Monday, December 28, 2009


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


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
Have fun wrapping!


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

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!