I am pleased to announce that I have finally updated my teaching website, so the calendar is current as of now, but I'm working on some additional bookings, so it will need a refresh soon.
But what I'm really excited about is my new Home Construction program. No, I'm not building houses - I'm selling scrapbooking project instructions for home study where you buy your own materials (or use what's in your stash). I even designed a cool little logo for it:
You can read all about my new program here: karenburniston.com - Home Construction
And in honor of Valentines Day, the first Home Construction project is called Love Story and uses the scrumptious "Loveland" collection from Scenic Route. Buy Love Story Instructions/Templates here
You may notice my new smokin' brown hair in the photos above. Needed a change. Lovin' the change!
But enough about my hair - let's talk about this Home Construction program. I've been mulling over how to offer online classes for some time now. My projects are technique-based, meaning the "wow" factor is in the interactive features, not necessarily the specific products used. It is desperately simple to re-do my classes in different color schemes and themes. My dear friends in Europe have definitely figured this out - they often purchase just the instructions for a class, fully intending to ignore the supply list and use their own materials rather than paying shipping and customs for a kit from the States.
Kitting is not my favorite activity. There, I said it.
I would much rather be designing new projects than ordering, cutting, separating, kitting and storing materials for classes. Oh sure, I can't escape that chore entirely, because I do my own kits for the classes that I teach, but I *can* eliminate the chore (and upfront expense) for online classes. For these projects I'm passing the torch to you, dear home constructors, to assemble your own kit.
However, I'm going to make it easy for you. I'm starting every Home Construction project from a product kit from a major manufacturer. For Love Story, I started with the Loveland Product Kit from Scenic Route. So here's what you do - you order the instructions from my website using the "PayPal Buy Now" button that I've finally figured out how to include. Next, you get the instructions via e-mail, print them out, and check your stash for the other supplies (you probably have them!) and then you head on over to your local store, buy the Loveland kit or demand that they order it, and get busy on your project. Pssst - Colorado ladies - Scrapbook Destination has the Loveland Kits.
Or maybe you branch out on your own with a completely different set of papers and embellishments - I won't stop you! You do as you please. The only thing I request is that you not share the instructions with your friends - please have them buy their own. I priced them at $12, which really isn't that much when you see the work involved - 9 pages of detailed instructions, cut diagrams, templates, photos - I've been working on this one project for three weeks! I drafted seven new templates for it.
If you've taken a class from me, you know that my handouts are pretty darn detailed. These handouts are even MORE detailed - I'm approaching these projects knowing that people must be able to make them from the handout alone - no original to look at - no Karen to explain it. (Although, you can always e-mail me and I'll walk you through anything tricky - I'm not heartless!) Honestly, I feel pretty confident about your success. You're brilliant, after all!
That's my sales pitch for the new program. I'd love some feedback. Is this a decent alternative for the folks that would love to tackle my interactive hooliganism (love that!) but live nowhere near me? Any suggestions?
RKQOTD (Emma: Mom, why did you start the van before I was in it? I thought you were going to drive off without me! Me: Don't be silly. I wouldn't drive off without you. Although, technically speaking, we're close enough to home that you could walk. Emma: No, I wouldn't walk. I would rent a car and drive myself home! Me: You couldn't reach the pedals, Shorty Shorterson! Emma: Couldn't I use those blocks like Little People use?)