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Learn Something New Every Day :: an online scrapbooking class

online scrapbooking class :: learn something new every day
online scrapbooking class :: learn something new every day
Now I don’t want to cause any alarm or anything, but it won’t be very long until it’s time to turn the calendar to September. The ninth month of the year. A change of season. And around here, time to learn something new.

Learn Something New Every Day is an online class I’ve been teaching every September since 2006. It focuses on just one sentence and maybe one photo per day for thirty days. Learn Something New encourages you to take each day as it comes and find at least one thing in every day that can teach you something. Something big, something small, something funny, something solemn. Some days you might learn a random fact and others might teach you something about patience, determination or reflection. Every day is a new opportunity, and we track it all through things we love: some photographs, a bit of writing and as much pretty paper as we fancy.

I would love for you to join me this September.

online scrapbooking class :: learn something new every day
Now it its sixth year, this online scrapbooking 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
…printables for paper scrapbookers and a digital kit for digi scrappers
…technique tutorials and other crafty inspiration to keep you creative
…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 additions for 2011:
…revamped prompts with a fresh perspective
…a printable mini-book you can create in no time
…two live chat sessions – one to start the class and another to celebrate the end of September
…a few little surprises along the way, of course!

Each of the daily prompts includes full colour photos of pages from a range of albums so you can see a variety in styles, from simple scrapbook pages to looks that use more layers to art journals. There are also hundreds of additional samples to view in the members’ forum, so no matter what your creative style you can always find something right up your street.

There is no set list of required supplies and everyone is encouraged to use their own stash and make the project their own. UK participants, I have put together a small number of kits and these will go on sale tomorrow (Tuesday) at 6am.

Ready to sign up? You can choose to pay in UK Pounds or US Dollars. If neither of those is your currency, you can choose whichever you prefer – you don’t need to do anything special to change the currency from your account.

Yes, that means the price has remained the same. Yes, it still includes permanent access for as many years as you would like to participate. Except this year, your class registration will also help someone else learn too. I will donate £1 for every LSNED registration between now and the 1st of September to the Plan Girls’ Fund, which supports girls in developing nations, provided education, improving living conditions and passionately working to break the cycle of poverty and gender discrimination. Past participants, if you would like to help this cause you can gift the class to a friend or make a direct donation to Plan, of course.

You can pay your class registration 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. If you would like to gift the class to a friend, please provide her email address. (You can email it to me if you like.)

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. If you can’t remember your login details, send me an email and I’ll get that all set for you.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me or ask in the comments on this post.

I look forward to Learning Something New with the class of 2011!


22 August 2011

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55 Comments for Learn Something New Every Day :: an online scrapbooking class

  1. Lisa-Jane Johnson Says:

    Great use for your new blackboard! Looking forward to the class, just need to get my basket ready. Se you soon!

  2. Lynne Says:

    Ooh cant wait, this is my 3rd year and for anyone not sure I say just do it!!

  3. Irene Fitzpatrick Says:

    Great! I shall be on holiday nearly all of September…we wait until the schools start!!..but will be here for about the first week. I will be taking a mobile ‘phone will I be able to keep up this way AND make a travel journal as well? Looking forward to completing this year, despite being away! x

  4. Bernie Tuffs Says:

    hiya!! I’m not convinced I’ll be able to keep up with this this year as I have a lot of BIG trouble going on here, with DD1 awaiting an operation and DH just having had one – nursemaid extraordinaire I am NOT, LOL!!! But I’d love to try and am thinking it would be a good kinda diary for this turbulent time in our lives! I know as I’ve done this for a couple of years I don’t have to pay any more, but was wondering if you could send me your paypal details or something, so I can give you £1 from me to add to the others you will be sending off to the charity? Every little helps!!
    Thanks for all you do!!
    Bernie x

  5. Claire Says:

    I am a fairly new scrap Booker. I have never completed a mini album before. Would this be too ambitious a project to undertake as a relative beginner?

  6. Penny Says:

    I’m signing up, though a bit scared cos I’m a teacher and September is when my life gets major crazy!! (Claire: mini books are simple to do. Trust me!). I’m prob going to use a small notebook and some of my scrapping bits for this project. Looking forward to this – good chance for me to look at the new school year in a different way! Thanks Shimmelle

  7. TiaraHelen Says:

    This course changed my life when I did it two years ago and I’m definitely taking part again this year! Is there some information about what’s in the kit Shimelle?
    I have put a link to this post on my blog too, hope that’s ok

    Helen x

  8. EmmaG Says:

    A nervous ‘silver’ newbie here!! But looking forward to something new to create. PS I love little books.

  9. Angela Says:

    Shimelle… Excited to sign up for this! A while back, you’d provided great feedback to ? I had at A-List BC (I designed albums for family / wedding / baby – still have but have changed gears a bit on what I do professionally). I’ve been on your mailing list since & have always wanted to take one of your classes. Going for it now!!

  10. sheree Says:

    yeah cant wait to try and do this album again this year…cant wait till september


  11. kaatje Says:

    would lkike to join but can’t find the link to do so? and I’m not blond :-)

  12. Jenn Says:

    I just signed up, this is my first online scrabooking class. I can’t wait to start.

  13. Jenny Gilbert Says:

    I can’t wait to get started with this class. I am a teacher facing many new challenges this year (with a new program, new grade level, and new teaching partner) so September is going to be very busy for me. I can’t imagine a better time to scrap! I can’t wait to record all of the new things I’m learning during that first month of my new school year!

  14. Sharon K Says:

    I’m ready!! I even finished mine on time last year, and am ready for the 2011 version!!WOO HOO!!!

  15. Jo Says:

    Think I have tried to do this class for the past 2 years – and have failed. Maybe this year will be my year!!

  16. EllieA Says:

    I TOTALLY have to sign up for this class. I loved your Explore class and can only imagine how much fun this will be. Time to crunch my budget again! :)

  17. Theresa Coker Says:

    Looking forward to doing this again this year..last year I fell by the wayside so this year and not going to let myself lose focus!!

  18. lynn Says:

    I plan to join in again, looking forward to it too.

  19. Mel Says:

    Yay! So excited this has come round again :) I’ll be a slow starter this year cos we’re spending the 1st Sept travelling back from the US and then the next couple of days I won’t have internet (boo!) but I already know just how I’m approaching the project this year and I can’t wait to get started :)

    Claire – go for it! Not too ambitious at all; you can make it work for you, and you’ll have loads of support from everyone else in the class :)

    Kaatje: If you click on the class graphic with the apples and the price, it should take you through to Paypal :)

  20. Nathalie Says:

    I LOVED this class and the two albums that I have done in the past are my absolute favorites!!!! I hope to join in again this year and I am tempted to try a different more messy approach (do I dare try making a journal?)

  21. Sarah Says:

    Can I ask…I have failed at scrapping something a day for a month before…and I cannot get my head around prepping a minibook before. Is there a basic digi thingy or way I can plonk a pic and write a bit on that……in a more elegant way that just writing on a photo in Paint Shop??? Thanks.

  22. Margaret C Says:


    Super looking forward to this !

  23. nitasha Says:

    My kiddos just went back to school today, so now is the perfect time for me to “learn something new everyday”!!! I can’t wait to take the class again!

  24. pauline Says:

    I cannot wait for class to start and this year I have all my prep work all ready and done already!!! This is to make sure that I keep up with it … so I have already learnt a lesson … that organisation and preparation is key!!

  25. Gina Van Vliet Says:

    I just signed up – can’t wait!

  26. Cindy Says:

    Very nervous, hoping I will be able to keep up Newbie…

  27. EmmaG Says:

    Re your comment under the blue line below – Perhaps I’d better change my name – I’ve not been on here before???

  28. Bernice Says:

    Hi Shimelle. For those of us who have paid in years gone past is there any way we can contribute £1 to the Plan Girl’s Fund?

  29. Wendy Miller Says:

    How can I resist???????

  30. Anne Says:

    Period of change for me. I guess this class comes at the exact right moment. On my way to sign . Yeah !!!!!

  31. Denise Says:

    Awesome! I’m thinking of trying to do a digital mini album. I’ve never done one and am curious to see if I could do it. I could do hybrid even.

  32. canada goose women Says:

    Great! I want to vacation … we wait until almost all the school began in September!! … But here’s the first week. I will be a mobile phone that I can keep it that way, so travel magazines? Expect to complete this year, despite being out!

  33. Keri-An Says:

    I would so love to sign up for this – but having just failed to do even one of the ‘explore’ prompts during the live run (I just started them last weekend) and I missing most for beyond blogging for scrapbookers – I’m just not sure what to do with myself!! I don’t want to sign up for something else that I might feel overwhelmed with – work is quite enough of that at the moment! But I hate missing something new!!

  34. Natasa Tsouf Says:

    Great news!
    I can’t wait to start again this fabulus class!
    thank you Shimelle!

  35. Beth Says:

    Just signed up and I can’t wait!! I am loving the online classes, and I love your style, so this will be perfect for me!

  36. So.Creative Says:

    Yeaaaah! I’ve just signed up to your class, the first time I registered for a class, I’m so excited to do this projetc with you all! Can’t wait to be in september :) C’est trop chouette!

  37. Katy Says:

    Signed up! Am in serious need of scrapbooking reboot just now and hope this might just do the trick. :o)

  38. Margaret Says:

    Last year was my first year doing LSNED, and I LOVED it. Hoping to keep up this year as well, but doing a very simple version. (I will be giving birth to my third child in September.)

    Can someone tell me how alumni can access the classroom area? I would love to prep as much as I can ahead of time.

    Many thanks!

  39. summer201 Says:

    hi, i have join in today, i am the new one, what should i do now?? xxx

  40. shire Says:

    Joined in today…:) :)

  41. Barbara Maynard Says:

    I’ve just signed up – can’t wait for the class to start. I’d totally forgotten about LSNED, and decided last night that my topic for September would be ‘New Beginnings’ – would be rude not to do this class then really, wouldn’t it lol.

    Looking forward to playing with everyone.

    Babs xx

  42. Anne Says:

    So looking forward to this class, love scrapbooking (digital) and love the idea of prompts for the month, can’t wait to play with you all, Anne

  43. mariemily Says:

    I haven’t received anything yet… should I start to worry? :) It’s the first time I register for a class, so I have no idea when we will receive preparation notes. Thank you!

  44. carole Says:

    Well here goes – have wanted to do this since last October! My first ever online course – can’t wait. :-)

  45. Cheryl M Says:

    This is my first year to Learn Something New and I can’t WAIT!!

  46. Lynn Mercurio Says:

    Looking forward to your creative inspiration – and to learning something new everyday. This may be a challenge because I’m old and know stuff. LOL

  47. Lorna Says:

    Hello, I registered a couple of days ago, not sure when this starts, but assumed 9/1. Hope y’all haven’t started without me!

  48. Valerie Says:

    Is it too late to sign up?

  49. Beverley Says:

    I have just joined and paid for the class, It sounds very Exciting. How do I get any Info though or get to a Classroom. Sorry I am also a beginner. If anyone can help me, I would be very Grateful.

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  52. Cindy Says:

    Hello Shemile,

    I’m not getting the posts to my email and I can’t seem to access the class.
    Sent a previous comment, but I’ve not seen it appear so I’m assuming it’s somewhere in cyberspace.

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    This “Learn Something New series” you shared was so cool, there are many things I am interested on this class. I hope that your schedule will be more often because I cannot wait to learn more something new every class. Gonna shared it with my friends and I know that they will also be happy to attend this class.

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