Changes – no one really likes them, but they are part of life!
I was chatting with a colleague the other day and told them that my motto for 2023 was going to have to be
“Evolve or Dissolve”.
I was trying to make light of it, but the reality of it is very true!
I either have to make changes or just give it up altogether.
And so I am writing this post to let you know that I have to make some changes for 2023.
These are not things I really want to do, but “evolve” it is and I must do so.
Changes for 2023
I am sure that you all know that the cost of things has increased and this industry is no different.
The first major change of 2023 will come to my online Silhouette classes at Teachable.
UPDATES – December 15, 2022
This week I received an offer from CrafterCuts to sponsor Silhouette classes on my Teachable site. This means it will be possible for me to continue releasing new classes as I have been.
There will be updates to the site coming in January 2023.
CrafterCuts is an authorized Silhouette retailer and I was referred to them direct from Silhouette.
A great big Thank You to CrafterCuts for coming on as a sponsor and making it possible for me to continue to develop current Silhouette classes.
And for my followers use code SECRETS to save 10% on your order from CrafterCuts.
Here is looking forward to 2023 and what is to come. Check out the current classes listed below and remember if you register before December 31, 2022, you will have lifetime access to those classes.
As of January 2023, I will only be able to have 5 active classes available on my Teachable platform at a time.
What does this mean?
First, it means that effective December 31, 2022, all of the current classes will no longer be available for purchase as they currently are. I can only have 5 active classes published at a time. I am in the process of deciding which if any of the current classes should go back up. I will be making this decision as I work through the process on the back end of things on the site. But, once I start making changes to my Teachable site, I am limited to 5 active classes only, at one time. So effective December 31, 2022, all the current classes will no longer be available.
What about a class you already purchased?
If you have already purchased a class on my Teachable site, you will have access to that class even after it is no longer available for purchase.
This class should show up under your Teachable account when you log in.
Starting in 2023, there may be a time limit for viewing any new courses that are offered.
I am still working on all the details and what I need to adjust.
However, anything you purchase prior to December 31, 2022 you would have access to it for a lifetime according to Teachable.
Have I looked at other options?
The answer is yes, I have. I’ve researched many other options out there and they all come down to the same thing – cost!
It costs money to have the blog website. It costs money to have an online hosting platform for the classes.
It all has a cost and I have to weigh those costs and decide what is feasible for me to invest in.
And I have to do that to pay in advance for the next year.
Bottom line is, costs have increased and Teachable notified me that if I wanted to continue as I had with unlimited classes it was going to cost a whole lot more.
So for 2023, I am going to try this out with the 5 available courses and see what happens. This means some classes released will have a limited time frame they are available in order to offer new ones.
At the end of 2023, I will once again have to look at whether I “Evolve or Dissolve”…. lol – most likely after I get an email that my costs are increasing yet again.
It’s just part of the business.
I enjoy teaching Silhouette classes, but there is a cost to it all, both in monetary value and time.
What about the free content on my Teachable site?
This change includes the free content that I have available currently on my Teachable site.
As of December 31, 2022, all content will no longer be available to register for, including the free classes.
Any class I publish counts towards that limit of 5, this includes “free” items as well.
I am in the process of reorganizing how I will offer things like the free content currently on the site in the future. I cannot continue to offer that on the Teachable site with the rise in costs to host on the site.
What current classes are offered?
You can click HERE to be taken to my Teachable site to preview all the classes available or below on each individual class for more details.
Beginner Setup & First Cuts
Creating a Custom Knockout Design in Silhouette Studio
Silhouette Studio Software Basics to Create SVG Files – Great for Laser Owners
Let’s Explore v4- Text in Silhouette
Sketch Pen & Sketch Pen Design Class
Creating a Knock Out Design with Silhouette
Glass Etching with Your Silhouette Machine
Cutting Leather with the Cameo 4 & 3 mm Kraft blade
Silhouette Print & Cut Basics to Design Files to Troubleshooting Course
Creating a Vinyl Decal & Layering Vinyl using Silhouette Studio
Cutting & Layering HTV in Silhouette
Glass Etching with Silhouette
Heat Transfer Paper Print & Cut Lesson with Silhouette
Creating a Knockout Design with HTV & Bonus HTV & Subtract
Creating a Rhinestone Design in Silhouette Studio
Curio Classes Offered
Curio Beginner Setup & First Cuts with Cardstock & Vinyl
Chalkboard Decor with the Silhouette Curio
Beginner Curio – Metal Etching Placement
Basic Acrylic Etching with the Silhouette Curio
Acrylic Etching & Design with the Curio
Etched Metal Cake Server with the Silhouette Curio – Advanced
Embossing Leather with the Silhouette Curio
Etched Acrylic Decor with the Curio
Etched Acrylic Panel with the Curio
Curio Etched Heart Mandala Class – Advanced Beginner
Troubleshooting Silhouette Cut Issues
Cameo Pro In-Depth Troubleshooting
Cameo 4, Cameo Plus, Cameo Pro Tool Chart
Cameo Pro DIY Stand/Table
Cutting Like a Pro with the Cameo Pro
Whew! One thing is for sure – typing out the available class list in the future will be easier – ha ha!
If you are looking for what others have had to say about the online classes, check out the Student Testimonies HERE.
What other changes are in store for 2023?
That is a great question and let me consult the Magic 8 ball.
“Ask Again Later”
The truth about it is, I don’t know.
I have a game plan started and sometimes it changes daily, like when I received the email from Teachable this week on them increasing their fees.
So far for 2023 my list includes:
– Reorganizing the entire Silhouette Secrets+ Teachable site and creating new video classes
– Continuing to put out blog content on the Silhouette Secrets+ website HERE.
So make sure to sign up to receive notifications of new blog posts!
– Continuing to put up new videos on the Silhouette Secrets+ YouTube channel
Follow me on YouTube HERE to be notified when new content when it’s released.
– Post videos on the Swift Creek Customs YouTube channel where we hope to inspire other Makers
Follow us that channel HERE to be notified of new content when it’s released.
– Merging it all together?
Still an unknown, but many know that I launched a new site called Swift Creek Customs where I share content that is not specifically Silhouette related. My husband and I are both involved in many hobbies and hope to inspire others as well, but it’s not always strictly Silhouette based, so the new channel was created.
– Sending out a newsletter?
This one is a ? still as I don’t know if people would read it.
If you are interested in a newsletter, please comment below and sign up on my Teachable site.
– And many other things that I write in and then cross out.
It is an evolving process and who knows what can happen in 2023!
So for now, I’m still here and will have some Silhouette online course offered in 2023.
This year I also added the “Start Here – A to Z” menu on the blog. If you are looking for a topic, I have those organized in A to Z format with all the information I’ve published in the past 6+ years.
I want to thank you all for your support through the years. Without your support, I would not be able to even consider making changes and continuing what I’ve been doing to bring more information to you.
I want to wish you all a very happy holiday season and I hope that the New Year brings you lots of blessings!
Let’s see what we can create in 2023
THANK YOU for your support! How can you help? Click HERE & buy a coffee.
Every little bit helps with the cost of running the site.
Or if you are looking for more in-depth, step-by-step classes, check out all of my online Silhouette classes on my Teachable site HERE.
5 thoughts on “Silhouette Secrets+ changes for 2023”
Just read your plan for 2023. I completely understand and support whatever is best for you. I would also like to express my gratitude for your expertise! Your teaching style and instruction have helped me use and absolutely enjoy my Silhouette Cameo and Curio. You’ve saved some projects for me too on Terri Johns Creates. You are one amazing talented teacher! Thank you again! God Bless YOU!
Thank you! You have no idea what your words mean to me!
I totally understand your dilemma. Thank you for all that you do. I’ve learned so much from you. God bless and happy holidays 🎄
You are welcome! I’m so happy it’s been helpful!
You know as soon as I get them out if the box you will be the first to know and I’ll be heading straight for the videos to catch up. If it wasn’t for you I would gave probably sold the lot ages ago. Keep up the great work and let’s hope for an unboxing soon lol xx