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December 12, 2010

Introducing A New Class At Big Picture Classes | One Little Word

I am super excited to announce a new year-long class I’m running at Big Picture Classes: One Little Word.

If you’re not familiar with the One Little Word concept, you can read some of my previous posts here: 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010.


For 2011, I want to do something even more tangible with my One Little Word. I’ve found that, just like a resolution, it’s easy to lose sight of the things you set forward to embark on as regular life gets busy throughout the course of the year. To combat this I plan to bring my word into my life more consciously and concretely and make it more visible by creating an album to hold my thoughts, challenges and inspirations.

You’re invited to join me on this journey.

Each month you’ll receive an email and an invitation to visit the One Little Word classroom. Inside the classroom, you’ll find a gentle reminder message, encouragement to refocus, and a simple creative project to complete related to your word. At the end of the year you’ll have an album that celebrates and honors your word – making it that much more concrete and visible in your life.

Click on over to Big Picture to listen to an audio introduction, read more details, and register. Class begins on January 1. I hope you’ll join me in this opportunity to make your word more visible in 2011.

Please note: Even if you don’t choose to participate in this workshop I’ll be doing my annual post about One Little Word closer to January 1. Reading through all the comments is always such an inspiring way to begin the year.


  • 1.
    Kelly said…

    I have been thinking about my word for a few weeks already. One word grabbed hold and hasn’t let me go whereas in past years I have had to struggle to come up with a word. I am hoping this one really makes a difference because it chose me, in a way. I am looking forward to the one little word journey.

  • 2.
    Jeanne said…

    The word I chose for 2010 was “Change” and all I can say is was it ever a perfect word to have. My life changed in so many ways and on purpose for once and I am much happier now than I have ever been because I actually did change in so many ways. The word for 2011 is still mulling around upstairs as I really look inside myself and decide what I am shooting for this year! Thanks so much for this Ali. You are a life changer!

  • 3.
    Sabbyscrap said…

    Already signed up! Yay! Nice project! Thanks Ali!

  • 4.
    pidge said…

    I jumped out of my chair when I got the email from BPC the other day!!! I have already picked my 2011 word and I thought about doing a monthy journal/art book approach to it … then I thought, “I wish Ali would do a class. That would be awsome.” AND THEN BAM!! I’m so super excited, I’ve already told several people and two people want to take the class too!!

  • 5.
    Shelley said…

    I love this. I have been seeking ways to reflect, journal, and generally be more present lately. I will definitely join this one! (by the way, thanks for the introduction to Reverb10–that’s kept me journaling this month!)

  • 6.
    Marsaille said…

    Ali, Did your word have anything to do with Matisyahu? If you are unfamiliar I have some inspiration for you already! Hoping to get the class for Christmas… :)

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Marsaille – I have no idea what/who Matisyahu is :) . Would love to know!

    • ….
      Meggan P. said…

      Ooohh, I love Matisyahu’s music! He’s an incredible artist! :)

    • ….
      Marsaille said…

      Matisyahu is a Jewish reggae singer. I first heard his son ‘King without a Crown’ on a rock station that normally plays very hard rock and metal. They had so many requests they had to play it. It brought tears to my eyes. I thought your word choice might have something to do with his new(ish) album Light. ‘One Day’ is the song to hear from that album, if you only pick one. But I also like ‘I Will Be Light’. He is definately worth the iTunes search. Don’t know if he is on Pandora or a similar site. He is one artist whom I recommend to everyone regardless of their musical taste.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Oh cool – I’ll check it out.

  • 7.
    Heather Smithson said…


    I peeked at your little word and had already come up with mine. They are the same! Since 2010′s word was pushed aside by day to day things, I’m totally stoked to be taking the ONE WORD journey with you next year. I just signed up for the class (my Christmas gift to myself) and can’t wait to begin.


    • ….
      Ali said…

      Awesome Heather!

  • 8.
    Dorothy F said…

    Already signed up and can’t wait to begin the journey. Haven’t decided on the right word yet.

  • 9.
    Laura from AZ said…

    I just signed up for your class and am excited to be a part of something new. I’ve thought about having one word in the past but just never did. Still narrowing my word down-have about 3 or 4 that I like. Couple Questions for you. doesn’t have any of the refill pack yet. Do you know of another store that sells that and We R Memory keeper albums so I don’t have to pay for 2 different shippings? Also what white cardstock are you using and where do you buy that? I am limited to scrapbook stores in my area and usually have to buy online for specific things.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I’m pretty sure that 2Peas has them as well. Also – you definitely don’t have to have a We Are Memory Keepers album – it’s just the one I’m using. You simply need an 8.5×11 album. As for cardstock – I usually buy the orange peel texture from Bazzill. has that here:

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Here’s the link at Two Peas:

    • ….
      Laura from AZ said…

      2 peasinabucket doesn’t carry the we r memory keeper albums which is what I want. I’ll keep looking and may just have to pay the extra shipping. Thanks!

  • 10.
    Deb J said…

    I just signed up for this class. I’m looking forward to working on my One Little Word better this year because of this class. Thanks Ali.

  • 11.
    MonicaB said…

    Looking forward to this class. I lost focus on my word for 2010 and I’m really looking forward to the prompts to keep me going. Now I just need to pick my word!

  • 12.
    Betsy said…

    Really looking forward to this class and YT class. Thanks for putting all of this together so inspiring.

  • 13.
    Jen said…

    I already have my word and I actually posted about it a while ago because I was too excited to keep it a secret!!

    Can’t wait to play along!

  • 14.
    Rebekah said…

    All signed up, can’t wait to get started! This is my first year doing “one little word” so I was thrilled to see your class! I love your style!

  • 15.
    Chrissy said…

    I am super excited about this and just signed up for the class. :) A few words come to mind but they seem to be more defined/direct and the words I see that you have chosen can be characterized as more broad. Should the word be something more broad or is direct alright also? I’m sure there isn’t a right or wrong, I just wanted to hear your thoughts on it….

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Chrissy – you’re right that there’s no right or wrong. I think it really depends on what’s happening in your life and your own personal situation. For me, I’ve always liked that my words can have a bunch of different meanings (some of which I don’t even think of in the beginning).

  • 16.
    Christine said…

    Just signed up, and I’m really excited. I recently started reflecting on this year’s word, and what next year’s word should be. Glad I still have a few more weeks left in December so I can take the time to come up with a word that feels right.

    I love your secret secondary word of athlete, and everything you were able to manifest with that word!

  • 17.
    Judy Webb said…

    If I can come up with only one word, I may consider the class. Sounds interesting.

  • 18.
    Brooke said…

    What a great way to keep that one little word working for you throughout the year!

  • 19.
    Diana said…

    Ali, I am super excited about this class. I took a long break from scrapbooking and I think this is the perfect project to jump back into what I enjoy doing. I love your work and I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us throughout this journey!

  • 20.
    Kendra said…

    Ali, I signed up right away and am so excited! I have a question about the album, though. Will I be able to take your prompts/inspiration and do a digital album? Or should I go ahead and buy the page protectors you suggested?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Kendra – you probably will be able to take what I’m doing and make it digital. Most of the projects will include printables (in both pdf + png formats) so you definitely could make it digital if you wanted. The main thing to keep in mind are the different page sizes (the first page in the album is 5×7). Hybrid is really the way I’m heading with the projects.

  • 21.
    Vera said…

    I just signed up! I really kept my word for 2010 in focus by making layout of it and hanging it on the wall across from my bed. It helped me make some good decisions in respect to my job. I can’t wait for the class to begin!

  • 22.
    Jen Thompson said…

    Ali: do you know if the Pink Paislee refills fit an American Crafts 8.5×11 binder?

    • ….
      Laura from AZ said…

      I’m not Ali but she responded to one of my questions and said we didn’t have to use the We R Memory Keeper albums-we could use whatever 8 1/2 x 11 album so I assume they’ll fit. I thought I also read on the description of the product at scrapbook that it fits any album.

  • 23.
    Sandi said…

    What a great idea for a class. I was excited when I got the email from Big Picture Classes.
    S. Dressel

  • 24.
    Newfie Princess said…

    Hi, I signed up for the class as well, I had too :) As soon as I started to read about your class at BPSB my soul put my word in front of my eyes. I didn’t have time to think or ponder at all. It’s going to be a Great new year and I’m looking forward to spending some of my time with you. Blessings

  • 25.
    Carol said…

    I’ve never scrapbooked but would like to take part in this project because it I want to do an album just for me!! And not the family. Do I have to be a scrapbooker?

    • ….
      pidge said…

      I’m not Ali, but I know from taking her past class, that no matter where you are (scrapper or not) you will LOVE her class. Which brings to mind that she often says she’s a “Life Artist” … which sheds new light on this class (well, for me anyway! lol.) I’m positive you won’t regret it! :)

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Carol – you definitely don’t need to be a scrapbooker to take this class. The actual projects will be visual and some might be more on the scrapbook-end of the spectrum, but I think you’ll probably find some inspiration within the prompts (especially if you’re open to taking the prompt and making it your own).

  • 26.
    Chris H said…

    I’ve signed up for this class as well. I’ve chosen my word…Discover.

    I recently moved to northern Virginia and there is so much to see here that this year is going to be one little discovery after another, as has been the last couple months. And I don’t mean just geographically. We are out here with no family, very few friends, and we are figuring out (discovering) who we are independent of every thing we’ve ever known.

    Unfortunately, creativity has been put on the back burner for many many months with this whole process. I busted my tail unpacking my craft stuff and setting up a temporary studio so I could have it all available and get back in the groove. I sat down last night to do some Christmas projects I had in my head, and nothing worked. It was just stale, dead, and frustrating.

    I hope this class will help me discover my creativity again. I’m opening a fresh page and I put the Christmas ideas away. Evidently I’m just not being called in that way right now.

    • ….
      Diane Marra said…

      Chris, I live in Woodbridge, and would love to meet you! I have a studio in my home. send me a email and we can connect!

  • 27.

    Hi Ali, I’ve chosen my word for the year ‘risks’. Thank you to you and to Andrea Scher, I have my word, and I have done my 2010 completion ritual. All ready to move forward into the new year with specific goals in sight. Such an incredible way to start the new year. Only wish I could join in the class.

    If interested, visit this link for my ‘word and completion ritual’ here:

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Love that Francesca – very inspiring.

  • 28.
    Stephanie said…

    Just signed up..yippee!

  • 29.
    madeline St onge said…

    All signed up and ready, Just need my word and an album

  • 30.
    dawn said…

    I’m excited that this will be my first year picking a word with you. Having a class about it is even more exciting. So far I have 2 that I’m playing around with.

    My question is how will you base this class on a word alone or by an action word, how will it all tie in together with so many different words? I hope this makes sense, I’m not sure how to describe it? Looking forward to this journey though, thank you so much for all your fun and inspiration you bring to us.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      There will be specific assignments that encourage you think or take action on your own word. Everyone will be tailoring the prompts to their own word, life, situation, etc.

  • 31.
    Chris H said…

    Question…I’m also considering getting the Project Life kit. It’s been a couple years since I have done an annual scrapbook because, frankly, I just haven’t found a format I’m happy with. I get frustrated with digital and overwhelmed at the slightest bit of being behind…Would the guidance of the class help in giving focus to that as well and do you feel PL would be a good companion to this class?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Chris – this class is not really about scrapbooking as much as it about giving gentle reminders with a small one-page project to help you focus on your word of the year. It’s very specific to choosing a word and taking action on that word.

    • ….
      Chris H said…

      Thank you Ali for the response. That helps. I’ll discover along the way as it all plays out. I’m being called to do these things this year more so than my usual paper arts.

  • 32.
    KatieK. said…

    In the past I usually had a phrase or two I concentrated on, that reflected issues or my journey I wanted to focus on. I related to your one-word focus because of that. I too feel very inspired by your new class but in typical KK fashion I wondered how I could condense. It came to me when looking at a laundry product sitting in the bathroom that our family loves. Revive. I have many reasons and applications so now I can skip clicking to BPC to sign-up! Thanks.

  • 33.
    Amy said…

    Yikes! There must be a bunch of us excited about taking this class. Had the page protectors in my cart this morning at Two Peas since was out. . . but waited because I had a question for TwoPeas on the Y&T 6X12 page protectors I needed. . . got the answer but they’re now out of the ones for One Little Word.

    Wound up getting both at Archiver’s Online:

    Just have to hope they were in stock. We don’t have a store within 2 hours that would have had either set of page protectors.

  • 34.
    Cinnibonbon said…

    Hi Ali

    I’m in, I signed up the other day, ordered my page protectors from Peas–(thanks for that heads up) I already know what pattern paper to use and I’ve got my “fixings” all lined up!!!

    Yet–I still don’t have a word, but get this–last year I had 7 of them!!! And boy did I use them all.

    I’m still thinking this one through. I haven’t had that “ahh ha” moment..but I’ve got my eyes and ears open for it! SUper excited for this new year. Thanks a bunch!

  • 35.
    Daphne said…

    I have a quick question for you. Do you use the Bamboo Tablet to create your designs, handwriting; etc.? I have been investigating and would love to buy one; but wasnt sure if that is it or not? Just curious! I cant wait to sign up for your class …


    • ….
      Ali said…

      I don’t have the Bamboo but do have a different tablet (intous3) from the same company. I think mine has a larger (6×8) drawing space. I use it all the time.

  • 36.
    Peg said…

    Hey Ali! So excited to see this. Making arrangements to get the protectors and will sign up soon! I wanted to ask you two questions:
    1. Is the link on your site an affiliate link? I’d love to do a little extra to support your work on this site that provides so much inspiration to me.
    2. About how much patterned paper do you think we’ll use ultimately? I’d like to make a special choice and get enough right away because I have a total gift for picking the product that will be discontinued 2.4 seconds after my purchase. :)


    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Peg – thanks for the questions. My link from here to Big Picture is not an affiliate link. As for the pattern paper I don’t think you’ll need a lot. I’m gathering up some – going for a yellowish color scheme. It’s not all planned out just yet as I want it to evolve throughout the year.

    • ….
      Peggy said…

      Thanks Ali!

  • 37.
    sue said…

    I’ve just started thinking about my word for 2011. I’ve participated for the last 3 years and focused each year on the word I chose. It’s amazing how the word I’ve chosen each year keeps popping up over and over. 2010 I chose the word ‘FAMILY’ and I’ve made a concerted effort to spend time with my parents, my children and my husband. We had a wedding and my mother-in-law spent most of a month with us recovering from a broken hip. Now that I look back, FAMILY was the right choice. Must think of a word for 2011…,

  • 38.
    Kim said…

    I’m really thinking about the word motivation. In some areas, I am kicking up my motivation level, and in others it is decreasing. So if I choose to focus on it, it will reinforce the good and help out with the not so good. Does that make any sense? :-)

  • 39.
    Helen said…


    I am so excited to take your class at BPC and would love to attend an in-person class… someday time and finances will permit a more exciting adventure (like your Tuscany trip with ScrapMap); but, do you think there may be a class or two you might teach closer to home in Oregon so that us locals can benefit from having such a master in our midsts? :)


    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Helen – thanks for the note and for your interest in having me teach more locally. Right now I don’t have plans for that…but I’ll keep it in mind as I plan out the year.

  • 40.
    JenThompson said…

    Not sure if this had been asked yet but how many sheets of white cardstock do we need? Thanks!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Jen – my suggestion is going to be to have a pack (I think that’s 25 sheets) on hand throughout the year. We won’t be doing anything larger than 8.5×11. The prompts are not all created yet but they will all fit within the confines of an 8.5×11 album.

  • 41.
    Kelly B said…

    Super cool Ali & freaky, but I had already chosen light as my word as well. Now I must do the class.

  • 42.
    Sandi Keene said…

    Just signed up for the class. So looking forward to this! Now to discover my word for this year.

  • 43.
    pidge said…

    is there a button for “newer comments”? i can only read 42 and i know there’s more! :)

    • ….
      pidge said…

      Opps, just realized there are only 42 comments –the 65 are the replies. Sorry. :)

  • 44.
    Manola said…

    I have chosen my word “FOCUS”. It seemed an obvious choice to follow on from my word from last year “LEARN”.
    Manola :)

  • 45.
    Ciqi said…

    Hi Ali,
    I have been thinking of choosing a word for some time, and now that I was found (!) by one I signed up for your class. I´m so thrilled to see where this will lead me!
    I have a question though, about the protectors: is it possible to do without them? Could I do this in paper or by sewing in ordinary protectors or something? I live in Europe, and the shipping from will cost me more than the class itself… I have found page protectors with 9 small pockets here, but I didn’t even understand the design of the folded ones :D so I don’t know if I can get them.

    • ….
      Netleigh said…

      I’m in the UK and I have preordered the protectors from a supplier who is getting one in. There are posts about them on the UK Scrappers web forum, the postage to wherever you are in Europe might not be as bad as from the USA!

  • 46.
    Becci Sundberg said…

    Well I’m not sure what all of this involves really but I have decided that my word for 2011 is BLISS

  • 47.
    Ruth said…

    I’ve aready signed up for this class, as an early Christmas present to myself. I lost sight of my word this year, but as it still fits with how things are for me and me, I’m going to use it again.

  • 48.
    Netleigh said…

    I’ve signed up and I’m really looking forwards to focusing on the word regularly.
    I had Reduce as last year’s word and life (husband having an operation then elderly relatives needing sorting out) got in the way of what I’d hoped to do.
    This year I’m going with, Clarity, as my word.

  • 49.
    Bonnie said…

    Hi Ali! I absolutely love One Little Word – I used it last year for the first time and it completely changed my outlook on life. I chose STORY, like you, and it helped me run a half marathon, travel in Europe with my family, and write my first book. It was a wonderful year! Thank you for all of your inspiration!
    I am really looking forward to 2011, and very excited about this project. My new word hit me a few days ago when I was feeling unmotivated to exercise or do any writing – PERSEVERE! I really want to build on my accomplishments and energy from this last year, and see where it takes me. I’m looking forward to January 1st. Here we go!

  • 50.
    Bonnie P said…

    I actually asked this question on Yesterday Today, but I’ll ask again. Is it possible to take it without doing the printable downloads? I only have access to the internet on my Blackberry or at the library a half hour away. I’m thinkin that because this is a smaller page that I could print these there. Do you think these are possibilities or do I “scrap” the idea altogether and wait till I get internet in our area? Thanks!

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