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Shameless Request for Testimonials

I'm working on adding "information entrepreneur" to my list of roles, via a variety of projects, such as special reports, email workshops, private journaling coaching, and teleseminars.  To put together the copy to promote these ventures, I need testimonials.

If you wouldn't mind...if you have taken classes from me in the past, or have found any of my books useful, I'd appreciate it if you'd email me with testimonials about how they've helped you, particularly with your writing.  How did my ideas help improve your scrapbooking, writing, personal reflection, etc?  How did the way I presented material help you learn better?  How does my personality and attitude help you soak up my ideas better?

You are welcome to either leave a comment here on this entry, or email me with your comments privately.

Thanks so much!  I appreciate your support, as always, particularly in this case, as your support could help me help someone else!


del.icio.us tags

So I've finally clued in to the wonder that is del.icio.us tagging.  And I've been tagging site left and right for at least the last hour. 

From their About page:

del.icio.us is a social bookmarks manager. It allows you to easily add sites you like to your personal collection of links, to categorize those sites with keywords, and to share your collection not only between your own browsers and machines, but also with others.

Other sites allow/encourage tagging: Technorati, flickr, and furl are some of the major ones.  I also love the "tagging" of labels in gmail.  I'm completely addicted to its use in gmail -- it makes searching sooooo easy.  Tagging, I think, is only going to increase in popularity among websites, and software applications.  For instance, Jasc's Paint Shop Photo Album 5.0 allows photo organization by tagging, as does Adobe's Photoshop Album 2.0.  Tagging is going to be more and more of a necessity, as the amount of virtual/digital information grows.

Back to the del.icio.us concept -- here's a great tutorial for beginners.

Wiki: tagging, Del.icio.us, social bookmarking

Want to see what I've tagged so far?  del.icio.us/AngiePedersen.


Why do you do what you do?

Link: Why Do You Do What You Do?

Stumbled upon this site via Andrea Scher's blog today.  LOVE the idea.  It would make a neat scrapbooking layout, or heck, even a whole album.

Why do YOU do what you do?  Why do you do your job?  Why do you scrapbook?  Why do you 'mom'? (or NOT 'mom', if that is your choice)  Why do you eat triple-decker peanut butter sandwiches?  Why do you wear sunscreen?  Why do you listen to that music?  Why do you do what you do?  You could set up photo shoots, a la the website project, and totally document yourself -- answering some future person's questions while you still have the answers.


One Scrappy Site Statistics

OK, so I was poking around in the control panel for One Scrappy Site recently, and happened on some interesting site statistics:

OSS has served over 201,000 unique visitors this year.

Those visitors have made over 3,770,000 page hits! THREE MILLION PAGE HITS, people!

Obviously, OSS is filling a need in the scrapbooking community. Who knew there were that many font freaks out there??

Now... if I just had a dollar for each of those visitors... HEY!  There's an idea!  I just happen to have my PayPal account ready...

If you have visited ONE SCRAPPY SITE this year, and have found the resources useful, please consider donating to keep those resources available.  Even $1 would be very, very nice of you.  ;)


Scrapping Life '05 Survey

From Michelle's Scrapability blog:

Scrapbooking Style
Traditional paper based or Digital? Or Both (Biscraptual)? 90% Traditional/10% Digital
Other Mixed Media Arts? experiementing with some home dec projects
Define Your Style in 5 or less words eclectic, simple, lots of journaling
Name your Scrapping Heroes Annie Wheatcraft, Faye Morrow Bell, Jessie Baldwin, myself ;)
Social Scrapping
2Peas or Not? lurker
One forum lover or spreader of your joy? spreader
Active Member, Moderator, or Lurker? all three
Do you Scrapblog? heck yeah!
Do you Attend Crops, and if so - how regularly? used to, not so much anymore
Do you Attend Scrapbooking Events and Retreats - if so, how regularly? see above
Scrapbooking Objectives and Profile
Are you or would you like to be a Scrapbooking Designer? I work in the industry, if that counts
Would you Like to Make Money from Scrapping? I'd like to make MORE money from scrapping!  ;)
Is Scrapbooking a Career Objective - fulltime or parttime? fulltime
Do you scrap for yourself, your family or others? yes ;)
Is it about the legacy, the memory or the art? yes ;)
How Many Hours on average per week do you plan / actually do towards scrapbooking? I'm always working on something scrap-related
Average Monthly Budget for Scrapping Supplies? $0-$25
How many scrapping magazines do you buy/subscribe to on average per month? 3
How many Idea Books do you own? 20?
A Bit About You
How many years have you been scrapping? 7
Define your family and partnership status very happily married, 1 son, 1 daughter, 1 Black Lab
Fultime worker, part-time worker, fultime at home fulltime work-at-home-mom
Just Some Fun
What do you think will be the next big product / trend in scrapping? couldn't possibly predict!
What old product / trend would you like to see make a comeback? ?
What's your favourite website to do with scrapping? (Only one!) OneScrappySite.com!

CREATE YOUR OWN! - or - GET PAID TO TAKE SURVEYS!

YouSendIt.com

Here's a super F.REE resource: YouSendIt.com. I first found out about through Shea Parker, who sponsored some digital kits for my Virtual Book Tour.

Why would you need a service to send files?  Often when you attach a big file (>1MB) to an email, it will bounce back, because the recipient's provider's server won't accept it.  But with YouSendIt, you upload the file (up to 1 Gig in size!) to their server, and they email the recipient a link to download it.  They give the recipient seven days to download it, then delete it from their servers.  Sweet!

Sending even huge files is as easy as sending an email -- if you've ever uploaded a layout to a layout gallery, you can do this!

Choose who you want to send a file to. You can even specify multiple email addresses separated by commas.  Browse your computer to select the file you want to send. You can send photos, audio, documents or anything else. Your file will be stored by YouSendIt without ever filling up your recipient's mailbox.  Click on Send. YouSendIt will automatically email your recipient a link to your file stored on our server.  No passwords to share, no software to install, no accounts to create, and no full mailboxes.

YouSendIt assures its visitors it's safe: "Your data goes to who you want it to and nobody else. No risk of having data end up in the wrong hands."

I use YouSendIt quite often -- lately I've been using it to send the content of my class kit CDs to those who ordered it.  Saves on shipping that way, and people get the files that day!  Sweet!


ICE Might Save Your Life

From PCMag.com, via Ken Leebow's blog:

Vodafone and a Cambridge-based paramedic continue their campaign—its importance highlighted by recent terrorist activity in London—to encourage users to keep emergency contact numbers stored in their mobile phones.

After entering ICE, the abbreviation for "in case of emergency," into the mobile phone's phone book, users can enter who they'd want contacted in an emergency situation.

Edited to Add: I just added my ICE #s to my cell -- as suggested by Lifehacker yesterday, I added ICE1, ICE2, ICE3, and ICE4.  Actually, what I did was edit the names of numbers already in my address book -- for my husband, I changed it from "David" to "ICE1-David"; "home" I changed to "ICE2-Home", and "Mom&Dad" I changed to "ICE3-Mom&Dad".  That way any emergency personal would know not only my In Case of Emergency numbers, but also who they would be talking to when the person picked up the call.  Ain't I clever?

Another bit -- Michelle at Scrapability provides some backstory on this idea, which she accurately terms a "web meme".


Create a WOW List

Does anyone else see the scrapbooking applications to this idea?
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Create a WOW List
By Maria Marsala, Business Growth Specialist

What in the world is a "WOW List"? It's a tool (a reminder we humans sometimes need) to help us put the joy back in our lives.  Maybe it's a tool to help us realize how much we really have, or to remember what brings a big smile to our faces.

How do you create a WOW List? First, purchase a small booklet, like an assignment pad or journal. Glue something to the cover to add color. Add a picture you've taken, a cut-out of a card you've saved - let your imagination run wild!

Start your WOW List by taking notice when you are doing, seeing, or thinking about something that brings a smile to your face.  Write those things in your pad. When you feel your heart smile, when you say WOW or AW or whatever YOUR word might be, write that item in the pad and put a star by it. Continue on this path for at least a month.

After that, take a very good look at your WOW List. Look for patterns. Look to see what people, places or things to add "more of" into your life. And if you're in business or thinking about upgrading or changing careers, see if you can find things to add into your life professionally, too. For example, one of the reoccurring items on my WOW List was writing instructional articles. So I added "writing" to the way I market my business.  Now, I'm also being paid to author articles. See?

WOW Booklets are great gift ideas. They're wonderful to provide clients in their Welcome Kits, as gifts from the heart, for contest give-aways, etc. Or have a WOW Booklet night and create beautifully covered WOW Lists with your friends, family and children.

When you add more WOW List items into your life, you're sure to notice that your life is less stressful; you'll even find more time. Now... go fill that time up with your WOW's and other wonderful things that bring a smile to your heart! And start feeling all that wonderful energy!

About the author:
© 2003 Maria Marsala, Business Growth Specialist. Helping you attract clients and improve your bottom line by providing blue chip methods, practical ideas and proven systems for businesses growth. Request a consultation or join Elevating Your Business Ezine now. Visit http://coachmaria.com


Trying out audio...

Since chatting with Lynette for the Scrapcast interview, I've been toying with the idea of podcasts myself (like I don't have enough to do!)  It would just be nice to know that I have the option, should I find myself with a huge bag of "free time".

So I confiscated my husband's gaming headphones, started up the Sound Recorder hiding on my computer, found a program to convert .wav files to .mp3, and voila!  I have a sound file! (I think you may have to right-click, and choose Save Link As... or Save File As...)

There.  Now I know I can do it.  Next up on the to-do list... email workshops and ebooks.  How's that sound?


REVIEW: The Ultimate Guide to Scrapbooking with Children

REVIEW: The Ultimate Guide to Scrapbooking with Children by R. Lynn Baker
Published by Indigo House, 2005
ISBN: 1596120142

Many scrapbooks feature children, but not many are CREATED by children. R. Lynn Baker has written a book that she hopes will remedy that situation.  Her recently released how-to book, The Ultimate Guide to Scrapbooking with Children, offers hundreds of specific tips for how to get the most out of scrapbooking sessions, with children at the helm.

This book reflects Baker’s years of experience working with school districts and leading professional development workshops for teachers. It is the result of numerous requests she’s received over the years for a curriculum book, and it shows. What you get is basically a workshop-in-a-book. It’s set up to be of most use to those who work with children: providing guidelines for developmentally appropriate scrapbooking, activities ideas for scrapping with homeschoolers and in groups, and suggesting how to connect scrapbooking with classroom curriculum. Baker provides tested techniques and tips for making scrapbooking sessions go smoothly. She has obviously done her educational homework, and teachers will find it a godsend for their lesson planning. Everything is all lined up in the pages of this book.

The author emphasizes that scrapbooking has its most advantages when it is “’applied’ rather than ‘introduced’...Children begin to ‘own’ what they have learned when they can apply it directly to an original product that they have successfully created themselves.”

The book opens with a Beginner’s Guide to Scrapbooking, which provides a solid foundation for adults who might be beginners themselves. It also acts as an outline for presenting an introductory session to children. Baker is wise to include this section, as many teachers may recognize the benefits of scrapbooking, without having any experience with the craft themselves. Laying out all the components of a beginner’s guide also helps provide a basis for consistency, should multiple teachers from the same organization want to start scrapping with their students.

In this opening section, Baker also provides tips for successful scrapbook journaling. As the author of three books on scrapbook journaling, I particularly appreciated that these tips were offered up front. I believe that telling the story is the most crucial part of scrapbooking, so any book that offers suggestions to make it easier gets a “thumbs up” from me.

In Section 2, Baker suggests specific tips for scrapbooking with children – these are obviously her “Best Practices”, gained from her own experiences. I found these especially helpful, knowing they have already been tested. I particularly appreciated her ideas for using photos with kids, sources for inexpensive materials, and gaining community support.

Section 3 presents specific hands-on projects with step-by-step instructions and ideas for incorporating the project with other activities. Even better than these complete project instructions, however, are some of the topics she suggests. Not only do you get direction for how to make a paper bag book, but you also get ideas on what to use the paper bag book for, such as a home for artwork, a book on seasons, or an “All About Me” project. Other topical suggestions include a classroom recipes tag book, a “My Hometown” layout, and the life cycle of a butterfly.

Section 4 offers four projects for homeschool students: Portfolio of Student Work, Homeschool Yearbook Scrapbook, Local Community Organization Scrapbook, and a Family Heritage Album.  Each activity lists suggested age levels, outcome learner goals, supplies, directions, tips, online resources, and a bibliography of related books. Section 5 follows the same format, presenting six activities for groups, clubs, and scrapbook store classes.

Section 6 provides 12 lessons plans for the traditional classroom. It follows the same format as Sections 4 and 5, adding information on Content Area Focus, Vocabulary Terms, Learning Assessment, and Learning Extensions. The lesson plans span curriculum in all age levels: early elementary, middle school, and high school.

The only thing that detracts from the overall impact of the book is the design. When I said that this book is essentially a workshop-in-a-book, it also kind of looks like one – it’s basically a black-and-white handout, with some color inserts in the middle, and a colorful front and back cover. (Granted, it’s 90 pages, so it’s much more than a mere “handout”.) I would like to see the color photos of the projects paired with the actual instructions to improve the flow of the book. But these design preferences are minimal in the face of the valuable content.

As a former preschool teacher, I really enjoyed reading The Ultimate Guide to Scrapbooking with Children, primarily for all the specific techniques and suggestions Baker offers. Just paging through the hands-on projects section, my mind started whirling with possibilities. I could vividly imagine how easy it would be to incorporate her ideas into classroom activities, increasing the chances that children will become the authors of their own books, rather than just the subjects.  I wholeheartedly recommend and endorse this book.  If you do any work with kids, as a parent, a teacher, a girl scout leader, or whatever, you NEED this book!

NOTE: Lynn also offers a companion resource website with message boards, activities, articles, and links: www.scrapbookingkids.com