I am a graduate of ROD and loved every minute of it. I am now in the full swing of FTB. The classes are different but, what I love, is that FTB builds on ROD. You just learn more that you can incorporate into your journals. These classes are spectacular and certainly add sophistication to any artists repertoire. I am going to take the stencilry class as soon as I get FTB under my belt. Awesome awesome class and equally awesome instructor.
So if you’ve been on the fence about doin’ the Full Tilt Boogie, well jump
off and get ready for a super, amazing, enjoyable ride. Get out your paper,
some glue, and maybe an old book you’d like to bring to life and you will be
set. You will be amazed at how much Mary Ann has jam packed into this class.
In a matter of a few days you will be creating journals with the most
amazing bindings. I am a graduate from Mary Ann’s Remains of the Day class
and rest assured, the 2 classes are completely different. The bindings that
are taught are gorgeous and can be used and adapted to create a variety of
journals from vintage photo albums, old ledgers, old books, big books, small
books, fabric covered journals (if you’ve taken Remains of the Day) and if
you are really creative you will come up with your own twist on what a
journal can be created from. There is no limit to the different journals you
can make from the insight Mary Ann shares in this class. And the best part
is this, Mary Ann teaches with an ease and playful spirit that allows anyone
to learn. This is the kind of class you can relax into and KNOW you will
come out with a whole stack of journals under your arm. You will not only
make one journal you will want to make journals every day. Mary Ann also
allows you peeks over her shoulder as she works in her own journals that
will inspire you to not only create journals but bring them to life with
your own entries.
And you get to be a part of a great group of nurturing folks, the journals
being created and shared have been boogie woogie mind blowing. I highly
recommend this class. Once you enter the front doors you won’t want to
-Susie La Fond
I’ve done all of Mary Ann’s classes and she just totally rocks. I went totally crazy for the ROD journals and anxiously awaited the Full Tilt Boogie classes. Wow! She never fails to impress, make me laugh, and in general give me (and so many others) good advice and an incredible amount of knowledge. I’ve never felt so creatively stimulated as when I’m doin’ the Mary Ann Shuffle! She puts so many to shame…I hope she NEVER stops teaching online.
Wow, so happy I took this class. I use the books/journals I make as scrapbook albums for myself and 8 grandchildren. Out of all the classes I have taken on line your classes are the most professional with the best teaching video’s, you sure can tell your an organized creative teacher who loves her students no matter their age and abilities.
This is my first on-line class – I’ve perused several over the past year or so but picked Mary Ann’s class and am so glad I did. I love the idea of multiple videos that can be viewed again and again along with the pdf print instructions. I will be out of town a lot this summer so haven’t been able to keep up but reading the on-line group comments and seeing other’s pictures have also been enjoyable and helpful. Love Mary Ann’s style!
Full Tilt Boogie is the second class I’ve taken with Mary Ann. I took the Remains Of the Day class last year, and got more out of that one class than many, many other classes combined. I was going to write “the greatest thing about Mary Ann’s classes is….” but realized that there are tons of “greatest things”, so I’ll just list some of the things she does that rocks my world:
1. We all learn differently, and sometimes, we learn differently on different days. Some days I need to watch someone doing something, other days, I need to see it in print, with or without photos. Some days I need to be told, other days I learn by quietly practicing by myself. Mary Ann has structured an online learning environment that teaches to all types of learners, without being repetitive or redundant!
2. Mary Ann gives precise directions, and at the same time, encourages experimentation, making it possible to achieve quality results that are uniquely yours!
3. Mary Ann is very clear on which rules can be broken, and which rules must be followed so that what you’re making ends up the way you want and expect it to be.
4. What Mary Ann teaches will help with any artwork you do. I’ve found myself mentally referring to a Mary Ann lesson when doing artwork that was completely different from FTB and ROD. You take away things you can use in many different areas of your work.
5. She’s just fun! And serious! Which makes her seriously FUN!
6. Her .pdf files contain enough information on their own so that you could do the entire class without videos and get the same, awesome results. This is really helpful. I’ve taken classes where the one detail I needed to complete a project was only in a video that no longer existed. That won’t happen here. If the video goes away, everything you need, everything, is in the .pdf
7. Mary Ann is all caught up in having serious fun with art, with producing quality that you will love and that will last, but is not persnickety and phony and elite about it. And she’s all caught up in sharing your work! That’s it. She’s not out to become a *brand*, she’s not registering trademarks and copyrights and telling you that now that you’ve made something in her class, you need her permission to exist. Just the opposite. Mary Ann encourages you to use what you make, show it to others and let them drool over it too, and she’ll even help you promote it if you want to sell it. That, my friends, is a teacher! She cares about her students and not only wants them to excel, she’s driven to help them excel, even after they leave the classroom!
8. If for whatever reason, you can’t take the class exactly as it’s outlined — for instance, I couldn’t get an antique journal for FTB — Mary Ann encourages you to use what you have and helps you adapt, not just to make do, but adapt in the true spirit of creativity!
9. Too many more to mention, so I’ll close with two of my favorites: She loves cats and cocktails! What could be better?
10. OK, one more. You get so much more than you pay for. Really. You come away with more than a set of instructions, but also a better sense of how to do things in general. That stays with you forever, and you can’t put a price tag on that.
Yeah, what they said! Seriously, this is the best on-line class I’ve ever taken. Mary Ann is the perfect teacher. She doesn’t leave anything out, but she doesn’t waste time on “fluff,” either. (Unless it comes from a fiesty cat!) You really feel like you’re right there in the room; that she’s talking directly to you, making sure you “get it” and that she wants nothing more than for you to be successful. (Do we ALL feel like the teacher’s pet? I know I do! Clearly I’M her favorite, I don’t care what all the rest of y’all say!)
I force myself to watch only one or two videos at a time so that I’ll have more to look forward to down the road. Even at that, I’ve ended up making six journals so far (really? in two weeks?!) and there’s still so much more to come!
Bottom line, Mary Ann could announce a “super secret mystery class,” post nothing but a list of supplies and a “sign up now” button and I would be on that button in a heartbeat with no hestitation whatsoever. (Actually, how fun would that be?! Do it, Mary Ann, do it!)
Just wanted to drop you a note to praise you – AGAIN! – for how much your “Full Tilt Boogie” class has, literally, changed my life! I opened my Etsy store one year ago tomorrow because I had made so many journals they were taking over the house. Now I have a thriving side business, am doing my first juried indie craft fair this coming December.
Anyway, none of this would have been possible without you, and I’ll always be grateful for the way you selflessly share your talents and in such a fabulously entertaining and enriching way. Every time I get a convo asking me if I have tutorials or asking for hints on how to make my books, I send the person a link to your website and encourage them to take your class. (I know at least one lady was anxiously waiting for her husband’s next paycheck so she could sign up!) I could never repay you for everything you’ve done for me, but hope to send more eager students to your site in the future – and of course I will be first in line to take your next wonderful class, whatever it may be!*
*No pressure! (No. Really. Take your time…I’ll be totally fine! ::SIGH::)
I am currently enrolled in Full-Tilt Boogie and I’m having the time of my life! So far I have made 5 completely different journals in the class and I LOVE each one of them! Mary Ann’s style is so encouraging – she makes you feel like you can do it no problem! Not only have we been learning different binding styles, Mary Ann also shares alot of her thoughts and processes for working in her visual journals, which is so INSPIRING!!!
P.S. I also took the Remains of the Day class and LOVED that one too! The two classes are VERY DIFFERENT from one another, and I highly recommend them both!!!
-Michelle LaPoint Rydell
Mary Ann..your class has been pure magic. We are going through a major renovation and the house is in chaos. I am dealing with builders madness and mayhem so have not been able to start any of the journals yet. But to be able to get online to your class most days and watch the videos has been such sweet distraction from the ugliness around me. It has saved my sanity. Don’t listen to those who tell you that that is a lost cause-they lie!
The colours, music, creativity,inspiration and the kitties have been amazing. Thank you for being such a sharing and inspiring teacher. Can’t wait for the next class.
Hi Mary Ann,
Thank you so very much for the amazing classes. I have thoroughly enjoyed taking both the Remains of the Day, and the Full Tilt Boogie classes. I made a travel journal for a trip to Aruba, using my so cool ROD journal. I love it!!! I will never look at a window envelope the same way again.
And FTB! I love love love your creativity and your videos, and your “whatever” comments to put everyone totally at ease to let the creativity flow. You make me feel like an artist, and I really like the outcome of what I have done so far, following your guidance and inspiration.
You have a great sense of humor, and your excitement is contagious when I watch your videos. I hope your elementary school students appreciate what a gem of a teacher they have. Clearly, all of your on-line students certainly do.
By the way, I laughed so hard that I had tears coming down when I watched the video in FTB where you used your sister’s photograph in the flower shirt.
Great videos; fabulously creative ideas; wonderful teaching and communication methods; beautiful music and scenery….it’s all there. And I am sad to see that I have finished FTB, but so glad that I can view all of the videos over and over as needed/wanted.
Thanks for your generosity in sharing so much great information and inspiration. I look forward to signing up for any upcoming classes you decide to offer.
Hi Mary Ann, I’m having a blast taking your class Full Tilt Boogie, only one and a half years late! I initially thought the class had started in June of this year, but I was wrong! Anyhow I wanted to post a comment there but got a message that my session had expired – probably my goofy internet connection, so I just wanted to say that I’m so glad you said what you did about writing in your visual journal, because I’ve always really disliked and resisted doing it, but somehow felt I should. You have given me permission to just glue and paint! Yay! So much more fun.
-Anna Maria Stone
Hi Mary Ann,
I have just viewed all of the videos in FTB and want to say THANK YOU soooo much.I love my ROD journal and have kept that style going with several journals, including my Spain travel journal. However, after watching the various bindings, I look forward to using different methods.
More importantly, I love watching you journal and hearing your thought process about how you approach pages. I struggle with visual journaling (much preferring the process of creating the book than filling it). However, after watching your videos, I have more ideas about how to approach visual journaling. I keep a written journal (ala morning pages) and don’t need to “work through things” in my visual journal. That was my big “aha” moment this week as I viewed the videos. I use visual journaling to document life and do enjoy that, sort of scrappy journaling. However, I now want to explore “just playing” with paper and tape and images and whatever. I love that your pages contain “non-related elements” … yet they seem to work together.
Anyway … thank you for this class. I really enjoy your teaching style (and you know how critical teachers are of other teachers).