January 16, 2015
I’m glad you are here but I want to make sure this is the right place for you. This site is my space to share both my personal life experience through scrapbooking and photography tips and inspiration, classes I offer, and my own personal story.
I share my own opinions and what I’ve learned to date. To be honest, this is the way I see it. It’s more than just my personal view. It’s the voice of many. It my own greatest hits compiled with what I’ve found with the inspiration, information, and thoughts of those that have influenced me. Isn’t that the case with all of us? Do you see that indoor scrapbook pages and photographs?
If you’ve read my story, you know I was born in the “Show Me” state and often take on that “Show Me State” attitude. Don’t believe me? Ask my husband. Oh Gosh! Even just that statement is a demonstration of my “Show Me” state birth. As such, I encourage you to take on that “Show Me State” attitude as well. You can take what you read here with a grain of salt. Beyond any tip or thought I might share with you, I want to encourage you to think for yourself. We can be crippled in our hobbies when we accept something someone else believes or says as the gospel. To think about the why? What’s important to you? What’s your own process? What works for you? How have you grown?
Process and Growth. It’s something every artist goes through. It’s something every person goes through. This site is like a front row seat to my own growth. I post about where I am at right now. What I’ve learned right now. What I believe is true right now. I know that some of that will change. If you’re a scrapbooker, you know that what’s important to us changes over time just as our style and techniques. If you’re a photographer, I’m sure you’ve seen the growth in your own knowledge as you look at the evidence seen in your own pictures. If you happen to be a geek too, well you know that technology is always changing and that changes things to. I don’t profess to be an expert but I do attempt to be accurate (though no one can be 100% accurate). I’m just someone who loves creating and learning more about that creative process. (And who dives all into things for better or for worse!)
I want to make sure your experience here is positive. As such, I’ll take a moment to outline my policies and let you know what you can expect.
Building a Community
One of the greatest joys of being online is when the community that is formed. I have always posted online with the idea of being respectful. You may have heard me say that I keep in mind my mother reads (or may read) anything I post online. I expect users to also be respectful, fair, and courteous.
I strive to provide relevant and useful content to my readership and customers. As such, I try to keep a pulse of what interests you in a number of ways. This includes the comments and questions that I receive from you, discussions in classes, social media posts/follows, and contact from you.
I also use google analytics and other analytics, including those for social media, to learn more about you in general. This information is aggregated which means I don’t receive specific information such as your name or address, but do receive information about your browsing while on my site, how this site is found, search information.
As much as this data can be useful, I’d much rather here from you. You can do so in a variety of ways including post comments, contacting me, or reaching out to me on social media. If you feel I’ve missed a question or something you want me to hear, please keep in mind that contacting me through the contact page is the best way to contact me.
I value the protection of copyright and make every effort to comply with copyright laws. I take special care to post only original content. From time to time, I will use commercial use items (Photoshop actions, Lightroom presets, graphics, etc) to aid in presenting content. Beyond those uses, if I should post something from someone else, I will ensure I’ve received permission and give credit to the originator.
I expect the same consideration for my own copyright. This site, it’s content, and the products I offer are the result of hard work and my time. I retain the copyright to the items posted here. This includes photographs, layouts, downloadable products (free or otherwise) and all classroom materials (including videos and handouts). If you would like to quote my content, you may do so as long as it’s not more than a single paragraph and you include a link back to this site. You may share what you’ve taken away from something you’ve learned here (without giving specific content found here) or the result of inspiration found here, but please include a link to this site.
In creating scrapbook layouts, I do use scrapbook supplies created by others as well as my own creations. I make every effort to list the scrapbook supplies I use in the file info. But, if you find a layout and wish to know the designer, please feel free to contact me.
Scrapbook supplies that I provide as a download can be used for personal use or scrap-for-hire use. If you would to use them for other purposes, you must contact me and receive permission first.
When you post a comment or post in the classrooms here, you will retain copyright and I will not use what you’ve posted without contacting you and receiving your permission to do so.
I don’t mind you sharing links to my content on social media within these guidelines. In fact, I very much appreciate it. You may post links on social media to content found here. You may also include images on Pinterest as long as the source directs to this site, preferably to the specific post/page (i.e. if you click on the image, it leads you to this site.) You may not otherwise use the images found here without written permission.
A note about my own posts on social media, you can certainly share these with others using share links. Please do not repost pictures on Instagram without my permission.. I expect posts on my social media to follow the same guidelines as I have here. My Pinterest page is filled with a variety of posts from various sources. If you feel a post there should not be included or infringes on your copyright, please feel free to contact me and let me know.
Users may comment on posts here on the site. In fact, comments are highly appreciated. Please keep in mind they should be respectful and courteous. The best comments add to the conversation.
The first time you comment, your comment will be held in moderation as part of attempts to avoid spam. Once your first comment is approved, your comments will automatically appear. I reserve the right to moderate comments as needed.
Please keep in mind, I do not accept advertising and the comment section is not to be used for the purposes of advertising. Comments deemed spam, defamatory, offensive, obscene, libelous, or infringing on others intellectual property will be removed and the comments my be blocked from further commenting and/or the site. If you feel a comment left here falls in this category, please feel free to bring it to my attention by contacting me.
As part of the comment process, when you comment, the system will display your name, website link (if provided), comment. In addition, it your email address, which will not be displayed. I may use this email address in order to contact you, but will only release this information in the case of legal matters.
In addition, the site allows for creation of a user profile. Here you can share your bio and links to social media, etc. All information that you enter in the profile is public with the exception of your email address, password, and billing/shipping information. You can update this information at any time.
Our classroom experience is unique. First and foremost, please keep in mind that the policies outlined here also apply to the classroom. Most importantly there are several things I want you to keep in mind:
- Classes are based on my own opinions and knowledge. I encourage you to form your own opinions and to continue your own learning.
- Assignment feedback is intended to be encouraging and to push you towards your goals. My role in these assignments is as a coach.
- I expect you to be respectful and courteous in your participation in the class.
- I cannot guarantee results. You experience is greatly impacted by what you put into the class, your participation, and completion of lessons/assignments. Even still, it is also dependent on your learning style and your experience level.
- I make the content downloadable because I will not guarantee classroom visibility beyond one year. Although downloadable, this content is not to be shared with others and is for your own personal use only. Classroom content should not be shared an any way including online through social media.
- Information posted by students is intended only for classroom participants and is not visible to others. Your email address will be kept private but other information you entered may be visible to others in the class.
- Each class will outline how you can contact me and my level of participation. Classes vary in their set-up as noted in the description of the course.
I price products based on a number of factors- for example the length of the course, teacher participation, etc. I certainly encourage you to weigh the affordability of a class based on your own circumstances to determine if the purchase is appropriate for you.
What you will find is that the price will never go down. I don’t know about you but I hate paying full price for something only to later find out it goes on sale for much less later. I will not do that to you. (To that end, I may offer a discount upon initially offering a class to those on social media or who receive the newsletter. Any subsequent discounts through these channels offered will not make the class cheaper than in previous offerings.)
To make purchases here on this site, you will need to enter your billing/shipping address. As noted, this information is kept private. It is required, in part, because Texas residents must pay sales tax.
To avoid learning your financial information, I’ve partnered with PayPal to securely process payment. I never learn this information nor store your credit card information. PayPal shares your name, address, and email with me.
All products are digital and there is nothing to be shipped unless otherwise noted. Please keep in mind purchasing products here authorizes you to use the items purchases but not to share with others.
Due to the downloadable nature of the products, I do not offer refunds. (I reserve the right to initiate refunds in the event I am unable to provide a class due to circumstances beyond my control). Products do vary- for example the participation level of a class or pacing (self paced or otherwise) varies from class to class. I make every effort to provide clear and accurate. descriptions of products prior to your purchase. If you have suggestions for how to improve a product or need assistance, please contact me.
I do offer a email newsletter to help keep readers informed about events and provide additional inspiration. This collects your name and email address. You can opt out of this newsletter at any time by accessing the link at the bottom of the email.
The contact forms on this site collect the information that you provide in order than I can best contact you and answer your inquiry. This information is kept private and will only be used by me (or someone helping me in this business) unless you give me permission to share the information otherwise.
You’ll notice that I do not have any advertisements here on the site. In addition, I don’t share any affiliate links. (I will share links to things I’ve used from companies I’ve purchases from in the past. These links are intended to be helpful but keep in mind, I can’t guarantee your experience with those companies or products.)
Except as noted in terms of aggregate reporting data, the only information that I collect about you is that which you’ve entered. I’ve outlined the types of information that are kept private as best as possible here. I make every effort to keep this information secure, but as you know, information cannot be guaranteed to be protected. (I specifically leave the protection of financial information to PayPal as they have more resources to protect this information.) With the exception of any legal matters, I will not release the information that I’ve collected here without your permission.
By visiting this site, you agree to these terms and conditions.
If you would like to know what information we have that’s directly attributable to you or would like assistance in removing this information from our system, please contact me here LINK and I will provide a response as soon as possible.
Changes to this policy will be made from time to time and be reflected here.
If you have any questions, would like to request permission to use materials, comments, etc, I encourage you to contact me using the contact form below.