Monday, November 21, 2011

ADORABLE CHRISTMAS PROJECTS


NOTE: I feel the need to clarify that this was NOT my project,
 but one that I admire from the Cricut Blog. Sorry for any confusion.

I have to be honest -- I am already in the Christmas spirit BIG TIME! And I keep seeing adorable Christmas projects that I really want to make for myself. 
The Cricut blog had the cutest Countdown Calendar project online this morning! Check it out! And if you made it with a cookie sheet, you can use magnets and reuse it for other holidays, too. 
I am not sure that I can get this done for this year, but it is definitely going into the file for the future. 
But if you go ahead and make one, email me a picture and I will post it here.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

THANKFUL FOR MY LIFE

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, I am full of thankful feelings and thoughts and I wanted to share a little bit of my everyday life with my bloggie readers.
Me and My Ken
My husband, Ken, doesn't like to talked about online. But when you are so blessed to have a person like him in your life, you have to brag once in awhile. He is one of the nicest, kindest and coolest people I have ever met. We met through a mutual friend back in 1994 and have never been apart since. 
We grew up in very, very different families in places that are very, very far apart. I know in my heart that God's plan is the only reason we ever met. He works very hard at a demanding job and someday I hope he can find a job that makes him as happy as he makes me! 


Mackenzie and her artwork
My 11-year-old daughter, Mackenzie, is my first child. She is an interesting mix of my husband and I. She is ultra independent, like I was at her age actually. But she has her dad's sense of humor and introverted personality. She is amazingly artistic -- her photography and artwork amaze me on a daily basis. And she is started to develop a talent for writing -- just like her mama! But at the same time, she is naturally athletic and can throw a football better than many boys.
I am astonished, with the same two parents, that my children are SO different. 


Bob dressed
as his dancing idol
My 9-year-old son, Robert, or Bob for short, is the exact opposite of my daughter. He is extremely outgoing, wears his emotions on his sleeve and wants to be famous someday for dancing or acting. He is a natural comedian -- we have a long list of funny Bob quotes that we call "Bobisms" dating back to when he was a toddler. He also extremely compassionate and never understands why someone would choose to be mean to another person, especially him! 
He also is very in touch with his faith in God and has even expressed an interest in being a Priest. 


I know I don't blog about myself very often. I want this blog to be about my crafting, but I know it helps to enjoy someone's creations when you know more about them. 


By the way, my name is Veronica and I am a craft-a-holic! I live in the central United States and am a dedicated wife and mother. I work lots of part-time jobs -- scrapbook instructor, gift shop manager, freelance writer -- so I can help support my family but still be there to pick up my kids from school everyday. I was a newspaper reporter for 8 years, then stayed home to raise my children. I grew up all over the country, but have lived where I live now longer than anywhere else. 
Ok, enough about me. Tell me about yourself and what you are thankful for!

Friday, November 18, 2011

CRICUT NEWS!


In case you didn't know, yesterday was Cricut's Hello Thursday -- the day each month they announce new cartridges. There are only two this month, but one of them would be great for new Cricut owners.

Cricut Font and Basic Shapes
This  has a base font and shadow, stretch font and shadow, AND an outline font. And that’s not all! This cartridge includes all kinds of wonderful phrases, basic shapes, and funky shapes. You will love it!




The other cartridge is Snow Day. You can see images of it here.

Cricut also has made more than 250 of their cartridges avaiable for purchase as digital downloads. You pay between $30 and $50 for each download, and you can use the cartridges in the Cricut Craft Room and on your Gypsy. (I will post more about the Cricut Craft Room soon.) What is really nice about the digital carts is that many older and even retired cartridges are now available via the digital download.

Feel free to email me with any Cricut machine or cartridge question at iteachscrap@cox.net.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

MADE TIME FOR MY SCRAPBOOKS

With the holidays coming and lots of crazy things going on in my life, I made some time yesterday to work on my own scrapbooks. 
In my family book, it is still 2009. And since I seem to have lost some pictures that I printed, I am having to jump around a little -- which annoys me to say the least.
Anyway, I made a goal to do six pages this week, and I finished two pages yesterday and I did two over the weekend. 
Here is a quick photos of yesterday's work:


My dad happened to be in town for Bob's birthday that year.

Bob's party at Skate Daze.
It looks pretty simple, but I put a lot of details into it. I used the Cricut Sweet Treats Cartridge for the number 7, and the other die cuts. I used my Gypsy and the Makin' The Grade cartridge for the word blocks. 

Monday, November 7, 2011

CARD TRICKS IN A FLASH CLASS

If you are looking for ways to whip up some quick Christmas cards, the Card Tricks in a Flash class is for you.
We basically take pre-printed packaged cards, a sheet of dimensional stickers and some ribbon to make 12 cards. 
Please contact me if you'd like to schedule this class at the Michaels store in Bellevue, Nebraska. 
If you live elsewhere in the country, please check with your local Michaels store. 

UPCOMING CRICUT CLASSES

Michaels' Cricut Off The Page Class
If you have been thinking about digging the Cricut machine out of the closet and using it for holiday cards, gifts or decorations, then I'd love to help you discover all of the amazing things it can do. 
I have both Beginning Cricut and Advanced Layering classes on Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Scrappin Studio scrapbooking store at the Nebraska Crossing Outlet Mall in Gretna, Nebraska. 
The Beginning class is for both complete newbies and those who have used their machine very little. We start from the very beginning, including unpacking the machine and loading the blade. But we also will cut basic letters and create a small project to take home. This class is for both the original Cricut machine and the Expressions machine. Please bring your machine, a mat and several cartridges. Paper and glue will be supplied. The cost is $15. To sign up, please call the Scrappin Studio at (402) 332-3132
The Advanced Layering class is for the more experience Cricut user. Take your Cricut skills to the next level. Learn how to layer and make the sophisticated die cuts and images you see in pictures. You also will learn to effectively read a cartridge handbook, utilize your paper better and in creative ways to embellish die cuts. You select the two images you want to create and Veronica will walk you through the process of making them. Bring your machine, a cartridge you'd like to explore and a mat. Paper and glue will be supplied. The cost is $18. Again, please call the Scrappin Studio at (402) 332-3132 to sign up.
I also have two Cricut classes at the Michaels store in Bellevue, Nebraska, at Saturday, Nov. 12. 
At 10 a.m., is my Cricut Off the Page class, which will teach and inspire you to use your Cricut machine for more than scrapbooking. We will use the machine to turn an ordinary jar into a decorative candy dish suitable for gift giving, as well as personalize an ornament with self-adhesive vinyl that you cut on the Cricut machine. See the photo above for examples of the projects. You will need the Winter Frolic cartridge or a similar cartridge like Simply Charmed. The cost is $25, plus some additional supplies to purchase. 
Michaels Cricut Card Tricks Class
At 1 p.m., I will be teaching my Cricut Card Tricks class. Again you will need Winter Frolic, Simply Charmed or a similar cartridge. The cost is $25, plus some additional supplies to purchase. 
Then, I have a Cricut 101 class at the Bellevue Michaels on Monday, Nov. 28 at 6:30 p.m. This class is $10 and will cover the basics. This class would be good for anyone who buys a Cricut machine on Thanksgiving weekend. 


Thursday, November 3, 2011

HOMEMADE HOLIDAYS -- Reuseable Wish List

Once Halloween was over, I have found myself already in the holiday spirit. I am making all sorts of plans, lists, and dreaming of ways to make this holiday season special.
Throughout the holiday season, I will try to inspire you with the things that inspire me. I will share things I make, as well as cool projects that I find, as well as snipits from my life.
I really think making things for my home, my family and my friends makes me happy. So, I am collecting lots of handmade and homemade ideas for gifts, home decor and more.
I was cruising my blog reading list today and saw this post at Everyday Cricut.
She used the new Cricut cartridge Tis The Season by Creative Memories. I am buying this cartridge next week, and I can't wait to use it. You can find out more about this cartridge here.
I love the idea of having something in the holiday stuff that can be used each year to jot down holiday ideas. You could even add names to the bottom.
Leave me a comment something you have made, are making or plan to make to put a special homemade touch on the holidays. I will pick a few posts each week to win a little handmade holiday goodie from me.
Please help me spread the word!

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!