"One Little Word" with Ali Edwards - What's the BPC like?

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PeaNut 51,697
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Posted: 12/10/2012 11:29:20 AM
I'm thinking about taking the plunge and signing up for the "One Little Word" class with Ali Edwards at BPC.

Can anyone give me your thoughts on this class if you've taken it in previous years? What kinds of prompts do you get? Is it difficult to create an album for? I have my word ready, I'm just not sure how to translate my word into a year-long album.

Did you feel that the project helped you grow personally?

Any thoughts would be appreciated!

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Posted: 12/13/2012 2:47:41 PM
Bumpity w/same questions as OP.


I'd like to help you out. Which way did you come in?


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Posted: 12/13/2012 3:08:58 PM
i've been following along with ali and her "one little word" prompts for a couple years now. I did the Big Picture class 2 years ago, and have followed those prompts again this year.
I like how it isn't a pressured task- you do it at your convenience,and it really does help you reflect on your word and focus your word in your day to day activities.

I highly recommend ali's class- go for it

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Posted: 12/13/2012 3:20:01 PM
I've done the class twice and will probably sign up again for 2013. I loved the idea of having a word to concentrate on for the entire year and the monthly "assignments" kept me on task. That said, I haven't finished the album pages for either year, but I do have all the "stuff" to put the album pages together with. My word for 2011 was contentment and my word for 2012 is reduce. I haven't decided on a word for 2013 yet. It's helped me think about some things from a different point of view. I've enjoyed it and answering this question has made me decide to do it again next year. I thank you, but my credit card does not. LOL

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Posted: 12/13/2012 3:24:40 PM
do it!
I took OLW for the first time this year and will continue this project every year going forward.
You will be inspired...now lets be honest, I did skip a couple months, but went back and got back into it each time... if you keep at it it's a great experience.
You have to do YOUR work, but it's at your pace. It's everything I love - photographs, craftiness, and yes, I've learned to journal

It's a visual and creative process to keep what is important to you in front of you each month. You will think about what you want to invite into your life and how to make that happen. Highly recommend.
thanks! linda marie

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Posted: 12/13/2012 3:58:02 PM
I am already registered for 2013 -- my third year with the One Little Word class. I think Ali Edwards is one of the most creative women online. The class can be anything you want it to be -- some prompts are reflective/journaling, others visual (photo or crafty.) There are videos, great handouts, galleries of others work, and message boards (Ali always responds quickly; "students" get into good discussions). Ali said that she is changing some of the prompts for this year and I am looking forward to it. Also I think the price is quite reasonable. You get a lot for the money.


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Posted: 12/13/2012 4:08:02 PM
I'd say, jump on in!

I've taken the class the past two years, and will take it again this year. And this is coming from someone who is terrible with follow-through. I never finish classes. But I love Ali, and I think it is great to maintain that focus over the course of a year and see where it takes you.

I like the fact that you can do as little or as much as you want with the experience. I am horrible with following prompts/assignments () but I love that I can take them in any direction that fits me, and can totally make it my own. I love Ali's sense of style, but I cannot scrap like her, even if my life depended on it. I do everything digitally and messy, and it still works for me.

It is also good to get the monthly nudges (reminders) about the process and have a guide throughout the year who is fabulous. There is also a group of peeps doing a monthly blog hop based on OLW, and that is another fun option and an additional way to be accountable or embrace your word.


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Posted: 12/13/2012 5:28:53 PM
Thanks for all the recommendations. I, too, was on the fence about this class. Reading through all the replies, though, has helped me decide to go for it. For those of you who have taken the class in the past, do you use the album in the supply list? Or do you go with another type/size of album? This is my first year, so I'm not sure if I should stick with her format or not. My other option was trying to do my OLW in a smash album. What would you all recommend?

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Posted: 12/13/2012 9:26:32 PM
to: dreamsbedreams,
I used an 8.5x11 album I already had on hand. One of the many cool things about the class is the community boards. There is a gallery where folks share their pages. There have been so many different options and sizes that people have done besides the size Ali uses. It's totally up to you how you want your album to look.

have fun + love that more people are joining!!


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Posted: 12/13/2012 9:48:04 PM
I'm interested in this! Do you only do one page a month? I'm a little confused

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Posted: 12/13/2012 10:01:16 PM
to: dreamsbedreams

to add to the above: I'm one of those who likes to follow along with the examples, so I used the 8.5x11 album and page protectors. Ali does some monthly prompts using a 8.5x11 -9 pocket baseball page protector; and includes handouts that are sized for her example...so it really depends what you like. I have seen others adjust to what they like to do.

Ali posted some of her album pages on her blog a couple days ago if you want to see examples.

It is one 'page' per month. Some months it is a full 8.5x11 document handout, another time 9 pocket page of photos, one month it was a 4x6 photo. It's different each month related to her prompt.

It was a GREAT class for me as I consider myself a 'thinker' and need the motivation to take the 'action'.


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Posted: 12/13/2012 10:36:24 PM
I've never been disappointed with any BPC class that Ali's done. I found OLW meaningful but also very doable and plan to sign up again.


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Posted: 12/14/2012 12:33:10 AM
Twelve12year, thank you so much for answering my question. I'm so excited to get started.

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Posted: 12/14/2012 12:33:50 AM
A big giant YES! Take the class. I took it in 2010 and I LOVED it. You will be inspired. I really took the opportunity to ponder my word, to be more conscious of what it meant to me throughout that year. I have since chosen a word every year and the journey has been wonderful. I love Big Picture Scrapbooking and I love Ali Edwards, so when the two came together it was bliss. I recommend the class whole-heartedly.

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Posted: 12/14/2012 3:43:13 AM
yes, it is great fun
mostly for the other people you meet and share with

I am more of a mixed media art journal style than PL and had fun with the prompts, like anything it is what you make of it

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Posted: 12/14/2012 4:59:20 AM
I'm signed up and I can't wait to begin my One Little Word.

Thank you twelve12year, for the class description. I didn't know it was only one page per month. That's totally doable! Maybe I could even add those pages to my Project Life?

I'm still considering which word I should use. I found this list of words on Ali's blog.


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Posted: 12/14/2012 8:09:54 AM

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Posted: 12/14/2012 8:43:03 AM
I took OLW both previous times it was offered and I'm taking it again next year. It's a personal album to me and really helps me connect to my word. I can't even explain how important my word becomes in my life and what changes it has brought about. It's very powerful.

And Ali is just awesome. She always is. Very inspiring.

I did use the 8-1/2 x 11 WRMK album, but I have used the same album for both sessions I've already done and will use it again next year. With only one layout a month, there is plenty of room left.

This project is one of my favorite things I do every year.

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Posted: 12/14/2012 10:43:37 AM
I took the plunge! Thanks for all of your input!


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Posted: 12/14/2012 10:46:21 AM
Can someone please post pictures of their layout from this class...thank you!

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Posted: 12/14/2012 12:05:55 PM
I have really enjoyed taking this class. It is amazing that a once-a-month project really brings your word into your life. I like that it is not much of a time commitment. The focus shifts from month to month so that some months are photo intensive, some concentrate on journaling, and some are more crafty.

Ali gives you a list of supplies, but you are free to use your own. I already had a binder available, and the only thing I purchased was the baseball card page protectors.

Ali is always inspiring.



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Posted: 12/14/2012 12:34:36 PM
I don't have all my OLW layouts uploaded here at 2peas but you can see them on my blog. I've participated in a monthly blog hop for the last two years. You can easily peruse through and see a sampling of the prompts. Although Ali says she's going to change them up a bit this year. I've LOVED this class and am already signed up for 2013! Totally worth the money in my opinion!

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Posted: 12/14/2012 12:40:24 PM
I LOVE all things Ali...and I've taken this class and didn't follow through like I wanted (shocker) and would love to attempt this year. However, I WISH it was like Shimelle's December class in that you have unlimited access for future classes. Isn't that what she does?? You sign up one time and then you are in for future classes? maybe I'm wrong about that. Just wish this class would be the same way. I mean, $36 for some NEW prompts just doesn't seem worth it to me. I will print my old material and MAKE myself do it this year. The only discount BPC offered was a limited time sign-up and an e-book or something was free. Again, LOVE all things Ali. No flames, just my 2 cents and that's all it's worth.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 12:09:41 AM
I am considering joining the class a little late & am glad that I found this thread. Thanks for the links and the info!

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