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I love creating things – both manually and digitally. I love to learn. I have a lot of varied interests and am usually interested in most new crafting techniques I hear about. Last year at the MixWest Conference I suddenly understood why. I am a multipotentialite. I have a need to #GetCreative in order to deal with life. Money is tight and so I look for free ways to learn or ways that are not overly expensive because as we all know in addition to paying to learn crafting techniques you must also buy materials to use. This is why I love CreativeBug. There are a number of free classes and if you want to subscribe it is just $9.95 a month. For that price you get access to over 130 video workshops in a wide array of categories including apothecary, embroidery, entertaining, home decor, mixed media, stamping, sewing, paper crafting, quilting, jewelry making and kids crafts.
The day I received my login information, I began looking through the classes. The first one that caught my eye was Courtney Cerruti’s Cricut Crafts: Make Wood Veneer Feather Earrings Workshop. I have a personal Cricut and the Cricut Imagine, neither of which I use much. I have – however – been hoping to upgrade to the new Cricut Explore, so I took the class. I did try to follow her technique using my personal Cricut. It cut the wood veneer just fine but it didn’t cut as deep as I needed it to and so when I tried to remove the shapes from the wood I damaged them. I did not have a deep cut blade on my Cricut which I think I should have. Her instructions were very clear and the errors were on my part completely. I will try her technique again but will either use a deep cut blade or wait for the new machine. This is the way the wood looked when it came out of my machine and as you can see the cuts simply weren’t deep enough. The wood was too fragile to cut around it. I tried.
Next, I came across Thayer Akkyson’s How To Make A Stop Motion Video Workshop. I got excited. This was something I was not familiar with and really wanted to learn. I have watched this workshop several times, purchased the apps necessary to shoot stop motion video and had great success with it. The instructions were very clear and I was able to successfully shoot a short stop motion video the first time around. This was the only class like this however and I so wish there had been more along these lines. I just can’t say enough good things about this class and I do encourage you to take it should you become a CreativeBug member. Here is the short video I created.
I highly encourage you to check CreativeBug out. You can #GetCreative for free. Once you find out how great the classes are, how clear the instructions are and look at wide variety of classes they offer, I am sure you will want to upgrade. I take a lot of free classes online and I can honestly say these are some of the best. I also love how clear the video is. You can pause the video as many times as necessary too so you don’t miss any steps along the way.
If you are already a CreativeBug member, I’d love to hear about your favorite classes or why you prefer CreativeBug. Please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below!
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