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CKU-Orlando 2005 Class Review, continued: 60 minute classes

Here are the reviews of the six 60 minute classes that were on my schedule:

ABC’s of Color
Professor: Ali Edwards
Sponsor: Creating Keepsakes
Project Sponsors: American Crafts, Autumn Leaves, Bazzill Basics, Creative Imaginations, Cropper Hopper, Karen Foster, Making Memories, May Arts, Mrs. Grossman’s, Scenic Route, SEI
Project: Single Page Layout (take-home)

This lecture-only class was anything but boring! Ali uses her graphic design skills to create a very visually interesting presentation and can really reach the audience with her explanation of the topic. For instance, I had heard many times about the concept of creating a color idea binder or journal but wasn’t interested in using one myself. After seeing Ali’s presentation of the concept, however, I have already started snapping pictures of inspiring color schemes to use in the binder I am starting! She explained not only how to do it but was also persuasive about why to do it. She sent class attendees home with excellent tools to use: a detailed handout and a ring of ABC cards describing good places to get color inspiration.

Simple Style
Professor: Donna Downey
Sponsor: Simple Scrapbooks
Project Sponsors: Bazzill Basics Paper, Boxer Scrapbooks, Cloud 9 Design, Creative Imaginations, Cropper Hopper, Making Memories, May Arts, Simple Scrapbooks, Therm O Web.
Project: Mini Flipover Album

Sit on it and watch out for flying chocolate! That about sums up the fun of this class as we learned great tips for creating easy but durable flipover albums from the energetic Donna. Despite all the mini-albums I made at CKU, I still probably learned more basics from this class about their construction that is transferable to other projects than in any other class I took.

Yes, That’s A Scrapbook
Professor: Donna Downey
Sponsor: Simple Scrapbooks
Project Sponsors: Basic Grey, Bazzill Basics, Cropper Hopper, Delta Crafts, Fiskars, K & Co, Plaid Enterprises, PM Designs, Provo Craft, Simple Scrapbooks.
Project: ProvoCraft Wood Tabletop Box Album

This was by far the most unique project I did at CKU! The album was a brand-new product from ProvoCraft. We covered it in Basic Grey and the results were gorgeous! The class pace was pretty frantic but you have all the information in the handout that you need to complete the project at home, which I am very much looking forward to doing.

Photography for Scrapbookers
Professor: Tracy White
Sponsor: Creating Keepsakes

This class was a very good synthesis of photography basics for exposure and composition and how to make the most of them with your camera, especially in tricky situations. It applied to both digital and film photographers and attendees were treated to excellent visual aids and sent home with a slide holder illustrating the rule of thirds and a handout.

Clearly Unconventional
Professor: Julie Scattaregia
Sponsor: Creative Imaginations
Project: Mini Album

This class demonstrated many different ways of adhering transparency when it is used on a project. The handout listed many more methods than could actually be used in a single project.  Then the lovely  mini-album project actually used some of the more unusual techniques. The ambitiously paced class was manageable for most students due to Julie’s clear instructions. I left with only a few things still left to do on my album, and having learned to think “outside the box” on how to adhere transparencies to my next project!

Mouse Memories
Professor: Trudy Sigurdson
Sponsor: Sandylion
Project: 2 – 12×12 Single Page Layouts

Sandylion has recently revamped and greatly expanded their line of Disney licensed products with, in my opinion, very nice results. And since I have three boxes of unscrapped Disney pictures (yes, you read that right – three boxes) I just had to take this class. The two layouts let participants try both the new vintage Mickey look and the new bright Mickey look and are well-designed. I did not finish either layout in class (which would be impossible to do in 60 minutes since they both include hand-cut titles) but will be able to do so at home with the instructional handouts that were provided.

Stay tuned for an entry with tips for making the most of your CKU!

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