Wednesday, April 27, 2011

GOT GLITTER?

If you are like me, you love the idea of using glitter on cards and scrapbook pages. But I freak out from confusion and bewilderment when I actually considering working with glitter. What glue do I use, how do I use it without making a huge mess, why go through the trouble? If those questions sound familiar, then I may finally have answers for you.
Michaels craft stores and Martha Stewart crafts have gotten together to create a class that shows people several ways to use glitter, what types of glitter to use and lots of tips and tricks for using glitter. Plus, you will leave with four beautiful glittered butterfly cards. 
The cost is $10 for the class, plus the cost of the class kit. The kit is $19.99 but you may be able to use your coupons to get it cheaper. However, you get several vials of glitter and other stuff to keep. 
My first Martha glittering class is Sunday, May 22 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Michaels store in Bellevue, Nebraska. I also will be offering it again in following months, along with several other new classes coming soon!
If you don't live near me, check with your local store. Most Michaels stores will be offering the same classes soon.

Friday, April 15, 2011

A FEW OF MY FAVORITES -- PART 1

As you can imagine, I get lots of questions about my favorite scrapbooking supplies, blogs, shopping websites, brands, etc. So, I decided to post some of my recent favorites here:
My favorite Scrapbooking Website is an easy answer -- http://www.scrapbook.com/.
I love this site for many reasons. I love how they have a section in their store just for new merchandise coming out. I am a sucker for new stuff. Today, I went on their to see what new paper is coming out. I went to the Superstore tab and then to the New Arrival section. Since the Fourth of July is one of my favorite topics to scrapbook, I immediately loved this new paper from Karen Foster:


They have great prices and cheap shipping -- I can even create a holiday wish list and email it to my dad.
One of my favorite features is their resources section. They have a vast library of poems, titles and page ideas categorized and easy to navigate. For example, when I had a space to fill on a layout I was doing on bubbles, I went to scrapbook.com's resources section. I went to the poem directory and typed in "bubbles." This is what I found (and used on my page):

Bubbles, bubbles
Floating in the breeze
Upward, upward
Above the house and trees.
I wish that I were tiny;
I wish that I were small,
Small enough to fit inside
that shiny ball.

They also have a section for quotes. Have you ever had part of a quote in your head and wanted to use it on a page, but couldn't remember the whole thing? Chances are good that scrapbook.com will have it. But other scrapbookers are also welcome to submit their own poems, titles, etc.
And by the way, no I didn't get paid or compensated by the website for this testimony. I just really enjoy their site and think you will, too.

BECOMING A FULL-SERVICE INSTRUCTOR

When I first started teaching at Michaels more than four years ago, I taught all scrapbooking classes -- not just Cricut. Now an opportunity has presented itself so I can teach regular scrapbooking classes again, in addition to my Cricut classes.
I am in the process of becoming an SDU instructor at Michaels. SDU stands for Scrapbook Design & You, and this is the program currently being taught in most, if not all, Michaels stores and some other stores as well. It is a four-week program that starts new each month. It teaches the why, as well as the how, of scrapbooking. It gives each student a foundation to develop their own scrapbooking style.
I started the training sessions yesterday. I hope to have it all done and start offering scrapbooking classes at the Bellevue Michaels store in May. So, if you are in Omaha and want to learn the basics of scrapbooking, then I am your girl!

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!