Many years ago I put myself out there and asked Stacy Julian if I could teach for her at her new site “Big Picture Scrapbooking”. Over the years I taught over 20 classes (some repeats/reworks, most of them totally new) for them and I will always be grateful to Stacy for taking a chance on me. For encouraging me at every turn, and for always embracing and helping me fulfill my craziest ideas no matter how different.
As technology improved and I came up with new ideas I decided that I wanted to open up my own website. Start a site where I could do classes a bit differently, where I could be on a much shorter turn-around, and be entirely in control of subject and timing. Where I could offer affordable, content packed classes at the best possible price and value for my lovely students. After months of work, frustration, feeling like it was impossible, and being certain that I would never figure out how to make it all work I launched www.craftwithmay.com on November 12, 2013.
It has very nearly been a year. WOW! I’m excited to say – I met all my goals for year #1 and then some. From free classes to offering newsletter subscribers the best prices to including contributors in some classes – it’s been amazing. It has been a lot of learning, a ton of work, and too many long days here at the computer but I believe every minute was worthwhile. I love that this is what I get to do, that I can share with fellow crafters, that you are inspired by what I do.
I’ve had a number of emails in the last week asking me how I feel about the situation with Big Picture, and if I will be moving/hosting my old Big Picture classes. If you haven’t heard – Big Picture was purchased by Studio Calico and now they are cancelling the “forever access” that was promised. It has upset many and really been negative, which I think is understandable.
You won’t be seeing me migrate or reopen my classes, as that would be an incredible amount of time and money that I simply don’t have to invest. I did, however, want to do something nice for all my lovely students who have been affected or who now have to back up old classes. So I did what I always do – I put on my creative thinking cap and came up with something that will work for me, and be a special bonus for those students. I will be hosting a sort of “best of” class at www.craftwithmay.com as a fond farewell to the company I loved and knew, and as a thank you to all the students who took my classes at Big Picture. This will be open for a limited time and free to those students of the classes affected – you’ll get the email with instructions from BPC directly.
I have made great friends with many of my students, and I’m truly blessed that you enjoy the classes I teach and the content I create. As I sit and edit my newest class, plan 2015 classes, and brainstorm new ideas these recent events have me thinking I made the right leap.
Your continued support and encouragement means so much, and I am excited to bring you new classes and ideas in year 2! I am hoping to be able to bring in more contributors, classes, and inspiration too.
So THANK YOU! Here’s to kicking off the second year with a lot of new content…