Tuesday, May 29, 2012


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


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


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.

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!