Weekly Warm-Up: Summer School

07/20/2009 at 10:50 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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IMG_2057Howdy, Blog Buddies!

Have you seen the movie “Summer School“? A slacker teacher is assigned to teach a bunch of slacker/oddball students, and of course much hilarity ensues. It’s the common stereotype . . . as punishment for not doing their work during the school year, the “losers” have to forfeit their glorious summer vacation.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to another type of summer school student—the one who wants to get ahead, take advantage of the relaxed summer schedule, and use the extra time to improve herself. She exists! And if you grab a mirror, you’ll be looking at her.

You—yes YOU—can gain lots of scrapbooking know-how during the summer months by checking out online classes. From the comfort of your own home, moving at a pace that suits your life, you can benefit from the expertise of talented designers. Here are just a few online sites that offer classes:

Big Picture Scrapbooking:  Tons of themes and ideas from the likes of CK friends Stacy Julian, Cathy ZielskeWendy Smedley and many more. Our own contributing editor, Ali Edwards, will be teaching “Yesterday + Today” this October through December as part of the 4 Experts class.

Renee Pearson Digital Training: Digital guru and friend of CK shares her wealth of knowledge.

Jessica Sprague: CK Contributing Editors Jessica Sprague and Candice Stringham, among others, offering classes in scrapbooking (digital, traditional or hybrid), organization and photography.

Two Peas in a Bucket: Great options from techniques to albums to sketches (the latter taught by CK Dream Team member Kelly Purkey).

Scrap in Style: Loads of trendy and fun classes on any topic you can think of.

Scrap Tutor: Lots of basics and technique classes to improve your skill set.

Get It Scrapped! Paper and digi classes taught by the talented Debbie Hodge and friends like Digital Scrapbooking’s Pattie Knox and CK Hall of Famer Paula Gilarde.

Which appeals to you most?  Do you know of other online offerings that rock? Tell us about them.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up for a class today and show the world how cool summer school can be!

Beth Opel

Senior Writer, Creating Keepsakes



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  1. Scrapfreak offers a monthly class that rotates between a mini-album idea/how-to and an altered project and the best part is that they are 100% FREE! Some classes have a companion kit that you can purchase but everything can be done using your own supplies at home. You can see this month’s class and past classes here. http://www.scrapfreak.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=64

  2. I am trying to get started with digital scrapbooking, but seems like all the good tutorials out there are for Photoshop and Elements. Is there something out there for people like me with Paint Shop Pro X?

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