Free Paper Crafting Classes

Hi There!  Check out this long list of free online classes.  Classes in stamping, mixed media, digital scrapbooking, color theory and more will be offered in the next few weeks at CreativeLive.  They are all available to watch for free during their air time, or you can purchase them to watch at your convenience.  Here’s the list.

Free Online Classes

Here are some free classes offered at CreativeLive in the next few weeks.

1. Stamping Techniques & Design

Thursday May 25th – Friday May 26th 9:00am – 9:00am PDT

Make Custom Rubber Stamps

Custom stamps give you the freedom to personalize projects in a whole range of ways. In Stamping Techniques & Design, Robert Mahar will teach you everything you need to know to get started with stamping.

Robert Mahar has been teaching imaginative do-it-yourself projects to crafters for years. In this class, he’ll teach stamping and stamp-making techniques for crafters at all levels. You’ll learn how to:

  • Carve a custom rubber stamp
  • Make a roller stamp for patterning paper
  • Carve large-scale text
  • Print beautiful, repeating patterns

Robert will teach you how to use the most effective and easy-to-use tools and inspire you to create dozens of new projects.

You can register for this free class here.

2. Compositing for Digital Scrapbookers

Tuesday May 30th – Wednesday May 31st 9:00am – 9:00am PDT

Build Fantasy Scenes Around Your Personal Photos With Digital Compositing

Scrapbooking is the experience of pulling together disparate elements of your life and creating stories that could never otherwise exist. And yet scrapbooking in the physical medium still limits your creative scope to what exists in the real world. Digital scrapbooking removes that barrier. By mastering the practice of compositing your personal photos, you can build fantastical, entirely impossible scenes around your favorite subject material.

Join Tiffany Tillman-Emanuel for this intermediate-level class, and you’ll learn:

  • How to develop and digitally sketch a theme for the page.
  • How to find and gather complementary photos for the fantasy theme.
  • How to use graphic design principles to improve the overall aesthetic of the final page.

Fantasy composites are difficult digital effects to create, and require the confident use of a photo editor. Tiffany will walk you through implementing the right kinds of blend modes and adjustment layers for different compositing results. You’ll learn her tips and techniques for creating quality selections and extractions, and applying them to your composited photos. Add new dimensions to your scrapbooking practice. Transform the things you love, and send them into worlds that exist only in your imagination.

You can register for this free class here.

3. Color Fundamentals

Wednesday May 31st – Thursday Jun 1st 9:00am – 9:00am PDT

Learn Color As It Applies To Any Field

This class will give you an overview of color principles and demonstrate how to apply them. Instructor Mary Jane Begin is an award-winning illustrator and author of children’s picture books, a Rhode Island School of Design graduate and professor in the Illustration Department.
In this class she covers:
  • The elements of color, including value, temperature, saturation, hierarchy, complements, light, harmony, and contrast
  • The use of color complements in image making
  • The relationship of color to the medium and expression
Through a series of demonstrations, you’ll learn how to work with color and ultimately make better color decisions. This class covers foundations that applies to all image making, in design, art, illustration, photography, and beyond.

You can register for this free class here.

4. Photo Transfers for Mixed Media Collage Work

Wednesday May 31st – Thursday Jun 1st 9:00am – 9:00am PDT

Photo Transfers Add Interest & Detail

Photo transfers add detail and interest to your work and, best of all, they aren’t difficult to produce. Learn how its done from Stephenie Hamen in Photo Transfers for Mixed Media Collage Work.

Stephenie will teach you all about photo transferring and demonstrate how you can add color and alter the images within the piece. You’ll learn how to:

  • Create a transfer using gesso, gel mediums, and paint
  • Use Gelatos, markers, or watercolors to add color
  • Integrate transfers into a mixed media piece

You’ll also learn about using clear gesso to create a writeable surface for doodling and journaling along with some basic stamp carving techniques.

Photo Transfers for Mixed Media Collage Work will teach you how to add a fun, unique element to your work and inspire you to get creative!

You can register for this free class here.

5. Carve Your Own Stamps

Thursday Jun 1st – Friday Jun 2nd 9:00am – 9:00am PDT

Carve Your Own Rubber Stamps

Custom stamps are a great way to add a personal touch to creative projects. Learn how to make your own stamp in Carve Your Own Stamps.

Meagan will teach the fundamentals of how to make your own stamps for printing in this fun and informative class. She’ll demonstrate the complete process for making stamped place and escort cards. You’ll learn how to::

  • Transfer a design and carve a stamp
  • Mount and clean your stamp
  • Stamp your cards

Meagan will also discuss the different types of inks available on the market and which ones are best for printing on paper.

Check the bonus materials below for a complete product list of the tools and supplies you need to finish this project.

You can register for this free class here.

6. Designing Wedding Invitations and more

Friday Jun 2nd – Saturday Jun 3rd 9:00am – 9:00am PDT

Make Memorable Designs

Wedding collateral is typically designed with a one-size-fits-all approach, but everything from the save-the-date to the program to the menu should reflect your story. This class will show you how to create a customized and cohesive design to your wedding, so your story is truly reflected in all the details of your wedding items.

This course will show you basic design principles, key aspects to consider when creating wedding collateral, and how to approach this project in a systematic way so the final results are both heartwarming and stunning.
Khara Plicinic has a unique teach style and playful sense of humor that continue to endear her exponentially growing audience. As an expert wedding photographer and designer, she has been part of enough wedding to know what works and doesn’t work.
This course will teach you how to create paper and digital goods that truly reflect your journey with your partner. No previous photoshop experience required.

You can register for this free class here.

7. Beginning Stamping – Playing with Ink

Friday Jun 2nd – Saturday Jun 3rd 9:00am – 9:00am PDT

Stamps, Ink, And Fabric

Express your unique style through stamping! In Beginning Stamping – Playing with Ink, Meagan Lewis will teach you the basics behind block printing and color mixing.

Meagan’s inspired stamp designs are found on everything from tea towels to totes. In this beginner-friendly class she’ll demonstrate basic block printing techniques by making a personalized set of fabric napkins. You’ll learn:

  • Printing with fabric ink
  • Mixing your own colors
  • How to print with a DIY ink pad
  • How to make a stamp with repurposed rubber

Meagan will discuss the components of a good design and tell you which materials will make your stamping process easy, permanent, and professional-looking.

Check the bonus materials below for a complete product list of the tools and supplies you need to finish this project.

You can register for this free class here.

8. Scrapbooking with Project Life

Saturday Jun 3rd – Sunday Jun 4th 9:00am – 9:00am PDT

Turn Important Moments Into Beautiful Memories

Preserving your best memories doesn’t need to keep you from making new ones! Join memory keeping maven Becky Higgins for a class on her famous Project Life® scrapbooking system.

Chronicling a good life doesn’t require endless weekend hours glued to your glue stick. Becky will show you how to efficiently create one-of-a-kind scrapbooks using a simple method that preserves your memories and reflects your personal style. In this class, Becky will teach you her back-to-basics approach to memory keeping. She’ll cover organizing your photos, designing a timeless scrapbook and everything in between. You will learn how to select and compile your photos so your scrapbooks tell the story you want future generations to remember.

Whether you want to commemorate a major life event, document a trip, or start an ongoing scrapbooking project, this class will show you how to turn your big moments – as well as your everyday, seemingly mundane but equally important moments – into beautiful memories.

You can register for this free class here.

9. Mixed Media for Digital Scrapbookers

Sunday Jun 4th – Monday Jun 5th 9:00am – 9:00am PDT

Mix Your Meaningful Personal Objects With Stunning Digital Effects

Switching your medium from paper to pixels doesn’t mean you’re giving up the highly tactile, artsy, eclectic nature of scrapbooking. Bringing your scrapbooking into the digital age lends the artform even more versatility and vibrance than it already has. You can add personal objects to digital pages, and once you’ve digitized your objects, you can reuse or pull from finished pieces as often as you want. Save money, time and satisfy your drive to create unique art on digital platforms.

Join Tiffany Tillman-Emanuel for this intermediate-level class, and you’ll learn:

  • How to scan flat objects and photograph dimensional objects.
  • How to digitize objects to look their best.
  • How to digitally alter the objects so they stand out on a finished page.

Mixed media digital effects are difficult to create without a solid understanding of the hardware involved. Tiffany will teach you how to use a scanner and a camera, and how to make your objects stand out on a finished page by using a photo editor. Don’t be intimidated by new technology! Take your art into the digital space and discover new scrapbooking frontiers.

You can register for this free class here.

A bit about CreativeLive

You can watch classes for free at CreativeLive in 2 ways:

  1. Watch the Live Broadcast – look at their schedule of live classes and watch it when it airs. You can find their current schedule of live classes here, then selecting Live. Also, in the list of all classes the live classes are denoted by a small Live in the top left corner. One of the great things about the live broadcast schedule is that you can click an RSVP button and you’ll be sent an email reminder. I just love their reminder service!
  2. Watch the Rebroadcast – look at their rebroadcast schedule to find out when you can watch a class you missed or want to see again is on the air for free. You can find their current schedule of rebroadcast classes here. Good news – Creative Live has added an RSVP option for the rebroadcast classes! If you have an account you can RSVP for the class and they will send you a reminder. How great is that!

Remember to click the “on air” button in the top menu to see a list of the classes you can watch for free. Then just click on the class you want to watch. The classes change at about 9 am pacific time, so visit CreativeLive then to get access to that day’s free broadcasts.

If you find a class you like, you can purchase it just prior or during a broadcast (live or rebroadcast) at a discount. You can then download the class and watch it any time you like. Or you can sign on to your account and stream it anytime.

Suggest you sign up for an account at CreativeLive that way you’ll get a notice when they add new classes to their schedule and use their RSVP reminder service. You can create a CreativeLive account here.

I have found CreativeLive to be a great resource for learning. Hope you will too!

Happy Scrapping!


2 Responses

  1. Rhonda H

    Hi, Lynda! I found your blog when I searched for mini albums. Your converted baby girl album about your Florida trip was a great find. I recently went to a Chihuly exhibit opening and have lots of photos of his glass art that I want to turn into a mini album. Looking for ideas, I found your album with photos of Chihuly glass!!! Trying to figure out size, number of pages, and the “look” I want to achieve overall. You had some awesome pictures of the exhibit. Thanks for the ideas.


      Hi Rhonda, thank you so much! I’m so glad you found my post useful. I’m sure your album will turn out great. I started my FL trip album with a Flipbook, and I’m glad I did! I got the whole project done in an afternoon. So much faster than when I do an album from scratch. Isn’t Chihuly’s work amazing! There is an outdoor Chihuly installation at the botanical gardens in NYC this summer that I want to see.

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