Introducing "Everyone Can Write a Little: The 2009 MicroBlog Album Workshop". This new class is designed to get you into the habit of writing a little, here and there, using one of two fabulous social media services, Twitter , or Facebook as your virtual notebooks for documenting your own little bits and pieces. I say "little" because for those of you who use either service, you know, you really only can write a little.
Both Twitter and Facebook ask you the same question: What are you doing? In turn, you answer, and document a bit about you and your daily life. This class is going to encourage you to use either (or both) to improve your life observation skills. Then, you'll take that authentic content and create cool little digital pages in Photoshop Elements (or Photoshop). In the process, you'll learn how to work with templates, make good type choices and creatively pair photos you love with your words.
See, the thing is… these social media networks can be used to keep in touch, sure. Or they can be excellent tools for marketing. But for me, Twitter and Facebook have been more of a way to record little snippets of life—thoughts from my brain, little observations, and bits of conversation from people I love and keep me entertained on a daily basis. I spend a lot of time on the computer, and it just seemed like a match made in virtual heaven.
I've been doing Twitter a lot longer than Facebook, and one day, I was all, "I need to save these somewhere, especially the ones I like!" And because I'm a scrapbooker, well… I figured I'd make an album, and encourage others to do the same.
This class is not about the latest and greatest products. You don't have to sink a fortune into getting stuff to make the album. I'm providing templates and downloads and a cool Powerpoint presentation, and other good stuff to inspire you to build your own collection of these little bits of your own authentic writing. You'll need some cardstock, a stack of letter-sized photo paper, a few sheets of patterned paper and an album (detailed supplies are coming very soon!) We'll have video messages, tips on typesetting and step-by-step instruction on how to work with the templates in Photoshop Elements to create cool pages that you'll print out, and place inside your album. And we'll have a rockin' message board and gallery as well.
Go ahead and watch my short but hopefully entertaining video promo, and if you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to post 'em here. Registration, price and dates will be coming very soon and I'll post them as soon as they're nailed down.
In the meantime, if you don't already have one, get yourself a Twitter or Facebook account and start documenting a little here and there. I've got plans for you and your words. And remember: everyone can write a little.