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Maybe-not-really-20-something-anymore from Norway who likes to scrapbook and take photos documentarystyle and dreams of photojournalism when not working as a photojournalist and that's pretty much what this blog is about. And I like it this way.

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~~ Little stories ~~

Posted by Ania On Monday, October 20, 2008
I just signed up with Jessica Spragues Stories in Hand-class.

I really admire Jessica Sprague, and her issues has been something that's been on my mind lately too -- I have the brains of a guppy - no matter how hard I try - I ALWAYS forget to record the little everyday things.... the small things that show so much about how the kids really are, their lives, our lives. Sometimes I look at a photo and remember stuff from my childhood - but I don't really have the "time" to scrap that yet so I put it on hold - filing the memory away in my brain to get lost :p Oh yes, I know -- make yourself a notebook and write it down. Well. Sometimes I write the snippets here on my blog, sometimes I write it on documents on my computer... but most of the's just ... lost..'s Jessicas own words about this class:

A few weeks ago, I was sitting down looking through my albums. They’re disorganized. They’re out of order. There are photography tags and shipping labels on the page protectors. Not user friendly at all. As I was flipping through the pages, I realized that I have spent a lot of time on the pages that are there. And I’m proud of them, don’t get me wrong. But there are so many other stories I have to tell, and want to tell. So many stories for which I didn’t have a picture, or the picture wasn’t good enough, or I ran out of time and went on to something else, or whatever other reason kept me from telling it.

I actually asked myself as I looked through my albums, “If I disappear tomorrow, and this is all there is, is that enough?” And I’ve been haunted by the answer to that question.

This experience was part of a process I’ve been going through this summer, while I’ve been working on other projects, traveling and teaching (photo editing, digital scrapbooking, etc). I’ve been realizing that for me, there needs to be a way to capture little stories that can either be made into scrapbook pages, or not. There needs to be a way to fill in those gaps for which there might not be a full-blown 2-page spread that took me 4 hours. But that is a story worth telling nonetheless.

I'm confident that I'm not the only person out there in this situation. So that's why I developed this class. We ALL have stories. And whatever way it is that we choose to tell them, we all need a way of capturing them first. So that's where Stories in Hand comes in.

In our week-long, instructor-led class, we will learn:

  • Techniques for capturing memories from our own lives and from others
  • Dozens of prompts for stories you might have forgotten
  • A cool system for capturing the stories happening in your life right now, AND for listing the stories you have yet to tell
  • Technologies you can use to help you gather your stories together with photos, video, your blog, or any other media you have that gives a peek into your life
And we will make a REALLY CUTE project! (You’ll find out the supply list when you register). You are not required to have Photoshop to complete the project.

Oh, and it's free - you can't beat that!! ;)
So although November will be quite busy for me I'm not gonna let this chance go from me - I probably won't get much done but I'll still learn....and pick up a trick or two...I hope!! :)

Thank you Jessica!!!

1 lovely comment to '~~ Little stories ~~'

  1. Sasha Farina Said,'> 2:07 PM

    i am so gonna register!


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