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Clean & Simple: The Workshop
Design + Technology + Heart

In Clean & Simple: The Workshop, you'll learn to design and create scrapbook pages the Cathy Zielske way—clean, simple, timeless, story-rich, and full of heart.

Say goodbye to your rulers and hello to a solution that allows you to use Photoshop Elements (or Photoshop) to build scrapbook pages in the digital method, which you'll print and piece together—using additional supplies from your stash—to create beautiful hybrid layouts. Digital sketching has been the core of Cathy's approach since her very first layout, and it's a key part of the Clean & Simple process. You'll learn how to use Photoshop Elements to plan and design pages, just like Cathy does.

Each week you'll receive a template assignment designed by Cathy-some 12" x 12", some 8 1/2" x 11", as well as receiving all of the custom-designed PNG files needed to complete the page. Along the way, you'll receive thoughtful layout ideas, tips to improve your writing, some of Cathy's trademark type tricks, and page design secrets. You'll also get the best of Cathy's graphic design knowledge as she outlines why each assignment works.

During the second half of class, once you've built your digital/hybrid confidence, Cathy will provide design challenges that encourage you to create your own projects using that week's approach and instruction.

This is a very hands-on, assignment based, video-instruction driven workshop for users of Photoshop Elements (or Photoshop). Cathy will provide all instruction, both written and video, to guide you through each week. A familiarity with Photoshop Elements is helpful, but it's not required. Cathy will provide detailed step-by-step instruction for all assignments.


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Cathy's class includes:

  • Pre-Class video, handout and practice files (designed for new or less experienced PSE users)
  • Supply list with live links to product resources (extremely minimal supplies)
  • Welcome notes from Cathy in the classroom
  • Reminder emails when the classroom is updated with new materials
  • Detailed instructional handouts with step-by-step instructions for each lesson/project
  • Weekly introduction videos
  • Extensive weekly video tutorials
  • All digital elements (layered PSD template files + custom designed PNG files) to complete 12 assignments, including both 8.5" x 11" and 12" x 12" pages
  • Message board to share your thoughts with your classmates
  • Private posting gallery to share your work and view the work of your classmates
  • One video chat with Cathy
  • Email access to Cathy
  • A 15% discount on Totally Rad photo-editing products
  • An exclusive pass to watch the full-length documentary on scrapbooking (by filmmaker Tory Jeffay) that features Cathy Zielske, Stacy Julian, and other notable scrapbookers

Listen to Cathy's introduction of Clean & Simple: The Workshop :

Bonus: As a student in Cathy Zielske's Clean & Simple: The Workshop, you will enjoy an exclusive 15% discount on Totally Rad products. Cathy uses Totally Rad's RadLab for much of her photo editing and is thrilled to extend this special discount to her students!

Taught by: Cathy Zielske
Class Duration: 12 Weeks
Start Date: April 4, 2013
End Date: June 26, 2013
Price: $99
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If you are interested in late enrollment, please email admin@bigpictureclasses.com
Registration End: Registration will close April 17, 2013 at 10:00pm PST.
NOTE: Any version of PSE will work with this class, however, anyone with earlier versions may not have access to all of the PSE features.

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