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Noteworthy | 12.16.2011

Inspiration is coming in 2012 – that much is clear from this week’s noteworthy stories. It is exciting to see that so many new opportunities for learning and being inspired are coming! I’m feeling confident that 2012 is going to be a very creative year. Lots of new classes are being announced, and news of a designer book series was revealed this week as well. Here are this week’s stories:

When the holiday dust clears and January is upon us, wouldn’t it be nice to have some inspiration from a great group of creative women? Nathalie Kalbach announced “Creative Jump Start Summit 2012″ , a free event coming in January:

A group of wonderful, inspiring and creative women from around the globe in the scrapbooking and mixed media fields have joined together for the Creative Jump Start Summit 2012. We are coming together to tell you how we get back into the creative groove and how we get our creative juices flowing. We want to share with you to help you jump start your creativity in 2012.

The event is free, and more information and the link to register can be found here.

Northridge Publishing announced a new book series this week coming in 2012:

Your favorite designers have teamed up with Northridge Publishing to show off their latest projects in books that are uniquely theirs, each with stunning photographs, step-by-step instructions, and personal tips. Get to know these crafting icons even better and prepare to be inspired like never before.

The designers are Teresa Collins, Heidi Swapp, Donna Downey, Elizabeth Kartchner, Kristine McKay, and Kelly Purkey. For more information about this series, be sure to read Scrapbook Update Editor Nancy Nally’s article.

Cathy Zielske announced another new Big Picture Classes offering. This mini-workshop titled Ten Tips for Better Type is just two weeks long, and focuses on Cathy’s approach to type.

This class is designed to give you some solid typography basics which in turn will make the type you create on  your digital and hybrid projects more polished and refined. It’ll help you to understand a few very basic approaches to choosing and using type.

Cathy is known for her clean & simple layouts that always feature amazing use of fonts, and I think this course is a great subject for her to cover in-depth. The cost is $14, and the course will run for two weeks starting February 2. For more information and to register visit the 10 Tips class page at Big Picture.

Studio Calico announced their first ever on-line class “Photo-a-Day” taught by their design team member Nicole Samuels:

Nicole is an expert at taking a photo-a-day and ready to share her tips for success with you in this self-paced class. She’ll cover how to get started, how to stay motivated, ideas to photograph, and what to do with all those photos you’ve taken.

The class also has seven contributing designers who have participated in photo-a-day before. For more details to register for the $12 class that begins January 1, visit the Studio Calico website.

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer is known for her homemade stamps, and this week she announced that she will be teaching stamp carving 101, an on-line course that will teach her methods.

There are lots of ways to make your own stamps, but this class is solely about mastering carving rubber stamps with a linoleum cutter. It may look intimidating, but it’s super easy to do!  I will show you both the basics and nuances of stamp carving.

This course is designed for beginners or those with no experience in stamp carving, so it’s a great starting point to learn from an experienced artist. The five week course is $30, to register and for more information visit Julie’s blog here.

Editor’s Note: I’m going to hijack May’s column here for a moment to tell you about another noteworthy announcement this week that May’s too modest to include herself – her newly announced class at Big Picture Classes called The Curious Scrapbooker’s Field Guide. One of the things I’ve always admired about May’s creativity is that uses techniques with abandon. She just lets fly with ink and paint and all sorts of mediums and is not afraid of what will happen – and the results are amazing. In the Curious Scrapbooker’s Field Guide, she will be spending 12 weeks taking you inside her world of creativity. The class starts February 9th. The regular price is $99, but it’s currently on special for $89. If you are a fan of May’s (like me!)…don’t miss it! – Nancy

Noteworthy is a weekly column on Scrapbook Update. Have something new & noteworthy to share? If you have something you would like considered for next week’s column, email may@scrapbookupdate.com with a link or press release.

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One Response to Noteworthy | 12.16.2011

  1. Gab December 20, 2011 at 4:49 am #

    Thanks May. And thanks nancy for mentioning May’s class

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