I've been working on my upcoming Skillshare class!

Hey guys, another busy day! I've got several projects in the works that I need to focus on, but I've got some cool tutorials and how-to's planned, such as -

  • How to make a croquis or fashion illustration template for yourself
  • How to use custom assets in Canva to make your designs more unique
  • Some fun art journaling techiques

So stay tuned for those! 

In the meantime, I wanted to give you an update on my upcoming Skillshare class!

21070907_upcoming-skillshare-class.png

I mentioned a little while ago that Skillshare had invited me to join their free teacher training for September.  I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to teach on. At first I thought I would make some kind of handmade wardrobe sewing class. However, I've never done one before and I wanted to make a class that I was sure I could nail. Filming for sewing would require good lighting, and a lot of time without noise - 2 things I don't have right now.

But I've gotten a lot of great response on my Canva tutorials, especially the free Canva client welcome package templates. 

I've said it before, but I love how Canva makes design accessible to non designers - small business owners, creative entrepreneurs and coaches - people who need marketing and social media materials but don't have an in-house design agency.

So I decided I would teach my Skillshare class on "How to make a beautiful client welcome package in Canva."

The nice thing about a class like this is that not only will the students have a beautiful, useful finished product, but they will learn more about using Canva so they can make their own custom templates.

I've gotten the outline written up, and over the month of September I'll be planning, shooting, editing, and creating a Skillshare class that anyone can take!

I reused this graphic, like smart designers do!

I reused this graphic, like smart designers do!

Here's the class description -

I'm going to teach you how to create your own custom welcome package using Canva, a drag and drop graphic design tool. Canva is much easier to learn than Adobe Creative Suite, so it's perfect for non-designers.

In this class, I'll go over -

- Using the Canva interface

- Creating a custom template

- How to copy a page to reuse the design

- Best practices for designing a clean, easy to read welcome package

- How to create a branded feeling if you don't have a logo

- Resources for choosing color schemes

- How to choose the right fonts so your design isn't messy and amaturish

- How to download your files to send to your client

This class is great for beginners, and I'll walk you through everything you need to know. You'll be wowing your clients with beautiful welcome packages in no time!

Would you like to take this class? Let me know in comments! I'd love your feedback on what to include and how to make this the best possible class!

I also wanted to share with you that I'm working on a super secret pattern testing project. I'm lucky to be a pattern tester for Closet Case Patterns, one of my favorite indie sewing pattern companies. When Heather needs to test a new pattern release for accurate instructions and completed garment fit, she calls on a group of us to test the pattern in advance and report back.

It's totally awesome because I get to see what's coming next and have it before anyone else! And I love helping out. 

I can't share any of the details yet because it's top secret, but I wanted to offer this perspective. 

No matter how good you get at something, you're still going to make mistakes. And that's a good thing, because we learn from our mistakes.

I was sewing a tricky welt pocket this morning, and I realized I had marked the pattern incorrectly. I'll have to take it apart and re-mark and re-sew it.

20170907_083056.jpg

Luckily I'm sewing slow and carefully and going over the instructions with a fine toothed comb, so I didn't do anything irreversible. But it's a good reminder that in sewing, as in life, patience will get you where you want to go. Don't rush things, and don't beat yourself up about mistakes. You can always try again, and you learned something valuable.

So that's it for today! I hope everyone is having a good week!