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Posted 4/6/2013 by j.leija in General Scrappin'


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Posted: 4/6/2013 2:23:58 PM
I kind of hijacked another thread here so I wanted to start my own =)

If you're a seasoned scrapbooker, someone who's scrapbooked for a good while and have the basics mastered, what classes are you taking lately?

There's been a few classes that I've taken where I just didn't get anything out of them. Whether it was because I was excited about a particular teacher? Or the marketing was so good at re-wording a technique that I already knew? Or whatever the case may have been. I have a few classes that I wish I hadn't spent some money on.

And on the flip side of that coin is finding new classes I want to take. I have trouble finding ones that have enough "new to me" techniques or ideas or prompts, etc.

I guess a second question I could ask is, why do you take classes? Is it to learn technique or to get inspiration? Or to be part of a group that will hold you accountable, etc?

One class that I took (ahem am still taking...) recently was Wilna's Art Class. Totally blew me away! Every chapter was a new and inspiring media that I may or may not have worked with before. But seeing what she did with each helped revived some long abandoned mediums. It was refreshing to say the least and has me looking at my supplies in a whole new way!

Ok, so I'll stop talking now. But can't wait to hear what you're taking!

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Posted: 4/6/2013 2:39:27 PM
I've been scrapping for 43 years and I can look at a technique and usually figure out exactly how to do it.
Plus I've taken practically every art class offered at our local college and in high school, so a theory class wouldn't help either
I find classes to be a waste if money for me.

The only thing I may be interested in is a digi class since I'm not really good with a computer.

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Posted: 4/6/2013 2:41:24 PM
Yes - Wilna's class had that kind of newness for me, too. Classes I tend to take these days are non-beginner photography classes.

And as someone who produces classes and content, myself, I actually sometimes take a class just to see what a particular teacher is doing. In this case I usually don't participate myself, or even do the projects. Don't get me wrong -- I'm not taking the class to copy the content, but to just stay on top of what others are doing and so that I can differentiate myself.


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Posted: 4/6/2013 3:10:43 PM
Ive found it difficult too looking for classes to take, I used to teach advanced techniques, and created a lot of visuals for CK mag, have been in the art industry since I was a kid, among other things (using mists, stencils and modeling paste way back in 2003). I've never taken any scrap classes, though I was seriously considering Wilnas, just for a different perspective on things... might be a good challenge.

I agree with Noell, I think classes that show what others are doing is sometimes a good approach. That new perspective thing.

I'm not sure who else is teaching out there at the moment though, I haven't really looked, so I'll be interested to see who else is suggested.


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Posted: 4/6/2013 3:23:17 PM
I don't really take classes because I can pretty much figure out how to do something just by looking at a page. But when I do take a class it is usually for techniques. Or to learn how to do something new with what I already have which is basically a mojo kick starter.
Right now I am signed up for JenJ's Pop off the Page class at SC. I have been into layering lately but I want a new perspective on it, so I am hoping the class would serve both of my purposes of learning a new technique and giving me creative mojo.

I'm also thinking about Wilna's class because a lot of my mixed media stuff is neglected and I'd love a refresher on using it. But I wouldn't take a pattern mixing class, or a prompts class, or any theme-y class. For me to take a class it has to be something really awesome with a teacher whose work I love. I need both of these to even consider taking it because I much prefer spending money on supplies.



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Posted: 4/6/2013 3:42:55 PM
My most recent class was LOAD and I'll be doing another one in May. I don't really need technique or how to classes any longer, but I do like things that get me to scrap more layouts (hence layout a day) and give me prompt ideas to think about different subjects to scrap.

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Posted: 4/6/2013 4:24:27 PM
I'm not really a technique person - I like clean scrapbooking so art classes don't interest me personally.

I've been scrapping for about 8 years so fairly seasoned and comfortable with my style. I know what makes me happy.

In terms of classes, I tend to take classes from people who's work I enjoy and can relate to - Shimelle, Nancy Damiano, Jen Gallacher spring to mind.

My favourite classes are journalling based though. Last year I did 31 Things with Ali and LOVED it so much I'm going to repeat it solo this year because I have so many stories to tell.

The other class in doing this year is Kerri Bradfords History Project which I am enjoying so much. I wanted to get my history written but it seemed such a mammoth task. Kerri's class is helping me do that in bite sized chunks each week.

I'm interested in Silhouette classes because I have a cameo and there are always new tips to learn. And the freebie cut files are usually worth it!

I'd love to see an intensive journalling class here at 2peas.
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Posted: 4/6/2013 5:46:18 PM
I have taken a few that I love but one that I can recommend to the OP is ones given by Nathaliesstudio.com. She gave a free seminar and it was wonderful and I learned alot from that. When I get a chance I will be signing up for a class with her.

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Posted: 4/6/2013 6:20:55 PM
The classes I have enjoyed the most have been classes that help me learn something about myself. So I guess it's more content-based than technique based. I loved Melody Ross's Soul Restoration classes, and Ali Edward's OLW.

I would love to hear about more classes like that...


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Posted: 4/6/2013 6:58:26 PM
I have been Scrapbooking since 2001 and I also have a hard time picking classes. In part because some industry people's classes are mostly a repackaging of material they previously published in books and in magazines. And I don't fault that because it gives new scrappers an opportunity to get some great info. But it doesn't offer anything for me. But I love the idea of on-line classes because my schedule and kids don't allow me to take regular classes outside of my home. Classes I enjoy are technique classes and sketch classes that help me get more pages done. The only theme class I have taken is JYC with Shimelle.
Recently I loved Julie Fei-fan Blazer's Stencils 101. It's a little free class but I learned so much about how to choose mediums to get different effects. I also really liked Jen Gallagher's sketch class here. I am also taking Pop Off the Page at SC. I don't do much layering so I thought taking a class focused on it might give me some ideas on how to incorporate it into my layouts.

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Posted: 4/6/2013 10:49:02 PM
Wilna....had a class? Tell me more!

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Posted: 4/7/2013 2:12:36 PM
Ladies, thanks so much for commenting! It's always interesting to hear why people take classes.

I like the idea of the LOAD class. Not to teach me anything of course, but definitely to motivate and inspire, ya know?

I will most definitely be looking into that Stencils 101 class!

Kerri Bradfords History Project sounds very interesting. I'm googling this next. Also checking out Nathaliesstudio.com

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Posted: 4/7/2013 2:29:17 PM
Andrea, Wilna had a workshop here at 2ps. It does look very inspiring. Check it out here

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