34 Things (and a Giveaway!)

Recently at Simple Scrapper, Jennifer Wilson featured a list of 34 things that she wants her daughter to know about her. She is teaching a class at Big Picture Classes called Before Your Story: A Simple Approach to Autobiographical Scrapbooking from Birth to Adulthood. These stories are part of a special album that she will show you how to put together in this course. At the end of the class you will have a wonderful album full of stories from your childhood through early adulthood.

My list of 34 things was recently featured on the Simple Scrapper blog. I absolutely loved putting together this list—it brought back such wonderful memories! I’ve been a mom for a while now (my children are almost 15, 13, and 11), so at times it is difficult to recall that I really was a teenager once upon a time. It’s also hard to remember things I used to do with my husband before our kids came along. Now with this list I am ready to dive into Before Your Story and put all these memories in one place.

Number two on my list states “I took ballet, tap, jazz, and pointe for over ten years.” I have dozens of pictures of my from dance recitals over the years, so I decided to go ahead and scrap a couple of these photos right now.

I happened to have some pink and grey patterned papers from My Mind’s Eye on my desk. I knew these papers would work well with my photos. I arranged the remaining pieces of paper I had on my desk and added a strip of vellum left over from another project. All of the patterns were fairly neutral and simple so my small photos are allowed to shine. I added only a few strips of busier floral paper, brads, smallish letter stickers, and a date sticker. The journaling strips fit right under my photo perfectly.


And now I have a story to add to my Before Your Story album! If you have similar stories that you would like to document, check out the Before Your Story class at Big Picture Classes.


Before Your Story
A Simple Approach to Autobiographical Scrapbooking, from Birth to Adulthood
2/27/2014 $45.00

About the Class
There are milestone events in life, such as marriage and motherhood, that divide us permanently into a “before” and an “after.” It’s easy to become so immersed in the after—the glorious here and now—that our “befores” rarely appear in our scrapbooks.
In this 6-week workshop with Jennifer Wilson of simplescrapper.com, you’ll have all the guidance you need to tell your growing-up story in one gorgeous 12″ x 12″ pocket album. Her class combines the ease of slipping photos and journaling cards into photo sleeves with the brilliance of Stacy Julian’s “Library of Memories” scrapbooking categories.
Jennifer excels at making big goals reachable and overwhelming projects finish-able, with her step-by-step processes and detailed planning worksheets. You’ll complete a simple, streamlined album that will help your spouse or partner catch up on the years leading up to the moment you met. Or, it’s the perfect answer to that age-old question, “Mom, what were you like when you were my age?”

Learn more and register here.

I also have a seat to give away in the class! Just comment below describing one story you would like to document from your early years. *Giveaway will be open until Wednesday, February  12, at noon Eastern time.*

5 thoughts on “34 Things (and a Giveaway!)

  1. Every Saturday morning I would go and do errands with my grandfather. It was our special time together. I miss him a lot, and wish I could do errands with him again.

  2. I’ve had this one on my list for awhile now. I need to scrap about my childhood toys. I had only 2 dolls growing up but loads of crayons and markers, construction paper and play doh. I was crafty even at 5! This is why I love scrapbooking so much. I’ve always loved playing with paper and color. Lisa Frank was my BFF back then.

  3. I would like to document my relationship with my younger brother and how it changed over the years. I can picture this being one page or a series of pages. Thanks for the inspiration, it was so fun to read your list on the SS blog!

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