Some people have asked me how I go about creating layouts for workshops... well I thought i'd blog about it since this question comes up in almost every workshop....
Here's a little insight on how I create my workshop layouts. :)
Basically i need to be inspired by the products. I usually decide which brands and collections I want to do a workshop with and gather the supplies. The starting is ALWAYS the hardest. Sometimes I have some ideas for 1 or 2 layouts.. sometimes I sketch a little.
Then I go about printing a bunch of photos I think I would use. I usually end up with quite a few more photos than what I would finally use... lol. The extra photos gets put away in my photo container and sometimes I use them in future layouts. Once I have the photos, I begin working on my first layout.... I actually work on ALL my layouts at the same time. What does this mean? Basically I start with No.1... find a rough idea of what I want to see... cut the papers (sometimes I stick them down.. sometimes I don't, yet, at this point.. sometimes I just add a light touch of glue). No embellishments yet.. the layout is still only 1/4 way done.
Then I work on No.2.... same thing... then No.3... and if its a 4 layout workshop.. No.4. I will end up with 4 layouts that are about 1/4 to 1/2 way complete. I lay them all next to each other and look at them to make sure they somehow look like they belong together. I like to see all my layouts at one go. At this point, I continue cutting papers... reshuffling them... adding stuff to the layouts. I can be working on all 4 of them at the same time. Once I am happy with how the papers are on the layout, I stick everything down. This now forms the 'base' of all my layouts. At this point.. i heave a sigh of relief .. lol.
Then... comes the embellishments. After working out the costings and taking what I know will work with the layouts.. I begin layering the embellishments to all the layouts. I work on all 4 simultaneously. They are always laid out together (lol.. i take up alot of space when I am scrapping for a workshop). The embellishments part is usually the fun part coz by this time.. 1/2 my stress is over as I already have a good idea how the layouts will turn out. I enjoy this part most :)
After adding the embellishments... I add on the title and journaling last... do some final checks and then my layouts are complete!
Its a long process. I dont work on my layouts all at one go.. they are usually laid out on my scrap table for weeks. It takes me a couple of weeks to get from picking the supplies to having everything complete and stuck down (in between doing other work).
So..yep. This is how I design my class layouts. It's not an easy process.. it stresses me out alot!.. but its really an enjoyable one.. especially when everything is complete and done. LOL!
What's up for the next workshop then? Hmmmm I'm still in the beginning stages of the creation process (aka...paper cutting/sticking stage).. but I can say the layouts will have - pinks, greens, yellows, blues, whites, butterflies, circles and more. Any guesses?
Oh and while reading Cathy Zielske's blog... i chanced upon a workshop she is gonna conduct in Sept.
im considering this...... who wants to join me????