Wednesday, 8 December 2010

It's a learning curve

It wasn't until I started this new post that I realise that Sunday's Cristmas blog post was my 500th.  That's a lot of ramblings from my part of the world!
Has anyone else noticed how quickly time is marching on as the big day gets closer?  I was so organised (or so I thought) and now I'm finding myself making lists and not getting much crossed off.  Going to work is a bit of a stumbling block and now we have only 7 school days left until we break up and still so much to do, it's manic!
Part of my performance management review said that for CPD I had to learn Photoshop.  I've been badgering the person who is the only one with Photoshop on her computer ever since and last week she finally cracked and said that yes it was time for me to have my lessons - big happy dance around the office!  She had a project that needed doing and said I could help.  I had wheeled my chair down the corridor and was sitting next to her before she had time to put down the phone.  We had to design a poster for the upcoming Christmas Concert and also make tickets.  It was GREAT!  finding an image and then manipulating it, adding layers, changing fonts, the time flew until the phone rang and someone from the main office asked 'Is Deb still down there with you?  She's been gone ages'  Ages?  I don't call an hour and a half ages ....  It was such fun and I loved doing it.
Then last night was the final night of our book binding class.  The books are finished {sigh} we left them in the press overnight and the teacher is going to be presenting us with them at the end of school next Friday when all the staff get together for mulled wine and mince pies after the students have gone home.  I wonder if she has arranged for the local news team to come and cover the story ........
So it's been a busy time of learning new things and I have loved it.  And it just goes to show that the old saying isn't true - you can teach an old dog new tricks ;-)

12 comments:

alexa said...

Feeling excited by your happy energy about learning new things! Yep,. we're never too old ...

Maria Ontiveros said...

That's very inspiring Deb! I just signed up for a Jessican Sprague class on photo editing with Photo Shop Elements as it's on my new computer. Will probably start after the holidays. Looking forward to it.
Rinda

Cheri said...

Photoshop is one of those things that does have a learning curve, but once you get started it is ADDICTING. You have been warned. The other thing is, no matter how much you think you know... there is always more cool stuff to learn. When you get it on your own computer (tell me it is on your Christmas list, right?) I highly recommend the courses at jessicasprague.com. If you want more detailed feedback on that, feel free to send me questions!

Sian said...

Photoshop as CPD? How lucky is that?! I still haven't taken that leap. Yet. I can't wait to see what makes it onto your blog though. And 500 posts? wow!

scrappyjacky said...

You are so right,Deb....it's never too late to learn....I really must get to grips with Photoshop!!

Deb said...

Ah, Deb, you always make me smile. :o) It's awesome that you are getting to learn PhotoShop AT WORK!!! I have it on my computer at home and have been poking around in it for the past year. There are some great online tutorials that I've found here and there...plus I get by with a little help from my {blog} friends. Have fun!!! xo

Amy said...

Excellent Deb!
There are some great online tutorials for PS and Jessica Sprague is a must as far as I am concerned! I also bought a great book which has been invaluable .... though, just tinkering around and trying things as you go is one of the best ways to learn - have fun! Once you start you will NOT want to stop - everything you can do/add to a real page you can replicate digitally - it is mind blowing!

Rachel B said...

Oh wow, now that is great CPD! Congrats on reaching 500 posts :)

Cheryl said...

Ooo lucky you learning photoshop I still have not grasped it yet and well done on 500 posts x

humel said...

Hooray for Photoshop!! And for the chance to see your book soon? And for time to catch up on your blog at last :-) Hope all is well xx

Karen said...

Oh you lucky girl - getting paid to learn Photoshop. 500 posts - fantastic going and please oh please oh please bring your book along to the next crop.

Missy said...

really inspiring post!

Missy
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