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Posted 10/11/2012 by hilsmom in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 10/11/2012 8:14:39 AM
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I am debating taking an online class to really get me going again, but am not really sure how much bang for the buck I will really get out of it. I have a ton of idea books, and the internet has so much free content available that I find myself wondering about how much the online classes are really worth, KWIM?


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Posted: 10/11/2012 11:23:01 AM
I very rarely pay for classes, at LSS's, events or online. That's because there is so much motivation here, on other websites, and in the huge stash of magazines/idea books I already have but will no doubt eventually add to. And because my starting points are sketch/color scheme, and from there I usually can come up with something I like that is inspired by nothing more than the sketch.



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Posted: 10/11/2012 11:27:04 AM
I find myself perusing our gallery, our vids and THEN perusing blogs at work (on my break). What little time I have to scrap, I want to actually scrap. I simply don't have the allocated time to take a class right now

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Posted: 10/11/2012 11:32:13 AM
Used to love to flip through magazines, but that is not to be anymore
Galleries are good, but I've just found that there isn't much in galleries anymore, not many interactive forums that keep moving (besides here) and many other sites' galleries are dead as far as comments or inspiration. Not sure if everyone moved to Facebook and their own blogs or Pinetrest and I've missed out somewhere while I took a break or what!!




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Posted: 10/11/2012 11:38:58 AM
An online class with videos always gets me feeling creative!

Maybe try listening to some of the videos (free) here on two peas? If you like them then try one of the classes offered here. I have heard nothing but wonderful things about them and they are self paced and affordable


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Posted: 10/11/2012 12:58:21 PM
I have gotten so much out of the free classes here, especially Glitter Girl-moreso than blogs and magazines, that I actually just signed up for Shimelle's new class. It was hard to part with all my birthday $ ($25 is a big investment for me nowadays) but based on the free content! I know I'll not regret it.

I guess it depends on what you're looking for. If its just some quick inspiration, color combos or page sketches, then blogs, Pinterest, and this gallery are great. If you're looking for some deeper lessons in how to use your supplies/use them differently, then a class may be the way to go.

That being said, not all classes are created equal, so before you shell out your hard earned cash, make sure the teaching style, creating style, and product (if applicable) are ones that you think would work for you, if you're not sure of your style then just experiment and have fun with it. I know I would never pay for any class that didn't offer some videos to go along with the material, but that's based on how I learn the best.

Whatever you choose, have fun with it!

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Posted: 10/11/2012 1:03:45 PM
I worked in 2 different LSS's and taught classes for over 5 years and was never interested in taking classes, I did not think I would really learn much.

BUT I just signed up for my 3rd class with Shimelle. I have learned so much from her! And $25.00 is so little money for all you get! She shows you start to finish on the layouts in the videos and you get lots of info in the PDF files too. Her class videos are usually about 40 minutes long, and her new class has 5 videos I think. Plus if you sign up now you get a free bonus video!

I had really lost my mojo and started watching her and other teachers free videos and then signed up for classes and that really did get my creativity going again. I love the videos. You pick up on even tiny things that make you think hmmmm I never thought to do that!

If you like the glitter girl videos sign up for one of Shimelles classes. I promise you will not be disappointed! It is well worth the money.

I can't speak for the other teachers because so far I have only done Shimelles classes, but this summer when I am out of school I plan to take a few more!










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Posted: 10/11/2012 1:59:07 PM
Taking an online class...but the caveat...I made an absolute committment to followup through with the "homework" or at least make 1-2 layouts per "chapter". Totally changed my scrapping process, found my own style, so happy. Now, that isn't to say that I have loved every class equally. I think Shimmelle has spoiled me for many other teachers, but even as a close second I've still learned so much. I've even learned from what I didn't like



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Posted: 10/11/2012 3:33:20 PM

I guess it depends on what you're looking for. If its just some quick inspiration, color combos or page sketches, then blogs, Pinterest, and this gallery are great. If you're looking for some deeper lessons in how to use your supplies/use them differently, then a class may be the way to go.




I am leaning this way, yes. And believe it or not, I haven't seen any of Shimelle's classes. I have considered her JYC class for a couple of years now, and just haven't ever committed to it. I get a tad overwhelmed with the holidays.

I know I am ready to REALLY start scrapping again, as in THINKING like a scrapper, not just the occassional layout or two here and there. I truly miss that feeling. Sometimes it's just hard to predict what will trigger it to come back.

I am thinking tonight I will watch some of the free videos and feel it out.


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Posted: 10/11/2012 3:51:22 PM
I've never taken a class. I have only been interested in one or two but still didn't take the plunge. I find so much inspiration on Pinterest, youtube, manufacturer blogs and other blogs that I don't feel that I need more than that.


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Posted: 10/11/2012 3:51:40 PM
watch the glitter girl videos those are full of inspiration... i love her style i 'will be taking her classes as soon as i finish the ones i'm taking at BPC and the SC one...

also check the old ones from previous years i love the one scrapbooking stamping learn a lot from that one




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Posted: 10/11/2012 6:32:41 PM
I get a lot more ideas out of the gallery here and sometimes magazines than I would get out of a class, although I do watch all of Glitter Girl's videos.




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Posted: 10/11/2012 7:30:13 PM
I get the most out of looking at magazines and idea books. A class would bore me, but that's me.


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Posted: 10/11/2012 7:56:17 PM
I have a hard time making it through a video without a ton of interruptions, so I actually get more from idea books at this stage in my life.


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Posted: 10/11/2012 8:40:57 PM
Online classes for me for sure. I get so much out of them as long as I'm doing the homework. My scrapping style has really solidified because I've taken both free and paid online classes over the last two years.


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Posted: 10/11/2012 8:40:57 PM
Online classes for me for sure. I get so much out of them as long as I'm doing the homework. My scrapping style has really solidified because I've taken both free and paid online classes over the last two years.


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Posted: 10/11/2012 10:03:18 PM
I used to use idea books and magazines and work from there. Sometimes I would be creative, but I found more and more I was spending so much time trying to find the perfect layout for the number of photos I had, specifically the orientation of them.

Now, I watch primarily the Shimelle videos and have found they are more valuable and informative than anything else I've ever learned about scrapbooking in the nearly 9 years I've been doing it. I find that the classes give you tools to do more with your creativity rather than staying in the "scraplifting" rut.

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Posted: 10/12/2012 12:34:36 AM
I get more from flipping through my idea books and magazines as well as from blogs and online galleries. So far I've not found many online classes that I really got a lot out of, but that is probably just me and likely nothing to do with the classes.


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Posted: 10/12/2012 2:45:41 AM
I'm not renewing my mag subscriptions again. I find them so samey. I love looking at blogs but I tend to time waste. They are more a relaxing activity and often tend to make me feel overwhelmed if I look at too many because I don't know where to start after seeing so much awesome-ness online. I have done some great classes recently. I love that they are self paced with information to print. I would say online courses have really got my mojo going.


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Posted: 10/12/2012 9:57:22 AM
I watching the Finally Friday videos here. I also enjoy going through youtube videos. You can find just about anything there.
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