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Back to School...a little differently

Learn Something New

Ready to go back to school?

If you read anything here, you already know I’m a little freaked out because this is the first September in the history of my entire life that I am not going back to school. I’ve also had enough requests to run this class again that it seemed the apt thing to do. So yes, if you’ve been reading for a full year, you’ve seen this before. Don’t start thinking everything is going to be repeats — there’s plenty of new waiting for its moment to shine too!

Learn Something New Every Day is a class to start the autumn term. Over the month of September, we’ll make thirty entries in this small-format book designed to getting your eyes open to observing your world.

Worried about time? Fair enough. It does take time to make an entry every day. But the pages are small (6 inches square) and we’ll use some short cuts to keep your supplies to a nice small collection and we’ll focus on summary journalling rather than documenting each day with a full report. And every day you have the option of just duplicating the example page, so that could even eliminate your thinking time. We’re talking minutes every day here.

Yes, this is a repeat class from 2006. Everyone who signed up in 2006 gets to play again, if you fancy. For free. If you’re joining in for the first time in 2007, you’ll get to see their work as we go. With each prompt, I’ll send you a list of links to their work posted on the internet so you can stay inspired and see that you really can make a page every day for a month.

In this class, you get:

*An introductory shout-out to get you going

*30 daily prompts with full colour samples

*The chance to chat and share your work with other artists

*A Flickr group to post your pictures

Class begins September 1. Don’t be late!

Any questions? Just stick ‘em in the comments & I’ll get an answer to you asap.

Here’s to a great September, whether you’re in school or out!


28 August 2007

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115 Comments for Back to School...a little differently

  1. Liz Says:

    Ooh – I chickened out of doing this last year as I was about to start my first teaching job – one year on and I’d like to play!

  2. Rhiannon Says:

    Hi Shimelle…

    I’ve been reading your blog for ages and I love it.

    I really want to do this class but I can’t get Paypal to work… I know this is cheeky but is there any other way I can pay?


  3. Song Says:

    ooo great I never finished this last time – hopefully I will now. How do we sign up again?

  4. Just_a_bean Says:

    Fantastic – I’ve just started to coplete the first time around pages and am no where near finished!

    How do we sign up again?

  5. Nina Says:

    Ohhhhh! Fabby! I am up for it. (Did you see my photo on my blog for you?)

  6. colleen Says:

    I did this last year, and it was a really great class. Just might do it again!

  7. Jamie Says:

    I did this last year…I would like to do it again. You mentioned it would be free this time-how do I sign up without paying the $15.00 again? Thank you! Looking forward to this!

  8. jen Says:

    Woohoo! I must say that for one I am excited since I did not do this last year…. for obvious reasons and it will be nice to go back to school in a sense… because yes, this whole not school thing is freaking me out as well.

  9. Lauren Z Says:

    Hmmmm… I will be out of town thru Sep 11th…. :( boo

  10. chel Says:

    Yay- my first Shimelle class. Thank you!

  11. Allison K Says:

    one of my all time favorite classes!!

    I haven’t forgotten about you I just need to find the files and get the children back in school. I will email soon.

  12. Nathalie Says:

    Yeah!!! I have been a stalker for a while and finally, here’s a class (highly recommended by my WT peers:) that my schedule allows me to take!!! I am SOOOO excited!! My first ever online class!!!

  13. Heather Says:

    Love your posts. You inspire me so much. I’ve never done a class of any kind but always wanted to!

  14. Heather Says:

    oooh. I really like the sounds of this. Only prob is I’m going away for three days in the middle of the month. Will that be a prob or will it be something you can catch up on if need be?

  15. Ella Says:

    I’d like to play as well, but like Heather I’ll be away for a few days in September. Does that mean I can’t come to school?? :(

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  17. alissa Says:

    woohoo! can’t wait for this one, shim!


  18. Zoe Wright Says:

    Hi, I need something to cheer me up – we went back to school in Scotland 2 weeks ago and its already chaos

  19. Jodi Says:

    My oldest son just started 6th grade at a new school. So boy can I relate to the “Will I know someone?” question. Now that he’s all settled in I look forward to the opportunity to learn something new. What a great opportunity!!

  20. Karen Says:

    Hi Shimelle,

    I signed up and paid through paypal and I have a question. I wanted to gather supplies together this weekend, before class starts. Is there a supply list for the class?

    Thanks SO much!

  21. Eleni Gratsia Says:

    Ohhh I’m so happy you are repeating this … I’m back from holidays and ready to start!!!! :D

  22. Rhonda Says:

    Your previous class was great…haven’t finished all my albums…hopefully i’ll be able to finish up this weekend :)...but i couldn’t resist signing up for this class…i’m definitely looking forward to another one of your wonderful class ;-)

  23. Patti Akers Says:

    I am trying to figure out if my payment went through or not. I entered my CC number and infor but then it just acted a little wonky – I don’t want to miss out on the class but don’t want to pay twice.

    I would really appreciate an email either way – thanks so much – I didn’t go through my paypal account because I wanted to put it on my CC so I have no way of checking if it actually posted.

    my email is

    thanks so much Patti Akers

  24. Loretta Reynolds Says:

    I just sent my enrollment fee through paypal a little while ago. It was still the 31st here but then I remembered you were soooooo many hours ahead of us that it’s a whole new day and month where you are. Hope I’m not too late


  25. Bekka Says:

    Just signed up (OK so only just in time!) and very excited about doing this

    I cant wait

  26. sheila Says:

    lovely! I did the “when I grow up class” last year so the back to school one fits right in..sooo looking forward to meeting new friends and old

  27. christall Says:

    I am SO ready to get started – but I don’t know how... I joined the yahoo group and am in the process of reading through the posts – but I need the instructions ya know?

    can’t wait

    and can’t wait for the ckc convention in washington – signed up for each of your classes – going to be SO fun!


  28. Linda Richardson Says:

    I know I’m a bit behind but would love to do this again but how to we get signed up if we did it last year?

  29. Amy Says:

    I, too, am late and did it last year…how do I get signed up again?


  30. Sonya Says:

    a little late start, but just purchased the class through paypal, without reading fully.

    I hope it’s not too late?? I really want to do this, late or not… something outside the box that I wouldn’t normally do!! Too fun! :) :)

  31. Dianne Says:

    Thank you for another class and your special talents.

  32. Tracey Says:

    is it too late to join, can i back track to the beginning of the month. Please advise. Thanks

  33. Lucy Says:

    I know September is nearly over, but is the class still available to buy and possibly be adapted to use next month?

    Just wondered because I’m starting a new job on the 1st oct so would be great to document daily!

  34. custom web development Says:

    $15??? it’s too expensive for such item!