Tuesday, March 25, 2014

MY NEW FAVORITE WAY TO TITLE PAGES

Putting titles on my scrapbook pages has always been a struggle for me. Sometimes, they come easy and other times I just don't know how to sum up my pictures, feelings and memories in just a few words.
The other problem I have with titles is balancing what I want to say with the work needed to create it. The Cricut machine definitely made things easier, but even I quickly grew tired of cutting -- AND GLUING -- individual letters. Then, I got a Gypsy which allowed me to weld letters and turn those individual letters into a connected word. 
BUT NOW...
The Silhouette has allowed me to print titles with my home printer, with cool fonts and colors, and then cut them out on the Silhouette. I can even cut shadows for the words in different colors. 









Friday, February 21, 2014

GRADUATION SCRAPBOOKS -- HIRE ME NOW!

I am often the first person to admit that scrapbooking is not a hobby for everyone. It takes lots of patience, time, and most of all -- a passion for telling stories. 

I have seen many people through the years start scrapbooking, buy all the tools, print the photos, make a few pages and then get frustrated or lose interest and never touch the stuff again. 

It happens, but that doesn't mean your children and families have to go without a scrapbook.

That's where I come in -- yes, you can hire me to make your scrapbooks. I have done several graduation books (which actually were from birth to senior year). I also have pre-made some books for parents who just want to insert their photos. 

A few words of warning, however: I want my clients involved in the planning process so I can produce a product that they will like and cherish. That means an initial meeting to go over photos, then several phone calls and emailed photos of the project for approval. I am honored that you trust me with your memories, but my style may not be your style -- and this is your book, not mine. 

Second, making a scrapbook takes time and I have to fit making these for-hire books into the rest of my schedule. Please, contact me about making your scrapbook as soon as possible. For example, if you have a student graduating in May, I'd ask that you contact me by early March so we can get the process started. And I will probably have to limit how many graduation scrapbooks I can do at one time. 

In fact, there's no reason that we can't start on the book when your student starts their senior year in the fall! Then, they can be involved as well. 

I also get lots of questions about cost. That has always been a tough one for me to answer as I really want the jobs and I don't want to scare people off when I start talking prices. But making custom books does take time and supplies -- however, I already have the tools which makes it much cheaper for me than someone trying to make a scrapbook who has never scrapbooked before. 

So, I decided to develop several package levels:
Basic Package: Includes post-bound album, 20 finished pages with photos and basic embellishments ($5 approximate cost per page). Finished in 6 weeks. $120. 
Deluxe Package: Includes post-bound album, 20 finished pages with photos and more complex embellishments ($8 approximate cost per page). Finished in 6 weeks. $150. 

Rush service: A project that needs finished in less than 6 weeks will cost an additional $25 for each week it needs to be early. Example, a deluxe book that needs to be done in four weeks, will cost $200. 

We also can develop a custom package cost, so don't let these packages stop you from contacting me to do your scrapbook. 
You can reach me at iteachscrap@cox.net or (402) 250-7633. 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

STARTING A NEW SCRAPBOOK

There are two things that bug scrapbookers more than anything else:
1. Trying to design a single scrapbook page.
2. Starting a new scrapbook. 

When I start a new scrapbook, and am faced with that single page that stares at me after I open the cover, here is what I do:


My local scrapbook store still carries these 8 1/2 by 11 page printouts that feature things that happened for any given year. I cut the page up into small segments and make some die cuts relating to that year. Very easy, but a great way to start my my new book. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

TRYING TO CATCH UP, PART 2

Yesterday, I mentioned that I finally spent a Saturday afternoon scrapbooking my own pages -- after some classes fell through and I was already at the scrapbook store. 

Here are two more pages that I finished that day:




I was so excited to finally scrap these photos. Back then, my daughter was 9 years old and still thought it was fun and cool to hang out with her mom on a Saturday morning. We just went to Walmart and Dairy Queen, but it was so special and I had so many fantastic photos to help me remember that very awesome day. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

TRYING TO CATCH UP, PART 1


Wow, I haven't posted in more than two months. In fact, it was still 2013 the last time that I wrote on my blog. How sad! 

Fortunately, I have been busy working on my own scrapbook pages in the meantime. I am still working on my 2009 album, but I recently discovered that I forgot to print a bunch of pictures from that year. So I had to spend some time figuring out which photos I was missing. 

While I was waiting for those photos to arrive in the mail (I print nearly all of my photos from Shutterfly) I pulled out some 2010 photos that have been sitting around waiting for me and finally got started. 

Here is the first two pages of 2010: 



I remember buying this Bo Bunny winter paper more than two years ago with the intention of using it with these photos. Better late than never, I guess. 

I did these two pages one Saturday when I had some classes fall through, but was at the scrapbook store anyway. 

Stay tuned, I will show some more pages tomorrow...



Friday, December 20, 2013

HANDMADE CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR BOYS

In most years, making my own Christmas cards is not high on my priority list. But this year, for some reason, I was very focused on making cards for people that mean a lot to me as a way of showing my appreciation and friendship.
For example, I really wanted to make cards for the scouts in my son's Cub Scout Den. I am the Den leader and those boys are often the highlight of my week.
But making cards for pre-teen boys is not easy. These boys are all between 10 and 11 years old, and they really aren't Santa, reindeer or candy canes anymore.
So, I settled on a snowman card with a title from the Winter Frolic Christmas cartridge. It says There is Snowman Like You! And I made each snowman a little different -- notice the noses?








Saturday, October 12, 2013

WAYS TO USE CHALKBOARD PAPER

Chalkboard paper is among the newest rages in scrapbooking and paper crafts. I love the look, but honestly, I don't know how I would use it in my everyday scrapbooking. But when my friend, the scrapbook store owner, asked me to design a display with the new Reminisce Chalkboard Christmas collection, I had to get a big creative. 


For the page above, I used my Cricut to cut a title and some snowflakes out of white vinyl and adhered it to the page. I liked how the vinyl looked as though it was printed on the page. The chalkboard paper seemed to move into the background, creating a dimensional effect. 


On the second page, I used vinyl cut on the Cricut as a stencil and traced the stencil with a chalk marker, such as the title and the trees at the bottom. It is  a bit busy for me, but I still liked the chalkboard paper and the chalk markers together. 

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!