September 14, 2011
Online Class – 4 Weeks
with Jennifer Priest

Learn the basics and more about your Silhouette Diecutting Machine in this information-packed course. Each week we'll learn a new feature of the Silhouette Studio and Craft Robo diecutting software while creating finished scrapbook layouts and projects. Both the Silhouette Studio (new) and Craft Robo (original) software will be covered each week. Whether you're a beginner or already have some experience with the Silhouette, this course will teach you tips, tricks, and techniques to get the most out of your Silhouette Machine.

Lesson One: 

  • Setting Up Your Silhouette
  • Learning to Use Shapes and Text
  • Grouping and Ungrouping

Lesson Two:

  • Cutting Basics
  • Cutting Settings for Various Media (Cardstock Versus Patterned Paper, etc)
  • Creating Shadows on Text

Lesson Three:

  • More Advanced Shape Manipulation
  • Basics of Using Print + Cut Feature

Lesson Four:

  • Using Sketch Pens
  • More Complex Font Work – Shadows and Welding

September 20, 2011
Online Class – 4 Weeks
with Jennifer Priest

This class is all about organizing scrap supplies, how to pack for a crop, class or retreat weekend, and how to use your stash. I make about 300+ layouts a year and have a reputation for getting a TON done at crops and retreats. I’ve gathered my best tips and advice to help us get from messy scrapper to efficient, organized crafter!

Lesson One and Two: Organizing Supplies
We’ll explore different methods of organizing supplies (brand, color, product type, hybrid style), storage options, using the space you have (under the bed to a whole room), and using your supplies as decorations.

Lesson Three: Getting Ready to Create
Packing for a Crop vs Class vs Retreat Weekend & organizing photos

Lesson Four: Working Through Your Stash
How to use the 10,000 piece eyelet set you bought at expo 5 years ago, when to let go of something because you will never use it, how to challenge yourself with the supplies you have/fall in love with your stash again. PLUS: How to shop without guilt.

September 27, 2011
Online Class – 6 Weeks
with Kim Parkinson, Bethany Kartchner, and Jennifer Priest

Trick or Treat! Do you love spooky ghosts? Goody bags filled with candy corn? Funny spiders and spectacularly scary mini-albums and layouts?

If so, All About Halloween is for you! In this jam-packed course, taught by three amazing teachers: Kim Parkinson, Bethany Kartchner and Jennifer Priest, we'll be creating everything you need this spooky season from cute Halloween cards and goody bags to whimsical home decor to fun layouts and mini-albums to document all the precious memories. If you need inspiration this season, look no further. You are in for an entire bag of treats! No tricks!

· Week One with Kim Parkinson: Fabulous gift bags and cards using alcohol inks, distress inks and embossed metal. We'll explore ways to highlight certain areas of a design using watercolor effects with UTEE.

· Week Two with Kim Parkinson: Create a spooky coffin mini book made from cardstock. It even has an easy stitched pamphlet inside! We'll discuss embossing on metal or pliable aluminum. If you do not have access to embossable metals, no worries! Kim will give suggestions on using other household items for embossing.

· Week Three with Bethany Kartchner: BOO! This week is all about spooky ghosts. You'll meet Zeke, Spooky and a whole gaggle of adorable ghosties. We'll create not just one, but three different home decor projects based on these transparent haunts using Creative Paperclay and supplies found at your local craft store.

· Week Four with Bethany Kartchner: Silly spiders are all the rage as we further explore sculpting with Creative Paperclay. Four unique projects involving our eight-legged friends are on the docket including a Halloween wreath with a spider named Jimmy, napkin holders and Miss Samantha, the most fashionable spider in the whole arachnid kingdom. Eeek!

· Week Five with Jennifer Priest: We'll explore innovative ways to create spooky effects on three unique scrapbook pages using googly eyes, paint, ink, and more. We'll also experiment with color and quirky embellishments for a mix of “scary” pages and whimsical, child-focused pages.

· Week Six with Jennifer Priest: Memory preserving continues as Jennifer shares several versions of mini-albums to lock up all of your spooky memories using leftover decorations to create up-cycled embellishments. To top it all off, we'll create custom “spooky” woven ribbon binding using the Bind It All machine.

If you are a new scrapbooker or crafter, don't worry! We will be covering all the basics along with more advanced techniques in video demonstrations, narrated presentations, downloadable pdf tutorials, forums and a student gallery. If you aren't sure about how you'll view course materials, please read our FAQs.

November 30, 2011
Online Class – 5 Weeks
With Jennifer Priest

You've probably used your Silhouette to cut titles, shapes from the “My Library” feature, as well as purchased shapes online. Maybe you've even “welded” already!

This course will help you take your skills to the next level using your Silhouette Diecutting Machine. This course will teach you tips and tricks for creating multi-layer diecuts, special welding and grouping techniques, as well as dabble in creating custom shapes. We'll cover the new Silhouette Studio software in addition to the Craft Robo software that most Silhouette machines previous to Fall 2010 were bundled with.

Each lesson we'll create a scrapbook layout using the skills featured that week.

Pre-Work: Review

  • Welding Shapes and Text
  • Grouping and Ungrouping
  • Creating Shadows
  • If you don't already know how to do the above, then I recommended you take Silhouette 101 first so you get a good foundation in these basic skills.

Lesson One:

  • Grouping & Ungrouping to Extend Blade Life
  • Grouping & Ungrouping to Make Diecut Assembly Easier

Lesson Two:

  • Using Vinyl
  • Creating & Cutting Images Larger than 12″ long

Lesson Three:

  • Creating Custom Shapes

Lesson Four: 

  • Selecting Cut Lines For Faster Cutting
  • Sketching Multi-Color Images

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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