It's definitely going to take a while to complete item number 39 (review all paid for scrapbook classes) on my 50 Things To Do Before I'm 50 list! My first step was to make a list of the classes in my accounts at Big Picture Classes, Shimelle.com, JessicaSprague.com, Get It Scrapped, AliEdwards.com, and Craft with May. These lists include all the classes I've signed up for since I first discovered online classes in 2009 (including free classes offered at these sites over the past few years).
I actually kept up and completed the materials in quite a few of these classes, while I barely managed to check out the materials and create something here and there in other classes. There are even a few classes that I really haven't even looked at! My plan is to review the materials in each of these classes, save the various handouts and digital elements, and act on whatever inspires me as I go along. I am not taking time to review the message boards or galleries at this point, despite the fact that I know there's lots more inspiration in those areas.
Over the past few weeks, I've reviewed (and saved) the materials in several classes. I chose these few to start with because I knew they would be quick to review and/or because I had actually already completed the materials or project for the class. For example, I kept up with the materials and process throughout the BPC Reclaiming My Time workshop when it ran at the end of 2011. This class was great for helping me think through how I really wanted to spend my time, so a few weeks ago as I was preparing my 50 Things To Do Before I'm 50 list, I read through all the handouts as well as the welcome and audio messages in the classroom. I saved the files I wanted to keep and marked that class completed and reviewed.
Two other BPC classes that I completed were the self-paced Permission To Live A Creative Life and the live run of Embrace Imperfection. I actually created a mini-album for both of these classes (which you can see here and here), so I simply scrolled through the materials and saved the handouts I wanted to keep for future reference before marking these classes done. I also took a few minutes to read through and enjoy the mini-albums that now hang in my craft room. It was FUN looking through these albums and reading my journaling from a few years ago.
There were several layout examples in the Embrace Imperfection handout. Two of the layouts really caught my eye, so I acted on that inspiration by scraplifting the designs to create two layouts for our 2014 album.
I really enjoyed adding lots of bits & pieces to this layout, and I was even inspired to use my sewing machine to stitch a border!
I also re-read all the handouts and watched the videos in Shimelle's Blogging for Scrapbookers and Beyond Blogging for Scrapbookers classes. I enjoyed both of these classes and have a list of great ideas for blog posts in the coming months. The materials in these classes are filled with great ideas and tips for successful and FUN blogging. These classes are still available as self-paced classes, and although many of the links in the handouts are no longer found (because blogs have been deleted or moved to different domains), I highly recommend them for anyone looking for blogging tips and inspiration.
I'll be continuing my review of classes and sharing my progress and inspiration along the way. I'm excited that several of you have been inspired to join me in reviewing and/or completing classes.
Karen recently commented, "You've totally inspired me to go through and list every online class I
haven't finished. I've avoided this because I know it's frighteningly
long, but it needs to be done. I'm in the midst of three online classes
as we speak. I'm caught up in two of them, and behind in one."
And a few days later she shared that she "did make a list of all the online classes I want to finish. It was a sobering task!"
Cheri commented, "I can't begin to tell you how inspiring these posts have been. I have an
excel spreadsheet in the works to list every online class, along with
it's status (completed, in progress, not yet started), the skill set
addressed, the web site, and once it is complete I intend to set
priorities and start working my way through that list!"
Susanne commented, "I'm on board for going back and looking at all the scrap classes I've
taken over the years - just the sketch ones could keep me busy for a
Who else will be joining us this fall as we review and complete some online classes?