To Try: 6 Skillshare Classes

Learning is one of my favorite things to do. I'm constantly building a list of new things I want to do, especially creative ones. Skillshare is a video-based learning site (with some familiar faces as teachers). They are currently having a promotion, where new customers can try 3 months for $0.99. I've only enrolled in a few free classes so far, but I wanted to share some courses that caught my eye.

To try: 6 Mouse Pads (that aren't fugly)

I'll admit it. I've stopped using a mouse for a while now. I use my computer on my bed and couch a lot, plus I somehow don't have a mousepad. So since my hand has started to cramp up, I've been looking around. While you could probably find a free one somewhere, here are some nicer looking ones - all under $20:

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1. Comfy
I used this one for years, and it's the best selling mouse pad on Amazon. They make it in three colors - if only there were more options..
Get it here

2. Roomy
Plenty of room for all of your gadgets and hands..and a calendar, business cards, and photos. Also, look at that smiley face! Comes in four colors.
Get it here.

3. Cute
I'm a sucker for fat white cartoon rabbits. End of story.
Get it here.

4. Sleek
I never knew aluminum mousepads existed, but I must say they're quite beautiful. This minimal slab is available in three apple-esque colors.
Get it here.

5. Heated
What?! Heated?! I always have trouble working in the winter because my hands get cold so easily. This may just solve things. Comes in two colors.
Get it here.

6. Mixed Media
Yet another aluminum mousepad. This one throws in some leather for a luxurious touch, and extra space for accessories. There are two colors available.
Get it here.

I can't decide! My hand may have to suffer a little longer..

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To Try: Pocket Letters

Created in early 2015, Pocket Letters are gaining popularity in the crafty community. They are an accessible way to share creative letters and goodies with a penpal. I'll put some more information in this post, but first - inspiration. Each image leads to its source:

Scrappin' Love

Scrappin' Love

Cariilup

Cariilup

An Ounce of Creativity

An Ounce of Creativity

Emily of EA Loves

Emily of EA Loves

Carrie Elias ( process video here )

Carrie Elias (process video here)

Now, what are Pocket Letters?

From Pocket Letter creator Janette Lane's Blog:

Basically it's a new way to write letters to penpals for a one time-swap or permanently. You decorate all the pockets of a trading card sleeve and send the whole page to someone who wants to swap with you. You can fill the pockets with anything you like (stickers, tea bags, a note, washi tape samples, pictures, etc.) Make sure to include a short letter or note and tuck it in one of the pockets. It's the perfect way to collect letters from penpals around the world and a convenient way to store them. They fit perfectly in a binder! :)
Janette Lane

Janette Lane

Janette Lane

Janette Lane

I was always intimidated by scrapbooking, which is why I focus more on small projects like cards. These are such a fun idea though, so I will have to give them a shot. Have you tried Pocket Letters yet? Let's be penpals!

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