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Tis The Season For Storytelling

Don't forget that registration is now open for my 12-week workshop, Yesterday & Today, at Big Picture Classes. Class begins on December 30th.

Yesterday & Today is a content-rich class focused on encouraging you to tell stories from your past, stories that compare past and present, and stories from your life right now. The original idea for this workshop is to begin the process of creating a 12×12 album about yourself, but many students in the last workshop adapted the content to tell stories of people other than themselves.

This is a layout class. We will be making 12, 2-page layouts plus a cover page (one layout per week).

At it's heart, this is a class about taking a look at the way you tell stories. The why, the how, and the what if. You do not need to have old photos to participate.

Here's a look at the 12 weekly topics:



  1. Saying Goodbye. Saying Hello. Introduction to words + photos scrapbooking.


  2. Don't Make Things More Complicated Than They Need To Be. Choosing photos to illustrate your story. Old photo basics: scanning, enlarging, and printing.



  3. Telling The Story. What stories are really going to matter? Facts vs. feelings. Timelines.


  4. Embracing Imperfection. Addressing the challenging stories of our lives.


  5. Go With The Flow. Layouts without photos.


  6. Evolution. Documenting stories that demonstrate change and growth.


  7. Now & Then. Creating layouts that compare and contrast.


  8. Cultivate Mindfulness. Establishing a past-perspective.


  9. Celebrate The Everyday. Today you/documenting a day in your life.


  10. This I Believe. Using pop culture as inspiration in your storytelling.


  11. Perfectly Imperfect. Documenting the perfectly imperfect details of our lives today.


  12. The Stuff Of Life. Incorporating papers and other "real life" ephemera into your scrapbooking.


  13. Taking The Next Step. Where do you go from here?


This class is appropriate for traditional or digital scrapbookers (or those like me that mix the two). Included in the content of the class are video tutorials in Photoshop Elements that walk you through the process of using the downloadable elements that will be added to your layouts. I’ve also included instructions in Word for those of you who are more comfortable working in that environment. For completely digital scrapbookers I’ve included layered templates for each of the paper layouts.

For this class you don't have to log-on at any specific time and you can go at your own pace. This is a "forever" class at Big Picture meaning you will have access to all the content and materials even after the workshop ends.

Read the full description for Yesterday & Today and sign up here.

I'd love to have you join me for this experience. For feedback from past participants go here.

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37 thoughts

  1. Claudia McDaniel says…
    12/06/2010

    I would soooo love to take this class. It's on my wishlist for Christmas. If Santa doesn't put it in my stocking, I'll have to get it myself. ;-)

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  2. Louise P says…
    12/06/2010

    I'm really wishing for $99 to appear in my account right now! Unfortunately, I doubt that's likely to happen! :)

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    1. Nicky from Canada says…
      12/06/2010

      I am with you Louise - not sure it will happen though!!! But there's always wishing.

  3. hannahk says…
    12/06/2010

    I'm already signed up and so looking forward to Dec 30th. This is the second time around and I'm super excited about adding to the stories I started.

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  4. pidge says…
    12/06/2010

    Ali, I just want to mention, for like the billionth time, how much I enjoyed this class. It taught me how to scrapbook -- not how to glue and cut but how to get stories down without the stress. Also, I have taken several other classes since Y/T and I have to admit that you totally spoiled me on what I expect to get out of classes now! Thank you for being so upfront about what what offered in the class. I always knew where we were going and I always felt like you were so capable of getting us there. So many classes I've been in have no clear cut goals. Not only did you teach the "how/why" of scrapbooking you also taught so much about teaching in general. Thanks so much.

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    1. Claudia McDaniel says…
      12/06/2010

      What a great testimonial. As if I needed any more convincing that I wanted this. Now I NEED this class.

    2. Ali says…
      12/06/2010

      Thank you pidge - that's really a wonderful compliment.

  5. Shannan says…
    12/06/2010

    Yep - all signed up and ready to go!

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    12/06/2010

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  7. Ruth says…
    12/06/2010

    I'm already signed up for this class. 10% off from BPC for completeing their survey and a Christmas present to myself. I'm hoping the class will see me through the dark winter days of January!

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  8. Lee says…
    12/06/2010

    I can't wait to get started! I failed at accomplishing one page last year, but I did learn a ton :) I'm looking to face my fear and go for it.

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  9. dawn says…
    12/06/2010

    Would love love to take this class,already you have taught me so much just on reading your blog daily. Due to the holidays though there isn't any extra money at this time. Do you always have this class at the end of the year, how about in the spring or summer??

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    1. Ali says…
      12/06/2010

      Hi Dawn - this is the second time the class is running at Big Picture. The first time it ran Oct, Nov, and Dec. At this time there are no plans to run it again after the January session.

  10. katie says…
    12/06/2010

    I know the designs are the same from the last time you ran this class, but are you completing a new album along with us with different stories? I hope that makes sense, its been a long day.

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    1. Ali says…
      12/06/2010

      Totally makes sense. I'm thinking about creating new layouts using the originals as a sketch (just to show how they can be used again)...it's just going to depend on my workload :). If I do I will be sharing them in the class gallery vs. writing up instructions/videos/etc like the originals.

  11. Jen D says…
    12/06/2010

    I took this class last year and it was amazing! Definitely changed the way I scrapbook and encouraged me to get and start to preserve some of my old photos and stories. I highly recommend it! Thanks Ali!

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  12. Maureen says…
    12/06/2010

    I'm signed up for this one again. I thought I might get back to finishing it on my own but realize I love having 'playmates' on my journey. I'm looking forward to some quiet time later this month to get my own ideas going from your list. I have a lot of years to pull from which is one of the advantages of being in my 60s!

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  13. Jackie Bremer says…
    12/06/2010

    I'm l,ooking forward to the class. I have so many stories to tell and am hoping it helps me stay on task. I do plan on a gift certificate this Christmas - it has been a really huge hint!!

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  14. Alida says…
    12/07/2010

    I'm so interested in this, and are glad that you have the read in Word option, as I'm not sure my computer can download the video tutorials.

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    1. Ali says…
      12/07/2010

      Hi Alida - all the handouts for the class are in PDF format. The digital elements can be opened in Word for printing if you don't have Photoshop.

  15. Amy says…
    12/07/2010

    I'm signed up and I can't wait! I've loved the classes over at Big Picture. And while money is tight, this is the type of thing that keeps on giving.

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  16. Sheryl says…
    12/07/2010

    Ali, can you tell me if there are new digital elements in the class this year? I am trying to decide if I should sign up again this year, or just continue on with the content from last year's class. Money is kind of tight right now, so I want to be responsible. Thanks!

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    1. Ali says…
      12/07/2010

      Hi Sheryl - there are not any new digital elements - it will all be the same as the first run of the class.

  17. PattiP says…
    12/07/2010

    I took this last year. It's one of my favorite classes ever. I'm taking it again this year, it was soo good.

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  18. Stacy says…
    12/07/2010

    I agree, one of my favorite classes ever! These pages I LOVE to show off! I now always consider "what I wish I knew".

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  19. Lacey says…
    12/07/2010

    Hey Ali,
    I signed up for this class last year (but didn't show up lol)- I know that we have the content forever but its nice to follow along, esp when I could get access to you if I had questions. I am wanting to do my childhood album. I saw the above comment where you said that you were thinking about maybe doing new layouts? I was wondering if there will be any other updates in the next class?

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    1. Ali says…
      12/07/2010

      Hi Lacey - there won't be any other updates to the content :).

  20. Peggy Leland says…
    12/08/2010

    my husband got me this class for christmas, he just doesn't know it yet *wink wink*

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    1. Damiane Lucas says…
      12/23/2010

      Too cute! I think I'll do the same! My hubby will just have to find out later what he got me for Christmas.

  21. Alana says…
    12/08/2010

    Is enrollment "open" or is there a cap to the number of students you will accept?

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    1. Ali says…
      12/08/2010

      Enrollment is open until the 5th of January - no cap on the number of students.

  22. Heather says…
    12/08/2010

    I took this class last year too and LOVED it! I've taken a bunch of classes at BPS, and while they've all been good, Y+T was definitely the best. It was the perfect balance of digging deep for storytelling and Ali's laid-back "it is ok" approach. I really think the stories in my scrapbook are richer for having taken this class. Thanks Ali. :)

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  23. Susan Wilson says…
    12/09/2010

    Would love this opportunity. I'm starting to have some memory problems and I'm working as fast as I can to get the old stories written.

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  24. danielle says…
    12/14/2010

    Loved this class last year, and the layouts you created were awesome! Just wondering if you will be presenting new layouts this time aroun?

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    1. Ali says…
      12/14/2010

      Hi Danielle - they will be the same as the first time. I may be creating some new ones (with the same design ideas/templates) but there will not be any other new content.

  25. Layout Previews | Yesterday & Today | Ali Edwards says…
    12/16/2010

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