Sunday, December 16, 2012


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


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.


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.

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!