tami sanders * paper crafter

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


ckc san marcos – day #2…

we headed up to san marcos this afternoon, a made a quick stop at scrapbook haus in new braunfels after lunch. scrapbook haus is a nice store with a good selection of products, so we had a good time purusing.

after that, we went on into san marcos and got to the convention center about an hour before laura and i had a class. my friend charlotte went up with us today, and since she didn’t get a to shop yesterday, she made a dash in today to check out the show. laura and i found some comfy chairs again and sat down to wait for class time.

we were both taking a class from SimpliCraft called Beyond the Square; which showed different ways to use shaped mats – like large scalloped circles, or bracketed squares, etc. we made 3 one page layouts and 1 two page layout all with different shaped diecuts and different techniques. the class was nicely paced, and since almost everything was precut for you, you could take your time putting the layouts together. i thought the class was a great value, you got lots of layouts, plus some extra product to play with. and there were lots of little idea “nuggets”! good ideas and techniques to use and apply to other layouts too. and the instructor was wonderful as well; clear concise verbal directions, as well as great written directions.  laura ended up finishing up all the layouts she made in the class AND got photos, titles AND journaling on all of them tonight! so obviously the layouts were pretty easy to find photos for and USE!

my mini book class was scheduled for right after the Beyond the Square class in the exact same room! so as soon as i was done taking the class, it was time to get up and prep for MY class! laura and charlotte were there as the “vanna’s”; to wander around holding up the samples and help anyone who needed it. i also had a ta, Mari, who was great! she hopped right in there and was a HUGE help! we had the book all prepped and were ready to begin putting things together after only 20 minutes! the class was full, so i was AMAZED at how quick everyone was working! things went VERY smoothly, and the class was able to work on some extra bits that they would normally have to complete at home. we finished on time and pretty much everyone had all the steps completed when they left.

i am SO happy, delighted, grateful, tickled pink – i could go on – that the classes went so well! i always stress a little; i want everyone who takes one of my classes to leave happy! i want them happy with the class, happy with the instruction, happy with the pace and most of all – happy with the project!

a great big shout out and thank you to laura, charlotte and tinka for helping me with CKC Houston and San Marcos. i am POSITIVE, that your help, support and efforts were a LARGE part of things going according to plan, and the classes running smoothly! SO THANK YOU ALL!

i also appreciate each and every person who signed up and came to one of my classes. i know there are a lot of classes at CKC to select from, so THANK YOU for deciding to give mine a try. i hope you had a great time and learned something useful!

it was fun, but i am SO glad it’s over! this was a large undertaking for me; but i did it! {with a little help from my friends!}


ckc san marcos… day #1

day #1 of ckc san marcos went wonderfully!

i went with my friend laura and we got there about 10:30 or so. we shopped a bit – bought a LOT – then had lunch. then shopped some more! but after a few hours we were WORN out! so although we still had more than an hour before my class started, we cried “uncle” and found some comfy chairs to collapse in while we waited!

we saw lots of scrappers we knew, it was like a mini reunion! it was nice to see gals that we hadn’t seen in awhile.

we were able to get into the classroom right on time and had everything set up and ready to go with time to spare. the class was pretty full – in fact – if we’d had any more i’m not sure where we would have put them! LOL! today’s class was PHOTOFULL and we had the first layout COMPLETELY done in 20 minutes FLAT! the second one took a bit longer, but we still ended early. i can’t believe how speedy everyone was! an hour isn’t a lot of time to get 2 layouts done – especially PHOTOFULL layouts, but we had everyone wrapped up, chatted with a few folks, cleaned up and were on our way out a FULL minute before the class was scheduled to end! WHOO! WHOO!

a BIG thanks to laura – my “vanna” for the day, and to my ta’s cheri and purvi! thanks gals – you were great!

tomorrow is the BIG day – my mini book class! and it is FULL! so it’s going to be a bit more hectic than today. but i am hoping that things run as smoothly tomorrow as they did today!

ckc class update

i received the presale report for my two CKC SAN MARCOS classes…

there are only 7 spots left in my PHOTOFULL class scheduled for friday, september 17 from 4:30 to 5:30. and, as i posted last week, my “life is good” mini album class is full.

pre-registration is now closed, but you can still sign up on fridayfor the PHOTOFULL class  in san marcos if you are interested. 

i signed up for one class – BEYOND THE SQUARE, it was the only class i thought i could fit in my schedule. And the timing is perfect too, it’s being taught RIGHT before my mini album class – in the SAME room! so i can take the class, then teach mine! so if any of you are taking that class on saturday, i’ll see you there!


ckc day #1

my first day of classes at ckc houston is over! i had been very anxious about these classes, and how they would go, but all was well. instead of picturing them naked or in their underwear – as i’ve heard suggested to calm your nerves – i just mentally pictured them with some of my regular students faces! now if the group had been all men, the naked or underwear thing might have been worth a try! lol!

tinka and laura were great! they each took a side and “worked” the room; showing the samples and helping students with the steps.

i cut everything correctly and didn’t leave out any pieces or parts (at least not yet) and since several gals in both classes used the directions and worked ahead, i guess i did that ok too!

everyone seemed happy with their projects and the class, and the comments i heard were positive.

my early morning class had to compete with early shopping – who wants to take a class when you can shop? but I had 41 in my next class.

after lunch, i took a quik quotes class called “hang it up”. i loved the project, everything was well organized and the instuctor was wonderful as well.

laura took a card class while tinka and i shopped and made about a dozen really cute cards.

i managed to spend MUCH more of things for classes than i did on things for myself.

laura has one more class so i’m blogging and tinka is napping until she gets back and then we’ll head to dinner and then to the ckc crop.

i hope things go just as well or better tomorrow!



san marcos CKC…

i found out this week that i WILL be teaching at CKC SAN MARCOS

i’m teaching the same classes at CKC san marcos that i will be teaching at CKC houston. so if you were interested in my classes but couldn’t make it to houston, you’ll get a second chance at them in san marcos.

in my photofull layout class, you’ll make 2 – 2 page layouts that will EACH hold 12 photos – or more! you’ll have to take the class to find out where and how the rest of the photos are “hidden”…

my other class will be a mini album class – “life is good” mini album, we’ll use the UNWRITTEN line by REMINISCE to embellish this mini book i designed using file folders…

sign ups started today, so go to the ckc site for all the info, you can see the class info HERE.


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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!