Friday, December 24, 2010


I just wanted to pop in and wish everyone a wonderful, relaxing and safe Christmas. Enjoy your family, friends and take a moment for yourself. But don't forget to pray for everyone who is sick, sad or all alone this Christmas. Be sure to check back next week. I am going to start some more tutorials, challenges and such, especially for those of you who got Gypsys this Christmas.

God Bless You All!

Thursday, December 23, 2010


For the last day of school before Christmas break, my kids got to wear holiday clothing instead of their uniforms. Mackenzie wanted something different from everyone else, so I found a red shirt of my son's and I happened to have some Christmas fabric from other project. In less than an hour, I had cut this applique on the Cricut machine, ironed it on and added three little buttons for decorations. It was so cute!

Sunday, December 5, 2010


I have always loved small towns, and this weekend I remembered why!
I was teaching Cricut classes at The Shop Around the Corner, in Glenwood, Iowa on Saturday. If you haven't been there, you need to check it out. Anyway, as I was buying some items on the way out, a lady from the Glenwood Chamber of Commerce surprised me with $100 in Chamber Bucks.
Apparently, it was a "shop local" promotion and I can use them to purchase everything from gas and food to books and trinkets at most of the businesses in Glenwood. I will definitely be back to spend my bucks!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

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Friday, November 12, 2010


If you know me at all, you will know that I am a big fan of the Cricut cartridges, Paper Doll Dress Up and Everyday Paper Dolls. I was a big fan from the very beginning because I had a chance to actually look at the handbook, and discover the amazing accessories buried on the cartridge. Meanwhile, many people only looked at the back of the box and wondered what they would ever use it for.
Here is one very cool example of using the Paper Dolls cartridges for things other than scrapbooking. The principal at our small Catholic school asked me to decorate a box for use at a fundraiser. I already had most of the dolls cut out, so I just needed to finish them up.

Saturday, November 6, 2010


I love using vinyl with my Cricut machine! It is so versatile. I can decorate just about anything with it. Well, now I am branching out to designing and cutting custom vinyl pieces for other people.
This was a custom Welcome piece that I made for a lady named Renae, who I met at the Scrapateers crop back in October. She had bought vinyl and the 12x24 mat, but she didn't have a Gypsy (at the time, she does now) so she couldn't weld the letters together and make it one piece. It came out great! I think it took me less than an hour and I only charged her $7 for the vinyl and the labor.

I can do this, and much more, for you, too! Just email me at and tell me what you are interested in having made.
Right now, I am starting to design some holiday vinyl pieces just for walls, doors, windows, etc!

Thursday, November 4, 2010


Lately I've noticed that I teach most of my Cricut classes at locations around the Omaha area, but I don't have a location in Omaha itself. I've had several students tell me they'd like me to teach somewhere in central Omaha for convenience reasons.
So, I am going to try doing one in my home and see how it goes. On Friday, Nov. 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., please join me at my house in south Omaha for an In-Depth Gypsy Class. This class will cover everything from the basics to more advanced techniques. The cost is $20. Please email me to register. I can take up to 6 people. I will provide snacks and you are welcome to bring beverages.
I have started working at the Michaels craft store in Bellevue again and they have agreed to let me teach Cricut and Gypsy classes there as well. The first Intro to Gypsy class will be Sat., Nov. 27 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is just $5. This will cover the basics for a new Gypsy owner, including loading cartridges, designing images and cutting.
For now, email me to register.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


If you have been thinking about buying a Gypsy for your Cricut, this may be the best time to do it.

On November 1, all Gypsy owners who have registered their devices can download 6 FREE cartridges to their Gypsy. You just need to buy one, and register it, by Oct. 31 to qualify.
Most of the cartridges are older,retired ones, but there is one exclusive new one just for this promotion:
Smiley Cards (new and exclusive to this promotion)
Tags, Bags, Boxes and More
Printing Press
Indie Art

As Christmas is approaching, I was starting to panic because I really don't have a good Christmas cartridge. So, I was very excited to see that the Christmas solution cart is one of the free downloads.
Register at
Downloads will be available through a special update to your Gypsy starting November 1st. New Gypsy cartridge downloads are easy! Just connect your Gypsy to your computer and you’ll automatically be prompted how to start. In just a few steps, you’ll be able to download all six cartridges containing thousands of images!

Thursday, October 14, 2010


For over a month now, I have been drooling over the Happy Hauntings cartridge. I love Halloween and I dream up lots of decor ideas for my house, the kids' classrooms, etc.
Well, if you've been looking for it, then you know that it is very difficult to find in stores. I knew where to get it online, but didn't want to pay shipping.
Anyway, early last week, had a sale where most cartridges were $19.00. Happy Hauntings was included, which surprised the heck out of me, and I snapped that deal up in a hurry! Shipping was only $5. So, I scored the cart for less than $25!
It came super fast, too. I opened it and starting playing last night. Some of the cuts are fairly intricate, but you just need to remember that those cuts aren't meant to cut small. In fact, I am seriously considering buying the 12x24 mat so I can make really big Halloween decorations.

Friday, October 1, 2010


I can't stay long but I wanted to show you my latest video tutorial on using the Cricut markers and how amazing they can be when used in conjunction with the Gypsy or the Design Studio.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Wow! October is always a busy month for me. Both my kids have birthdays in October, six days apart. Plus, there's Halloween and all the cool events and activities that go along with it. And this year, my brother is getting married, too.
And wouldn't you know it, there's been an increasing demand for my Cricut classes. I am NOT complaining at all. In fact, I am super excited. But what's that saying about pouring when it rains?

Sunday, September 19, 2010


When I was in 5th grade, I had to get glasses. It wasn't fun and I don't remember it fondly. Now, my daughter is in 5th grade and she needs glasses. It helped that the glasses available for kids are much, much cuter than 25 years ago, but I wanted my own way to make her feel special.
So, I turned to my Cricut and my scrap bag of vinyl...

I used the Rock Princess cartridge to personalize her glasses case. The front...

And the back...

And the happy recipient!

Her class was so impressed that all her eyeglass-wearing friends are bringing me their cases to personalize!

Sunday, September 12, 2010


For many scrapbookers, the only way to get any scrapbooking done is to go away for a day or two and do nothing but crop and hang out with other croppers. If you are looking for a great scrapbooking weekend opportunity, I know of a great one coming up Oct. 1-3 in Lincoln, Nebraska.
The Scrapateers host retreats like this several times a year and this will be my third teaching Cricut classes for them. The retreat is held at the Guesthouse Inn & Suites, 5250 Cornhusker Highway, in Lincoln.
Patsy and her crew put on a great event and the cost is $75 from 12 p.m. Friday, all day Saturday and Sunday until 1 p.m. Single day reservations are also available. They have tons of prizes, games, and classes as well. I also have a whole slate of Cricut classes.
To register, visit I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


Sometimes when I am busy, I don't always pay as close attention to the little things as I should. Today was a perfect example.
This afternoon, I was cleaning out out my email inbox (I try to do it everyday so I don't miss something important) when I saw this week's Cricut Chirp newsletter. I had already opened the email and scanned it earlier in the day. But on the second glance I noticed the Message Board Highlights for this week. All of the sudden, I realized that one of the highlighted projects was mine!
Here is the link to the newsletter. Mine is the one that says "Teacher's Lunchbox and Note Cards."

Monday, August 30, 2010


The other day, I was thinking about inexpensive ways to decorate my house for fall. I got a picture in my head of an autumn tree like the one on the Cricut Stretch Your Imagination cartridge.
Here's what I came up with:

I put it into a 12x12 scrapbook page frame so I can change it easily with the seasons. Let me know what you think!
Here's the next contest: Give me an idea for the next season (obviously winter) and if I pick your idea, you will win a scrapbook goodie bag from me worth $10. Either leave your idea as a comment here or email me!

Friday, August 27, 2010


I have joined the Youtube revolution. I have already posted two videos on using the Cricut Expressions machine and will post more soon.
The two already up there show how to use the Mix-N-Match button and the Portrait Mode. Be sure to leave a comment so I know you stopped by.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Have you ever been involved in a scrapbooking group that does swaps? Well, I haven't either until recently. And I am addicted. I love seeing what other people come up with and since my time is limited, I actually get more die cuts and other scrapbook elements that I can use in my projects.
I found a group designed for Cricut users on an online community called Cafe Mom. We are the Cricut Chirpin Mamas. Right now, I am working on a cuts for a camping swap and I need to get started on a Halloween one next.
I also am hosting a swap for the first time. I have always wanted to have titles for all six years of elementary school cut and ready to go, so I am hosting an Elementary School Grade Title swap.
If you are looking for a good online community with lots of different types of people who are willing to listen and help when you need it, then you should check out

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


I love to surprise teachers at our school with little gifts, especially at the beginning of the year and at holidays. We have a new second grade teacher, which is now my son's grade, and I wanted to welcome her with some cute homemade notecards and a little keepsake tin.
I made the cards with my Cricut and the Locker Talk cartridge. Then I bought a metal lunchbox at Michaels and personalized it for her with paper and ribbon.
Here's how they turned out:


The past few weeks have been nutty for me and I am glad to have my schedule slowing down just a little and probably just for a little while.
For those who know I took a demo job with Provo Craft, makers of the Cricut, I also took on demoing at Best Buy in addition to Michaels. That meant demoing twice a weekend, plus the driving and the reports. I loved it, though, and really enjoyed the Best Buy employess. My last Best Buy demo, that I know of for now, is Saturday and then I just have to wait and see what the Provo Craft company has in store for me this fall.
Not knowing my demo schedule until a week or so before it starts, doesn't make scheduling classes -- or anything else for that matter -- very easy. I am waiting to hear back from Provo Craft before I schedule my September classes here locally. I still teach at a scrapbook store in Fremont, Neb., called Precious Treasures (, some private classes here and there and at a few scrapbooking retreats. I was even contacted by another store in Glenwood, Iowa, to start teaching there this fall.
I excited for any new opportunities to meet new people and share my passion for memory keeping!

Sunday, August 1, 2010


I've had a number of requests for information on cutting vinyl with the Cricut. So, I put together a series of video tutorials on how to do this. Now, I've never done videos before, so don't expect an Oscar-winning performance.




Sunday, July 18, 2010


I started teaching Cricut classes about 4 years ago when I was a scrapbook instructor at a Michaels craft store. While demoing the Cricut machine, I noticed that a number of women were coming in with lots of questions about the machine they had just bought and still others were returning the machine because they couldn't figure out how to use it.
I designed a beginner class and had almost 10 people each in my first classes. I soon taught beginner and advanced Cricut classes.
When Michaels quit offering classes, I approached some local scrapbook stores and started teaching there. I also received some requests for in-home private classes, too.
I love teaching about scrapbooking, and especially about the Cricut. I feel like I am blessed with this talent and I enjoy sharing it with others.

Sunday, June 13, 2010


Just in case you haven't turned on the TV or been in a store for a month or so, this coming Sunday is Father's Day.
I am blessed with several father figures, and most years I've bought them cards. This year, however, I was inspired to make my own cards when I saw the image of a car on the Cricut Cake Holiday Cakes cartridge. This car reminds me a lot of my step-dad's 1964 Plymouth Fury, so I had to make this card for him:

Both the car and license plate are from the Holiday Cake cartridge. And yes, you can use the Cake carts in the regular Cricut to cut paper. But, warning, once you start it is hard to stop. It took me more than 3 hours to make this single card.
And I didn't stop there! I figure since I made one for my step-dad, I'd better make one for my daddy and my father-in-law.
My father-in-law loves Gnomes and I envisioned his card from the moment I saw the new Freshly Picked cartridge. Here it is:

The inside of all three cards are very similar, using the Happy Father's Day title from the Cricut Cake Holiday Cake Cartridge.

Monday, May 31, 2010


I am done with one prize drawing, and now it is time for another. The prize this time is your pick of of 5 Cricut die cuts, handmade by me, in any color, and size of your choice. Of course, the cuts are limited to the cartridges that I owe but I have quite a few and access to many more.
Just leave a comment after this post and the winner will be picked July 1.


It is finally June 1st and time to pick the winners of my $1 raffle drawing to win either a Cricut Jukebox, a Cricut Design Studio software package or a big set of various stamps.
The first winner gets their pick of the three prizes, the second winner gets to pick from the remaining two and the third winner gets the remaining item.

So, drumroll please...
1st winner -- Anne Atwood, Bellevue
2cd winner -- Dawn Dworak, Bellevue
3rd winner -- Shelly LiaBraaten, Omaha

I will contact the winners within the next day or two to arrange picking their prizes.
Also, the winner who gets the Design Studio will get a 1-hour private lesson from me on using the software.
Thanks to everyone who entered the raffle!

Saturday, May 22, 2010


I haven't always been a Design Studio fan. I used to think it was hard to work with and not worth the time or money.

I WAS WRONG! And all because of one silly little feature: Hide Contour!
I did this title thingy with the Summer Vacation cartridge and my DS!

I was very easily able to cut different colors and save paper by using Hide Contour! Here is a screen shot of a similar title that I designed for this example. I welded the words with the suitcases so they will cut as one piece.

Then, I selected a portion of the image -- in this case, it was the suitcase handle. Then I right-clicked on my mouse and it brings up this little menu. On the bottom is Hide Contour.

The Hide Selected Contour tells the Cricut not to cut the parts that you hide. In the bottom example, the Cricut would just cut the bold pieces so you can easily make them different colors AND use your scraps to do it!

NOTE: The Gypsy currently DOES NOT have this feature. But I was told at my Provo Craft training that they are considering adding this feature in an upcoming Gypsy update.

Friday, May 21, 2010


Since summer is so busy for everyone, I went ahead and planned June, July and August dates for the monthly crop at the Hy-Vee store in Papillion.

Here they are:
Saturday, June 26 -- 10 a.m. to midnight
Saturday, July 10 -- 10 a.m. to midnight
Saturday, August 14 -- 10 a.m. to midnight

The last few crops have been very full lately, so please let me as soon as possible if you'd like to join us for the June crop. I limit it to 16 croppers at any one time, so please also tell me when you are planning to come and how long you plan to stay -- but there is no restrictions on either. It is just for my planning purposes.

Also, I have confirmed with Hy-Vee that you can print pictures for 10 cents a piece and pick them the same day, if you are cropping with us! That is a great deal. Just bring in your photo card, photo disc, thumbdrive, etc.

Friday, May 7, 2010


With my new job, plus my old one and my mommy stuff, I've had very little lately to do any scrapbooking at all. Tonight, I decided to leave the dust bunnies where they lay and play with my new Cricut cartridges!
I love the Limited Edition seasonal Cricut cartridges, so I splurged and bought two of them -- Summer Vacation and Independence Day.
Here is a page that I put together this afternoon and evening using the Summer Vacation cart and a little from Life's A Beach. Enjoy!

Friday, April 30, 2010


Here's a funny side story from my trip to Chicago: I knew I would be demonstrating in one of the Omaha area stores but I had no idea if they had hired anyone else for the other stores. Just after I checked into the hotel, I saw a woman who looked very familiar. I walked up to her and said, "I think I know you." She replied, "Yes, I took one of your Cricut classes in Omaha."
I quickly remembered her as one of my students from the Busy Scrappin store in Bellevue. It was awesome to know that someone I taught felt confident enough in her skills to apply for and get such a cool opportunity. I was very proud, and grateful that I had someone to hang out with all weekend. She and I stuck together like glue and were even on the same flight home to Omaha.
If that wasn't cool enough, I recognized another lady while I was in line to eat dinner the first night. I knew her right away and ran over to greet her. She also is one of my former students and now she is the Cricut demonstrator for the Michaels store in Lincoln.
We consider ourselves the Nebraska team, and I am honored to have taught them both. But I have a feeling they will end up teaching me things, too!


Hello! I am finally back from my little weekend trip to Chicago. Ok, so I got back Monday night and today is Friday. I got swamped with mom activities once I got back -- for example, I cooked 200 hamburgers in my kitchen Wednesday for my kids' school book fair.
My trip was great! I got lots of training for my new Cricut demo job, got to play with a Gypsy (yes, I have to give it back eventually) and even got to explore Chicago on a Saturday night.
I also am in the process of practicing on the Cricut Cake machine. That is what I will be demonstrating at Michaels on Sunday afternoon. I hope to have pictures of my Cricut Cake practice run up soon, too.

Thursday, April 22, 2010


Oh, and before I forget -- the next FREE crop at Hy-Vee will be Saturday, May 15 from 10 a.m. to midnight. We were full again last month, so email me soon so I can save your spot.
I am looking into doing it more often, say two Saturdays a month or one Friday night and one Sunday but that isn't set yet. I'll try to get that figured out when I get back.


I am leaving tomorrow for my training trip to Chicago before I start my new job demoing the Cricut machine for the Provocraft company. I am hearing so many different ideas about what we will be learning and what we will be demoing when the job actually starts May 2. So, I've decided to just wait and see what they throw at me. But be sure, I will tell everything that I (legally) can when I get back.
In the meantime, leave some comments for me here on the blog so I have something to read when I get back. Maybe tell me what is the best thing I have ever taught you. I will pick my favorites comments and give out a little gift to show my appreciation.
Have a great weekend!

Friday, April 16, 2010


When I am grocery shopping, I usually have a list and stick to it. I try not to wander down unnecessary aisles, hoping to avoid the temptation to buy something I want but don't need.
But today, I got such a good deal that I am glad I wandered. I found an amazing travel bag set with a rolling duffle bag that is just the perfect size for my Cricut Expressions machine. I've been carrying my machine in the box until now and it is very ackward. The set, which includes a full-size backpack and messenger bag, was originally marked at $40. I got it for $12!


A lot of you may already know this, but I just landed a dream part-time job. I have been hired by Provo Craft, the company that makes the Cricut machine, to demonstrate the Cricut and its accessories at the Michaels Craft Store in Bellevue.
If you know me, then you know that I love the Cricut. I have made so many things with it, and taught many people how to use it. Because of the Cricut, I have discovered my passion to teach crafting. Plus, the Bellevue Michaels store is where I started teaching Cricut classes.
The pay is good, and the best part is that they are sending me to Chicago with about a hundred other people from around the country to spend 3 days learning how to demo and sell these machines. The trip is all-expense paid and I am so excited. I've already used the Internet to find some of the other ladies who will be training with me.
For now, the job is only on Sundays, so I will continue to teach my private classes on Saturdays. But that may change if Provo Craft finds more places for me to demo.
Look for more details during and after my training trip.


So, the prize fairy visited me again!
Look at the huge pile of prizes that you will have to choose
from at my upcoming crops:

There are lots of Joilies, Soft Spokens, clear stamps and various stickers.There is also a pack of Cricut 6x12 cutting mats, and some computer photo programs. I also got a bunch of Stampology clear stamps. These are the kind that have three stamps to make one design, so you don't have to color in your stamped image. They seem pretty cool and I have six packages of them. I will use these for prizes in my raffle drawing.
Remember, the raffle tickets are on sale for $1 from now until May 31st. You can win a Cricut Jukebox, a Cricut Design Studio or this pack of stamps.


At my crop last month, I felt drawn to crop some pictures back from 2007 so I could get that album done. It is one of my biggest ever, and it just seems to be taking forever!
Anyway, I had some pictures of my sweet hound dog, Dixie, to include in the book. She was 13 years old and we were facing the reality that she wasn't going to be around much longer. Some of my croppers probably remember me agonizing over that page.
Here is how it came out:

I am glad that I did that page when I did, or it might have come out much differently.
Our sweet puppy died on April 2, but I still have the memory of making this beautiful page for her.
If you are curious, I used Animal Kingdom for the puppy and Paper Pups for the pawprints. And by the way, Paper Pups is being retired so get it while you can. I will be looking for one!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Sometimes you just have to make time to scrapbook, so I will help you with some motivation. Complete as many pages as you can between now and April 30, then post your total here on my blog . I will have a prize for the top two results.


Last month, a wonderful lady dropped off some donations that I can use for prizes -- including a Cricut Jukebox and a Cricut Design Studio software program.
I have decided to raffle off the Cricut items and some other nice prizes that I have. I will use the money to purchase more prizes and maybe snacks and other stuff for my future crops. And depending on how much I raise, I may donate some of the money.
The raffle tickets will cost $1 (yes, you can enter more than once) and I will have them available at the April and May crops. Feel free to spread the word to other crafters that you know, they can email me to buy a ticket.
I will pick the winner on June 1st, 2010.


This month's crop at the Papillion Hy-Vee is set for April 17 from 10 a.m. to midnight.

The Hy-Vee crops for the last two months were well attended and we had some new faces. To make sure everyone has a good time and feels comfortable, I am limiting it to 16 croppers at any one time. So, please email me soon if you want to join us, and let me know how many people are in your group and approximately what time you are planning to be there and how long you can stay. Remember, it is FREE to crop with us. Feel free to bring a snack or dessert to share.


Last month, I offered my first Cricut Design Studio and Gypsy class. I've been wanting to offer this class for awhile, but I had to figure out some logistics first. I had three students and it was a lot of fun. I hope they learned what they needed to. I am offering it again April 24, but right now I am only teaching it at Precious Treasures in Fremont.

If you are only interested in learning Design Studio, which I currently prefer, we can arrange a class session at my house located in south-central Omaha. I also can teach the vinyl class at my home. Just send me an email.
Because of the Easter holiday, a trip out of town, and the loss of a teaching location, my class schedule is light this month. But I plan to take that time to get caught up on my own scrapbooking and plan some new class projects. I also have lots of spring cleaning to get done. Anyone wanna help?


Happy Spring, fellow scrapbookers and crafters! I hope you are all eagerly awaiting Spring and all its wonders as much as I am. I am so torn this time of year because I want to be outside enjoying the warmth, watching the kids play and cleaning up the backyard and garage. But, at the same time, I long to be sitting at my craft table scrapbooking and crafting new spring decor for my house. Plus, I have all that other stuff to do: laundry, cooking, cleaning, etc.

How do you balance your regular life with your crafty life?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


If you know me well, you know that I am very passionate about my kids' school, Holy Ghost Catholic School in Omaha. It is a small school, we only have about 120 elementary school kids. But we love it there.
Being a small private school, we have to do a lot of fundraising. One of the biggest ways we fundraise is through our church's annual festival. During the festival in June, we will raffle off a Harley motorcycle and $5,000 cash.
The tickets for the Harley raffle are $20 each or 3 for $50. And if they sell enough tickets, they will give away two motorcycles. For more info on this, goto
We also sell $1 raffle tickets for the $5,000 cash drawing. The school kids are all selling the tickets for a chance to win an Ipod Touch and other prizes.
If you are interested in purchasing a ticket for either raffle, please email me. I will gladly mail them anywhere in the world!


I will be at Precious Treasures in Fremont two days in a row this week, and I would love to see some of my old favorites friends and meet some new ones, too.
On Friday at 9 p.m., Amy is having her store's long-overdue grand opening followed by an open house. I will be there doing some Cricut demos and prepping for my Saturday classes.
Speaking of Saturday, I will be in Fremont again teaching a Beginner Cricut class at 10 a.m., then a Cartridge Club at noon. Then, at 2 p.m. is my very first Design Studio and Gypsy class. This class is definitely a work in progress, but I am looking forward to a new challenge in teaching Cricut classes.
The Cartridge Club is like a guided tour of cartridges that I think you will enjoy exploring. You may or may not already own them, but sometimes we buy cartridges and we don't know why. Then, we second guess our purchase and put the cart aside because we consider taking it back to the store but never do. Or, we see a cart in a store, think it is cute but aren't sure what we would use it for -- so we pass on it but always wonder if we should have bought it anyway.
This month's Cartridge Club feature is the two Paper Doll carts. If you've ever seen these carts in the store, you've probably looked at the back and thought it was only a bunch of paper dolls. Well, these carts have so much more to offer. I use them almost everytime I crop. Please come and let me show what you've been missing.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


This past Saturday was my monthly crop at the Papillion Hy-Vee. We had a full crew this time -- there were 14 croppers in the room at the same time during one point in the afternoon. That was the most people I'd ever had there at one time, and is probably the most that the room can hold comfortably so that everyone has 4 to 6 feet of space.
I want to thank all the ladies who came throughout the day. We even had a few newcomers. The word is still spreading and I am going to start looking into doing crops twice a month.
My croppers may not realize this -- I host this crop for Hy-Vee but I don't get paid for it. And I buy the prizes with my own money. I love helping people get their scrapbooks done, so I am happy to do it.
But that brings me to my next note...
While I was cropping Saturday, a former student of mine -- a wonderful lady named Roberta -- came in and dropped off some amazing items to use as prizes during the crops. You won't believe it, but she donated a Cricut Jukebox and a Design Studio software as well as some paper and some tags. Both items retail at for $65. That was so generous of you, Roberta.
After some thought and discussion with friends, I think I am going to raffle off the big prizes over the next few months so I can use the proceeds to buy smaller prizes for many crops to come. So, my plan is to sell $2 raffle tickets from now until April 30 and then announce the winners at my May crop. There will be two winners -- the first winner can pick either item and the other gets the leftovers. I will use the proceeds to buy prizes for future crops.
Please email me at if you want to buy a raffle ticket. I also will have them available at the next Hy-Vee crop in April. The date is still TBD.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


Happy Spring, everyone. OK, so I am a few days early. Who cares?
Here is one of my new layouts. Everything on here comes from Everyday Paper Dolls. Isn't it adorable!
I will teaching this layout at several places this month for my Cricut Cartridge Club. See my schedule to the right.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


I recently bought the Easter 2010 Cricut cartridge and I think it is so cute.
I used the cart to create this page for a class I taught last weekend. It was very easy to design and recreate. Now I am determined to take pictures that will look good in the page!

Saturday, February 13, 2010


I've been teaching nearly every weekend since the beginning year. And although I've loved every minute of it, I thought it was time to take a little time off and enjoy the Valentine's Day weekend with my family.
My daughter and I enjoyed some much needed time alone this morning and I thought I would post a few pictures from our outing...

Mackenzie is in dire need of a new bike, and she found one that will work perfect for her.

Mackenzie and I while at lunch at DQ!

Mackenzie loves all stuffed animals, even if they are bigger than she is.


Wow, there have been lots of great prices on Cricut machines in the past few months. That's probably why I've had such a spike in the numbers of students taking my classes. And with three versions of the machine (soon to be 4 with the Cricut Cake coming), I get asked a lot which machine I think is the best: the original Cricut, the Cricut Create and the Cricut Expressions.
The answer is: If you already own a machine, the best machine is the one you own. They all basically do the same thing. There are only a few things you can do with the big Expressions machine that you can't do with the original machine and the Create.
If you don't own a machine yet, the best machine depends on what you want to use it for and how much you have to spend.
Most basic cardmakers and scrapbookers will do just fine with the original machines, which tend to cost less. In fact, Big Lots has the Create on sale for $99 this weekend. That is a great price! If you buy a used machine on Ebay or Craigslist, most of the time it is because someone either never used it or upgraded to the bigger machine. But let buyer beware when doing this -- there is no way to know if the user used it properly, or damaged it at some point. If you know the person selling it, that's a better situation in my opinion. Just make sure you turn the machine on and cut something with it before you exchange money with anyone.
Now, I have the Expressions machine, which makes me a bit biased. But I usually recommend only getting the bigger machine if you have the space at home to use it -- it requires more room on the tabletop and is not as portable as the smaller machine. If you have a dedicated scrap space, this machine may be perfect for you.


The past few months have been very busy for me. I have taught Cricut classes nearly every weekend, and most of the classes have been nearly full. I have really enjoyed meeting so many other scrappers and introducing them to the world of the Cricut.
Why so many new Cricut students? Probably because the Cricut machines have been on sale a lot since the day after Thanksgiving! More about that in the next post...
The first weekend, I taught at the Scrapateers retreat in Lincoln. What a great group of people! The next retreat will be in October and I've already been asked to come back. To the left is a picture of me while I was teaching a beginner class. I actually had two advanced classes, one with 6 and one with 4 students and a beginner with two students. Plus, I met some amazing women! Thanks for inviting me Patsy and thanks to Dana for recommending me. If you are interested in October's retreat, please see the website at
I've also had some big classes both at Busy Scrappin in Bellevue and Precious Treasures in Fremont. I love teaching at both stores. I have an advanced Cricut class this coming Friday night in Fremont followed by an all-day crop at Hy-Vee on Saturday.
Next up is planning a busy March, too.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


If you have taken one of my classes recently, you know that the limited-edition Valentine's cartridge Love Struck is one of my absolutely favorite cartridges right now. Well, my daughter liked it too, and wanted her school Valentine's made with the zebra-stripe heart below:

It is an adorable die cut and looks great over a white or black background. But it leaves a huge amount of paper debris behind. While at a crop over the weekend, one of my tablemates had the idea of using transfer tape (normally used with vinyl) to take the left-over paper and transfer it to a card or another piece of paper.

Above is what is left over after you remove the heart outline.

Put the transfer paper over the leftover heart-shaped pieces and rub, rub, rub.

Then pull it off the mat and turn it over. Put glue on all the little pieces.

Then put the glue side on a card or other piece of paper and rub until the pieces are stuck to the paper. Then gently pull the transfer paper away.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


To the left, you will see a new page that I designed for a class coming up at Busy Scrappin in Bellevue on Friday, Jan. 22. It uses the new Cricut Love Struck cartridge -- one of the seasonal carts they have come out with to satisfy us who want holiday images but don't want to pay a fortune for a fully packed cart.
Love Struck is a beautiful cartridge, but some of the cuts are very intricate and can be tricky to cut. The best advice I can give is to cut these images at least 4 or 5 inches in size. Any smaller and the cuts may not come out properly.
This was also the first time that I have ventured into paper piercing and stitching with the heart in the middle. It was super easy, actually!

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!