When my daughter was about 7 years old, she was having a conversation with my mother. My mother asked her, “Tiara, what do you want to be when you grow up?” Tiara’s answer was quite shocking. Most kids would immediately respond with a teacher, astronaut, lawyer, doctor, super hero, or a laundry list of other professions. Tiara pondered the question a bit and responded quite frankly “Let me be a kid for now Grandma.” That was the last time we asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up. She is 12 now and still discovering who she is. As her mother, my best guess is she will enter a field that is high paced, demanding and creative. Only time will tell, but based on what she likes to do and how she does it, that is my best guess.
Thinking back all of those years ago to “Let me be a kid for now,” it made me think about how you need to accept people where they are and let them grow or evolve into who they will be. The same holds true for anyone who is learning Artisan or has been using Artisan since the beginning.
If you are a beginner, be a beginner. Don’t expect to know or learn it all instantaneously. We all had to start somewhere. As a pixels2Pages Training Executive at Forever, I am considered an “expert” at Artisan. I wasn’t always an expert. It was a process and it took time. Heck! I am still learning. One of the worst things you can do as a novice, or even someone who uses the software regularly, is put undue pressure on yourself; setting expectations above your experience level. When you don’t know the basics and you try a technique that requires advanced knowledge, that can lead to frustration. For some, it can cause a level of frustration that may cause them to quit. My advice, start where you are!
I am not saying that you shouldn’t push yourself and try new things. After all, pixels2Pages is all about trying something new. I just think you should pace yourself and allow yourself to make mistakes, to learn from your mistakes and grow.
At Forever, we have lots of resources that can help you along your journey of knowledge, fun and creativity.
- pixels2Pages – This is an online resource of training and inspiration available 24/7. We have a friendly community where you are able to ask questions and get answers, whether it be on our website or in various Facebook Groups or Pages.
- There are various Facebook groups for Ambassadors and Customers where they can ask their Forever related questions.
- There is an incredible team at Forever Support and they are just an email or phone call away.
- There are over 4,000 Forever Ambassadors. Your Forever Ambassador is there to assist you.
- There are webinars that will expand your knowledge and further your sense of community.
At Forever, we want you to be confident in your ability to showcase your memories. We have something for everyone. If you are not a scrapbooker, but want to do something with your memories, or if you are a scrapbooker of any expertise, Forever is there to make sure your user experience is a great one. Your experience at Forever can be tailored to fit your style, your time, and your knowledge. Your Forever Ambassador can help you define your experience. Just remember, anything worth having takes time and effort. Where you start does not have to be where you will end. Every day, with every experience you have, and everything you learn, you create a new you. Enjoy the journey, learn new things, move forward, and when you look back, look back with pride at how far you have come.
Below is a layout that I created nearly a decade ago. At that time, I thought I was an expert. I was always trying to learn something new. I learned this technique from a Dawn Oldham Webinar. Needless to say, I thought I nailed it, but over the years as I look back at this page, with all of the new things I have learned, I realize, I wasn’t the expert I thought I was. That being said, I wouldn’t change this page for anything.
Here are some of the things I notice now that I did not notice then (or I did notice, but didn’t know how to fix it.).
- The journaling is a little hard to read. If I put a soft white glow on the journaling, it would make the text more visible, while still showing the photo beneath it.
- The initial cut out of my son is jagged and imperfect (in a perfect sorta way). The red glow I placed on the cut outs make the imperfections more noticeable. If only I had zoomed in and used the eraser to create a clean cut.
- The three photos at the bottom are all different sizes and they are not perfectly aligned. If only I’d used the arrange and align tools instead of manually resizing and guessing where to place the photos.