Wow, has it really been that long since I have blogged?! Sadly, it has been almost that long since I have created too. There has been so much going on lately.
The biggest news is I recently completed the Standard and Intermediate Copic Certification courses. Yes, that’s right I am a Copic Intermediate Certified Designer! The courses were run over two days and they were really informative. I had a lot of the basics down prior to the course (particularly the Standard course) but it was great to learn lots of tips and tricks from an expert. I think I have learnt a great deal about taking my colouring to the next level. Unfortunately, I haven’t had any time to practice so I think it will be a while before all this new knowledge makes a difference to the cards I’m creating. Practice is definitely the key to success!
Here’s a look at my certificates and the badge they awarded us at the end of the course:
The second exciting bit of news is that I have recently enrolled to do some further study. I have had the bug to return to study for a while but have been trying to ignore it! The University of Tasmania advertised an “Introduction to Family History” course and I felt powerless to resist the urge to enrol. lol I’ve actually been researching my family history, on and off, since 2002. There have been occasions where I have toyed with the idea of becoming a professional genealogist, so this course is a perfect fit for me. It started on Monday and I cannot wait to sink my teeth into it. Unfortunately, this is also a reason I might be even more sporadic in posting on my blog.
The third exciting bit of news is I have launched a channel on YouTube – Studio4490. I have been thinking about doing videos for a long time not but I’ve always been way too shy to do so. When I returned home with a rather large haul of goodies recently, I decided it was time to start my channel. lol How did I make that link? Easy! My first video is a craft haul video. My thinking is I can use the videos to hold myself accountable and ensure I actually use my new goodies and not just hoard them. Plus I really love seeing other crafters haul videos and thought maybe people like might to see mine. The one unexpected benefit I have received from recording this video is that I really looked at the items as I was filming. You might notice the odd pause – this is where my brain was thinking “ooh, I could do X”. lol I would like to try making more videos down the track, as time permits. I would eventually like to do some process videos as well as craft hauls and reviews. Will just wait and see where this leads. I watched the video again after I uploaded it – argh! That’s a bit scary! I’ve realised the sound is rather low so you might need to put it allll the way up. I also realise I use the words beautiful, lovely and gorgeous a lot. haha
Without further ado, here’s my very first video…
Hope you enjoy it! I am so very sorry for this long absence. I’ve missed seeing all of your creations and I feel very much out of the crafty loop. I hope you are all happy, well and crafting up a storm!