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Design Principles Class Recap!

Hey there! I think it’s about time to wrap up this fun class, don’t you?! Know that I’m learning along with you (just in a little bit of a different way) and try my hardest every single day. If something didn’t get done, it’s because it wasn’t perfect enough to share yet. I’m a perfectionist, and I want to make sure all the content I put out is something that I’m proud of. In future classes, I’m going to prepare the majority of things ahead of time so that there isn’t a hold up on account of my perfectionism again.

On that note, after this post goes live, I will be making sure that the google files are looking nice and pretty for you – including the pdf handouts from each lesson going in each folder next to the videos. If you have questions about the google drive (they’ve changed the name from google docs to google drive, but nothing will changes for you!) system, please don’t hesitate to e-mail or tweet me. You’ll always have access to these files! The lesson 10 PDF is also now posted on that lesson, so you can print it out and add it to your class materials. :)

Now, onto the video for today. Just me, talking to you. :) I like this format! If you are viewing this post on a mobile device or the video is not showing up below, please click here to watch and/or download the video.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this class as much as I have. I love each and every one of you and it’s been amazing to watch your progress throughout the class. You’re all such great students! I’ll be offering other classes in the future once I’m done getting my degree, so stay tuned on my blog for those. Oh, and feel free to leave suggestions in the comments below for things you’d like to see. I always have tons of ideas, but I love to see what you want to see from me and if others want that too.

Winners!

Thank you for your wonderful submissions to the challenge! I hope even more of you will take on the challenge in the coming weeks as a good way to put your principles to use. It really is a lot of fun, I promise! Now, in no particular order, here are three of my favorites from the submissions. Congrats, ladies! I’ll e-mail you to find out where you would like your $25 gift certificate from (either Simon Says Stamp, Amazon or Freckled Fawn!).

Congratulations to Elise C.! She explored balance and symmetry in this wonderful card. I love all of the paper piecing and the nontraditional use of the Sweet Christmas stamp set!

Congratulations to Jennifer S. (aka BeastyBunny)! I adore the gradient effect on this card that uses Similarity & Contrast, Rhythm & Pattern and movement. Lovely!

Congratulations also goes to Haya! The colors on this card are so perfect for fall, and she used Movement, Similarity & Contrast and Rhythm to complete this successful composition.

Congrats again to the winners and to you for making it through this class. You did it! You deserve a huge pat on the back and a large beer (or glass of your favorite beverage if beer isn’t your thing). ;) If you make something inspired by the lessons in the coming weeks, please share it below in the inlinkz widget below. I’ll keep it open as long as I can and hope that future students can add their creations, too!

Until next time, All the love,
Britta

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Lesson 10 – Review

Welcome to the review lesson of our Design Principles class! Here, we’ll get to pull everything together and even challenge ourselves to make two cards all about the lessons.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please leave a comment and I’ll get back to you as quickly as possible. If it’s urgent, you can always message me @waterfilterlove on twitter.

The Whiteboard Video

This is our second to last whiteboard video, but don’t be sad! This one is a good review to pull everything all together about the Design Principles. It’s a good thing! If you are viewing this post on a mobile device or the video is not showing up below, please click here to watch and/or download the video.

Here’s the PDF for this lesson.

The Tag Video

This tag is my most favorite one yet. Check out those awesome circles! Watch the video below to see how I did it. :) If you are viewing this post on a mobile device or the video is not showing up below, please click here to watch and/or download the video.

Here is a photo of the finished Lesson 10 tag:

Here’s a close up at that technique. Doesn’t it make just the perfect background? I need to try this out on a card ASAP!

The Cards

Card #1 is all about our big challenge for today. Make sure to make do the challenge yourself after watching this lesson and add your creation below! If you are viewing this post on a mobile device or the video is not showing up below, please click here to watch and/or download the video.

Here’s a look at the finished result:

I love the beautiful look of Distress Markers + White Embossing + Perfect Pearls in water. It’s stunning, and it looks like it took a lot more time than it did! Man, I sure am in love with those Markers. Oh! And the watercolor paper here is essential. It helps the color keep its color integrity. The Simon Says Stamp stuff is the best!

Card #2 is more about looking at a card from a design perspective. This is a super important thing to practice. The more you talk about it, the more you’ll come to know and use the design principles. If you are viewing this post on a mobile device or the video is not showing up below, please click here to watch and/or download the video.

Here’s a look at the finished result:

This (surprise ending!) card uses fun watercolor to create a whimsical but grown-up card. I love these watercolor pencils and the super easy ranger detail water brush and how easy it was to put this background together!


Other Things

I hope you enjoyed this lesson! Now for a few extra details. :) Thanks for all of your lovely comments on the other day’s post. I love reading your comments so much!

Challenge and Prizes! <–Now closed. Thank you for entering!

I think it’s time for the deets on the challenge for today. What’s a challenge without a chance to win something?

I’ll be choosing three lovely entries to be featured on my blog (announced here first on the post on Sunday), and all three entries will receive a $25 gift card from your choice of Simon Says Stamp, Freckled Fawn or Amazon.com! Maximum of two entries per person, and make sure you share what principles you used in your blog post or flickr image that you link to! Also, I would absolutely love it if you would post the class badge in your post as well – you can grab that on the classroom home page or on the side bar of my blog.

I can’t wait to see what you come up with! Just for fun, why don’t you leave a comment below telling me what you’re planning for this weekend. I know it’s only Tuesday, but I’m so ready for the weekend to come! I get to see some of my favorite people at Scrapfest at the Mall of America. It’s always an exhausting but fantastic time. I’ll be at the Lawn Fawn booth most of the weekend, so make sure to stop by and say “hi!” if you’re in the neighborhood! <– comments are now closed. You can always tell me your thoughts on twitter @waterfilterlove!

Love,
Britta

Inlinkz – add your project here to enter to win! Make sure to add your challenge card here by 11:59 PM CST on Saturday, September 15th, 2012. <–Now closed. Thank you for sharing!



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Lesson 09 – Unity

Today’s lesson is about unity, and it’s the most exciting one yet. Download the PDF Lesson 09 – Unity Guide and keep it nearby as you go along. It will help guide you through the lesson!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please leave a comment and I’ll get back to you as quickly as possible. If it’s urgent, you can always message me @waterfilterlove on twitter.

The Whiteboard Video

You know the drill. Here’s the whiteboard lesson for today talking all about Unity! If you are viewing this post on a mobile device or the video is not showing up below, please click here to watch and/or download the video.

Here is the Lesson 09 PDF for you to download or print. This baby is packed full of helpful hints and tricks to kickstart your learning process.

The Tag Video

I felt like we needed a little sunshine yellow in our lives, and sunshine yellow we got. The good news about yellow is that the black pen shows on it wonderfully. :) If you are viewing this post on a mobile device or the video is not showing up below, please click here to watch and/or download the video.

Here is a photo of the finished Lesson 09 tag:

Here’s a close-up of the masking technique for today. If I was to do this tag again, I would use Mustard Seed as the middle layer of ink instead of the last one. This would make the two layers of masking show up much better. I still like how this one looks, but you totally can’t see the middle layer of ink on the finished tag. It’s about about the learning experience, right? ;)

The Cards

Card #1 focuses on the concept of proximity to create unity. Even though our elements are different colors, shapes and sizes, everything still ends up unified. I love it! If you are viewing this post on a mobile device or the video is not showing up below, please click here to watch and/or download the video.

Here’s a look at the finished result:

I can’t remember the last time I used the smallest die from a nesting set and liked how it turned out. This is a fabulous way to take those adorable, little die cuts and make them into something that really shows them off. Labels Sixteen from Spellbinders and the Framelits Stars from Sizzix really shine here. Oh, and don’t forget about the sparkle from the diamond stickles and sequins. That really steps up the card to the next level.

Card #2 shows off theme in a way that’s definitely outside my comfort zone – vintage. This is the perfect opportunity to step outside your comfort zone, too. That’s what classes are for! If you are viewing this post on a mobile device or the video is not showing up below, please click here to watch and/or download the video.

Here’s a look at the finished result:

Even though we combine several manufacturers here, everything still works together because it all falls under the same shabby-chic feel. I especially love that Flutter By and You’ve Got Mail work so well together even though both sets are very different by themselves. It’s all about that vintage treatment! This card features an especially fun watercoloring technique using Distress Markers and the Detailer Water Brush from Ranger. Love!

Other Things

Giveaway!  <–Now closed. Thank you for commenting!

Today’s giveaway is brought you by lovely Lawn Fawn. They’ll be giving a way a stamp set of the winner’s choice to one person who posts below before the next lesson is posted. Thank you so much for sponsoring this class, Lawn Fawn!

Leave a comment below about whatever you want, or answer the question: what’s your favorite thing about fall? We had our first day of high-60s degree weather yesterday, and I couldn’t be happier. I love nothing more that walking around outside amongst the changing leaves wearing a nice, cozy sweatshirt. So I’d say sweatshirt weather is my very favorite thing about fall. What is yours? Has fall started to arrive where you are, or are you still holding on to summer for as long as possible? With school starting this past Tuesday, I’m okay with the cooler weather and less sunscreen. ;) <– comments are now closed. You can always tell me your thoughts on twitter @waterfilterlove!

See you on the next lesson!

Love,
Britta

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