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!

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!