Create a Calendar Page in InDesign in 5 Minutes!

InDesign Calendar Page

My new InDesign 101 class launched last year, and I’m excited to share my first InDesign video tutorial with you! It’s a quick and easy 5 minute calendar project! InDesign is a great program for multiple page documents, which makes it the ideal program for making calendars. It seemed like a good tutorial to start 2015 with, and now that you’ll know how to make your own calendar, you won’t need to buy one for this year!

Click here to watch Holly create a calendar page in InDesign!

And don’t forget to sign up for my InDesign 101 class (and if you like the pattern in the above image, sign up for our Illustrator 102 class too and you’ll learn to make it)!

Free 2015 Poster Download!

If you’re like us you’ve been spending the first part of January planning and strategizing for the New Year! It can be easy to get overwhelmed with resolutions and goals. We find it can help to think in broad themes, then distill your focus down to one word that you’ll try to bring into your life on a daily basis. What is 2015 all about for you?



January 2015 Desktop & Mobile Backgrounds!


We know it’s almost mid-January and we’re a little late to the party (whoops!), but we still wanted to make sure you all had a chance to download our free January 2015 desktop & mobile backgrounds!


It’s Floral Arranging Friday!

Happy new year everyone! We thought a great way to start out blog out in 2015 would be to show you some amazing student work from some of our 2014 Floral Arranging 101 students that we’ve been saving up! Keep reading to see what these students were able to create after just 1 month of learning with Chelsea!

First we have a beautiful bridal bouquet created by Jennifer Chandler. We love the classic whites and pale palette but we’re dying over those pops of bright orange and peach! Great selections Jennifer!

Nicole's Classes Student Work


Let Nicole’s Classes Help with Your New Years Resolutions!


Happy New Year from Nicole’s Classes! 2014 was a great year for Nicole’s Classes… we brought on amazing new teachers, added killer new classes, announced new features, and we launched our beautiful new re-designed site! 2015 has a lot to live up to! Speaking of 2015, we’ve been inspired by all the resolutions we’ve seen on social media already. Lots of our friends and followers are vowing to learn something new and creative in 2015, and we want to help!

Now through Monday 1/5/15 at 11:59pm PST, enter the code NEWYEARS at checkout to save 20% on your entire order. Maybe you got a DSLR for Christmas and have resolved in 2015 to learn how to use it? Photo 101 is for you! Maybe you want to take your small business to the next level with a new logo and look? Branding 101 can help you do that! Maybe you want to save money and create all the florals at your 2015 wedding? Floral Arranging 101 is all you need! Or maybe you need to take your food blog or food instas to the professional level so you can land those sponsors you want? Food Styling 101 can take you there!

Let Nicole’s Classes help make 2015 the year of you!

Happy Holidays from Nicole’s Classes!


Save 15% and Get Right-This-Minute Gifts!


You? Still last minute shopping? We don’t believe it! Actually, of course we do, because so are we!

It’s crunch time for gift giving and time is running out to get those presents under the tree. If you’re still looking to for a few last minute somethings for your someone special, let Nicole’s Classes help! We have gift certificates and online classes that can be gifted in an instant. And they’re on sale…

Enter code HOLIDAY15 to save 15% on your entire purchase!

In just a few minutes, you can give the gift of learning, which won’t end up at next years White Elephant party! Happy shopping!

Free Printable Holiday Gift Tags!


It’s crunch time for gift wrapping and Nicole’s Classes is here to help! We’ve created some easy printable gift tags to up your holiday cheer. Just print, trim and add to your favorite gift. Pro tip: printing them out on label sheets to create custom holiday stickers works well, too!

Designs were created using Illustrator and InDesign by Matthew Meikle, a graphic designer for Flight Design Co. who is also one of the instructors of our incredible Branding 101 class!

To download and print the full size gift tags, click the download it button below!

Happy holidays everyone!

More Free Holiday Wallpapers!


Happy Holidays from Nicole’s Classes! I created these free, fun & festive holiday screensavers and phone backgrounds for you! And if you’re feeling especially industrious, it would make an adorable background for a holiday party invite!


Photo Tutorial: Punchy Light

Today I wanted to share one of my favorite easy lighting setups I used for a collaboration with Naomi that maximizes contrast and gives an image that added punch. Getting strong contrast comes from a stronger light source. Outside, it’s the sun. In the studio, it’s a strobe without much (or any) diffusion. This lighting setup is similar to on-camera flash, but is more flattering because the light is slightly higher than the subject’s face. If you don’t have a strobe unit, you can easily use the flash off-camera with the appropriate accessories.

Naomi’s pictures were shot at home, and so were mine seen in this tutorial. It took only a 7′ x 4′ amount of space (my small kitchen nook), and I even propped the background boards up on the chair I was sitting on. The close distance of my body to the board also helped strongly illuminate the background since I was only using one light.

Get Punchy Light with One Light