tami sanders * paper crafter

tami sanders is a paper crafter that teaches locally and does design work for a few companies…


nite-time sketch class on monday 9/15 at scrapbook 911

my last class for september will be coming up this monday…

it is a nite-time version of my day-time sketch & crop class. you still get the sketch, but you don’t get the crop. and no, you don’t have to sketch or draw anything yourself; i do that for you! this is a monthly class, and is held on the second monday of each month.

in this class, i provide you with a sketch, and you get to make not one, but TWO – 2 page layouts! and the best part is that you get to select your own papers and embellishments so you can tailor the layout to YOUR photos! i try to get the most full size photos on your pages that i can as well as including a place for a title and journaling. i will be glad to help you with color or paper suggestions to pull your layouts together.

so if you are free on the second mondays of the month, and would like to get some of your photos out of the box and onto the page, please plan to join us.


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saturday recap

i got to spend the day at the scrapbook store today!

i DID spend the first half of it teaching, but i was out of the house! i’d been worried that i’d be trapped in the house due to the weather, or have to contend with driving in heavy winds and rains, but it was sunshiny bright most of the day. fortunately, ike didn’t wreak as much havoc as it could have, although those near the coast probably wish it had left them alone completely.

i taught my recipe mini album first… a nice, friendly group of ladies came and we had a great time chatting away while we put the album together. we stamped, we played with the new clearsnap rollagraph, we painted, and played with pens. it’s not a “tami” class unless you get messy! LOL! everyone’s book turned out great, and hopefully they will all enjoy trying to fill it up with their “family favorite” recipes! i do have some kits left for this class, so e-mail me if you are interested!

next, i did a make & take for Reminisce. the project was a page topper and it featured the new MAKING THE GRADE line. we had quite a few gals come in for that, and the stickers were flying, most made it on the project! LOL!

the last class was a frame and chalkboard set that again featured the MAKING THE GRADE line. of course we got messy in that class too! All the frames turned out well. it was nice to see everyone’s “take” on the project and they were all a little different.

then, after i cleaned up from my day of teaching (and i had a PILE of stuff to clean up!) i got to crop for awhile.

so all in all, a pretty good day!

my classes & free make & take at scrapbook 911 this week…

i’ve got several classes coming up this weekend, as well as a FREE make & take!

on saturday, sept 13, from 10:00 to 1:00 i am teaching a RECIPE MINI ALBUM class using the new Bon Appetit line by Teresa Collins! you’ll create a 12 page album (6 pages front and back) to display your “specialties of the house”! this would make a GREAT gift item for the holidays!

then from 1:30 to 2:30 i’ll be hosting a FREE make & take brought to you by Scrapbook 911 and Reminisce! we’ll be making a back to school page topper featuring the new MAKING THE GRADE line!

you can use the topper to create a layout of your own, or you can copy the layout i made using it!

supplies for the make & take are limited, so to ensure you get to make a topper, please call the store to reserve your space! drop in’s will be welcome as long as there are enough supplies!

after the make & take, from 2:30 to 5:00, i’ll be teaching another class featuring the MAKING THE GRADE line by Reminisce – a FRAME & CHALKBOARD SET. the frame is perfect for displaying either your first day of school photo or school portrait. the chalkboard can document either your child’s “favorites” for that year, or the school “facts”, teacher, friends, sports, etc. this would make a great teacher gift too! she could add a photo of her class! or, i’m sure any grandparent would love to find this under their tree at Christmas! you will get to select grade specific paper and embellishments!

so, it’s gonna be a weekend chock full of classes! i hope to see you at one of them!

reminisce is adding a design team member! it could be YOU!

if you LOVE Reminisce products, then you NEED to try out for the team!

Reminisce has just announced that they will be adding a NEW member to their design team, so the search is on! I have been a member of their dt for over 2 years, and am loving every minute of it! i enjoy getting all the new lines FIRST and the products are always so fun and easy to work with.

so, if you would like to be a part of the Reminisce team, just head on over to their website or blog for all the details. this is a FABULOUS opportunity for somebody, and that somebody just may be YOU! runners up get prizes too!

never been on a design team before? don’t worry, that is NOT a requirement for trying out, Reminisce just wants to see what new and inspiring creation YOU have designed! want to know what you’d be getting yourself into? then see the FAQ in the blog post to get all your questions answered. have more questions? then e-mail them to Reminsice, or, you can always ask me… i’ll be happy to answer if i can, or pass your questions along.

NOW – get busy scrapping! and good luck everybody!

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more shared projects – MINI ALBUMS!

donna was nice enough to send me some more projects that she had recently finished – 4 cute and adorable mini albums!

the first one is of max. the album tells the story of how max came to live with tiffany – the daughter of one of donna’s best friends, as well as some of max’s likes and dislikes. donna said she chose the green theme for the album because it is tiffany’s favorite color…

next, are 2 “name board” mini albums that donna did to give to her boss for Christmas (hope her boss doesn’t read this blog! LOL!). her boss has 2 daughters, age 1 and 4, the albums are all ready for photos to be added! what a thoughtful gift idea!


the last album is a Spurs mini album, great for filling up with pics taken at the games!

something i noticed about all 4 of donna’s albums is even though they are all unique and different, they all have a “color scheme”. she chose a predominately green theme for max’s album because that was a favorite color of the recipient, the 2 name boards are done in “girly girl” colors pink and purple for her boss’ daughters, and of course, the spurs album is in the team colors!

mini albums can be intimidating to some when it is for a gift, or when a random selection of photos will be included. how do you decide what papers to use? what if the colors you chose don’t match the photos? should you try to use different colors on each page? what kinds of embellishments should i use? etc…

using the same color scheme throughout a mini album can simplify the process. keep your paper choices within the range of 1, 2 colors and then add a few “accent” colors. use a variety of papers, just mix and match them – the color sheme will tie them all together. embellishment choices are simpler that way too, just pull out things you have in those colors and see what you like.

i wanted to make a mini album for my husband’s birthday, i knew i would be using just random photos of he and the boys. initially, i printed all my photos in black and white, assuming that that would make them all tie into my color scheme. i had decided on black and white as the main colors with aqua, lime green, red, orange and yellow accents. but when i was working on the album, i didn’t like how the black and white photos looked – and i am a BIG black and white photo fanatic! it just wasn’t as “playful” a look as i wanted for the album. so i reprinted in color, and viola – it looked great (at least to me! LOL!) the color scheme tied all the pages together, so the book looked pulled together, but still colorful and playful.

here’s a peek at my project….

i used all kinds of assorted bits and pieces to make my mini album, i pulled out stuff i’d had for YEARS! but it was fun to see what all i could use! i’m SURE you have some “old stuff” laying around, why don’t you pull it out and give it a try! if you want to make things even easier, go with a monochromatic theme, like donna did for the girl’s books. pull out everything you have (don’t forget your printed paper and cardstock scraps) in one color, it doesn’t all have to been the exact same shade, just pull out all your lime greens, or all your pinks and go from there! if you do make a project and want to show it off, please send me pics – i’d love to show off YOUR work!