Monday, 3 May 2010

So, what next?

I've been wondering what creative project to take on next. Project 365 and Scrap Your Day are ongoing, and I'm hoping that Shimelle will be announcing a new class soon, but now that I've finished my pages for I Have To Confess, I've worked through the prompt for Something From Almost Nothing, and I've made my little children's story for When I Grow Up, I've mentally signed each of those off to an extent. I will make the covers and album for the first, I will return to the prompts for the second (and possibly do a Celebrate Life album), and I will look again at the third - just not right now. But I'd like a bit of a creative focus!

One thing I've begun is a photography class, free from Two Peas in a Bucket, called 12 Weeks to Better Photos. Each week tackles different settings or talks about composition, and there are 'assignments' to put into practice what you learn. Look out for a post later this week where I'll share my photos for assignment 1!

But I want a craft focus, too. I've really enjoyed the recent classes, challenges and crop party from Shimelle, and they motivated me to create more cards and layouts in a short space of time than I've ever managed before! I have the notes for a few other of her classes: Worth a Thousand Words, This Year, and Go To Press, maybe I should get started on one of those? Anyone else done them? How did you find them? Or do you have any other recommendations for any fairly short, self-contained and not-too-expensive classes I might try? Thank you! :-)

Meanwhile, here are a couple of recent layouts that I haven't yet shared:


A quick and simple layout of a cute little lad we know...


...and a layout that really didn't turn out as planned, but I love the title and may have another go with the same title! (There's a pic of me behind the door, by the way, but it wouldn't stay open for the photograph - what a shame...!)

23 comments:

debs14 said...

A likely story! Door wouldn't stay open ... I don't think so!
Lovely layouts.
I'm sure there will be a new Shimelle class soon, it's been a while.

Liberty :) said...

My "You have given me.." album is coming on brilliantly. Im scrapping vvvvvv simply due to time but the concept is lovely - your idea too! Go for it! You could do it on what your hubby has given you/your parents/your kids. im really enjoying it - so is my almost hubby!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Love the layouts!
I was also contemplating this same question!
I think I'm going to start the free class, "The Street Where you Live" at Get it Scrapped (Debbie Hodge). Each month (on the 26th), there's a new prompt with sketches and templates posted, geared to creating a scrapbook about where you live. Since there's four good prompts ready to go, I think this could be a fun thing to get started.
I'm also looking at "Getting off Auto" photography class at BPS.
I'm also going to do a photo-a-day for May. I like doing this for just a month.
I started the "When I Grow Up" class from Shimelle and made my children's book, but I also have some other art journal pages planned around that class.
Rinda

scrappyjacky said...

Love the house LO....what a great idea....and a good way to hide yourself!!!
I've heard rumours that there's a new Shimelle class in May sometime....so looking forward to that....and I'm really enjoying my 'real' photography class....so hope you enjoy your 'online' one.

Cheri said...

Mel - I'm also feeling lost without a current class to keep me focused. Trying to decide myself where to turn my attention next. I second Maria's suggestion - I've also been looking at starting "The Street where you live" (free is always good). There are also a bunch of $10 classes at BPS that are focused projects - even some free ones - check it out here: http://www.bigpicturescrapbooking.com/selfpaced.php

Stacy's free "ScrapHappy" class is fun and I can also personally recommend anything by Kolette Hall - I've loved everything I've taken with her. Good luck choosing!

Ruth said...

Love the house! I did a Shimelle class last year through 2Peas called Here, There & Everywhere ~ really enjoyed it.

Denise said...

Lovely layouts Mel, I also did the Shimelle class 'Here There and Everywhere' through Two Peas like Ruth and enjoyed that one too.They have some good classes on 'Big Picture Scrapbooking', some are quite expensive and some are not so dear at all.xx

Sian said...

Have you checked out the classes at Get It Scrapped? They often have free challenges going on too

Oops, sorry just noticed Rinda has already mentioned them. I'm working on my new laptop and everything is looking all different and confusing!

Heather said...

that naughty door ...... yeah right!!! I love that LO & might have to pinch the idea sometime if thats ok? xx

Rachel B said...

The house layout is really cute, I like the background and lettering that you have chosen.

Anesha said...

Something of almost nothing was my first online scrap class and I loved it and would love to try another one. Hope you find one. love the layouts especially the house. Anesha

furrypig said...

Thanks for asking about other classes to try as I really loved Shimelle's class and it really got me scrapping. Also loved seeing everyone elses work (including yours) and getting ideas on how to use up stuff I already have. Would definitely do another Shimelle class and I also thought there was going to be a new one this month but not sure!

Clair said...

Why not pick a challenge site and work your way through as many prompts as you can? There's some fabulous ones to choose from - and they're all free :)

Amy said...

I'm going to give serious consideration to another class after my sister's wedding this weekend when all of the fuss dies down. I'm going to do a WITL at some stage as well and a part from that I'm not sure :-)

Nancy said...

Mel love your new LO, I also enjoyed the Shimelle class and crop, and have been checking out some of the class suggestions on here, so thanks ladies.

Keep up the good work Mel
x

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

I've been working my way through that photography class too. have you tried the Learn Something New Every Day class shimelle has? I really enjoyed it

Karen said...

I have all the materials for at least three classes that I've never finished (or even started) so I'm hoping to restrain myself from signing up for anything more. I did, however, immediately click on your link to the 2Peas photography class. What kind of restraint is that? I'm still finishing up Picture Spring at BPS. I made an album to house my photos and the prompts. Hope to have it done by the weekend.

I've been saving all the On the Street Where You Live (Get It Scrapped) prompts and hope to combine them with an earlier Shimelle class "No Place Like Home." I think that's my next big project after getting our vacation photos scrapped. Rinda's house project has me motivated to get going on that one.

aly said...

i hope there's a new shimelle class soon, too! cute layouts!

melissa said...

thanks for the info about the 2peas photography workshop. There are a couple of classes I would like to take at BPS, but I have told myself I cannot sign up for any until I complete the projects I have lurking around!

melissa said...

hmmm... I just tried to check out the link to the 2peas photography but it doesn't seem to work! (via their site, your link to 2peas works fine). Do you know of anywhere else I could find it?

helena said...

I've been wondering about a new class or project too. Perhaps if you chose one of the free self paced or an old shimelle one and told people on your blog then several of us would do it at the same time so we could have some of the sharing fun that is missing in normal self paced classes

sharyncarlson said...

I am wondering the same myself! I am hoping for a new Shimelle class soon, but if not I may try one of her older ones.

Deb said...

LOVE your layouts, Mel. I really like that you used the cardboard for your house front.

I'm thinking about taking the Two Pea's photography class as well...really need to do something to learn about all those features on my camera that intimidate me so!

I am signed up for a "live" class at the end of this month taught by Donna Downing called "Fabric Scrapbooking." Donna is a designer for Prima and I just love their products, so I'm pretty excited about that.

I'll look forward to hearing what you think about the Two Pea's photo class!