So, I am taking an online class from Ali Edwards called Yesterday & Today. I always learn so much from her. More than any other scrapbooker, I connect with her style of simplicity. Her class is jam-packed with good advice and inspirational ways of approaching scrapbooking. I like that.
Each week, Ali gives us a focus. This particular week was about telling a story that maybe is hard to tell. Sometimes in our lives there are difficult moments and we are not likely to make a scrapbook page about the down and out days, but Ali challenged me on this one! She says that these moments make us real. Life is not perfect, but the tough stories are the ones that make us grow. How we handle the situation or make the best of it tells a powerful story.
For the first time, I wrote down the story in this LO. It was a tough one. Sadness does flood me when I recall this event, but I do not harbor any hard feelings over the event. In fact, it does feel better to get it out and deal with my feelings.
In this next LO Ali challenged us to write a story that has no photos. At first I thought that strange. Isn't scrapbooking all about the photos? Isn't a picture worth a thousand words? Doesn't every LO center around a photo or two (or three)?
Amazingly, there is a place for LOs without photos! I discovered that by having to tell a story in this way I am forced to move away from just recounting an event, and to get into feelings. I can't say that I have ever told a story about myself like this. Perhaps I should do it more often! Someday my girls will appreciate getting inside my head. I know I didn't fully appreciate my mom until I had my own girls. It wasn't because I didn't like my mom, I just wasn't in that headspace to understand or even consider how my mom thought of the world. (Love you, Mom!)
There are others in this class too. Here is a peek at another blogger/scrapbooker and her take on the same assignments!