Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Until I had kids, fall was never something that I looked forward to. But now, as a parent, there are so many opportunities to make memories with my family. In fact, sometimes there are too many opportunities that I have a hard time remembering them all. 
I found this on a parenting website and thought I'd share...

Let's see how many of these we can check off this year! 


Have you ever found a scrapbook scrapbook company that just seems to fit your personality and design style? I love Best Creation, and this morning I found a link to their new Halloween line. LOVE IT!


Ooohhh... another Link Up Love Party at one of my favorite sites, Getting Cricky
This version is all about Halloween, and I have just created one of my absolute favorite Halloween projects. 
Meet Frank & Frannie...

I made these with the Happy Hauntings cartridge and K&Company Halloween specialty paper pad. And I used Distress Stickles for the first time and now understand how they are different from regular stickles. I am not a huge distress fan, but the technique has its place -- and it worked great for Frannie's dress. 
The Link Up the Love Party is a great way to meet new bloggers and find inspiration from amazing projects! How Fun- why not come share  your blog!

Monday, September 19, 2011


Happy Monday, everyone! 
I spent the weekend at a fantastic 3-day crop in Kearney, Nebraska, which is about 3 hours west of Omaha. I taught a bunch of Cricut classes, and met some amazing people. I hope they will keep in touch. 
When I teach at weekend crops like this, I typically don't bring my own scrapbooking stuff to work on. So, this weekend, I decided to work on making some Halloween decorations for my house. 
I love the Cricut cartridge called Happy Hauntings, but I haven't used it much. So I made a Frankenstein and Mrs. Frankenstein die cut and frames to put them in. The finished product is shown above. I plan to hang them next to the wall clock in my living room. 
The funny part is that I actually made Frank just after midnight on Saturday at the crop. I guess I drank too much pop that evening. But doing that little detail work is my creative release from the world.
The paper I used was a K&Company paper pad that I bought at Michaels and you also can find it at It has awesome prints and great texture. The black swirls on Frank's suit were already on the paper. I added purple distress Stickles to Frannie's dress. 
If you'd like a set of your own, I will take orders and ship them. The cost would be about $20, for the pair and including shipping. They are very, very detailed and took me about two hours just for Frank and his frame alone. But I love them and would love to make them again! 
The crop event I attended was put on by my friend, Patsy Davis, who owns and runs Scrapateers, a scrapbooking retreat business in Nebraska. This was her first visit to Kearney, as she normally hosts crops in Lincoln. 
She has another Lincoln crop coming up Sept. 30 thru Oct. 2, if you need a weekend away. I would normally be there, but I am taking the kids on a vacation to California. The link to her website is
Love ya, Patsy!

Sunday, September 11, 2011


Just a quick note that the next Hy-Vee crop is on October 15 from 10 a.m. to midnight, or longer if you can stay up that late. 
And if you are a long-term planner, like myself, the November crop is November 15. 
I am taking reservations for both starting now. Just send me an email and let me know how many spots to save and your approximate arrival and departure time. 


I know Halloween seems like a long way away, and that's true in many ways. But, if you want to make Halloween decorations for your home or make elements for a Halloween party, then you'd better get started now! 
I now teach several paper crafting classes at Michaels designed for people who would like to learn how to use their paper crafting skills, and maybe their paper stash, to create some Halloween fun. 
The Tim Holtz Halloween Decor class is designed to introduce Tim Holtz products while crafting a fun and spooky banner to hang in your home.
When I am working in the aisles at Michaels, I get lots of questions about Tim Holtz products. What do they do? How do I use them? Are they just for paper crafting? Basically, many of Tim's products, especially the inks, are designed to give projects a distressed, antiqued look. He is the opposite of bling! And they can be used on so much more than paper. 
Below is a picture of the project for the Tim Holtz Halloween class. 
Tim Holtz Halloween Banner
I am offering the Tim Holtz banner class several times between now and Halloween. The next class is tomorrow, Mon., Sept. 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the next offering is Sun., Sept. 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
I teach classes at the Michaels craft store in Bellevue, Nebraska at 15th and Cornhusker Road. 

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!