Saturday, July 30, 2011

CHALLENGE: CIRCLES!

Hello again! I had some extra time today, so I was able to complete a scrapbook page that I had been working on for awhile. Ironically, the page fit perfectly for the Fabulous Friday Challenge going on over the Frosted Designs blog!
Follow the link to enter: Frosted Designs Blog Circle Challenge
Anyway, I did this page mostly to perfect using the Center Point function on my Cricut Expression machine. I knew that you could use it for cutting your pictures into circles, but I had only tried it once or twice. As you can see below, it worked beautifully. I will post a video on using the Center Point function soon!
Here is the page:
This is now probably one of my favorite scrapbook pages.
I used paper from a Me & My Big Ideas specialty cardstock paper pad. It was a busy piece of paper, but I choose colored cardstock (Close to My Heart) to balance the circles and the colors. The arrows are cut from the Boys Will Be Boys Cricut cartridge. 
And if you are curious, I did my title using my Cricut machine and my Gypsy device. I believe the letters are the jumbo feature from Lyrcial Letters. 

OT: MY FAVORITE LIFESTYLE WEBSITES

I was working the crop night at Michaels last night, and the topic of favorite blogs and websites came up. One of my croppers is a stay-at-home mom with three kids so I shared one of my favorite mommy websites. 
Then, I got to thinking, even though this is blog about scrapbooking, why not share some of my other life as well? I won't do it too often, but I have lots of knowledge about lots of things that I want to share. And I am ready to let my readers get to know the whole me -- not just the crafty side.
So, if you see an OT in the post heading that means the topic is about something other than scrapbooking or paper crafting, OK?
I was a stay-at-home mom until my kids went to school and then I picked up a few part-time jobs. But money is still tight for us. So I try to be frugal with my spending. It is isn't easy; I find it takes a lot of time, research and inspiration. It doesn't come naturally for me. I'd rather just buy it at the store and be done with it. Anyway, I look to blogs and websites for the inspiration, ideas and reasoning to cut costs.
My favorite mommy blog is Econobusters at www.econobusters.com. The lady that runs it is amazing at saving money while still providing a rewarding, enjoyable and faith-filled life for her family. I love her daily posts as well as her Friday Freebies where she alerts people to free trials, free programs and other things she finds interesting. She is where I found out about a FREE summer camp being held at the Apple computer stores that teaches kids how to make movies. I signed my kids up, but they ended up going out of town instead. Still, a great deal that I only found out from the lady at Econobusters!
Here's two more that I rely on a lot!
1. The Hillbilly Housewife -- Lots of really good frugal cooking tips and recipes.
2. Favecrafts -- Great for crafty how-tos and tips.
3. We Are That Family -- Great ideas and inspiration.
4. The Household Planner -- My new favorite for printable forms and stuff.


If you know of a blog that helps you be a better mommy, crafter, etc., please leave it in a comment on here. We all need to look out for each other in these tough economic times!

Friday, July 22, 2011

MY FIRST GUEST DESIGNER POST

Frosted Designs

Ever since I started my blog, I've dreamed of the day when one of my projects would be featured on someone else's blog. Today is the day! 
I am today's guest designer on the Frosted Designs blog for its Fabulous Friday challenge. This week's challenge was using buttons. I have to be honest...this challenge was a challenge for me. I don't use many buttons in my scrapbooks, cards, etc., unless I am told to use buttons. In fact, for this challenge I had to go buy buttons at my local craft store. 
Then, I struggled to decide what to make. They didn't give many instructions beyond using buttons. I actually did several projects until I found the one I really liked. 
Here is the winner...


Adorable ice cream cone-shaped card.


Side view of the card. 
Close up of buttons and title.
The back of the card with my signature stamp. 

To make this card, I used my Cricut Gypsy and my Simply Charmed cartridge. I selected the ice cream cone image, made a copy and used the flip function to flip it sideways. Then, I welded the two cones together to make a shaped card. 
I also used the layers feature on the Gypsy to make the various details of the ice cream cone and make sure they fit the base properly. 
Here is a video tutorial on how I made this card:




Now I said earlier that I did several button projects before I found my favorite one. First, I did a Fourth of July artwork that I framed and hung in my hallway. It was fun to make, but it didn't seem to feature the buttons enough.


Fourth of July hallway artwork.
Then, I did a baby card using buttons. I liked it, but something seemed odd about it. Ironically, the next day my sister called to say she was pregnant with twins. 


Oh Baby! I found out that my sister was pregnant with twins the next day after I made this card.







Thursday, July 21, 2011

CHECK BACK TOMORROW, PLEASE!

Hello! Thanks for stopping by my blog today. But I need a big favor -- can you please come back tomorrow, Friday, July 22? I have some awesome news and a very cool project, as well as some of my August class offerings that I will post tomorrow. 
Until then...

Saturday, July 9, 2011

A FLOWER OBSESSED WINNER

I have a winner for my 120 Follower Cricut Wish List Giveaway! She didn't leave her name but she was poster number 18 (picked by a random number generator). Here is the post she left:


Anonymous said...
I would like to have (hope Imagine carts are ok to list)
1) Ornamental Iron 2
2) Lori's Garden
3) Teresa Collin's Cricut Imagine Art
4) Flower Shoppe
5)Mother's Day Bouquet
Just a tad flower obsessed! Thanks for the chance to win! 
cjdempsey9


cjdempsey9, I definitely have to agree with Ornamental Iron 2. Flowers aren't my "thang" but I know lots of people love to use flowers die cuts for everything from birthdays to sympathy cards. And flowers can make a quick birthday card when you need one last minute. 
Anyway, I haven't decided which cartridge I am going to pick for cjdempsey9 yet. I am leaning toward Mother's Day Bouquet because I love the variety of flowers on there. But I am going to leave it a surprise until cjdempsey9 receives it. 


Thanks again, everyone, for entering my contest and helping me boost my followers! I now have some new blogs to follow, too. Stay tuned, I have some awesome projects coming soon and I am planning to make some more tutorials for you as well. 



Friday, July 8, 2011

YIPPEEE! WE PASSED 120!

Awesome news! I just passed 120 followers. I went from 107 to 120 in just a few hours. Thanks so much, everyone. 
I am going to pick the winner tomorrow, just in case I have a few more entries yet tonight. I will post the winner tomorrow morning before 10 a.m. CDT. 

A FEW NOTES

Hello!
I hope everyone is having a fun, but safe, summer so far.
We had a great July 4th, including propably one of my favorite July 4th memories EVER! We went to local minor league baseball game that featured fireworks afterward. We got to go on the field and it seemed like the show was just for us! And for once, I put down the camera and just watched the show. I had both kids with me, there was a cool breeze and the fireworks were planned with some great American music. I may not have any photos or videos of it, but I will always remember it.
Anyway, I wanted to mention a few updates on my creations and classes:
  • Starting in August, I will be teaching private Cricut classes at a new Omaha-area location. The classes will be located at Scrappin' Studio, located at the Nebraska Crossing Outlet Mall in Gretna, Nebraska. There have been several scrapbook stores at the outlet mall, but this one is completely seperate from the previous stores. And it is a real store, with an amazing selection of paper, stickers and other scrapbooking supplies. It also has some scrapbook goodies you haven't seen in awhile. The store is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and the owner, Barb, also runs a huge Crop Room with crops on the weekends as well. My first classes will be Sat., Aug. 13. The schedule for classes is listed here on my blog to the right-hand side. Check out her website at http://scrappinstudio.com/default.aspx.
  • I am still teaching at the Michaels store in Bellevue, but I teach more than just Cricut classes. I also teach basic scrapbooking, a glitter technique class and now a fantastic class on using your scrapbook supply stash for events such as parties, including invitations, decorations and more. It is called Happy Birthday America at the store, but I am revamping it to feature all birthday parties. The cost is $25 for the class, but you can just bring a good selection of your paper and other embellishments from home and I will show you how to make rosettes, pinwheels and more. The next class is Wed., July 20 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Friday, July 1, 2011

JULY 4TH BANNER

I am so excited to show you my latest project. It is a July 4th banner that I made using paper folded into rosettes and glued onto triangles. 


This project is based on a class that I am now teaching at Michaels where students learn how to make elements for parties out of scrapbook supplies. We do a two-page layout, an invitation and the banner. 


I decided to take it over to my in-laws house, where we will be celebrating the holiday, and hung it in their entryway. 


I glittered the edges by rolling the rosette in glue, then rolling it in a mix of red, white and blue glitter.  It looks much cooler in person! 

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!