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Project Real Life--thoughts?
Post ReplyPost New TopicPosted 12/6/2012 by Melissa612 in General Scrappin'
 

Melissa612
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Posted: 12/6/2012 10:20:22 AM
I've been pretty happy with it so far. Loved the free ebook! I though today (Embracing Imperfection) was really weak though. It isn't a topic I enjoy and the 10 minute slideshow was...not very thought-provoking?? What does everyone else think??

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Posted: 12/6/2012 10:33:38 AM
I haven't looked at this week's prompt yet, but to be honest, I've thought the whole class a bit weak. I love the premise, and I've enjoyed her videos and picked up a few tips from the message boards.

But for the price tag, I think there should be quite a bit more than a weekly prompt with a one-page photo list and a video (or often not even a video). I know that it's broken down over 12 weeks, but I've taken a few Shimelle classes with a lower cost-per-week, and she provides usually 5 prompts a week (that appear much more thought out than PRL), plus videos and bonuses.

I dunno, I guess for the price I just expected a lot more. Live and learn though.


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Posted: 12/6/2012 4:07:00 PM
Oh wow. I thought I was going to be the voice of dissent and get slammed on here.

I have been EXTREMELY disappointed in the class. I wasn't expecting anything life-altering, but I was at least expecting something new and relevant to scrapbooking that I could at least apply to my own life. So far, I've gotten a ton of lists of pictures I have no intention of taking (I have enough trouble finding time to scrap the ones that MEAN something to me) and a tour of Becky's house with a lot of excuses as to why things aren't perfect in her life. That's fine and dandy, and yes - that's HER real life, but I don't think she's done a very good job of extending into OUR real lives. Maybe it's later in the course, but I would really like to see tips, examples and advice of capturing real life, documenting real life, and keeping scrapping in the forefront of real life. So far, I have seen very little of this - this class has been more like watching Becky on Oprah.

For the record, I am a HUGE fan of BH and still admire her work.

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Posted: 12/6/2012 8:14:44 PM
I thought it was going to be very different too.


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Posted: 12/6/2012 10:57:27 PM
Sorry it's disappointing to you!
I hate when I spend money and don't feel the value. And hearing the comment about

a tour of Becky's house with a lot of excuses as to why things aren't perfect in her life.

makes me really really glad I didn't buy it! I hate when people apologize for not being perfect in every area of life.


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Posted: 12/7/2012 8:29:25 AM
Oh wow, I thought I was the only one who felt this way! I was hoping for so much more about scrapbooking and Project Life (tips, tricks, techniques), and so much less about Becky's life. I really wasn't interested in a lifestyle/decorating/organizing course.

I've been so disappointed in this class that I stopped watching the videos in week 5. Now I just delete the notices when they arrive in my mailbox, and beat myself up all over again for the colossal waste of money. Lesson learned, though. I won't be signing up for nearly as many Big Picture Classes workshops in 2013 as I did in 2012. I've been disappointed much too often.


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Posted: 12/7/2012 8:49:32 AM
I read a lot about the class before I took it so I knew it wouldn't be a "scrapbooking" class. BH has been pretty upfront with her idea that PL doesn't need any kind of lessons to do. I was so impressed with her "Organize Your Kids Stuff" video (honestly, that video has really changed my life) that I hoped this class would be more of the same. I'm still crossing my fingers that we'll get a great video in the "memorializing the past" class.
Overall, I've been happy with the class and the extras I just really thought the 10 minutes slideshow this week was weak.

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Posted: 12/7/2012 8:49:44 AM
havent check and i dont start PL till 2013


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Posted: 12/7/2012 10:20:06 AM
Sorry you are disappointed. I didn't sign up. The class you are describing is pretty much what I expected it would be. I have nothing against BH,think she has some good ideas (that video on organizing school work was great) but it seemed like she was banking on people just being in awe of her and wanting to peek around in her awesome life. I wasn't going to pay for that.



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Posted: 12/7/2012 10:25:11 AM

Sorry you are disappointed. I didn't sign up. The class you are describing is pretty much what I expected it would be.

Same here.



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Posted: 12/7/2012 10:27:02 AM

Sorry you are disappointed. I didn't sign up. The class you are describing is pretty much what I expected it would be. I have nothing against BH,think she has some good ideas (that video on organizing school work was great) but it seemed like she was banking on people just being in awe of her and wanting to peek around in her awesome life. I wasn't going to pay for that.

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Posted: 12/7/2012 10:40:38 AM
Honestly, I have tried online classes twice and was disappointed both times. I got the notice for this class, and, while I have always admired BH's work, didn't ever seriously consider it.

I wish that there were a better way to get a feel for a class before forking over $$. Until there is, it is unlikely I will take one again.

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Posted: 12/7/2012 10:52:55 AM

Sorry you are disappointed. I didn't sign up. The class you are describing is pretty much what I expected it would be. I have nothing against BH,think she has some good ideas (that video on organizing school work was great) but it seemed like she was banking on people just being in awe of her and wanting to peek around in her awesome life. I wasn't going to pay for that.


This is exactly why I didn't sign up. Her lifestyle doesn't interest me whatsoever.

Back in the "old days", before PL and when BH did traditional scrapbook pages I found her to be incredibly inspiring. Now, with her "scrapbooking" limited to sticking pictures and cards in pockets, not so much. If that works for her, that's great, but I don't scrapbook *only* as a way to preserve my memories. I like the creative aspect to it, and I don't find buying a PL kit the least bit creative. I used a kit the first year I did PL and was bored to tears with it within a couple of months. Now I create my own kit using my own supplies and it is SO MUCH MORE FUN!

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Posted: 12/7/2012 10:53:45 AM
"but it seemed like she was banking on people just being in awe of her and wanting to peek around in her awesome life"

(Not sure how to quote someone) - but this pretty much sums up how I feel about this class now. I knew it wouldn't be about scrapbooking, and I was fine with that. I love organizing! But honestly, the free video on her blog about organizing kid's school stuff is better than most of the weekly stuff in this class.

It's at least nice to know I'm not the only one! This was my 1st BPC class too, and probably the last. I'd rather give my money to Shimelle! (And for all the products I realize I *need* after watching her vidoes.)


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Posted: 12/7/2012 11:54:25 AM
I think BPC and BH thought people WOULD like to look at her personal life, so that's why they created this class. People ooooh and aaaaah over everything some "scrap celebrities do, so why wouldn't there be a market for that?!?! I laughed when Ali painted her scrap room WHITE and people posted asking what color/ brand she used. Seriously, it was WHITE!!!


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Posted: 12/7/2012 2:45:19 PM
LOL on the "white" - there are only like 300 colors of white. Waiting for Ali E to market her own paint now, like Martha did.

It wasn't billed as a scrapbooking class, and I think everyone understood that. But it wasn't billed as an "all about Becky" class, either. This woman CREATED PL.....surely she has some great tips on HER process, how it fits in HER life, how it evolved for HER over the years, how she handles it, etc. I have been doing PL for a while and still haven't caught on to a great technique for keeping up. That's where I had hoped the class could offer some insight - because if you're having trouble, you ask the creator, right? That's the reason *I* signed up at least. Maybe the title was just a gimmick to sucker in people like me. I HAVE been impressed with BPC classes, Ali E's Yesterday and Today changed how I scrapbook. But this one - I do feel gypped.

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Posted: 12/7/2012 5:14:14 PM
I wanna say I remember a paperclipping show podcast and Becky talked about how the class came about and it was kinda like just take a peek into Becky's life sort of thing/how she does things. So I do think they thought people would pay for that.

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Posted: 12/7/2012 6:29:36 PM
Love BH and loved her getting kids organized video, but I have been disappointed in class also.


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Posted: 12/7/2012 7:29:50 PM
It is really hard to gauge how well a class is done until you jump in. I have taken classes on several sites on the internet and find as a general rule that those classes that just teach and don't have a "product" to sell are the best ones to take. I have done classes at JessicaSprague.com, ReneePearson.com, Shimelle.com, OnlineCardClasses.com and a couple of free events at Big Picture as well as Studio Calico and here at 2 peas. Although I wasn't excited about the 2peas class, it was value for money and I can see how it could be of value to someone. The best classes taken are the first 4 listed but once again they are not out to sell me something. True Jessica Sprague does have a store attached but her classes started out with just teaching in mind.

I was thinking about taking BH's class to get my feet wet and get any questions answered about PL before committing to it but was determined to do Journal My Christmas so I couldn't do it. I am glad I didn't based on the posts here.


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Posted: 12/7/2012 8:45:47 PM
I haven't taken any classes form BPC. I will stick to Shimelle and classses here on 2 peas!!!


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Posted: 12/8/2012 3:23:53 AM
I love BPC classes.....2peas classes also they are worth every dollar spent
I did not take the BH class and she's marketing PL as a lifestyle....my 2cents tho
I'm a Ali and Cathy z fan never really been disappointed in BPC classes always learn something


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Posted: 12/8/2012 7:29:31 AM
i love bpc!

i would take almost anything with ali e, cathy z, may f, or karen g... aside from that, it's based on the class - i'm really particular about the classes i sign up for aside from my faves.

that said, i really had no interest in project real life, but that was more a matter of priorities than knowing what the class was/wasn't supposed to be...

i have slowed down some with buying classes, but that's b/c i have so many incomplete christy tomlinson ones right now. lol...



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Posted: 12/8/2012 8:54:43 AM
I love BPC classes too! I have taken a lot of them over the years and rarely been disappointed. I take anything Ali or Cathy teaches. Their classes are awesome!! I have been doing PL for 4 years. I'm not all that familiar with BH except for that. When I saw the class, I considered it for about 5 seconds. After reading the class description, it sounded just like others have said and I really had no desire to spend that amount of money or time hearing about Becky's life. I'm sorry that those who did take the class are disappointed. That's a lot of money to fork over and not get much out of the class. I'm glad I didn't bite though.



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Posted: 12/8/2012 12:44:55 PM
I didn't sign up for that class though wanted to but I kept ready the class description and got the idea it really wasn't about the PL system. The recurring theme was "cultivating a good life" in many areas of an individual's life. BPC has had some great classes and I've taken many over the years. But now just from instructors that I've had a good experience and value for the money. As others have stated Ali E., Cathy Z., May F., and Karen G. have offered great classes. Other than that it is hit or miss. By the way, May has an encore run of her Scrapbook Field guide advertising right now. Though it looks pricey, it is worth it - lots of content and very adaptable ideas no matter what your style. I took it the first round and really enjoyed it. Just my opinion.

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Posted: 12/8/2012 1:21:26 PM

Sorry you are disappointed. I didn't sign up. The class you are describing is pretty much what I expected it would be. I have nothing against BH,think she has some good ideas (that video on organizing school work was great) but it seemed like she was banking on people just being in awe of her and wanting to peek around in her awesome life. I wasn't going to pay for that.
This was said much nicer than I could say it. Thank you!
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