Jan Walker loves to help people. If you’ve spent any amount of time in our Digital Scrapper Forum, you’ve probably been the recipient of her sage advice. But what I didn’t know when Jan became the first person I hired to help me run my business, was how talented she was.
- I didn’t know what a good photographer she was.
- I didn’t know she was on several creative teams.
- And I certainly didn’t know she had a knack for teaching digital scrapbooking skills.
Her first Digital Scrapper Premier tutorial was called A Touch of Texture, and it was an instant success. Since then, her tutorials have been some of the most utilized tutorials in Premier. She also began teaching some of our weekly Digi Scrap Tutorials. And I discovered she had a special talent for gently but effectively critiquing student’s pages in my Easy Page Design class.
Sometimes you hit the jackpot, and I feel like that’s what happened when I hired Jan Walker.
Which brings me to the main point of this article. No matter how talented you are, there just isn’t enough time in life or work to do it all. If you want to excel in one thing, you may have to let go of something else.
Jan was excited when I asked her to become one of my star class instructors, but giving up her job as Forum Director so she would have the time to teach was very difficult.
“I’m going to miss hearing from people who I’ve been able to help,” she said. I assured her that she would be very welcome in the Forum whenever she had some free time.
I wish I could cheat and tell you what Jan is planning to teach, but I don’t want to steal her thunder. Just know that when she announces her classes, you are going to LOVE them, and you won’t want to miss out. She has 3 amazing classes planned for this year, so keep your eyes and ears open, because one of them will be announced soon!
I thought you would enjoy seeing some samples of Jan’s beautiful work, so I’ve compiled some pages from her Gallery.
To start with, take a look at this beautiful layout ‘yesterday.’ Who else but Jan could style, photograph, and blend a masterpiece such as this? It’s absolutely breathtaking.
inscrutable: This gorgeous page was one of the picks at Gallery Standouts, a site that daily chooses and displays the best in digital scrapbooking. It’s quite an honor to be chosen. By the way, our new Forum Administrator, Darcy Baldwin, recently had a scrapbook page selected for Gallery Standouts as well. What is it with these talented Forum Directors?! (Check out this post to meet Darcy.)
Imagination: And take a look at this imaginative blended page. Makes me happy just to look at it!
Aylesford Village: Jan taught how to create the effect of a sketch-turned-water-color-painting in a recent Premier issue. You should have seen the amazing paintings done by Premier students. It’s a credit to the instructor when the students are successful.
Fortunately we will continue to have Jan as one of our Premier Tutorial instructors. We appreciate everything she has done for us in the past and are looking forward to a future filled with new and exciting lessons!
From everyone here at Digital Scrapper – Thank you, Jan!
By Linda Sattgast & Barb Brookbank
P.S. If you’ve been personally helped by Jan in the Forum or have been inspired and empowered by her teaching, let her know by writing a note in the comments. Jan doesn’t like to toot her own horn, but that doesn’t mean we can’t!