true stories / by jen geigley

For the past few months, I feel like I've been neglecting the whole documenting and scrapbooking thing. Sometimes I just didn't have the time, and sometimes I struggled to find the words. I have piles of photos. Time is flying by. There's so much I want to say. (Have you ever felt that way?) Sometimes all it takes is a little push in the right direction and then everything else comes naturally. That's why I'm very excited to tell you about a new online class by one of my most favorite creative instructors, Shimelle Laine. It's called True Stories.

She explains it best: True Stories covers fifteen different ways to approach your story and commit it to paper. You can use these prompts as a scrapbooker and see your journaling evolve to something that will be a treasure to read. You can use the prompts as a blogger to make your entries feel like honest, unique and compelling tales. Or you can just use them in general as a collection of ways to add a bit more excitement to your writing if you’re feeling like you’re in a rut of writing the same way on every project.

True Stories is an online class that starts on the 25th of October, but it can be completed at any time. It lasts three weeks, with fifteen full-color PDF prompts delivered straight to your inbox, Mondays through Fridays. From the beginning, there is absolutely no way to ‘fall behind’ or ‘not finish’ because it’s not that kind of class. You can follow along by working on a prompt each day if you would like, but you can also keep the prompts as a reference for when they come in useful for your own scrapbooking, blogging or other story-telling needs. (You can find all of the class details here.)

Shimelle has invited me to share my spin on storytelling, so if you sign up, you'll see a little something I've created for the class.   :)

And as a little treat for you, I'm giving away one class pass to True Stories. Just leave a comment to enter (and email address if you don't have a blogger/typepad account that links back to you) and I'll pick a random winner on Thursday, October 21st.

I can't wait to read your true stories.