Be Real


self paced class with Debbie Hodge; download and/or access in the Get It Scrapped classroom

The focus of “Be Real” is making scrapbook pages from your everyday life and events photos that have meaning. Each lesson begins with a line from one of Jane Austen’s novels or personal letters–and this is because she is a writer who knew how to make a record of (imagined) life with humor and meaning. Her techniques and observations are a goldmine for memory keepers and memoirists today.

Specifically, these lessons show you how to make scrapbook pages that:

1. Take your everyday life and event photos beyond the obvious—we know that apples can be sweet and crunchy, and if we see a photo of someone at the orchard biting into one, we make that connection without being told. What we don’t know is that the high-schooler in the photos had to be begged to come along on the outing. Let your photos show the obvious. Use your journaling to tell us what we don’t know. Use your design choices to create a mood that supports and expands upon the tone of your subject and stories.

Worksheets with each lesson guide you to more meaningful pages and journaling.

2. Tell truths that matter. A huge part of scrapbooking has to do with managing memories—with adding to the narrative that is your life. We tell ourselves our stories, and then we tell other people our stories, often with changes. These stories can be entertaining, self-serving, inspired. They can change depending upon when in your life you tell them. But somewhere behind these stories is something called the truth. Scrapbook pages that matter are working to get at and record some pieces of that truth—with an understanding of where the diarist-archiver-storyteller behind the message (you!) is in life right now.

Be Real includes:

6 lessons in pdf form (filling 70 pages) with layout examples and detailed how-tos for adding meaning via journaling and design. Check out page 1 of each lesson.

Discovering Meaning


 Revealing Character


Getting Perspective


Avoiding Sentimentality

Telling Stories 

Expressing the Inexpressible

cost: $28

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