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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road trip…

i’ve been trying and trying to get some pics of the boys in the wildflowers and bluebonnets this year. seems like i say that EVERY year, but things come up and by the time i get around to it — the flowers are GONE!

i thought for sure this year would be the same; i had the boys all set to go twice and we got rained out both times. i didn’t mind the overcast weather we’ve been having because you don’t have to worry about squinty eyes because the sun is in them or being in the shadows. but i just couldn’t get them taken and the flowers were fading.

rob and drew had been up to abilene and back about a week ago for an academic meet and they came back talking about how pretty and colorful the flowers were along the way.

so, we decided to take a road trip up through fredericksburg today, and the weather was BEAUTIFUL! we headed out in the morning and started up i10. the flowers were FABULOUS! reds, blues, yellows, pinks, whites and purples! but, there wasn’t anyplace to safely pull off i10, so we took 87 up to fredericksburg. but the flowers weren’t half as pretty on the way into town. just a few patches here and there. so we continued through fred up to mason. there were still large patches of flowers up that way, so we stopped several time to take pics.

then we headed back into fred for lunch at the fredericksburg brewing company. we took a few pics while we waited, and a few more after lunch. the food is GREAT there; we ordered a few different things then just split them up so we could try a variety.

after lunch, we wandered downtown, window shopping as chris called it. we did duck into a few stores for a closer look. then we headed back, stopping at a candy store for snacks for the drive home.

here’s some pics of the trip:

and a good time was had by all – the end!


new webster’s pages…

SCRAPBOOK 911 got in several of the NEW Webster’s Pages lines and they were SO pretty, i just had to play with them!

i did this sample layout using papers and embellishments from Lullaby Lane and Life’s Portrait lines…

i love cutting little bits out of printed papers and collaging them, and these lines are perfect to do that with. i added some of the cute Bloomer trim in the bottom right of the layout – they look like pretty roses – when they don’t get smashed on a scanner!

i think these papers and embellishments would be beautiful for heritage pages or even sweet pics of your favorite little girl. there are lots of ways to mix and match the double sided papers.

i did use the distress stickles in rock candy on some of the flowers, butterflies and accents, but it doesn’t really show up in the photos.

most of the details don’t show up real well in the layout view either, so here are a few close-ups…

i cut out this motif from a printed paper, and also cut out the border and butterfly that accent it. i used the border as kind of a “signpost” to place all the tiny stickers on – i LOVE those!

this close-up shows the rose panel piece complete with “chandelier” that i cut out and slid under the diecut paper. the cut out “completes” a similar design on the die cut paper and makes it look like the roses came under the border.

here, another piece of that rose paper repeats and echoes the pattern again. and the peach roses from the bloomers trim are in the bottom corner – but they were SQUISHED when i scanned the page. I also cut along the scroll design in order to slip the photo mat ends behind it.

and here,  you can see where i cut along the scroll pattern so that i could slip the edge of the diecut paper behind it. i also cut out the roses in the corner and added them on 3D dots.


new Reminisce lines!

REMINISCE has released 2 brand new lines!

the first one is called FAIRY TALES

FTA 550

this super cute line has 3 characters you are SURE to recognize! The papers are all double sided and the BIG stickers are FUN! here’s a sample layout i did for SCRAPBOOK 911 —  {yes, they still have SOME of these papers in stock –  but they are going fast!}

all the supplies are by Reminisce except for the cardstock and ribbon.

the other new line is called THE WILD…

TW PS 600 

this fun line would be great to use for zoo outings with your kiddos. i love the bright aqua, yellow and orange mixed with the earthy browns and greens!

you can see project samples from the design team using both of these lines on the Reminisce blog. 

AND — the deadline for the REAL SPORTS CONTEST has been extended to National Scrapbook Day – so you still have time to get in on the $$$ prizes!

here’s a link to the REMINISCE BLOG so you can check out all the samples and contest info.

pics from m & t at scrapbook cottage…

the make and take at SCRAPBOOK COTTAGE went great today!

there was a nice little crowd waiting to get started and a steady stream of ladies {and a few gentlemen} after that.

the staff at cottage was SUPER nice and had a nice cozy little place set up for the make & take. i think everyone enjoyed themselves and liked the project we made.

here are some photos of the make & take in action…

i had designed a layout to utilize the pocket we made in the make & take…

if you’d like the directions for this project just click HERE! 

i’d like to thank scrapbook cottage for having me! thanks patty, carolyn, jenn and sabrina.

don’t forget about the mini book class – “life is good” – at cottage on april 29th, there is still limited space available.

FREE make & take!

i’ll be at SCRAPBOOK COTTAGE this sunday from 1:00 to 3:00 doing a FREE make & take!

we’ll be making a journal pocket using papers and embellishments from REMINISCE’S Unwritten line.

you can use the pocket as a card or on a layout, or if you like the layout i designed using the pocket, there will be directions and a supply list on hand for you to use to recreate it.

i hope you will come by and see me!

i will be back at scrapbook cottage on thursday, april 29 to teach my “life is good” mini album.

please call the store to sign up if you are interested.


news flash!

okay, i can FINALLY share my “big news”!

CLEARSNAP has started a new blog and they asked ME to help host it!

my very first blog post went up this morning! i’m very excited about this, and i hope YOU will be excited by the new blog! i’ll be posting 2 new projects every week, and each project will have a complete supply list and directions. projects for all skill levels – newbie to die hard stampers – will be covered.

i would appreciate it if you would pass the word AND if you’d stop by to take a peek. visit OFTEN if you like what you see. and please – leave me a comment, i’d LOVE to hear what you think!

thanks for letting me share my news with you, i’ve been waiting to announce it for a LONG time!


real sports layouts…

REMINISCE recently asked the design team members to come up with some layouts using the REAL SPORTS line…

here’s a few i did…

the first 3 layouts are 6 X 6 and the last one is 12 X 12 {thanks sandee for the football pic!}.

if you have an athletic child or a sports minded hubbie, you should check out this line for any sports-themed layouts. they have papers and great embellishments for lots of different sports, and the colors really set off the colors in your photos.

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ckc houston…

i have just confirmed that i will be teaching 2 classes at CKC HOUSTON, july 16 & 17…

both classes will feature papers and embellishments from REMINISCE

the first class is photofull…

we’ll be making 2 – 2 page layouts in this one hour class, which focuses on how to create more space on your layouts for photos by using pockets, flips and folds, and not by cropping your photos down to tiny! we’ll be doing 2 different layouts with different techniques. the themes will be birthday and summer fun, themes that i’m sure you probably already have photos for! everything will be precut, so you’ll just have to put the layouts together!

the other class will be a mini album class; “life is good” file folder mini album…

in this class, we’ll begin with a mini album made from file folders {my own design} and embellish it using papers, chipboard and stickers from the Reminisce’s UNWRITTEN collection; a fresh, fun and colorful line. there is plenty of room for journaling and photos in this 6 X 9 album.

you can begin signing up for classes tomorrow on the CKC SITE, i hope to see some of you there! please e-mail me if you have any questions!

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zip dry update!

i have GOOD news for you zip dry lovers out there! the “new” bottle, isn’t really new, it’s just temporary! YIPEE!

mike with beacon, was kind enough to take the time to personally and QUITE THOROUGHLY address the issues i had with the “new” applicator tops. i thought the information contained in his response was very informative, and i asked for and received his permission to post his reply on my blog…. here are his comments in their entirety:

Hi Tami,

I’m terribly sorry you are having trouble with the substitute caps we had to use on the  Zip Dry.

This is only a temporary situation. We had run out of our usual precision caps with the hanger top and had to resort to these plain caps in order to make sure people didn’t run out of Zip Dry. I guess it wasn’t the greatest move we made! Below please find an explanation of the different caps and the correct way to use them. We are for our shipment of precision caps with the hanger top to arrive. So please allow me to start from the beginning.    

When we created the formula for Zip Dry we tried to take into consideration all the different ways it would be used. We tried to build in some features that would be helpful such as the ability to rub it off if a mistake was made; that it could be used on metal, plastic rhinestones without attacking the backs, acrylic and of course, photos and paper. We spent a few years tinkering around with the formula until we thought we got it right. Next came packaging. We figured that folks who would use it would be holding it a lot since there are always a ton of things being glued down, so we put it in our normal round bottle only to discover that the plastic the bottle was made out of would not keep the chemistry intact. Basically if we left it in the bottle we normally use it would dry out very quickly. So we needed to put it in a special bottle. Zip Dry is the only product we make that is in this crystal clear oval bottle!

Now the caps we used were usually made of the same plastic as our normal bottles. If we put the glue in the clear oval bottles and used a regular cap, guess what, it would dry out through the cap! So we had to devise a way where we could get the glue to our consumers as fresh as possible yet still have an applicator that delivered precise results. Hence the reason that Zip Dry has two caps in the package; the flat cap and the precision cap.

If you see the first picture above, the flat cap is on the bottle and the precision cap was stored next to it. The idea is to use the flat cap to store the glue ( Keeps it fresh much longer) and use the precision cap to apply the glue. When you finish using the glue, replace the flat cap for storage. The plain top white precision cap in the photo above has quite a thin nozzle. It would create a fine line, but folks complained it was too thin and clogged to easily.

So I redesigned the cap to the ones with the hanger top in the second photo. I made the cap a bit wider to allow the glue to flow more easily and still kept the applicator hole small and precise. 

When we ran out of the precision hanger top caps we needed to get orders out on time so we subbed in the plain cap you see in picture three. This cap unlike the two previous ones should not be cut, but punctured. Since the only thing we changed was the cap, the directions on the back still said to cut the cap. The plain cap in picture three should not be cut, but punctured with a large paper clip. That is why so much glue is coming out and why the cap does not fit back on top. 

When we heard from so many concerned people, we realized we had to do something. 

We are still waiting for our hanger top precision caps to arrive. In the meantime, we went back to using the precision cap featured in the first picture. We’re sorry about that and will go back to the hanger top caps as soon as they arrive! 

In the meantime, let me answer the question that posed about the formula and the tape runner. 

We NEVER change a formula unless a component is no longer being made or we find something better. When we do change, we let our customers know with a new package or an announcement. So Zip Dry is still being made with the original formula. The reason you may be having trouble with the tape runner is that when you cut off the top of the plain cap, a lot more Zip Dry come out of the bottle. That means there is a lot more glue to effect the items you are applying to your page. From your description it sounds like the components in Zip Dry is reacting with the glue in the tape runners. When we go back to a precision cap and a smaller amount of glue is being used, I’m guessing the problem will no longer exist. 

While I’m at it, please let me address another issue that we often hear. “my Zip Dry dries out in the bottle too quickly!” More often than not, when I speak to the person with that complaint, they tell me that they store the glue with the applicator cap. The glue will dissolve through the applicator cap, that’s why we have it as a separate item in the package.  

The other complaint I hear is that when folks store the glue with the flat cap, their applicator caps get clogged because the glue dries in it. So , when you are done using Zip Dry, give the applicator cap a few minutes to drip back into the bottle. Then remove it and insert a pointy wooden toothpick into the cap. It’s ok if the tip of the toothpick come out through the hole you made, just don’t push it in so far as to make the hole any wider. Zip Dry sticks to a lot of things but it can’t stick to the applicator tip very well. When the glue in the applicator tip is dry. It will bond to the wooden toothpick. Just pull the tooth pick out and all the glue in the cap will come out with it! It will even be in the shape of the inside of the cap! I’ve also done this with paper clips. 

We’ll have a lot of these tips and methods to use Zip Dry on our new video series posted on our Beacon You Tube Channel and Facebook. Please look for me, I’m Mike the Beacon Glue Guy! We’ll have a lot of fun showing how our products work and offer a slew of helpful hints. I’ll any question you have about glue and be honest about it, even if it’s not mine! If one of my competitors products is better for the job you want to do, I’ll recommend it! I’m here to help. 

Thanks you so much for letting me explain the issue with the caps. Please know we are correcting it. 

Thank you,
Mike Assile
The Beacon Glue Guy

who knew making glue was so complicated!

i found a lot of “good to know”, and “that’s why it is the way it is” info in his answer. i also realized that maybe the new “precision hanger” applicator, not the new/temporary/yuckie one, was the reason my zip dry was clogging less lately.

so, i can scratch “find a new glue” off my to-do list. i’ll just keep hoarding those old applicators to replace the yuckie ones until zip dry starts shipping with the “good” applicator tops again.

if you appreciate the info, please drop mike an e-mail at mike@signaturecrafts.com and let him know. i think companies who obviously care about their customers deserve customer loyalty AND customer appreciation. there aren’t too many companies out there these days who do care.