I wanted to enroll in the 5-week Friday night classes at Powerbooks called The Five Stories You Want To Write. It’s a writing class which I thought would improve my writing skills. But my main objective is really how to capture the relevant stories of my life that I can put into my scrapbook pages. Unfortunately, the schedule doesn’t work for me. Three out of the 5 Fridays are already booked in my personal calendar (it starts Nov. 14 and every Friday til Dec. 12).

Fortunately, I signed up for Jessica Sprague‘s online class called Stories in Hand. It started yesterday so today is Day 2. The class is about the process of capturing the stories that matter. As a scrapbooker, I thought this is highly relevant because I want my scrapbooks to tell stories of how I lived my life. I don’t want my scrapbooks to be just about pretty “artistic” pages but I want them to remind me of the good times and the bad, of the experiences that make life sweet, of the blessings I need to be thankful for, of the lessons learned, etc.

The good thing about this class is that I can do it on my own pace. I can access the site any time I want and print the materials on my own convenient time. Yesterday, Jessica shared some printable digital elements to be used for our “scrapbook”. Today, she gave us what she calls “sparks” – questions about our ancestry, childhood, routines, etc. – that would, well, spark stories that can be captured in our scrapbook pages. I haven’t had a chance to read through the very long list (there are three categories – Roots, Self, Family) but browsing through some of them already brought back memories. I am very excited and I am hoping to interview my parents to know more about my ancestry.

I think I am already doing a good job capturing our travel stories but I need to capture the everyday moments too. So hopefully, this class will help me do just that.

I will share what I can as the class progresses (it runs til Nov. 23!). Right now, I need to go to bed and rest. I still have low-grade fever (4 days already!), a terrible cold, and now, I have cough too! I’m already taking antibiotics so hopefully, the fever will subside soon.

Written by Alby Laran


  1. marking November 16, 2008 at 12:16 am Reply

    Hi Alby, we're classmates here. Its so interesting as it sparked a lot of memories already.

  2. Maybelle November 14, 2008 at 12:31 pm Reply

    Galing di ba? I was printing the "sparks" and reading it upside down as it came out of the printer and my memories were slowly but surely trickling in. I have yet to sit down and read everything but I love it already!!!

  3. Freethinker November 11, 2008 at 12:50 pm Reply

    Oh, I missed this one. Gusto ko to. Pwede pa kaya habol? hmmm…

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