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two new free classes I’m currently involved in

To be truthful, one of the classes have already started and is in it’s second week, but it’s easy to just jump in now and go back to the previous weeks when you have time.

So the first class I’ve joined is Shimelle’s Break It Down challenge, hosted on

Shimelle - Break it Down

I’m a complete fan of all things Shimelle, so when I found out on her page that she’s hosting a new class, I completely jumped on board.

Here’s what she has to say about her class:

Today I’m delighted to welcome you to Break it Down, a six week free class here at UKScrappers.

Break It Down includes thirty-six steps or prompts along the way to six completed layouts within the class time, but you will of course be able to take those steps forward to use on as many projects as you would like in the future.

For six weeks, we’ll follow a format that breaks down one layout over the course of a week. You can actively work on your layout a little each day or you can think about it each day and save the actual scrapping for one scrapping session – whatever works best for you.

On Mondays, we’ll start with a story we want to tell. Each Monday prompt will feature a different way to start your page with photos or words and the memories you want to record in your albums.

On Tuesdays, we’ll talk colour and products. Each Tuesday prompt will showcase a different way to choose and use those elements that determine the final look of our page.

On Wednesdays, we’ll try Techniques. Have a look at six different techniques you can try and how you can adapt them to your stash of supplies and your personal style.

On Thursdays, we’ll decide the design. These prompts go back to core elements of solid graphic design that can be personalised in so many ways, so we can each follow the same principles yet have highly unique pages.

On Fridays, we’ll build and embellish. Try six different methods for the actual construction of a page and see which inspires you creatively.

On Saturdays, we’ll polish everything with some finishing touches. No room for anything lack-lustre: we’ll make sure each of these six pages is treated to our full attention, and along the way we’ll pick up some quick and easy ways to take a page from nice to wow.

On Sundays, we take a day off! That might be your scrapping time, and it might be the time when you upload your page to share it with us in the gallery or chat to others taking part in Break it Down.

To find out more about the class, or to join in, just click on the picture above.

The second class I’ve just joined is Find Your Voice.

Find Your Voice

This workshop is about finding your storytelling voice. You are an awesome person with amazing stories, so this summer we’re going to work together to find the most genuine and authentic way for you to tell those stories.

This workshop is for everyone! You definitely don’t need to be a scrapbooker or paper-crafter to play along. We’ll be telling stories through pictures, photographs, social media, prose, and more. The only thing you need is a willingness to become the author of your own story and the courage to step outside of your comfort zone.

I must admit that I’ve never taken any classes Kristin before, but it sounds interesting, so if you decide to join me, we would be discovering this class together.

Again, to join that class or to learn more about it, please click on the picture above.

actual scrapbook layouts

I love the simplicity of Project Life spreads, but I also love the creative designs of traditional scrapbook layouts.

Although I have yet to create a spread completely on my own, here’s a couple that I have done (or completed) recently.

I actually made this spread at one of the workshops at Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo back in March. However I didn’t have a photo that matched (mainly because I usually take photos in landscape and this LO was for a portrait shot) and it wasn’t until recently that I found a photo fit the layout perfectly.

This layout was created for Cathy Zielske’s Clean and Simple class at Big Picture Classes. I’ve never made a hybrid layout before, and I found it quite difficult to glue all the elements down in straight lines. However I did manage, and I look forward to adding more hybrids to my collection.

Shimelle Laine is re-running the scrapbook remix class!

Yes, two blog posts in one day, I’m that excited about this!

I was listening to the Paperclipping Roundtable this morning (which, by the way, I love – I’m working through from episode 1, though every now and then skipping up to the latest episode when it’s out) and I heard that Shimelle Laine would be restarting her Scrapbook remix class.

For those of you who don’t know, Shimelle Laine is one of Two Pea’s Garden Girls, and does weekly videos as Glitter Girl.


Here’s the class description:

Scrapbook Remix is an online scrapbooking class that shares the secrets to mixing patterned papers of all kinds and then creating a range of pages with this combinations. 

We’ll talk colour, pattern, scale, size, technique and more. The class includes both PDF and video prompts: a total of twenty full-colour PDFs and eight videos over four weeks. 

In each PDF prompt, we start with a different paper collection, then analyse it and remix it with other papers and embellishments to create four or more different looks. 

The video prompts include a mix theory discussion (showing exactly why some patterns do and do not work well together) and the step-by-step process for creating specific scrapbook pages. 

All the featured layouts are brand new (I do show a few existing layouts as examples in the theory discussion, but just to illustrate a point here and there). So if you did the numbers just then, that’s more than eighty never-before-seen scrapbook pages! You’ll see plenty of my work but also that of some of my favourite scrappers who have joined me as Remix Guest Artists. That way you’ll be sure to see a variety of styles, including single pages and double, single photos up to many, small photos up to enlargements and all sorts of embellishment.

Scrapbook Remix includes

  • Twenty full colour PDF prompts emailed straight to your inbox 
  • Eight corresponding videos you can watch online 
  • Private class forum for all participants to chat and share their work 
  • Permanent access to all class materials
  • A few other surprises along the way


Just a note: this class is normally available as a self-paced class, but for this one time Shimelle is rerunning the class.

What meant when a class is “rerun” is that the email prompts+PDFs (which had been disabled but available as an archive in the self-pace class) are reactivated. It also means that the forums will experience a surge of activity again, as new people sign up and old students revisit the page.

I’m going to sign up for the class, would you like to join me?

The class restarts on Monday, so if you’re interested in the class, go to Shimelle’s blog to find out more.

three scrapbooking classes… at the same time!

Omg, I don’t even know how it started, but I’ve been bitten by the scrapbooking bug.

Okay, rephrase, I’ve been bitten by the purchasing-loads-of-scrapbooking-stuff bug.

I already have loads of 6×6 paper pads from my art journaling – which I haven’t been doing much since meeting my SO – but I’ve recently discovered Studio Calico and Amy Tangerine.

Amy Tangerine Daybooks and a Smash pen

Next thing I find, I’ve purchased three of Amy Tangerine’s Daybooks, stickers and wood veneers (I haven’t purchased anything from Studio Calico because I missed their subscription date, I’m on their Project Life Kit waiting list – oh don’t get me started on Project Life!).

My SO didn’t help the matter much either; he whole heartedly encouraged me to purchase a scrapbooking album and full kit from a KaiserCraft store we happened to walk by.

With all this gear, I’ve also signed onto a couple of classes… ok, so it’s three – I’m so broke now…

The first one is The Curious Scrapbooker’s Field Guide by May Flaum over at Big Picture Classes. I heard this on the PaperClipping Roundtable podcast (yes, I’ve gotten into podcasts too).

It’s very much about techniques and using your existing stash of craft supplies, and not necessarily traditional scrapbooking supplies. In the current week’s lesson, we’re looking at using paint on scrapbook layouts.

Problem is, I’ve never scrapbook before, so I find that there’s some big gaping holes in my scrapbooking basics. And my pictures… they’re are a mess (organisation-wise).

Which is where the second class comes in, Stacy Julian’s Finding Photo Freedom also hosted at Big Picture Classes.

Finding Photo Freedom (previously known as Library of Memories) is an organisation system for your photos (both printed and digital) with scrapbookers in mind.

Neither classes have gone on for very long, so I can’t really write much of a review, but trying to get through two classes worth of material can be a bit mind boggling (especially if I try to do all their recommended homework as well!).

But I’m not finished yet. I also registered for {mo}tography, another class that I heard about on the PaperClipping podcast (that show is so bad for my wallet!).

This class teaches you to use your instagram photos in your scrapbooking.

Unfortunately, I thought there would be more information on the printing of photos from your phone and using them in scrapbook layouts. Instead it mainly introducing students to smart phone apps which could help you edit your photos in preparation for printing.

However for $19 I got a bit of my money’s worth from the digital fonts and templates that they give away as part of the class.

So now I have to juggle three classes’ worth of material as I navigate the treacherous waters of scrapbooking (not to mention trying to watch all the CHA 2013 videos that PaperClipping has put up – there’s 50 of them!) 

PS. In the process of writing this, I’ve also joined up as a premium member of – my justification, I need to mend those gaping holes in my knowledge! I know, I’m just bad at spending money (or not spending it).

woyww 101


This week, my work desk is mainly covered with acrylics.

I’ve recently signed up with Julie Prichard’s Chaos and Calm class and the page above is the result of lesson two.


I’ve never worked with glazes before and this class seems to revolve around it a lot.

It’s interesting to try to blend acrylics, and I can’t wait to see the paintings that would be produced in this class.


Unfortunately acrylic and glaze take forever to dry, even with a hair dryer.

I’ve already had a couple of mishaps where I’ve lifted still-wet paint when trying to blend colours.

This is an exercise in patience, which I was never very good at.

What classes have people taken recently?

AJF – lesson 3 – lemons

I completely forgot to post this up!

This is from the third lesson of Artful Journaling Foundations class with Laure Ferlita.

I had my quirks with this one. I don’t like the background as I think the purple is really blotchy and the words made it all very busy. I like the bowl and I’m happy I put in the little chips on the rim, but I am way happy about the way the lemons turned out (even though the one on the right looks more like a mango).

I haven’t started watercolours for long and I’ve never tried layering colours like I did with the shadows on the lemons. It was really fun and what I thought were accidents turned out to be details that I love the best in the end product.

artful journaling foundations

Yes, another art journaling course – I’m so addicted to them!

This time it’s Laure Ferlita’s Artful Journaling Foundations. Below are pages from the first two lessons.

First lesson is called “Affirmation”. I could have been a little lighter of hand when drawing that stem of the flower, but I like how the petals ended up.

We would be colouring this at a later date I think.

The second lesson is called “watermelon”. I think I was a bit heavy handed with the lines and the colour in the shadows, although the picture turned out pretty good after being converted into a jpeg.

This is also a contour drawing, where I keep my eye on the subject while drawing (as opposed to on the page). It was quite unnerving as we were drawing straight on the page with pen, no pencil-sketching!

I’m back

Well I’ve actually been back for a week already but I’ve been hiding because my photos were unorganised and I had nothing ready to post with regards to my Portugal/Spain trip.

Actually I still don’t have any of my photos ready, but I thought I should explain my absence, in case people feel I got lost between Madrid and Barcelona. (Although if you believe half the stories our tour guide told about the crime-level in Spain, it’s more likely that I got kidnapped or mugged and left in a ditch somewhere to bleed to death XD)

As mentioned in my previous post, I’ve not done much sketching during the trip, but I did take plenty of photos. I’ve also signed up for Bob Davie’s Watercolour Secrets (actually it’s a birthday present from a friend), so hopefully I’ll have some watercolours to show for it in the upcoming posts.

watercolour exercise – a hat

After my dubious effort at John Lovett’s foliages exercise, here’s my attempt at doing a hat.

Still having trouble controlling where the colour is to go. I find that less water is better, I can always add more water later and can control the paint, if I have a wet page, the paint just spreads… and not in a good way.

I really like the colour combination in this, the grey/blue really brings out the yellow.

However the hat didn’t come out as battered as it was supposed to be.

watercolour exercise – trees and foliages

I’ve never been fond of watercolours, I thought watercolour paintings were boring and washed out.

It didn’t help that my first experience with the medium was with the primary-school-grade watercolour pans. The watercolours were so hard it took buckets of water to soften and even then the pigment was so washed out it was near non-existent. Is it any wonder that I run screaming the other way whenever I hear watercolours being mentioned?

Then I stumbled onto John Lovett’s site.

A picture is worth a thousand words…

Does that painting look boring or washed out to you?

So after poring through all his tutorials and a myriad of YouTube videos, I succumbed and bought a set of Royal Talens’ ArtCreation Expression watercolours.

Yes, these are tubes and not watercolour pans – baby steps, baby steps.

My first few attempts at using watercolour was disastrous and was more a play of paint and colour on a page. As I wanted watercolour to be more than another medium to create colourful backgrounds, I realise that I have to practice (and practice and practice).

So here’s the result of my first exercise (taken from John Lovett’s site):

Watercolour exercise - foliage Watercolour exercise – foliage

Now I was still getting used to how watercolours change when it dries and the “painting” above looked really weird while it was still drying, so I tried again (below).

Watercolour exercise - trees Watercolour exercise – trees

As could be seen, I’m still having trouble controlling how much water to use XD

So I’ll need more practice and my next few entries will most likely record my attempts at using this medium.