So, besides my goal of actually having a summer where I see the outdoors some of the time, I've been busy at work on a couple of FUN side projects.
I'm working on a new class for Big Picture Classes. And you, my three or four remaining blog readers, are the very first to hear about it! It's called Quizapalooza. It's all about, you guessed it, quizzes!
I love quizzes. I even wrote an eBook about them a few years back. I love answering questions that make me think about stories I wouldn't tell otherwise.
I really do love it. In fact, for the past 2.5 years, I've been answering a different question every single day in my Q&A a Day: 5-Year Journal . I've answered the same question every July 7th for three straight years (two more years to go!), and it's fun to see how my answers have changed—or not changed. Confession: sometimes I get behind and have to answer two weeks' worth of questions on a single day, but I still think this 10o% counts.
Along these same lines, I recently spotted the One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book, which I may have to start when this one fills up! Of course, I also have Jane-a-Day: 5 Year Journal , another similar journal that was a gift from a very thoughtul friend, waiting for me.
So, for my new interactive online workshop, I've been gathering up fun quiz questions based around the five W's you learn about in journalism school: who, what, when where, and why.
I'm now in the middle of my "What" questions and class development, and let me tell you, the memories and the stories and the page ideas are flying. I am officially in a scrapbooking and memory-keeping groove. And it feels so good. It reminds me of a few things:
This is FUN.
This hobby ENERGIZES me.
Simple things like this can be easy to forget sometimes, don't you think?
But then you dive back in, and you remember.
All I had to do was read the question, "What is the most important invention of my lifetime?" and I was flooded with thoughts and memories about phones, computers, Internet, movies, music, television, and photography. It's amazing to think about my little insignificant life, and to reflect on the technological advances I have personally witnessed in my relatively short lifespan. Here's a snapshot of just one side of the double-sided page of messy, scribbled notes that this question sparked for me.
And that's just one question of the 150 or so I've curated for this class! It's going to be packed with downloadable quizzes, and layout examples, and printable cards that can be used on Project Life pages or in traditional scrapbooking. I seriously cannot wait.
Here's a tiny sneak peek of what's coming:
(Interruption: Just a moment ago, I ate a sun-warmed tomato directly off the vine from the Early Girl planter on my porch. Oh my, I am in heaven! THIS is what summer tastes like. Maybe I should add that as a quiz question to class..."What does summer taste like?" Just had to share. :)
In other non-tomato-related news, my Grammar-Free Journaling workshop is coming back to Big Picture Classes for it's third run. And it's going to be SO fun! This time, I invited four of my favorite scrapbookers to contribute brand-new layouts to the class.
I am in LOVE with the layouts created by (in order pictured) Natalie Elphinstone, Maggie Massey, Jen Gallacher, and Donna Jannuzzi. They're all based on the And because you're reading my blog today...
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