December 29, 2013

My Favorite Online Classes for 2013- Part 1

I love taking online classes. I wish I could take more classes in the non virtual world, but I live in a country where not a lot of people know what scrapbooking is, and until I went to a workshop weekend in Germany this last October, I didn't know any person in the non virtual world that scrapbooks (besides my very best friend, who rudely decided to live in another continent, but allowing me to visit her in the land of mega craft stores, so she's almost forgiven for being so far away...).
So that leaves me with online classes. As fun as it is to take classes in the real world, there are a lot of advantages to online classes: The price, the convenience, having the content available permanently, being able to watch videos again and again as needed, etc. I have to admit this year I took a lot of classes, which is not necessarily always a good idea. I learned that unless you have a lot of free time (and who does?), it's better to focus on one class at a time. Of all the classes I took this year, three really stood out for me.
The first class I highly recommend (not in any particular order) is Glitter Girl's Scrapbook Survival Guide with Shimelle Laine at 2 Peas in a Bucket. I have taken a few of Shimelle's classes (mostly on her blog), and they are always full of content and fun videos. This class is no exception. With numerous prompts and inspiration for using your products, great PDF hand-outs and ten videos, this class is just fun. But most importantly, I love Shimelle's classes because they simply make me want to scrap. Not shop, not think too much, just grab what I have and create a layout.
Here are just a few of the pages I made inspired by this class:
Create a rainbow-

I love colorful layouts, because they make me happy, but also because I can use my stash. Here I created the background with Jenni Bowlin ink pads, directly applying the ink to the paper. Fast and simple.
For a 5 min layout try this rainbow with patterned papers-

And on the other side of the color rainbow, we find the monochromatic look-

Monochromatic layouts are always a great way to scrap and use your stash, just grab whatever fits you color scheme! Here I used lots of pink washi to create that strip behind the photo. Add some stamped images in different shades of pink ink, some stickers and enamel dots and the page is done!
Another idea that I loved was to scrapbook in a series. I have lots of pictures from a trip we took to Slovenia about a year ago. I chose a limited range of products, mostly a few older embellishments I had that I wanted to use, and just kept adding papers as needed.
Here are a few of those pages-

And last but not least, the double page. This was the first time I made a double page with two different backgrounds. I usually don't have more than one specific patterned paper, and if I do, that means I really like it, and then am not very likely to use two as backgrounds for one layout. So this is really a great way to make double pages without needing two identical backgrounds. In this particular design 6*6 papers are also used behind the photos. Here's the layout-

If you have a lot of photos, a lot of products, or you just want more ideas and inspiration, then check out this class.
I'll share more about the other classes I recommend in the next posts.
Thanks for visiting!

1 comment:

  1. תודה רבה על הסקירה אורורה!
    אני גם מאוד אוהבת את Shimelle
    היא גיבורת העל האהובה עליי :)
    העבודות שלך משגעות!!!