Hi everyone! We are running a special Cyber Monday sale on all our e-courses from today through November 28th. You will receive 25% off any e-course purchase when you use the code: ABMSALE during checkout. Maybe you've been considering checking out our latest Blog (Design) Love course, or you've been wanting to get into art journaling with your friends. Now is a great time to try out one of our courses while they are 25% off! Check out all our e-courses here. xo. Emma + Elsie
Hi friends! We are SO overwhelmed and excited about the response to our new e-course, Blog (Design) Love. We cannot wait to see the designs you create using the photoshop and html coding skills from the course! We've also received a LOT of questions. I thought it might be helpful to post a quick Q+A and cover some of the questions we've been hearing the most.
Q: How do your e-courses work? Is there a deadline? How long will this be for sale? Do sessions go up on scheduled dates?
A: Unlike many courses that you find online, our e-courses are continually available. What this means is that you can sign up at anytime. We generally leave our e-courses up for sale for at least one year. Anyone who signs up will have permanent access to the course. You will be able to check back to it whenever you want.
Here's how it works: After payment you will get an automatic e-mail sharing the private blog URL and the login information. You should save this somewhere you can access it in the future. You will then be able to login to the class and view all of the sessions. Our classes are designed to work at your own pace. Because of this it does not matter what time zone you live in. We encourage students to do one session at a time, completing all homework before moving forward.
Q: I already know Photoshop/HTML. Is this course still worth it?
A: Both the Photoshop portions of the course and the coding portions are written for beginners. You don't need any experience at all to begin learning. Because of this, the course is best suited for students who want to learn one or both of these skills from a beginners level.
Q: I don't have Photoshop CS5, I have another version. Will I still understand the instructions?
A: Yes. Over the years I have used many versions of Photoshop Elements and Photoshop CS. Although features vary and the layout of tools can be slightly different, we feel it is still easy enough to find what you need in ANY version of photoshop (even Elements). The tutorials in our course are for beginners. They use basic tools that come in all the versions. I only chose CS5 to write the tutorials, because it's what I currently have on my computer.
Q: How are the wordpress.com instructions different from the other platforms?
A: Each platform discussed in this class—Typepad, Blogger and Wordpress.com—design their backend differently and (for some lessons) require different types of coding. In the course, we cover all three options. This link provides a great breakdown of what Wordpress.com is and how it differs from Wordpress.org.
Q: Will your class help me with my self hosted wordpress blog?
A: Some lessons, like the graphic design portion and the tips for content and archive pages will apply to any blogging platform. But the Wordpress section of each lesson is written specifically for wordpress.com and may not be exactly applicable for Wordpress.org or self-hosted blogs.
Q: Is there a PDF of the lessons?
A: Nope. You can print out the lessons if you choose to do so, but there is no PDF included at this time.
Q: I am blogging on a PC. Does this make a difference?
Q: Is this information still useful for Tumblr users?
A: Very little of the coding information would be useful for Tumblr users. The design information would still apply. The design skills are basic and could be used to design your own images for pretty much any platform. The sessions are written for Wordpress.com, Typepad and Blogger. We highly recommend that students choose one of these platforms if possible to get the most from the course!
Q: I have never taken Blog Love, which e-course should I take first? How are they different?
A: Blog Love is an e-course that I wrote two years ago. It is about developing the content for your blog. If you want to take both, I would probably take Blog Love first, because it has a lot more to do with development. In that course you will learn tips for developing everything from your writing style to photography to the types of articles you post. Blog (Design) Love is only about designing your actual blog layout (or doing your own "blog makeover"). It covers the technical aspects of creating a basic design and creating the custom code needed to add the design elements to your blog. The content of the two courses does not overlap a ton. If you want to take both, you should. If you have already taken one, you will learn new things from the other.
If you have other questions about the e-course, leave them in the comments section, and we will answer them. Thank you SO much for your support and excitement. We are so excited to see your creative blog designs. PLEASE send us links as you create them. We seriously cannot wait! xo. Elsie + Elise
PS. If you need any technical support, you can contact us here: support AT redvelvetart DOT com
We are excited to announce our latest e-course: Blog (Design) Love! Over the years we have received many emails from fellow bloggers wanting to know how they could add more personality to their blog designs, like we do here on A Beautiful Mess. Elsie teamed up with Elise to create a course all about designing and coding your own blog.
In this course you will learn how to design the perfect blog layout for you! Elsie shares her personal tips and techniques for developing your blog branding and style. You will learn how to bring your designs to life through simple Photoshop tutorials (all lessons taught with Photoshop CS5). Learn how to create a customized banner, navigation bar and sidebar elements. The best part is, you'll know how to create and change all of the artwork on your blog whenever you like! As you learn to create the perfect design, Elise will teach you how to code your designs into your blog. Sessions include tutorials for Typepad, Blogger and Wordpress.com bloggers (Sessions 8,9 and 12 do not teach custom CSS for Wordpress.com users.). You will learn how to create clickable archives (just like the A Beautiful Mess archives!), how to get started setting up and managing your own advertising program and how to customize the size of your content column and install web fonts.
All lesson tutorials are taught through a private blog created just for this course. For a full description of each session click here.
We are so excited to share our design secrets with you. Blog Design Love is packed with information and personal tips! The course cost is only $34.00 US.
We are thrilled to announce our newest e-course release, Life Is Beautiful! This course celebrates everyday life. In this course we create three different journals. I created this course with Rachel from Smile and Wave. (One of the most talented ladies I know!) We are passionate about the process of putting our memories into big messy books. If this is something you'd like to learn about, read on...
Life Is Beautiful E-Course includes:
-Instructions for creating unique and personal art journal covers.
-Inspiration for art journal pages with lots of photos from our personal art journals.
-27 downloadable journaling pages that you can print at home, plus ideas for how to use them.
-Three themed books (Everyday Moments, Personal Stories and Loved Ones) with examples from our books for each theme. We share journaling, technique and topic ideas.
-A bonus "Life Is Beautiful" printable designed by Elsie.
-E-Course cost: $28 USD You will receive login information to the course after payment. Be sure to include your correct e-mail address when checking out.
Want to sign up, click here to register! We can't wait to see all of the art journals that this course inspires! Rachel and I love teaching about this topic together. This course was extra sentimental for us. We are so happy to share it with you! xo. elsie