Monday, June 16, 2008

ONE SUMMER class information

I just sent out my first newsletter, and it had some basic information on the ONE SUMMER class I will be offering soon. Here are a few photos of the project and more information. You cannot currently sign up for the class based on the way the Just Need It System works (we cannot take pre-sign ups)... since this is our first class, we have no clue if there will be 4, 40 or 140 people signing up. So, we are asking you to post a comment if you plan to take the class. Please post your email address by the end of June 23rd. We will then order kits based on the number of people who say they want to take it!! I will post again when the class is open for sale at Just Need It. Sorry for this odd loop you need to jump through this time - it is just hard for us to judge where to even start with these types of classes... I hope to improve the look of the newsletter and class sign-up process little by little. THANK YOU for your patience and for your willingness to try to get on board with us as Danelle and I try to create meaningful, simple projects that tell your story.
Here is more class information and photos of the project. Email me direct with any questions.

ONE SUMMER class - $48
This album is all about capturing this ONE SUMMER as you live it. Taking photos of the simple and the special things you do as a family in the summer months. Not only taking them – BUT PRINTING THEM and doing something simple and easy with them. What would you give to have one place to look back at three months of your lives in the summer when you were a kid? Places you went, things you did, clothes you wore, friends you had. What were the things you loved the most and enjoyed the least over the summer months…. The focus of this project is NOT to teach you over the top, new techniques – it is to get you capturing and printing summer memories as they happen.

This project is developed to make it SIMPLE, FAST, and EASY for you to capture ONE SUMMER of your life. I know you will always be grateful you took a little time this summer to create a memory that will last forever. I sure would love looking back and one summer my siblings and I spent with our parents when we were little. Or just one simple summer in my Mom's life before she married my dad or before they even had us kids.
Teacher: Kristi Sikora-Blankenship
Class Sold By: Just Need It (website)
Class Cost: $48
What you will create:
A BRAND NEW 6 1/2" x 9 1/4" binder style album from Creative Lifestyle (that you can TOTALLY personalize with rub-ons, papers, etc). The kraft binder album will include 4 awesome clear dividers as well as 24 sheets of binder paper (a variety of all four new styles of binder papers). It will become a combination of photos, stories, and memorabilia, and about ONE SUMMER. You will be adhering 4 x 6 photos back to back, hole punching them and inserting them into the binder (a fun technique I leared from Melody Langworthy - an amazing scrapbooker and stamper). We will focus on taking photos, printing them, and telling your summer story little by little.

You can organize it in ANY WAY that works for you….
*By Month (June, July, August)
*By Person (a section for each kid, adult, or other person in your life)
*By Topic (festivals, sports, swimming, gardening, vacations – any topics that work for you)

You do NOT have to have kids to create this project - all of us have this ONE SUMMER and can capture what any of it means to you. I have kids, so my album will be full of crazy kid-filled summer shots. Maybe you have a great garden, you travel, love to sit on the beach and read.... make this work to capture YOUR summer.

What you will get in the class kit:
(1) Creative Lifestyle kraft binder **
(4) awesome clear dividers **
(6) sheets of dot binder paper **
(6) sheets of notebook binder paper **
(6) sheets of graph binder paper **
(6) sheets of kraft binder paper **
(1) foot of lime twill
(1) foot of blue twill
(1) foot of pink twill
(1) foot of white corduroy ribbon **
(1) foot of lime corduroy ribbon **
(1) foot of pink corduroy ribbon **
(1) foot of sky corduroy ribbon **
(1) foot of orange corduroy ribbon **
(1) foot lime & white tickets **
(1) foot sky & white ticket strip **
(1) Square Epoxy White#1 **
(1) Round Epoxy White #1 **
(1) Round Epoxy Color #1
(2) sheets flourish Blue 12 x 12 paper
(2) sheets lime dot 12 x 12 paper
(1) sheet multi dot 12 x 12 paper
(1) XL orange tag
(1) XL blue tag
(1) XL Lime Tag
(1) XL pink tag
(1) L pink tag
(1) L lime tag
(1) Spirit Phrases – full sheet
(1) Spirit Alpha Bits - full sheet
(1) Spirit Labels - full sheet
** = BRAND NEW Café product!!
(kit contents can change between now and when we officially post the class - we might get a new die in stock that allows us to cut out the binder cover pieces for you....that would alter the paper count a bit)

Additional Class Components:
(1) Initial Handout that describes in detail one of the many ways you can create your ONE SUMMER album – it will include ideas for how to organize yourself and get started on this project as well as tips to simplify the process for yourself.

(3) downloadable PDF handouts (one for each month) you can save or print to use throughout the summer as a reference for your album (you will need the FREE Adobe Reader to open this file)

(3) Monthly emails with ideas for pages for June, July, and August (I am setting up my album by month with my 4th section being What we loved the most)

Random emails of encouragement throughout the summer

Access to an On-line posting gallery at our website (we will send you a link to this) so you can post what you are doing and show what you are doing to others (a really cool part about this will be posting what you are doing, and learning great ideas from others in the class).

(1) online chat with Kristi so you can ask any questions, share pointers, or just talk about what you have thought about this project - time and date to be announced later

What you will need to provide
*Any of the rubber stamps I use are not going to be in the kit. You can use the stamps you have, borrow them from a friend, or pick them up from Just Need It I figured a lot of you already have your stash of favorite little stamps you use…. And it made the cost way too high to include them! *Any extra little supplies you love to use. (Brads, clips, staples, paint, inks, pop-dots, etc….)
*Rub-ons if you want to use them (there are many great Creative Cafe Impress On sets I love)
*A hole punch (I love to use my Crop-A-Dile)
*White Sharpie (to write on photos as you see fit)
*Fun photos from this summer printed 4 x 6 or mini prints - even some 5 x 7 prints might be nice to have here and there!!
*Your creative mind and willing spirit.

What I need you to do
1) Make a commitment to CARRY YOUR CAMERA this summer. Not one or two places, but EVERYWHERE. I am not kidding. Be brave, get a new case if it makes you happy, and carry it with you somewhere every day. That is going to be step one. You do not need your $1500 camera with you at the beach – if you do not have one, get a cheap point and shoot so you are not worried about losing it or smashing it or getting it wet. You cannot capture the moment without it, so get over your fears and carry the good one or get yourself a little pocket one and shoot, shoot, shoot.
2) Next commitment – PRINT. Not one or two prints, but LOTS of prints – print and LOVE your photos. Print more than you think you need. Look at them and relive the moments in your mind. Look at them IN YOUR HANDS, not just on your computer. Prints will make you happy. It makes your memories real. I do not want you to have 1600 digital images of your summers…. I mean, you can take that many, but just commit to printing a lot of photos this summer. Real live prints in color or black and white or a mix of whatever makes you happy. Print, Print, Print. 3) Do not make it harder than it needs to be – do not feel the need to photo shop each print you print to make it perfect. Just print it as they come and start using them and putting them into the little places on the page protectors. This is NOT meant to be a record of your amazing photography and photo shop skills. It is meant to be a record of this ONE SUMMER in they middle of your crazy life.

There you have it, a very long winded (I type just like I talk… A LOT!) outline of what I believe in my heart will be a fun project that will be really cool to look back at in 10 years. I know I would give a lot to have a bunch of photos and stories from ONE SUMMER when my sister and brother and I were small. I really hope you take this journey with me. Please email me with any questions ( and I will figure out your answer!

Thank you for reading this…. I hope you will all love this class. Remember, post a comment now (and include your email) if you want to take this class - we will then order kits based on those numbers. Please post by Sunday, June 22 as we are ordering all kit supplies on the 23rd. I will email those of you who comment with your email so you get first dibs on the kits. After that email goes out, I will send a note to our newsletter list that the remaining kits are up for sale! I cannot wait to see what all of us create this ONE SUMMER! If you are planning to take the class - celebrate summer & get your project started by taking a bunch of fun summer photo on June 21st for the first official day of summer!! I am so excited to create this project with you over this One Summer! You will get your kit by mid July, so do not wait to start really taking photos! Get that going now and be ready to create once you get your kit!

Thank you for taking a chance on creating this incredible memory for your family. Enjoy today.

Kristi Sikora-Blankenship


leeann said...

I am so excited!! I have been anxiously awaiting this since Nashville! Your class on Friday night was one of my top 3 highlights of the whole event. I am definitely going to take the One Summer Class. We are going to play mini golf tomorrow and I just put the camera in the purse to take with me!

Marilyn Dokupil said...

Sign me up Scotty! oh, I mean Kristi!! ha! Sounds like a wonderful idea! I always loved your ideas and your love of life back in 2004 when I saw you at a CKU!! Gonna love my summer with this class!

Megan said...

I am soo soo soo in on this class - I just love the binder idea!! When ya'll order from Justneedit say hi to Marty! he is the sweetest nicest guy!

Connie F. said...

This class sounds like it will be so much fun! I was hesitant at first because my kids are grown and gone, but after reading your description, I decided I can still do it. Sign me up!!!

Debbie Mancini Wharff said...

I'm so in. Just email me when you are ready -

So excited to take another class with you Kristi. I still use my handouts from the organization class at CKU - I know that's kind of sad that I'm still organizing but it's never ending ya know. :)

Susan said...

Sign me up girl! I am so glad to see our "Organized One" has finally agreed to a blog. Way to go Danelle----I bet this was your doing!!! Looking forward to the class,

Brenda Awuah said...

Thank you - I am very interested!!!

heather jarrett said...

Count me in. Sounds great and I love your inpiration.

cheryl said...

I am interested in your "one summer" class, please include me in your correspondence. Thank you.

Michele said...

Love the concept and I am so in! This will make me record all those everyday moments!


Linda R. said...

Wow! Sounds like a fun idea, and I'll use this encouragement to take my camera with me everywhere this summer. I already started on Sat., 6/21/08 for the 1st day of summer! Thanks!

donna r said...

This will be a great way to be sure we get this summer documented. That was the message that was the most important that I received when in Nashville. I have started one of the projects you talked about. Thank you for helping us keep our memories. This class will be awesome!

Lauren said...

I am very interested!

terriporter said...

Just discovered this class and really want to take it. Let me know when you are taking sign-ups. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Add me to the list!

Lynn (furrball)

Anonymous said...

I hope I'm not too late. I just saw you had a blog. This class looks awesome.

Stephanie G.

Anonymous said...


I forgot my email

Stephanie G.