Thank you for all your comments and ideas for classes - I've written them down and will see what I can do! I used the Random Number Generator, and it chose comment #1, so Patti is our winner - I'll be sending her a box of goodies soon. Thank you to all of you for taking the time to comment and your sweet words of encouragement.
I thought I'd share a few thoughts based on some of the ideas - why you might or might not see the type of class you suggested in my upcoming schedule. A peek into my brain - scary! These are purposeful considerations that I have in mind when I design a class:
- Most of the albums I teach can be adapted for any theme that you have in mind. I always share my inspiration behind the book and what I plan to use it for, but you can simply change the title and use it for anything you want! You can use them for books about yourself, for pets, for vintage photos, for life lessons, etc.
- My classes are usually not "theme" albums - the exeption might be the travel albums. I probably will not do a pet theme album for stores, because it excludes too many people who wouldn't care about making a pet album - and what if their pet was a bird or a horse or a cat or a dog... if I wanted a cat album, there are several of my albums that just have cute paper, and I can customize the title to make it work for my pet. Another thing you can do is recreate the album done in class with the papers and embellishments just right for your own pet. The printed directions with all the measurements that are in each kit make it easy to do this.
- I have never done a class that is particularly for married people - all my projects can be used by anyone whether you are single or married, have children or not. Just as I've never done a book on marriage or couples, I'll probably never do a book just for single people. :)
- All my classes include lots of pockets and fold outs and interactive elements to add more photos to your books. They also usually include places to hide journaling or photos in the envelopes or pockets. You know my life philosophy - "Don't cut it off if you can fold it out." LOL (or "Make the most of every opportunity!")
- Someday, when I have time, I would love to design and offer more specialized kits online - perhaps a military album or a pet album or baby album or a winter fun album.
- My class designs are often dictated by the new papers that are available from manufacturers. I love the idea of a masculine album but there are not papers and embellishments that appeal to me right now on the market. Manufacturers usually show those in January since Father's Day is in June.
- I have to consider product availability - both when things are going to be available and how long they will be available. As the economy has gotten more difficult, many manufacturers take longer have the product in stock. I might see something I love at the trade show in July but it is not available until October? I can't use that in my classes begining that month then. Those things would have to be used in the new year but by then brand new collections are shown at the January show - it is a vicious cycle! Also, the manufacturers don't produce as much product as they used to, so if I don't get something right away, it is often gone by the time I need to order in the quantities I need. Most papers and embellishments don't last more than a few months, let alone a year. I might like a collection from last year but just pieces of it might be available and the most popular parts will be gone. The cycle is very short and that makes it hard to plan ahead!
Right now I'm narrowing things down and have a couple choices as I'm planning a "planner" (that could then be saved as a year in review or a my life today album) - I value your opinion... what do you think about these options?
1. An 8 1/2 x 11 notebook that each person would buy and bring to class, and I would supply the kit for decorating the cover and everything that goes inside. I went to Office Max the other day and they had a rainbow of colors to choose from in these standard 1" binders. I can't afford to put them in a class kit, and I wouldn't be able to choose the color that everyone would want, so maybe "bring your own" would be a good option this time. We would use dividers and page protectors and scrapbook papers and embellishments to make it amazing! There are tons of "printables" online for organizing in this size notebook.
2. A Basic Gray chipboard album from their new Capture collection. They have so many fun inserts to include in the album. My hesitation with this album is that it has larger rings so it is not as portable (although maybe the 8 1/2 x 11 size of the other book is not as portable too.) Also, because the book has a "naked" chipboard cover, I am concerned that the chipboard could separate at the corners and the binding over the course of a year. The album is sort of expensive to include in the class kit, so then I can't add as much other "stuff" to the kit unless I charge more. Such a dilema! This really is the coolest option - would charging $10 more like the Memory Collector suitcase be ok, if it meant making a super-cool book?
I'm off to the dentist again today - yuck! Time to get the crown on that root canal tooth and get a couple cavaties taken care of.
Hope your day is better than that! Thank you again for all your input! :) I really, really appreciate it!
And just because I have to have a photo for Facebook...
How amazing is this card and buttons that Diane Jenkins at Whim So Doodle gave me when I was teaching there in July! The bee's wings are stamped on vellum and then layered onto the card. And she even stamped and made the buttons and attached them to the stamped Handmade card. I just love them and think SHE is amazing! Thank you again, Diane!