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Easy Scrapbooking Membership, or is it an e-Course, or an e-Workshop?

I have been writing a book about Scrapbooking.  Yes there are lots around, but this is an “ebook” for a start and there are lots of “How-To” tutorials in it.  I have read a number of books and they all drone on about the tools you need, the reason for scrapbooking and lots of other information, but it takes them ages to get to anything like a tutorial, if they ever do.

You see most scrapbooking books give you tools and ideas (often by showing you lots of excellent, but rather “advanced” layouts which can overwhelm) but don’t get back to the nitty gritty of actually showing you HOW to achieve results.

Easy Scrapbooking E-Courses coming soon

Easy Scrapbooking E-Courses coming soon

So I decided to write this ebook for beginners/intermediates to scrapbooking, based on my own demonstrations and workshops which I have been doing for over 3 years now.  There is, however, so much information that I could touch on that the book was going to end up huge and just as overwhelming as the others. 

So, <scratching head> I thought a bit more and decided that I would break the ebook down into a “series” of books, but that was starting to be unmanageable with regard to selling the separate books.

So… what to do? 

Yesterday I followed a link from someone on Twitter and came across a website which reminded me of an idea I had thought about a while ago.

The site I visited called the idea a “Membership site”, but to be honest I would call it more of an e-course, because as a member you receive your information in regular emails (with links), there is no forum, or interaction as such with others.

The lack of forum is fine for me, as there are plenty of free forums out there in which you can exchange and share scrapbooking layouts and chat.  However, there are very few “e-courses” that explain themselves clearly and cover more than just one project, be that a page or a mini album, etc.

The best part of all for me is that since I have started the ICanCraftNow.com website selling (and giving away freebies!) downloadable hybrid scrapbooking and papercrafting kits – I can now include bespoke kits within the e-course too, which means that anyone could truly start immediately with only a pair of scissors and some double sided tape (or even a glue stick – although “dry” adhesive is much better).  Oh and a pencil might come in handy with a ruler, along with the printer for printing out the kits!  These things nearly everybody already has in their home.

Plus I can include some video tutorials to go into the courses too.

The beauty to Everyone who takes up the course(s) is that they can spread the cost of what would have been a hefty book packed with info over a number of months, such as £5 or £10 per month, depending on the course contents.  Course lengths vary from 1 month to 6 months and I may even create some “mini-courses” with a duration of just 2 weeks – like a taster session!

So there it is, my current project… e-courses, e-worshops, or memberships, whatever you want to call them, it’s exciting.  It means I will be able to help many more people get started with scrapbooking, and help existing scrappers improve their skills.

And… I also have the self photography book which I am currently writing – this can also easily be made into a course, taking you step by step through the process of taking great self portait photogaphs!