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September is a special kind of second new year: the time of year when we head back to school, set new goals, live up to our shiny new intentions and embrace the idea of doing a little something to make ourselves a little better somehow.

Around here, we do that with an online class called Learn Something New Every Day.

Now it its fourth year, this online class encourages you to observe the world around you and learn from your daily experiences and surroundings. We work with a small format album to make thirty daily entries, and we adopt a few short cuts and techniques to make those daily entries possible in even the busiest of weeks. And once you’ve joined, you’re welcome to participate for as many years as you like at no extra cost.

The class includes:
…preparation notes delivered next week
…thirty daily full-colour pdf prompts delivered to your inbox
…access to a private class forum at to chat and share your work
…permanent file archive so you can come back to the materials at any time

PLUS New for 2009:
Although the principles of the course stay the same each year, the prompts are revamped to show you a new book with a new look. This year’s additional materials include:
…for paper scrappers, this year’s featured album is made with repurposed supplies that will encourage you to stretch your supplies by recycling some items from daily life, and the option of a kit for scrapbookers in the UK.
…for hybrid scrappers, four pages of printable accents to include in your album (available to download on the first day of class).
…for digital scrappers, five page templates (layered .psd files) and a mini kit of papers and embellishments designed just for the class, plus the option of additional digital supplies available when class begins.

So you’ll get all that too, whether it’s your first year to sign up or you’re joining us again in 2009.

Ready to sign up? You can choose your currency and pay in UK pounds or US dollars by clicking the cupcake of your choice:

You can pay by credit/debit card (click on the left of the payment screen) or Paypal account (log in on the right of the payment screen). Please be sure to enter a valid email address as part of your payment so your prompts can be delivered to your inbox.

Participated last year? You don’t need to do anything. You’ll receive a message in the next day or so with all the relevant links for you. If your email address has changed in the past year, however, you will need to update it on your forum account to ensure you receive your emails.

Any questions? Leave them in the comments or shoot me an email and I’ll get an answer to you straight away.

I can’t wait to meet the Class of 2009!


17 August 2009

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61 Comments for Learn Something New Every Day

  1. marianne :) Says:

    i foresee your lovely flat being quite inundated with pizza boxes again (assuming it hasn’t been up ‘til now, which is probably an incorrect assumption). :)

  2. Claire Says:

    Might join in again this year…


  3. Claire Says:

    This is my first time for this class and I am super excited!
    I have that yummy back to school, new stationery and shiny new shoes feeling already…! xx

  4. Madeiline St Onge Says:

    I’m doing this again.

  5. Anso Says:

    Are we automatically signed up if we have done it before, or do we need to do something special to “join again” please…?

    Thanks very much :)

  6. Jane Says:

    I did this class last year – what do i need to do to participate this year too??? Do i have to just buy it again?

  7. Jennie Says:

    I think I might just join in again – and this year I hope to post my pages to the forum!! Fell in love with the kit too – so had to have it!! Thanks for the invite Shimelle.

  8. Donna B Says:

    Count me in, especially since I see from Claire
    we can get new shoes.

  9. Claire Says:

    You MUST get new shoes for going back to school, and since we’re learning something new everyday…! xx

  10. Beverly Kim Says:

    I’m in again – I had so much fun with this last year…and of course I do so need yet another pair of shoes!

  11. elinjanne Says:

    Can`t wait to start!

  12. wannabe rebel Says:

    OK I may live to regret this, but I am in !! I seem to have become disenchanted with my usual 12×12 layouts and although not usually a mini-book fan I decided that this could be therapeutic, doing a little scrappy something everyday.

  13. Jenny Pitcairn Says:

    Dumb question – I paid for this as an archived class (rather than when it ran last year), do I have to do anything else to get this years? Thanks!

  14. Scarymary555 Says:

    I’m in again Shim – do I have to do anything to gain access to the forum?

  15. Lana Says:

    OH! I was just thinking about this class at the weekend and dug out the old prompts! Call me crazy, but whilst I was at it, I looked at last year’s JYC prompts too and have started making plans for that as well! So you can definitely count me in. It was such fun (and totally do-able) last year! Thanks Shimelle!

  16. Lana Says:

    Forgot to say… I love the look of your 2009 album, Shimelle. It looks super dinky – what size is it? Thanks.

  17. Sharon Says:

    I’m in. I love Shim’s classes!!

  18. Lou Says:

    First time ever participating in a Shimelle class. Very excited and ecstatic about getting the kit!

  19. Kay Says:

    Can’t wait for this to start, I’m really looking forward to doing it again.

  20. Cheryl Says:

    I was just thinking about this last night and woke up this morning and saw this email. And I would love to do it again this year.

  21. Elizabeth Says:

    Looking forward to doing this for the first time.

  22. Amy Says:

    I finished my 9/06 album in 5/09…my goal this year is to finish my 9/09 album by October 1st, 2009!

  23. Annie-get-yer-gun Says:

    Awesome! Can’t wait for my 3rd year of this class

  24. Carole Says:

    All signed up and kit ordered! Haven’t scrapped in ages so really hoping this is just the thing to get me back into the swing of things again. I took part in JYC in 2007 – just wondering if I need to sign up to the forum again and where will I find it? Thanks so much Shimelle x

  25. Natalie Williams Says:

    Yay, I’m in too! Kit is ordered and I’m looking forward to some inspiration :)

  26. Jackie Zepeda Says:

    I am so excited about this class! I participated in JYC 2008…and I think you are such an inspiration!

  27. Amy Eaton Says:

    I was just thinking the other day how I would like to document a month in our lives and there were the details in the inbox this morning. A little sign I think! This is my first time for this class and I’m looking forward to incorporating the digital elements and templates.

  28. Caroline Gayler Says:

    Really looking forward to joining in with the fun again… and getting the new shoes!!!:-) Had to have the kit too. I don’t think you have to do anything to join in again…
    If you have done the class once, then you can do it again as often as you want to.. if I read the info correctly.

  29. jo sowerby Says:

    ooooooooooh can’t wait to do this for the 2nd time…....see you on the 1st,
    jo xxx

  30. LynneM Says:

    I am joining again but will do it in Oct as I am away from 10days in Sept

  31. Syliva Says:

    Shimmelle, so new to this, I just bought the kit and am looking forward to this class. I can’t wait. Thanks.

  32. victoria scrivens-smith Says:

    Sounds fun, haven’t done anything like this before but would like to give it a go.
    One thing before i sign up, i’m away for the first week in sept, can i still do it?

  33. sara lambert Says:

    Have got ordered the kit and signed up – my first ever Shimelle class! Where is the info on the forum? I can’t see anything yet!

  34. Nancy Says:

    I loved HTE class offered at 2peas and I can’t wait for this class. I just signed in….

  35. Lisa Says:

    Oh no!!! Can’t believe I missed out on the kit and it looked soooo pretty.

  36. jimmysrabbit Says:

    I’ve just signed up for my 1st Shimelle class – excited and nervous at the same time :)

  37. Lisa Ferguson Says:

    I’m excited about September’s class, as a teacher September has always felt like the true New Year to me. Fresh starts and fun beginnings!

  38. jacqui sj Says:

    just about to sign up – no studying at the mo so lots of free time once kids go back to school on 2nd. But have sooooo much stash i shall be really good and use mine stuff, and save instead for the JYC kit

  39. Cathy Kilburn Says:

    I did JYC and signed up for this class then. How do I get into the forum?

  40. Susan Brennan Says:

    This is my first class here. Very excited, because Shimelle has such a great reputation. Does anyone have the prep instructions yet???

  41. Emma Says:

    I’ve just signed up too; my first ever online class!

  42. pauline Says:

    i am sooo excited for the beginning of this class – made the covers already!!! JYC and HTE fantastic, so cannot wait for 1st Septebember!!!

  43. Clair Says:

    I’ve done some of these classes after they’ve been archived, so I am really looking forward to taking a class when it’s live in the forums :)

  44. Irene Fitzpatrick Says:

    Hi everyone! Just joined the class today!

  45. Teresa Berrsley (Crafteresa) Says:

    hello, just come across this for the first time, i have a busy daily life but would love to join in, are we expected to do a LO a day??? do I need loads of stash??? like will it be expensive to complete the course ??
    hope I can manage to do it.

  46. Karen Says:

    I love getting all the prompts and seem to get a few pages done each year. It’s an ongoing project for me, depending on how much time I have that September. I have all the prompts saved and lots of materials filed in a special folder. I’m looking forward to trying some hybrid pages this year. Love that I can participate year after year!

  47. Karen Says:

    ooo I so want to do this after enjoying the Christmas one so much but I have accidently deleted your email Shimmelle. Can you send me another or put me on the list??? X

  48. Miriam Says:

    Hello everyone, I have just joined. It is my first ever on line anything!

  49. Anne C Says:

    Hi I have paid for the class, can someone tell me where else i need to sign into….

  50. JanS Says:

    All joined up ready to start. I do love a mini book, so am eagerly anticipating this course

  51. Rachel Says:

    I have a couple of questions… what kind of pictures do we need, or do we take them as the class goes along? What size pages do you recommend? I’m very excited about this class, though I don’t know for sure that I’ll be taking it, all my supplies are still in boxes from the last time we moved!

  52. Tammy Says:

    I just recently found your blog so I don’t know much about the past year’s projects. Reading the comments here, sounds like it is a blast!

  53. Erin Says:

    I love your work and really would love to be involved in this class. :)

  54. Paula Says:

    So excited about the fun tomorrow – even told everyone about it, via my facebook status!

  55. Helen Tilbury Says:

    Sounds exciting! You certainly are keeping me busy ;-D I’m not sure what I need though…what type of mini-album etc??? Hopefully you will let us know all that next week I presume.

  56. maz Says:

    Resistance was futile. I just had to sign up! Can’t wait now:)

  57. Jeanne Says:

    I have loved all the Shimelle’s classes I have taken. I have been in such a funk lately. This will be just what I need to get me out.

  58. Beth Van De Loo Says:

    I signed up for this after JYC was finished. Can’t wait to do another of your classes Shimelle!

  59. vshipman Says:

    I joined this class in 2007. Is it only last year’s participants that get to join in again for free?

  60. Rachel Kulak Says:

    Hey Shimelle! I participated in this class a few years ago. How do I participate this year? I haven’t received any e-mails from you for a couple years…

  61. Amber Says:

    Loved go to Press and was missing it so I signed up for this class, can not wait to get started.