Shimelle's classes: The Perfect Collection vs. Cover to Cover - convince me on which one to buy plz

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Posted 7/4/2012 by Mom2sons in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 7/4/2012 10:58:35 AM
Decisions, decisions, decisions, lol...

If you've taken either class or both please help me decide based on the following:

~ I am a collection pack junkie. I have at least 20 collection kits at any given time that are completely untouched.
~ I am typically a multi-photo, two page scrapper but I am beginning to embrace the one page layout.
~ I like white space but not an over abundance of it.
~ I usually follow a sketch but would love to branch out and become more creative.

I am on the fence after reading the great reviews for the Perfect Collection class and then reading the description of the Cover to Cover class - which sounds great as well.

I think I read in a post by Shimelle that the Cover to Cover class tackles the collection kit process of the Perfect Collection class.

So, spend $9.99 on The Perfect Collection class or $30.00 on the Cover to Cover class? If I get the Cover to Cover class am I going to get the same content covered in the The Perfect Collection class (along with the other topics covered in the class)?

What say the peas?

TIA,
Shara



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Posted: 7/4/2012 11:06:42 AM
I've done both these classes and I think they were very different.

From this:

~ I am a collection pack junkie. I have at least 20 collection kits at any given time that are completely untouched.
~ I am typically a multi-photo, two page scrapper but I am beginning to embrace the one page layout.
~ I like white space but not an over abundance of it.
~ I usually follow a sketch but would love to branch out and become more creative.


it sounds like The Perfect Collection would suit you. Shimelle does tend more to single LOs, but she does show a few doubles in this class. You can use her 'starting points' almost like a sketch, but they also allow you a bit of freedom to play.

Cover to Cover was more a long-term process of album building than a LO class. I didn't feel there was much overlap of content between the two.


Sue


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Posted: 7/4/2012 12:31:13 PM
Cover to cover shows the previous two TS classes. Not the collection one. I have both and am half way through cover to cover. I love them both. If you are wanting to get charged to gt a lot of scrapping done, I would do the collection. Then later do cover to cover. Both classes are worth every penny.


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Posted: 7/4/2012 12:54:26 PM
Glad to hear more about the cover to cover class - I want to take that next. I have the collection pack class and it is fabulous and sounds like just what you need to start

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Posted: 7/4/2012 1:01:15 PM
"I have at least 20 collection kits at any given time that are completely untouched."

This alone suggests to me that The Perfect Collection would be perfect for you! I have (had) 12 collection packs on my shelf. Thanks to this class - which I only watched last week, I'm now down to 10 and my LO count for July is up to double figures - something I rarely reach for an entire month!

There isn't much overlap between the two classes although one would complement the other if you wanted to create a single album using a single collection pack.

Shimelle has loads of starting points and sketches on her blog that are free and lots of those will work with The Perfect Collection theory. I would go with that first and then progress on to Cover to Cover next. You might also want to consider Pretty Paper Party as well as that has loads of good ideas for mixing papers and using scraps etc. which you are bound to have by the end of 20 collection packs!

Happy scrapping!

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Posted: 7/4/2012 1:43:50 PM
You will love the perfect collection class!


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Posted: 7/4/2012 1:50:19 PM
Thanks, ladies, I really appreciate all of the opinions. I was leaning more toward the Perfect Collection class to begin with but got a bit derailed when I read about Cover to Cover.

I'm happy to get opinions from those of you who have taken (or are taking) both.

I have some ancient Basic Grey collections (Dawson, for one, never even opened, lol) that I think will be the perfect starting point for the Perfect Collection class.

Thanks again,
Shara



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Posted: 7/4/2012 1:58:26 PM
I haven't taken Cover to Cover yet (though I plan to), but I have a pretty detailed review of The Perfect Collection on my blog if that might help



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Posted: 7/4/2012 2:34:23 PM
Hi Erika, I read your review (I follow your blog ) and thought it was great. I love your flair for writing!

I've decided to do the Perfect Collection class and maybe do Cover to Cover later in the summer. I'll be recovering from hip replacement surgery in late August/early September and will have some time on my hands.

Cheers!
Shara

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Posted: 4/22/2013 8:36:04 AM
Thank you,girls! I was thinking about take this class so much time, and today when I read all the comments here, I make my mind. I'm in!

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Posted: 4/22/2013 9:09:10 AM

I've decided to do the Perfect Collection class and maybe do Cover to Cover later in the summer. I'll be recovering from hip replacement surgery in late August/early September and will have some time on my hands.

Cheers!
Shara


I think you made a good choice. I have taken both classes and I got a lot out of both. The Perfect Collection finally got me to cut into two older Basic Grey collection packs and USE them. It felt great and I love my pages. Cover to Cover helped me decide how to keep my albums and keep continuity within them. I am not a chronological scrapper (though I tried to be for years) and it was really beneficial for me to plan out how to keep my albums instead of piles of pages laying around.


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Posted: 4/22/2013 9:10:31 AM
I love her Glitter Girl shows so I want to take everything! Wish I had the budget for it!

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Posted: 4/22/2013 9:46:36 AM
I'm grateful for the reminder of this class. I have several collection packs sitting around. I even keep buying all the coordinating products! I decided to give this class a try. It's not $9.99 anymore, but even $12.95 is a reasonable price, especially when you consider the cost of what I've spent on all those supplies just sitting around!


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Posted: 4/22/2013 11:24:51 AM
Ha ha...it's funny when you see an old thread you posted months ago bubble back up to the top. When I saw the subject line I was like "ohh I know the answer to that" and then I saw it was my own darn thread from last summer, lol.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Pefect Collection and ended up using an old MME kit for some pics of my youngest son from ages ago.

As a paper hoarder it was very freeing to just dive in and attack an entire paper kit with scissors.

Thanks for brigning this post back to the top. I think I'll dig out that old BG Dawson kit and have it this weekend .

Still need to take Cover-to-Cover. Sometimes life just gets in my way.

Shara

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Posted: 4/22/2013 11:29:22 AM
I know you've chosen, but I just wanted to add that I have used The Perfect Collection for a collection that I totally did not want to cut into, as well as for a collection that someone gave me as a gift that I did not particularly care for. Both turned out really well. Don't be afraid to play. I know some people too literally try to copy sometimes (not just with The Perfect Collection) and they end up less than thrilled.


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Posted: 4/22/2013 11:37:59 AM
So funny that this post resurfaced! I knew Shimelle had another collections class but I couldn't find it! I forgot it was through True Scrap. Just bought it - and am looking forward to playing this week!

Thanks for the review Erika - it helps to know what to expect from a class!


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Posted: 4/22/2013 2:46:57 PM
Is The Perfect Collection designed more to help you use up existing collection packs/products purchased to coordinate, or is it more about mixing and matching papers from different collections?


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Posted: 4/23/2013 6:59:16 AM
The Perfect Collection is mostly about cutting up a whole existing collection. Mixing up, that would be the Remix class.

As for me - the Perfect Collection last year. I cut up two packs of paper (two of the same collection - yes I know...) I ended up not liking any of it IRL, so was really anxious to get rid of it all. Also I had a pile of meh travel pictures - had already scrapped the highlights.

Add a bunch of very uninteresting cs to the mix...

...and I made 18 layouts, got the photos in my album and the papers used up. The lo's turned out nice in the end. It was like magic

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Posted: 4/23/2013 7:59:35 AM

Is The Perfect Collection designed more to help you use up existing collection packs/products purchased to coordinate, or is it more about mixing and matching papers from different collections?


The Perfect Collection is designed to be used with a collection pack. It can also be used with a kit that is put together by someone else or a kit you make on your own, but you would need to make that leap in following along. There are no notes at all on how to make the patterns work together, as the assumption is that you're using patterns that will mix and match happily already, so we just need to look at types of pattern, sizes, and so forth.

If you're interested in more confidence in mixing and matching papers from a variety of collections and manufacturers, then Scrapbook Remix is all about that. It's live currently and just started a rerun of emails yesterday, so if you wanted to join in with that, you would still be right at the start.

I hope that helps a little!

Lumianna - I am *so* happy to read that right through to the end!! YAY for that. So glad it worked so well for you.


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