Happy Groundhog Day! And yes, I know that’s a cute little chipmunk and not a groundhog in my header! Hoping the groundhog will tell us that the polar vortex can move on – I have felt so bad for those of you suffering in the frigid weather that most of the northern hemisphere has been experiencing! Brrr!
I got another little taste of winter myself last weekend. It was snowing when I landed in Denver and snowing when I left, and in between there was plenty of snow on the ground. I was warm and cozy inside the fabulous Southpaw Retreat, enjoying my fourth p2P LIVE event there, and I didn’t have to drive at all or even leave the building (once we got there). Many thanks to Sheri and Bob Wernke, the hosts who make this p2P LIVE event possible and who fed us and kept us warm and comfy. Thanks also to the attendees, many of whom were there for their fourth time, too. We had lots of fun and hopefully everyone learned a lot, too! I loved catching up with the ‘old-timers’ and meeting new peeps, too, and I missed some of the usuals who couldn’t make it this year.
I love being able to do p2P LIVE events – it’s always fun to put faces to names of people whose pages I’ve seen, and getting to meet fellow digital scrapbookers is a plus. Another advantage to training at live events is that I get to see how other people work. I never cease to be amazed at the number of p2P LIVE attendees who bring HUGE monitors with them, and most use them in addition to their laptop screens. As someone who has never worked with two screens, and who typically sits on the couch with my laptop in my lap, it’s a whole new world for me! I’m always surprised to see how many people work with the Print Guide on all the time (you’re missing some helpful tips when using Blueprints, but you will want to use that Print Guide before you click the order button!), how many who don’t use ‘All’ view or ‘Spreads’, and how many who don’t expand their elements panels (see link to tip below for help with any of these). It’s also a great reminder for me that while I may use Artisan almost every day, many people only get to scrap on rare occasions, like at retreats or crops. Ditto for using the p2P website and Facebook. I’m there every day, but most people don’t have jobs that pay them to use p2P and Facebook! I think it’s safe to say that I learn as much at p2P LIVE events as the attendees do.
One of the challenges at a p2P LIVE event can be trying to meet each person where they are, without boring advanced users or overwhelming novice users, and this particular group was no exception. We had one brand new Artisan user, one just coming back after a five or six year hiatus, a few that only get a chance to scrap at retreats, some fairly consistent users, and some seasoned/advanced users. Thankfully, our p2P LIVE modules are designed to have a little something for everyone! Have a look at the gorgeous pages that were created by the talented Southpaw scrappers by clicking HERE.
If you’ve never experienced a p2P LIVE event, I encourage you to look for one in your area (there’s a list in every Rabbit, Rabbit post) or contact us about hosting an event of your own. Tameka, Kim, and I love getting out in the field to see our peeps and share the digi love! Most events take place over a weekend, usually at a hotel or retreat center. The host/coordinator makes arrangements for meals, lodging, crop room, and AV considerations, and she sets the price and makes arrangements with the p2P team. Training costs (paid to Forever) are $500 for a Friday to Sunday event and $750 for a Thursday to Sunday event, plus food, lodging, and transportation for the trainer. The training, exclusive to p2P LIVE events, includes a Blueprint/Bright Idea combination and three to four training modules, chosen by the coordinator with input from the trainer. Of course, you have a Pixie on duty for most of the weekend, too, so lots of questions get answered along the way. We also review the p2P website, our Facebook groups, our Forever albums, and more. Many of our events are repeat events, so if you’re interested, send us a message or an email. We’d love to come to your place!
If you’ve been to a p2P LIVE event, please comment below with your impressions, especially if you experienced any ‘AHA’ moments. And of course, we always want to improve our events, so if you have suggestions, we are open to hearing those, too. If you haven’t been to a p2P LIVE event yet, we hope to see you very soon!