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Recently, I’ve been fiddling with digi scrapping. If you’re like me, you’ve seen loads of gorgeous LOs being done in digi, and you’ve quite fancied doing it yourself, but . . . it was just a bit intimidating. Well, due to some things going on in my life right now (which I’ll discuss below), I ended up with some time on my hands, an no scrap supplies! Oh the horror! So, I took the opportunity to start my digi journey.
Not being a complete glutton for punishment (reputation due to successive postgraduate degrees notwithstanding), I decided it would be a good idea to get some help. And, who else’s feet should I choose to sit at, than the incomparable Jessica Sprague! If you’re considering going digi (or even just learning digi), I highly recommend her courses. The first one, Digital Scrapbooking Quickstart, is completely free. It’s wonderful: easy, quick and builds your confidence. She walks you through the very basic process that every digi page starts with, and you end up with a lovely LO, like this:
Credits: Jessica Sprague Digital Scraping Quick Start Course Materials
That’s me and my sister in Morocco. The journaling reads, “I recognise how crucial my relationship with my sister is in the definition of myself” ~Barbara Mathias.
Once you’ve finished your free class, you can move on to the Up & Running class, where you’ll be walked through 4 lessons, ending up with the skills and materials to make these four LOs:
Well, you can totally see the progression of skills in those LOs! (Click on the individual LO for a close up, or to see the journaling.) I was feeling pretty proud of having completed these 4 LOs! And, it was so easy! I discovered I actually had quite a lot of digi skills simply from having done basic editing things on my photos for years. What a wonderful discovery! And, with Jessica’s lovely, clear, simple instructions, it seriously couldn’t have been simpler.
So, feeling confident, I decided to move on to the Now We’re Rockin’ class. This intermediate class goes back over (in lesser detail) the skills taught in the 1st class, plus simple practicing them, and in addition, you get to start learning some more complex skills which is what changes your LOs from flat, 2 dimensional simple things into gorgeous realistic looking scrapbook pages!
Here’s the LOs I’ve done in the 1st 3 lessons:
Again, you can see the progression of skills, and how much more complex these LOs are from the first class. But, what was amazing, it was no more difficult to make these sophisticated LOs than it was the simple ones! Brilliant, huh?
Now, there is a 4th installment in the class, which I haven’t done (yet). Why? No, not because I ran out of time. My laptop is old, and struggling for processing power. I’ve moved everything I can off my computer just to do these LOs! The 4th LO is a double page, and I’m worried about crashing my computer. But, I will try it! Just wanted to get this Blog Hop finished, first! (Wouldn’t want to you miss out on my work, after all 😉 )
High on success from the completion of these LOs, I decided it was time to try one on my own. Yep . . . one where I didn’t have Jessica’s voice “holding” my hand the whole way through. And, all the sudden I discovered that, whilst the individual tasks involved in creating a digi LO aren’t all that difficult, the composition is! Oh my! But, I persevered, and manged to come up with a LO completely original to me, start to finish.
And, this brings us neatly into the “Goodbye, Hello” section of my Blog Hop Slot: I’m moving. For many of you, this will be old news. As will the reason for me not having any scrap supplies (they’re all packed and, in fact, I shipped them off yesterday!) The title here, “to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven” is from an Old Testament scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:1. The following several verses follow like this:
 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;  A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;  A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;  A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
I considered this decision, leaving Colchester, and, indeed, leaving England all together, for months. And, my heart aches at the thought. However, my Season in England (6 years), and my Season in Colchester (4 years), has come to an end. At least for now. Who knows what the future holds. Maybe, like the Summer, my Season in England will come back round again.
So, Goodbye England, Hello United States.
If you’ve stuck with me this long, here’s your reward: The key word you need for the grand prize is REMEMBER.
Now…. Hop on over to Toree’s (aka nightsmile) blog for your next gorgeous installment! Cheers!