Saturday, March 26, 2011


Have you ever had an idea for a long time but it took awhile to make it happen?
I have always wanted to start a club for Cricut users where we can meet, I teach a small project and we can share our ideas, thoughts, etc. So, I have started a Cricut Club and Gypsy Club at the Bellevue Michaels store. The first Cricut Club meeting is Friday, April 15 and the first Gypsy Club meeting is Thursday, April 21, both from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Each meeting will have a new topic and a small project that I will design for you. 
For Cricut Club this month, we will explore using the Cricut for projects beyond scrapbooking by making an Easter or Spring seasonal 12x12 page suitable for hanging in your home -- with or without pictures. Bring your machine, a mat and cartridges of your choice. 
In Gypsy Club, I will teach you how to create and cut your own custom word books. 
The cost is $5 to attend, which goes to the store, and up to $3 in supplies to buy -- most of which will be paper. I don't want to make money off it, I just want to be able to help people keep learning more about their Cricut machines and cartridges. 
I have lots of students who take my basics class and seem like they are ready to take off and do their own projects, but they leave and either forget what they learned or just aren't motivated to keep learning. 
There will be a sign up sheet at the front desk of Michaels or you can email me. 
Hope to see you there!

Thursday, March 24, 2011


One of the things that I love most about scrapbooking is our ability to network. That's why I have started our own Facebook page, ScrapHappy Omaha
I imagine it as a place for members to:
--Post pictures of their pages and crafts.
--Announce events they are hosting or attending.
--Ask questions.
--Make new friends.
It is a closed group, which means you have to join. Non-members can see the group and who is in it, but they can't see everyone's post. 
Consultants from various home-based scrapbook companies are welcome to join, but please respect the other members and don't become high pressure. 
I don't plan to list my classes on it, but I might refer to something I am teaching. 
Hope to see you there. 


I just posted some Cricut classes for April, but I expect to have more to add soon. I just have to finalize dates and times with two stores that have asked me to teach Cricut classes. I hope to have these posted soon.
Also, the next Hy-Vee crop is April 9. Please reserve your spot now.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


I just finished my latest seasonal design that I hang in a 12x12 frame as you come up the stairs into my home. I did one for fall, one for Valentine's Day and now this one for St. Patrick's Day.
Now, I realize that St. Pat's Day is the day after tomorrow -- but I simply ran out of time. I have decided to start working on my Easter page in the next day or two so I can put it up at the beginning of April. 
For this page, I used the leprechauns and pot of gold from the Simply Charmed cartridge along with a clover from the Indie Art cartridge. I used a fairly busy paper from one of my numerous paper pads and added the green boxes to help the leprechauns stand out. 
I also used two different glitter papers, one green and one gold, to add some bling and make it all stand out. I really had a blast making this one. 

Here is a close up of one of the leprechauns:

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


I know that everyone is complaining about high gas prices right now. I put $20 in my van yesterday and it only bought me less than 6 gallons! Because of that ridiculous cost, I am going to have to reschedule the classes that I had scheduled at The Shop Around the Corner, in Glenwood, Iowa, this month.
I am sorry for the inconvenience. But I finally sat down and did some math...
I only had one person signed up so far. The class is $10 per person. The store is about 30 miles away from my house, or 60 miles round trip. My van gets about 20 miles to the gallon. That means I will need three to four gallons of gas to get there and back. At $3.55 a gallon, that's at least $10 in gas for a roundtrip. I love teaching Cricut classes, and I normally would do it for just one person, but I can't afford to make a trip like that right now. Honestly, who can?
I am looking at Saturday, March 26 for the rescheduled date, but I will let you all know for sure when I have the date set with the store.
Until then, feel free to email me questions. And I will try and post some more tutorials -- stay tuned!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


I now have dates for my upcoming crops at the Papillion Hy-Vee through June. The next dates for the Hy-Vee crops are:
March 12
April 9
May 7
June 11 

I will take reservations now for the upcoming crops, but I will confirm with you before the crop to make sure you can still come. Otherwise, you can reserve your spot when my monthly email goes out. 


I love it when my former students send me pictures of their projects so I can see how their skills have progressed. 
Earlier this week, Barb Bailey shared an invitation that she, her daughter and son-in-law designed together for her granddaughter's first birthday party. She is very proud of how they came out. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


My friend Amy over at is giving away one of her super-duper cool wood books. The kit includes paper and accessories!


I had so much fun doing Angie's birthday blog hop. I had 50 comments and added more than 40 new followers. Thank you for all the kind praise and compliments!
I promised a prize and the winner is... Riley's Custom Creations
This is what she had to say: "The purse is too cute! I love the colors you used."
Thanks again! 

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!