Here are a few things happening at present:
Learning to use Tim Holtz Distress Inks. That’s right, I just typed that. It’s public knowledge. Me, the one not exactly known for anything that is not clean, simple or carefully controlled. I have known Tim for many years now, as an alumni of the esteemed faculty at Creating Keepsakes University. He hooked me up with these minis, and also sent me two of his water brushes. I played with them over the weekend and let me just say: I had NO idea I could paint. And it’s not that I can paint, oh say… the Sistine Chapel, but I can paint on stuff I’ve stamped and so far, it’s a freaking blast! (I’ll be sharing what I made later this week!)
Making cards. I know. This is basically a continuation from the previous item, but you guys, seriously! I am having so much fun learning about card making and All The Things. I truly feel like it’s inspiring all areas of my creative life, and as a person who makes her living off coming up with ideas that hopefully people will want to spend their money on, this is a good thing.
Rocking my Instastory. Okay, maybe I’m giving myself more credit that I deserve but I’ve been having a lot of fun with my @czdesign Instagram account and story. This is essentially my business’ Instagram account and it’s a place where I can frequently post about scrapbooking or crafty stuff and never wonder, “Should I post more photos of plants or food?” There may or may not be on any given day: behind the scenes peeks, works in progress, and singing.
Preparing to head out of town next weekend to see my lovely Aidan and her fellow ultimate players compete at the D3 Collegiate Womens’ Conference Regionals. Yes, it’s Easter weekend, and I will be watching frisbee. First time I’ve ever missed Easter with the entire Zielske clan, but I wanted to support my girl so I’ll be road tripping to Iowa. My plan? Load up my iPhone with S-Town. That oughta make the miles fly!
Working on a new e-course called Design Your Life 2.0. This class will be my first live e-course, meaning there is a set time period to sign up and take the class. (Of course, once you sign up, you can access it for as long as I run my little online business! But there will be a limited registration period, and new lessons each week.) I am making all of the layout assignments for the class this month and sorting out what will be covered each week. This is a new workshop and not a continuation of the old Design Your Life course I taught years ago. That said, it’s design education and design is evergreen, my friends. The core concepts do not change, just how we interpret them and play with them. There will be tons of downloads, templates, printables—and of course, weekly video lessons where I really get into each concept. I have nearly 15 years worth of layouts to share with you, all designed to help you become a better page designer. Stay tuned for more info and if you’re not already a subscriber, please sign up here. There will be promotional pricing as well as a special additional discount for my former students. That said, if you are a former student, you will need some form of proof for your registration. I won’t be picky about it, I promise. But I do not have the original email lists from Big Picture. So, we’ll sort it out. Again, more info coming soon!
Setting up a place to film better videos for both classes and quite possibly, my sad little YouTube channel. Much of what I’ve done in terms of public video instruction has been done a) as a screencast and b) on Vimeo. Part of why I chose to use Vimeo back in the day was that it was commercial free (still is) and it seemed like the community in general had less… how does one say, crazy mean people? But I’m moving into the modern era and one of the things I want to do is share more of the physical process of how I create. Hybrid scrapbooking is one of my happy places so why not share more of that via YouTube and show you how I actually make the finished pages in real time, right? Just sorting it all out. I don’t really have a high end video camera so I’m going to test some of this out using a good old fashioned iPhone and some controlled lighting. The main goal, of course, is for better class videos (aside from the usually screen cast presentations you’ll find in all of them.) Wish me luck! I’m hoping to film a card video today or tomorrow to test it out.
And that’s all I have for right now. What are you doing right now?
PREORDER YOUR SENTIMENT STAMPS TODAY! I’m collecting preorders until Thursday at 5 p.m. CST! The response has been so great and I can’t wait to call up my manufacturer and get the stamp order in the pipeline! If you’d like to place an order today, click here. You will be billed at the time of the order, and should have the stamps in two to three weeks following the close date on Thursday. (Unless they come sooner, which also happens sometimes!)