My Guy and I recently took part in a class at Scrapper's Paradise in Reno.
Taught by Wendy, the class gave instruction in creating a 12 Days of Christmas Countdown Book. The class was fun, and a freakin' awesome break from the 100-plus temps through which we've been suffering.
Beginning with a 7Gypsies Wire-O album, we added papers and chipboard pieces, ink and stickers and finished with a fun, multi-page book of pockets which are perfectly-sized for tiny gifts and surprises.
Wendy's instruction style is easy to follow for people who've never taken a project class before (I know, because My Guy and I fit into that category), yet she's creative and innovative enough for more seasoned project participants (at least one of the attendees described Wendy as her "favorite").
The space at Scrapper's is nice, too. Several big tables and comfy chairs mean that a roughly four-hour class doesn't result in three hours and 45 minutes of numb butt.
After leaving the class My Guy and I were discussing the project, in relation to the cost of taking the class -- an important topic for us. I had prepaid for this class, but a recent change in our household's income means that we're not spending for stuff that isn't entirely worthwhile (read "free").
Not that we're usually big spenders, but honestly taking a $28 per-person class every few months wouldn't normally cause us to weigh pros and cons.
Anyhow, our final verdict is that we'd recommend this class, this shop and especially Wendy: She had great ideas for layout, embellishment sources and techniques.
And, for those of you who are wondering why I'm not showing off the completed project: We think you should drop into Scrapper's this week to see Wendy's original book, check out their upcoming calendar and meet some of the most caring creators in all of Reno.