I listened to the Paperclipping Roundtable podcast #149 about online scrapbooking classes and it inspired me to take an inventory of the classes I've purchased since I started scrapbooking 12 years ago.
I truly took inventory. I checked my hard drive, checked my email folders, checked the online sites I frequently learn from ... and put it all on a spread sheet. I found 37 classes that I have purchased over the years. I'm sure there are a few that I've missed. That doesn't really seem like a lot for 12 years, but as I typed notes and links and passwords for all the classes on my spread sheet, I realized that I've probably only finished a handful of them. By finished, I mean going through the entire class and absorbing all the content, whether it be videos or pdfs.
I got a bit bummed about some of the learning I've been missing by not entirely finishing a class. I thought I might challenge myself to not buy any more classes until I finish those I've purchased already. But heck, new classes keep my brain going, they're my motivation, my mojo, my therapy! And I've already got three classes in mind that I just need to take in the upcoming months alone.
So I will continue to hoard online classes, but hopefully with a more conscious effort to glean all the information I can from them.
And to help me do so, I've placed a shortcut to my spread sheet on my desktop, so all my class links are right there, at my fingertips. Literally.
So next time I need to know how to get that perfect digital shadow from Peppermint Granberg, or want more inspiration for scrapbooking the grid from Lisa Dickinson, I can just grab my spread sheet and learn from that class I've had on my hard drive all along!