Thursday, June 27, 2013

Daily Craft TV Review...50 Moments

I love being creative…crafting, upcycling, etc.  Another one of my many interests is scrapbooking.  Recently, I was contacted by a representative from Daily Craft TV asking if I would be interested in reviewing one of their online classes on my blog.

Daily Craft TV is a community which shares new craft ideas & projects through online webinar videos.  Classes, presented by expert instructors, are available on Quilting, Scrapbooking, Sewing, Crocheting, Knitting and Paper Crafts.

The video I selected was 50 Moments, Scrapbook the Pages That Matter Most.  The class, presented by Lisa Bearnson, is based on her book by the same name.   Lisa is the editor and co-founder of Creating Keepsakes.  This blurb from Daily Craft TV website gives a synopsis of what the video is about:  “Scrapbooking is about sharing who we are with others–-our goals, our values, our dreams.  But with so many photos to take and so many stories to share, how do you decide where to begin?  This class will help you create scrapbook pages that celebrate your life, that paint a picture of who you really are, that pass along family traditions, and so much more.” 

With this in mind, I began watching.  Lisa began by sharing a story of her daughter’s bedtime ritual.  Through the process of putting her daughter Sage to bed one evening, she started thinking about the following questions:  Who would know all the little things about my life and family if I were no longer here?  Who would know how to take care of them and what they like and who they are and who I was?  She began thinking about what matters most to her…what legacy she would leave.  Her thoughts and ideas in this book revolved around the following thought: 

I want to show the way I lived….the way I loved…what’s most important to me.

The book 50 Moments details the important things in her life—ideas on how she tells her story.  In the video, there are segments on various chapters from her book—she shares the inspiration behind each one, as well as multiple page layout examples of her creations along with other contributors’ pages.  There are also a couple of clever techniques thrown in.

Some of the chapters that she shared were: 

  • Words to Live By  (What words and wisdom guide our life?  Maybe scripture, quotes, a saying from a parent…) 
  • Good, Better, Best  (We make choices each day.  No one usually sets out to make a bad choice.  So we have the option to make our choices either good, better or best.  Document a day’s worth of all your choices and categorize them—it will help you analyze how you can strive to make the best choices in each of life’s situations.)
  • You’re Beautiful  (She wants her children, especially her daughters, to know that beauty comes in all sizes.  Be content with the image you see in the mirror knowing that God made you “you”.
  • Pay It Forward  (“To give without any reward, or any notice, has a special quality of its own.”  --Anne Morrow Lindbergh)
  • Be Happy  (Lisa shares:  “You’re not going to have happy scrapbooks if you don’t live a happy life.”)

Throughout each chapter there are thought-provoking quotes as well as tidbits from Lisa’s life to inspire you as you create your own life legacy in a scrapbook.

This video challenged me to think deeper about my life and my legacy.  That is one of the reasons I was drawn to scrapbooking—it was not only about the creative process of designing appealing pages—it was about documenting a story—sharing the what, why and how of each event.  This video gives me lots of ideas on ways to tell my story.  It challenges me to be deliberate about documenting my story…my legacy.  What a great way to let those who come after you know what you were about.

I enjoyed this video…in fact, so much so that I ordered the book.  I can’t wait to read through all the moments and see how others have documented the special moments in their lives.  If I had to do a “Siskel and Ebert” for this video, it would get “two thumbs up.”

Daily Craft TV may be just the ticket for those of you who are interested in a variety of crafts.  You can watch a variety of classes at your leisure in the comfort of your own home...and even hit the rewind button if you want to see something again.  Very convenient for the busy lives we seem to live.

Stop by their site and check them out!

 Daily Craft TV

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