Friday, September 28, 2012

Guided Study Critique Workshop

I'm enrolled in Debbie Hodge's Guided Study Critique Workshop over at Get It Scrapped! for a four week session. We're at the halfway point, so I thought I'd share a few layouts I've created for the class and briefly describe the most unique scrapbook class I've ever taken online.


Week 1: Focal Point
Design Notes:

  • I hope I've been successful in making my photo the focal point of this page. The double matting, arrow, title wrapped around, and placement on the page all serve to emphasize the picture.



Week 2: Shape, Size, Contrast
Design Notes:

  • The size and placement of the title letters makes them the focal point of this page
  • The complementary colors blue and orange give the page contrast and energy
  • While the squares are the dominant shape on the page, the organic shapes of leaves and birds support the theme and guide the eye.


I mentioned that this class is quite unique. There are three teachers and class size is limited to 16 students. We purchased a textbook for the class, called White Space is Not Your Enemy. I am very happy to have this in my library. Every week we have a reading assignment, an inspiration assignment, and a scrapping assignment.
We post our layouts to the class gallery and receive feedback through written comments and an online webinar. Participating in this critique workshop is designed to help:

  • understand the impact my work makes
  • learn how to weight and use criticism
  • gain objectivity about my own work
  • hone my craft
  • evolve my style and try new things

If you're thinking this is all pretty intense, you are right! But in a very good way. I am thoroughly enjoying the challenge. You can read more about the class here. It is closed for now, but there will be a second round offered in the future. Are you interested?

20 comments:

  1. These are all great layouts...Sounds like a good course!

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  2. Great layouts and I especially love the 2nd one. It sounds like a really good and useful course.

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  3. It sounds fascinating, but intense..it seems to be pushing you on in producing beautiful pages!

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  4. Sue, these are fabulous pages - true to your style with little added extras. You must be getting an "A" so far. I saw that class over there and I was very interested. I need, want, crave a little constructive criticism. If I had seen it before it started I would have joined. I hope they offer it again at a time when I could devote good attention to it - maybe like February in the dead of winter.

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  5. super pages sue! love the title on the first layout! just perfec- hubby would never let me take a photo of him!!

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  6. These are fabulous pages. Especially the fall page. It's really making me miss that gorgeous fall weather. I was intrigued by the class but it's just not in the budget right now. Maybe in the future? Keep us posted on your progress! :)

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  7. Love these Sue!! The first one is really awesome and your photo is definitely the focal point of your page! Love the fun design on the second one, using the square photos around your title!

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  8. Sue, your layouts are accomplishing your goals for sure. I'm in AWE of how you did the coloring on those great letters. Love ways to use large alphas. This sounds like such a wonderful class. You don't often find that kind of intimate setting in on-line classes. Look forward to seeing your remaining projects.

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  9. These are wonderful!!! I think you've done a great job with both! :)

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  10. Sounds like an awesome class! Your layouts are fabulous!

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  11. You must be in the night class. I'm in the day class and it is totally awesome!

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  12. Great layouts - really like the explanations you've provided as well.

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  13. Gorgeous layout...sounds like a really interesting class.

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  14. Great shouts, sounds like a great class

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  15. Sounds like a really great class that you are getting a lot from!
    Definitely think your layouts fit the criteria for each lesson!
    Great layouts :)

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  16. Having seen what you've created and why, I am definitely interested! They are all absolutely great!

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  17. These are both very nice. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. I really loving your layouts... the choice of PP and the neatness... just put a smile on me... and very inspiring indeed.... hugs...xoxo

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  19. Your layouts are fabulous, as always. I especially like how many photos you included on the fall one. I read about that class but it really didn't hold any interest for me as I strictly scrap for fun and really don't worry much about the design aspect.

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  20. Wow!!! I'm in AWE with your work! Amazing!!!!!!

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