Inspired to Learn – My First Online Course

It has been a long time since I have taken any type of school or course, and I remember the biggest challenge of being in class was just to stay awake!  In the spring I was debating going back to school and was looking into graphic design programs at the local colleges.  I decided that the time just wasn’t right for our young family and, perhaps, I will look into it again in a few years when the kids are in elementary school.

To satisfy my need for learning more about scrapbooking, design, and Photoshop, I signed up for a couple of online courses with Scrapaneers.  I am just finishing the final week of my first course,Title Express with Tiffany Tillman, and I have been loving it!  It covered typography basics, choosing and pairing fonts, and included many Photoshop techniques for creating amazing titles.  She did such a great job with all the video tutorials that I feel 100% more confident using Photoshop Elements for scrapbooking.

Letterforms-and-Texture

Digital Elements from “Monsters Under My Bed” by Micheline Martin.

Text-Twins-and-Knockouts

Digital elements from Kitty Designs, brushes included with class.

The following layout shows a really cool technique for have the picture pop from the title and is a type of subway art.  This was my husband’s favorite and I liked it because he thought I was a super star digital scrapbooker!

Subway-Art

Digital Elements from “Adorned” and “Huntington by Paislee Press, brushes included with course.

This next layout had my favorite technique: creating chipboard letters from a flat font.  I really felt like a pro when I successfully created the word “Pause” to look like distressed, paper-covered chipboard.  (I had to show my husband what real chipboard was for him to be truly impressed!!)

Letter-Forms-and-Blending

Digital elements from “Fairytale” by Paislee Press and One Little Bird, and “Worn” by One Little Bird and Sahlin Studio.

I am just working on the final assignment for the class and I am waiting to get hit with some inspiration!  I will post it as soon as it is done, so be prepared to be wowed!!

Leah

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