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In 2012, I taught one of the sessions for True Scrap 3, and my contribution was a forty minute video workshop entitled The Perfect Collection. The idea was to take a collection pack of patterned papers and use it until it was all gone, creating a stack of layouts that stretched that paper investment to lots of scrapbooking! That workshop remains available, but it is time to return to that idea with something new.

Return to the Collection is a new workshop here at Earlier this year, it was open for Early Bird Registration, but it is now open to all and will remain available. Unlike many of my workshops which are PDF based but with some accompanying videos, this one is video accompanied by notes. Those of you who prefer to watch will find plenty of new material here – none of the video in this workshop has been shared in any other class nor on the blog – it is all exclusive to the workshop. There are also some printable notes to help (and so you can have still shots of the completed layouts) but these notes support the videos rather than the other way around.

Return to the Collection showcases six layouts from start to finish, using one collection pack – the Wild & Free collection from Glitz Design – but instead of the limited embellishment focus of The Perfect Collection, this time the pages feature a more embellished style and a range of techniques.

…Examples include both single and double page layouts and a variety of numbers and sizes of the photographs. My pages are all 12×12 (making a 24×12 double page) but you could adapt the ideas to other page sizes if you prefer.
…Techniques and design ideas are easily adapted to the collection of your choice. You’re welcome to follow along with Wild & Free, but my aim is to give you the confidence to use these tips with the papers you love. In fact, many of the early bird participants reported that Wild & Free was really not their style, but they were still able to apply the strategies to papers they loved. That’s exactly what I hoped for, since my goal is always to help you find things that will work in your own way so you find some creative independence rather than just duplicating any particular project.
…The design process for each layout includes building and embellishing, with all of that explained on video, including my reasons behind each choice. I do not teach in a ‘glue this here and stamp that there’ fashion, and always value the ‘why’ more than the ‘do’ in sharing my scrapbooking process.
…The page designs can be used together for a cohesive series of pages or separately across a variety of photos and albums – whatever suits your needs best!

Once you purchase the class, you’ll receive access within 24 hours, with details sent to you by email. (If you don’t receive a message within 24 hours, check your spam folder just in case, then get in touch so I can help!) classes are accessed via a forum, so if you’ve taken a class before, this will be added to your account. If it’s your first class, you’ll also receive login details for your new account. When the class is live, you will have access to everything all at once – it’s not a daily email class. Like all classes, you’ll have permanent access to all the materials so there is no rush to work through the videos. You can view them any time you like.

Choose your currency and click to sign up for the class. You can pay by credit/debit card or by logging into your PayPal account. The email address on the payment is where your registration will be sent. If that email address is not correct (or if you want to give the class to a friend as a gift), then leave a note in the ‘notes to seller’ section with the correct email address. If you accidentally forget that step or have any other problems, email me. You’ll receive a PayPal email receipt when your payment has been made, then class access within 24 hours.

Questions and Answers
Do I need to take The Perfect Collection first?
No, it’s not a requirement. There are a few references in the dialogue of the class, but they are simple enough to understand without having taken the class. If you prefer more embellished styles, The Perfect Collection may not be the best class for you – it is more aimed at stretching a collection page to many layouts without having to sacrifice colour and pattern. But of course you are welcome to take both! The Perfect Collection is still available here.

Do I have to have the same collection pack for the workshop to make sense?
No, not at all. The papers are all referenced with explanations and descriptions that make it easy to apply the same tips to any paper collection of your choice.

What other supplies are you using in this workshop?
For the embellishment, you’ll see many little things from different manufacturers and collections. The idea is to start with a collection pack of papers, but not to feel you have to then buy every pack of embellishments in the line. Instead, pick from your existing stash to find frames, die-cuts, stickers, brads, and stamps to create unique combinations. You don’t need to use the same exact products as in the video. For example, there is a fabric-covered brad by Cosmo Cricket on one page. You wouldn’t need that pack of brads specifically. You might have fabric-covered brads in your stash, and if so it’s easy to select one that will work. If not, that’s still fine – use a plain or epoxy brad. No brads? No problem – substitute an item that is of a similar shape and size – like a button or a maybe a flair badge. This way you are free to use what you love and what you have on hand, while at the same time learning to embellish on your own so you can add as much or as little as you like without needing to keep looking back at a reference point once you have the hang of it. That’s the goal!

Any other questions, please feel free to ask in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer. Thanks so much!

04 July 2014

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23 Comments for Return to the Collection :: Sign up now!

  1. Dolly Says:

    Looks like an awesome class!!

  2. Darlene Says:

    How can I get on an email notification list to learn about new classes here? I discovered the class offering from Ali Edwards. Thanks!

  3. Valerie Says:

    I’m so glad this is available to purchase now! I’ve been kicking myself for not purchasing the early bird for months now!

  4. ana frazee Says:

    can i sign up for email notifications, too?

  5. ana frazee Says:

    found the email sign up on the home page, thanks.

  6. Davida Stafford Says:

    Signed up! So excited for another class with you :-)

  7. Jenny Kozar Says:

    Signing up now!!! Cannot wait.

  8. Alissa Says:

    It’s been a long time since I’ve taken a new Shimelle class! All signed up and can’t wait!

  9. Gab Says:

    I did this class as an early bird and LOVED it! Can’t recommend it highly enough!

  10. Natalie G Says:

    I was also an early bird attendee to the class and really enjoyed it. I happened to have the Wild and Free collection in my stash so did use it alongside Shimelle, but have since used the theories in the class on several other collection packs. The techniques are really fun and I really cannot recommend it enough!

  11. Jane Says:

    I was one of the early bird class and learned so much from it – I’d recommend it as it’s packed with ideas and valuable lessons. I originally worked along with the wild and free collection but am going to go through it again with different supplies. Enjoy :)

  12. Sharon Says:

    Shimelle, you are always an inspiration and your classes keep pushing me to try new things. Thanks again for this opportunity to learn more.

  13. Maureen Says:

    I was an early bird and I recommend this class! I bought the collection Shimelle used, “Wild and Free” by Glitz, but also used another Crate Paper pack and made layouts using each collection with each prompt. Loved it and how the pages turned out! And that is coming from someone who is always hesitant about purchasing online courses.

  14. Crystal Says:

    I loved this class!

  15. Tammy Says:

    If I purchase this class on a laptop can I still view it on a different device with the forum?

  16. Lisa M. Zepponi Says:

    I loved this class! It helped me use the entire collection, which by the way was not “wild and Free”. It was a boy collection and it worked perfectly fine. I have been able to access Shimelle’s forum on any computer incl. iPad.

  17. shimelle Says:

    Tammy – yes, you can use any device you like. You receive a login name and password and then you just use those to sign in wherever you are, on whatever device! :)

  18. SandraA Says:

    I was an early bird, and totally enjoyed this class. I have used the lessons learned with at least four collections. I love it! Tell those stories, use that paper.

  19. Lisa-Jane Johnson Says:

    I took this class as an early bird and it was fab! I really love all the layouts I managed to complete by the end and it inspired me to make many more.

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  22. L McCarty Says:

    Hi Shimelle,

    Is there anyplace I can find out what is included in the class. Like, how many minutes/hours of vido, what handout topics are, etc.


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