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Posted 5/13/2013 by bearpaw0 in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 5/13/2013 4:19:00 PM
I`ve been scrapbooking for awhile now and as I watch the free tutorials here and on other sites, I am feeling more and more confident in my technique. Thanks to Glitter Girl and other Garden Girls I`ve been happy to show off my LOs to co workers, and whoever makes the mistake of asking me what I`ve been up to lately. My enthusiasm and relentless and aggressive recruiting techniques have sparked an interest from my co workers to learn more about scrapbooking. I`ve even converted a cardmaker . So...now I am looking at hosting a scrapbooking class. I`ve done so before, but this class I will be attempting to have my friends walk away with at least two complete layouts. Do you have any suggestions for preparing a class kit. My plan will be, provide card stock and pattern papers. I`m not sure where to go from there. Although i will be sharing some inking/stamping techniques, misting etc. (no solid plan yet), I really just want them to feel inspired to get photos on the page. I create my own layout kits and am considering putting together a similar kit for my friends. I`ve seen Glitter Girls kit making video, but any other thoughts on class kits would be helpful. thank you

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Posted: 5/13/2013 5:35:25 PM
I don't have tip. I do however have a financial question. My LSS charges no more than $15 for a class. They learned that more than this amount disuades many people from signing up. That fee includes all the consumable materials. The LSS provides all the scisscors, trimmers, inks, and adhesive. What will you provide? Will everyone have the same kit? How much will you charge so that the fees and materials won't cost more thant $15? Just some questions to ask yourself.

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Posted: 5/13/2013 5:46:51 PM
When I taught classes at the LSS, I provided a kit that included everything they needed, already cut. I also brought any tools to share that would be needed, and that included ink pads, stamps, mists, whatever I used to create the class project. I also spent hours making sure that each kit had detailed instructions with good color photos of the different parts of the project, but you could possibly avoid that if you want to do a make up session instead. Either way, it's going to take longer than what you expect to spend just teaching the class.

Get commitments and payment ahead of time, too. Let them know, no refunds without 48 hours notice. Then create your kits after the deadline. Even so, someone may not show and want a refund, or a one on one make up session, or expect you to give them a finished project, done completely by you at no extra charge. One of the LSS teachers finally instituted a policy that if someone didn't show and expected her to do part or all of the project for them, she charged them extra. However, her projects often involved dry embossing, and she brought her own templates for members to use. Another policy some teachers used was "no kits." If the customer didn't come, they didn't get a kit to do at home. Usually that was for involved projects that used a lot of tools the teacher owned and didn't want to loan out. Or she didn't want to do a make up session.



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Posted: 5/13/2013 5:53:29 PM

I don't have tip. I do however have a financial question. My LSS charges no more than $15 for a class. They learned that more than this amount disuades many people from signing up. That fee includes all the consumable materials. The LSS provides all the scisscors, trimmers, inks, and adhesive. What will you provide? Will everyone have the same kit? How much will you charge so that the fees and materials won't cost more thant $15? Just some questions to ask yourself.


The LSS where I used to teach, allows the teacher to set the price. The teacher decides on the project, gets it approved by the LSS owner, prices the materials (discounted for classes), figures out what she wants to get per student, and adds a fee for the LSS. Classes run anywhere from $20 to $70. And people do sign up, even for $70 classes. I may have seen a few higher priced, but not often.

However, if customers think your project isn't worth the price being charged, they won't sign up. I've seen some classes cancelled due to lack of interest, but the projects weren't worth the cost (IMO), either.


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Posted: 5/13/2013 6:01:26 PM
Thank you for your responses. I have tossed around the idea of the cost of the kit, and I also thought fifteen to twenty was plenty. I'm not a professional scrapbooker, I just happen to be passionate about it, and hope to inspire others to give it a shot, however the kits will be mostly made of my own personal product (good thing like most scrapbookers I have lots of extra supplies therefore, i wanted to recover some of the cost of using my own supplies.

As for the kitss.... i don't plan on detailed instructions... however, I have never been to a scrapbooking class to begin with...so I am not sure if this is mandatory. My thoughts on the class I will be offering my friends: one kit... with full sheets of 2-6 cardstock , 4-6 of pattern paper, alpha stickers, journal cards, ribbon, buttons, brads, wood veneer, label stickers,punched shapes, and an adheasive. I would take with me to share, tools, paper trimmer, crop a dile, scissors, ink, adhesive, tiny attacher, stamps etc. I would also have additional supplies for purchase such as additional cardstock and pattern paper, flowers, buttons, chip board, die cuts, tags and rims. etc.

as for class content, I thought one or two design principles, and a single page map that is diverse enough to get two variations for a layout. so L shape layout + triangle groupings or clusters as design principles...something like that.

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Posted: 5/13/2013 6:03:55 PM
I am not doing this class at a lss.... I have done one or two in my home...this one will be in a meeting room at my work...some of the ladies coming are co workers, others are my friends and family.


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Posted: 5/13/2013 6:07:04 PM
One of my co workers is part of a card club...she says the instructor has everything pre cut and all she does is stamp, glue and paste. She is not inspired creatively because everything is already done for her...she asked me if she could cut her own paper etc. And really that's my goal, to awaken each others inner creativity, and not be intimidated by the scrapbooking industry, but to be inspired by it. To show that we can preserve memories in a fun and colourful way that is as enjoyable to create, as it is to preserve.

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Posted: 5/13/2013 6:17:19 PM
My advice is to practice your 1st class on a friend or family member before you actually take anyone's money

Make sure you ask for honest feedback from whomever you test on

Then after your real class ask for feedback so you can improve the next time

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Posted: 5/13/2013 6:18:32 PM
Scrapn Nana thank you for all the suggestions... I like the idea of the deadline and creating kits after commitment, payment and deadline. It's so simple yet I would have not thought of that!


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Posted: 5/13/2013 6:33:15 PM
*Delphinium Twinkle* thank you for the suggestion. I am actually quite comfortable with teaching, however I do like the idea of torturing my husband and making him sit through a dry run to ensure I have a good flow, the right products, and an order to the process that is logical I like it!

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Posted: 5/13/2013 7:36:31 PM
I think I would create a couple of sample pages as well. Sometimes people who take classes want to recreate something someone else has already made.


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Posted: 5/13/2013 8:24:54 PM
Can you actually attend a couple of classes to see how they run?

I teach classes on a regular basis.......and have done so for ten years plus.
I have found my ladies all prefer the same kit as I use, and want to follow me step by step in creating a layout. They want to end up with a carbon copy of what I have made. If you are expecting people to make decisions re design etc it will be a headache! Believe me I have done this, and its not worked that well. People then dither over what's going to look good, and are really quite unsure what to do in case they wreck it. ( their words ....not mine)

I tend to focus on a different technique each time so they are learning something new. The actual design is standard, but the placement of embellishments they put where they like. I tend to find 95% of the time they follow me step for step. As they gain confidence they will produce pages that are more their own style within the class framework.......but if they are newbies they will want the security of doing a page exactly like the sample.

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Posted: 5/13/2013 8:27:40 PM
I should also add......I have a pre made layout they can refer too, so they can see the big picture, but make a second layout with them step by step. Sometimes I will sell this layout to a class member , sometimes not. ( I have one lady who likes to make replicas of every layout....one for each child)

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Posted: 5/13/2013 8:33:40 PM
As for class kits......

I keep a record of everything I use on my layout, and give them the same supplies. I also keep note of the tools I have used so its easy to pull togther at class time. Depending in how much is in the kit, they may get half sheets as well......other times they get full sheets, and get to keep the leftovers.

I don't usually provide alphas. I have found they much prefer to take the layout home and add thickers or a silhouette title. This keeps the cost down........sometimes I have though....depends on how much product I have in the kit.

Ordering for a group is a pain. If you are able to get stuff quickly then it's not an issue......but I have found I have had to buy in advance, and often carry more than I need just to make sure I have stuff on hand. Not ideal, but necessary due to my location.

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Posted: 5/13/2013 9:10:41 PM
From what I'm reading from your post, this class would be to teach new people how to scrap so keep it very simple. They'll need a list of basic supplies to get started and be specific, paper trimmer, sharp detail scissors, acid free adhesive, etc. (I did one of these on my computer and passed it out at a beginner class I held and it was very appreciated.) Ask them to bring any supplies they already have with them and take any extra that you have (with your initials clearly marked with a sharpie). You might also want to bring a few of your albums to show some examples not only of pages that they can make but of how to store them. Different style albums are also nice to have to show beginners so they'll know about post styles, etc.

I suggest using cardstock and patterned paper for a layered two page generic styled layout (use a page maps sketch or something like that) and keep the color scheme basic so they can work with whatever pictures they have. You can show them how to tear paper to make mats or elements so it won't cost a lot. If you precut the papers then they won't learn how to do it, they need to use the supplies to really see how fun it is. I took a couple of Martha Stewart paper/cardstock packs that I bought at Wal-Mart so that the colors would match and it worked fine. Didn't cost me much and I had everyone chip in whatever they wanted to reimburse me instead of charging a set fee. Ended up with more money than I spent so I saved it for the next class.

Bring some of your extra stash, eyelets, brads, stickers, ribbon, cardstock/scrap paper, etc. to share (trust me, you won't miss it).


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Posted: 5/13/2013 10:35:43 PM
I did something similar with some ladies at work, but it was more of a group project than me "teaching", per se. I ordered a simple kit from Scrapscriptions (one of their "kids" ones) and we worked through it together (they come with instructions). There was one other experienced papercrafter there besides me to help folks.

Since this was a work-sponsored event, the kit was paid for, but people who came had to buy and bring: small scissors, adhesive, a pencil and a ruler. We had a few paper trimmers to share and ink pads for inking edges.

It went really well. The kit was too complex for us to finish in the 3 hours we had allotted for the event, unfortunately, but otherwise we had a great time together. I think having written instructions was key, so people could move at their own pace.



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Posted: 5/13/2013 10:39:07 PM
Awe you guys are the best! Thank you for all the helpful tips!

Yes, I will definitely make a sample layout. And thanks for the helpful suggestion, I will record my supplies and process while making the sample . I do have a plan for bringing extra tools and supplies to share. I have had previous 'classes' at my home, and feedback from those sessions was for me to teach a layout class. I had previously had a ctmh consultant teach a card class, it was ok. My last gathering I went over basic tools and supplies and various scrapbooking resources. I talked about the various kinds of albums, photo storage, acid free vs. creating for now, organization and helpful resources. Followed time for questions. Then I made the mistake of leaving plenty of time for my guests to scrapbook. And although they were inspired, they didn't know where to start. So when I asked what they would like to do for the next class they all agreed that a layout class would be helpful.
Also, these are mostly newbies, and they are all either my friends, co workers or family. So although I want to be 'professional' I also want to just be me hanging with friends and family . I want to keep things informal and fun

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Posted: 5/22/2013 1:55:53 PM
Hey y'all,

So I took some advise provided through this conversation... I created a layout that I am considering to be my lesson layout. I am not an "organized" scrapper, meaning I do not pre plan anything other than when I'm on the ball I collect all my supplies according to colour, and put everything into a big gallon plastic bag. When I am ready to scrap, I just grab that bag and start cutting, inking etc. with no real plan. Half way through I realize I have no plan so look up layouts on here or pintrest or whatever...

SO... I started from scratch and wrote down every paper, tool, and supply I used to create the layout. I also recorded my process step by step.

Now I will review and try to create another layout using my supply list and instructions. If I've missed anything I'll add to it. Maybe I'll follow the suggestion here, and 'teach' my husband at this stage and work out the kinks that way.

Just thought I would update y'all. Once I have this done, I will coordinate my class, date, location, details etc. etc.

ohhhh...it's getting exciting!

Thanks so much for your help

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Posted: 5/22/2013 2:10:38 PM
I don't really have tips on the kit side, but as far as the class itself, I actually wouldn't have the papers pre-cut. One of the things I disliked about any classes I took when I started scrapbooking was the it was "cut the paper into a square" "paste it here", so while I had a page at the end of the class, I hadn't learned anything and if I went home and sat down to scrapbook I was still "on my own". I would suggest giving them examples of things like a "grounding strip". It allows them to always have a foundation to start from, but one that can be altered, moved and expanded upon once the class is over.

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Posted: 5/22/2013 2:27:18 PM
Those are my thoughts exactly IAmMikki! I plan on their kits having only the paper and supplies they need. I will have a sample layout and instructions on how to create that layout using supplies provided, like paper trimmers, ink, punches etc. My instructions are for the sample layout, which I've designed to be very versatile, the papers in the kits won't all be the same... and the layout itself is one that can be rotated etc. AND... participants don't need to follow the instructions if they have their own preferences, but I've put it in this format for those who have requested the step by step guidance. I am trying to provide them with the most versatile options as possible, I only do these classes for fun so there's no real format or timeline for them...so if we don't get together again for awhile, they have something they can modify over and over again. Also most of my friends don't scrapbook often so they have very limited tools... I tried to use only basic supplies and plan on providing them with a list of BASIC MUST have tools... kinda the equivalent to a little black dress, jeans and white tshirt as basics in the closet... lol...Yep it's exciting!

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Posted: 5/22/2013 6:14:56 PM
I don't know if anyone has said this but a great way to provide instructions is giving everyone a 4by6 picture of the finished layout. Easy and cheap.

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Posted: 5/23/2013 8:25:35 PM
Thank you for that suggestion and reminder... I had thought of that one day when I was in a scrapbooking store and seen those 4 X 6 cards of projects...but forgot again... once I do put together my "kit" and class format...I am going to review all these helpful hints, tips and comments...I love the idea of providing a reference 'photo! The whole point is for participants to be comfortable with 'copying' layouts and techniques, until their creativity begins to flow. This is so exciting!

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Posted: 5/23/2013 9:15:30 PM
Have you ever looked at Scrapbook Generations sketches and kit clubs? It's my understanding that they are a brick and mortar store that host scrapbook classes on Saturdays. They supply the paper and sketch - you bring the photos and they show you how to create a 2 page layout with just basic paper supplies.

They then make these layouts available as their "Super Sketch CLub" kits along with sketches.

So my suggestion would be to set your class up in a similar way to theirs. Provide the paper and a sketch and a sample 2 page layout you already made. They can work off the sketches with your help and create the same layout while learning about scrapbooking! The cost would be fairly minimal because you are just providing them with a couple sheets of pp along with cardstock for the background. The SG ladies are masters at choosing ppapers that they can also use to provide titles and embellishments!

I don't want to violate the TOU, but if you google Scrapbook Generation Super Sketch club photos, you will see the kinds of layouts they do. SG also offers a few sketch every month so you can try it. Their sketches are unique because they give the actual measurements of the different papers/strips/blocks etc as well as measurements for placement on the background paper.

Anyway, just another idea on how to approach a class by people who do this every wk!

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Posted: 5/27/2013 6:55:21 PM
Thank you 3kidmamma! Very helpful suggestion and I will google scrapbook generations!
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