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You were you, before you were a mom*

As a simple scrapbooker, I’ve long embraced a non-chronological approach to telling stories. However my perspective shifted when I had my daughter, now 8. Life suddenly felt a lot more chronological as we marked each milestone. I felt a pull to scrapbook her story in detail, but realized my own story was being pushed aside.

In the trailer video below you can see how I responded:

* Before Your Story is about your growing up story and how you became you. That can mean before kids, before marriage, before college, or at any point that best describes the parts of your life before, that define the story of who you are today.

This six-week journey will show you how easy it is to tell big, complex stories in a single album.

As you explore the story of your life “before”, you’ll learn a variety of techniques for simplifying albums using story blueprints and pocket page protectors. This class has been paced over six weeks to give you significant time to plan and work on your album.

You will see how the entire project comes together early on, but each week’s content will guide you through the creative process step-by-step. As you work through each phase of the project, I’ll be there to celebrate your victories and address your challenges.

Thank you!

I feel good knowing that so much of my story has been recorded. I am excited to take your format and apply it to similar albums for my husband and other family members. I loved your left-brained approach to planning the project out and keeping my right brain focused and on task. I am 99% done with my album, which is definitely a first for me.

Heather H.

Your Album, Your Way

In Before Your Story I’ll walk you through my approach to completing this album, but it’s not the only way to tell your story. You are invited to follow along step-by-step or adapt the ideas to suit your personal style. Students have used a variety of paper, hybrid, and digital techniques to complete this project.

Here’s what’s included with the September 26 – November 6 session:

Class Handouts

Feel confidently inspired by insightful
handouts and printable worksheets.

High-Def Videos

Keep a clear head with guided tours
of each section along with bonus tips.


Audio Messages

Stay motivated with twice-weekly
encouragement from Jennifer.

Office Hours

Receive personal coaching along with
class camaraderie during office hours.


Class Message Board

Connect with Jennifer and your peers
in a well-organized environment.

Jennifer, thank you.

If I had not done this class I would not have unearthed wonderful photos of me and my family from the piles and piles that I have—and I would not have looked at them from a completely different perspective. It has been wonderful following along and seeing all the ideas. Love your ability to make things simple and really appreciate all the time and help you have given and offered all of us. You are an awesome teacher, loved chatting with you and learning from you.

Karen M.

Jennifer, thank you sincerely for all that you did to make this class so special. I will really miss the excitement of regularly opening up the message board, viewing the videos, and reading the handouts. It has been very therapeutic to go back and revisit my earlier days. The comments from other class members also ignited more memories. Thank you one and all, especially those who commented on my photos. BYS Student "MY2CATS"

Scrapbook Your Birth-to-Adulthood Story

There are milestone events in life, such as marriage and motherhood, that divide us permanently into a “before” and an “after.” It’s easy to become so immersed in the after—the glorious here and now—that our “befores” rarely appear in our scrapbooks. In this self-paced workshop, you’ll have all the guidance you need to tell your growing-up story in one gorgeous 12 x 12 pocket album. And the next time your child struggles to imagine a time when your life didn’t revolve around hers, you can hand her this book and say: “Before your story, there was mine.”

Registration has closed, but you can still participate by becoming an annual member.

Before Your Story changed each one of our lives. Revisiting my childhood to
adulthood gave me so much insight and love for the good things that happened in
my family and showed me why my brothers and sisters are so dear and close to me
as we enter our last stages of life together.”

Tippie A.