I haven’t been blogging very much this past month. Why? First of all – October was jam-packed. It was our birthday month, so we planned, prepared, and produced a blog post for every single week day during that month. Soooo much fun. But we did need a little breather after that.
But the even bigger reason I slowed down on the blog? You guessed it – creativeLIVE. Teaching a 3-day online course was an enormous project for me. Being on camera for 18 hours was a lot, but even more intense was the preparation that went into the development of the course. I’ve written and published 9 books to date. Teaching an online class with scale like this was equivalent to my experience of writing a book for sure. I can say the same for my other online class – Project Real Life – which will be starting again in January.
the creativeLIVE experience
That “creativeLIVE journey” took up a massive chunk of my time in November. And you know what? It was worth it. My experience with creativeLIVE was fantastic. All those people pictured above had something to do with the success of the course. My little live studio audience, the producers and staff at creativeLIVE … even David. Not pictured here are my awesome guest instructors – Kevin, Kara, and Kari. So grateful for everyone’s efforts, talents, and hard work. It takes a village to produce a show.
I am grateful for being challenged, being pushed outside of my comfort zone, and feeling your love and support. Thank you so much for watching and interacting in the live chat room and message board and for all your sweet notes via social media.
I’m asked a lot of questions about memory keeping and Project Life® on an everyday basis. This is my favorite thing about filming this 3-day course … is that now we finally have a comprehensive, in-depth place where most of those questions are addressed. In one course. Available to anyone. Anywhere.
For anyone who may have missed the course while it was live, no worries. It didn’t go away. That was way too much work to just have it come and go. Anyone can visit the course page on creativeLIVE at anytime. Right now and through the month of December, my course is on sale for $99, which … I’m just saying … would really be a fantastic holiday gift for anyone who would just love to do something with their pictures but doesn’t even really know where to begin. *wink*
We saw some questions floating around during and immediately after the show, and I figured I would address a few of those right here in today’s post.
Q: Do you know how many people tuned in to watch you?
A: I’m not really supposed to share numbers, but I can tell you it was many thousands. Yikes.
Q: Did your feet hurt while you were doing the show?
A: I was far to concentrated on what I was sharing than on how my feet felt, but it was a really long time to be standing, especially for someone who works sitting down most of the day.
Q: How did you decide what to wear (you looked great!)?
A: You’re sweet. I actually had a couple of dear friends (Jen and Karolyn) come over and rummage through my closet with me to put outfits together.
Q: Did you sleep well each night?
A: Not so much the first night before Day 1 of the show. I don’t get nervous very often, but quite frankly – I was nervous. I felt a lot of pressure (mostly that I put on myself) and just wanted it to go smoothly, you know? After that, I slept like a baby each night.
Q: How long did it take you to prepare all that info?
A: Honestly, this was a course that I can say was “years in the making” because I really drew from so much that I’ve done and experienced for many years as a professional in the scrapbooking industry. But when it comes down to actual tangible content development … from initial concepts to final presentations? Probably 2-3 months-ish.
photo pocket page reference
For those of you who may have missed something that happened during the live airing of my course, the suggestion was made by one of our live studio audience gals to have a reference sheet of all the Project Life Photo Pocket Page designs. This is something I had been meaning to do, but she brought this up on live TV, and I said, “Yes, we’ll make that happen!” right then and there, because – why not!? My amazing team got busy and by the next morning, we had that live on our site!
So … if you’ve always been wanting something that shows all the PPP designs so you can see them at a glance … check out our Freebies page because it’s there. And it’s yours! This is helpful in assessing what you have and what you may want to have on-hand, and it’s also nice for keeping your plastics organized. I prefer mine in an album (as shown on creativeLIVE and also in this post).
We have so very much in store for you in the coming weeks. One of the biggest things is that our shopping cart will soon be LIVE right here on our website – woohoo! We don’t have the exact date that the shop will launch because we’re in that “testing phase” right now to ensure that everything is running beautifully first. In the meantime, you know you can find Project Life products on Amazon, in large retailers, and in many independent local retailers. Check out our Find a Retailer page.
If you want to be sure you don’t miss out on any announcements, fun holiday ideas, or other inspiring content, social media is the best way to be in-the-know. Even during creativeLIVE, I was sharing behind-the-scenes happenings … including my pre-makeup look. Yikes. Simply follow me on facebook, twitter, or instagram and you’ll be first to know about the new shopping cart, product announcements … and I share plenty of other fun anecdotal inspiration too.
PS – Whoa. Nearly 50,000 likers on facebook!? We’re going to have to think of some way to celebrate when we reach that milestone. Hmmm. A giveaway or something. I’ll think on that.