S/O Shimelle class questions - best for beginner?

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Posted 1/21/2013 by tiffanyo in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 556,456
June 2012
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Posted: 1/21/2013 7:44:29 AM
Hey ladies!
I would love suggestions from everyone and this is definitely not restricted to classes by Shimelle either.

I am new to 12x12 scrapping and I bought some paper and printed some photos. But when I sit down to scrap those huge spans of beautiful paper scare me to death! I have watched a bunch of GG (and some other videos too) and really enjoy them but was hoping for something a little more... Intensive I guess? Of course I am not exactly sure what I am looking for.

Some things I really like about Shimelle's scrapping style:
4x6 photos
Embellishment clusters
Good design principles

So, what class should I take to help me feel more confident? I am looking at Perfect Collection but Hitchhiker looks interesting and since I haven't ever done an album, Cover to Cover (that has good bonus materials from the stash class) maybe?

Lay it on me, Peas!

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PeaNut 532,261
December 2011
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Posted: 1/21/2013 8:14:04 AM
I have taken several of Shimelle's classes and I think I remember her recommending Hitchhiker as a good class for beginners. I a not sure where I read it...i think on her blog in the class area where she describes the classes. I have not taken Hitchhikers yet due to a glitch in my shopping cart here at 2peas. Make sure you go back and watch all the 4x6 Photo Love classes here...they are great as well as all the Glitter Girl episodes.

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PeaNut 426,757
June 2009
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Posted: 1/21/2013 8:14:25 AM
Hitchhickers was awesome! I recently went through all the material and was inspired all over again. I would deffinatley reccomend it to you. There's a whole chapter on picking papers and putting them together plus scraplifting and sketches and some more. I thought it was very informative and I'm sure you would get alot out of it

xoxoxo Sarah


PeaNut 471,601
June 2010
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Posted: 1/21/2013 8:20:58 AM
Why don't you try some of the free classes on 2Peas to see what style you like first? There are so many great videos to try and you're not just limited to the current classes either - they have all the past classes available as well.

Shimelle did a great series in 2010 called 4x6 photo love which sounds like it would be a good start for you given your criteria. There is a link under the Past Classes tab on the main page. Shimelle has also just started a free series on her blog called Sketch to Scrapbook which is well worth checking out.

You could also try Nichol Magouirk's Start to Finish series (link in the same place) which has some great layouts. She uses photo collages and different size photos more than 4x6, but you might find the different style appealing. She does great things with strips of patterned paper!

I could go on, but try the free stuff first. There is so much to pick up from the free classes!

As for paid classes. I love everything Shimelle does and Hitchhiker is a great place to start if you are nervous about cutting up paper and making it work together. There are five videos and pdfs which taken you through about 50 layouts.

Perfect Collection is a great class and I use the theory in that class all the time, but it is just a single video with pdf - not a series of lessons.

Cover to Cover is about Album theory and is useful if you are in the zone of thinking about albums, but you might want to start of with more layout driven classes first.

Shimelle also did something called Pretty Paper Party on her blog which is just starting a second run. That's great fun for getting stuck into a stack of beautiful paper! From memory there about 20 pdfs and 4-5 videos in that class, but the information is all on her blog.

Good luck - there is a wealth of inspiration to choose from.


PeaNut 565,904
September 2012
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Posted: 1/21/2013 9:38:05 AM
I haven't taken hitchhikers, so I can't speak for that content...but I've been scrapping for six years, and while I loved pretty patterned paper, I just didn't know how to use it. I recently took shimelles perfect collection class, and I have made 20 starter pages from patterned paper and can't wait to cut into the rest. Just wanted to mention it once you feel you have the basics down, this may also be a good one to explore.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 10:26:26 AM
Hi Tiffanyo,
Hope ur getting loads of help. When I first began scrapbooking, I had the same issues and felt quite overwhelmed. Luckily I had a friend who had taken some classes so she helped me. Finding likeminded people is gr8 as they come from various backgrounds in scrapbooking and are always there to help, guide and generally give you ideas and motivation. I also found going to a crop helpful for the same reasons.
I began taking Shimelle's classes about 10 years ago and I think I began with Learn something new everyday then have progressed on to do everyone of her classes. Shimelle's layouts always are inspiring and indepth but she always appears to follow simple design techniques and explain herslef clearly. I also invested in a monthly magazine which also had great ideas and inspiration as well as tips and hints for improving your scrapbooking.
I have taken Shimelle's Hitchhiker's guide and it is excellent. You get indepth videos and downloadable info as well which I find helpful to look back on. I also would recomment that you follow Glitter Girl's layouts and also Shimelle's sketch to scrapbook pages which are also excellent. One of the things I found helpful early on in my scrapbooking life was just hunting online when I was free. I'm not sure where you live bu the internet has amazing personal blogs from likeminded scrapbookers who are sharing their ideas new and old everyday. There are so many places to get gr8 ideas nowadays.
Jo xxx

Amanda J

PeaNut 465,036
April 2010
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Posted: 1/21/2013 10:47:17 AM
Of the two classes that you have specifically mentioned, I would recommend Hitchhikers over the Perfect Collection, especially to a newbie. There's a lot more content and more step-by-step help with making individual pages. (I haven't taken Cover to Cover.)

Having said that, I would repeat the advice to check out as much free content as possible. Shimelle blogs at shimelle.com, and if you scroll down to the bottom of the page there are links to her 4x6 Photo Love series and her Sketch to Scrapbook Page videos.

There are free videos here six days a week, which are worth watching too.

My blog: http://amandas-scrapbook-pages.blogspot.com/

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PeaNut 494,372
January 2011
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Posted: 1/21/2013 10:57:08 AM
I second the 4x6 love that Shimelle did. I also agree with Nichol's Start to finish. But, I also liked Jen Gallacher's Stretch your sketch. Good for a beginner to help with inspiration and give you ideas on how to make that sketch work for you. 2peas does have a lot of free classes. I think their new series of classes/videos for this year are good too.

Just go through your photos and find ones that work with a collection of paper you have that inspires you and go for it. Search for a sketch or another page you can scraplift.


PeaNut 435,437
August 2009
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Posted: 1/21/2013 1:36:39 PM
I have taken many of Shimelle's classes. I think the best one for a beginner is Hitchhiker. I would follow that with Pretty Paper Party, or Scrapbook Remix. My favorite class has been her Cover to Cover class. I just really liked her philosophy on making your scrapbooks tell the story of your life. Plus I love how she doesn't scrapbook chronologically, but stores her LOs chronologically. It is definetely a class I would take before I amassed a huge amount of LOs.

And like everyone has stated already, do look at her 4x6 class and Glitter Girl, which are all for free.


PeaNut 555,886
May 2012
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Loc: England

Posted: 1/21/2013 2:22:12 PM
Hitchhiker is what I bought to get me back into scrapping after a few year's break and it was the perfect re-introduction for me.

I did Scrapbook Remix during the 'live' run late last year and it contains (among many other things) a very in depth look at layering and embellishment clustering- it really helped those two things 'click' for me.

Also did Perfect Collection last year, and that's an amazing class too - that one is focused on cutting up a whole collection pack and making pages from the pieces. Really not as scary as it sounds! And *perfect* for getting a whole pile of layouts done quickly.

And right now I'm working through Pretty Paper Party which is being re-run at the moment. We've got an active class messageboard where we're discussing the prompts and posting our layouts and everyone over there is lovely, helpful and supportive- so it's the perfect time to take that class if it's on your list. The class is focused on ways to use paper, and we are getting all sorts of ideas. For me, the fact lots of others are doing the class at the same time is a huge help and I'm getting so much done and having fun chatting about it all too

The only one I haven't done from your list is Cover to Cover, so I can't comment on that!

I hope that helps you in some way, honestly I don't think you'll be disappointed with any of the classes, Shimelle is an amazing teacher and so inspiring


PeaNut 555,886
May 2012
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Posted: 1/21/2013 2:23:43 PM
Oh, one more thing ... if you haven't discovered her already, have a look at Mercytiara's you tube videos - she posts a few full process videos each week and talks through all the steps of each layout, and her work is beautiful


PeaNut 556,456
June 2012
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Posted: 1/21/2013 3:41:30 PM
Thank you all do much!
I want to take them all!!!

I think I have it narrowed down to Hitchhiker and Pretty Paper Party. I like that PPP is live right now but I am never sure how mug actual crafting time I will have. I have a baby so some weeks he naps a lot and I get lots done and some weeks none. I worry I wouldn't be able to contribute much in the way of projects to a group format.

I will keep thinking on it but really appreciate all the suggestions!

And I just found MercyTiara yesterday. She is great!
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PeaNut 542,105
February 2012
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Posted: 1/21/2013 4:43:22 PM
I would suggest hitchhikers for you.

I am going to do the cover to cover next. My books are a hot mess!

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PeaNut 521,627
September 2011
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Posted: 1/21/2013 8:29:08 PM
I have also taken several of Shimelle's classes and they are great. I would definitely start with Hitchhiker's, then perhaps the Pretty Pattern paper (or party ??), followed by Cover to Cover. That way, you get a great progression and I find that these classes complete and complement one another. Other than Shimelle's classes, there are a couple of other great classes on Two peas, namely Amy Heller's Kaleidoscope and Lisa's Start Here. HTH

Moira from Ste. Therese, Quebec, Canada

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