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Lifetime Moments Recap

So last night was a message board chat at LifetimeMoments.com.  Be sure to check it out -- the thread lasts for *6 pages*!

They asked some GREAT questions, and really kept me hopping!  Here are some excerpts:

What's your next project?
My next project will actually be an update of The Book of ME -- new projects, several new chapters, updating the web resources, and 60 MORE pages -- we're going to DOUBLE the size of the book! I'll put out a page call hopefully in October this year -- look for the revised book to come out CHA 2006.

Are there different relationship prompts you have in, " The Book of US," featured in sections?
If you're asking are different kinds of relationships featured, then yes! So many people assume that a Book of US automatically means romantic husband/wife or boyfriend/girlfriend. But that's so limiting -- this book encourages people to take off the blinders and see all the relationships in their lives. Anywhere you have more than one person interacting with another -- that can be a relationship.

The different chapters look at the histories of relationships (all kinds), theme albums about relationships, incorporating more than one "voice", romantic relationships, family, groups, and friendships. It also looks at circle journals and gift albums. Each chapter offers tons of different prompts related to that chapter's topic.

What's your best tip for taking so many memories and scrapping them?  The range of photos I have are numerous...
...The first chapter [of The Book of Us] is about Histories. It talks about different ways to organize a scrapbook that illustrates the history of a relationship (whether friendship, romantic, group, whatever). You could organize it by theme, like college, homes, common interests, road trips, etc. You could also organize it chronologically in a timeline format. There are some super neat examples of both thematic and timeline layouts & albums in the book. You could also organize it alphabetically -- be watching for the challenge later on tonight for some specifc ideas on that one! It might be just the inspiration you need!

How do you suggest we get started working on an album for ourselves. I have so many of my kids to do already, it's seems like my list of projects never ends. Should I just pick an album, and start doing one page at a time? Make a theme album instead? What are your suggestions on getting started?
Any of the above would be the "right" way to start! So many people paralyze themselves by thinking they have to come up with the "perfect" title page or the perfect topic for the first layout, or that the first layout has to be their birth page. Stop it! Wink Your first page HAS to be...your first page. That's it! Pick a topic and scrap it! It will be perfect because it's DONE! Do you think your kids will care what the topic is if something happens to you? No -- they will just be grateful to have that one page about you. Then they will be grateful if another joins the first. Basically -- every page you do is another page done, and it's a good thing.

Some ideas for starting points:
**Do random pages about yourself and put them (gasp!) in your family album. You are a member of your family -- your pages can go in your family album. That way you're not starting a "new project", and you're not any more "behind". (See? I know how you think -- all of you!)
**Do a small "Little Book of Me" -- like a 6x6 album of lists of things. Here's a great resource for list pages: Lists of Ten
**Start with some "Jumpstart" topics -- these are very superficial, and don't require any gut-wrenching Rebecca Sower journaling.

I am always looking for ideas to record and express my children's sibling relationship, they are spaced out quite a bit in age and I am always looking for ideas on scrapping their relationship. Does your new book reference sibling relationships?
Yes, there's a whole chapter on Family relationships. There are some fabulous layouts from Annie Wheatcraft on page 85 that document everyday moments, including snippets of her children's coversations. Her journaling always gets me "right here', ya know?

Basically you want to note how their relationship with each other is different from their relationships with other people in their lives. How do they relate and interact differently just between themselves? What do they talk about? What do they fight about? What do they love to do together? What do they love about each other? There's a great layout in the book from a mom whose daughters were sniping at each other, so the dad made the girls sit down and make a list of things they liked about each other. Talk about punishment! But it was a valuable exercise, and of course scrapbooking mom snagged their notes and built a layout around it.

Be sure to check out the entire message thread for more thought-provoking questions and answers!  Also be sure to check out my challenge -- Everyone who puts something together for this challenge will be entered into a random drawing for prizes from Memory Makers and Karen Foster Designs.   Layouts must be posted to the LifetimeMoments Book of Us Challenge Gallery by the end of NSD weekend (must be completed by 8am Eastern, Monday, May 9 th). All who participate in the challenge will be entered in a drawing to win a copy of the Book of Us and the Book of Me !

Thanks to the ladies at LM for a great chat!  I appreciate the enthusiastic turnout!


The Two/Five Things

Found this kind of wild idea on Gary LaPointe's blog today, by way of the Daily Meme.

Here's the idea:
"...The Two Things: For every subject, there are really only two things you really need to know. Everything else is the application of those two things, or just not important."

So let's apply this to scrapbooking.  And I'll give you Five Things, just to be nice (and because it's so very hard to pare it down to just Two Things!)

  • If someone wanted to understand at the Essence of You -- what five things would they really need to know?
  • If someone wanted to understand at the Essence of one of your kids, what five things would they really need to know?
  • If someone wanted to understand the Essence of one of your relationships, what five things would they really need to know?

I pose this as a challenge (not an official one) because it IS a challenge to come up with the quintessential factoids about any of these subjects.  Interesting!


Think Blogs are a Fad?

Link: Business Blogging on the Rise.

Article Excerpt: Despite the risks, blogs are gaining ground as credible sources of information with Internet users. According to a recent survey by Hostway, a Web-hosting and managed services provider, 45% of 2,500 respondents feel blogs are as or more credible than television commercials, and 45% feel that blogs are more credible than Internet advertising. Forty-one percent feel blogs are as or more credible that radio advertising.

"...AS OR MORE CREDIBLE THAN TELEVISION COMMERCIALS...INTERNET ADVERTISING...RADIO ADVERTISING."  WOW.  Even though it's not the majority of people polled...WOW.  I'm really glad I'm getting a handle on blogging now, because the "fad" is only going to deepen from here.


Friday Movie Fun

My friend Marpy sent me this link today:
www.petermoore.ca/ben/FilmTitleQuiz_V1.xls
It opens as an Excel file.  I downloaded it, scanned it with Norton Anti-Virus, and opened it just fine.  It's really wild -- someone with too much time on their hands took stills from 60 movies, and edited out the characters' faces and hands, then set up the Excel spreadsheet to "test" you on the names of the movies, based on the characters' wardrobes and the setting.  On the first run through I got 24 out of 60, then upped it to 25.  (Yea me!)  Marpy got 51 out of 60.  (Stinker!)  But I got one she didn't -- #60.  That's what I get for having geek-boys in the house!

The only problem is that there's not an answer key anywhere that we can find.  Marpy may be my best answer key, since she has most of them, but I'm not willing to give up yet!  ;)  I have to let DH have a go at it first, too.  He's the movie wiz in our family, my own personal IMDB!  LOL

Edited to Add: I now have 31 out of 60.  Slowly but surely... ;)

ETA2: My brother got 47 out of 60, then "hacked" the rest, so I have the "key" if anyone wants it.  I haven't looked at the list yet, since there's still more I want to try for, and DH hasn't seen it yet.

ETA3: A number of people have emailed me privately looking for the answers -- I have posted them in a blog entry here.


Lifetime Moments

Today's Virtual Book Tour stop is the Detroit, MI area, where it is mostly cloudy, a *balmy* high of 54°: Lifetime Moments.  I'll be doing a chat here tonight at 8pm Central/9pm Eastern.  I'll be issuing a challenge during the chat for you to complete by the end of National Scrapbook Day weekend (must be completed by 8am, Monday, May 9 th). All who participate in the challenge will be entered in a drawing to win a copy of the Book of Us and the Book of Me, plus prizes from Memory Makers, and Karen Foster Designs!  Whohoo!  I'm excited about the challenge -- it touches on something that been talked about on several blogs recently...

Other stops this week have taken me to New York, Maryland, Wisconsin, and Florida!  This weekend I head out for the UK for a day on Michelle's blog, and a day at UKScrappers!  I'll be such a well-traveled girl at the end of these two weeks!  ;)  BTW, I put together a fun little map of my travels, so be sure to check that out!

Be sure to also check out the challenge at ScrapsAhoy -- that has a generous two-week deadline (May 12th), so there's plenty of opportunity to submit something for the prizes: Krylon's Paper Finishes, Styrofoam Puffy Paper Thin Foam, and some stuff from Go West Studios.  Fun!  [NOTE: May 12th is also when I'll do the rescheduled chat there -- 8pm Central/9pm Eastern.]


Scraps Ahoy Stop Update

Today's Virtual Book Tour stop ScrapsAhoy!  I'm so excited, because I just love working with Jen (CaptainNewt) and Annie (AnnieW).  They are both such sweeties, and both so inspirational to me.  I could just drool over their layouts all day, and be quite happy about it.  They are both featured in Book of US, so this stop is a nice fit!  ;)

We had a slight change in plans -- I was scheduled to do a chat there tonight, but found out on Tuesday that my son has a choir concert tonight!  Hello??  Thanks for telling me!!  So, I'll be running the camera tonight instead of my mouth.  ;)  After a short chat with Jen this morning, we revised my VBT stop to include issuing the Book of US Challenge on the message board today, with a posting deadline in two weeks on Thursday, May 12th.  We'll do the chat then, and I'll announce the winner of the prize.  Jen also set up an Ask Angie thread so people can post questions ahead of time for me to answer in the chat.  Very cool!

Tomorrow's tour stop is LifetimeMoments, where I'll be doing a chat on the message board at 8pm Central.  I'll issue another layout challenge then. 

Boy, if someone followed me throughout this tour, they would have about a BAJILLION layout ideas for a Book of US!  Very cool!  I love to hear what people do with all these ideas spewing out of my head, so please do let me know!



SSReflections Chat Recap & VBT Update

Had a leisurely, intimate chat with the crew at SSReflections last night, in their YahooGroups chatroom.  The software gave several people fits, including their illustrious captain, but eventually we all made it in (I think).  As we were waiting for several people to find there way in, the atmosphere was mostly chatty, not many real "interview-y" questions asked, which is fine by me.  I like people to get a sense of personality in chats, of my sense of humor and quick responses -- as much of a "tireless promoter" as I am, it's still hard for me to plug ceaselessly.  I feel like people have seen my "what inspired you to write this" answers so often...but I guess they haven't if they keep asking the question!  ;)  Some of the different questions asked last night:

How is Book of US different from Book of ME?
At the risk of sounding basic, The Book of US focuses on relationships between more than one person, their interactions with each other; The Book of ME is about scrapbooking about just yourself, and your influences and reactions to the world.  The books both follow the same format: introduction to the chapter's topic, journaling prompts, lists of photos and memorabilia to include, quotes, and internet resources.  The Book of US encourages scrapbookers to explore and save what is unique and special about their most meaningful relationships. It's not just about romantic relationships -- think about friendships, family, groups, work teams and communities, too.  It gives tips on including those special nuances of relationships that make relationships tick, such as their history, special jokes or language, celebrations, gifts or family ties.

Where can I find the book?
You should be able to find all three books at the library.  You can also find them at Amazon, B&N, Borders, Michael's, and local scrapbooking stores.  You can get signed copies from One Scrappy Store (my website -- a lot of people don't know that I "am" One Scrappy Site.)

Do you journal on the computer a lot?
Being the font fiend that I am, you might be surprised that I most often handwrite my journaling.  This is for two reasons.  First, it's important to include your handwriting in your albums, because it's a part of who you are, and will help people remember that aspect of you.  Plus, the people who love you don't view your handwriting as critically as you do.  Second, it's takes forethought and planning to include computer journaling on a layout -- time to compose and print it out before heading out to a crop, time I don't often take.  Not to mention all the time it takes just for me to choose a font!  It takes me longer to choose a font than to choose the paper and embellishments!  ;)

Today's stop is Scrapbooking.About.com.  Rebecca has posted an interview she did with me, and a layout challenge with me.  (Check out the free wordart at that second link!)  Rebecca is actually hosting a contest based on the challenge -- she posted about it in the About.com Forums (you may have to sign in before being able to read the post).

Tomorrow's stop is ScrapsAhoy, where I'm doing at chat at 8pm Central/9pm Eastern.  I'll be giving a layout challenge (for prizes!), and a digital freebie.  Please join me!


Jungle Chat Recap & VBT update

Another lovely chat last night, this time at ScrapbookJungle.  I've chatted with these ladies before, and had just as much fun this time.  They're all so friendly and fun.  And they ask great questions!  Some questions posed were:
How do you choose the layouts to go in your books?
What percentage of layouts submitted make it into your books?
What's your next project going to be?
How do your kids feel about their "world famous" mom?

You can find a PDF transcript of the chat here.
Thanks Jungle-Bunnies for a great time!

I posted the layout challenge at Scrap Outside The Box earlier today, to give people time to work on something before my tour stop there on Tuesday, May 3rd.

Tonight I "sail off" on a chat at 8pm Central with the crew at SSReflections.  You must be a member of their ezine group at YahooGroups to attend, because the chat will take place in the YG chatroom.  From their promotional newsletter:

Now is your chance to ask Angie all about what motivates her, where she comes up with the ideas for her awesome series of books and all about her BRAND NEW book "The Book of US". So, plan to be a part of this brand new feature to the members of the Ezine Group

Tomorrow I'll post the links to the tour content that's available at Scrapbooking.About.com.


VBT: Scrapbook Jungle

Welcome to Day 2 on my Virtual Book Tour (VBT)!  Today I'm stopping at ScrapbookJungle.com, and visiting with the ladies there.  They've already started a thread in the forums for a little Q&A with me -- I love the subject line Emily gave it: The "Thread of Me".  Too funny!

I'm doing a chat there tonight at 8pm Central/9pm Eastern -- I was there in March for a chat, and had a blast!  You'll have to stop by!

I've been continually updating the VBT webpage with links to all the fun stuff, such as book reviews, challenges, and chat highlights.  It's a great way to keep up on all the events if you can't make them in person.  I just updated the links to include the FUN Angie Pedersen trivia game that Rachel (rh_scrapbooker) did at ScrapbookJungle earlier this month -- it was kind of surreal to read about myself that way, but it was really fun.  Be sure to check it out!

I also just posted a layout challenge in the special VBT thread at UKScrappers.  Mary Anne and I decided to post it early so people could have a little longer to work on it -- the deadline for posting a layout in the Gallery is 9:30pm GMT Sunday, May 1st.  I like giving a bit more time for the challenge -- my challenge was a bit overwhelming for some people yesterday at Scrapbook-Bytes, because they had only 4 hours to work on something to be eligible for the prize.  I need to keep that in mind for future stops (and tours!)  Of course, the challenge is still posted, so people can still use it as inspiration, they just can't compete for the prize.

So that's where the tour stands!  Today I'll be popping in and out of the Jungle, answering questions posted to The Thread of Me.  I also need to work on interview questions from Hot Off the Press -- they're featuring The Book of Us in our book review section of www.creativepapercrafts.com for the month of May.  Cool, huh?

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SBB Chat Recap

Whoa, what a whirlwind!  The chat/crop lasted about an hour and a half, and FLEW by.  I've been in similarly paced chats before, but it never fails to kind of frazzle me.  I always worry that I've missed someone's question.  Plus this time I posted a challenge and some freebie links, and people kept asking for them.  But my total digi-angel was Amy -- she totally had my back!  She kept posting the links and the challenge in the chat, as well as the link to my online store to buy copies of the book.  She really kept the whole thing rolling, AND kept me aware of unanswered questions by IM.  I would have been completely buried without her!

Then to top it off, she pulled "words of wisdom" out of the chat, and posted them in their own threads in the SBB Forums, so people could reference them after the chat.  It's also really nice for me, because now I can go back in and add in comments, now that I have a little breathing room to think!  LOL  Check out the chat highlights (AND book reviews) here: Ask Angie Pedersen.

My heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the gang at Scrapbook-Bytes for such a lovely start to my tour.  Everyone was so jazzed at the chat, and are already producing fabulous results to the challenge.  I bow to your greatness, ladies!