Every year, there are two classes that automatically appear on my class calendar: Journal your Christmas at the start of December, and Learn Something New Every Day at back to school time – September first. This will be the seventh year for Learn Something New, and it starts in a week! Whether 2013 would be your first or seventh year, I invite you to head back to school with us as we embark on a month-long adventure of learning from the world around us.
Most years, I’ve compiled my lessons in a minibook with small, simple pages and a quick entry for each day. Learn Something new is not a class that will focus on scrapbooking technique or page design. Every year someone misses this sentence and gets upset that it’s not thirty days of scrapbook technique tutorials. I don’t know how on earth I could come up with seven years times thirty techniques. I’m just not that complicated when it comes to pretty paper really! But what I can do is help you look at the adventure side of the scrapbooking experience, and you won’t need to write essays or spend hours getting introspective. We’re talking a few minutes a day, and when I worked in the minibook format, I would spend ten to thirty minutes per day on my entries, with the longer time spend on the weekends and the ten minute pages happening during the week when I had plenty on my daily schedule already.
In 2012, I used divided page protectors to add this month of documentation to my annual 12×12 album. It didn’t take a full album, since it’s just one or per pockets per day, and flows well with the rest of the events I’ve documented in the year’s scrapbook. This took less time per entry, and I did all the entries in one session, at the end of the month, rather than creating a card each day. My daily work for this format was to write one to five sentences in my notebook (most days I wrote just one, but sometimes I would write more if I wasn’t sure what the best lesson of the day might be, so I could leave it for a few days and decide which had the best impact) so that was merely a minute or two, and I tried to take a picture every day during the month. I succeeded most days but not all with the photos, and they were a balance of shots taken with my phone and my ‘proper’ camera.
This year, I’ll be posting my daily lesson to Instagram. My Instagram pictures also appear on my Twitter and Facebook timelines, so really you’ll be able to see them in any of those three places. The idea of one photo and one sentence is really the essence of this project, so Instagram is a great format for keeping the project going with just a few minutes each day. When the month ends, I’ll be adding these square photos and captions to my 2013 album in divided page protectors, but I’m thinking it will be in an even simpler and more compact way than last year. I’m imagining square photos, white mats to look a bit Polaroid in style, and the lesson captions hammered out on the typewriter.
I’m pretty sure most (if not all!) of you have seen this by now, but if this sort of concept – making every day, and the everyday, a scrapbooking adventure appeals to you, then this is a class you can find useful. Are you…
…a scrapbooker who keeps a Project Life album but sometimes loses direction with what to write and what’s worth recording when things seem pretty routine?
…a 12×12 scrapbooker in need of a creative kick to get out of a repetitive rut?
…wishing you had five minutes to stop and reflect on your day before running to the next thing?
…longing for scrapbook journaling to come easily and flow naturally?
…looking for a new project for the back to school season without dedicating a huge amount of time or money?
…wanting to return to scrapbooking after a break?
…someone who enjoys working on a project with other creative crafters?
If any of those describe you, then I believe you’ll enjoy Learn Something New Every Day.
You’ll get a full-colour PDF prompt delivered to your inbox daily throughout September. You do not need to log in each day to download the class materials – they come straight to your inbox. (However, should email not be your favourite thing, they are also available on the website and you can download them at any time you would like.) There is also some video content so you can see the strategy I used with 4×6 divided page protectors and a selection of supplies, for example. Class includes membership in a private forum where you can talk to other participants and share your work, if you so choose. Many participants choose to follow along on their own, but there is also a very friendly community on the forum to chat and share your work, and because some participants have been part of this project for a few years or more, they have a wealth of advice from personal experience of what worked for them in different situations. Membership includes access to all the previous years’ materials, including printables, digital scrapping goodies, and the galleries with a wide variety of project styles.
Learn Something New has a one-time registration fee of £10 GBP or $15 USD, and then you can participate as many years as you would like at no further cost. I’d love for you to join us!
These buttons will allow you to pay by your choice of credit/debit card or Paypal account – your choice. Please make sure you are using a valid email address. Registrations can take up to twenty-four hours to process. If you do not receive an email in that time, please check your spam folder, then email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If the email address on your paypal account is not where you would like to receive class materials, please let me know that too. You can leave a note on your payment, or send an email if you miss that bit. (If you would like to gift the class to a friend, just sign up as normal and in the comments or an email, let me know her email address. Simple as that.)
Alumni: you do not need to pay again; an email will be sent to you this week to confirm if you would like to receive emails this September. If you have changed your address in the past year, you can update that in the user control panel on the class form.
Learn Something New was inspired by the energy and hope that the back to school feeling has always brought me, whether I was a student, a teacher, or just watching from the sidelines. Like a new year in January, this time of year is such an opportunity for picking up something and running with it to make a bit of self improvement. Over the years, I’ve kept Learn Something New albums through extremely happy Septembers to Septembers full of grief, and I’ve always found something about this project that keeps me coming back. Whatever your plans this September, I hope your back to school is a success.25 August 2013