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December 11, 2012

One Little Word 2013 | Workshop Open For Registration

One Little Word, a 12-month prompt-based creative workshop, is now available for registration at Big Picture Classes.

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 or writing 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.

For 2013 I will be introducing new prompts, along with a few favorites from previous years. The emphasis will continue to be, as it has been in past years, on finding ways to make our words visible in our lives.

Here’s a look at some of the prompts from the workshop in 2011 and 2012 – as you’ll see it’s been a combination of writing, photography and craft:

I’m happy to answer and questions that you might have here in the comments.

I’ll be sharing my word for 2013 the week between Christmas and New Year’s.

For more information on the One Little Word workshop or to register go here.


  • 1.
    dawn said…

    So excited about this class Ali, can’t wait to hear what your word will be. Hard to believe the year is almost over but I’m ready for another one. Thanks for sharing these little peeks at your pages, fun to see them.

  • 2.
    Michelle Allred said…

    Hey Ali – If you have purchased the class in previous years will you be able to retake them this year or will you need to repurchase the class again?

    • ….
      Pidgen said…

      You do have to buy it again – as Ali does all new videos and downloads, but you should get an email soon about a freebie for past students. :)

  • 3.
    J3SS1C4 said…

    I’m almost caught up with this years class, and it was so much fun! As soon as you posted this one on Twitter, I signed up straight away! I’m now thinking what to use for my word for the next year and I can’t wait to see all the new prompts!

  • 4.
    Tashia D said…

    I loved this class and will definitely be taking it again next year!

  • 5.
    JC said…

    Can’t tell you what this class has meant to me, Ali. It made such a difference in my life this year. Thank you so much for all of the work you do to develop and provide this gem!
    Looking forward to next year — a couple of words are already swimming around in my mind!

  • 6.
    Susan said…

    i’m signed up this year again. i passed on 2012. my word for 2012 was nourish and i had some things in place early on that my word was alive on its own but i think i’d like a little direction with this coming years word – which i already know what it is. so excited to be back in one little word – thanks for you. and your inspiration.

  • 7.
    Nikki said…

    I have never taken a class but never had the extra funds to do so..I have always done a One Little Word layout and remind myself throughout the year of my word. I love how one word can change the outlook of your day!

  • 8.
    Pidgen said…

    I ALREADY signed up. :) I absolutely love this class … and just as a small thank you – thank you for keeping the price the same, I went to order some stuff off of Amazon {that I order every year} and the price had gone up = I KNOW, I GET IT … things get more expensive – but it was a happy moment to see the same price. :)

  • 9.
    Kim said…

    So excited and grateful that you are offering this class again. My word hit me square in the face about a month and a half ago at an event I was attending called Time Out For Women. Can’t wait to listen and learn from you during 2013.

  • 10.
    Jill P said…

    Hi Ali:
    I want to purchase this class for a family member; Christmas surprise for someone who definitely needs the inspiration you can provide. How do I checkout? With my e-mail address or theirs?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Jill – I think the best way is purchase a gift certificate. I’ll check with Big Picture.

  • 11.
    Lisa said…

    So excited! this is the first year I will be participating in One Little Word…still haven’t figured out which word I will be using, but excited by the prospect of something new!

  • 12.
    Rebecca said…

    I am definitley in again! A couple of words have been percolating for me already. Excited to see what I end up with come January 1!

  • 13.
    Aly S. said…

    I don’t scrapbook anymore but I’ve done the OLW for the last few years. I went ahead and signed up for the class with plans to photograph, journal, and blog only. No pages for me!

  • 14.
    Angie D in Ohio said…

    Is this a digital scrapbooking and journal class? Or can it be geared to traditional scrapbooking? I would love to start doing digital scrapbooks but have no idea where to start.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Angie – you can approach it any way you want. The last two years I’ve provided printable materials that people can either add their own hand-writing to or can use a computer to input their writing. As you can see in the images above I printed things out and added my writing -

  • 15.
    Tracey S. said…

    So excited about this class! Already signed up and got my stuff, this will be my first year!!!!

  • 16.
    Raylene said…

    This class was truly a life changer for me. It is BETTER than making resolutions! I am already narrowing down my 2013 OLW now!

  • 17.
    Robyn :) said…

    I think I am going to do the workshop this year. I usually choose a word, then forget wbout it lol. This will help me continually refocus. A word came to me and then I noticed it is a word you have used :)

  • 18.
    Laurel said…

    Ali, I loved the class in 2012 and am in for another round for sure. I really appreciate that you are keeping this class going, and that you are changing up the prompts. Can’t wait to see what you have in mind.

  • 19.
    Kim Miller said…

    When we register for the new class, will BPC recognize that we took the class in the past to allow us to get the freebie that is offered for past participants? Thanks, Ali!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Kim – I believe that you need the code that was included in the email to alumni (looks like you need to do a separate transaction for that one with the code for the freebie).

  • 20.
    Patricia/NYC said…

    This is my first OLW workshop & I am so excited to begin this journey!

  • 21.
    Dare said…

    Between this workshop and Elise’s “I Choose” goal setting workshop, my 2013 is shaping up to be full of accomplishments! I’m excited!

  • 22.
    Kathy L said…

    Ali, Do you provide prompts, suggested ideas on how to find your “word”? I’m afraid that there are so many swirling in my head that one won’t come forward. Or the one that I pick will not be conducive to the class.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Kathy – this class is less about finding your word and more about what to do with it once you have one. You might want to check out my archive of past One Little Word posts: There’s really no right or wrong word – and no word that really fits better for the class than another. On any given year there’s been a number of words that have come up for me – a number that I could have chosen. I usually just grab hold of one and go for it.

  • 23.
    Virginia A said…

    So looking forward to this! I am so excited to register after Christmas.

  • 24.
    Linda said…

    Ali, I totally love reading about your scrapbooking life, but I miss reading about your personal life. I realize there’s only so much you can share, but how are you and the kids doing?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      We are doing just fine :) . Not sure if you read my weekly Project Life posts, but those are a pretty good indication of life around here right now.

  • 25.
    Joana T.C. said…

    I’ve just signed up and I am really looking forward to starting this process. As for my word, well, it kind of chose me. I had 3 or 4 words swimming around in my head but this one kept popping up again and again. Although I didn’t like it at first, it wouldn’t go away and now I have embraced it and it makes perfect sense. See you in the classroom everyone!

  • 26.
    Karen Nuce said…

    I have been doing one little word for 3 years now and would love to win the class! Thanks for the opportunity.

  • 27.
    Megan said…

    I just signed up last night! Can’t wait to try this project next year!

  • 28.
    Nupur said…

    I would like to sign for the classes, but I am a bit confused. As I am on the other side of the globe, I would need to find the supply list items in the local market. If you could just briefly describe the things that are required, I can try to get something similar. Thanks

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Hi Nupur – you basically need a 9-pocket divided page protector (as seen in the images above) and an 8.5×11 notebook. You could definitely do a different size if you wanted but the printables included in the class will be geared to the 8.5×11 size.

  • 29.
    Amanda Robbins said…

    I can’t wait to start. I’ve been thinking (and wishing to achieve my word consistently) and I think this is the perfect way to do it… a monthly reminder!

  • 30.
    melanie said…

    I’m going to do this! :) I think I even know what my word is going to be.

  • 31.
    EmmaJohns said…

    Just signed up! Love your idea about picking a color.

  • 32.
    Shirsha said…

    Hi Ali, in the last six months, I have realised that I need to bring more focus into my life. I keep flitting from one thing to another without really committing completely and whole-heartedly. Amongst other things, I am planning on registering for this workshop to bring some focus and direction into my daily life. Divided page protectors are not available in my part of the world. I would love to do this in the physical form but I think the lack of supplies might push me to do this digitally. And mind you, I have never scrapbooked (traditional or digital) ever before. :) I am still thinking this over… would love to know if you think this can be completely adaptable for a digital version?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      There have been quite a few people over the last couple of years do it all digital. It’s really up to you – you can make it what you want it to be. In general I include digital elements when possible -

  • 33.
    roni h said…

    I’m back…I am looking forward to 2013 with my one little word…thank you, ali, for your continuted inspiration and strength.

  • 34.
    Melinda said…

    Hi Ali! This is a great idea and I have an idea in my head for my word but was wondering if this is something that could easily be incorporated into a PL album rather than a whole album?

  • 35.
    Deborah said…

    Seeing what your word was for last year, I’m assuming you know that your name “Ali” is Aribic for “up” or “high”… Great word! Great movie! Wish I heard of your class sooner, would have loved to have seen all your ideas… So thankful for the timing of this NOW … Perfect for this season of my life!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I totally did not know that :) .

  • 36.
    Rosette said…

    My girlfriend and I just signed-up and purchased our stuff. We are both really excited to be starting this project and seeing where it will take us. Can’t wait for our first prompt!

  • 37.
    Barbara said…

    I am not a scrapbooker. WIll this class still be appropriate for photos and writing, or are scrapbook skills neccesary?

  • 38.
    Jamie Lott said…

    Hi Ali,
    I signed up for OLW in 2012 and ended up falling away from the class (I had another baby, so I was distracted :) ) I went back in big picture classes and looked under “My Classes” to see if the prompts were still there and they weren’t :( I also went through my email archives and I have no emails in regards to OLW. I know it is late now, but can the 2012 classroom and printables still be accessed or is it too late??
    Also cannot wait to start 2013 and stick with it this year!!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Jamie – Big Picture Classes are always available. The classroom should still be accessible under your Classes and the prompts and all the downloads are under the Archives section.

  • 39.
    kellie said…

    i am not sure if i am too late, but i would love to join in if i can. let me know.


    • ….
      Ali said…

      Registration is open all year. Follow the links above to sign up :) .

  • 40.
    Dianne said…

    Though I have been slow to start with this project and have not kept up with the monthly prompts and layouts, my word jumped out at me today. I was inspired, and I made it happen!

    • ….
      Ali said…


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