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emilyeva
05-02-2009, 06:23 PM
I think that says it all. Just wondering if, as a newbie, I should take a class. I keep opening PSE and just sitting there like a lost puppy...

Did you take one? Did you like it? Worth the money?

sinead
05-02-2009, 08:10 PM
I haven't taken one, but I can tell you that if they're anything like the PhotoShop Friday tutorials that she's posted, they must be amazing. I've learned SO much from her just from those tutorials, and I can only imagine that the classes would be even better.

There are some around here who have taken her classes, so I'm sure they'll speak up. :) If I had the time, though, I would certainly take one of her classes. I just haven't found the time yet.

AquaRuby
05-02-2009, 11:26 PM
I've taken a couple of her classes, some free and some paid for. They are totally worth it -- she explain everything in easy to understand terms and you see the end results, as well as the step by steps. I say GO FOR IT!!

skyezak
05-02-2009, 11:40 PM
Before I took a JS class, I had just played around in PSE and basically gotten nowhere! After taking her Up and Running class, a whole new world opened up! Your learn so much more than just how to use PSE. You learn about the digi world as a whole, where to shop, where to hang out, etc...the network that it opened for me was amazing. But I did learn more about using PSE in a few weeks with Jessica than I had learnt in years of playing on my own. Her classes are very cheap compared to others out there and you get lots of goodies and pick up so much knowledge along the way. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her as being the best tutes you could pay for :)

kelleighr
05-04-2009, 12:17 AM
Without a doubt, they are worth it!! I've taken Up and Running, Now We're Rockin', Digi: In Deep, the Shoebox class with Molly, the Journaling class with Liv and Jess, Candice's photography class, the free Stories in Hand, Scrapbook Alchemy Episode 1 (and am ready to do 2 & 3 ASAP!) . . . and there seems like more. Hmmm.

Anyway, I'm with Sharon. I learned SO MUCH from the very first lesson of Up and Running (and there were 4, I think) than I ever learned in 2 months trying to do it by myself. By the time I finished Up and Running, I could zoom through a layout from start to finish. AWESOME. Totally and completely worth it. And, really, they are very cheap compared to others!!

OH, and Jessica is just an email away! AWESOME support from Jessica and the gals over there!

karistamps
05-04-2009, 12:54 AM
I think I've taken every course that has been offered at her site and would pay for every one of them again!!! The instruction CAN NOT be beat and the resources (which you have access to FOREVER) are the best you will find. The video instruction along with the notecards you can download are the perfect way to learn your way around PSE. The forum over there is super helpful and Jessica wants to make sure you are happy with the instruction - Here is her guarantee:

"We want you to succeed in the classes you take here. We are dedicated to providing a learning destination that's fun, supportive, and informative, and gives you the opportunity to grow your skills. If for any reason you are not satisfied with any of our online classes, please contact support by clicking the "Contact Support" link under the Student Menu, and we will be happy to give you a full refund, or transfer your registration to a future class."

You absolutely can't go wrong by choosing to enroll in one of her courses. The only thing you will wish is that you had done it sooner ;)

ShabbyShaz
05-04-2009, 03:40 AM
Absolutely!!!!!!

I would have to say ditto to everything already said.

You learn so much more than just the class you are taking. The shortcuts are worth paying for!

She has just put up a couple of free classes - try them and see what you think. I was hooked from the first lesson of my first class. Now - many classes later I am even more hooked.

emarina
05-04-2009, 11:54 AM
In one word - definitely!

arasband
05-04-2009, 12:15 PM
I, too, have to agree.
I was a little hesitant at first, only because of the money issue. But after taking one class, I learned SO much!! I Really enjoyed how she taught it in such clear instructions, and I ABSOLUTELY love that they are in video tutorials - I learn better seeing in happen in front of my eyes!
Totally worth it, and I will pay the money to take more classes in the future!

emilyeva
05-05-2009, 03:14 PM
Thanks everyone for your replies!!!

AND Happy Mother's Day to me...DH told me that if that's what I wanted, I could take the Up & Running Course as my Mother's Day gift. He's not fooling anyone, I know he's just relieved that it gets him off the hook to pick out a gift...but I love it just the same! :heart:

sinead
05-05-2009, 03:51 PM
hehehe Emily!

I'm going to do one either this summer or this fall, depending on how this kiddo fits into our family. I figure it might get me motivated to scrap again!

kelleighr
05-05-2009, 04:34 PM
Thanks everyone for your replies!!!

AND Happy Mother's Day to me...DH told me that if that's what I wanted, I could take the Up & Running Course as my Mother's Day gift. He's not fooling anyone, I know he's just relieved that it gets him off the hook to pick out a gift...but I love it just the same! :heart:


YAY! You know, I usually just send my hubby a link to what I want (along with "wait until this date to get free shipping!" advice). It always works out for me!! Hee, hee!

SunshineTK
05-05-2009, 04:49 PM
I've taken the 3 digi scrapping courses (the series), Type + Writer, one of the Scrapbook Alchemy courses, and Photo Editing 1. I took the series after digi scrapping for well over a year, and I still learned a ton. They are TOTALLY worth it, just for all the tips and tricks that will really speed up your scrapping!

:loveshower:

lovemy4kids
05-09-2009, 05:09 PM
Oh, Jessica's classes are SOOO worth every penny! She and her classes are fabulous!

Have fun with the Up & Running class. You will love it!

amymom24
05-14-2009, 08:38 AM
Very, very worth it!!!

jomi
05-14-2009, 10:37 AM
Definitely worth every penny! I am taking the From good to great photo's workflow course now and it's just amazing. The way she explains everything is easy to follow and clear.
I am even thinking of taking her scrapbooking classes eventhough I digi scrap for 5 years now.. ;)

minty magic
05-17-2009, 04:57 PM
Very, very, very most definitely!!!!

I think everyone has already said it all and I agree wholeheartedly.:good:

emilyeva
05-18-2009, 05:47 PM
Definitely worth every penny! I am taking the From good to great photo's workflow course now and it's just amazing. The way she explains everything is easy to follow and clear.
I am even thinking of taking her scrapbooking classes eventhough I digi scrap for 5 years now.. ;)

I actually talked him into U&R and From Good to Great - they were both 20% off over Mother's Day weekend. Now to get my memory issues solved so I can take them...:good:

AlliJ2008
05-18-2009, 11:05 PM
Glad you got both classes---they are the best I have found---like everyone else already said totally worth the money! Have fun!

Charla
05-21-2009, 09:02 PM
I'm so excited...I'm going to take her photo editing class :good: (Stacey D talked me into it :giggle:) I can't wait to learn what I'm really doing, instead of just copying the numbers other people suggest :good:

StaceyD
05-22-2009, 11:18 AM
After seeing this thread, I signed up for the photo editing class. I have taken the first lesson and I am AMAZED at how much I have learned!!