Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 10 | The Nerd Nest

I take a silly amount of classes (mostly on memory keeping and blogging) online, and I’m here again to share my takes with you!

For this round, I’m sharing takes from Use Your Stash, Scrapbooking With Style, and Big Picture Classes workshops (Phone Photography Project 2, Hello Story, and Here and There Inspiration).

That sounds like a ton, but I just did a project or two for each.

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 10 | The Nerd Nest

For Week 2 of Here and There Inspiration with Kelly Purkey and Amy Tan, which is all about translating inspiration you find out in the world into your memory keeping, I documented going to Smorgasburg with Kristin and Jeff in Brooklyn.

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 10 | The Nerd Nest

Tip: If you’re layering a photo on a photo background, make your smaller photo stand out by raising it up with pop dots or by adding a cardstock mat.

Tip: If your cut-out embellishment isn’t noticeable enough, try adhering it to cardstock and cutting around the edges, so the negative space in the embellishment is filled with a color different than your background, as I did with the exclamation wood veneer.

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 10 | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Stamping an image onto cardstock and then cutting it out to add to your project gives you more chances to recover from mistakes. Usually when I do this, I’ll cut out the title in a block, but I had some extra time on my hands while having a Doctor Who marathon with my family, so fussy cutting was in the cards.

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 10 | The Nerd Nest

For Week 3 of Here and There Inspiration, I documented seeing Newsies on Broadway. I used the wardrobe design from the musical as inspiration as I was choosing patterned papers.

Tip: Need background paper for a double page spread, but only have single sheets? Cut paper into strips and lay the strips side by side so the pattern continues across both pages. Just make sure that all strips are shorter than 6 inches tall if you are using 12×12 paper so that you have enough for both sides! By using a stripe of a second color through the middle of the layout and framing it with matching strips of paper, you create the illusion that the pattern covers the whole background.

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 10 | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Don’t have room in your design for journaling? Include interactive hidden journaling. I included journaling on the back of and behind my photo mat, which lifts up.

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 10 | The Nerd Nest

Tip: If your twine or embroidery floss is unraveling on you when you’re trying to thread it through embellishments, try wrapping a bit of tape around the end so that it is stiff enough to pass through.

(Here and There Inspiration is a 12 week class and registration is open until July 30th.)

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 10 | The Nerd Nest

I’m also taking Scrapbooking With Style: Clean & Simple Layouts by Kelly Purkey at Craftsy. (It’s currently 25% off!) This is a video based class with step-by-step layout instruction, so it would be fantastic for beginners. Though I’m not in need of learning basics, I still love Kelly’s style and am excited to make a few layouts inspired by the class.

This Central Park layout was based on Lesson 1, but I replaced the patterned paper with photos, because when you take a thousand photos on vacation, you squeeze them in where you can.

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 10 | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Cut two circle embellishments in half and arrange them around a rectangle or square shape to create an interesting pattern.

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 10 | The Nerd Nest

Tip: If you are writing on a dark background, try a light colored ink instead of a black pen. I prefer this white gel pen.

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 10 | The Nerd Nest

Use Your Stash by Elise Blaha Cripe is a fun little mini class with tips for using up scrapbooking products. I was inspired by Elise’s washi lesson to make these striped cards that coordinate with the books I read in May. I also included my Currently cards for May.

Tip: Spread a photo over several pockets to make a big impact! I printed this one out as two 4x6s and cut the bottom one in half to fit into two pockets.

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 10 | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Don’t throw out a card because you make a mistake! I accidentally wrote “June” instead of “May”, so I colored over the word June in white gel pen (next best thing to white-out), waited for it to dry, and wrote the correct word over it. You can’t tell unless you look close! I’m also a fan of throwing label stickers over mistakes.

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 10 | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Add a 3×4 journaling card to a cool patterned 4×6 card so you can have the best of both worlds: words and awesome design!

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 10 | The Nerd Nest

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 10 | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Add more into your Project Life by including photos or tags on the back of cards. Just have a bit peeking out so that you’ll know there’s more to see back there!

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 10 | The Nerd Nest

This layout is for Week 12 for Hello Story from Ali Edwards, which means that I made at least one layout for every week of the class this year! Finished! Wahoo!

I listed 10 “House Rules” around here.

Tip: Use wet, clear drying glue for small accents like these wood veneer letters.

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 10 | The Nerd Nest

Tip: Don’t have a group photo with everyone smiling? Use two. Each one here has one grumpy looking kid and one excited kid, and together you get the big picture.

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 10 | The Nerd Nest

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 10 | The Nerd Nest

Tip: If your background is white card stock, it is easy to slice apart your layout and move segments if you make a mistake. I originally had the cork house stickers lining the very top of the layout, but it looked imbalanced. It is difficult to remove those stickers without tearing them, so I cut the top off of the layout, moved the strip of houses down, and adhered another strip of white cardstock to the top so the layout would be 12×12 again. The washi strips makes this change virtually unnoticeable.

Confessions of a Class Junkie Vol. 10 | The Nerd Nest

I also just started Big Picture’s Phone Photography Project 2, which centers around helping you to improve your phone photography. Class just started yesterday and is open for registration until July 30. Follow along on my Instagram to see my takes on class challenges as the class develops. (I’m also doing daily memory keeping tips there!)

This class is a sequel to last year’s (now self-paced) The Phone Photography Project: Summer Challenges. I had fun completing all of the challenges for that class– check out my takes on last year’s challenges!

I’d love to know what classes you’re taking or some of your past favorites!


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Here’s the deal: because I have friends who teach things and because I teach at Big Picture Classes, I get to take classes for free sometimes. So I end up taking more classes at once than I would if I were paying for them. I’d want to make sure I had time to do ALL of the projects in a given class vs. dipping in here and there if I were working within my crafting budget, so I’d probably limit myself to much less at a time. But as it is, I don’t need to do that, so keep that in mind. I don’t want anyone to feel like they need to be taking a stressful amount of classes. Choose classes based on what you think will be the most inspiring or the best fit for you (and your budget).