Many moons ago, I decided I wanted to enhance my page scrapbook page design by learning design principles. I took a basic design class in college, but I couldn’t get what I learned there to transfer to my scrapbook layouts. Then I heard Debbie Hodge was teaching design principles coupled with design critiquing. I signed up immediately because not only did I want to learn to use the design principles to make better pages, I wanted honest feedback about what worked on my pages and what didn’t.
The critique class isn’t offered anymore, or rather, it became the model for all her other live classes. The class was built around her e-book Design Principles for the Scrapbook Page, which is still available for free. That e-book alone was worth every penny it cost to take the class. I remember locking myself away, pouring over my printed PDF pages and taking notes along the way. I’m not a note taker normally and never was in school, but there were so many things I wanted to remember. It’s really the only class material I’ve ever printed (and I’ve taken quite a few classes over the years).
This week, Debbie announced that she updated Design Principles for the Scrapbook Page. She also added companion videos. If you ask me where I learned about page design, I’m going to answer with this: Design Principles for the Scrapbook Page by Debbie Hodge. I strongly believe that anyone wanting to join a creative team or make pages as well as the scrappers they admire or want to just be faster scrappers buy the updated version.
- 110+-page pdf with 12 lessons
- 12 video lessons to correspond to pdf
- videos can be viewed in browser or downloaded
- lessons cover 7 design principles and 5 page parts with over 90 illustrating layouts
When I blog for My Scrapbook Art, Gallery Standouts, Storytelling Magazine or anywhere else, I’m using all the skills and knowledge I learned from this book. I wasn’t accepted onto any CTs until after I’d read and practiced what I learned. And finally, I use the knowledge every single day and not just in scrapping. These principles apply to any artsy, crafty, creative endeavor.
There’s something unique about the way Debbie presents her material. It’s clear, concise, yet in-depth. You don’t realize how deep the material is until you’re done because it never feels boring or forced or overly complicated. I have the attention span of a gnat, but this keeps me focused. The video is great for people like me who sometimes needs plan B to get it. It’s like having your friend explaining it to you in the way she knows you need to hear it.
I’m gushing. I know. It’s not because I’m a GIS CT member and/or an affiliate. It’s because I’m picky, I’m on a strict budget where I need to get every ounce of value for my dollar. Get It Scrapped offers that. Not only have I experienced my own growth in 2 years of taking Get It Scrapped classes, I’ve witnessed the growth of my fellow classmates. I still get my pages critiqued during Office Hours, still take the various classes and still learn new things. But it all starts with foundation taught in Design Principles for the Scrapbook Page and I believe every scrapper out there will benefit from it.
I’ll stop gushing now… and end this long homage to Get It Scrapped by telling you that through Fri, Aug 22 save 40% on this class.
As always, it’s downloadable, available for your smart devices (I watch the videos on our PS3 and Xbox 360)