Saturday, December 31, 2011

LEARN TO CRICUT IN 2012

Happy New Year, everyone! 
I know lots of us are contemplating New Year's resolutions right now. I know I am, and I will probably post more about those later. But if your resolutions have anything to do with scrapbooking, and especially the Cricut machine, then let me help! 
I have lots of scrapbooking, card making and Cricut classes already scheduled for January and February. As usual, my schedule is posted to the right of this blog. 
Here is a sample of the project that we will work on in my Cricut Test Drive class at the Michaels store in Bellevue, Nebraska. 
Cricut Test Drive project
This class is designed for people who just got a Cricut, have a Cricut but rarely use it and those who would like to try it out first. The class costs $10 and runs about an hour. 
In addition, I am working on several other workshops, classes and even page kits for this year. Again... more about that later.
I also am available for private sessions at Michaels, your home or mine, depending on what you'd like to learn.
Well, have a great New Year holiday and be safe! 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

LEARN TO SCRAPBOOK CLASSES STARTING SOON -- TWEENS & TEENS WELCOME!

I have a new session of Spotted Canary Scrapbook School opening in January and I am opening it up to anyone ages 10 and over. So, if your daughter (or son) has shown interest in scrapbooking and you'd like to get them started the right way, then let me help.

The classes are the Michaels craft store in Bellevue, Nebraska, on Friday nights from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., starting January 6 and run for four weeks. The cost is $25, plus supplies. The students will learn how to properly crop photos, choose colors and design classic layouts that will look great even years from now.
If you'd like to take the class with your child, that is fine also.
I also have a daytime Learn to Scrapbook class on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m.
If you are interested, you can sign up now at the store, 15th and Cornhusker Road in Bellevue. If you have questions, you can email me at iteachscrap@cox.net.

Friday, December 9, 2011

LOOKING FOR SUGGESTIONS TO SCRAPBOOK SAD EVENTS

Most scrapbookers find it easy to document the happy events in life: the holidays, birthdays, graduations, etc. But what about the sadder side of life: divorce, illness, death?
I am looking for ideas to document the birth, short life and loss of my sister's twin daughters over the past month. If you have done something like this, or have seen ideas that might be useful, please leave a comment or email me at iteachscrap@cox.net.
I have done some research on the Internet, but I wanted to see what other suggestions are out there.
I want to respect the grief and sorrow that my family is going through now, but I also want the book to celebrate what a blessing these girls were, even for 1 short month and the show the beauty of life in general.
And if you have children, take a moment today to love them extra hard!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

CRICUT CRAFT ROOM -- VERONICA'S REVIEW

Awhile back, I promised to give my opinion on the new Cricut Craft Room program over on Cricut.com.
I am sorry that I haven't posted anything on it until now, mostly because I have been using it quite a bit to make sure I can give a thorough review.
In general, I really like the Craft Room so far and I am excited about some of its possibilities in the future. I already have a Gypsy, and I love it too, but I use them in different situations and for different reasons.
Here are some Pros & Cons of the Craft Room as I see it:
PROS
--It is FREE!
--As with the Design Studio software and the Gypsy, the Craft Room allows you to weld letters and images together so they cut as one piece. There are still times that you'll want individual letters, but one-piece words make more sense most of the time.
--The Craft Room allows you to create mulitple layers for each project. This is an important feature if you want to shadow welded words or make layered projects like word books. This is also a feature of the Gypsy and the Design Studio.
--You can save projects indefinitely and use them over and over, if you wish. For example, teachers can design name tags once but personalize and cut new ones each year.
--Just like the Gypsy, I love that you can see ALL of the cartridges that Cricut makes and preview ALL of the images on each cartridge. I always tell my students not to judge a cartridge by the back of the box, and to do some research first. The Craft Room is a great way to do your cartridge research before you buy. You can even design projects -- you just can't cut the design until you have the cartridge.
--Unlike the Gypsy, you can borrow a friend's cartridge, design a project on the Craft Room and cut it out on your Cricut. The physical cartridge just needs to be in the machine when you go to cut with the Craft Room.
--The future of the Craft Room is one of its biggest advantages. Cricut has already begun to sell digital versions of its older cartridges, as well as sell digital images that you can only use with the Craft Room. There are already cutable images available for purchase in the Craft Room such as Jewish holidays, the human body,  and 3-D pinwheels. And they seem to add new ones all the time.
Wow, that is a lot of PROS for the Craft Room. Now let's look at some CONS.

CONS
--One of the Craft Room's major drawbacks is that it is a computer-based program. If you want to use it, you will need a computer. And if you want to take it to a crop, you will need a portable computer.
--Besides needing a computer, you also will need constant Internet access. That may not seem like a big deal for most people, but large areas of rural America still don't have easy access to the strong broadband Internet required to use the Craft Room.
--If you already have a Gypsy or the Design Studio software, the Craft Room duplicates many of the features that the other two offer. Plus, the Gypsy is portable and doesn't require Internet access. But, as the Craft Room grows in popularity, I doubt that Cricut will continue to support the Design Studio with support and updates.
So, as for my recommendation: if you have a newer computer with Internet access, then I suggest giving the Craft Room a try -- even if you have a Gypsy or Design Studio. It will probably be the future for most Cricut users and you will probably really like it.
For those of you who would like a guided lesson on the Craft Room, stay tuned to my blog as I will be offering classes on it, in my home, in 2012!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

CHRISTMAS CRAFTING -- CUSTOM CUT GIVEAWAY

Happy December!
Wow, time flies whether you are having fun or not! I am going to blink and Christmas will be here! We have started decorating our house, and we plan to get a real tree from a tree farm this year -- so we are waiting until this weekend to do the tree thing.
I have been able to sneak in some crafting time, including making a cute wooden plaque to hang in my living room.

Plaque made using Tis the Season cartridge
I made this using a $1.99 blank wooden sign from Michaels and my awesome new holiday Cricut cartridge -- Tis the Season from Creative Memories. You can only get it from a CM consultant, but I recommend you find a consultant and get this cartridge. It has phrases, two fonts, snowflakes, etc. Between this and Winter Frolic, I now have a solid holiday die cut collection.
In fact, I will make 5 free cuts from this cartidge, in your choice of colors and with appropriate layers, for the first 3 people to leave a comment after this post. Please be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you. The deadline to enter is Tuesday, Dec. 6, so I can get these in the mail in plenty of time for Christmas.

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!