It was October of 2011 that I announced I would be teaching my very first online class in the 4th quarter of 2012. Someone please tell me - how is it possible that time has flown by so fast that it’s already time for registration??
Friends, I hope you will consider signing up. I have never done anything like this before. I’ve taught many live, in-person classes. I’ve written several books. I’ve made plenty of videos and published hundreds of blog posts. But developing content for an online class is its own category – and working on this has been a labor of love.
I am so very grateful to Big Picture Classes for inviting me to be a part of their vision – bringing education & inspiration into the comfort of your home. Stacy and I go way back and like many of you, I adore her and want her to live next door so we can be trail-running buddies and I can taste-test her recipes. It is so, so, so fun for both of us that after all these years of working side-by-side in the scrapbooking industry, that we are once again working TOGETHER on something really special. I feel very blessed to be able to utilize the infrastructure that BPC has in place, as the home base for my class. Plus, I just adore working with the whole team there.
Let’s get down to the details, shall we? I want you to be as informed as possible as you decide whether this is for you or not.
Q: Where do we go to sign up for your class?
A: Click HERE for the registration page on BigPictureClasses.com.
Q: Are there a limited number of seats?
A: NO, that’s the beauty of online classrooms; there is a seat for everyone!
Q: When will the last day of registration be?
A: October 10, 2012 at 10:00pm PST.
Q: When does the class start?
A: October 4, 2012.
Q: How long will your class run?
A: It covers the whole 4th quarter of this year; my last week’s worth of material will be shared December 26.
Q: How much will it cost?
Q: Is your class open to people living outside of the U.S.?
A: You bet. Anyone, anywhere.
Q: What will be the purpose of your class?
A: My goal for you in taking this class is that you feel enriched, motivated, and inspired to cultivate a better life – and truly liberated in the way you approach the documentation of that life. You will get a healthy dose of my personal real-life insights about both of those areas – creating and documenting a good life. Sounds vague, eh? Keep reading.
Q: What will be the final results of your class?
A: We are covering so many areas in which we can all cultivate a better life, so I believe that taking this class will result in you having the perfect life. Just kidding! For real, these topics we’ll be talking about, and these ways we’ll be documenting our life over the next few months, will be very enriching. Our eyes will be opened a little wider to how we approach our not-so-perfect life. I think we’ll all feel more motivated to embrace the real life that is ours. And of course document that life along the way.
As for tangible results, we will be completing 12 Project Life layouts over the 12-week course. I’ll have oodles of photo challenges to get the wheels in your head spinning about how to document everyday life. Be prepared to keep your camera handy the whole time. I’m also pretty confident that you’ll be tackling an organizational project or two in your home. There are also several other optional projects/challenges/tasks (homemaking, decorating, scrapbooking “older” photos, etc.) that I’ll be presenting. Did I mention optional?
The beautiful thing about my philosophy is that I have a NO PRESSURE approach to teaching. If you want to enroll, check the classroom weekly and sit back while you watch my videos and read my material and do nothing with my assignments or challenges, I have no problem with that. If you want to create extensive to-do lists based on the ideas I’m sharing, then I can keep you very busy. You will set your own pace. I’m there to offer suggestions and hang out with you a little through the holiday season that will soon be upon us.
Q: What will we learn that we can’t already learn from your website?
A: Excellent question. I share a lot right here on my blog, for free. All the time. On a regular basis. For free. At no cost. Doesn’t cost you a dime. What’s different about developing content for a class that people pay for, is the cohesiveness that strings through all of the content, pulling it all together for a much more effective impact on lives – resulting, hopefully, in some seriously eye-opening experiences.
Similar to developing products, I have put a lot of thought & energy into how my class content will resonate with you, and how I can add value for you. Countless hours creating slide show presentations, videos, handouts, etc. This is totally a step above blogging when it comes to not only the preparation, but the outcome.
Each week I’ll be sharing content and ideas with you (including hanging out in different spots around my home) that have not been addressed on my blog. I’m diving in a little deeper on organization, time management, homemaking, traditions … all that good stuff that makes up LIVING LIFE.
Interested in seeing the 12 topics that we’ll cover? Here is the PDF: ProjectRealLifeCalendar
Q: What is the difference between Project Real Life and Project Life?
A: Project Real Life is my class – what this big, giant blog post is all about. Project Life is the line of products that I have developed to take the guesswork out of memory-keeping. If you’re new here, you can see what Project Life looks like HERE.
Q: Did you say something about getting a set of cards with the class?
A: Indeed. Anyone who enrolls in the class will receive a set of exclusively-designed Project Life cards (3×4 and 4×6) that are not available anywhere else.
Q: Is this class going to be self-paced or will we have weekly assignments?
A: This is an instructor-led (that’s me!) class with weekly updates for 12 weeks. I will be interacting on the message boards and galleries. The content I share will all be centered around cultivating a good life in the midst of reality. You can absolutely participate on your watch, and no one is holding you to any sort of “deadlines”. If that’s what you mean by self-paced, then yes. : )
Q: Will the class have chats?
A: Yep. Apparently I’m even doing 3 live video chats. Sounds fun!
Q: I have never taken an online class before. It is all written out?
A: I’ve never done this either – how fun to try this together! There are beautifully designed handouts and worksheets, but there are also videos, slide presentations, chats and the chance to interact with all of the other students as well. There will be transcripts available for videos and slideshows.
Q: Will you be discussing how to organize our photos?
A: You bet!
Q: Is this class suitable for Project Life beginners?
A: A thousand percent, YES. If you have never touched Project Life – you are so going to dig this. If you have never even scrapbooked EVER – oh boy. You will really love this! I am not about complicated gadgets and intricate techniques that leave you with glitter in your hair and sores on your fingers. I am ALL about a simple solution for documenting life. Stick your photos + written memories into Photo Pocket Pages. No adhesive. No fancy trimmer. Just get it done and LOVE your album. : )
Q: Will the class be beneficial for those of us who have been doing Project Life for a few years now?
A: Absolutely. If you’re already a Project Lifer, you understand the simple nature of the system. There’s no need for a class to teach you “how” to do Project Life because all you do is place items in pockets and that is all. Zero education needed. My class is far more focused on cultivating a better life. Recording life will already come naturally to you.
Q: Will this class be beneficial if I am doing Project Life via Shutterfly or your digital elements?
A: Sure! No matter what your approach (phyical products + prints or doing it digitally) – the concepts of what we are doing are still the same.
Q: Once we have registered, will we always have access to the gallery, files & other items from the class?
A: Any class you take at Big Picture Classes is archived in your account. It’s something they call Forever Access and it means that you will have all of the ideas, inspiration and information that I share to keep and refer back to again and again. It also means that you can LIVE your life and not worry too much about keeping up every single week!
Q: Does the class cover other ways to document using Project Life besides the weekly approach?
A: Yes indeedy.
Q: Is this class designed to help us get caught up with past photos or is it a present, going-forward type of class?
A: Yes. And yes. I love it ALL, so we’ll cover the spectrum.
Q: Will I be able to take your class using my iPad or do I need to be on a computer?
A: All of the content in a BPC classroom is iPad friendly – how cool is that!?
Q: Will you be offering your class again in early 2013?
A: Nope. We may offer it again in 2014, but the best thing to do is take it now and know you can refer back to it at anytime!
Go on. Register. As soon as you do, you’ll have access to a fun presentation I pulled together. See you in class!