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December 16, 2010

Layout Previews | Yesterday & Today

If you’re curious about the kind of layouts we’ll be making in my 12-week Yesterday & Today workshop at Big Picture, this post is for you.

One of the biggest things you’ll likely notice – there’s a lot of words. Bring on the words.

Here’s a peek at some of the layouts (in this class there’s one layout per week):

I hope you can join me! If you’d like to read more go here or here. Registration is open through January 5th here. Class begins December 30th.

Look for a class giveaway coming this weekend!


  • 1.
    Debbie S. said…

    I am so excited!!! These look fantastic!

  • 2.
    Trisha said…

    I am so excited about taking this class!

  • 3.
    Rebekah Pontow said…

    I so would love to take this class! I will be getting on the giveaway and hope to win. Thanks for sharing Ali!

  • 4.
    Amy said…

    This is such an unfair post! What a tease! I’ve been signed up and can’t wait!

  • 5.
    Kendra said…

    Hurray! I’m looking forward to this class!

  • 6.
    kristyn g said…

    TAKE THIS CLASS!!! That’s all I have to say! :)

    • ….
      TracyBzz said…

      I agree: TAKE THE CLASS!!

  • 7.
    Anya said…

    Awesome!!! I love every litle detail! Thank you for sharing.

  • 8.
    dawn said…

    I would sooooo love to take this class Ali, hoping for a chance at the giveaway. Love these peeks into your pages, though.

  • 9.
    Anastasia said…

    Hi Ali
    I see you do a lot of graphic design type work with words in this course. You use different types, sizes and alignment as your embellishments… Would you be teaching/advising on how best to combine different fonts, etc. to create a visually pleasant page?

    Oh, and on that occasion, there is a CD on Amazon with your fonts but it doesn’t show which fonts are included – could you help with a bit more info/images on that? Really thinking of buying it but am not sure what I’ll get:-)


    • ….
      Ali said…

      Morning! This class includes all the downloads and elements I use in the layouts (for both hybrid + digital scrapbookers). I don’t really talk about design issues in this class as that’s not really the focus – it’s more on the storytelling perspective. You can definitely learn from the examples :) .

      Let me take a look at that CD – it was made a number of years ago now.

  • 10.
    Melissa said…

    Oooohhh – this is “vintage” Ali! Reminiscent of the days of “ephemera of my life”, etc. Lovely, for sure. :) )

  • 11.
    shelly k said…

    Looks awesome…going on my wish list!

  • 12.
    Maggie said…

    WOOT! Thanks so much for the preview. I’m all signed up and can’t wait for the class to begin! :)

  • 13.
    Lynn M said…

    Thanks so much for the preview. I can’t wait.

  • 14.
    Krys72599 said…

    I’m signed up for the class. I can’t wait!!!
    Over the holidays I’m going to try to catch up on everything else I have pending so I can spend all my time on this!!!
    Words are sometimes a problem for me so I’m looking forward to this class!!

  • 15.
    Ruth said…

    I’ve already signed up so now I’m even more excited about class beginning!

  • 16.
    Liz said…

    Can’t wait!

  • 17.
    pidge said…

    TAKE THIS CLASS!!! Its not so much about the layouts (WHICH ARE AWESOME!!) its about the perspective (WHICH IS TOTALLY AWESOME!!) TAKE THIS CLASS!!

  • 18.
    Deb said…

    I am so excited about this class. I have some story ideas already. Can’t wait.

  • 19.
    amy said…

    thanks for the post that gives me a better perspective on what i can expect from the class. it sounds really great.

  • 20.
    Tere said…

    Pre-homework jitters….I see lots of writing….I’m not good at writing.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      You can do it Tere :) .

  • 21.
    Judy Webb said…

    I haven’t decided to take your course yet. I already know “words” are important. I love journaling. My problem is getting my husband to journal. I am doing album for his 85th birthday. I want him to journal about the things he loves, clothes, pens (fountain, collector pens) and much more. He loves to tell stories but when I ask him to journal, he gets all solemn, serious and way to short.
    I think my work for this coming year will be “finish.” I am working hard to go through family boxes, sort the data and scrap book the family history. Thank YOU, thank You, for telling me I do not have to scrap chronologically.

    • ….
      Melinda Kirk said…

      Judy I had this problem with my grandad and decided to just tape him talking and transpose it to writing later. I conducted a mini interview – had a few questions ready to get him going and it worked a treat. Some people are just not writers and need a little help :)

    • ….
      MaryAnn said…

      Judy, you will love this class. I took it last year, and I am still in the progress of working on the album. There are some pages, I used over and over. I read the comment from the other lady and yes, have him record the words. There is a software that will translate, it is voice recognize and will convert sound into type. The blind and some progressive offices use it. All is left is editing and check spelling for the correct usage of the word. But, get the stories recorded. This class makes you think about genealogy and the stories that go with it. Enjoy the class.

  • 22.
    Melinda Kirk said…

    Hmm, you have reminded me that some of these are still work in progress from when I took the class! Interesting that some of them I have done over and over though with different subjects. Loved this class, highly recommend it :)

  • 23.

    I have put this class on my Christmas list. I hope Santa is listening!!!

  • 24.
    Brenda in Sunny SoCal said…

    This look amazing! I am still on the fence since I have no pictures of childhood with me, they are all at my parents and they just not have a way to get them to me right now, even if I got them a scanner, they are pretty technologycaly challenged….

  • 25.
    messy gypsie said…

    I cant wait to take this class, hoping Santa got my letter….

  • 26.
    Suz said…

    Yes…this class is w-o-n-d-e-r-f-u-l. It really helped me journal meaningfully. Some of my favorite layouts to date.

    This may have already been discussed already, but if I took the class in the past (but didn’t quite get it all completed) can I join in to this round of discussions and galleries? I think that the schedule of this round of class will better fit my schedule since it’s being offered at a slower time of the year for me. TIA.
    Merry Christmas!

    • ….
      TracyBzz said…

      There is an alumni rate that was sent out in an email. If you didn’t receive it contact BPC and they can help you.

  • 27.
    PeggyK said…

    Ali, I enrolled in this class the last time you ran it…it was, by far, the best class I’d ever taken. You encouraged me to go deep with my journaling. Outstanding class!!!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Thank you Peggy!

  • 28.
    Mariette said…

    I cant wait. Just enrolled and can not wait. Jippiieeeeee!!!!!

  • 29.
    Kim said…

    Thanks, Ali, for sharing those images. It solidified my desire to take the class. I am hoping Santa will check it off my wish list, if not I will get it for myself:)

  • 30.
    Kristal said…

    I quite possibly have found the perfect Christmas gift for myself!

  • 31.
    Veronica said…

    I’m super exited. This was all I wanted for christmas so my hubby got it for me :-D

  • 32.
    Donna Sullivan said…

    Ali, I don’t have photoshop elements, but another photo editing software, Creative Memories Storybook, where outside elements can be brought in to use. Would this me acceptable for the class, or would I have to get Elements also? I have CS3, but never used it, not sure if elements would apply to that program? Thanks Ali!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Donna – unfortunately I don’t know enough about that software to give you a positive or a negative answer. CS3 would definitely work – you would not need Elements if you have CS3.

  • 33.
    tania willis said…

    this class looks AMAZING!

  • 34.
    Yolanda S said…

    Thanks for the preview…what I can see looks fabulous. Will be watching for that class giveaway, for sure! :)

  • 35.
    Catharine said…

    Hi Ali,
    This is totally off the subject but I’ve seen the Polar Express Mt. Hood commercial sooo many times, thanks to my kids pointing it out every time, but anyway, in case you didn’t know, Simon’s picture is on the commercial…Adorable picture.

  • 36.
    Laurel said…

    Can’t wait for this class! Is there any chance you could make 8.5×11 templates available as well? I LOVE the ones you created for week in the life! I use them a lot.

  • 37.
    Rene' Sharp said…

    I would SO love to take this class, but with the Rand Dollar exchange rate it works out to be like R700.00 for me!! Will have to try and enter the give-away!!

  • 38.
    Therese said…

    I’m sold…this is going to be my favorite Christmas gift. I’m giving it to myself so that I can share my past with my children. Thanks Ali!

  • 39.
    telisj said…


    I took this class last year but it was way too busy of a time for me. I am seriously thinking of taking this an an alumni.

    Is it the exact same class materials? If so, yeah because I did print out everything last time and have it in a big binder. I do think I would benefit from the “live” interaction with the discussion board and I will be free to focus on this class!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Exact same class materials :) .

  • 40.
    Linda Robison said…

    Oh please oh please…..this is all I want for Christmas ;-)

  • 41.
    Twyla said…

    I would so LOVE to experience one of these classes!!!!! Just the nudge I need. :)

  • 42.
    Ellen said…

    What a great opportunity! thanks Ali!

  • 43.
    Pam said…

    How I would love to take this class, or any class with you! Unnfortunately, I cannot afford it right now. I hope you do it again. I would really love this class!

  • 44.
    Lara said…

    I would love to win this class!

  • 45.
    Michelle Carr said…

    Just signed up today and I am so excited to get started. I had been on the fence on if I could make the time for the class. But my mom passed away this past weekend, and it really made me want to make sure I tell the stories most important to me before it is too late.

    I have tons of old family photos to work with and I am overwhelmed where to start so I think this will be perfect for me.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Oh Michelle – I am sorry to read about the passing of your Mom. I hope this class will be a bright light for you.

  • 46.
    Damiane Lucas said…

    Dear Ali,

    Merry Christmas! I am thinking of taking your online class, but I don’t have any old photos. I have a certain sibling who has taken possession of our family’s heritage photos, and she won’t give them up!

    What can I do? I have lots of stories to tell, but no old photos. Help!

  • 47.
    Denise KC said…

    Hi Ali,
    I’m very interested in taking this class, only thing is I only do traditional scrapbooking. I have no photo-editing software and my printer is a black and white laser printer — I can scan though. Do you think I can make the materials work for me without too much grief?

  • 48.
    Dannielle Raddatz said…

    i seen this workshop on Big Picture yesterday. must admit i would love to join but the cash flow is a little low with moving and beign single mum. can’t wait to see if you share the LO’s. Be good if you could purchase the workshop after the 5th :)

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