Yesterday, I began my journey in Ali Edward's new class with Big Picture Scrapbooking: Yesterday & Today. I have always been immensely inspired by Ali, her work in Creating Keepsakes, her books and her blog. So I am very excited to be spending the next 13 weeks taking this online course with Ali.
Week One involved 3 important but challenging tasks. We each made lists of our essential stories, the stories about ourselves and our lives that we would want documented if we were gone tomorrow. Our second task was to take this list and categorize each story as either "yesterday" or "today." Doing this exercise was extremely eye-opening. Despite the hundreds of pages I've made (and still love), I have very few that tell my own story in a meaningful way. I can feel that this will be my first step toward adding more meaningful and daily stories to our albums vs event-based scrapbooking. There will always be a place for layouts about events and fun/random pages, but what about the stories and feelings that will still matter 25 or 50 years from now?! I am so excited for this growth and evolution.
Our final task was to review our old scrapbooking albums and create a list of observations - what we love and what we would change. I learned a lot about myself and my style from this exercise. Do I love the designs with tons of different colored and patterned papers, which I selected to match the colors in the photos? Not as much, because it competes for attention with the photos and words. This exercise is teaching us to focus on what matters: photos + words. The design part is definitely fun, but my goal is not to let the heart of the layout suffer. You don't have to scrap a certain way just because it's trendy or you saw it in a magazine. This was another eye-opening exercise and I think it will help me to release some pressure and change my thoughts on how I scrapbook for the better.
Registration will only remain open until late tomorrow. I initially hadn't planned to take this class but decided at the last minute to join... and am so glad I did! If you're hesitating like I did, I definitely recommend you sign up and join us on this journey!