Monday, December 28, 2009

GIFT BAGS

I personally love gift bags. They are so much easier and economical than gift wrap. But have you ever looked at the price tag for the really cute and fancy bags? Sometimes, the bags are more expensive than the gift you put inside the bag.
So, I save money and create a more personalized gift bag by buying inexpensive colored or even brown ones from Wal-Mart or Michaels, and use my Cricut to adorn them with images or letters selected just for the person who will be getting the bag. And if you don't have a Cricut, you can still use inexpensive stickers, stamps or rub-ons to decorate the bag.
This Christmas, I dressed up basic brown bags for my two sporty nieces. I used Everyday Paper Dolls for the images and one of the fonts off Lyrical Letters, outlined with the markers, for the girls' names.





Monday, December 7, 2009

EVER WONDERED WHAT AN END CAP IS?

Do you have a Cricut Expressions that came with the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge, and have wondered what the End Cap feature is and what to do with it?
It is actually a very handy feature for the holiday season. No need to buy gift tags anymore. Check this out:


I made this tag for my son's Christmas present using the End Cap. Basically, you can use it enclose words or images within a tag. You can also use this for name tags or bookmarks. If you want more details on how to do this, please email me at iteachscrap@cox.net.
Have fun wrapping!

FROM MY KITCHEN

If you have been shopping for Cricut stuff recently, you've probably noticed there are quite a few new cartridges out there. Some are limited edition and have fewer images, others are available only through certain stores.
I love to explore new cartridges and play with them, but I am picky about which ones I will buy. On the day after Thanksgiving, I was in Cheyenne, Wyo. I went to the Michaels and found lots of cartridges left at the $35.99 price. I picked up Everyday Paper Dolls and From My Kitchen.
I am not sure why I like From My Kitchen. I just do. But last night, I decided to design some sample pages and used the kitchen cart. Here is what I came up with...


The "cookies" title and the gingerbread men were both from the kitchen cartridge. I am thinking about selling pages like this, and others. So if you are interested, please email me at iteachscrap@cox.net




Thursday, November 19, 2009

CUTE HOLIDAY GIFT IDEA

This holiday season, I am trying to come up with some handmade gifts to take the pressure off my budget. Feel free to use the idea.
I saw an idea on someone's blog about using unfinished stone or ceramic tiles that you get from home improvement stores to make coasters using extra photos.
Here is what I came up with, and instructions down below:
This is the tile I bought at Lowe's. It cost me 38 cents each.
Here's what else you need: matte finish Mod Podge (found in the craft area of Wal-Mart), a picture cut to a square and a can of clear acrylic sealer spray (also found at Wal-Mart).
First, I brushed on a cote of Modge Podge. Then I laid down the picture and a cute die cut word that I cut on my Cricut. Then I covered the picture and the die cut with another coat or two of Mod Podge. Then I let it dry and followed with two coats of acrylic spray.


Not only are these a great, easy and cheap gift, but any kid over the age of 6 can make these -- with some help from an adult with the acrylic spray. Have fun! And don't forget to put cork or felt pads on the bottom so the tile doesn't scratch tables or glass.

Monday, November 16, 2009

MY FIRST VISIT WITH THE GYPSY

Many of you have been asking me if I have a Gypsy yet and what I think of it. Well, no I don't have one, but I got to use it today and so far, I think it is really cool.

For those of you who have NO IDEA what I am talking about, the Gypsy is a new tool for the Cricut machine that allows you to work on projects pretty much anywhere, then take it back to your Cricut machine and cut away! Imagine something that looks like a Palm Pilot but acts like the Cricut Design Studio -- computer software that lets you design personalized die cuts, titles and even word books.

It still works with Cricut artridges, except now you load all your cartridges onto the Gypsy first. And you can only actually cut with the cartridges you own -- but you can design with all the cartridges which is a great way to see which cartridges you actually want to buy.

Anyway, I still think it is an expensive toy at between $249 and $299. But I imagine it will come down in price eventually. But the possibilities are immense, and since it isn't computer based you aren't hindered by a slow computer like mine.

Here are two things that I whipped together this morning:



This Santa was made with the Jumbo letters from Lyrical Letters merged with a Santa hat from Joys of the Season. One of the best benefits of the Design Studio or the Gypsy is being able to weld letters together and one them as one piece.



This is a recipe divider from From My Kitchen with the meat category welded on top. I am looking forward to playing with that cartridge some more, too.
I hope to get to play with the Gypsy more this weekend, so look for more pictures soon!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

MY FIRST GIVEAWAY -- A FREE CLASS & TWO FREE CUSTOMIZED DIE CUTS

I love it when bloggers have giveaways on their blogs! So, I am going to do one, too.
Leave a comment to this post with your name and your favorite Christmas song. I will pick a random winner to win one of my classes for free and two free Cricut die cuts that I will customize just for you! If the winner doesn't live in the Omaha area, I will find a substitute prize.
The deadline is Nov. 15. I will notify the winner afterward! Spread the word and tell your friends!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

NOVEMBER & SOME DECEMBER CLASSES POSTED

I am already working on my class schedule for November and December. It is posted on the right-hand side of the blog. I have a few things that I need to clarify, so come back soon and see what else I have added!

ANOTHER NEW CLASS LOCATION

I Teach Scraps has found another location to host our scrapbooking classes. Beginning in December, we will be teaching beginning and intermediate scrapbooking classes at Creekside Framing & Gallery in downtown Papillion, NE, along 84th Street.
The owners of Creekside are trying to develop a craft education program in a studio behind their shop. It is a nice space and I look forward to working in it. Also, if you teach crafts such as needlepoint, painting or other arts, please contact them!
See their website to register for our classes... www.creeksideframing.com.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

HELP ME PLAN FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Hello! I am getting ready to start planning my holiday class and workshop schedule, and I need your help. Are you looking to cut costs this holiday season and want to make gifts this year? I can help you do that. I have lots of ideas for easy and inexpensive holiday decor and gifts, and I am looking to plan holiday gift workshops in various places at various times.
Just let me know what you'd like to learn and do! Email me at iteachscrap@cox.net. And look for my November/December schedule coming soon.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER CLASSES POSTED

Happy September, everyone! I just posted my class schedule for September and October. I don't like fall in general, but I love all the amazing events that offer me photo opportunities. So, I've planned a few new classes featuring fall and Halloween subjects.
I am going to make some samples this weekend and hope to get them up on the blog early next week so you can see what we will be doing.
Let me know if you have any questions!

Friday, August 28, 2009

NEW DETAILS ON NEW CLASS, NEW LOCATION

YES! I can finally share details about a new location that I am teaching at coming in September. The store is called Busy Scrappin' and it is located in Bellevue at 1025 Galvin Road. Bev Hill, the owner, puts a lot of time and energy into her store and I am delighted that she agreed to let me teach a beginner Cricut class there.
The class will be Sept. 26 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and here is the 2-page layout we are doing:



The cost is $19, including all supplies except adhesive. You can sign up for the class at www.Busy-Scrappin.com

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

CRICUT FOR T-SHIRTS

Hi everyone! I had a class on Saturday that was designed for using the Cricut to make home decor items and images for clothing. Well, the ladies in that class were consumed with making custom t-shirts with the vinyl. So, here is what they did...




Cut with letters from Lyrical Letters and stars from George.







Lyrical Letters with a Roadrunner from 50 States.
Basically, you can use vinyl for all sorts of things. We used adhesive vinyl but also heat set the letters with a dry iron. I am waiting to hear back from them about how the shirts wash and wear.
I have another home decor Cricut class on Saturday at Precious Treausures in Fremont.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Projects for School

I am a big believer that God wants us to use our talents and treasuers to help others. And since my kids' school is very important to me, I have offered my talents with scrapbooking and my Cricut to the teachers there so they don't have to spend hours tending the Accu-Cut machine. Last year, most teachers didn't know what I was capable of, but they've figured it out this year and have already put me to work. And I love it because it gives me a chance to do stuff that I might not normally do.
Bullentin board that says "HG Students are Bananas Over School"

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

GEARING UP FOR FALL

Hello, everyone! I am still here, I've just been very busy getting both my personal life and my business ready for fall! The kids start school on Monday, so I hopefully have some more free time soon -- at least a little!
As for I Teach Scrap, I am in the process of planning for the fall. If you have any requests for classes, this is the time to speak up! Here is what I have in mind for two new classes and workshops:
--Using your Cricut to make holiday gifts (using vinyl, glass etching, etc.)
--Cricut for cardmakers (we'll get a jump start on holiday cards)
I am still working on a class for the Design Studio, and perhaps the new Gypsy (basically a hand-held version of the Design Studio). I really want to get one of these so I won't have to use my computer, which is very aged and can't handle the software. Maybe Santa will bring me one!
Next, the first meeting of my Cricuteer Club is Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Papillion Hy-Vee. I have four ladies already planning on being there. We are going to explore the beauty of using chipboard on your Cricut. I am working on starting a similar club at the Precious Treasures store in Fremont. All Cricut users are invited to join us. The cost is just $5 to cover supplies and prizes.
Lastly, I have a new class at a new location in the works for late September. The project is a Halloween-themed 2-page layout featuring some very cool papers. I will post more details on this as soon as I get the project approved.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

NEW CRICUT CLUB FORMING!

Do you love your Cricut machine? Do you constantly search out new and interesting things to do with it? Do you keep up with all the Cricut news and rumors?
Then, I have a something for you... I am starting a monthly Cricut Club just for Cricut owners. We'll get together to share ideas, show off our work, review cartridges and gossip about Cricut news. We’ll have prizes and do a quick make-and-take project. Cost is $5 to cover prizes and supplies for the project.
The first meeting of the Cricuteer's Club will be at the Hy-Vee in Papillion, 72nd and Highway 370, on August 22 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. And feel free to stay and crop with me for FREE from 6 p.m. to midnight.
If you'd like to join us, please email me at iteachscrap@cox.net and feel free to pass this invitation along to others!

AUGUST CLASSES POSTED

Hi all! I just posted my August class schedule. It includes a new class, Cricut Advanced--Clothing and Home Decor. This hands-on class will teach you the ins and outs of vinyl on walls, glass, books, etc., as well as using a certain material I found to personalize shirts and tote bags.
The cost is $20, but includes all supplies. You will get to take home several samples, including a decorated t-shirt. This is a great class for anyone who wants to use their Cricut to make gifts, especially with Christmas coming up.
I am teaching this class at both Precious Treasures and Hy-Vee in August.

Friday, July 3, 2009

CUT, COLOR, WEAR UPDATE

Quick update: I washed the shirts using the Cut, Color, Wear material. The vinyl itself washed well, but some of the color did wash out and bleed. Some images bled more than others. I am going to try again -- but this time I am skipping the washable markers and trying permanent markers instead.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Communion Pages

Hi all! I just finished scrapping pages from Mackenzie's First Communion in 2008. I may a year behind, but this was the first time I've really used my Cricut in my scrapbooks. I used the Home Accents for the Faith and the flourishes and Lyrical Letters for the God Be With You.
It came out very cool!


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

LOOK WHAT ELSE YOU CAN DO WITH THE CRICUT

I found yet another way to express my crafty side with my Cricut machine. One of the companies that I buy supplies from, PrintOnIt.com, just came out with this material, Cut Color & Wear, that allows you to cut Cricut images on it, then take the images off and color them with soft-tip markers. Then you iron the images onto T-shirts, bags, etc.

Here are my experiments, with some help from my daughter, that we tried tonight:


This mermaid, above and below, is from Life's A Beach.

This shark title is also from Life's A Beach.

The puppy is from Animal Kingdom and the letters are Plantin Schoolbook.

I am pretty impressed with Cut Color & Wear so far. I still have to wash the shirts and see how they launder, but the company's directions say it is machine washable. We'll have to test that and see what happens.
I do have some tips when using this material:
1. Make sure that you flip the image if you are cutting words.
2. Make sure your markers are fairly new and fresh. And yes, the company says you can use Crayola washable markers. But I will wait to say this for sure until after I wash them.

The possibilities are endless with this stuff. You could make t-shirts for events and only pay the $2 or $3 it costs to buy the shirt at a craft store. The Cut Color & Wear sheets cost about $1.75 a 6x12 sheet, so it isn't cheap. But if you use it wisely, you can get images for 2 shirts out of 1 sheet.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

HOW I SPOIL MY DOG

We have a new puppy in our house. Her name is Lucy and she is already very spoiled. Two weeks ago, I got an idea to mark her bowl from our other dog. I got out my Cricut and my vinyl, and ...


And this is Lucy...


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

LOOKING FOR CHIPBOARD -- LOOK IN YOUR KITCHEN

I love using chipboard, also known as cardboard to some of you, in my scrapbooking. It adds just a little dimension and depth to an otherwise flat page. And if you know how, you can cut chipboard with your Cricut.

But I get lots of questions about where to find and buy chipboard. Honestly, you don't need to buy it. Free chipboard is all around you. It is essentially the back of notepads, stuck inside many scrapbook paper pads and... are you ready for this... in your kitchen cupboard disguised as cereal, fruit snack, and any other food boxes. Plus, boxes are thinner and easier to work with as well as a good way to recycle.

Just cut the boxes down to a useable size, tape down to your Cricut mat and use it to cut letters and shapes. It is fairly easy to cut with the Expressions. It can be done with the Little Cricut as well -- but there is a trick to it. If you want to know the trick, email me. The depth and pressure will depend on the thickness of the chipboard.

Here is one project I did using a cereal box...

This is the cityscape from Plantin Schoolbook. First, I cut a chipboard base, then layered the basic cityscape in yellow with the tall ball version in black.

Above is the front of my chipboard cityscape...

And now you can see what I cut it from... using my favorite breakfast cereal.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

PRECIOUS TREASURES

Yesterday, I spent 5 hours helping Amy at Precious Treasures in Gretna pack up her store and get it ready to move to Fremont. Because of some a sad situation, she has to be out of her current location by Wednesday night. And if you've ever been in her store, you know what a crazy idea that is! But with an amazing liquidation sale and lots of man power, we got a lot done yesterday.
It was kinda a sad day for me because I have become very attached to the store in Gretna. In fact, I got teary when I was packing up the Tooth Fairy paper. That was why I found her store in the first place. And I've learned so much teaching for Amy and becoming her friend.
But she's very excited about her new store in downtown Fremont. I haven't seen it yet, but I am told it is bigger and has lots of charm and character. Amy needs a fresh start right now. And yes, I will still be teaching and cropping out there, but I will probably have make my trips out there more efficient by having a bunch of classes and bringing my own stuff to crop.
And thanks to Amy, I hopefully have found another store to teach classes at... more details on that later!

Monday, May 18, 2009

FUNNY FROM MY DAD

My dad is such an awesome guy. Last week, he called me to tell me that he had come up with a new slogan for my I Teach Scraps business.
He asked if I remember an old TV show called "Have Gun, Will Travel." I said "yes," and he said that I should use "Have Cricut, Will Travel" for my new business slogan.
It pretty much sums up what I've been doing lately, so I might just have to use it.
Thanks, Dad!

DESIGN STUDIO CLASSES COMING SOON!

I am currently designing a new class for all you Cricut users! I hope to offer a class on using Design Studio, the Cricut software that allows you to do things such as weld letters together and cut words as one piece.
Because I will need access to a laptop to teach this class, right now I will only be able to offer this one at the Precious Treasures store as Amy has bought a laptop just for this purpose.
I will let you all know as soon as I have my first class scheduled.

FINISHED MY FIRST CUSTOM BOOK

I've scrapped for more than 15 years, and taught scrapbooking for almost 5 years, but last week I finished my first custom for-hire scrapbook! It was a graduation book for a woman whose daughter graduated from Gretna High School on Sunday.
It happened strangely. She had never scrapbooked before and came into Precious Treasures, with iced coffee in hand, to ask the store owner, Amy, to help her. Amy wasn't there, but I had just finished a private daytime class and just happened to be there. After a few moments of talking, I realized that she probably just needed someone to do it for her. I've always wanted to do some for-hire projects, so I volunteered.
It was very fun and I'd do it again in a heartbeat, especically to see the look on the mom's face again when she looked at my work.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Disney Pages


This Mickey Mouse page is my newest creation. It came out so good, and it was so easy. One of these pages, along with a second page that I haven't created yet, will be one of the prizes this weekend at our National Scrapbook Day event at Precious Treasures in Gretna, Neb.

In addition, I soon will begin taking orders for custom Disney pages, as well as selling pre-made Disney pages at Precious Treasures. If you are interested, please email me at iteachscrap@cox.net.

Friday, April 10, 2009

MY FIRST ATTEMPT AT DISNEY PRINCESSES

Now that I have my own Cricut, I can spend some time playing with the more complicated images. So, I stayed up until past midnight working on Cinderella. She's not completed yet, but here's how she looks now.

MAY CLASSES

I just posted a few of my upcoming May classes here on the blog. Right now, I just have a Saturday full of Cricut classes at Precious Treasures on May 16. But I plan to add more, including a few night classes, once I find out what my husband's schedule is for the coming weeks.
I also am teaching a bunch of Cricut classes on Sun., May 3 at Precious Treasures as part of National Scrapbooking Day. Let me know if you are interested in those classes, or just coming out to crop with us.
I also need to schedule my May scrapbook classes for the Hy-Vee in Papillion. I plan to do those on May 23 or 24.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Prices

Happy Sunday, even if it is snowing in April!
I've received several emails lately asking about costs for my classes. So, I figured that I'd better put those on the blog as well.
I charge $15 per person for most of my group classes, and that includes paper and adhesive. Some of my advanced classes cost $20 per person because there is more paper or supplies involved. I will mention any higher costs in my class description.
I also will do private one-on-one classes in a student's home for $20 a person. I charge $15 per person for private classes with two or more students.
I also am considering renting out myself and my Cricut for in-home crops, where I come with my machine and cut anything you'd like (provided I have the right cartridge) for you and your guests. But I haven't decided the details on that, yet. If you are interested in something like that, please let me know.
Hope to hear from you soon!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

My Cricut Is Here!

My very own Cricut machine arrived Thursday, but because I was so busy with other things I didn't even get to open it until Friday. And once I opened it, the kids were more excited than I was. Mackenzie was the first person to cut anything! Figures!

And here is what she made. Very creative, except Dad wasn't happy with the tape.

Even Bob got into the action.

But I am glad that they are interested in using it, just as long as they don't get better than I am. You know how kids master technology faster than their parents!

Friday, March 20, 2009

I BOOKED MY FIRST AT HOME CLASS

Until now, I have done all my Cricut classes at stores, but I just booked my first at-home class with a woman in Council Bluffs.

I FINALLY DID IT!

After years of teaching others to use the Cricut machine without actually owning my own, I have finally purchased a Cricut Expression on Ebay. It is a lot of money, but I will have so much fun doing stuff with it!
I will post pictures when it arrives!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

April Classes Now Posted

I just posted by April scrapbooking classes here on the blog today.
I have a few new ones, including a Mom & Me Crop and a Tools of the Trade class at both Precious Treasures and Hy-Vee.
If you want to sign up for any of them or have any questions, please email me at iteachscrap@cox.net.

Welcome to the I Teach Scraps Blog!

Hello! I am excited to have my own blog site. This is way cool. I plan to use this site to promote my scrapbook instruction business, as well as pass on lots of scrapbooking tips and ideas to my family, friends and clients, both past and present. I'll also through a little of my personal life in for fun.Feel free to comment, ask questions, email me, ask me to post pictures of your projects, etc. Just let me know how I can help!