Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Grammar Free Journaling GIVEAWAY!

I'm not sure if you've ever noticed my little 'catchphrase' underneath my blog title? It reads, "a story is born every minute" and it's something that I actually thought long and hard about. I wanted something that was fun, said something about me, and described my scrapbooking philosophy at the same time. I chose this phrase because it eludes to birthing - something which I do every day as an Obstetrician, but mainly because it summarises the reason I scrapbook.

I scrapbook in order to capture the everyday stories.

The big events I think I'm more likely to remember. But the details of our everyday routines, the conversations we have, the crazy quotes from my kids, the 'frivolous' things I'm loving right now, my hopes and dreams for the future, the emotional battles of today - these are the things that constantly change, and therefore become important topics for me to document.

So I'm a firm believer in journaling on my scrapbook layouts. It's pretty hard to capture all those stories without adding a word or two... or hundred! My pages always ALWAYS include journaling, sometimes more, sometimes less. Which means one of the challenges I face is thinking of new and interesting ways of communicating that story. That's why I'm super-excited about this new class from Big Picture Classes, and even more excited that I was invited to contribute to it!

It's called Grammar-Free Journaling, and no, it doesn't really mean we're not going to be adding grammar! It just means we're going to be focused on using stress-free methods of documenting truly compelling stories in creative new ways. Let me share a little insight...


Now because I know not everyone feels as comfortable as I do including paragraphs of soul-stirring journaling (heee hee!) I want to reassure you - that's not what this class is about! It's actually going to teach some really interesting and quite novel approaches to story-telling that include methods such as quizzes, pie-charts, journaling in numbers, and a little thing called 'painless poetry'. I tell you, I've read through the curriculum and it is blowing my mind! Most of these methods I've never even contemplated before :-)

Here's a little sneak into a page I created for class. I've shared some other sneaks here, and here, as well as on my Instagram account. I got a little stamp-happy on this layout and I used all my favourite bits from my Camelot Kits because I wanted to show you that you can still remain true to your style and include all the things you normally love whilst using the class journaling strategies :-)

Ok... so now I've got two more exciting things to share!

Leave me a comment here, and/or on my Facebook account for a chance to win. Tell me about your thoughts on journaling, share a common strategy you use to journal, let me know why you hate journaling and why you need to take this class! Whatever!

This is open internationally, and I'll draw a winner on Friday 18th AEST.

Secondly - I've got a DISCOUNT COUPON for all my Blog readers!
Just in case you don't win, and you still want to take the class, Big Picture have been kind enough to allow all my readers $7 off the price when you sign up before the 24th!!

The coupon is:

Good Luck :-)


  1. Boy do I need this class - I get my LO done or PL cards and photos lined up then I ask 'what do I say?' And draw a blank. I try to use the 5 W's as a guide sometimes. Would love to benefit from this class. Thanks much for the offer.

  2. What an opportunity!! I set a journalling challenge each month for an Australian PL and scrapbook kit club and I would LOVE to benefit from this class. Journalling gives layouts depth, richness and meaning. (I too am comfortable including paragraphs of journalling hehe, and yes, I am a talker!!!

    Thanks again!

  3. I couldn't agree more Natalie. A page without journaling to me just isn't quite complete.
    Congratulations on the class and thanks for the opportunity. :)

  4. I tend to over think my journalling, then it sounds fake and not like me at all so I go without it. could really do with this class, thanks for the opportunity to win.

  5. I believe a photos is just a photo until you add words to tell the story, and make it a memory. I would love to learn more about the process others go through to put together their journalling. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity Natatlie.

  6. I' d love to win because I love journaling on layout BUT I have a lot of problem doing it: I never know what to write besides date,where and "usual" stuff :(
    I really need some inspiration for this because a layout without journal always miss the most important thing of scrapbooking, for me!
    thank you for the precious gift, fingers crossed for me, I hope to be lucky

  7. I really really am excited about this class & desperately need it! I can talk & talk, but when it comes to journalling on layouts & in PL I clam up! I've never been any good at keeping a diary either - I don't know, I think I get self conscious? So help me! Please!!

  8. Oh how I could use this class. I have been trying to art journal since the first of the year to help me sort feelings from chronic illness. The art part isn't so difficult but the words I struggle with and often I feel like giving up. I don't want to do that but I don't want journaling to be stressful either.

  9. I'm getting better with including details in my project life album but have noticed that journaling on my layouts is kept to a bare minimum because I never really know how much to write and how to make it feel like part of my page... this class would be perfect to help me learn what to include in a creative way!!

  10. Sounds like a great class! Journaling is definitely important and I love looking back at old layouts where a story was told. Sounds like there will be some great techniques shared in this class. Thanks for the chance to win! :)


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