I've been talking to my tribe about my upcoming card deck The Blog Post Inspiration Deck for a little while now.
But the only reason I've done so is because my card deck mentor Marcy Nelson-Garrison decided to reopen her Card Deck Master Class program -- and it's open right now!
That's why I thought I'd share my journey, so you can see if creating a card deck is something you'd like to do.
I think the card deck idea first took hold in me when I purchased my first deck, the beautiful deck called SHINE, by Julie Santiago.
The cards are large and beautiful and square, and the font is delightful, the box is amazing ... I fell in love! And I knew then that I wanted to create a card deck.
The idea sat in my mind and then BAM, along came a one-month program designed to help me brainstorm and then create a "passion project." It hit me so strongly -- YES! A passion project! That's what my card deck was. And IS.
So when I joined that month-long program, I already knew that my passion project would be a card deck!
I shared my idea with the women in the group, and everyone loved it!
However, the idea quickly fizzled because I ran into questions the program leader couldn't answer, questions about using other people's quotes, printing ... what really is basic stuff, I realize now.
Sadly, I closed the card deck "folder," so to speak, but the idea was still close to my heart.
Then, lo and behold, I somehow ran into information about The Card Deck Master Class.
I was like, "WHAT?!? A whole program specifically focused on creating a card deck?!? Someone, please take my money!"
LoL. It didn't actually happen that fast. I corresponded with Marcy a bit by email because I was worried about having to miss some of the class sessions. But she assured me that they'd be recorded.
I think I had a few other objections, but they were weak, because ... well ... CARD DECK CLASS!!!
I signed up for the Card Deck Master Class in September, 2017.
And, well ... here we are in April, 2018, and ... CARD DECK!!!
But I didn't start out wanting to create The Blog Post Inspiration Deck.
In fact, I wanted to create a deck around the unique process I go through when preparing to write marketing content for clients.
This is what the process looked like.
I brought my ideas to Marcy and the group.
I brainstormed some more.
I worked through the course modules.
I attended bi-weekly mentor calls with my classmates and Marcy on Zoom.
I attended bi-weekly "studio sessions," where we met to work on our card decks.
I created spreadsheets.
I worked through more modules.
I brainstormed some more.
Frankly, I was having a super hard time trying to mash my concept into the form of a card deck.
I was starting to think I'd made a mistake ... that I wouldn't be able to do it.
And then, suddenly, one day during one of our two-hour studio sessions, I was messing around with one of my spreadsheets and an idea suddenly burbled up inside me.
I thought, "Huh."
And I began to type.
Within ONE HOUR, I had a card deck with three suits of 20 cards each, most of which remain in the final version of the deck that's with the printer right now.
It was like magic.
And I believe it happened because I gave myself the creative time and space and noodling permission required to be open to what the Universe was asking of me.
It wasn't a deck about my process (although I'm still dreaming of that one!) ... it was, initially, The Blog Post Idea Generator!
With Marcy's guidance in the class, I hired a designer or two, but wasn't having any luck with the concepts that they -- and I -- were coming up with.
Maybe you can see the beginnings of the deck I wound up with in the images in the third column. At least I liked the colors.
But I wasn't so hot on the design.
Then I remembered a series of graphic images I had created last year, and am now offering FOR FREE as a 30-day email series called The Power of CHOOSE. It's just powerful quotes on our choices dressed up in colorful attire.
Here's one example:
Does that circle look familiar?
Take a look at the back of my cards.
The CHOOSE series is where I got the inspiration for the circle for the back of my card deck cards!
(By the way, you can still sign up for that CHOOSE series; it's totally free!)
After finalizing the design, next came the task of choosing a printer, deciding on what kind of packaging and insert I wanted, and how many decks to print.
But that's a lot for one post, so I think I'll just leave this here for now. And then I'll come back with Part 2 of my journey to a card deck.
The experience has been so amazing! I am so happy that Marcy's Card Deck Master Class program found me, and I am thrilled to talk about my experiences!
If you have any questions, just hit me up in the comments.
Do you sweat the small stuff? Do you want your online presence to inspire trust and confidence? Do you grit your teeth when others don't care enough about YOUR web experience? Are you all about creating an excellent website and excellent content that makes it easy for people to get to know, like, and trust you and buy your stuff?
I think we might be soul mates. And I'd love for you to join my tribe.
When you do, I'll alert you to new blog posts, new programs and products, and new ways for you to create excellent, frictionless, online experiences that lead more people to YES! I promise to be relevant and real, and to send only thoughtful content and advice.
Renae Gregoire works with passionate people who need help capturing their brilliance and conveying it clearly, concisely, and effectively. She pulls out the bits of knowledge and wisdom that live inside you, organizes those bits into coherent, reader-focused messages, and then builds on those messages to create anything from a piece to a suite of marketing content designed to lead people to say YES to your offers.
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