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October 30, 2012

A peek inside the Two Views Workshop + class giveaway

Sneekpeek

In just over a week, my new Two Views workshop kicks off at Big Picture Classes. This class is all about pairing up with an album buddy—a parent, a child, a best friend, a sister, a partner or spouse—and answering a series of thought-provoking questions. The goal is to present a she said/she said (or he said) type of a scrapbook that shows where you both are in life, what you think and how you see the world.

I chose to make this album with my lovely 16-year-old daughter Aidan, and now that it's done, I keep thinking this is something she and I will seriously love to look back on as the years progress. What she thought at 16 and what I thought at 46… how different will we view our lives and ourselves in 10 years, or 20, or more?

Today I wanted to share one set of pages from the album. Of the 15 prompts you can choose from, one of my favorites is "How We Are Different." Every time Aidan finished one of her pages and gave it to me, I really did savor reading what she wrote. To read her voice and see her choice of a photograph, well, it warmed this scrapbooking mama's heart to say the least. Here's a peek at the two pages we did for this album project.

Note: click on each image to see the page larger in a new window.

AIDAN'SPAGE

MYPAGE

Aidan found an old photo of me and her from when she was just about three to use on her page. Sigh. Gotta tell you: that one melts me every time.

This album project is really more about the words than having the perfect photos to illustrate every point, although it was fun to dig through my photo collection and select photos I thought would best work with my entries.

Each spread in this album project looks exactly like what you see above. You alternate your patterned papers, add printable monograms, photos and journaling.

The other part of the class is solid instruction for both Word and Photoshop Elements users. Beginners are definitely welcome and will find the step-by-steps clear and easy to follow. It's a true hybrid scrapbooking project that lets you combine the best of computer technology and traditional scrapbooking. (Note: fully layered PSD files are included for digital scrapbookers.)

Your album partner doesn't have to be a scrapbooker. Heck, you can get them to do the writing and offer up the photos, and you can assemble all of the pages yourself. For example, I'd love to do this project with my hubby, but I wouldn't really expect him to bust out the Hermafix and go to town on the assembly.

To learn more about the class or to sign up, click here.

Book

NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY Today I'm giving away two spots in this class and tonight I will choose the winners after 7 p.m. CST. All you have to do is tell me who you would consider doing this album project with, were you to win the spot in class. Good luck, and I'll choose two winners tonight.

This giveaway is now closed. Please check back to see if you're a winner. 

Comments

This class looks so intriguing! I would love to do an album like this with my sister...we are alike in so many ways & yet so very different too :D
Thanks for the opportunity ;)

I would probably try to do it twice, once with each daughter. :)

It would be fun to do with my sons, but it would also be fun to do with my non scrapbooking mom who just retired a year ago.

Decisions, decisions....at first I thought my daughter (almost 10 yrs old) but then I thought maybe my hubby and then I thought, no maybe my mom. I guess if I win a seat, I'll either have to make up my mind or make 3 albums!!!! LOL

I would love to do it with my boys but I think they are still a bit too small. Maybe I would do it with my best friend. I wish I could do it with my Mum but she lives far away and has a degenerative disease so we are rapidly losing memories... Wish I could have done it 6 years ago... Maybe I could try when we visit at Christmas. Thanks for the chance Cathy. It looks awesome.. Love how your pages with Aiden turned out.

I would love to do it with my boys but I think they are still a bit too small. Maybe I would do it with my best friend. I wish I could do it with my Mum but she lives far away and has a degenerative disease so we are rapidly losing memories... Wish I could have done it 6 years ago... Maybe I could try when we visit at Christmas. Thanks for the chance Cathy. It looks awesome.. Love how your pages with Aidan turned out.

I would do it with my mom. I think it would be very interesting at our ages now, 41 & 61.

I would love to do this one with my mom. She has wanted to start scrapbooking for sometime, but has no idea where to start. This would be an awesome project to work on together!

I have 4 sons but only 1 daugher. She is 13, and I would LOVE to do this project with her. I feel it could bring us closer and give us something fun to work on together :) Thanks for the chance to win!

Oh my gosh, Cathy, this is an *awesome* idea for a class :) I'd love to do it with my daughter, who's 10, and keen on scrapbooking herself - she'd love to be really involved with the whole process :)

I love this idea. I think I would do it with my husband. We are so alike but so, so very different about some things in life right now. I'd love to document that for us, but also for our family in the future. Thanks for the chance to win.

I would definitely do this my 17-yr old daughter. She's graduating from HS in June & will be heading off to college in the Fall. I can't think of a more meaningful keepsake for both of us.

The hubby and I are approaching our 1 year anniversary and this would be a wonderful project for us to do together. I can imagine looking at it again and again. And maybe doing installments on milestone years! Great class Cathy! :]

I would like to do this with both my daughters. I was 22 when I got married and they are both in their 20's and just beginning their careers. I think the comparisons will be very interesting.

I have a soon to be 15 year old son who is so much like me is so many ways, but yet so different. I would like to hear his perspective and take on things. He is very mature, but so very 15 right now, I'm starting to feel old. :)

This class looks great. I would do this class with my 13 year old daughter. I feel her pulling away from me it sure would be nice to celebrate our differences and similarities.

I have been thinking about this and wondered if it might be something my husband and I could do together? Now that our girls are all grown up, it would be cool for us to do something like this. Of course I would also love to do this with my daughters - so many great choices.

I would want to do this with my husband. We are so truly different it makes it challenging sometimes :>) But we love each other for our differences that it would be a great album for us and our children to have.

My Husband - no doubt.

Cathy, I would do this project with my twin sister, Kitsa. We are so alike it's scary. Yet, we our different in many ways. Sounds like a fun project.

I would do this with my oldest daughter ... I love hearing her perspective on things... Great project idea!

I think this would be an awesome project to do with several people in my life . . . but I think my daughter and I would have the most fun with it!! She's 12, but is a "mini me" in so many ways -- it would be interesting to see how it turned out with us both flexing our creativity muscles!

I would either do the class with my oldest daughter who is 15, because I think it would be good for us, or my youngest sister because she likes doing these projects together and we'd have fun with it!

I would work really hard to convince at least one of my high school friends to do this with me. We graduated in 1970 (yes, over 40 years ago) and have been getting together in an organized fashion for at least the last 25 of those years. (Before that it was random...)

Me Me Me! I think my husband and I could really use some bonding in our relationship lately!

My friend Teresa. Don't have an abundance of scrapping friends!

I think I would do with my boyfriend. He is a non-scrapbooker and doesn't know what I'm doing. So it's a good chance for both of us to learn something from the other. Now we have no children, so I think in a couple of years do it again would be great and how different it would be. So thanks for the chance to win.

Juliane

I'd love to do an album with my husband.

My oldest daughter is a junior in high school, I'd love to do this WITH her and FOR her to take when she goes away to college:)

I lost my Mom in May. She was oly 64. You always think that you have all of the time in the world to do something like this. There are so many things I wish I had asked her. I think that this would be a perfect project for my daughter and I. Thanks Cathy. You are the greatest.

I would love to do this with my older daughter. She and I have so many similarities, but are so very different. How fun!

I want to do one with the whole family.i would love to see my kids 13 and 7 do one and then maybe each one of us pick a prompt and a partner and do it that way.

This project is a wonderful idea, and I would love to do this with my husband.

It was so hard for me to choose between this class and BPC Boot Camp (which was awesome by the way - always love your take on things!) Would LOVE to do this with my daughter, and will some day. If I win we'll do it now, if not I hope it is offered later as a workshop or self paced class! Would be a great way for us to connect, and lets face it - that's not always easy for mamas and daughters!

This looks like so much fun! I would do this class with my husband for sure. After 18+ years of marriage and a life that is currently crazy/busy, I think it would be a great way to reconnect and share some laughs and some tears.

I would love to do this album with my partner. He and I have only been together 1 1/2 years. He and his son moved in with me and my kids about 6 months ago and while we are so very different on the surface, as we live together, I notice more and more similarities.... I think the album would be a fun way to "grow" our relationship... to be more conscious of our quirks and similarities.... especially since I'd have to do some major arm-twisting to get him to do it. LOL

I would love to take this class with my grandma! She is an amazing woman and loves to joke that she would like to write a book about her life, but no one would believe her stories. Such a fabulous class idea Cathy!

I would do this project with my 13-year old daughter, Maisy. <3 Love her so much!

This is an awesome album! It would be fun to do it with all five of my kids and it would be really interesting to do it with my husband. It is a standing joke how opposite we are! I also think that it would fascinating to have my identical girl twins make an album. Well, actually, I would make the album they could do the writing ;)

I would have a tough decision between my husband & my mom!

This looks like a good project to do. I would do it with my daughter or maybe my mom.

I'd choose to do it with my daughter also.

I would make an album with each of my children. I would love to see their perspectives.

Fantastic idea!! My daughter and/or my big sis!! Peace ~

First of all, Thank you so much! I would do this album with my mom who is 83. I would love to get her perspective on things.

I would do it with my best friend: my sister, Fil.

I would like to do this project with one of my nieces. She and I, to her Mother's horror, are similar in many ways. I would like to do as I think it would validate that family has many branches but the same roots.

I would like to do this with each of my boys. I would want to begin with my 16 year old...just because we have the kind of relationship that this kind of project would be a perfectly natural thing to do...although with four of them, it could take awhile. My husband would be interesting... but I would start with my firstborn.

I'd want to do this album with my best friend, Pam. Somehow we have managed to remain best friends even though we haven't lived anywhere near each other in almost 10 years. We share a love of scrapbooking and use it as an excuse to see each other at least twice a year for conventions in each other's city. I think this album would give us a chance to see how we have changed and stayed the same after all these years.

I would love to do this album with my oldest daughter who is a senior in high school this year. I think it would be cool to have next year when she is away in college.

Too cool! I would do this class with my teacher mentor Tanis!
We would have a blast!

Love your pages! I would especially like to do this project with my husband. I would be very interested to see the connections we make. I would also love to see his words on a scrapbook page!

At first I thought "my son" and then I thought "wait, my hubby" because while my son might know "Mum and Dad are different" he may not really really realize that in some ways his parents are really alike at the core.

Love this angle of doing a scrapbook. I would do this with my 17 year old daughter. And then I might do one with my 12 year son as he really know how to write good stories :)

Really this idea is so beautiful. I would love to coerce my mom into doing it with me and see what we learn about each other.

Oh wow! what a great album this would turn out to be!! First, I would want to do this with my mom. For as long as I can remember, its been just me and my mom. She never married my dad which is why I didn't grow up with my dad until I was 16. My relationship with my mom has grown in to a friendship, which I think is the coolest thing. Second, I would like to do this with my Dad. I think it would be interesting to see how alike we are even though I didn't grow up with him. I'm slowly getting to know him and learning of so many things we have in common.

I would start with my husband, but would love to have it be an ongoing album that we could add to when my boys when they are a bit bigger. I thought that the boys and I could do pages, as well as the boys and their father, and then the boys with each other. My husband and I could also do some prompts about the boys from each of our different perspectives...so many fun possibilities! I love this idea, especially as I really want to incorporate their voices, and I think this is a good and non-threatening/easy to complete way to do that. Thanks!

I'd love to do this with my daughter Seren who is turning 10 next month. It would be such a cool thing to look back on.

I would love to do this project with my husband! With two young children, work, social life and sports we sometimes feel more like a team than a married couple. Doing this project would be an awesome opportunity to reconnect.

Oh! I'd love to win this! I would do it with my daughter or husband (if I succeed to convince him to write lol!) Thank you for the chance Cathy!

I'm already registered to do this class with my daughter. She has just left home for college (just one week after her father passed away after a 4 1/2 year cancer battle). Even though she is in the same city - well sort of (across the river in St. Paul) - I truly feel the empty nest. When I sent her the list of questions she actually seemed excited by the idea. Now we'll see if she can balance it with her course load!

I would love to do this with my hubby, or maybe my son, or my dog...guinea pig? :) This sounds like a lot of fun!!

I think that I will do a she said, she said, she said album since I have 12 year old twin girls...sounds like a lot of fun as well as a fun learning experience to document how very different each of us are.

What a wonderful concept! I think I would love to do this with my 80 year old mother.....I would be doing all the physical scrapping of this but I would be intrigued with what her answers would be. A great way to get an older person to open up about their life.

I think that I will do a she said, she said, she said album since I have 12 year old twin girls...sounds like a lot of fun as well as a fun learning experience to document how very different each of us are.

What a great project idea! I would do it with my teenage daughter. She is growing up so quickly and I think it would be fun to look back on the album and see what we were both like at our current ages. As she is starting puberty, I am starting periomenopause - yikes!

I would really love my husband to do this with my oldest child, who just turned 17, and will be going to college next year. I don't know if they'll do it. I would also love to do this with my ten year old daughter eventually, but I think she would have trouble answering some questions. Your daughter is the perfect age to do this. She knows a little about herself already but she's still young and has her future and future experiences ahead of her that will shape who she is. This is an awesome album idea!

Interesting. Well i believe i would ask my husband. Even just asking him may elicit two views ( : Thanks!

i think i would choose my husband first but i'd end up doing all the work and one of my besties would be next!

Wow! Who would I do this with? Tough question. However, I think I would have to say my best friend of 37 years. We met fall term of our freshman year at Carleton and have been best buds ever since. But, our lives took different paths so I think the answers to the prompts would turn out to be very different...or not.

This looks great...I would do this with my daughter.

Your class looks fantastic. If I were to win a spot,I would do this album with my Mom. As she ages, I cherish more and more what she has to say, I treasure her memories of being a young mother and I would love spending the time with her to work on this album.

I'd love to do this class with my best friend or my hubby...and yes hubby wouldn't be busting out the adhesive either...nor my friend for that matter. It's just not her thing but she can write.

I would probably do this with my younger sister Lyne. We are 13 years apart yet we get along so much better than my sister who is only 2 years younger than me. We travel together, call and text about everything and anything and I would just love to document out special bond. Recently we have traveled to Belize, Vegas and the Dominican Republic together and we have a ton of photos I would love to use...
Thanks so much Cathy for another rocking project.

~m

What a great idea! My first thought would be to do this project with my 20 yr old daughter who is a junior at UGA- which is the college that both my husband and I attended. What a great idea to compare/ contrast our college years at the same school. I think I could do this with my 16 yr. old daughter as well!!! I would love to get them involved in my hobby that I think is so important in preserving our memories for future generations.

i would do this four times...i have four daughters ;) I think it would be an amazing gift for all five of us ;) Thanks for offering the giveaway! love your honesty in your blog girl!

I would definitely want to do this with my mom. Come to think of it, making an album with my brother might be fun too. Thanks, Cathy.

I have so many people to choose from! But my first choice would be my Mom. We look alot alike, sound the same and value many of the same things. But we are different too! And it would be fun to explore the prompts and see her thoughts. I love that you did this with your daughter. Thanks for sharing the giveaway - so very nice of you!

Definitely my 14 year old daughter. We have different tastes in clothes and things (funny) but we have similar personalities and views of the world. Would be fun to win! Thanks for the chance.

I would love to do this class with my son who is 23 years old. He is an awesome son and there are many days we sit and discuss things. It would be great to complete and look back on it in ten years.

i've already roped my sister into doing this class with me! can't wait to sign up and get started!

Thanks for a great giveaway! I would definitely do it with my boyfriend! :)

I would love to do this with my sister. She just had a baby and mine just turned 9! I would think it would be something we would have a great time doing and something meaningful that we could leave our kids.

Thanks for the opportunity!

I would LOVE to do this with my Mom. We are in New Jersey and just survived Hurricane Sandy (our town has extensive damage but we are ok, thank goodness). It has been a terrifying 48 hours and this would be a great way to keep ourselves busy during the recovery. Thank you so much!

I'd make an album with my daughter as well as one with my sister. I'm thinking the one for my sister would make a great holiday gift (I'll have her answer the prompts but she will have no idea what it's for). Thanks for a chance to win!

As this is my son's senior year I think it would be cool to work through this with him before he leaves home and experiences all the life changes that come with college.

I love the concept of this book! I would do it with my husband but I also might try and use it with my two sons who are young but it would be fun to see what they would say.

I would like to do it with my daughter who is turning 16 soon.

Either my daughter, or my husband. Thanks for the chance to win a spot in class.

I would make this album with my daughter who is a Senior in High School this year. She will be going away to college next year and her mother will miss her very much! She is such a strong young lady and I would love to have her thoughts from now in a book along with mine! Thanks for a chance to win!

I was going to say each of my teenage daughters but actually I'd really love to do it with my mom first. :-)

would love a spot; thanks for the giveaway. took Boot Camp and loved your drills. planning on your 4experts class too!

I would LOVE to do this album with my mom and then again with my husband, those would be fun comparisons!

My oldest daughter now has a one year old and it would be interesting to see what her take would be on things now so I think I would choose her. Looks like it will be a great class.

My first thought was that I would do the album with my husband - like you and yours we've had an enlightening few years after being married for 23 - but then I think I would probably do the album first with my daughter. She is 31, has 4 kids and she is so busy. We struggle to find time together - this would be the perfect opportunity!
(I'll do an album with my hubby in the spring! ;-) )

How I would love to take this! My kids are a bit young still, so I would probably do it with my sister or my mom or my sister AND my mom. :) my sister has breast cancer, so I would probably take the opportunity to do it with her first...

Oh I would love to take this class! Every time I see information on it, I imagine doing the class with my husband.

I love the idea of this album. I would love to do this with so many - my kids, my dh, my sister, my brothers....such a cool concept. I love the pages you shared and I'm excited to try this too. You've got the wheels turning here :)

Ahhh, I love this and I would do it with my 24 year old daughter. So fun, its like a time capsule of thoughts.

I would love to do this with my own teenaged daughter!

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