As a participant in the Stories in Hand course taught by Jessica Sprague, I had access to 20% off upcoming classes. The original cut-off date was yesterday, I don't know to whom the offer was extended, but if you have a chance, sign up, the offer ends at midnight TONIGHT!
Fortunately, I received my reminder earlier today and reacted almost immediately to the notice of extension. I've been mulling the 20% off and the class offering and the opportunity almost passed me by!
I am a collector.
I collect a ton of stuff that sits and collects dust (metaphorically as well as physically). I collect, collect, collect and often find myself without the time or energy to use or master what I've amassed. In the past year or more, I've collected a ton of stuff with regards to my hobby of scrapbooking. This hobby includes: photography, typography, writing, and all manner of material to make all of those things easier and more creative. (An oxymoron, to be sure!)
I purchased Adobe Photoshop some time ago. I've learned a few things but I was intimidated by an incredibly impatient woman, master of all things, who made me feel stupid and humiliated me in front of a room of my peers because I didn't "get it". Guess what? I've not used it since that one project almost a year ago. I displayed humour, but I was totally mortified. I still own the program and am itchy to use it, but I clearly need someone to help me learn. Someone who knows how to teach rather than humiliate.
I have fonts. I have OODLES of fonts. Funky fonts. Traditional fonts. Serif fonts. Sans Serif fonts. Too many fonts. I just purged about 500 of them, but I still have way too many. Way more than I'll ever need. Do I need them all? No. Which ones do I need? Which can I zap without affecting my MacBook?
Part of my "resolution" for 2009 is to learn from what I already own. Use up what I have. Master what I have. I hope that my signing up for:
- Up & Running (Self-paced Class)
- Now We're Rockin'
- Digi: In Deep
- Type + Writer
will help me be more confident and produce better quality work in the year ahead. I'm putting together a calendar of projects for 2009 and hopefully I can fit in all of my plans! Between the Jessica Sprague courses and those on Big Picture Scrapbooking and challenges on other sites (especially Ali Edwards and Becky Fleck Page Maps), I expect to be busy - in a good way!
What are your plans for 2009? What are you looking forward to accomplish?