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.




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!