Sharon Cooke

Loving Jessica Sprague

In Uncategorized on January 29, 2010 at 9:20 pm

I see that I’ve taken 11 courses at and am signed up and eagerly awaiting a twelfth starting next month on getting the most out of my beloved Wacom tablet (which essentially lets you substitute a very, very smart pen for your mouse.)

Some of these classes have been free; some have not. All have been excellent. By the time I learned about Jessica, I had already found other ways to learn Photoshop, so I haven’t taken her beginner and intermediate courses in digital scrapbooking, but I did take her advanced course, Digi in Deep, which is one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself as a digital scrapbooker.  I learned a HUGE amount there and, even better, enjoyed every minute of it. (The layout above was done in that class.)  I hear that the beginner and intermediate courses in this three course series, Up and Running with Photoshop and Now We’re Rockin’ with Photoshop are just as good as the one I took. In fact, I’m thinking about going back to the earlier courses as I’m sure I’d still learn a lot from them.

Another series of classes taught by Jessica and her colleague, Liv Esteban, is called Type + Writer. The focus of these classes is on the journaling, but as in all of Jessica’s scrapbooking classes, you are making complete layouts throughout your journey with Jessica and Liv. This means you automatically have a lot to show for the time you spent in the class, which I think we can all agree is a good thing. And I hope we can all agree that producing well-designed layouts with lots of journaling is also a good thing!

The classes are reasonably priced, thorough, clear, and beautifully presented. Plus they’re always there for you. Once you’ve taken a class you can come back to it and rerun a video lesson anytime you’d like. The other day I needed to re-learn a technique I’d learned in Digi in Deep and thought, I remember which layout I learned that on, but how will I ever find the exact steps without having to plow through the whole layout. In the end, though, I found what I was looking for almost immediately, re-learned the technique in a couple of minutes, and went happily on my way.


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