Sunday, January 23, 2011

I LOVE MAKING HOLIDAY DECOR (GIVEAWAY)

One of my favorite things to make with my Cricut machine is home decor pieces to hang in my home. I have a 12x12 scrapbook page frame, from Michaels, that I use to showcase a new seasonal project.
Today, I cut two of the delicate hearts on Love Struck 2010 and alternated them in red and white. Then, I added the word "love" from the old Home Decor solutions cartridge.
Oh, and by the way, you really can't tell but the hearts are actually 3 layers. First, I cut a solid chipboard heart, then a solid heart in red or white paper followed by the lace overlay in red or white.
Although I really, really like it, I almost feel as if something is missing. But the more I think about it, the more I wonder if anything else might make it cluttered.
What do you think? I will pick one comment between now and March 1st to win this design so they can hang it on their wall next year!

NEW GYPSY VIDEOS

I have been busy creating some new video tutorials for using the Cricut Gypsy. Because the uploading takes awhile, I have put them over on my Youtube channel. But here are the links:

1. Cricut Gypsy -- How to Size Images
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZhY7-iC1zM

2. Cricut Gypsy -- How to Weld

3. Cricut Gypsy -- How to Cut


Friday, January 21, 2011

CAUTION: BIG CLASS AHEAD!

I stopped into Michaels this afternoon to check on sign ups for my Cricut Basics class tomorrow (and do some shopping, of course) and was shocked to see that all 10 spots are full! I haven't taught a class that big in several years.
After seeing all the sales on Cricut machines during Christmas, I had a feeling there would be lots of people wanting to learn how to use them. I really enjoy the basic classes -- people are usually so excited to learn.
Problem is... there is a big snow storm on its way and is supposed to hit in the afternoon -- right about the same time as the class starts. This could be interesting.

Friday, January 14, 2011

ANNOUCING SCRAPHAPPYOMAHA

Announcing the debut of a new website designed just for Omaha-area scrapbookers to connect with each other, share projects, promote crops and spread the word about sales! It is called ScrapHappyOmaha and you can find it at www.scraphappyomaha.shutterfly.com.
I started it, but anyone can add material. There is a calendar where you can add details about an upcoming crop you are attending; a message board where you can post ideas, ask questions or tell everyone where there is a good sale; and places to post pictures of your project.
There is no charge -- but please be considerate! And I will be monitoring to make sure there is no naughty stuff, pressure to buy anything, or bullying.
Let me know if you have any questions or issues.

CLASSES

Last night I taught an Introduction to the Cricut Gypsy class at the Michaels inBellevue, and it was the kind of class that reminded me why I started teaching these classes.
There were two students, including one man. And they were a hoot. Plus, my teaching skills seemed dead on! I have learned that I will have classes where everything clicks and others where I struggle. Last night, everything went so well!
And my thanks to Stephanie and Doug!
For now, I am teaching all my beginner Cricut and beginner Gypsy classes at the Michaels store in Bellevue. The cost is only $5 for either class. You can sign up at the store or email me and I will put you down. My classes are already scheduled there through February.
In February, I plan to start offering more advanced project classes twice a month -- probably one at my home and another location to be determined.
I also home to start teaching at the scrapbook store in Fremont sometime soon.
The advanced class will involve making layouts, cards or other craft projects and you will learn how to cut different materials such as vinyl, fabric, etc. I hope to have details on that posted soon. We will probably do vinyl first.
Oh, and I also am teaching in Lincoln later this month at the Scrapateers Retreat. For more details on that see www.scrapateers.com.
Have a great weekend!

Monday, January 10, 2011

PROJECT FOR MY DAUGHTER

My 10-year-old daughter and her two cousins are very close to each other, in fact they are more like sisters. So, when my daughter saw the rock-n-roll girls on Rock Princess, she wanted me to personalize them for her and my nieces.
I finally got it done...

Thursday, January 6, 2011

ONE DAY TO MAKE 3 CARDS

I love to scrapbook almost as much as I love to breathe, but making cards has never appealed to me. I've always decided it was easier to spend the $2 or $3 to buy a card and save myself the time, and mostly aggravation, of handmaking a card. And most of the time, I figured the person would throw the card away anyway.
Well, a few weeks ago, I needed a birthday card for a friend and a sympathy card for my sister-in-law and I didn't feel like going to the store. So, I headed to my craft room (or crap room, as my husband calls it) and decided to whip a few cards together in a few hours and call it good.
Yea, right! More than 8 hours later, I finally finished two of the cards. But wow, they looked awesome and I really enjoyed how the detailed work made me feel accomplished and relaxed.

Above: Birthday card for my friend using the Rock Princess cartridge.
Below: Inside of the birthday card. I used the Cricut inks to write the sentiment, then cut the sentiment into a rectangle and glued it into the inside of the card.

Above: I cut this envelope from the Stretch Your Imagination cartridge. Then I used the Gypsy with the free Black Letter download to write her name with the mini-gel pen.

Above: I put this card together using the card base from Stretch Your Imagination, the butterfly from either the Home Decor or Home Accents, and the sentiment drown with the Cricut inks from Lyrical Letters.

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!