"Shelly, the SBI Tortoise" is an example of a video scrapbook — a bunch of digital photographs put together around a theme and made into a video.
SBI (the company) decided to make little pewter statuettes of its mascot, Shelly, the SBI tortoise, and send them to people who had made a significant contribution to SBI. I was amazed when my own little Shelly showed in a box in the mail.
I found out many others had received this unexpected gift, so I asked them to send me their pictures of Shelly so I could put them together into a video scrapbook. The video below is the result.
Scrapbooks are usually made around a theme, and each page (and the whole book) tells a little story. Regular paper scrapbook pages, including digital scrapbooks, are great, but the cool thing about a video scrapbook is the ability to add movement and sound to enhance your story.
With my SBI Tortoise video scrapbook, I had pictures of Shelly coming from all around the world, so I wrote a little song to represent all the places in the photos. I also recorded some short video clips of my own Shelly as transitions, and did a little "photoshopping" and animation with some of my tortoise photos. (Watch for the typing tortoise in the video below.)
As usual, Sony Vegas Home Studio was my software of choice for putting it all together. It's a very powerful program for a good price.
For your own video scrapbook, you don't have to write an original song, or even put in video clips — but you will want to:
You can also make your video scrapbook more "scrapbooky" than I did — with more digital scrapbook elements like frames, borders, ribbons, and digital doo-dads. However you do it, have fun with it!
by Jon Forsyth
Shelly, the SBI tortoise,
Shes slow and shes steady,
But she really gets around.
Shelly, the round-the-world tortoise,
She comes from Montreal,
But who knows where shell be found.
It might be... (lots of places: see below)
Shelly, the SBI tortoise,
Shes cute and shes friendly
In every single way.
Shelly, shes such a hard worker,
Shes workin on websites
Nearly every single day.
(And these were the places that I crammed into the song. I was specific as I could get -- in some cases, I only knew the state or country.)
Apache Junction, Arizona
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
California, Chloride, Arizona or Bahamas or
East Islip, Long Island, New York or
Gibsons, British Columbia, Canada or
Hampshire, England, Denmark, Iowa
Hutchinson in Kansas
Joliette, Québec, thats Canada or
Greater Cincinnati, Ohio
and London, England
Murphy, North Carolina
New York, New York
Ottawa now in Ontario
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
and South Africa
Upper Lake Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada
then its back to Montreal
(SBI headquarters are in Montreal)