oh. my. gosh.
I am so excited to be live again!
I don’t even know where to begin!
Let’s talk fun stuff first and then we’ll talk about the crazy stuff. ;)
The Fun Stuff
A New Look
Shortly after I got my new site up four years ago, I decided I wanted a more clean and simple look. Short version, I could only change my blog and couldn’t ever get anyone to change the store and message board to match. But that’s a story for another day. Now, I LOVE that I have full control over aesthetics because I am a tweaker. ;)
I wanted something that was a reflection of my style in my new home. If you’ve followed me over the past ten years, you know how much of a white background fan (fanatic?) I am. I love a clean, fresh palette sprinkled with color. Simple, with a little bit of character.
And that’s what you see here now in the site I’ve always wanted.
Just like my personal pages, I want my focus here on photos and words. No blog sidebar. No popups. No chaos. I don’t like distraction.
I’m very happy about this refreshing look!
A New Brand
The upside to being down (haha) all this time is the opportunity to contemplate.
Where do I see myself going?
What do I want to share from this little cyber home?
What’s important to me?
And the biggest answer has been my new mantra:
live. write. repeat.
Many people think that being self-employed is a dreamy profession. Don’t get me wrong. It definitely has its perks. Even as I type I’m sitting comfortably in my Lay-Z-Boy chair in my pjs–sans bra, of course. But what many people don’t realize is that many self-employed people put in more hours in their workday than your average person. Many hours. And the guilt that comes in the evening when you do something frivolous when you know you could be being productive? The struggle is real folks. I have battled with this for as long as I’ve worked from home….until about a year ago.
Last spring I was simply burned out. Too many hours of sitting in my chair, longingly looking out my giant window and dreaming of being outside. The pressure for work was never ending.
I decided it was enough. It’s taken some mental reprogramming–and the guilt is still there–but I am out to live my life. Summer was amazing with my quest to see waterfalls. I got out and hiked. I made the effort to enjoy life. I started crocheting…for reals. And with my new one little word for 2017, illuminate, I started reading.
My soul has been rejuvenated.
I have new focus.
I have ideas.
I feel creative.
And I’m making time for me to live.
But what good is living if you don’t write down these stories? The day-to-day life, the weather, the gratitudes, the memories, the every part of you. Therein lies the second part of the motto.
For almost twenty years I have scrapbooked without any consistency. Project Life should be simple enough for me to do, but I could never make it work. But for a year and a half now I have written daily snippets in a journal. For some reason, the simplicity of the traveler’s notebook journal has worked for me. Can I get an AMEN!
I type a minimal amount of sentences on my computer every day and then transfer them to my notebook with a photo or two for the account of the week.
The important part has been to keep it simple and get it done.
I’m on a mission with that concept and even have my best friend doing it now and she’s loving it! It’s gotten her excited to document and take more photos. I’ve also heard from many of you who have started this and have expressed similar feelings.
I am deeply passionate about this and so I’m sure you will see a lot from me on this subject over time. :)
So how’s about we take a little video tour here through the site now!
Now on to the next subject….
The Crazy Stuff
All of you that have been a part of this crazy journey with me these past few months know a little about what it’s been like as I’ve kept you updated. But there is so much that goes on behind the scenes of building a new website–particularly one that’s already been established–that most don’t even know. It seems simple, but it’s not. It’s seems like it should be quick, but it’s not. Heck, I had my own timeline and it was shot to heck with the unexpected. I had to laugh at an email that I received from MCP Actions (selling photoshop actions) a short time ago. They mentioned how they thought their new website would be a three-week gig and three months later, they finally had it. I get that. Oh boy, do I get that.
Building a brand new website in general isn’t too difficult. But when you’re already established and you throw in a classroom environment with a dozen-plus classes on top of that, it throws in many other wrenches. And while building and preparing the website itself seemed to come together in a fairly timely fashion, it was getting in the thousands of customers and those thousands and thousands of orders in to coordinate with the hundreds products that became the major story in this huge delay. The short version: an outside company was hired with a promise of two weeks to complete (before Christmas), and several weeks later they finally got it done. I could use some words here, but I’ll keep it professional. ;)
In a perfect world I would have built the site while the other site remained going strong. But life isn’t perfect and you have to work with the cards you’re dealt.
As with most things, nothing can ever be perfect, and our new little home does have a few hiccups that we need to work out. Part of that is some of the orders. Rest assured, orders made over the years are still accounted for on our end, but some either didn’t transfer or the links may not work. It’s easily fixable with a quick email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s what we know:
- You will need to create a new password for the login email used on the old site. Please make sure you also add kerribradford.com to your list of contacts, specifically, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com to avoid correspondence going into your junk mail or getting rejected by your email server.
- A few of the classes didn’t transfer in properly. We can see that it was purchased on our side, but it won’t be in your list of classes. For those customers we will be sending emails with a class-specific, one-time-use unique code so they can ‘repurchase’ it for free. The classes affected by this are: The History Project, Hello There, Oh The Places You Will Go (retired), Designer Edition: One (the original using v2/retired), Weekend Workshops: The Pocket Book...aaaaand any classes purchased in combo packs. I know. Crazy. If you’re in a super hurry to get back into any of those classes, feel free to drop us a line. Otherwise, please wait for an email to arrive over the next few days.
- Any one that purchased something where there was a commercial license option for it (whether it was commercial or not) probably won’t see it in their orders either. We might see if we can do the same thing here as the classes, but again, you can always email us and we can get it added if you can’t find the download on your own computer.
- All History Project students are now in one classroom for the sake of consistency and a one-stop classroom. If, by chance, it’s not listed in your My Classes, shoot us an email.
- We are aware that some download links for products from the old store work and some don’t. We have no idea why that happened–there’s no rhyme or reason that we can see, but we are fixing it.
- Links to products within blog posts (like the supply lists) will need fixing too. Please bear with us we correct them.
I would have preferred to have everything perfect to launch, but sometimes it’s just out of your hands. I believe this will take care of the bulk of the issues. That being said, I have a feeling we are going to receive more than the usual amount of emails these first weeks of our new site as we work through the hiccups that will inevitably occur. Hopefully we’ve accounted for solutions for the bulk of the issues, but please be patient as we work through the rest. As much as we test to make sure everything works, there are always scenarios that sneak up on ya. Please give us 48 hours for an email turnaround.
For live updates on issues that may arise, please check out our Facebook page.
What does the future hold?
Good things. Oh so many good things. Since I now have major control over this new site (as opposed to the old store), there’s so much more I can do. I look forward to properly incorporating gift cards, for starters. You will also see aesthetic changes as time goes on, I’m sure. The Message Boards for the classrooms will hopefully be up and going soon too. If you have a class question, don’t hesitate to email it to us.
On another note, I just want to thank you all for your patience. I know it’s been frustrating not being able to access your classes. But we are now back on our way to many new adventures in a wonderful new home.
I can’t wait to see what happens next!
And, as part of a thank you and a celebration combined, all kits and classes are 40% off on orders of $15 or more through President’s Day!
Sharing my love for you all. :)
Use code HELLOAGAIN at checkout. I’m still trying to figure things out with this new setup, so if you wish to order stamps or the two classes that are retiring, please do it in a separate order as I cannot figure out why it doesn’t like it if they are in the cart too. :)
here. we. gooooo!