Sunday, December 16, 2012

CAMEO PROJECT: POP-UP CARD

Inside the Card
I was playing with my Cameo machine this morning, and I can already tell one thing that is far better than the Cricut machine -- the online image store! There are so, so, so many images, and many are $1 or less. The images are already created and sized and ready to go!
I've always wanted to make a pop-up card, and this morning I saw a file for a 3-D reindeer card on the Silhouette online image store. It cost me 75 cents. 
Front of the card

For the front of the card, I used the Silhouette Studio and one of the fonts on my computer. And then I welded it and made two different-sized shadows that I cut in different colors and layered.
I am not sure what I am going to do with the card, but I am thinking that I will give it to one of my children's teachers. 



Thursday, December 13, 2012

LOOKING AHEAD TO 2013

Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Season's Greetings! Happy Holidays!
I hope you are all are all are having a fabulous holiday season in 2012.
I am having a great time -- my tree is up, my house is decorated (for the most part) and this weekend I plan to work on making nice smelling ornaments to give to my families and friends.
I also am already planning my classes for 2013.
I am not teaching at Michaels anymore, so I have more time to create and design my own classes. I will teaching mostly at the Scrappin Studio in Gretna, Nebraska, and at the Scrapateers Crops in Kearney and Lincoln, Nebraska.
My plans for new classes include a monthly six-page layout class, and classes for the Cricut Craft Room and the Silhouette Cameo. And I am hoping to establish a monthly crop again, possibly on Sundays.

VERONICA'S NEW TOY

First of all, I am a HUGE Cricut fan and I always will be. When I need something specific and quick, I love that I can just plug in a cartridge (or use my Gypsy) and have a word or image without much trouble. I know what it should look like and what sizes that I can make it.
That being said -- I now have a Silhouette Cameo machine, thanks to my friend Barb Cook at the Scrappin Studio in Gretna, Nebraska. This machine is computer-based and can cut fonts from your computer, images from the Silhouette store and even images from the Internet (with some work).
It is taking me some time to get used to the Silhouette. The machine itself is pretty similar, but the computer program that goes with it is very technical and has so many features. I am no where ready to teach about it -- but I will be evenutally. If you thought the Cricut didn't have much instruction, the Silhouette probably has less. I've learned mostly by watching YouTube videos and reading forums.
For now, I am scheduling some times starting in January for scrappers to come and see the Silhouette in action. Plus, I can give you some unbiased comparisons between the Cricut and the Silhouette.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

QUICK NOTES -- Chalkboard Vinyl and No More Imagine

I don't have any projects to share with you today, but I do have interesting pieces of news for you.
First of all, the cool stuff. I saw yesterday on that Cricut.com is now selling several new versions of cuttable vinyl for the Cricut machines. One is a chalkboard vinyl and the other is dry erase. Here is the link to them on Cricut.com.
The possibilites for both of these are endless. Use them to label drawers or jars, make door hangers for kids' rooms or even calendars in kitchens.
The Cricut.com version is a 12x24 sheet for 12.99 and it comes with transfer tape. Other companies online also sell cuttable chalkboard vinyl -- I saw one website that had a 12x24 sheet for 3.59, plus shipping. I would just search online for cuttable chalkboard or dry erase vinyl. You will find lots of them.
Okay, so the other news I saw could be a bit disappointing for some people. Cricut announced this week, rather quietly I might add, that it will no longer be making the Cricut Imagine and Cricut Cake machines. Read the announcement here.
The end of the Imagine machine had been a rumor for some time. They just didn't take off like Provo Craft imagined -- pun intended. Now, the announcement did say they would continue to support the machines they sold with inks and content. It has been quite awhile since Cricut put out any new Imagine cartridges. But the FAQ in the announcement said they would be offering new content in the future. My guess is that it will be digital content through the Cricut Craft Room -- but they might surprise me.
My advice is that if you already have Imagine machine, hit the stores and you will probably find cartridges on clearance. If you have wanted an Imagine machine, but haven't bought one yet, this might be your chance.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

EXCUSES TO SCRAP


Happy Tuesday! I know not many people greet you happily on a Tuesday, but I have to admit that Tuesday is one of my favorite days. That's because it is one of my days off! 
And this week, I decided to craft rather than clean house. Oh, I did some cleaning like laundry and wiping down the kitchen and bathroom counters. But I had a busy weekend and I needed some time to create.
I've been hanging out, and occasionally working, at my friend Barb's scrappin store in Gretna, Nebraska, called Scrappin Studio. She recently got some new Halloween collections in the store, so I took it upon myself to make some samples to inspire shoppers. 
I know how hard it can be sometimes to see stickers and paper, no matter how cute or cool, but not have any idea how to make them into a fantastic page. 
Here is one sample with what I call her orange swiss-cheese paper and no Cricut cuts whatsoever. That nearly unheard of for me! 

This layout (you can see the other page at the store) took me about 2 1/2 hours total.
This one is with Reminisce's Haunted paper line. It is an older collection, but Barb still has some. With this one, I cut the title and the spooky gate with my Cricut and the Happy Hauntings cartridge. 

This one took me about an hour at home. Lots of Cricut cuts here. 
I am so appreciative to Barb for letting me make these samples for her. I love to design pages, and coming up soon are some Christmas pages with her new Kaisercraft collection. 

Friday, October 5, 2012

SUPER PROUD MAMA

Before the third donation
We all have our God-given gifts and talents. Some people can sing, some people can draw, some people can take care of the elderly. My daughter is fantastic artist, she's great with animals and kids -- but one of her most amazing gifts is her HAIR! She has super thick, straight, shiny hair in the most beautiful shade of strawberry blond. Anyway, about 3 1/2 years ago she decided to donate her super long hair to Locks of Love, a charity that provides wigs for people who have lost their hair to cancer and other illnesses. I don't remember how long it was.Then, in October 2010, she donated another 8 inches, split into 3 ponytails. This week, she donated 9 1/2 inches split into 4 ponytails. It took longer this time because she didn't want it to be too short when it was cut off. She considers herself a hair farm, and plans to grow her hair and donate it again. I am one super proud mama!

Kenzie and her crown of hair! 

Two ponytails for each hand. 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

I MUST-ACHE YOU

Mustaches are very trendy right now, but my kids have always thought they were cool. The bigger and the bushier, the better. 
Well, this weeks free cut at the Cricut Craft Room is a set of mustaches, as seen below:


The file also includes three types of eye glasses that you can cut out and wear with your cool mustaches. Just open your Cricut Craft Room and go under My Cartridges. 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

CRICUT GOES TO WASHINGTON?

 One day, a few weeks ago, I was tinkering with the Cricut Craft Room and discovered two strange titles listed under My Cartridges: Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. 

Mitt Romney Cricut Cut 
Barack Obama Cricut Cut
Now, I know that I wouldn't have paid money for those images (nothing against either candidate but I am just not that political) but it sure appeared as if I cut both of them. So I gave it a try. 
Sure enough, both images are FREE! And they both have layers that make them actually pretty cool when put together. I made a Mitt for my mother-in-law, who is a very vocal conservative. As for Obama, well... I live in Nebraska after all. 
Anyway, I don't know how long the digital images will be around in the Craft Room. But I am guessing probably until the election. If you would like me to make some for you (say for school or an election night party), please email me at iteachscrap@cox.net. We can talk size, colors and possible cost. 
Be sure that I am not out to make money, I just need to cover my costs for the paper, shipping, etc. 
Below, there is a video tutorial on how I made these as quick basic intro to the Cricut Craft Room. 

video


Probably the only smiles these two will ever have while facing each other.

Monday, August 27, 2012

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER!

In July, my husband, myself and the kids went on a little vacation to Wyoming and Colorado. We always try to get to Cheyenne, where his aunt and uncle live, at least once a year. His aunt and uncle are so kind -- they lodge us, feed us and put up with a lot of extra people and noise. And this time, my brother-in-law and his kids were there too! So, I made his aunt and uncle a little thank you card, knowing that his aunt loves turtles. The inside just says that we are still thankful for their hospitality. 
Just remember that it is never too late to be grateful to your family and friends for what they do for you! 

Saturday, August 18, 2012

FALL CLASSES

Fall always seems to be a busy time of year for my classes.
I will heading west again (twice, actually) in September to teach for Patsy and the Scrapateers gang!I will be at the A Scrappin Safari in Kearney (Nebraska) from Sept. 7-9. 
And then I will be teaching at their Scrappin Under the Big Top crop in Lincoln on Sept. 21-23. See www.scrapateers.com for more details on the events. These are 3-day crops, with more lots of fun, prizes, classes and things to buy. 
I always enjoy the Kearney crops because the ladies there have limited opportunities for crops and they really enjoy the Scrapateers weekends. Plus, there is such a need for Cricut classes out there -- I meet people every time who have never touched a Cricut machine. 
I have been teaching at the Lincoln crops for several years now and that group really challenges me to stretch my teaching skills. They are way past the basics now, so I have to come up with lots of new and different classes for them. I am still in the process of designing classes for this year's Lincoln crop, but I have some great ideas! Anyone have a laptop they want to loan me so I can teach a Cricut Craft Room class? :)
One of the classes that I will be teaching at both Scrapateer crops, as well as the Scrappin Studio in Gretna, Nebraska -- for those of you who aren't up for scrapbooking marathons -- is a fall Cricut layout, shown below:

Fall Cricut Layout Class
This layout class is built around the Stretch Your Imagination cartridge and some beautiful paper from Moxxie's Shades of Autumn paper collection. It was a fun layout to design, but honestly it isn't very hard to cut and build. 
Also look for my Gypsy 2 class, where I am planning to focus on teaching students to make shadows for welded words, as well as making custom word books, like the one below:

Gypsy 2 Word Book

I also still teach at the Michaels store in Bellevue, Nebraska, and I have some great card classes coming up in September, October and November. 
Please see the sidebar for dates and locations of my classes. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

FOURTH OF JULY PARADE

Hello, bloggy friends! I hope you all had a great Fourth of July -- and yes, I realize that it was nearly a week ago now. I've been enjoying my summer -- laying by the pool, having my house taken over by all the neighbor kids and trying to squeeze in a scrapbook moment or two. 
One thing that I did want to show you was the die cuts that I made for my son's Cub Scouts Pack to decorate their Fourth of July Parade float. They did a camping theme, so I made them a sign from the Camp Out cartridge that said Pack 83 and some fish to hang by the boys "fishing".


I am so proud of this sign. And I made it in just an hour or so.


See my fish? Look in the bottom right-hand corner.


Saturday, June 16, 2012

PRACTICAL PURPOSES

Once in awhile, my scrapbook skills and tools, including my Cricut, really come in handy for practical purposes.
Today was one such occasion.
My adorable, and very practical, husband collects those Coke Reward Points. They come in all Coke products and you can use them to enter sweepstakes, donate money to charity and get "free" things such as concert tickets and Coke souvenirs. He already has quite the collection. In fact, we often get emails from My Coke Rewards asking us to spend our points.
Anyway, now he has his brother collecting them for us. Last week, he handed us close to 50 of these box cutouts. 
Since you can only redeem 150 points a week, these things have been laying all over my desk. I am sick of them -- so on a whim I decided to use my Cricut to whip up an envelope just for the Coke Points.
I could have done a very basic envelope -- but oh no! I used the beer can image from my new Father's Day cartridge and, with my Gypsy, turned it into a storage pouch that looks like a Coke can.






Wednesday, June 13, 2012

NEED A FATHER'S CARD QUICK AND CHEAP?

My father and my step-dad both live more than 1,000 miles away. So, my Father's Day Cards went out last week.
But in case you aren't a planner like me (see previous post), the makers of my Cricut machine have a promotion to save the day! 
This week only, you can cut out 5 FREE Father's Day cards using the Cricut Craft Room online program. That's right -- there are 5 FREE cards to cut out with your Cricut machine! You need a computer and Internet to use the Craft Room, but it is very easy to use. 


The 5 Free Cricut Father's Day Cards


There are 25 more cards that you can purchase for $1.99. And it sounds like the cards will stay available for purchase after this week, but I am not sure about that. 
If you are in the Omaha area, I'd be glad to cut one or two for you for just the cost of paper. Email me at iteachscrap@cox.net if you are interested! 

UPDATING CLASS SCHEDULES

I am a natural planner. I live to plan my life. I have lists for everything and some of lists have notes about making more lists. 
So, I am in the process of trying to update my class schedules for the next few months, including July, August and September. It isn't easy when you have two kids, their activities and a husband who works weird shifts. 
If there is a class you'd like to learn soon, please let me know so I can fit it in. 
In the meantime, take a look at my class schedules (links located to the right of this page) for June and July. But keep in mind that July might still change a bit. 
By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail. ~ Benjamin Franklin

Saturday, June 9, 2012

FATHER'S DAY CARD (My CCR is Working Again!)

For the past month, my Cricut Craft Room has not been working. It wouldn't let me sign on and would tell me to check my Internet connection. Well, I know my Internet works just fine (just ask my Facebook friends). But it took me a long time to break down and call Provocraft.
Within 10 minutes of calling, the problem was fixed. Somehow, a check box that allowed the Craft Room to communicate with Cricut.com got turned to "block." With one little click of the mouse, the Craft Room and I were free to create once again. 
While the Craft Room was down, I kept seeing the cutest digital cartridges that I really wanted to buy. But since the Craft Room wasn't working, there wasn't much reason to purchase them. 
Tonight, I broke down and bought the digital version of the Father's Day cartridge (which was actually more expensive than if I bought and waited for the physical cartridge) and one of the new July 4th cartridges. I have to say that I am sucker for those digital cartridges. The seasonal digital exclusives are usually $9.99, and the images are awesome.
Here is a Father's Day card that I made for my Step-Dad, who is a very avid, proud Harley Davidson motorcycle rider. 


I love how the card came out. And it will go with the car-themed card I sent him last year. Now I am off to work on a card for my dad and my father-in-law. I hope to show those off soon. 
Remember, next Sunday is Father's Day. Better get crafting!


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

I CAN IMAGINE (THE CRICUT VERSION)

Hello, Blog Friends! 
So, on Saturday I had a Cricut class with some awesome ladies. One of the ladies had an Imagine, probably the one Cricut machine that I know the least about. She was gracious enough to let me take it home and learn it, so I can come back and teach her. 
Being Memorial Day weekend, I had some extra time and had fun figuring it out. I am not going to give you a whole bunch of my opinions on the machine -- I will just show what I did and what I made and highlight features of the machine.
First of all, this is what the Imagine machine looks like:

The Cricut Imagine Machine

The Imagine machine is basically a Cricut cutter and an HP printer in one machine. You can cut; you can print; or you can print then cut. 
Here is a snapshot of the screen. The Imagine is all touch screen -- no need for overlays anymore.
The Imagine's touch screen has a virtual mat.

Here is what the machine looks like when has printed the project and then goes back and cuts the items out. (See the bottom of this post for an important note):
The Imagine can print images, then goes back and cuts them out.

Here is what I printed from the Imagine Nursery Tales cartridge, then cut out:

A simple image printed by the Imagine machine.
You also can print and cut a project, like the one above, then print and cut out layers to add dimension to your projects. Below is the printed version, next to the printed and layered version:

Simple printed image on the left, printed and layered image on the right. 

Here is a photo of the layered one by itself:

Printed and layered die cut bib from the Imagine.

Now, you also can cut the basic images, minus the fancy printing. Below is a picture of the basic bib that did using layers, but with the settings on Cut Only:

A bib made on the Imagine using the Cut-Only setting.

I do have some quick notes about the Imagine machine:
1. The Imagine does work with the Gypsy device and the Cricut Craft Room.
2. The Imagine cartridges DO NOT work in the other Cricut machines; however, most of the other Cricut cartridges DO work in the Imagine -- but you can only cut the shapes (no printing available).
3. Using the Print and Cut feature will take some patience. The machine will need to be calibrated often to make sure the machine cuts in the right parts of the printed project. 
Below is a picture of a project where I tried to cut the layers so I could stack them. But the Sweet Dreams layer was cut funny and it looked weird when I tried to stack all the pieces. I found that I either had to make sure my paper was in exactly the same place or I had to calibrate the machine nearly every time. 

The calibration was off and the machine cut the image funny.
I am working on designing a class for the Imagine machine -- stay tuned. In the meantime, if you have an Imagine, please leave me your questions and/or tips for using this machine.


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

SORRY FOR THE SILENCE -- NEW CLASS SCHEDULE POSTED

Hello my blog friends! Have you missed me? I apologize for being so quiet here on the I Teach Scraps blog lately. My life, both business and personal, has been very, very busy lately. My kids are playing baseball and softball, and I have an aspiring softball pitcher who needed some extra lessons. I also recently traveled to help out my mom while she recovered from knee replacement surgery.
In the middle of all of that, I spent every extra moment possible working on a for-hire scrapbook project. A lady hired me to do a scrapbook for her son's high school graduation. But it wasn't just his school years -- I scrapped his whole young life in 38 pages! I did his sister's book two years ago, and I know feel like I know these kids personally.
Anyway,  I have posted my June and July classes. You can see the dates, times and descriptions HERE. I may have some other classes to add in a few weeks. I hope to add some new videos, projects and more soon.
Check back soon.

Friday, May 4, 2012

CRICUT EXPRESSION 2 MACHINE CLASSES COMING IN JUNE!



Great news for scrappers who have Cricut Expressions 2 machines! 
I will be offering classes exclusively for that machine in June at the Michaels craft store in Bellevue, NE. 
It will be a 1-hour class and cost $10. 
Stayed tuned for more details on dates and times.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

CONFIRMATION CARD

 My oldest niece just celebrated her Catholic Confirmation this last weekend. I was working on some other crafting projects when it dawned on me that I could make her a card rather than buy her one. 
This is the front of the card:



I originally considered using my Inspired Heart cartridge, but the images on it were more complicated than I wanted. So I used my Gypsy to search for crosses and found a really Old World style cross on my Easter 2010 cartridge. 
The inside of the card:



For the inside, I found a confirmation prayer and printed it on white paper. I backed in black and put a personal note on the other side. 
My niece thought it was pretty and it definitely impressed her grandparents. In the end, I was proud to put my time and love into it for her on a special day. 

Saturday, March 31, 2012

NEW CLASS: LEARNING TO USE PAGE SKETCHES

I am teaching a new class next month at Michaels called Sketched Out 2. We will discover the amazing world of page sketches, and how they can make your scrapbooking easier and more creative at the same time. 
We will make 2 pages and a card. Here is a photo of the first page -- however, you can bring your own combination of colors, patterns, etc. 

Sorry for the poor photography. All I had was my cell phone camera.
If you regularly look at scrapbook magazines and websites, you will often see something looking like this:


This is a page sketch or a page map, depending on who you ask. It is basically a template that you use to build your own scrapbook page. The 6x4" represents where a 6x4 photo would go, as do the 2x3. You can use any colors, patterns and titles. This is just like blueprint for building a house. 

Don't feel trapped by a page sketch, though. If you title doesn't fit, or you have more photos than in the sketch, it is okay to modify to sketch to work for you. Using the sketch above, you could move the title to the top left corner and use that space for more photos. 

I haven't always been a big fan of page sketches. I guess I usually can come up with a layout, usually based off my photos, on my own. But once in awhile, I will get stuck, and that is where a good page sketch comes in handy for me.

Page sketches are also great for beginner scrapbookers who aren't confident in their skills yet. I had an intro to scrapbooking class last night and we were stumped to find a layout we liked. So, we grabbed a scrapbooking magazine, found a page sketch we liked and went to work. We had to modify a few things, and re-trim a few of the photos we had already cropped, but it worked and we got the page done. 

Do you like using page sketches? Do you have a page sketch that you use more than others?

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

WINDOW DECORATIONS

My house isn't big and it isn't glamorous, but it has features that I really enjoy. One of those features is my big picture window. I love to decorate it for different holidays. Here is what I made this week for Easter. 


And below is a close-up shot of the decorations. The top three animal faces, and the Happy Easter title are from Easter 2010. The two bunnies, representing my daughter and son, are from Simply Charmed. 

MICHAELS CROP NIGHT

Sorry that I've been so quiet lately! I just realized that it has been a month since my last post. That is just crazy! Did you miss me?
And now that my kids have started baseball and softball practice, life is only going to get busier. And I've been hired to do a senior high school scrapbook by May 19th.
Any tips for for keeping my sanity, folks?
Anyway, just wanted to invite my Omaha area scrappers to Crop Night at the Michaels store in Bellevue, Nebraska, on Friday, April 13 from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $5, but we have prizes, demonstrations and much more. Let's keep the bad luck away by cropping the night away!

Monday, February 20, 2012

CAN'T FIND CRICUT 12x12 MATS? -- READ THIS!

If you have been shopping for green Cricut 12x12 Expression cutting mats recently, you have probably noticed that they have been very difficult to find, in stores and online. 
Well, it is because they aren't making the green mats anymore. Don't panic -- it just means buying and using the white 12x12 mats that used to be just for the Cricut Imagine machine. Now they've redesigned it to be used for both the Expressions and the Imagine machines.


You can use this 12x12 mat in your Expressions machine
It makes sense really, if you think about it. Why should the company have to make two separate mats for basically the same type of paper?
But there is something you need to know about the white Imagine mats. When you first get it, it won't seem as sticky as the original Expressions mats. In fact, there have been quite a few complaints that paper won't stick well after a few cuts. 
According to Cricut.com, these mats were designed to be washed with warm water to "reactivate" them and make them usable again. Here's is what the website said:"Wash the mat under warm water for approximately one minute (no soap). Let it air dry. If the mat is still not sticky enough, use a plastic scraper to roughen up the surface of the mat. Repeat the scraping as needed to improve the tackiness. If there is a buildup of lint or paper dust on the mat it can be washed with warm water and gently rubbed by hand to refresh the mat."
Honestly, I just bought a white Imagine 12x12 mat, and it worked great. I didn't have issues with the paper moving, but I also was using thinner paper. If your paper doesn't stick well, here are a few suggestions:
1. Use a Zig 2-way glue pen to add adhesive to the mat. You can find these pens at Michaels, Hobby Lobby and JoAnns. I usually put a dot of glue in each corner and a stripe down the sides. Then, you have to let it dry for 10-15 minutes. When the glue turns clear, it is a temporary hold and works much the same way as the original Cricut mats. You also can google Zig glue and Cricut mats and find lots of how-to videos.
2. Use blue painter's masking tape and tape the paper down to the mat on the top and bottom -- just not on the sides. 

I hope that helps, but feel free to email me with more questions.

Monday, February 13, 2012

JUST ONE OF THE REASONS THAT I LOVE MY GYPSY!

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was spent about 2 1/2 hours away from home teaching at a scrapbooking retreat in Kearney, Nebraska. I taught classes Friday night and all day Saturday. Then came home Sunday. It was a great experience. I met even more awesome ladies than I did last time. 
Anyway, one of the classes that I taught was about the Gypsy. If you know me at all, you know that I love my Gypsy. But at the retreat, I met lots of ladies who still don't know about the Gypsy or aren't convinced they need one -- until they meet me, of course. 
So, I decided to show everyone how a Gypsy makes layering so much easier, and quicker I might add. 
This first photo is a picture of the Gypsy screen. When you design things, you place everything on a virtual mat. Where you place it on the virtual mat is where it cuts on the real mat. This photo is of the layers I needed to make a scarecrow girl for my Vala's pumpkin patch page. 


Photo No. 2 is a picture of the mat with the colors that I needed for the scarecrow placed in the same spots as the images on the virtual mat. 



Below is the mat after all the pieces are cut out, so you can see how it comes out and how it makes layering so easy. Note that I had already taken off the brown parts before I took the photo. 



Here is my completed scarecrow girl. I added Smooch paint for her cheeks and the ribbon on her hat. 


FOLLOW UP AND COMMENT WINNER

 Hello again! 
In my last post, I asked for input regarding a pumpkin patch page that I was working on. I was having trouble getting the title placement and color combinations just right. 
Thank you so much for the input. I was surprised that there wasn't an overwhelming winner. The votes were fairly even between the cream and the blue. 
After some more brainstorming, I came up with the compromise below. I really wanted to tie in some blue, especially with the other page of the layout. But I'd still love to hear what you think of my final selection.


The winner of the prize for commenting on this dilemma is... 
CLM-cindylu2uFeb 5, 2012 06:46 PM
Great LO, I like picture 4 with the Smooch Spray by itself!!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

WHICH DO YOU LIKE BETTER? -- GIVEAWAY!

With so many options in scrapbooking these days, sometimes I am surprised I ever get a page done! Today was one of those days. I loved my basic page, but getting the title just right was frustrating me. 
So, I am asking for your input. Picture #1 is the whole page. It is the same in all the pictures. It is the title, "Vala's" in the bottom left-hand corner that I couldn't decide what looked best.
I tried it several ways: one with just a cream title -- that is picture 2. 
Then, I used the cream title as a mask and applied Blue Smooch Spritz for a contrasting negative look. That's picture 3.
Picture 4  is the cream titled now covered in Blue Smooch Spritz. 
Leave a comment with your favorite option. I will pick a winner from the comments by next Sunday, Feb. 12, to receive a little surprise prize pack  from me! 
And then I will post the winning option and the option that I finally used. 
Thanks for helping me with this project! 

Picture 1 -- The whole page


Picture 2 -- Cream title



Picture 3 -- Blue Smooch spray negative

Picture 4 -- Blue Smooch spray by itself




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!