Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Sometimes when I am teaching a Cricut class, a student will ask me a question that I don't have a quick answer for. But then it becomes a challenge and I have to figure out the answer.
That was the case this weekend, when a student asked me if the Fit to Length button on her Cricut Expressions machine would work with words, not just images. Quickly, the Fit to Length button allows you to choose the length of an image, and the machine figures out the proper height. 
I suspected that it might work, but I had never tried it. So, I grabbed a piece of scrap paper and tested my theory. Sure enough, it worked and I learned a new trick -- and you all get to learn it too, just because of one inquisitive student.
So, if you type in a word, or even several words, you can tell the machine to make the entire phrase a certain length and it will calculate how tall the words need to be in order to fit that length.
For example, if I type in Spring Has Sprung and, with the Fit to Length on, I can tell the machine that I want that phrase to be 4 inches long. The machine will then do the math for me and determine how tall the letters should be to fit in a 4-inch space. 
This is great time saver if you already have your title space planned on your scrapbook page. That way, you don't waste time and paper trying to find out how big to make the words.
I will try to make a video, or post a few photos, later on so you visual learners can understand it, too! 
By the way, thanks to Patsy at Scrapateers for having me down to teach at her crop retreat in Lincoln again. I always meet the best people there! She will have another crop in Lincoln in September. Stay tuned!

Friday, January 13, 2012


Every Friday is Giveaway Friday over at the Northridge Publishing blog, Create. Today they are giving away a collection of the new Echo Park "Yours Truly" papers and embellishements and the February issue of Cards magazine. They will pick two winners and announce them next Friday. 
Create: Blog Giveaway

I love this collection for several reasons: 1) The old fashioned type-writer and lettering. 2) How they used pink, red, black and gray -- I like Valentine's stuff that is traditional but has more than red, white and black. 3) Some of the papers could be used for other seasons, too.

What is your favorite Valentine's Day paper collection?

Hint: You can see many of them at Scrapbook.com or other online sites.  

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Have you ever seen something that someone made and wonder "how on earth did they do that"? 
I have always been that way with paper roses. I could never understand how someone could get a 2-dimensional piece of paper to look so much like a rose. Well, now I know how that is possible and I can even do it myself. 
Believe it or not, paper roses can be done with piece of paper that has been punched into a scallop like the one below.

By cutting the scallop into a spiral, and with some creative rolling, you can make an amazing paper rose. You can make it tightly rolled or squish it down and make it more open. 

I am teaching this technique in a new class coming this January and February at the Michaels store in Bellevue, Nebraska. The class is the Punched Card Tricks and I will show you how to use one scallop punch to make several different techniques. You also will get to experiment with several Tim Holtz distressing products and techniques. 

The class is $25 and the dates and times will be listed here, as well as in the store. 

Below are some pictures of the cards we will create in the class:


Sorry ladies -- the days of our free crops at the Papillion Hy-Vee store are history. The store's new chef is booking the room left and right and they want to leave Saturdays open for him.
That means no crop at Hy-Vee for January 21.
They said we are welcome to rent the room, at a cost of $200 a day. With 10 croppers, that is $20 a person and I just don't know if I can make that happen each month. Plus, I would have to pay in advance and leave a credit card on file for any damages.
I appreciate what Hy-Vee has offered us for nearly 3 years and I hope that no one has hard feelings toward the store.
I am working on several other options for monthly crops, and I will update you all as soon as I can.
If you are dying to crop soon, I am hosting a crop at the Bellevue Michaels store this Sunday, January 15 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost is $5.

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!