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The Self Portrait Challenge

Found this COOL idea while clicking through blogs tonight:

How about, when you have nothing better to do, you lie on a big sheet of paper and get the girls to trace around you and then do a self portraiture using the body shape.

Once you have the shape hang it up for awhile - answer some of these questions and then go for it using all your favourite mediums - language, collage, whatever takes your fancy.

Reflect upon your psychological and spiritual evolution and describe the roads you have chosen to travel.
Where are you going?
What conflicts are you dealing with?
What do you love? Whom do you love? How do you love?
Colour your moods!
What are your dreams or visions for the future and how much attention do you pay to them?
Reflect on the dark side.
Draw those night terrors. Have them spurting forth from your head.
What don't you like about yourself?
What things have bought you pain?
What are you afraid of?
What has bought you joy?
What parts of yourself are you reluctant to claim?
If you did a retrospective who would you present?


extract from email to Stephanie Hansen from Heather Blakey

The resulting art piece from this challenge might be interesting to pair with the photos resulting from Ali Edwards' Self-Portrait Challenge.

There was an interesting interview article paired with Heather's challenge -- be sure to check it out!

How to Blog by Tony Pierce

Found this piece today: How to Blog. While I don't agree with every piece of advice on the list, most of it's pretty good.  I particularly liked:

3. dont be afraid to do anything. infact if youre afraid of something, do it. then do it again. and again.

15. dont be afraid if you think something has been said before. it has. and better. big whoop. say it anyway using your own words as honestly as you can. just let it out.

19. push the envelope in what youre writing about and how youre saying it. be more and more honest. get to the root of things. start at the root of things and get deeper. dig. think out loud. keep typing. keep going. eventually you'll find a little treasure chest. every time you blog this can happen if you let it.

22. when in doubt review something. theres not enough reviews on blogs. review a movie you just saw, a tv show, a cd, a kiss you just got, a restaurant, a hike you just took, anything.

30. read tons of blogs and leave nice comments.  [especially for Angie!]

Tony pretty much summed up the essence of blogging, as I've come to understand it.  Check it out if you're trying to get a handle on this "whole blog thang".

MSN Spaces breaks 10 million blogs

Found this little tidbit today:
MSN Spaces breaks 10 million blogs

After prediciting Wenesday in the latest Blog Herald blog count that MSN Spaces now had 10 million blogs, the figure has been confirmed by Infoworld today which writes in “The Battle for the Blogosphere” that MSN Spaces now hosts over 10 million blogs, and that the adoption rate has blown past internal Microsoft expectations.

“MSN Spaces is the fastest growing service MSN has ever introduced,” said Brooke Richardson, lead product manager at MSN communication services, is quoted in the article.

SOURCE: The Blog Herald
See also: The Battle for the Blogosphere

It's mind boggling how much the blogging phenomenon has grown, just since the first of the year.  Yes, I realize that blogs have been around for years now, but the explosion is now.  It just blows me away.  I find it a bit scary, actually -- even as into I am, and how addicted to technology my family is, this "runaway freight train" growth isn't leaving me much time to wrap my brain around everything.  The media are talking about how blogs are changing the way people get and share their information, and pondering the fate of radio/TV/newspapers -- there are so many predictions and dire forecasts...and yet so many people still don't read blogs or even know what they are.  I pitched an article query about blogging to a magazine recently but it was rejected because, basically, the editor doesn't "get" blogs.  If people don't "get" blogs, how quickly can they really change the face of media?  At the same time, as media does evolve, I don't feel ready for it yet, even as I blog this entry.  I love blogging and reading blogs, but have this uncertain, uneasy feeling about all that's to come.  Perhaps just because, even though there are predictions, it's still Unknown.  Ooooh, and I don't really dig Unknown.  I'm much better with plans and comfort zones and expectations.

Does anyone else get the same uneasy feeling, even as we embrace this new technology?

Love Lessons

Marriage is one long lesson in how to love and BE loved.  You don't always receive love in the same amount or way that you give it.  But as long as the other person loves you the best that they can, it's your job to figure out how to fully accept that love into your life with a glad and joyful heart.

That's sometimes a hard lesson to learn.  Or sometimes it's one you have to keep re-learning.  It's so easy and convenient to allow petty complaints and emotional venting to overshadow all the love and loving gestures that are freely given.  I know I am frequently guilty of this.  I worry and fret and bitch and moan (mostly in my head) about not getting love exactly how I "need" to be loved.  But I am coming to realize, and struggling to accept, that just because Love doesn't look or feel like what I might expect or demand, doesn't mean it's not Love.  I have Love in my life.  I have affection, devotion, dedication, hope, and faith.  Complaining about how it's presented to me is ungracious, and perhaps even a little arrogant.  Love in all its forms is a gift -- and marriage is a lifelong opportunity to recognize and accept the gift into your heart.

Gratitude is a powerful and humbling thing -- why is it so hard to buckle down and accept the goodness that already is??

Meet Me in Atlanta! (and Houston, and Kansas City!)

I'm really looking forward to teaching three classes in Atlanta this weekend -- I'll be at Matte Magic in Newnan on Saturday, to help celebrate their 3rd Anniversary!  I'll be debuting a couple of new classes that I'm really excited about -- actually all three should be pretty awesome!  ;)  [Pssst!  I *think* there might be a few spots left -- be sure to call Rose to check it out!  I guarantee you'll have a BLAST!]

Gotcha!: Capturing Personality on Paper
I've taught this class several times before, and it's usually a sell-out.  I guess I wrote a good description!  But once I've "lured" people in to the class, I make sure to give them plenty of content, and fun stuff to think about.  I try to share fresh ideas for documenting quirks, passions, favorites, and personal pizzazz. We play with tags, envelopes, fibers, inking, tearing, and other fun stuff, while discussing how best to preserve the personality on paper.  In this class, we do a layout titled "Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful", and another one based on VH-1's "Pop-Up Video" series!

A Little Book of Me Paper Bag Album
CoverThis is one of my new classes, and it's going to be sooooo fun!  Paper bag albums are so hot right now, and when paired with fun Aunt Gertie's Garden paper from SEI -- it's too cute!  This class is actually a variation on one I developed when I first started teaching Book of Me classes -- "10 Fast & Fabulous Layouts about YOU".  Since I developed it a couple of years ago, products and techniques have changed so much, my class samples & projects are a little out of date.  So I combined all 10 layout topics into one paper bag album!  So cute!  Plus, it's easily adaptable into a small 6x6 album, if someone perferred not to go the paper bag route, for whatever reason.

10 Memories of US
10memoriescover_2This is my second debut class, based on an outline I designed for my Book of Us class CD.  (Did you know I have created class CDs for each of my books??)  This is a little K&Co accordion album, featuring Basic Grey paper, and lots of fun nooks and crannys for hidden journaling.  It's perfect for documenting little snippets of shared memories about friendship, family, love, groups and communities. Lots of neat hidden journaling techniques in this CUTE project!  And how can you pass up Basic Grey paper??

My next travel gig is to Houston the weekend of June 17-18th:
June 17: Scrapbook Village
June 18, 2005: Lone Star Scrapbook Company (am)/Novel Approach (pm)

EDITED TO ADD: After that, I'm sticking around home for a bit, and teaching a class two different times at Scrapbooker's Dream-Independence!  (Yay for the home team!)  Call 816-795-5450 for space availability!

I hope to meet some of you while I'm in Atlanta this weekend, or in Houston in June, or in KC this summer -- be sure to introduce yourself!  I'm really very friendly and approachable!  ;)

All-Time 100 Best Movies List

So Time Magazine just released an unranked list of ALL-TIME Greatest 100 Movies, compiled by the movie critics for Time magazine, Richard Schickel and Richard Corliss.  Talk about asking for a flame war!  ;)  Fortunately, Schickel did give the following disclaimer for an article with the Associated Press: "100 lists are fun to discuss, fun to argue over...I don't think anybody should say, `That's it, that's the final 100! No disputing this for the rest of eternity!' You know, stuff changes. Life changes. You change."

This brings to mind DH's (dear husband's) differentiation between "favorite" movies and "perfect" movies.  One can have many favorite movies, but a "perfect" movie calls into play the casting, the cinematography, the script, special effects, and overall mojo of the film.  (Yes, he did minor in Film in college for a while, which might play into all his criteria.)  I have a harder time defining my own "perfect" movies, and just perfer to name Favorites.  I also have a list of "Everyday Movies" -- a layout I show in a number of my Book of Me classes.  The premise is "what movies could you watch EVERY DAY and never get sick of them?"  On my list: Pretty Woman, Top Gun, Princess Bride, LA Story, Far & Away, and Fifth Element.  (How interesting to note that they all came from the 90s!  I never even realized that....)

Moviesangiepedersen_1The idea for "Everyday Movies" actually came from a class I took from Shimelle Laine when she was visiting Kansas City from England.  (There! Now I get to brag about knowing her, too, since Michelle, Ali, Cindy, and others have mentioned in their blogs about taking her online Art Journal class.  ::wink:: )  Her page topic was inspired by a radio show in England -- something like Desert Island Memories, or something?  Anyway, she suggested we pick one luxury item, one CD, and one book to bring with us to a deserted island, and reminded us that these choices would have to hold our interest basically forever.  We discussed this topic in small groups -- the main point in my little group was that you'd have to be able to listen to this music over and over again and not get tired of it. We then started talking about movies we could watch every day and never get tired of them.  Hence -- Everyday Movies. 

Back to DH's "Perfect" Movies -- he has a list of specific "perfect" movies.  I keep reminding myself that I want to make a page about "Perfect Movies (according to David)".  I NEED to get that list from him!  I know a couple of Westerns are on it -- of all things, since he's a huge SciFi/Fantasy Geek.  According to him, both "Unforgiven" and "Silverado" are "perfect" movies.  I believe "Grand Canyon" is also on there.  I'll have to get more for the list, and Edit to Add them here.

What do you think of the Time list?  What movies are wrongfully left off, in your opinion?  What, for you, constitutes the "perfect" movie?  What would be on your "Perfect Movies (according to ME)" layout?  Or what are your "Everyday Movies"?


A neat meme I stumbled upon tonight, courtesy of a link via The Daily Meme...

"twenty-one was designed to show a different sort of weblog snapshot of the wonder that is you."

The 21 Questions

  1. Share your favorite digital photograph.  (This should be one that you, yourself have taken.)
  2. What is your motto?  If you don't have one, use your favorite quote.)
  3. If you could meet any two people (living or dead), who would they be, and why?  (Let me clarify, aside from Jesus and Einstein, who would they be?)
  4. Creative Writing 101: For the next 5 minutes, type whatever comes into your mind.  The idea is to type without stopping, without editing, with complete abandon.
  5. What you want to be most remembered for?  What do you want people to say about you; how do you want to be remembered?
  6. If you wrote a book, what would the first (or last) line be?
  7. If you were King (and/or) Queen for a day, describe your first proclamation.
  8. If you could change one thing about yourself, or your situation, what would it be?  Money is no object.
  9. There's no genie, but you've been granted three wishes.  What would they be?
  10. Last trip "out of town" you took, and when... Photos for this one would be a plus.
  11. Find a word in the dictionary that you never knew before and post the definition to it.
  12. What is the most daring thing you've ever done?  (daring, not dangerous).
  13. Name something positively amazing (besides your birth) that happened the year you were born.
  14. Name your favorite Beatle.
  15. In 250 words (or less), answer me this: "If money were not an object, and you were to leave tomorrow to travel around the world in 100 days, name your preferred method of travel and at least a dozen destinations you'd visit."  (Examples: hot air balloon, lear jet, yacht...destinations include countries, wonders of the world, people, places, things...)
  16. Name of the last book you read, and list your favorite passage from said book.
  17. Last funny thing a child said to you.  (A child means under age 18).
  18. Put down one stanza from your favorite song lyric, one that has particular meaning to you, one that, had you thought of it first, would have written yourself.  Include the songwriter's name and the name of the song.
  19. Put down your favorite movie line.  (I know it's hard to choose just one, so minimum 1, maximum 3.)
  20. Name the actor or actress you'd want to portray you in a movie based on your life.  (For some, it might take two. . .)
  21. Professionally speaking, if you could do anything at all, what would you do?  (And again, money and education are not objects or factors here whatsoever).

Ten Million Blogs Tracked

This weekend Technorati tracked its 10 Millionth Blog. It is a chinese blog, on, and it appears to be a blog talking about glassblowing, with some really cool pictures. Unfortunately I don't read Chinese so I can't tell what the commentary is about, but so far, the blogger has put in short biographical information in English about each glassblower profiled.

SOURCE: Sifry's Alerts: Ten Million Blogs Tracked.

I guess that makes me not only a One in a Million kind of gal...but a One in TEN Million kind of gal!  LOL

Trivia: Technorati started as a personal project in 2002.

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