Monday, January 7, 2013

Blogshop Recap

Happy Monday!  How was your weekend?  Lovely, I hope!  Mine was a bit busier than normal- but in the best way possible.  I spent all of Saturday and Sunday in Austin at blogshop, a photoshop bootcamp for bloggers taught by Angela Kohler and Bri Emery:


The truth is I've been obsessed with Bri since discovering her blog, designlovefest.  When she announced in 2011 that she'd be hosting  photoshop bootcamps specifically for bloggers, I knew I HAD to attend one.  I think many of you would agree that this girl just knows what she's doing- and her blog is on a completely different level.  


Besides learning the content, blogshop was so special because of all the pretty details.  We even got to enjoyed mimosas during the morning session! Local Austin restaurants provided lunch, boutiques donated items for each blogshop participant's swag bag, and Le Petite Fest provided this lovely backdrop:


Gorgeous bouquets from The Byrd Collective served as centerpieces on each table:


So what did I really think?  Here's my honest opinion:

Blogshop is expensive (~$750/ticket).  It was the only thing I asked for from my parents and boyfriend for Christmas.  Together they gifted me a ticket- so needless to say, my expectations for the weekend were set very high.  Before attending, I knew a little about navigating Photoshop to create mood boards, but that was the extent of my knowledge.

Bri and Angela did a wonderful job of teaching content quickly while also making sure we understood the steps.  When we would practice on our own what was just taught, they would play fun music in the background to keep the mood lively.  I am shocked by the amount of information they were able to squeeze in to 14.5 hours, and I feel confident that I can put in to practice what we learned.  We learned how to create our own blog headers, social media buttons, mood boards, gifs, adjust photos, and so much more.

The best part for me was learning shortcuts to things I had been doing that took way too long.  As all bloggers know, any time you can save when creating content is precious.  I also enjoyed learning Bri's own creative process.  She was very open to answering questions regarding advertising, content, collaborations, and her own blogging experiences.

Was it worth it?  For me, absolutely.  I love blogging and only want to continue improving my content and presentation!  Anytime I can learn more about good design (graphic or otherwise) I am all ears.  So I think it was worth every penny.  If you get an opportunity to attend, I say go for it! 

I loved learning how to create a virtual pin board:


Read more about the workshop here.

21 comments:

  1. so fun! I love your new board and have been oogling her awesome graphics for some time! Can't wait to see some of your new skills put to work!

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  2. As a more experienced photoshop user, I definitely continued to learn a lot throughout this weekend... it was great! You have to check out the cute picture of us on my Blogshop recap ;)

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  3. Sounds like a great and inspiring weekend spent! Have this on my blog bucket list someday myself! Love the board and the clever animated teaser over the weekend. Looks like you are quickly putting all you learned into action. Perfect launch to a new year of blogging!

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  4. Sounds like you learned a lot of helpful+useful tools! Love this recap and getting your honest opinion!

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  5. Sounds amazing! I love that inspiration board idea. So glad you enjoyed the experience and were able to attend, such a great gift!

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  6. Everything I read about Blogshop is incredible. Everyone loves it and says it's so worth the investment!

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  7. I would love to attend Blogshop! All the decorations are so cute and thoughtful! Your moodboard is perfection. I wish I knew more about photoshop. Argh it's so intimidating! xo

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  8. I have wanted to do this for a while now as well! So glad you had a great time.

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  9. So glad it was worth it and you had a good time! I hope we get some good blogger conventions our way in SoCal!

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  10. I really want to attend one of these!

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  11. sounds incredible - I know how to do absolutely nothing other than copy and paste :) how cute that they had floral arrangements and such a pretty space for the weekend to work in!

    http://itsthelittlethingsblog.blogspot.com

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  12. Looks like you learned some serious shiz girl. Wish I could have been with!

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  13. So pricey, but seems so worth it! That's amazing that you learned so much! I'm happy for you Sam :)

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  14. Sam, so glad you found BS worth the investment!! It's definitelty on my "to save $$ for list!" Random question...do you have to have a Mac to attend, or will any PC work? Thanks, K

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  15. YAY!!!!! So exciting that you did this!!! I have been waiting for the day they come back to Seattle! I was out of town last time they came here :( Can't wait to see your new skills put to use :) XOXO brynn

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  16. can't wait to see all the fun photoshop tricks you have up your sleeve! glad you had a great time! xo

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  17. These workshops look so fun! I'm very jealous ;)

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  18. So glad it was enjoyable! The one I took in Boston was a bit of a flop...bad catering and a horrible location. It was the middle of winter and so cold in there we all wore our winter coats, hats, and mittens! And it was so cramped we were knocking elbows. Made it a difficult learning environment. I was super bummed as I had looked forward to it so much. It's great to see all of your pictures from your fun Blogshop!

    xx

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  19. Sam, lucky you! I have read about Bri's course and would love to attend. I'm so glad you had a wonderful experience and thanks for sharing it with us. It can't help but make you grow and work smarter. What a great gift from your loved ones! Happy New Year sweetie!
    xo Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

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  20. awesome! i neeeeed to learn photoshop too but i'm taking it one step at a time. glad you got so much out of it!
    -- jackiejade.blogspot.com

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  21. That pinboard alone seemed worth the trip. What an experience!

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