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What is The History Project?

We are the storytellers. We tell the story of our lives. We are all at different places in recording our current lives, some of us have been doing it for a few years and some of us may have been doing it for a few months. But generally speaking, we are in the process of recording our life as it happens now, which is great!

But what about your story? What about the things that happened to you as a child or as a teenager?

We never seem to have time to write these stories down because we are busy recording more current events.

We all have a story to tell.

We all have a different story. Different ways of growing up. Different family situations. Mine is very unique as compared to even my own children that have lived in the same house their whole lives.

Your story is important. Your story is interesting. Your story needs to be recorded simply and efficiently, without spending all the time worrying about product and laying out pages and finding photos like you do when scrapping. It’s all about the stories, not the foo foo.

It’s all about your history.

Why do The History Project?

Let me share a couple of personal examples with you.

My mom passed away at age 65 due to a series of strokes. Much too early, if you ask me. She shared stories here and there of her life, but do I remember them? Not very many. Did she write them down? No. Those stories are now gone with her. I am sad about that. We have boxes and boxes of stuff that we’ve gone through–tiny little reminders of who she was and what she liked, but no personal stories behind those items. I’m really sad about that.

I want my kids to know those stories about me. I don’t want them to be left with nothing that says who I am or how I became who I am.

I think one of my most treasured things I have is a list of different stories from my dad. I had a ‘family tree’ assignment for Creating Keepsakes several years ago and I thought it would be fun to have the grandparents and parents share their lives at the same age as my 8 year old son. Now, I basically grew up without my dad in the home because my parents divorced when I was nine. I didn’t get to hear those random stories about childhood like my kids do with my husband and me. So when I got a handful pages of different stories from his childhood? I was in heaven. It is pure gold. On top of that, we got to go with him to his childhood hometown, Sheridan, Wyoming, for his 55th high school reunion. My sister brought a tape recorder so we could record the flood of memories that came from being there. Again….gold.

What Will You Leave Behind?

So what will we leave behind for our children? Yes, many of us make scrapbooks and maybe even keep journals, but I didn’t necessarily scrapbook or journal when I was nine….did you? And what we think now can be different than what we thought then. Perspective and all.

The important thing is to write it down.

And that’s what this class is all about. Getting those memories down on paper in a fun and unique way.

I want to help you gather those moments in time and collect them in a book. A book that’s all your own, to design how you want to do it. There is no rhyme or reason, only a starting point with a subject and ideas in each prompt. It’s all about letting those thoughts flow. Freedom to express what’s only been in your head.

And if you get behind? There’s no worry because this is not a chronological memory book. Memories don’t come chronologically, do they? They come in waves and quick little thoughts as you are going about life. Write about subjects you are feeling inspired to write about.

There’s no time like the present to write about your past.

 

CLASS STARTS: January 4, 2016
COST:  $45
BONUS: Purchase the class and receive a $3 off coupon for the Yesterday stamp set. It’s designed for and will work beautifully with this class, but can be used for so much more!
ENROLL: Join any time. Class is self-paced. Get it done when you can work on it! All content will be available on the class start date.

This would make a wonderful Christmas present for a family member!
Document your life from birth to age 20 (ish).

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What you get:

  • Over 50 PDF subjects with all the content–tips and prompts–on how to journal those subjects. Sometimes I’ll even suggest a photo or ephemera idea to include. All this will be in the PDF to make those ideas and thoughts flow easily into your journal.
  • Photos of my personal journal entries in my book and in written form. You won’t see this with every prompt, but you will with a good majority of them.
  • Over 50 exclusively designed graphic elements to add visual interest to your journal. Like I said previously, this isn’t about the foo foo, however, I do like a little visual interest. :) But that can be done in a simple fashion.
  • Access to a private FB group so you can talk with others who are or who have been working on this project. I won’t personally be involved, generally speaking, but I will be monitoring it.

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This graphic element may be a cuttable word image or a cute little decorative card or whatever. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE A CUTTER to do this project. Anything that can be cut can also be printed onto transparency or paper using the PNG version and included in your entry, if you want to use it.

 


 

Here’s what people have said about the class:

“Thank you so much. I LOVE THE HISTORY CLASS. Brings up great memories. Had my 2 kids laughing so hard on one entry–worth every penny to see them laughing like that. Thank you.” -K

“I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the History Project.  It has been so encouraging and fun to write about each subject then ask my Mom if she remembers the same stories.  Most of the time every story had to have “tweeking” to get Mom’s little tid-bits in that I had forgotten.” -F

“I have learned more about myself through [The History Project] than you could even imagine. I thank you for that.”  -A

“My daughter was home from college last week and I found her reading the few posts I have completed in my journal. She looked up and said “Thank you Mommy, this is so great!” Now that is some serious inspiration.”  -T