Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Just a quick note to let everyone know that I am hosting two scrapbooking opportunities in June. Interestingly enough, they are both on the same weekend. Maybe not the best planning on my part.
The first is my Monthly Hy-Vee Crop at the Hy-Vee in Papillion, Nebraska on Sat., June 11 from 10 a.m. to midnight. It is free, but I only have 16 spots. Email me soon to reserve a space.
Then, on Sun., June 12, I am hosting a Crop Day at the Michaels in Bellevue, Nebraska from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost is $5, and you get use of all classroom tools and a 10 percent discount on regular priced supplies you buy that day. 
Happy Scrappin!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


I guess it pays off to read all the comments that I get on my blog. I just received a Cricut-tastic Award from two new bl0g followers! 

First thanks to Kathlee's Snippits and Cricuts for making me one of her 10 award winners for "newer" blogs! I am so honored as this is my very first blog award. Please visit Kathlee and give her some love for me!
Then, I got the same award from Denise at Life and Cards. Again I am so honored.
I started this blog mostly as a way to share information about my Cricut classes, but it has grown into a way to share my craft and meet more crafters! 
Now, I get to share this award, too. Look for my award post soon! 
Thanks again! 


Even though I consider myself a seasoned scrapbooker, even I have techniques and tools that scare and intimidate me. Glitter is definitely one of those tools and techniques. That is why I was excited and freaked out when Michaels stores started offering a Martha Stewart Crafts glittering class for us to teach. 
Well, yesterday I tackled the class kit and it was very easy. A little messy, but easy. Here are the finished projects: 

Finished projects for the Martha Stewart glittering class at Michaels. 

I am offering this class for the first time next Sunday, May 22 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Michaels store in Bellevue, Nebraska. But other Michaels stores should be offering it as well. The class costs $10, plus purchase of the kit. The kit is $19.99 but you can use coupons on it and there is a bunch of glitter to take home as well as four completed cards. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


I have been a blogging fiend this week. This is my second post today! This time I invite you to the Link Up Love Party with K Andrew from GettingCricky.com. The link up love party is a greay way to get to know other bloggers and find new blog inspiration. 
As part of the party, K Andrew asked us to post our favorite blog project that we've done. Mine is totally out of season and a few years old, but I can still remember how much love and work that I put into it. I was a giant snow globe that I made with my Cricut. I made different sized house, different sized trees and topped it with a thin piece of acrylic so it really looked like a snow globe. Since I gave it to a teacher as a gift, all I have of it is this picture. 



As you may know by now, I love to create artwork for my hallway frame using my Cricut that pertains to the season or holiday. Right now, the St. Patricks Day piece is still hanging up, so I decided to was definitely time to do a new one. 
I wanted to do a piece for Easter, but I never got time before the holiday. But as a Catholic, we believe that this is still the Easter season. So, I designed the piece below to hang up until I have a new one ready for summer. That way, if I need a piece to hang between seasons, I always have this one. 
I really like how it came out. 
My latest Cricut-inspired home decor piece.
The verses didn't come out big enough to read here, so I will put them below for you to read. These are two of my favorites. 

But seek ye first the kingdom of God,
and His righteousness;
and all these things shall be added unto you.
Joshua 1:9b

 You shall love the Lord, your God,
with all your heart,
with all your being,
with all your strength,
and with all your mind,
and your neighbor as yourself.
Luke 10: 25-37

Enjoy and have a blessed day!

Sunday, May 15, 2011


I am very fond of a certain blog called Getting Cricky with K Andrew, and she posts a challenge every other Sunday. The prize for today's challenge is the Cricut Father's Day cartridge, which I have been drooling over for awhile.

So, I decided to try her challenge for today which was any project with a father or retro theme. When I was cruising my cartridges for this challenge, I stumbled on my Wall Decor and More. It has lots of phrases and several of them struck me as very fitting for my dad. 
Here is my entry for her challenge:

Since hopefully my dad will read this, here is why I choose those words:

INSPIRE -- Even though my parents split when I was very young and my mom and I move far away, my dad was still a huge force in my life. He INSPIRED me with every phone call and visit, and his influence took on a much bigger role in my life when I went off to college. He also INSPIRES me with his zest for life. Even at 61, he is more active and energetic than some 40 year olds I know. He works full-time, runs a business and travels constantly.

HAVE FAITH -- His faith in the Lord, although it came late in life, makes me proud each and every day. I know that I can always go to him with my prayer requests and he always has time for my strange religion questions.

TAKE FLIGHT -- Several years ago, my dad decided to finish up his pilots license. At first, I was terrified. The thought of my dad flying alone in a tiny little plane scared me to death. But his love for flying and determination to master his pursuit of the skies eventually won me over. I've flown with him, and even let my children fly with him. 

Well, I hope you enjoy this project. Honestly, it took me less than an hour to create and put together. I trully think it was divinely inspired. 


This one is for all my scrappy friends....

Thursday, May 12, 2011


Last summer, I was honored to be invited to teach at the Scrapateers Crop & Hop in Lincon. They are doing  the hop again, and they blessed me again by asking me to come back.
This year it will be June 17 & 18, 2011 at the Holiday Inn Southwest (just south of 27th & Pine Lake) in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Basically, the hosts invite four home-based scrapbook business to come set up tables and teach classes. Up to four make-and-take classes are free with your registration. The vendors also will offer private classes that require a seperate fee but usually include a more sophisicated project.
There also is a great crop going on at the same time. So you can crop till your heart is content or "hop" over to take classes from the vendors, as well as shop their supplies. We will have a representative from Creative Memories, Stamping Up and Close to My Heart.
I am the fourth vendor, and I will be teaching all sorts of Cricut classes. Most of my basic Cricut and Gypsy classes are among the free classes. My other classes include cutting vinyl and fabric, using the Gypsy for making your own wordbooks and mastering how to layer Cricut images.
For more details on how the Crop Hop works, please visit http://www.scrapateers.com/.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Here is a sneak peak of my latest project -- paper dolls cut on my Cricut machine to represent the graduating 8th graders at my children's school. I did one for each of them, showing what they think they want to be when they grow up. I did a chef, doctor, nurse, family counselor, baseball player, basketball player, daycare provider, CSI investigator, video game designer and a hairdresser.
The 8th grade banquet is on Saturday, so it is 12:42 a.m. on Thursday morning and I am still up working on them. I have three more to go, but my brain is fried and I am heading for bed as soon as I sign off.
I decided to do this because God has given me this creative talent and skill and I enjoy finding ways to bless other people with it.
Before you say, "dolls for all of the 8th graders, is she crazy?" you need to know that there are only 10 kids in our 8th grade. Now, when my daughter's class of 16 students graduates, I may have to rethink this idea!
All of them are so stinking cute, I just hope a bunch of 13-year-olds enjoys them as much as I am sure their parents will.
Good night!


I am currently planning my classes and events for the next few months, and I really need some input. Consider this my virtual suggestion box and your chance to help me steer my business in the right direction.
Consider the following questions, then either post a comment with your answers or send me an email. I welcome suggestions on things I can improve on, but please be constructive with your comments.
1. What new crafting techniques or skills would you like to learn from me?
2. How can I help learn that new crafting technqiue or skill?
3. Is there a crafting technique or skill that would you like some help mastering?
4. What is it and how can I help you learn it?
5. In your opinion, how can I make my crafting instruction and custom scrapbooking business better?

If you post a comment before June 15, one lucky random winner will win lunch from me! If you live local, I will take you to lunch. If you live elsewhere, your prize will be in the form of a $5 gift card from your choice of fast food restaurants mailed to your location.

Friday, May 6, 2011


Need a failsafe way to mat your photos when you scrapbook? A coleague of mine, Rowena Valentine, taught me this one:

1. Measure your photo.

2. For a 1/4 inch mat on each side, add a 1/2 inch to each side of your measurement. If you have a  4x6 photo, cut a piece of paper that is 4 1/2 by 6 1/2. You will have a perfect photo mat, that when the photo is centered, will leave a 1/4 inch of mat on each side.

3. If you want a mat with less color showing, then add a 1/4 of an inch to each side. You will have 1/8 of an inch of mat showing on each side.

I've always just adhered the photo to the cardstock and eyeballed the measurement when I cut the photo mat. After showing the ladies in my class last night, I think I am convinced that Rowena's way works better.

I will try to post a photo of the technique later!

Thanks, Ro!


When I decided to start teaching the Spotted Canary School scrapbooking classes (formerly SDU) at Michaels, I expected that it would take awhile to find students for my first class. But I was pleasantly surprised yesterday to have three ladies showed up for the four-week class. One is a more seasoned scrapbooker, one has only done cards and the third is wanting some direction for a hertiage book she's doing about her parents, one of whom has passed away.
I loved having their three very different perspectives on scrapbooking. I am certain that I will learn as much from them as they will from me.
Last night, we mostly talked about types of albums, adhesive and did a little bit with matting photos. I am very big on matting photos, especially in white. I love the contrast that it gives to the other colors on the page.
How do you feel about matting photos?

Thursday, May 5, 2011


One of my favorite students emailed me this morning telling me she got ordered a NEW version of the Cricut machine. She was so excited because it has so many new convenience features. I am totally jealous!
It is called the Cricut Expression 2: Anniversary Edition and it is pictured here. It was debuted on HSN last month and is now available on Cricut.com for $349. It comes pre-loaded with 4 cartridges.
Here are some of the details:

1. It can cut from both Cricut cartridges and the Imagine cartridges, but it doesn't print anything like the Imagine machine.
2. It has a full-color LCD touch screen. There is no more need for those rubber overlays and there are no more dials for pressure, speed and size settings. It is all done on the screen!
3. Like the Gypsy, you can now see a preview of the mat on the screen so you can design everything on the mat before you cut.
4. No more guessing on what pressure and blade settings to use -- this machine has built-in paper settings like your computer printer
5. There is a light next to the blade so you can see where you are cutting.
6. The machine comes with four pre-loaded cartridges, and eventually you will be able to buy and download electronic cartridges from the cricut website directly to your machine.

So, do I want an Expression 2? Yes. Yes, I do. My beloved Expression machine is more than 2 years old and has been very well used. So, I am saving my pennies while at the same time praying that my Expression machine hangs on for a little while longer.
If you bought an Expression 2, let me know when it arrives so I can come play!


I am excited to start teaching basic scrapbooking classes tonight at the Michaels store in Bellevue, Nebraska! This will be my first attempt at teaching classes through the Spotted Canary School, formerly known as SDU. I believe that I have three students in my first class. That is so awesome.
It is a four week program and I am teaching it on Thursday nights in May. I am not sure when I will be offering it in June, but I am looking at Monday nights.
The four-week class costs $25, plus the cost of some optional supplies. If you are interested in taking the class next month or beyond, please let me know so I can give you some more details.

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!