Monday, September 13, 2010

New Classes Beginning!

Super excited for the new classes starting up at my local Michael's Arts & Crafts in Mesa! As an instructor with SDU, I have the opportunity to share the hobby of scrapbooking with a group of people interested in starting the paper obsession. The classes will begin on Wednesday September 22nd, from 6:30pm-8:30pm and run for 4 weeks in a row. Here's what we cover:

1. Scrapbook Basics (September 22nd 6:30-8:30pm)
In Scrapbook Basics, discover the inspiration that comes from creating scrapbooks. This class will orient all levels of papercrafters to the tools of the trade, photo organization and the elements of scrapbook design. Learn step-by-step how to create focus and unity through a variety of matting techniques, and leave class with a full understanding of the elemental components of scrapbooking.
2. Building Blocks of Design (September 29th 6:30-8:30pm)
A working knowledge of color theory and its relation to designing scrapbook pages is essential to the development of well structured layouts. Combining this understanding with the building blocks (photographs, journaling, titles, enhancements, color, line, letter and shape) and the principles of design structure will assist scrapbookers in the creation of strong layouts that complete a balanced and unified story.
3. The Power of the Pen (October 6th 6:30-8:30pm)
A picture is not always worth a thousand words. It is vital that every scrapbook designer develop an appreciation for the integration of the written word on a scrapbook page. The Power of the Pen will provide students with basic writing techniques and exercises to assist in the development of engaging titles and impact filled journal entries. Additionally, students will begin to understand the influence that hand lettering has on their reader, and how to incorporate their personal script into each design.
4. The Final Touch (October 13th 6:30-8:30pm)
Embellishing scrapbook pages is a true testament in the development of a papercrafter's design process. Page enhancements such as titles, stickers and punch art, allow the designer to create balance, rhythm, movement, contrast and depth with a layout. Design spectacular titles, learn techniques that give new vitality to your collection of stickers, develop knowledge of punch maintenance and the incorporation of punch art design in layout design.   

Each class will have an interactive lecture as well as time at the end to get hands-on with each individual's project/album. I'll be on hand to assist and as we're located in the classroom of the store, shopping is available as well should someone forget anything. The best part is that the classes are on sale!! 40% off the regular price of $45, meaning that all 4 weeks of classes are only $27! Such a great deal. If you'd like more information on registering for the class, contact me by email at or by visiting or calling the store at 1505 South Power Road, Mesa - (480) 830-8841.

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