bryan to challenge each other with their paper endeavors. Delivered in the form of bimonthly challenges, they encourage us (and hopefully you too) to stretch supplies, think outside of the box and to remain intentional about the memories we capture.  Challenges are posted on the first and third Mondays of every month.  Projects are shared on our blogs and on Instagram using the hashtag #creativejumpstarts. We'd love it if you'd share along with us at either of those places and be sure to tag us (@helloforeverpaperco and @stephaniebryan) if you do!


Mini Book Workshop

Want to start building a mini book library??  Then join me and a few other fabulous teachers for an awesome year of minis!

The Mini Book workshops at Studio Calico were some of my very favorite classes from last year.  I love making minis and it was so awesome to see some many different styles, ideas and inspiration throughout the year.  I love how the workshops were spaced just far enough apart so I could work on one album, finish it and then have a little while to snap photos for the next album!!  And I love that the classes were all offered as a bundle at the beginning of the year!  I looked forward to the classes all year long!

This year, I'm super excited to be a teacher for the workshop along with the amazing Tina Aszmus, Maggie Holmes and Marcy Penner.  This year is going to rock!  I can't wait to watch my album stack grow and grow throughout the year!!  

First in the line up is the super inspiring Tina Aszmus.  Tina has the most amazing eye for design.  Her projects and albums are always so inspirational.  Here's a little info about what's in store for her class:  Take time to explore your surroundings and record the details of daily life that you may have overlooked. Join Tina Aszmus in this Mini Book Workshop, and learn how to document the every day in an artful 4x6 mini album.

Tina will be using this awesome kit for her class, so grab it while you can!  I guarantee it will be gone soon!!  

You can purchase Tina's workshop by itself, or you can BUNDLE & SAVE!  Starting now through 3/31/2015, you can get all four 2015 Mini Book Mini Workshops for 20% off....that just $32 for all four workshops!  $8 a class!  How awesome is that??

Are you in??  I so hope to see you in class!!  


Odyssey Reveal // Studio Calico

I'm so excited to share some a few of my projects from the Studio Calico Odyssey kits with you today!  Odyssey is full of pretty blues and pops of yellow!  There's a few fun roller stamps in the kits this month and I'm kind of obsessed with them!  They are perfect for my memory planner!

Here's a sneak peek of the awesome kits!

And here are my Odyssey Main Scrapbook kit layouts!  Lots of blue and yellow!  So fun!

The Best of Times
I started this page with this larger photo of my sweet boy.  I played around with having a few of the paper layers under the photo, but then I decided to create a block on my page using smaller squares of paper and my photo.  I kept the layers varied and overlapped them in random ways so it didn't look too "perfect".  I finished this page by stitching the papers into place and stitching a few of the tabs onto the patterned paper and photo.  I added in some of the bold labels and fun chipboard pieces using pop dots for a little added dimension.

Circles, circles everywhere!
You all know I love circles, so I couldn't resist doing a circle collage page!!  I used my 2 inch circle punch to punch out my papers and photos and then randomly layered everything on the page.  I tried to keep balance by spreading out the colors and photos, and then adding in the smaller chipboard pieces!  I typed my journaling onto a piece of vellum and then stitched it onto one of the circles.  The last detail was my title, which I added at the top of my page using those awesome gold letters!  I wish you could see how shiny and pretty they are!!!

I'll be back next week to share the rest of my projects, but you can hop on over to the Creative Gallery if you would like to check them out now!  The rest of this month's kits (Penelope, Athena and Calypso) are just spectacular and I had so much fun playing around with them!!  There are lots of AWESOME new stamps in the shop as well.....and I can GUARANTEE that the Laina Alphabet Stamp and Arch Number Stamp will be in my cart! 

Happy shopping!!!  Be sure to join us for REVEAL CHAT later tonight!! Hope to see you there!!