Blogging for Scrapbookers

On a whim last night, I purchased a spot in Shimelle Laine’s Blogging for Scrapbookers at Pretty Paper. True Stories. This will be my first time taking an online scrapbooking or blogging course. The course lasts three weeks and we have blogging assignments during the course, so some of my posts will be those assignments. Don’t worry, you will still get the normal content, too.

Today’s assignment is to take photo of our scrapbooking and blogging. The photo is less than stellar, but it’s the best I could do with my photography skill set and the need to get it done sooner rather than later. Oh well. Here is the photo:

Next, I am supposed to identify my intentions for taking this course. Here it goes:

  1. I want to network with other scrapbookers and other bloggers. I am still a newbie to blogging, but not so new to scrapbooking.
  2. I want to develop my own guidelines about what is blogworthy and what is not as it relates to scrapbooking. I am currently struggling with whether to include my actual layouts on this blog. My intent is not to teach people how to scrapbook, though this does occur occasionally. I am also concerned with issues of privacy. How does a scrapbooker/blogger decide what about their lives to share and what to keep private.

I would like to close by thanking you for reading this far and if you are one of my classmates, I’ll see you in class. If this is your first time visiting, here are a few ways you can support this blog. Thanks!

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  • Welcome to the class. Shimelle’s classes are great. I’m off to check out your blog a bit.

  • “I found you through BFS. What an entertaining post. I am a sociologist by trade and love to hear these cross-cultural things. I’m curious, do scrapbookers who normally use the metric system, use the metric system in scrapbooking? Or do you have to rely on the U.S. measuring system since so much of the product is produced in the U.S.?”

    Hello Stephanie, I thought I’d drop by your blog and say hi, since you left such a nice comment on mine!

    Thanks for the friendly feedback; as far as recipes go, I use metric or imperial measurements, depending on where the recipe came from. I’m good at converting the weight-based measurements anyway, and there’s always a measuring jug to help with liquids. I bought some “American” measuring cups last year, because some bloggers were posting recipes and I wanted to try them. It seemed easier to have the cups than to keep looking up the conversions.

    As far as Metric vs Imperial with scrapbooking; I use a mixture of both! I refer to pages as 12″ or 6″ etc, because those are “standard” scrapping terms and that’s how the papers are measured out. If I’m posting on my blog, I generally try to post both measurements, for the benefit of all blog friends and visitors. When it comes to measuring things accurately, I sometimes use metric, because the mm divisions are neater; but other times I use 16th of inches, because they “fit” into the imperial measured papers. The same applies to my bookbinding practises – sometimes I need one system, other times I need the other! At least I understand them both and know what I’m doing!

    Nice to meet you – do come back and read a few posts, if you feel the inclination. I try to blog regularly and there’s a lot of stuff there now – you may find a post or two that interests you.

    By the way, I love those scrap pages in your photo – they are really gorgeous!

  • Stopping over from Blogging for Scrapbookers. Looking forward to your journey!

  • Thanks for stopping by and for the elaboration on metric v. imperial scrapbooking!

  • Thanks for stopping by!

  • Thank you for stopping by!

  • Welcome to the class! I think you will like it! 🙂

  • Mel

    Hi there, classmate! That was a fine whim you acted upon – Shimelle’s classes are *fab*, and I’m certain you’ll love this one 🙂

    I’m excited to hear that you’ll be visiting LA too – we’re in the middle of all our preparation, sorting out accommodation, flights, etc! (It is distracting me some from class though lol….)

  • Yes, I can’t wait, though I really need to spend more time planning. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Thanks, I hope so!

  • JJ

    Thanks for the kinds words on my blog. I hope you enjoy Shimelle’s class. I think she’s a great teacher.

    (on a side note – I read scrapping magazines from France, and they refer to all the measurements in metric only)

  • Stephanie

    Just to say thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. Thought I would take a look at your blog. Great blog- so informative. Going to add to my favourites.

    Hope you enjoy Shimelles class. I love them – though I tend to do them in my own time rather than doing them live. The great thing about Shimelle’s class is that you can do that too and the forums are always open to discuss the classes.


  • Good to know. Yeah, I think I’m going along more at my own speed. I’ll probably eventually do most of the prompts, but just not in the order presented or everyday. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Thanks for the information. One cool thing about this class is visiting all these awesome blogs from around the world. I’m learning about all kinds of scrapbook magazines that are published outside the US. I can’t wait to check some of them out.

  • I’ve loved poking around your blog…hope you enjoy BFS!

  • Thanks for poking! I am enjoying the class. The best part is connecting with all these really great new blogs I might not have otherwise discovered.