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13 April 2014

Sketchy Decisions - Let's Get Classy About It

It seems that everyone thinks spring, May in particular, will be a good time for a sketch class.  They could be right, and as a result, I am quite torn about what I should do.

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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.  Think of how much I could save on supplies.  (No, that would not really happen – as you can see here.)  Think of how many more photos I could give my attention.  Think of all the extra time I would have to spend on cards.  Whadda’ya think?

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.


  1. That's quite a dilemma!!! I love the sketches on the page map site. I started using the pocket style scrapping for my travel albums. I did 2 8X8 albums from when my sister and I did a cruise. And you probably can see that is how I am handling our Disney trip. I think they go together much quicker. And I don't feel obligated to fill every non picture with decorated cards. A plain patterned paper cut to size is fine.And I still mix it up and put traditional pages. Am also doing the last grandbaby pocket page style too. I have expounded enough for today.

  2. I'm on a class diet right now. In fact, I think the last class I actively participated in was 2012. Saying that, I was soooo tempted with the Project Life Lessons. I wanted to start PL in Jan and had everything out waiting to start and I wondered if that class would be the kick I needed. I've since decided to pack it all away again. 2014 is not the year. I do like pocket pages though. Not that I would ever want to move over to that completely. I like my bulky pages too much. I'm no help! I can't help with choosing a class - I know that I don't do them so they just sit in my forever access. Having you in the class always helps though! Let us know what you decide

  3. I, of course, like to use sketches, but it seems I haven't been as much lately. So, I signed up for the Sketch Solutions workshop at BPC! :>)

  4. I'm doing Stashbusters Anonymous over at Big Picture. It's awesome. Lot's of sketch challenges. You know you can't go wrong with any of those classes. They will all be a good time.

  5. I am pretty torn too. So many classes, so little time. I was thinking about the sketch class at BPC. But now I am intrigued by the pocket classes. I thought the price of the event was way over the top too much. Seems like Lain realized that and has made them more reasonable. I'm going to look into it too! :)

  6. I'm determined not to sign up to add anything to my class list until after I move. I think I'll watch you do the classes and get inspiration instead. So no pressure.... ;)

  7. I am going to sign up for Sketch Solutions. I can't wait! Are you doing LOAD in May? I'm still on the fence. If the prompts are just going to be to scrapbook things about myself, I'm not sure if I would be interested ... there are so many pages that I need to get done of the kids first (especially considering I don't even have Rebecca's first year done yet, and she is now over four).