I thought I would share some of the things I do when preparing for my card making classes.
I do my best to provide a comfortable, pleasant and friendly atmosphere and I believe preparation is the key. I endeavour to have everything ready on the table the evening before the class. That way, if there is a major (or minor) drama on the morning of class, at least I look prepared when people come to the door, even if my hair is on fire!
It usually takes me a few days to research, design and prepare samples, which I photograph and put on facebook and my blog. Hopefully, this generates interest in the class or the technique that we will be learning. I then cut kits for however many people I have coming to class. I may also email attendees the day before to ask them to bring certain items that will save on waiting time, items such as white stamp pads, white pens or perhaps tools such as the Simply Scored Scoring plate. Doing this also encourages those attendees who don’t have these items to see them in action and perhaps they will think of purchasing their own.
Research may include watching technique videos on Youtube or searching through Pinterest Boards.
On average I run one class a week during the day, and a Friday evening class, once a month. Mini Album classes are usually on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon as they are generally longer depending on the complexity of the project. I provide refreshments such as tea and coffee and usually a light snack since my classes run through lunch hour. On Friday evening we may have a glass of wine and cheese and on weekend classes I usually provide cake and biscuits.
- Be Prepared – Do your research
- Send emails to customers with suggestions for items to bring to class
- Cut kits and have the tables set the evening before if possible
- Have samples ready to display so your attendees know what they are making
- Have refreshments ready (I usually do this last of all before people start arriving).
- Small extra details like flowers and pot pourri or music add a personal touch to the setting too.
All of this takes time, but it is so worth it, when you see the smiles and happy faces. Making Greeting Cards is a lovely way to provide a creative and casual outlet for people. Many lasting friendships have been formed both by attending and running classes.
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Until next time – Happy Stamping