My Blog Workshop Giveaway! :: Melbourne

My Blog Workshop is happening this Saturday in Melbourne. We’re excited to let you know that in conjunction with the lovely Simone from My Blog Workshop, we are giving away a seat for one lucky Melbourne person! All you need to do is comment on this blog post, have a laptop ready to bring to the course, and be available to attend this Saturday 23rd June for your chance to win!

Photoshop and Illustrator for bloggers and beginners!
This is a HANDS-ON practical workshop, and you will work on tasks and exercises throughout the day with your teacher right there to help with any points you get stuck on. You will have a workbook that contains all the class notes, and lots of resources to use after the class.
If you want to get a quick start in meaningful and useful Photoshop and Illustrator techniques, this is the course for you. By doing step-by-step tasks, you will gain confidence and understand how to use the tools at your disposal to make your blog even more beautiful.
After this class, you will be able to create your own banners and buttons, combine text and imagery, manipulate photos, and upload them to your blog or website.
When – Saturday 23rd June 2012
Time – 9.30am to 5pm
Cost – $229
Location – Melbourne CBD location, TBA
Workshop includes – Morning tea, yummy lunch and class notes.
What to bring – Your own laptop with Photoshop and Illustrator installed. If you don’t own them yet, you can download the free 30 day trial. Please ensure they are installed before the workshop!

Simone Madigan, blogger, designer and dreamer behind States of Nature will be your teacher.
Simone has worked with Photoshop and Illustrator for a long time, designing everything from logos and websites to fabrics and homewares. She is also an experienced teacher, and has taught at design colleges in the areas of Graphic Design, Textile Design and Digital Illustration. Her work has been featured in magazines and newspapers including Frankie, Real Living, House and Garden, Inside Out, Good Weekend, The Age, and the Sydney Morning Herald.
Simone’s philosophy towards these workshops is simple. “Focus on learning the techniques that are relevant to your work as it stands right now. Leave all the rest until later. It is very easy to be intimidated by this complex software, but if you learn the basics you have so much power to improve your visual style and be a better designer.”
Simone has a Degree in Graphic Design (B.A.), a Diploma in Education in Design and Technology (Dip. Ed.) and a Masters in Printmaking (M.Phil).

To enter this giveaway all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post answering the question: “How would you use your new Photoshop and/or Illustrator skills?”
:: Competition open now & closes on Wednesday 20th June 4pm ::
:: This competition will be drawn at random, and winner announced here and via our Facebook & Twitter. ::
:: Please make sure to leave your email address when you comment so we can reply to you. This doesn’t have to be seen by public, their is a field in the comment section to leave your email address. ::
:: You can only enter once, so please only leave one comment. All comments are moderated, so it may not appear immediately. ::
:: If you leave a comment AND purchase a ticket (so as not to miss out on Saturday), then your ticket price will be REFUNDED if it is the lucky one drawn ::

CONGRATULATIONS – CHARMAINE PHOON!! You are the winner of this giveaway!! You will be emailed shortly with prize details 🙂


  • Pippa says:

    This is exactly what I need! Yes please! 🙂

  • Pippa says:

    Oops, I would create a more unified look to my blog and shop in time for my 1 year blog anniversary!

  • Lisa Davies says:

    This would be a tremedous opportunity. Lisa

  • Mila says:

    This is what I need to start my blog!

  • Alisha says:

    I would use my new skills to create my dream store banner and accompanying webpage layout – something I’ve been dreaming about for a while now!

  • Danielle says:

    Would love to develop my blog further, learn some more image-manipulation techniques, photoshop and illustrator skills and ultimately, make my blog super-beautiful!

  • Belinda says:

    I would use these skills to help me find a way back to work after having been a stay at home mum for many years and needing to find a way to be relevant to today’s world.

  • Smile says:

    I would use these skills for my Diploma in Graphic Design, they would prove to be very useful for what I am doing because it involves a lot of computer based stuff. And just for general use as well and improving my blog.

  • Charmaine Phoon says:

    It is true! In collaboration with my new blog I am hoping to “set up shop” online. Sigh! With such tips and tricks the blogosphere could be my oyster…

  • Sonia Lyne of dandelyne says:

    Oh WOW! I just let everyone on my FB page know that I want to start my blog and revamp things. Then one of my FB friends sent me this link – PERFECT – YAY YAY YAY! I hope my little bum can be chosen to keep that seat warm :-D!

  • Ruth mulhern says:

    Hi I would love this

  • Diane says:

    I have been blogging for a couple of years, and would really love to learn some new (technical) skills that might help me to improve my blog and take it to the next level!

  • Cinda says:

    I would be so excited.. more than excited… thrilled… more than thrilled….delighted… to win this.. and am so glad that i saw this before 4.00pm today when the comp closes…

  • Cinda says:

    I just realised i didn’t answer the question.. SORRY…

    I would you use my new Photoshop and/or Illustrator skills to present a more professional blog. I guest blog for babiekins magazine and have been asked to contribute to 2 others, but i am self taught and feel my presentation skills and lack of knowledge of these applications let me down. I would love to win this prize.

  • Philthy says:

    I’d use ANY new Photoshop and/or Illustrator skills to re-populate my blog with images that AREN’T done in MS paint. Or at least offer any alternative… low-fi only gets you so far..
    Dr Phil(th)

  • Bianca M says:

    I would start a photo blog! I’m a visual person with a terrible memory, but love taking, looking and sharing photos… it’s a great way to keep the memories 😀

  • Finders Keepers says:

    CONGRATULATIONS – CHARMAINE PHOON!! You are the winner of this giveaway!! You will be emailed shortly with prize details 🙂

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