Sunday, August 24, 2014


When I design a class from scratch, I put a lot of time, effort and thought into it. I also take a risk. 
Not everyone will be interested in that particular class. Not everyone will think they can learn something from taking the class. Not everyone will want to spend the money to take the class. And not everyone will be available on that day, at that time, to take the class. 
But sometimes, everyone once in awhile, I design a class that I think more people should considering taking. 
My August Cricut Layout class is one of those classes. Remember this one...

There is a fantastic little Cricut technique and machine feature built into the making of this page that more Cricut users should learn and use -- it is called Center Point.
Bascially, all of the circles on this page were made with 2 sheets of double-sided paper. The caramel colored circles and the dark brown circles were cut from the same paper at the same time. They were cut one inside another, like nesting circles. Then I turned the played with the colors until I found the side that I likes. It is a great way to add color and save paper at the same time! 
So, I am offering this class again in September. Come learn this great technique Sat., Sept. 6 at 4 p.m. at The Scrappin Studio in Gretna, Nebraska. I've even lowered the cost to $8. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014


Happy mid-August, everyone! But you wouldn't know it was August from the weather where I live. The highs haven't been above 85 in weeks, and the nights are cool enough to turn off the air conditioning and leave the windows open. That's craziness! But as much as I love summer, I am quite fine without the humidity while I enter the 6 month of my pregnancy! 
Mid-August in our part of the country also means kids going back to school. 
Our family reached a big milestone this week -- our oldest child, a high-spirited 13-year-old, started her first year of high school. Honestly, I am not sure which of us, her or I, was more nervous as I pulled up to drop her off with all those high school kids walking around. But we both survived the first few days. 
As for my crafting, I also reached a scrapbooking goal this week as I finally finished my 2009 scrapbook. I am working on a post about that, so look for it soon!  

Saturday, August 9, 2014


For the longest time, I have wanted to start a monthly Cricut page class. I have finally made it happen, and I hope you can join me Saturday, August 23rd from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at The Scrappin Studio in Gretna, Nebraska. 
Here is a quick photo of the page:

The class features the Bo Bunny Happy Camper collection. Since I always try to teach techniques in my classes, here is what you will learn this month:

  • Using the Center Point feature on the Cricut Expressions machine to create layered circle elements that save paper and make effective use of double-sided papers.
  • Cutting and assembling layered Cricut die cuts.
  • Using colors to create an eye-catching page.
  • Tips for inking Cricut die cuts and other page elements, even the tiny little pieces. 
This class uses the Campin' Critters and Plantin Schoolbook cartridges. If you have those cartridges, you can bring them and your machine to cut your own pieces. If not, I will have them cut for you and you can just watch and take notes. 
The cost of the class is $15 and limited to 6 students. To register, call the store at (402) 332-3132. Please indicate if you are bringing your machine or not. You will need to pay with a credit card to reserve your spot. 
Any questions about the class, please email me at
I look forward to helping you create and learn. 

Sunday, July 27, 2014


Hello Everyone! Sorry for the missing-in action status lately. I've been a littlr busy growing a human, and I really didn't feel too well in the beginning. But, I am feeling more myself now, at least for awhile. This baby, which the doctors told me is a girl, is due November 29, so I still have 4 months to go. Plenty of time to craft and blog about it. 
I always said that I would try to keep this blog about my crafty life, but with the sharp turn my life took this year I may start adding more posts dealing with the rest of my life, too. But don't worry, I will still focus more on my crafty endeavors. 
Below is a layout that I did for a class series we do at The Scrappin Studio called "Pizza and a Six Pack." Sorry, there is no beer involved, but we give our students 3 double-page layouts (thus, the six pack reference) along with their dinner. This session is full but we may do another session next year. Anyway, three instructors take a new scrapbook paper collection and each make a double-page layout from it. We all use different papers and techniques. For this month, we used the Bo Bunny "Lemonade Stand" collection. 
I incorporated a Cricut cut, of course. That ice cream cone is from the Doodlecharms cartridge.
Also notice, I used several colors of the Bo Bunny Double Dot paper collection. I love using that paper. Great quality and great colors.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014


Once again, I am posting to apologize. I am sorry that I have been so quiet on the blog lately. It has nothing to do with all of you -- I promise.
It's me. 
About a month ago, I found out that I am pregnant. Now you understand the title of my post.
I was super shocked at first. But now I am super excited. 
Needless to say, I have been so tired, queasy and generally not feeling well. And I have done little to no crafting to speak of. I actually had to cancel several classes because I wasn't able to stand for long periods of time. 
I am starting to feel better -- my sickness is mostly just in the evenings. 
I am due November 29. This will be my 3rd child. My oldest will be 14 and my youngest will be 12 when this blessing arrives. 
I am hoping to get back to teaching and crafting soon -- I have a Pinterest board just for crafty baby room ideas. And I really miss posting on my blog.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


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. 
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. 

Thursday, February 20, 2014


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. 

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!