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I really enjoyed Donna Jannuzzi’s e-book from Ella Publishing (now merged with Big Picture Classes) Stretch Your Sketches. It came out just as I was learning to use sketches. She’s a very no nonsense kind of gal with a classic scrapping style, and I learned a lot from her e-book. A copy of the first e-book is included in the class, as well as a discount on the second edition – Stretch Your Sketches 2.
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Kelly Purkey is also a great sketch artist. I’ve taken all three of her previous sketchbook classes through Studio Calico, and enjoyed them immensely. This time there is also some coordinating product available through Studio Calico to go with the class – a little extra fun for a little extra funds (wink, wink, it is SC, after all.)
Both of these classes are right at the $29/$30 price point, so that’s not a deciding factor. Like I said - I am torn.
There is an alternative (or two): I have been entertaining this wild and crazy idea that all my scrapbooking should be pocket page scrapbooking. (Did I conceive this notion while sipping my way through the wine country of Napa Valley . . . maybe.) Just consider how this would simplify my craft life.
Okay, you may be right to call my bluff. I am not likely to go all the way there. (Although it is far short of the “dodgy deep end of going digital"). Still, I could stand to get a better grasp on pocket scrapbooking. Up until now, I have been winging it off and on. I am not sure if that is a confidence issue or what. I tend to treat the itty bitty pocket inserts too much like little layouts. I load them up with too much product taking too much time – that is a stumbling block to the ease and quickness of the concept. This has led me to consider this class from Lain Ehmann’s True Scrap series:
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There are actually several more classes in the series, and the bundle of 6 is on sale for $45 until the end of April. It would be self-paced since the live event is over, but that may be all the more convenient.
Naturally, Big Picture has a class called Project Life Lessons that looks interesting as well. And it starts next week. Coincidentally (and certainly not in blatant violation of anti-trust laws) it is also priced at $45. (Heavy sigh from ex-accounting-type!) It is a re-run of a class that has already been offered but they open a new forum and gallery for the new class period. It starts this week incidentally!!
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Like I said, I am torn here. Are you interested in any of these classes? We could take them together – and you’ll be at a safe distance so you won’t have to worry about me pulling your hair or looking over at your paper. Well, I can’t really promise the latter, I’ve been known to scrap lift from my friends on occasion.
What looks best to you? Whadda’ya think?
Wait, wait! Just as I was finishing this post - I learned that Debbie Hodge has added a resource for sketch users who are members over at Get It Scrapped - a sketch and layered template library. Sketches from various articles/classes pulled together all in one spot and it is included in your membership price. I'm telling you sketches are trendy right now!! So let's get classy about it.