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Use What You Buy is a scrapbooking class concept that’s built off of my Best of Both Worlds kits. These kits are monthly shopping lists, but with a bit of a twist. I encourage scrappers to buy only what they want or need, and then dig into their stash for the rest. The idea here is to use what we actually have, and not hang onto things. Yes, that piece of paper is incredibly pretty, but wouldn’t it look so much better in a layout than tucked away in a cupboard somewhere?
Use What You Buy is the next step on from this. In this class, the focus is on using stash building items from the BOBW kits, like stencils, stamps, and inks that should be used time and again, or with stand out items that might have been intimidating like specialty papers or themed embellishments. With this class, I’m going through one category of stash at a time. Each has four instruction-focused videos (around 22 minutes long), with four specific and versatile techniques you can experiment with. Don’t have the specific item I’m using? Not to worry – these are supposed to be jumping off points to encourage you to use what you buy, even if it’s a different paper or stamp or stencil than what I bought!
There are currently three live and one upcoming Use What You Buy classes, and more will appear throughout 2023. They are each $5 in the first month that they are available and then $10 any time later.
Scrap a Rainbow! Step into a world of colour: Scrap a Rainbow dives into each familiar shade, one at a time, as we head through the spectrum plus pink for good measure. There is a balance of ideas for each colour – first on its own, and then in several combinations. We use ink pads throughout to demonstrate colour combinations, but you don’t need to be an inky crafter to pull these colour combinations together with paper, stickers, and other supplies. This course includes videos pre-recorded edited and live (now a replay) videos. Click here for more information on scrapbooking a rainbow. Scrap a Rainbow also includes two short bridging classes that link the larger online workshops I offer, so there is one already available about quadrant design to link to Half and Half, and there will be another short class included in early 2023 that links the colour-based info to the next big workshop! Click here to read more about Scrap a Rainbow!
Quadrants and Colour is a bridging class that is included with both Scrap a Rainbow and Half and Half: it’s all about page designs using four 6×6 quadrants on a 12×12 page. (A ‘bridging class’ is a short workshop that connects one theme of lessons to the next, that’s all! I like it as a warm up for the next big project.)
Half and Half is a page design class entirely based on the idea of starting your page with two 6×12 inch boxes of patterned paper: half one pattern and half another pattern. It sounds like something that would make every page look the same, but it doesn’t, and it’s a great way to get more from your patterned paper purchases and to create depth and layering if you feel your pages could do with a bit of something ‘more’ but you haven’t been able to put your finger on what exactly. Half and Half also includes the Quadrants and Colour bridging class. Click here to read more about the Half & Half page composition class.
Start With a Sketch does exactly what you expect: every lesson starts with a page sketch. The great thing about a scrapbook page sketch is that it can be interpreted (and reinterpreted) so many ways. I’ll take you through fifteen scrapbook page sketches, and create three interpretations of each. We’ll explore classic interpretations, mixed media, story topics, and more. Click here to read more about my sketch-based scrapbook page design class.
Level Up takes four core elements of scrapbooking and shares ways you can take each of them to the next level. We’ll look at photography, page composition, writing, and embellishment, spotting ways we can spend just a little more thought or time and end up with an end result that feels fabulous! This class includes both single and double page layouts, and Q&A sessions in addition to the edited video lessons. Click here to read more about levelling up your scrapbooking!
Behind the Scenes Scrapbooking takes a look at all the stuff that goes into making pages and albums and telling my stories. I share scrapbooking process videos all the time, but this course shows you the thinking and planning that goes on off-camera, from looking through my photos and deciding what to print and scrapbook to selecting the supplies for each page to telling the story in words. Click here to read more about the class that pulls back the camera to go behind the scenes of scrapbooking.
Layer on Layer on Layer covers the topic I am most often asked to explain: paper layering! I love adding more and more without it feeling like the photos are overwhelmed and layering is that perfect balance. With sketches, techniques, and thirty layering process videos, you can fall head over heels with using all those scraps and stickers to create a unique mix of pattern and colour to tell your story. Click here to read more about Layer on Layer on Layer.
Clear the Desk is an earlier version of my use-what-you-buy mantra: eight lessons encouraging you to clear your desk by using the stash you’ve bought and organised and continued to like despite never actually using it to craft! After all: if we use the supplies in our stash, we have room to buy new supplies! And that’s all part of the fun. Click here to read more about Clear the Desk and get ready to use whatever is left on your desk right now!
A Most Magical Scrapbook
covers the process of creating an album (actually two volumes, since there are so many pages) to document a long trip to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando. The videos cover dozens of page process videos (which can easily be adapted to other topics if theme parks aren’t your thing!) and also a look at how I tackled the enormity of all the pictures from the trip and how I planned the album. See more about the class here
includes 15 extended-length process videos and accompanying PDF
guides with sketches to take you through choices you can make while creating a page: design decisions. We look at why certain choices work best in certain situations and how you can develop your own personal style through the decisions you make. Click here to read more about this series of scrapbooking design video tutorials.
The 20 Project
was a scrapbooking challenge I set myself: could I create twenty pages, spurred on my twenty challenges I’d stuck in a jar, and could I finish each one in twenty minutes? The twenty process videos (around twenty minutes each) make up this class and allow you to follow along with my own challenges or to create your own list of twenty things you want to try. And of course, this class is just twenty dollars. Click here for further information about this series of scrapbooking challenges.
The Scrapbook Process
includes 22 process videos as I work on three specific themed scrapbooks, and I break down the choices in style and storytelling as I scrap in that format. As a result, it goes hand in hand with Cover to Cover (below), but has a definite focus on making individual pages rather than the philosophy angle of the album course. This course can be useful if you’re working on pages for any album, but can give you ideas for organising pages to tell themed stories too. Click here for more information on this scrapbooking video series.
Ready Set Scrapbook
is an online video workshop designed to help you stop staring at the paper and start your scrapping engine. In three videos, it covers three quick composition strategies that help me work quickly while making use of the supplies I love (rather than saving them for a rainy day) and still making sure my photos and writing are at the heart of my designs, even though I love my embellishment. I hope you will find it useful in creating pages that are filled with love and made with whatever time you have to scrapbook right now. The examples feature my True Stories collection from American Crafts but the principles can be used with any supplies you like. This class is a much shorter format than most of my workshops and can be a good kickstart if you’ve taken a break from scrapping or just feel you’re looking at a blank page for far too long. Click here for further details about this quick guide to scrapbook page composition.
came from working with some of my favourite scrapbookers to break down how we translate different sources of inspiration into unique scrapbook pages, and we share that process with you through ten videos and an accompanying PDF
for reference. Across the ten videos, we take inspiration from the photos we will scrapbook, a patterned paper collection, geometric graphics, party decor, mixed media art, watercolours, commercial illustration, interior design, text art, and an existing scrapbook page. Then we walk through our individual scrapping process from taking that inspiration and turning it into something we love for our albums. It’s inspiration without sacrificing personal style, and we’d love for you to join in the fun. (Two of the ten videos are my own scrapping; the remaining eight are each from a different contributor.) Click here to read more about taking inspiration from other sources and turning it into scrapbook pages you love.
Glitter Girl’s Scrapbooking Survival Guide
is taught by scrapbooking superhero alter ego, Glitter Girl, and was originally hosted by Two Peas in a bucket. This class includes 42 layouts, of which 10 are shown in process videos, and the printed content is broken into 5 PDF
chapters. Glitter Girl addresses the questions that seem to come up time and time again for staying happy and creative with your scrapbooking. It also includes access to Glitter Girl’s Guide to Stash Stretching, originally an early bird bonus or a separate purchase from Two Peas. This is a separate video focusing on getting more from your papers and supplies. Click here for more details on my sparkly friend’s scrapbooking classes.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Scrapbooking
was originally hosted at Two Peas in a Bucket, an online scrapbooking store that closed in 2014. This class is now accessible on my own site. If you want to scrapbook more efficiently (at home or away), use the paper and embellishments you buy (rather than just collecting them) or get a really intense dose of my scrapbooking style, then this is the workshop you’ll love. It’s a book + video format, broken into five chapters (all printable) and five accompanying videos. Each video reviews the concepts of that chapter plus shows you one layout from that chapter in a start-to-finish process. Don’t panic – just click here to read more about keeping your cool while scrapbooking, anywhere in the galaxy.
Cover to Cover
is a philosophy class rather than a layout class, but many of the participants found themselves scrapping more than ever before! If you have pages in stacks or just randomly in an album but you wish you could hand a guest an album with confidence and have them understand and appreciate your work even if they don’t really know about scrapbooking, then this is the class for you. It’s all about putting the book back in scrapbooking. This course includes 25 pdfs, four exclusive video episodes and access to a few videos from other courses that are also relevant to the discussion. Click here for more details
on some serious album system stuff!
Paperclipping’s Deep Dive Audio Course on Story-Centred Albums
is an audio course that Noell made where the two of us talk albums for hours. It makes a good complement for Cover to Cover and can be found on the Paperclipping site here
The Perfect Collection
is all about taking one collection pack and using it until it’s all gone – and I walk you through my process for making a full album from a collection pack. This course is a single video just shy of forty minutes, plus there is a PDF
with cutting guide diagrams and pictures of how those pieces of paper became the finished scrapbook pages. Click here for a bit more information on cutting up your collection packs.
Return to the Collection
is a follow-up to Perfect Collection and works with a single collection pack but also far more embellishments. The videos of this course cover six layouts made from one paper collection with a focus on more detailed embellishments than the previous collection class. The idea is you would try these concepts with a collection of papers in your own stash rather than feeling tied to the set of papers shown in the examples. Click here for more information on this scrapbooking embellishment video course.
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 PDF
s 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. Click here for more details on mixing up all the patterned papers on your pages.
Pretty Paper Party
is just what you want if you love paper and collect paper but want some new ideas for actually using all that paper to scrapbook and craft. You’ll get project ideas and tutorials from me and a team of special guests, including 25 pdfs and five exclusive videos. Click here for more about all that paper goodness.
is one of the projects dearest to my heart. It’s all about writing – or journaling – for scrapbookers. All different ways to approach writing, get your message written down and enjoy the creativity of words. I’m joined by guest scrappers and special guest Relly Annett-Baker, who happens to be a writing professional by day and scrapbooker by night. I love this class, and the pages I created for these prompts are still some of my very favourites in terms of both storytelling and design. Click here for more about no-fear word-smithery.
Blogging for Scrapbookers
actually has two parts – the original class and the more advanced sequel. We start with the basics of getting a blog set up and making it look how you like then we move on to why blogging can be so useful for scrapbookers and how you can use the two things together. The class content covers all sorts of topics for interesting blog posts for scrapbookers to write from their own perspective, and in the advanced class we look more at growing your readership and even making some money, if that’s the sort of thing you would like to do. The class content can be used with any blog system, so you can blog on your own set-up or Blogger, Typepad, Squarespace, Wordpress or anything else. Ali Edwards featured this class on her blog – thanks Ali! Click here to read more about the original Blogging for Scrapbookers course
and here for details on the follow up class for those who already have a blog up and running.
Love your Pictures, Love your Pages
is my answer to scrappers who say they are most inspired to scrapbook their best photos, but are not interested in photo courses that are intimidating, technical, or expensive. I love to scrap those winning shots but I always prefer to enjoy the experience more than think about technical stuff, so I’ve had to adopt some strategies to find a happy medium for me, and that’s what we explore in this class: how to get photos that are so much fun to scrapbook and then lots of ideas for how to scrapbook with those pictures. This is a summer favourite since it’s so much easier to get out and scrapbook when the light is there, the weather is warmer and the days are long. Click here to read more about this the camera + paper experience.
Something from Almost Nothing
is all about getting more from the stash we have already acquired, no matter what your personal product of choice may be. We work through a range of products you already have on hand and put them to use in new ways. We’ll step away from just gluing or stitching on a button and build something new. Plus it’s not just buttons we’ll be moving from stash to completed pages; we’ll also put stickers, ribbons, transparencies, papers, page protectors, chipboard and other supplies to work too. You won’t need to have specific supplies to follow along: we’ll focus on what you do have and offer plenty of alternatives along the way. Click here for further details on seeing your scrapbooking stash in a whole new light.
Journal your Christmas
These classes run every year and once you join, you are welcome to join in as many years as you would like with no additional fees. Class materials are available year-round and emails are sent when the class is active each year.
runs from the 1st of December to the 6th of January every year. It’s something that started small. One year it was just me and my pen and my book, trying to take back Christmas and rediscover my love of the holiday after a few years when Christmas lacked a certain sparkle. The second Christmas, I shared the idea with a small group of crafty friends, just to see if this reclaiming idea was something that made sense outside of my head. It did. And from there, Journal your Christmas became an online class that I shared with the rest of the world. And by ‘rest of the world’, I mean we now have Christmas journallers from more than fifty countries. I make a new book each year and share it in process video form as it comes together in addition to the written prompts. The prompts are changed from time to time, with the latest significant refresh in December 2022. Click here for further details on keeping a Christmas journal.
Share your Christmas runs from the 1st to the 24th of December every year. This class can be taken alongside Journal your Christmas or on its own: it’s an adventure in taking photos, creating short videos, and adding captions to share your Christmas moments with friends and family or with a wider audience through a social media platform like Instagram. There are daily emails with videos or instructions to walk you through a variety of photo and video ideas. If you have been looking for a way to bring meaning and positivity to your social media posts, this is definitely a road map for doing just that. If you follow along, you’ll have a range of photographs, videos, and captions that document what’s most important to you this holiday season. Click here for further details on both Christmas classes.
Learn Something New Every Day
runs from the 1st to the 30th of September every year. September is a special kind of second new year: the time of year when we head back to school, set new goals, live up to our shiny new intentions and embrace the idea of doing a little something to make ourselves a little better somehow. Around here, we do that with an online class called Learn Something New Every Day. This online class encourages you to observe the world around you and learn from your daily experiences and surroundings. We work with a small format album to make thirty daily entries, and we adopt a few short cuts and techniques to make those daily entries possible in even the busiest of weeks. Click here for more information about this one-sentence-per-day journaling class.
Please be aware I am no longer adding new content to this class, but I still send the emails every September and you are still very welcome to take the class for as many years as you like!