Making your own projects is good. Designing them is even better. When you design, you get exactly what you want and are limited only by your imagination.
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Learning to live in the skin of your creativity can be a little uncomfortable.
Let’s face it: throwing your interpretation of beauty into the world for all eyes to see – and knowing it also may even be judged – is a scary thing.
What one person likes and deems beautiful, another may not. Since we all long to be approved, it’s frightening to be vulnerable to the opinions of others.
And if we’re honest, sometimes the toughest critics of our creative expressions aren’t those around us – but ourselves.
Creativity, however, has no handbook; no set of rules or guidelines.
It’s as unique and personal as the individual expressing it.
Growing in and through creativity is a process.
Thankfully, there is no end.
From those first wild scratches of crayon on a scrap of paper (or even a wall or furniture!) to the most breath-taking pieces of art safely housed in museums, our lives are deeply enriched by creative expression.
Whether we realize it or not, it’s in our fiber.
It’s part of our being.
It’s how we were created.
The Creative Niche
Creativity comes in so many expressions – there’s no single (or even few) ways to measure it.
But we all tend to lean toward particular types, and find our greatest joy in following them.
I love design!
Whether it’s an unexpected repurposed project fashioned from thrifted pieces, a pleasing arrangement of colors, or a stencil designed specifically for a special project, translating an idea from my imagination into something visual and concrete is incredibly fulfilling.
Creative Journey to Design
I haven’t always realized my passion for design. It’s been a process, mostly of dipping into a variety of creative outlets, experimenting, then continuing or laying aside.
Design is a particularly powerful creative pursuit because it’s so subjectively unique.
It’s in the mind and soul of the designer – there are no rules.
And while practical methods may sometimes be predictable, the expression of design is wide open.
Isn’t that exciting?
Isn’t that freeing?
The interpretation of your creative expression has no bounds. It has no standards or requirements. It has no guidelines or rule book.
You are free to design the way that pleases you, inspires others, and makes the world a more beautiful place.
Personal creativity is amazing!
One of the ways I’ve grown in my passion for design is digitally.
This is an age like no other, isn’t it?
Admittedly, there are many downfalls to living in the digital age, but since we’re here, and it’s practically inescapable, why not use it for good? Why not put it to work for us?
That single machine changed everything about the way I approach design, and it didn’t just open a door.
It opened a floodgate.
As I began learning the capabilities of the Maker and started experimenting with projects, I realized I was standing on the edge of a whole new world of design possibilities.
It was exhilarating!
With growing skills came a growing desire to stretch further, so I began searching for tools to gain more skills and increase knowledge.
And I found exactly what I was looking for:
To say this course has been a game-changer would be an understatement.
Not only did I find out how to grow my skills and increase the knowledge I already had, but I gained a greater passion for design. I discovered that I had a whole world full of creative expression locked behind a door – that now stands wide open.
I learned how to choose the best (free) design software, install it, and begin experimenting with its creative power.
Each unit stepped me further and further along the path toward gaining proficiency with a brand new tool – and I was hooked!
Best of all, I gained the skills and knowledge to unleash my own creative expression of design onto a digital canvas and make projects that I didn’t even know were possible.
That is powerful, my friend!
Maybe design isn’t your thing. And that’s okay because, remember, creativity is unique, personal, and an individual expression. Our creative passions aren’t all the same – and aren’t we glad about that?
But if design ignites an excitement in you, if it fuels your creative expression, then you need to see why I’m so excited about Jennifer Maker’s SVG Design Course.
Here’s what you can learn and make in this course:
- Choosing and installing the best design software for you – and playing around with a designed image
- Understand vectors, learning about lines and basic shapes, then creating your first design – a custom card with doors or windows that open
- Understand nodes, learn to make any shape you want, and how to create curved lines. Finish the lesson by making a beautiful paper flower
- Save hours of design time by finding images (the right way) that you can trace, clean up, use to simplify your work, and then make your own pop-up with those new skills
- Learn all about creating and manipulating text in your software, and design your own sentiment for cards, t-shirts, mugs, totes, or signs
- Gain skills to modify shapes by using pathfinder tools and understanding compound paths, and create a mandala or snowflake
- Learn about sizing, grouping, and layering, then apply your knowledge to make a 3D paper lantern
- Get all the details for saving and sharing your designs, then finish the course with a 3D paper village
More than Just Lessons
But the course is so much more than just lessons and projects. It’s support – of the highest quality. Jennifer hosts a special Facebook group (and welcomes any non-Facebook students to use email) to answer any questions – patiently and with such friendly help…you’ll be sure you’ve been friends forever.
And this isn’t a “sign up and be forgotten course” either. Weekly emails encourage you along with each unit (though you are totally free to move at your own pace, whether faster or slower), and every single project submitted is faithfully critiqued by Jennifer.
She’s an amazing coach when designs need a little tweaking, a wealth of knowledge when it seems there’s a roadblock, and an exuberant cheerleader when you succeed with each unit’s project.
The only downside to the course is that it’s intentionally limited so that Jennifer can give focused attention to every student as they progress through it.
Enrollment is currently closed, but you can still get on the waitlist and be notified when it opens again.
If design is your passion too, don’t miss the SVG Design Course, an incredible tool that will open exciting doors of creative power, and totally change your creative game!