Saturday, March 31, 2012


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


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. 


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!

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!