I’ve got quite the exciting announcement to make today! I’ve been bursting at the seams to share with you the fact that a. I’ll be teaching a bit again (yep- I’m a former teacher turned wedding blogger) and b. I’m going back to school! But don’t worry – this blog isn’t going anywhere. In fact, it’s going to get even better.
To explain, I present to you our very official sounding press release:
This month Sara Burnett, editor of the online Burnett’s Boards, and Kylie Carlson, founder of the web-based Wedding and Event Institute (WEI), have announced the formation of a creative partnership. Burnett will be creating new course material on that ever-so-important marketing tool for wedding planners today – the inspiration board – for WEI making her the newest member of the WEI Experts.
“Sara has positioned herself as an expert in the field of inspiration boards,” Carlson says. “She has been very successful in business and in marketing, making her the ideal person from which our students can learn,” says Carlson.
In less than a year, Burnett created a successful blog in the saturated bridal blogosphere and has earned the respect of older and more established wedding blogs. One aspect of Burnett’s blog and the courses she teaches is that of inspiration boards. Burnett’s course will cover many elements of this art form such as how to work with wedding clients in the first step of inspiration generation, source images, and how to format, create and then share these boards.
In the spirit of creative partnerships, Burnett will also be taking and blogging about WEI’s Certified Wedding Planning, Styling and Design Course, focusing each post on a specific aspect of the course. For example, one post might be on storyboards and the next on the psychology of color at an event. The posts would be published roughly over the same period it would take for a student to take the course and can be used as an addendum to the course.
“I’m thrilled to be taking this course from WEI,” says Burnett. “As a newcomer to the field I definitely need to learn more about the areas of the weddings and events industry that I’m not yet familiar with. Education can never be undervalued and I can’t wait to share some of what I learn with my readers.”
So, in the spirit of sharing some of what I learn with my readers – I wanted to share with you an idea and design that occurred to me while working through the very first unit of the Wedding Planning, Styling, and Design Course. The first unit is really a ‘get to know you & you get to know the course’ type of unit, and part of the assignment at the end was to examine your own strengths and weaknesses and how those will affect you not only throughout your time with the course, but in your career.
One of my main weaknesses is organization. I have a home office and obviously I do all of my work on my computer (mostly my desktop but sometimes my laptop). Leaving the current disorganization of my actual office space aside, I can’t even manage to keep my computer organized. I’m one of those visual people. I use the space on my computer’s desktop, I don’t tuck things away into neatly organized files like I should because I have to see them to know where they are and see them to know what to do next. Before turning in my first assignment to WEI, there were inspiration boards sprawled across my screen at all times, files with styled shoots hidden behind the boards, files with half completed inspiration boards hidden behind those, and then countless sticky notes (the computer kind, not the real kind) sprinkled around on top.
Christine Kerr, the instructor for the course, talked about how your work space can affect you creatively – and it’s so true! In my case my creative space is my computer Sometimes there are days when I am just itching to create an inspiration board, I start working on it, and soon give up because the files I pull and drop get lost…buried…scattered, and the ensuing effort and time it takes to find them all drains the spirit right out of me.
So I thought – why not create a desktop background that serves me the way I need it to? One that is visual, one that will actually work with the way I use it and be able to move things around on like an actual office desktop? So I did, and I wanted to share it with you because I know there are others out there just like me!
As you can see I’ve added text to mine to denote where things should go:
And I’ve also created a version for you! Just click on the one below, save the image file, and then open it in your favorite photo editing application to add the text for the categories you need.
My creative space is no longer a mess and I’m working much more efficiently now. And trust me, it feels soooooo good to be organized! But what about you? I’d like to know: how do you keep your creative space organized?
custom illustration created for Burnett’s Boards by Devastatingly Darling Decor