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A new class for summer

online scrapbooking class

My Freedom is an online class for the summer. Over five weeks, we’ll put together a complete album designed to help you tell your story in a new way. Through daily prompts that focus on photography, storytelling and design, we’ll capture the spontaneity of life and put it in perspective with thoughts about the past, present and future.

Starting Monday, the 7th of July, you’ll receive five prompts each week. We’ll start the week with our cameras clicking, as the photography prompts get you snapping photos that will inspire the stories we’ll be telling that week. The photography prompts are not technical and you don’t need a fancy camera to get these shots. There’s also the chance to search in your existing photo library for earlier shots that add perspective to the topic.

As the prompts continue in the week, we’ll focus on telling our own stories with certain topics in mind. Whether you love to journal or find it intimidating, you’re safe here. The journalling resources included in these prompts take you step by step and offer a variety of ways to add style to your writing without just recording the who, what, when, where and why. We’ll write stories in a way that will make them be read again and again.

In the design prompts, you’ll see how the same starting point can create several different styles of project, and you can choose the right style as your creative springboard. As the weeks go by, you’ll see four completed albums come together: a stream-lined scrapbook, a contemporary-styled album, an art journal and a digital album, with tips for creating in each style. As a bonus, you’ll also be able to download digital elements to add to your designs—they are suitable for printing out and including in paper pages or as elements in a digital scrapbook project.

Our classroom is a private message board where you can access a permanent archive of the class materials and also discuss the project and share your work with others. You’ll receive the daily prompts by e-mail, so it’s up to you whether you want to stay and chat on the board or get straight to work or save the project for a rainy day.

My Freedom, in summary:
...class starts Monday 7th July
...there are twenty-five prompts delivered Monday to Friday for five weeks
...all prompts are permanently archived so you can come back to the project at any time in the future
...all participants are invited to a private message board to discuss the project and share their work
...the completed album will be at least twenty pages, and works best in a format of 8×8 or larger.
...the album focuses on the world from your perspective

Between now and the 7th of July, I’ll post a few snippets from inside the albums to shed a little more light on the project.

You will need a forum name to join us. If this is your first class, just go here to choose a name and you’ll be all set.

Ready to join us? You can pay in Pounds Sterling or in US Dollars—simply click on the cupcake of your choice.

Things to remember:
Keep the email you receive from Paypal after you pay. This is your receipt.
The first prompt will be emailed to you on Monday 7th July.

Any questions, just let me know. Otherwise, stay tuned if you want to see a little more.


28 June 2008

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61 Comments for A new class for summer

  1. Lisa Says:

    Oooooh, butterflies in my tummy – a new class to look forward to ~ hooray!!

  2. jen Says:


  3. Cloclo Says:

    Really looking forward to this one – I need something to get me creating again :)

  4. Cate Brickell Says:

    WooHoo!! I’m in!

  5. Cate Brickell Says:

    oops, I was so excited, I forgot to note my username – purplecrazymum – same as last time.

  6. leanne Says:

    all signed up and cannot wait!! Lx

  7. Scrapdolly Says:

    You’re a terrible temptress you know

    can’t wait to do this – I love your classes.

  8. Eleni Gratsia Says:

    Another to sign up!!! :D I’ve loved all your classes Shimelle! :D

  9. sheilaj Says:

    oh wow I am in!

  10. lenee Says:

    this sounds like fun. cant wait to start.

  11. Carrie Says:

    This looks great! With all the flooding & losing all my layouts from last year I need something to look forward to & get me creating again!

  12. Annie Says:

    Would it matter if I got a little bit behind at the beginning? Until school breaks up, I think I’m going to be a bit snowed under, but I really fancy trying this over the summer holidays…

  13. Debbie Says:

    This is so exciting. My first ever class. I’m in the same boat as Annie – I’m a teacher, but will be able to give it 150% come July 23rd!

  14. Lesley Says:

    Just paid. Can’t wait to get started.

  15. Mariangeles Says:

    I’m in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Can’t wait!!

  16. bibi Says:

    Will try and keep up. Thanks for doing this in July esp as you are prob really busy with lot of other important things! -bibi-x-

  17. Ladkyis Says:

    how strange, I made a comment this morning but it didn’t appear. Anyway, I am in and really looking forward to this class

  18. Sheila Says:

    Hi Shimelle – I’m in! Just paid. Forgot to add my user name! It’s She – same as last time. Thank you. Looking forward to starting.

  19. Tammy Says:

    Couldn’t resist…Looks so fun! Especially the photography aspect for me. Husband might choke me, so I’m going to have to claim this as an early birthday present (July 23rd) LOL!

    Thanks Shimelle! Always LOVE your classes :)


  20. Karen COLE Says:

    Signed up and looking forward to a summer project. x

  21. Shirley Says:

    You really do tempt me with your classes Shimelle!!!
    Not managed to do any blogging or scrapping for a number of weeks due to illness but hopefully by the time your prompts start popping into my emails I will have had the go ahead from my surgeon to start getting back into real life :)

  22. Madeline Says:

    Woo Hoo I am in, can’t wait to hear more about this. I love your classes Shimelle, you never disapoint

  23. Hilary Jeanes Says:

    Looks like another brilliant project. Can’t wait…!

  24. AmandaJ Says:

    Yay, I’m all signed up! I’ve never done one of your classes, Shimelle, so am totally looking forward to something different!

  25. rhian Says:

    Signed up and looking forward to it – tho’ not sure I’ll keep up. It’ll be a first if I do.

  26. pat Says:

    is the book in the prior post an option.. love that too!

  27. Kristy Bell Says:

    I just signed up & can’t wait!

  28. Denise Says:

    I loved your class at the GoGo retreat so am signing up and looking forwrd to this !

  29. Lisa Says:

    Just got to say, loving the new shop!!!!!

  30. Jilly Says:

    Just signed up, im very excited now!

  31. Heather V Says:

    Just signed up! Can’t wait to start!

  32. Lesleygee Says:

    Signed up a few days ago but forgot to say!! I can’t wait for Monday!

  33. Merrick Says:

    Can’t WAIT!

  34. Twintrouble Says:

    Signed up and will do my best to keep up :)
    Forgot to pop my username in: Twintrouble :)

  35. Alisonph Says:

    Hi, me too I’m afraid – forgot to put my username in when i paid – it’s Alisonph – I’m really loking forward to doing this – a little bit of something different. Thanks for the opportunity

  36. barbarag Says:

    I’m another one who was so keen to sign up that I forgot to put my username, sorry, It’s barbarag.

  37. Susan Harrison Says:

    I had no idea that you had classes other than Christmas class – dummy me! Thanks for the update – Susan

  38. Katie Says:

    Great class!! :-)

  39. Karen Says:

    Sorry I forgot my username also when I signed up.
    It is KarenA
    Looking forward to this class.
    Thanks – Karen

  40. PJ Says:

    I’ve just signed in! Very happy to join another class Shimelle!

  41. Stefferoo Says:

    Hi, I just signed up for your class starting tomorrow.

  42. Cheryl Says:

    Just signed up for my first class realy looking forward to it

  43. Janet Says:

    Just signed up for this class today, really looking forward to starting it.

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