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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