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Create and Connect Project

Have you ever dreamed of turning your hobby into your profession? If so, this giveaway is for you. We are offering one lucky winner a scholarship to a new online class all about business and social savvy created by two successful bloggers: the Create and Connect Project.

What’s the Create + Connect Project?
It’s an 8-week interactive, online video class that will teach you how to turn your creative passion into profit. Yes, make money doing what you love doing – whether it’s blogging, crafting or starting your own design business.

What will you learn?
Founders Mariah Danielsen and Katrina Padron created the class as a crash course of everything you need to start your own business – a combination of online marketing, social media, web development and design, personal branding and just plain good information, like exact scripts the duo used to get featured on major blogs and worksheets for each of the eight class topics.

And the teachers know their stuff: Big-name bloggers like our own Erin Loechner and Shauna Alterio of Something’s Hiding in Here share strategies that worked for them. “I’m a firm believer that knowledge and perspective are most beneficial when shared with others, so I’m always thrilled to participate in projects geared toward the exchange of information, ” Erin says.

How to win:
There are two ways to win— either by submitting a video or crafting a written submission. We want to see your passion, creativity and your ability to follow directions.

1. Submit a Video: Create a video under 2 minutes and answer the following questions

  • Who are you and what is your creative passion?
  • What’s the biggest thing that’s holding you back from doing your dream job?
  • What does success look like for you? Tell us what you’re gonna do when you overcome your challenges  - in both your business and the world.

Then upload your video to YouTube.com and make it public with the following title and description. (Make sure you cut and paste word for word.)

Video Title: Create + Connect Project from @mariahdanielsen and @katrinapadron vid by YOUR NAME

Video Description: http://www.createandconnectproject.com – HGTV Giveaway: Create + Connect Project with Mariah Danielsen and Katrina Padron – where creative entrepreneurs go to turn passion into profit.

After you’re done uploading your video, you must leave a comment with a link to your video in the comments section for this post.

2. Submit a Written Entry: In 500 words or less, answer these questions and leave your entry in the comments section for this post.

  • Who are you and what is your creative passion?
  • What’s the biggest thing that’s holding you back from doing your dream job?
  • What does success look like for you? Tell us what you’re gonna do when you overcome your challenges  - in both your business and the world.

Choosing the winner:
There can only be one winner, so here’s the breakdown of how we’ll evaluate the entrants: 75 percent of your score will be based on creativity and originality and 25 percent is based on how well the submission answers the questions asked.

Dates to remember:
Submit your entries from April 27 at 12 p.m. until May 11 at 11:59 p.m. We’ll announce the winner right here on Design Happens on May 14.

Spread the word:
Know someone who would be perfect for this scholarship? Get the word out about this Create + Connect Project contest on Twitter and Facebook.

A couple sample tweets and Facebook blurbs to get you started:
You could win @mariahdanielsen + @katrinapadron’s Create + Connect Project Scholarship from @hgtv! http://bit.ly/ccproject #CCProject
Submit your video/essay for @mariahdanielsen + @katrinapadron’s Create + Connect Project Scholarship on @hgtv!  http://bit.ly/ccproject #CCProject

No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of the U.S., age 21 or older. Void where prohibited. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received.  Contest ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on May 11, 2012. See the full official rules here. Sponsored by Scripps Networks, LLC dba Home & Garden Television, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, Tennessee 37932.



27 Responses

  1. daniella levy says:

    Hello I am an interior and photo stylist, graphic designer and colour designer my photography business partner and I were so excited about this contest until we found out it was only for the U.S. We are in Sydney Australia, and would love this opportunity to apply if at all possible!

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  3. john aebi says:

    This is a really well-written article and will be extremely helpful. Thanks a lot for the tips.

  4. john aebi says:

    This is a really well-written article and will be extremely helpful. Thanks a lot for the tips.


  5. Brooks Ann Camper says:

    My name is Brooks Ann Camper and I am a designer/dressmaker for custom couture wedding dresses.
    For the past 3 years I have had a very small business creating one-of-a-kind dresses for unique brides. I am passionate about good design and fit, as well as celebrating women of all shapes and all styles. Small or tall, traditional or offbeat, I thrive on designing and handcrafting dresses that truly bring out the personality of each bride while flattering her figure.
    The biggest thing holding me back right now is that I have a day job. Since I “opened for business” I have put all of the profits back into the business. I’m not quite to the point yet where I can lose the income of my “real job” so that I can focus my time and energy into my dressmaking business. But I believe that slow and steady will eventually win this race!
    Success for me would be one where I could support my family on solely on my passion. It would be when I was able to get the word out that all bodies are beautiful and that not all dresses are the same. I’d love to be a spokesperson for keeping the art of couture dressmaking alive. I’d love to open a couture sewing school alongside my wedding dressmaking business. I want every woman to feel her truest most beautiful self on her wedding day. (More shallowly, I think I will consider myself a success once I am featured in Martha Stewart Weddings "Expert Advice" section!)
    In a lot of ways I have already found success. I feel an enormous amount of success every time I make a dress for a bride. The brides who find me are some of the most amazing women I could ever dream to meet. Whether it be someone who was considered “too big” to try on sample dresses at a bridal salon or someone who was told they were “crazy” for wanting to wear a hot pink wedding dress, I embrace these women and their needs and make them feel like a million bucks. That in turn makes me feel like a million bucks.
    Hopefully if I win your class, you’ll teach me how to take all my dreams and hard work and turn them into something more than “on the side”. A million bucks wouldn’t hurt either!

    Brooks Ann Camper, Bridal Couture <a href="http://www.BrooksAnn.com” target=”_blank”>www.BrooksAnn.com

  6. Sara Gettys says:

    Hello! My name is Sara Gettys, I'm artist/designer/photojournalist, and would love to be a part of the Create + Connect class! I posted my video submission at http://youtu.be/M-B2uZ2pMNA.

  7. Katrina Padron says:

    The HGTV contest is closed and the winner will be announced here and on HGTV.com on Monday!! Thanks and good luck to all of you who entered! -Katrina

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  9. susan keene says:

    hello my name is Susan
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    You have my email if you ned to contact me. Thank You!

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Liz GrayLiz is a senior editor at HGTV.com and an co-editor-in-chief for Design Happens. She lives in a midcentury tri-level that’s stuck in the ‘70s…for now. When she’s not working on...


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