Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Blogging for Scrapbookers

Hi fellow bloggers
I started taking a class by Shimelle Laine from http://www.shimelle.com/ on Monday this week called Blogging for Scrapbookers. My intention since last year has been:
a) to become a better blogger as I enjoy the outlet it gives me in terms of creative expression as well as articulating my feelings and emotions on my life journey
b) in order to become a better blogger, I at the same time took the challenge of also becoming a better photographer (I'm a Nikon babe!)
c) lastly, all of above was born out of a love of SCRAPBOOKING! It is scrapbooking that led me into these two disciplines a) blogging and b) photography. I must admit though I am not very technically savvy. In fact, as I'm sitting typing this post I am so FRUSTRATED because it seems I'm challenged with both these passions that are turning into nightmares. I guess I put too many irons in the fire at the same time, because I never have enough time. I don't even have enough time to just do the daily prompts of this course! The same happened with the 10 week photography course thats coming to a close this Wednesday, and I am far off from even producing decent photos with the right lighting settings etc. etc. I will have to move off manual back to Auto untill I have head space to figure this all out, just so I can have SOME photo's because at the moment my scrapping has come to a standstill because I don't have decent photos to scrap the meories. And BTW, who wants to scrap a blurry photo. Ever heard of Depth of Field? Agggh!

OK, so enough of the wining now, but I just had to put it out there and get it out of my system or else I won't be able to sleep tonigh LOL (which will be in the next 10 min). Learning a new skill is very HARD! But we LIVE and we LEARN. Its much better than being anaethesized by the TV.

So wish my luck on my journey. I'm going to try and keep up with the pace, but if I don't ... I don't. And I need to take advise from the Master Scrapbookers like Shimelle, don't STRESS!! I'm STRESSING!!!!
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  1. Hi Natalie I read your post and instantly thought of me! I've started this class this week and I'm starting a photography course tomorrow (Canon for me) and I feel stressed!!!

  2. Hi there Natalie, thanks for visiting my blog today :) When I did BFS the first time round I hardly knew how to turn on the computer. Honestly - I am so not technically minded. But don't stress, there are plenty of others to ask and they are ready to help.

    Best of luck with your new blogging journey. I'll be back!

  3. Hang in there Natalie - it all comes with time and practice! You didn't get good at your job overnight, right? I'm on a similar journey (wanting to be a better blogger and improve my photography skills) but I fully believe in "blogging without obligation" - which means when and where the muse strikes and not on any set schedule! Despite that, I'm fairly regular!

  4. I, too, am working on my photography skills. I don't have time for a photography class at the moment...my DSLR for Dummies will have to do. I might be able to take a class in a couple of months. Anyway, I found you through BFS.

  5. I'm here from BFS. I think we scrapbookers often take on more things than we have time for! (Definitely speaking from experience!) Just do what you can and try not to get stressed about it. I know that's not easy. Good luck!

  6. I think its easy to get frustrated when there are things you want to do. Before I had children and before I did scrapbooking, I have NO idea how I filled my day. Good luck with the weight loss, hey if we hold hands then we cant reach for the biscuit tin! I'd reward myself with a Bind it All if I had the other things. Take care and see you in class.

  7. Good luck Natalie! I'm a fellow classmate in Shimelle's Blogging for Scrapbookers class. Looking forward to your posts!

  8. Thank you for visiting my blog. My passion for photography (another Canon girl)grew from my love of scrapbooking (and even that hobby began with very little enthusiasm!) But my track record of actually finishing any of Shimelles classes isn't good.

  9. Hi Natalie, I always take on too much! I have come through a few months of nothing and now my head is buzzing, I so want to keep up with this class though x