Saturday, November 22, 2014

Understanding Online Workshops and Classes

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Since launching my latest set of workshops, I've had a couple a questions about how online workshops work.  I thought, it would be a great topic to share.  I thought sharing here was important since they are hosted on the SOC Community.

I'll share in question and answer format.  Keep in mind, this is true for Tiare Smith Designs and many others but be sure to read what others offer, they can and do vary.   Keep in mind, I am speaking of  mixed media, scrapbooking, art journaling online courses.

  • What is an online workshop/class?  Basically, it is a class delivered to you electronically, instead of face to face. 
  • How are lessons provided?  How do I get my lessons?:  Lessons are typically delivered via emails, pdf downloads and/or videos.   You will gain access to a classroom and/or private forum where the downloads are made available.  Sometimes, it may simply be a private page on a web site. 
  • Are the lessons detailed?:  Yes.  Videos most often provide the process/step-by-step instructions with a supporting pdf.  However, some instructors may provide more details in their pdfs with supporting video.  Either way, you will be provided the steps needed to learn the technique, skill or lesson being taught. 
  • Must I follow along at the time the class is offered?  What if I do not have the time to complete the lessons right away?:  Classes are typically self-paced, meaning you do the lessons as your schedule allows.  Furthermore, you can save the lessons for future reference.  They are yours to keep.  Some workshops run live but then access remains open after the live portion, so that everyone continues to have access to the classroom and information shared during the live portion. 
  • How long do I have access to the classroom?  The time varies with some giving lifetime access to a month after the live course ends to 6 months or a year.  Be sure to check with any courses you plan to take. 
  • Are these course appropriate for newbies?  ABSOLUTELY!  The detail provided is great for beginners or for those wishing to expand their knowledge or who need inspiration to create. 
  • Will I be provided with a list of supplies and must I buy them all?  Yes, you are provided with a list but NO you don't have to buy them all.  In my courses, I encourage people to use what they own and I give suggestions on doing so. 
  • What if I have questions or need assistance with a class or lesson?  Just ask.  I am available to answer your questions when you take courses provided by Tiare Smith Designs or hosted in my Scraps of Color Community. I hope that you have found this information helpful.  Please let me know if you have further questions and I'll do my best to answer or get the answers for you. I'd love to have you join me for one of my online workshops.  Here are 3 great opportunities to learn and create.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Don't judge a book by it's cover.

For as long as I can remember, I have loved BOOKS.  Not only did I (and still do) love to read them, but I loved the look and feel of a book in my hands.  This love of books empowered me to take good care of them whether they belonged to me or not.  I could not bear to see a torn page or even a small stain on a book.  Now, fast forward to the 21st century (it is the 21st century, right?) , my attitude about books has changed just a little.  I can use torn book pages in my projects with ease and even remove all the guts from a book and use just the cover.  My love for books has evolved!  My post for this month is about how my love of books has taken  me down yet another creative path.  So here are some glimpses into that journey.



















What starts out as a book to be read and then put on a shelf to collect dust can be transformed into a journal, art journal, scrapbook, etc. The list is endless.  And what a great way to  use all those scrapbook papers in our hoards.


























What can you do now?  Why not pick out a book, take it in your hands, feel the cover, turn the pages and think about the creative possibilities it has. Next, get busy and make something creative and useful that you can remember for years to come.





Monday, November 17, 2014

SOC Blogger Challenge: The Power of Words

Hi everyone, Cheryl here! Hope you had a great weekend, and got a little time in your craft space. With a new week comes a new challenge, so I won't be too "wordy" with this intro and keep you waiting long. This week's theme involves: 


Or simply sentiments!! This week the challenge is to add your favorite quote, scripture, sentiment, or words that have meaning to you to your cards, scrapbook pages, altered art or mixed media projects! If you need some examples, check out a couple here and here. (Look familiar? These creations were made by our own Classygirl, Tiare Smith.)  

Everyone loves visitors, so after you post your project here, stop by and check out links from other blogger participants. From all of the projects posted, you will have the opportunity to have your creation/blog featured here, and on the SOC Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter pages! Don't forget: Be sure to have the SOC Badge posted on your blog.

Okay, so I did have a lot more to say than I thought...but I'm cutting it short and sharing a "Look Back" at projects from our Veterans Day challenge.


Treva shared this great card over in the Blogger's Challenge forum! Great colors and embossing!


Gemiel created this fabulous layout! I don't want to give it away, but be sure to stop by her blog, Gemiel's Gems  to see even more projects saluting the special veterans in her life.

Thanks to these bloggers for sharing their projects, and special thanks to all veterans for your service! That's all I have today! Have a blessed week!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Registration is NOW OPEN! My Color is Beautiful Art 2015!


Woohoo!  So excited!
Registration is now open for
My COLOR is Beautiful Art 2015!
Come join me along with 7 AMAZING artist instructors for a creative experience like no other!  Immerse yourself in color, creativity, techniques and awesome positive energy!
Learn more here. 

REGISTER NOW!


Friday, November 14, 2014

A Tearful Experience


This past weekend, I had the joy of spending my 16th weekend retreat with a group of wonderful sistah-friends.  It's our 2x annual, sistah retreat.

At each retreat I treat them to page kits, a challenge, prizes and/or sistahly talks.  There is always something.  This year was no different...except for one thing.  This year they treated me!  In the past, I have made them search the house for stickers to win a prize.  This time, there were clues for me.



The clues were written on cute little cards.  One clue led to another and eventually to the gift. Although a few clues tripped me up, especially the last, " Awwww SOOT, you're getting HAWT!"  First, I thought soot was an error and should have been shoot.  Then I could not think for the life of me what soot was, I just kept thinking dirt.  Someone had to say, "soot forms in the chimney."  Uuuuhhh...duh...I KNOW THAT!  LOL!  Well, this made it clear to me that I probably should not apply to be on Family Feud or Wheel of Fortune because being put on the spot freezes my brain!  LOL!  lbvs. Since this was the last clue, I found my gift in the fireplace.



Next, I opened the box and the tears just flowed.  I couldn't speak. I could only cry. So thoughtful, so heart felt, so wonderful.  You see this year, SOC turned 10 years old.  It's a wonderful thing.  Each year I try to do something special for the members of SOC to celebrate.  My husband and I typically go out for dinner or have a dessert to celebrate and then time moves on.  It's always a happy time for me because I just feel so thrilled to have started and grown such a wonderful community.  I get excited at celebrating and doing challenges and giving prizes to the members.  To see it grow is amazing and to have so many wonderful crafters who have a place to share and create, where they feel comfortable, loved and a sense of community/family/friendship makes my heart full.



To have someone, step back think about, plan to honor/recognize me and my efforts for SOC in such a significant way is simply overwhelming.  Even typing this makes my emotions start to flow.  I am so very grateful to have thoughtful people in my life and to have such a special bond with these ladies.  I will never truly be able to express just how much this has meant to me.  I can only say, "Thank you. I love you.  You were right on time.  I needed this and you were there!"

Tiare.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Portable Dry Erase Board


I had the pleasure of spending this weekend with a wonderfully creative group of ladies.  While there we made a trip to the craft store and one of the ladies purchased an entire pad of dry erase paper.  From that moment on, there was a challenge of what to do with this paper.  I ended up creating a portable pocket sized "erasable" notepad.  Hey, it beats carrying around a thousand sticky notes. 

The size (4x6) is small enough to fit in a pocket book but large enough to actually record something.  Plus, it is durable because it is made out of chipboard. This one was a gift, but I will certainly be making one for myself.

What would you do with dry erase paper?

Monday, November 10, 2014

A Blogger Challenge To Be "Thankful" For

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you had a great weekend! I spent most of the weekend with old friends who came to town. So it was busy, but really nice. I hope it was great for you too. As Veteran's Day quickly approaches, one can't help but to also think about the other big November holiday coming up...so this week's blogger challenge is:
 
Give Thanks!
The challenge this week is Thanksgiving! So create cards, scrapbook pages, mixed media, and/or altered art projects celebrating this holiday! Share what you're grateful for, and even everyday "thank you's" are welcome this week!


A Look Back
We had our "Anything Goes" challenge a couple of weeks ago, and the bloggers really showed up and showed out with fabulous projects! There were pages, cards, and even tags in the mix, so let's get started!
Gemiel shared this fabulous layout over in SOC's Blogger Challenge forum! Love, love it!

Next, Brenshevia created this precious layout! 
I love the soft colors, layering, and of course that sweet little face!


Michele packed this tag cutie full of fall color fun! 


Treva shared this wonderful card creation for the challenge! 
Love the card design and those cool colors!


And Edie created this cute Christmas card this week! Be sure to stop by her blog, Don't Tell Me You Made That! (great blog name) to share some bloggy love and see more great pics of this project!


Didn't I tell ya these ladies went all out? LOL...A special thanks to all of you for participating in this challenge! Would you like your project featured too? It's simple! Just post a link for this week's challenge in the comments section below, in the gallery link above, or in SOC's blogger's challenge forum and you may see your creation featured here next time! Thank you for stopping by today. Have a great week!

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