This concept is one I’ve been doing for a number of years and I have always wanted to turn it into a workshop, so last Spring I started to plan what this Fall’s version would look like. You can read the full course description here, but I’ll tell you a few things about it in a less formal way in this post with some questions and answers.
WHO IS THIS PROJECT FOR? Pretty much anyone who wants to cultivate an attitude of gratitude. I know, that’s a super cheesy catch phrase, but it’s kind of true. I know this may surprise you, but there are times when my attitude in this life is less than… let’s say stellar. I get caught up in my life. I forget to acknowledge the goodness that surrounds me every day. I get busy. I get stressed. I act like I invented long work days. I get distracted. I get tuned out. But when I put the brakes on and start assessing the good, a funny thing happens. My attitude shifts. This is something I want to cultivate. That’s what this project is really all about.
WHEN DO I START? You can start anytime you like! All content is available immediately in this self-paced class. Of course, November would be a logical fit for many people to do a gratitude album. It has 30 days. It has Thanksgiving. But I’m launching today for a few reasons. 1) Canada celebrates their Thanksgiving in October and lucky me, I have a lot of Canadian students, and 2) It takes a bit of prep to get this project rolling. The classroom materials contain a ridiculous number of cards. They include: straight-up printable cards (PDFs); custom-designed digital cards (JPEGs +PNGs) and full-on, editable layered cards (PSDs). It’s going to take some time to get everything ready for the documentation of your 30 days so if you register today, you’ll have plenty of time to get your house of cards in order. Unless you’re Canadian. Then you need to hop to it, girl. (Actually, I did include a 30 Days Class Jotter, which can let you log as you go and add the entries to your album later.)
Oh yeah, and Canada? I’ve included 31 Days of Thankful artwork just for you and anyone else who feels 30 days is just too short a time period.
HOW MUCH TIME WILL THIS COURSE TAKE? It depends on you. In Lesson 1, there’s an inspirational video presentation and an album overview video. In Lesson 2, I teach you how to customize all of your card files. From changing the colors to suit your style to journaling on the computer, I’ve put together some beginner-level instruction to help students create a more custom set of cards. If you’re using the printable PDFs, it will take some time to print all of the cards and prep everything to begin documenting your gratitude. As a self-paced class, you’ll have access to everything upon purchase and can work at your own pace.
CAN I CHANGE THE COLORS? Yes. I’ve included layered PSDs of every single card (there are 31 unique designs in all), as well as video tutorials showing you how to customize your card colors and your journaling. If orange, yellow and brown ain’t your bag, I’ve got you covered. All you need is a working version of Photoshop Elements and an adventurous spirit of digital learning!
ANY TEMPLATES INCLUDED? Yes. I have designed a set of four layered 6 x 8 templates for those who would like to create a fully digital project.
CAN I USE THE CARDS IN THE PROJECT LIFE APP? Yes, with a caveat. You can import any of the JPEG filler card files for use with the Project Life app. However, you cannot add journaling directly to the journal cards using the app. That’s not a function of the app at this time. You would have to add your journaling to the cards using Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, then you could save each card as a JPEG and import to the Project Life app. I made the page below in a few minutes, just to test this all out and it works great. Again, I added the journaling to my layered card files, then saved them as JPEGs, then uploaded them to my Dropbox. You can also layer elements in Photoshop (see lower left card) and then save them as JPEGs and import.
CAN I SAVE ANY MONEY BY REGISTERING NOW? Yes! You can save 20% off the price today through next Wednesday at 6 a.m. This course has a ton of content and I’m confident my students will love it. And if they/you don’t, you know my policy: if you’re not happy, you get a refund, no questions asked! (Actually, I will ask you what I could have done to make the experience better! So maybe just one question asked.) This is the best sale price I will be offering for this course. I will run one more sale in the last week of October and that will be a 15%-off sale. Register now for the early bird discount!
WHAT IF I ONLY WANT THE DIGITAL PRODUCTS? I will be putting all of the course products on sale at Designer Digitals this weekend. All new products launch at 20% off and they will be broken up into separate packages.
WHAT IF I DON’T WANT ANY OF THIS INFORMATION? Then for the love of blogdom, stop reading NOW!
And that’s my post, friends. Again, you can read the full course description here.
But wait, there’s more!
JOIN ME AT NOON EST ON PERISCOPE! I will set up my iPhone and broadcast a quick peek at the entire album project. If you have questions, post them on the stream and I’ll gather them all and post answers to your questions. Or, you can always email me directly and I’m happy to answer your questions. Learn more about Periscope here.