tami sanders * paper crafter

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

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upcoming classes…

tomorrow – friday the 30th – o’hallows eve, i’ll be hosting the crop at SCRAPBOOK 911 – come in costume it’ll be fun!

then on monday – nov 2, i have 2 classes, one in the morning and one in the afternoon…

SKETCH & CROP is one of my daytime classes; i design a sketch for a 2 page layout, and you get to select the paper to make it TWICE! so you leave with 2 – 2 page layouts! after you finish your layouts, you can “crop” and i’ll be there to help you with ideas or paper choices.

PHOTO-FULL is in the evening; this class is geared towards getting more FULL SIZE photos on your pages! we’ll do a 2 page layout with some kind of flip, fold, pocket or other paper magic that will INCREASE the amount of space for photos on the 2 page layout we’ll be doing!

BE SURE to bring your photos if you come to either class, as you select your own paper for both!

UPDATE on November 21st classes:

MOM & ME: thanksgiving centerpiece and blessings book and the ALTERED CHRISTMAS BOOK, each have just ONE space left! so if you were interested in either of these classes you better call NOW! if the class does fill up, PLEASE go ahead and sign up for the wait list. slots do open up due to cancellations.


2010 calendar kits!

the 2010 calendar kits are FINALLY ready;  i dropped them off at SCRAPBOOK 911 today!

the 6 X 9 calendar is designed to be a “flip style” that sits on a table or desk. the calendar for the current month is on one side {along with a space for notes} and a matching embellished photo mat is on the other. there are pages at the back of the calendar for “notes”, “birthdays” and “dates to remember”.

the calendar is VERY quick and easy to put together {you should be able to complete it in under 3 hours}. almost everything is precut for you and ready to go. the kit includes EVERYTHING you need except a few basic supplies. also included in the kit is a FULL set of chipboard letters! the kit also includes complete directions and photos of the project.

quantities are limited! so when they are gone — they are GONE!

if you are interested in a kit and don’t live near san antonio, don’t worry – you can still purchase one – SCRAPBOOK 911 would be happy to mail you a kit,  just give them a call!

here are some pictures of the completed calendar:

this calendar makes a great gift too!

prism project #2

my time as a guest designer for PRISM PAPERS is almost up!

i’ve really enjoyed being part of their team for a little while – getting to chat with their designers and seeing what terrific projects they create… {not that i won’t STILL be checking their blog to see what they are up to after october ends :) }

tomorrow, my last project will be up, and i hope that you will hop on over to the PRISM BLOG and check it out;  i can only give you a t-nin-see peek here! 

blessings jar 2 - prism

 if you like the project, i hope you’ll take the time to post a comment so i know you looked!

and if you LOVE cardstock like i do, i hope that you have bookmarked the Prism blog so that you can enjoy more of their fabulous design teams creations too!



your vote counts! UPDATE: LAST DAY!

COUNTDOWN: today is the LAST day for voting! you can vote until 11:59 tonight and then it’s OVER! a BIG gigantic thank you to all of you who have been voting EVERY day!

nope, it’s not anything political!

a photo of my son Chris has been selected as a finalist in the Oct “Kid on the Cover” contest by Scrapbooks Etc!

voting is NOW OPEN, and the winner will be determined by the number of votes! SO — i’d GREATLY appreciate it if you would VOTE, and VOTE OFTEN! you can vote once a day PER e-mail address, until the contest closes on 12-15. so PLEASE, bookmark the site and vote when you can!

here’s the link: KID ON COVER CONTEST – click on “voting is now open” in the yellow block titled “featured contest”. Chris’ photo is titled “handsome harvest” and he is the only one surrounded by pumpkins!

note: you do have to register with the site, if you haven’t already, to vote!


halloween book…

last christmas, mom asked me to make her an album of the kids in all their halloween costumes. i thought that would be a fun album to put together.

so i gathered up pics of the boys in their spooky finery as well as papers and embellishments in halloween themes or colors {leftover scraps too!}. i decided to do 8 X 8 pages since mom mainly wanted photos of the costumes. i think 8 X 8 is an easy size to work with, and it allows room for embellishment and titles when using a 4 X 6 photo.

I still owe her some pages; i’ll have to dig up some of my earlier halloween photos, but here are the pages that i did for her last christmas…

 i bought a black 8 X 8 album and embellished the cover to put them all in. mom was happy with her gift, and i started thinking about making my OWN halloween book!

halloween is one of my favorite holidays, and there are BUNCHES of halloween paper lines and embellishments out there. and it’s a FUN event to scrap too! you can use crazy colors or mix and match paper lines, or distress things to your hearts content! it’s a great time to turn your imagination loose on your pages!

treat bucket v2…

is everyone almost ready for halloween?

are the costumes ready? how about the SPOOKY decorations? got the candy? got something to put the candy in?

if the answer to the first three questions was “NO” – then you better get busy — AND FAST! LOL

if the answer to the last questions was “NO”, then i might be able to help you out!

barb liked the treat bucket that i made for Reminisce, so she decided to make her own! here’s her version of the altered wood trash can/treat bucket:

i think it’s adorable! i love all the fun, bright colors barb used in her version.

barb was nice enough to send me photos of her project to post on my blog. you can see more of barb’s projects on her blog: THE INVISIBLE PIPER.

and remember, you can find the directions for my treat bucket on craftplace.org or, you can find barb’s directions on her blog.

thanks again to barb for sharing her project!



do you love handcrafted items of all types {paper included of course}?

then i have a website for you to check out…

CRAFTPLACE.ORG, they have all types of crafts for everyday or holiday. you search by type of directions {step by step, video, etc}, category{scrapbooking, winter holiday crafts, etc} as well as by completion time and difficulty! it is a resource of CHA – Crafts and Hobby Association, and it’s LOADED with all types of crafty things!

right now, one of my projects is included in their “featured” projects section on the front page: REMINISCE TRICK or TREAT BUCKET .

be sure to add the site to your favorites!


new class added…

i just added a new class to the november calendar at scrapbook 911…

michelle at scrapbook 911 had purchased some great “altered book” goodies from 7 gypsies at the last show, and she asked if i’d like to use any for a class – i think you KNOW what my answer was! LOL!

so i designed this altered Christmas book using some of the 7 gypsies junque…

altered christmas book

i used papers and embellishments from graphic 45 as well as a few bits from my vintage stash to give this book the nostalgic feel of Christmas’ past.

altered christmas book 2

and don’t worry if you think that altered books are TOO HARD – this one ISN’T! i’ve designed it to be easy and fun to put together. so you will be able to make this project even if you don’t have experience with altered art projects. no fancy glues, waxes or exacto knives, just basic scrapbooking supplies and some easy to follow steps!

so come create this showcase for Christmas memories as a special gift for someone or as a gift for YOURSELF!

the class size is VERY limited due to supplies; so please call and sign up early if you’d like to come!

HARLEE QUINNZ altered treat can…

i hope you are in the mood for a halloween project…

i can’t believe halloween will be here in a week or so; it seems like i was just putting the finishing touches on my boys Halloween costumes, but that has been a WHOLE YEAR ago! time sure has a way of sneaking up… especially holidays. so if you are in need of a “little something” gift for a friend, co-worker or teacher, why not make this vintage-inspired treat can? 

i collect vintage holiday décor; i just love the time-worn look of vintage pieces and really enjoy decorating for the holidays with my collection. so i REALLY like the ephemera sheets from HARLEE QUINNZ DESIGNS. they have several different themes, each with fabulous vintage images. i used one of the images on the halloween ephemera sheet as the central design element.  then i paired her with some stamps and papers also by HARLEE QUINNZ DESIGNS to create my treat can…

if you would like to make your own can; here’s the supplies and basic directions:


HARLEE QUINNZ DESIGNS: Halloween Ephemera Sheet, Butterfly Garden:  Summers Garden, Sunlight Bower and Garden Light printed papers and Garden Journal Clear Stamp Set

Clearsnap: Top Boss: Tinted Embossing Pad and Gold Sparkle Embossing Powder, Smooch Accent Inks: Taffy, Grape Soda, Green Apple, Snickerdoodle and Gold Lame and ColorBox: Fluid Chalk Ink: Chestnut Roan

Other: True Value Hardware: Qt Paint Can, Prima: Flowers, Darice: Buttons, American Crafts: Thickers – Rockabye, EK Success: 3D dots – 1/16″, Making Memories: Word Stickers and October Afternoon: Letter Stickers


1) Measure height and circumference of can and cut a piece {or pieces} of HARLEE QUINNZ Sunlight Bower printed paper to cover can.

2) Cut out the girl in the pumpkin costume from the ephemera sheet. Tint her using Smooch inks. Ink edges using brown ink.

3) Stamp oval journal block from HDQ Garden Journal set on HDQ Garden Light printed paper using tinted embossing pad. Sprinkle with gold embossing powder and heat set. Adhere to a scrap pieces of cardstock and then cut out; discard center section.

4) Adhere a piece of HDQ Summers Garden paper to center of stamped image from backside.

5) Cut strips of HDQ Summers Garden paper and use scissors to fringe one long edge; ink edges using brown ink.  Then pleat and scrunch fringe, gluing it as you go to back of stamped image. Use fingers to bend and separate fringe.

6) Use 3D Dots to adhere Pumpkin Girl to center of stamped image.

7) Ink and adhere “pumpkin”, and “girl” stitckers below ephemera image.

8) Add flowers and buttons for centers at lower left.

9) Adhere “O Hallows Eve” using black sticker letters around upper left hand corner.

10) Adhere finished embellishment to the left front of can.

11) Adhere “TREATS” chipboard letters along the right side of embellishment.

12) Trace around can lid on HDQ Summers Garden printed paper. Fringe and ink edges, then adhere to top of lid. Use your fingers to bend and separate ends.

13) Add flowers and button centers to top of can to finish.

thanks for stopping in to see what i’ve been up to! i’d LOVE to see what YOU’VE been up to TOO! especially if you have some cute little critters in some costumes you’ve made or spruced up. or any halloween papercrafts that you’d like to share!


happy anniversary to my parents!!!

today, my parents are celebrating their 48th wedding anniversary!!!

i think that is a PRETTY SPECIAL accomplishment!

i could not ask for a better set of parents, ones whose lives have been a WONDERFUL example for me and my brother to try to live up to.

my parents would give you the shirt off their back – even if it was the only one they had! they have helped us out during some rough times, and have always been there for us whenever we needed them.

my boys are spoiled rotten at ‘onie and opa’s house, and that’s how it should be. they get to spend almost every friday nite and saturday over there, while mom and dad get “date night”!

drew and chris are fortunate too that they are have such wonderful grandparents who dote on them and love them unconditionally – i think that is part of the reason they are so secure, they are surrounded by love.

we don’t thank them often enough, or let them know how much we TRULY appreciate them enough, or tell them how wonderful we think they are!

so today i wanted to let THEM know that they are VERY loved!

Happy Anniversay Mom & Dad! enjoy your day!