(Or at least, you will be. Keep reading!)
You know the "just for display" table you have in your entryway (or the front hall, or the dining room)? That one DIY table love to decorate (or want to decorate) for every season, every month for pure cuteness. The spring display, the 4th of July. We Pin, we plan, we dream ... and then we run out of time.
You aren’t alone: It happens to us all. That’s why Heidi Swapp and I have teamed up for a special Holiday edition of Mouse, Paper, Scissors: we’ll help you take your home decor to the next level!
Mouse, Paper, Scissors
Over the past few years, Heidi Swapp and I have teamed up to teach a slew of online courses together. She's a legendary product designer with miles of style and creativity, and I'm a Photoshop expert who loves printing and gluing too! We've named the series Mouse, Paper, Scissors because you'll be getting the very best of both worlds: Easy-to-follow Photoshop video lessons, AND step-by-step assembly walkthroughs.
In this three-month class, we’ll show you how to use Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, your printer, and some simple craft supplies to create a detailed, gorgeous, interactive, FUN display that will be the centerpiece of your holiday home decor. And then we’ll do it again. And again. And again - for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. Check out the stuff you can expect:
Of course we ALL want that freshly-Pinned look for our own homes, but the reality of life (family? work? home ownership? what?) is that we NEED to be able to create in a manageable timeframe so we can get 'er done and get on to enjoying it. That’s why Heidi and I have chosen SIX design elements that we’ll reuse and remix for each holiday in our class. This time-saving secret gives you a jump-start for every holiday display you make, because it’s the framework you’ll build your entire display from.
First off, we recommend that you let go of the notion that you need to build every display from scratch. We say no way! By keeping focused on just a few DIY elements, we'll keep each display manageable, AND we can channel all our energy into making our remixes really shine! You will be AMAZED at what you can make with our focus on these six pieces, and you'll love how different each display is, even though we're starting from the same foundation. Here are the pieces we'll be playing with for each display, for all three months:
- The Heidi Swapp Lightbox
- The Heidi Swapp clipboard set (3 pieces)
- The Heidi Swapp marquee light strand
- A printable, DIY-able banner
We've got THREE MONTHS of class, and nearly two dozen projects to create together. In class, you'll receive all the digital artwork AND instructions you'll need to create three months of displays, plus styling tips for mixing in decor you already own. I'll show you techniques in Photoshop using fonts, brushes, and patterns to add your own twists to the printable materials, and then we'll get making! Heidi and I have each taken on the challenge of creating our own unique displays using the same artwork and techniques we show you in class, so you'll get TWO takes on the displays themselves. Of course, we'll provide you with detailed explanations in a video walkthrough, and we'll provide links to additional pieces or supplies we've used.
In November and December, Heidi and Jessica will host a live Q&A open to all the members of our class! You'll be able to ask questions about the projects, about other fun that Heidi and I have in store, anything you like!
We'll show you dozens of new techniques both on-and-off your computer, so you'll be learning AND making - the perfect combo! In class, we'll show you how to:
- Size and print artwork for any display, including any size of frame OR onto transparency for the Heidi Swapp lightbox
- Add interactivity to your displays with little extras such as velcro and magnets
- Use Photoshop to add lettering, combine graphics, and even use digital elements to create printable artwork
- Our best advice on ink, paper, and process for printing great artwork every time
- And SO MUCH more!
This is a truly epic class, involving nearly two dozen projects across FOUR holidays, and we can’t wait to show you! You will be a DIY display goddess in NO TIME.
How about a preview? Here's Heidi's Halloween display, where you can see all the great print-ready downloads you'll get to re-create this display. For a super-detailed walkthrough of Heidi's display, check out her blog post right over here! (Please note that the kit mentioned in Heidi's post is not available this year.)
And here's mine! Instead of using the lightbox, I just printed out the full image (included in the downloads) onto presentation paper and framed it up!
Here's a sneak peek at Heidi's Thanksgiving display:
See that AMAZING calendar right there? You'll get the numbers, the months in Heidi's signature handwriting, AND detailed instructions for how to assemble it into a year-round lovely to hang anywhere in your home!
Crafty at Christmas
(I almost said "Crazy at Christmas" - and that's exactly why you NEED this course. Your holiday decor will be epic this year, and it'll come together beautifully as you work alongside us. Here's my take on the Christmas display:
The magic of this one is that there are several different "stunners" in the collection, so you can BOOM add them all together in a drop-dead gorgeous mashup like I have here, or you can spread them out for equal joy around your whole home. Prop that amazing poster up on your mantelpiece, pair the lightbox, calendar and banners overlooking your dining table, and place the fun, interactive service-motivator right by your entryway. You will LOVE the remixing capabilities of this whole display. Bring on the merry!
You'll also need basic supplies such as adhesive, trimmer, scissors, twine, a new set of ink (for your yet-to-be-named printer), and some paper to print on. We'll give you the whole list when you register, plus our suggestions for the supplies we use!
Just to get you into the Halloween Holiday spirit, and to show you how GREAT the quality of the designs are in our course, here's a free 8x10 poster, featuring a creepy/adorable collection of skulls in hats! This is all set to print out as an 8x10, and is ready for framing and placing in YOUR holiday display! Check out the mustache on that fellow down below!
We are SURE you are gonna love this class. You'll receive all the downloads, video lessons, tips and tricks, & live webinars! Join us! And of course, if you aren't satisfied with the course you're backed by our 30-day FULL refund guarantee!
Each month centers on the six foundation pieces, which include the lightbox, the clipboards, the marquee lights, and the banner. That means FOUR months with SIX projects each, for a total of 24 complete projects. Imagine getting complete instructions for less than 6 bucks each!
The total cost of our three-month course is just $99.00
Can't wait to have you in class! Heidi Swapp and I have taught FOUR classes together, in a collection we like to call Mouse, Paper, Scissors. Heidi as you know, is a legendary designer, an amazing crafter, and one of the most real, down-to-earth women I know. She is a superhero in so many of the senses of that word, and it's so exciting to teach a class with her again! We are looking forward to spending this holiday time with YOU!