Saturday, February 13, 2010

MY WEEKEND OFF

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.

WHICH MACHINE IS BEST?

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.

VERY BUSY START TO 2010


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 http://www.scrapateers.com/.
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

RECYCLE TRICK WITH LOVE STRUCK

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.

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!