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!

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!