What It’s It Like Teaching Paper Craft Classes

February 18th, 2013 by
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The Create & Craft team has really worked hard the last few months to plan our schedule for the first half of 2013. We’ve responded to calls for class proposals from shows by designing new classes, making samples, photographing them, submitting the paperwork and waiting for a response from show organizers.

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If a class is accepted, then we start to create a materials list, source the products, wait for them to come in and then start assembling class kits. That could involve custom cutting shapes on the Zing electronic cutting machine, having custom products made by manufacturers and making more samples so we can photograph the step-outs. We write instructions, have them duplicated, make the kits and store them until it’s time to head to class.

We’ve only booked classes for three shows between now and August. We have not even started planning our store classes. But with just show classes, the amount of work is amazing. Students may not realize what it takes “behind the scenes” to pull together a class. And, it’s been our experience that the smoother the class goes, the more work went in to preparing for it.

To help show people what’s involved, we put together this fun infographic.

We would love to hear from fellow teachers, students, show organizers and store owners. What do you think of these numbers?

What It's Like To Teach Paper Crafting Classes - Infographic

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Meet Create N Craft Blogger Joe Rotella

Joe’s mom started the family on crafting. As early as he can remember, his mom was crocheting. When she brought home a Brother knitting machine, he was fascinated and soon he was creating designs from Christening dresses to ski wear. He dabbled in macramé, string art and latch hooked rugs when they were hot in the 70’s. Now, in his mid-forties, Joe’s turned his eye to paper crafting. He loves detail and 3D work. His specialty is upcycling.

Joe’s work has appeared in Scrap & Stamp Arts, Just Steampunk! and Somerset Studio Gallery magazines. He’s filmed a segment of Crafting at the Spotted Canary with Joy Macdonell (airs on PBS Fall 2011), many segments for Scrapbook Soup TV and has won Archiver’s One-of-a-Kind Wall Art contest (Ohio, August 2011). He’s served on the Viva Las Vegastamps! design team.

Joe’s an expert on the Zing Air Cutting Machine and frequent teacher at events including Artiscape, Stampaway, Memories Expo and Gen Con.

When he’s not designing paper art projects, he works as CMO at Delphia Consulting.

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  1. Sue said:

    YOU and your team area amazing. I've been doing this for years and have never thought about it quite like this before. wowza wowza

  2. You got that right Joe……..so many people think its just a matter of packing a suitcase!

  3. Dawnll said:

    If you need the help I would love to offer these classes in Wisconsin…I love to kit and organize.

    Many blessings Joe

  4. You are so right, Joe. Only those who have never taught a class have no idea what it takes to teach a class, and teach it well.

  5. Lee Brehon said:

    It sounds like an enormous amount of work. I understand, keep those classes coming!!

  6. Shirley Wheeler said:

    WOW JOE!!! What a great chart! After we talked last I was blown away! I always knew it was a lot of work to do a class but at the level you are doing them is mind boggling! All the preparation you do let alone all the money you put out up front to pay for all the supplies really made me think!

    Then to have to store all the products, kit them and then load them back up and take them to the classes and set up. This really is so much work!!!

    Your team is FABULOUS!!! What's even more amazing to me is that your team all has full time jobs too! I don;t know how you do it all and do it so well BUT I'm sure glad you do!!! I can't wait to take some of the classes this year. They look wonderful!

  7. LOL. So very true. Those that have never taught do not understand. The amount of time and heart that goes into the prep for each project is unmeasurable. Add my name to your list. I have taught on the local level, and would be honored to get the chance to work with you and your team. I could be your Illinois connection.

  8. If you'd ever like to teach a class at the Gen Con convention in Indianapolis in August, just let me know; we have over 200 crafty events already. :)

  9. Allie said:

    Add me to your list, I would be happy to teach in the Minneapolis area.

  10. Tanya Ruffin said:

    I love it and infographs!

    I have a teaching studio and should print this out and keep in my notebook for when a wild idea for a class creeps in… This can remind me!

  11. This is exactly why I am still me doing everything and NOT teaching any classes. Holy cow batman!

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