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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ckc houston…

i am wrapping up all the prep for my 2 classes at CKC Houston

thanks to lori and tinka for their help in getting things ready! i’ve got all the class kits bagged up,  all the supplies are lined up {well almost}, and i’m trying to finish all the last minute little details.

i’ve had months to get ready – and it seems like it has TAKEN months to get ready, but it’s finally almost here! we leave thursday morning for houston; we’ll stop and shop along the way. then friday morning – bright and early – i’ll have my first class!

there were a lot of great classes offered and i couldn’t resist signing up for a few, and tinka, laura and i also signed up for the friday nite CKC crop so we could get a little scrapp’n in.

registration has closed, but you can still sign up for classes and crops once you get to CKC, so you might want to check out what’s offered. my friend charlotte always takes the QUICK QUOTES classes and says they are always great! she likes the SEI classes too, and i’ve enjoyed the one’s of theirs that i have taken.

the classes i’ll be teaching are:

PHOTOFULL LAYOUTS:

in this class you’ll get to make 2 – 2 page layout. each has a different technique to get MORE photos on your pages. the techniques are easy to learn and to do, so you’ll be able to incorporate them into your own layouts as well.

the “LIFE IS GOOD” MINI ALBUM is my other class…

you’ll get 3 sets of stickers and 1 set of cardstock stickers, a $13.00 value, to use to complete your mini book. this book features papers and embellishments from Reminisce’s Unwritten line. the colors are vintage-bright, and will compliment the photos you use in your book.

i hope to see some of you in houston; i’m looking forward to it!

—tami

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monday classes…

this monday, july 12th, i’ll have a TRI-fecta of classes! due to the 4th of july holiday and the CKC convention prep, all 3 of my regular monday classes will be held on the same day.

SKETCH & CROP will be first, from 10:00 to 12:30. in this class i’ll provide you with the sketch and you’ll make a 2 page layout using it. here’s a little peek at the layout…

then MONEY $AVING $KETCHES will be from 2:00 to 4:00. i provide you with TWO sketches for this class, you’ll make 1 – 2 page layout then use the leftover supplies from that layout to create another 2 page layout. this class is ALL about learning how to really STRETCH your scrapbook supplies to get the most bang for you $$$.

here’s a snippet of one of the layouts…

THEN, from 6:30 to 8:30 it is time for PHOTO-FULL. if you have STACKS of photos that you have been putting off scrapping because you have TOO many photos of the event – Christmas, birthdays, easter, weddings, etc. then you NEED to come to this class. in each class, i’ll prepare a layout for you to copy using papers of your choice that will give you LOTS of space for your photos. each 2 page layout will hold at least 15 or MORE photos – and most of the photos will be LARGE – not cropped down to teeny-tiny. you’ll learn to use flips, folds and pullouts to add MORE space for YOUR photos. and this month’s Photo-full class is a BIGGIE, i got 32 photos on my 2 page layout!

here’s a sneak at the layout…

you will need to bring your own papers or plan to purchase some at Scrapbook 911 for the SKETCH & CROP and MONEY $AVING $KETCHES class, but supplies are INCLUDED for the PHOTO-FULL class.

also, at the last month’s sketch and crop, the ladies suggested that we do a pot luck lunch since several of them planned to stay for 2 or all 3 of the classes. so if you are coming to either or both of the morning classes and would like to, please bring a covered dish and plan to eat with us from 12:30 to 2:00. but PLEASE do NOT feel like you have to bring something! you’ll be welcome to eat with us whether or not you brought a dish or not!

i hope to see you at one of these classes, it should be a very fun and productive day; a chance to get a LOT of layouts DONE!

—tami


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.


“life is good” …

i’ll be doing a free make and take at SCRAPBOOK COTTAGE on sunday, april 18 from 1:00 to 3:00. we’ll be making the journaling pocket for this layout…

you’ll also get complete directions and a supply list for the items you will need to complete the 2 page layout. but, you can also use your journaling pocket on a layout of your own, or even as a card.

then, on thursday, april 29, from 6:00 to 8:30, i’ll be teaching a mini book class – “life is good”…

the base of the album is made from file folders, deorated with papers from REMINISCE’s UNWRITTEN line. you’ll also receive $13.00 worth of stickers to complete your project! 1 set EACH of the new layered chipboard stickers, mini alphabet stickers, quote stickers and tag stickers. the album has space for lots of photos as well as little pockets you can tuck your journaled cards in. you can add photos and memories of the things {or people!} that are good in your life! this mini book would also make a womderful gift! {mother’s day is coming up}

please call SCRAPBOOK COTTAGE to sign up for this class if you are interested.

—thanks, tami


upcoming classes…

i have been neglecting adding my class info to my blog as of late. i didn’t realize how far behind i was until i noticed that the last classes i listed were in february! i am usually pretty good at keeping that info current!

so, i have now updated my classes until the end of april! here’s a peek at what’s coming up…

mom & me classes:

i am thrilled with the response to this class; it continues to grow and we are adding new little scrappers each and every month. i decided to try some classes during spring break, we had the first of 2 classes today – a “spring is in the air” paper bag mini album. the kids had a great time learning how to turn plain lunch bags into a cute little mini album that they embellished with paper and stamps. i think they enjoyed the stamping the most! the next class will be THURSDAY, MARCH 18, the project will be “MY FAVORITES”, recipe holder… 

then, on SATURDAY, MARCH 27, we’ll have both a morning and afternoon class where we’ll be making a mini album shaped like a basket for Easter…

in april, we’ll be doing a fiesta-inspired project; on SATURDAY, APRIL 3, we’ll be turning a plain white box into a “MI FAMILIA” shadowbox, where you can display a family photo {maybe from FIESTA!}. the kids will be learning several new techniques in this class; one of which is how to turn a piece of plain embossed cardstock into a Mexican pottery-inspired “printed paper”. most Mexican handcrafts begin as some sort of material that would have been otherwise thrown away. so we’ll be using that same principal to turn cast-offs into a piece of art! {one of the reasons the class is priced so LOW this time ;) }

book classes:

i have 2 book classes coming up and they are both on the same day – but at 2 different stores!

the date is SATURDAY, APRIL 10…

first, i’ll be at SCRAPBOOK 911 to teach my “BLESSINGS BOOK” from 10:00 to 1:30. this book features lots of pockets {hidden and otherwise} and lots of journaling spots so that you can record all the good things that happen to you! you can also tuck clippings, letters or notes that you find inspirational. then, when you need a little “lift”, you can pull out your book and remember all those good little bits and words! this book would also make a thoughtful gift for mother’s day, or for a friend or relative that might need a little BOOST!

then, i’ll be packing up and heading over to STAMP ANTONIO from 3:30 to 6:00 for my “MOTHER’S DAY MINI BOOK”. this sweet little 6 X 6 mini book features handmade, lace trimmed canvas covers {made by yours truly}. you’ll learn how to distress the canvas with paint and inks and we’ll also be collaging on it to create our front cover. the pages will be embellished with printed papers and ephemera by GECKO GALS {formerly HARLEE QUINNZ}. i’ll also be teaching you how to use SMOOCH accent inks on your stamps to create beautiful, shimmery “watercolor” images. the featured stamp set we will use is also by GECKO GALZ.

layout classes:

my daytime classes – SKETCH and CROP and MONEY $AVING $KETCHES, both include a sketch {a drawing of a layout} that include as many larger-size {3 X 5 – 4 X 6} photos that i can figure out how to put on them! most sketch books don’t include layouts with more that 3 or 4 – 4 X 6 photos, most have photos that have to be cropped WAY down. i try to provide you with sketches that work for the layouts YOU want to do – LOTS of photos!

for both classes, you need to bring photos so you can select papers to go with them, OR you can bring your own papers and cardstock with you to do the layouts with.m {the $8 class fee for both of these classes does not cover supplies}.

in SKETCH and CROP, you’ll get one sketch that you can copy as many times as you like in this 4 hour class. you can also bring other projects that you might need help on, we usually spend the first 2 hours doing the first sketch, then after that, you can crop – with me to assist if you need it – for the rest of the class.

in MONEY $AVING $KETCHES, you’ll get TWO sketches! we’ll make the first one, then use the leftovers {along with a few more pieces of cardstock} to create another whole layout!

in each class, you’ll get a copy of the sketch with all the dimensions, directions, and sample photos to keep and use over and over again. we have a lot of fun in these daytime classes, and the ladies GET THINGS DONE! most leave with several layouts FINISHED!

evening class – PHOTOFULL, in this class we concentrate on how to scrap those events with LOTS of photos; birthdays, Christmas, Easter, etc. in each class, i create a 2-page layout with some type of flip, fold, pocket, etc. that will allow you to get 12+ photos – FULL SIZE photos on it! we usually get MORE than 12, 18 is about average! so if you have some BIG stacks of photos to scrap, you need to come and try out this class! most students leave with their layouts 80-100% DONE! be sure to bring your photos so you can select your papers to match. supplies ARE included in this class.

well, that’s about it for now! i think i’m up to date now!

thank all of you for your interest in my classes, i appreciate it!


new REMINISCE contest!

Reminisce just announced the winners of their last contest, and already they have introduced a brand NEW contest! GET REAL with REAL SPORTS!

in this latest contest from Reminisce, 5 CA$H prizes will be awarded with the top prize for 1st place being a WHOPPING $500.00!!!

so if you have a sporty kid, or a sports fanatic in your house, i would recommend you get CRAFTING!

the REAL SPORTS line by Reminisce, which was a CHA release, should be hitting your LSS or online store soon if it’s not already available. a few lucky winners {PAM S ;) } were lucky to have won the ENTIRE collection on the Reminisce Blog recently, so they should DEFINITELY be entering this contest!

please head over to the Reminisce BLOG for all of the contest details. they are trying to REALLY keep things hopping over there, so make sure you bookmark and check the blog frequently, you can also join them on facebook and twitter.

good luck to all the entrants!


new Reminisce lines!

this post is a little late – sorry!

Reminisce released 6 brand new lines at CHA: THE GREAT OUTDOORS 2010, LUCKY ME, HAPPY EASTER 2010, GRADUATION CELEBRATION 2010, UNWRITTEN and REAL SPORTS. they also released a line of glitter papers called GLITTER FACTORY!

the GREAT OUTDOORS line will be perfect for all your park, picnic, BBQ, camping, etc. photos. there are a LOT of great embellishments too!

i made a smores gift basket set using the line…

HAPPY EASTER 2010, is done is great “vintage” pastels; i just LOVE the colors in this line, and like all the new releases, there are TONS of new embellishments to complete your project with!

i did a set of candy canisters using this line…

GRADUATION CELEBRATION 2010 is done in black, white and silver with lots of cool paper finishes. i LOVE the peace sign designs that are incorporated in some of the papers and embellies!

 i made a time capsule for a 10 year reunion using this line…

i LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the new UNWRITTEN line! it is just FABULOUS! i love the colors, the designs and most of all – all the COOL embellies for this line!

i used a photos of laura’s girls in this layout {thanks laura}…

if you have any kind of sports photos to scrap, or a sports nut in the house, you HAVE to check out the REAL SPORTS line! this line is ENORMOUS and includes lots of different sports, and each one has LOTS of its own embellies!

i made a magnet board and desk set using soccer papers and embellies…

the design team will be loading their projects in the gallery this week, so you’ll be able to check out their projects REAL soon at REMINISCE! you’ll also want to keep an eye on the REMINISCE BLOG for info on what’s new, what’s up, contests, giveaways and MORE!


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photos from december mom & me class…

this past saturday i taught not one but TWO sessions of my mom and me class, and let me TELL YOU! this could be a new workout routine! LOL!

i felt like a juggler trying to keep about a dozen balls up in the air! keeping the kids busy and engaged was a little challenging this month as there was a lot of different parts to the project. this was the FIRST time we’ve done a lot of stamping on our project. we did a little bit of stamping with foam stamps last month, but THIS month, they had to stamp on several pages in their mini books. they also got to play with the Rollagraph stamps, which they enjoyed a LOT. they rolled on borders on the blank pages in their books.

i remembered not only my camera this month, but to actually TAKE the pictures as well! here’s some shots from the class:

i will be teaching 2 mom and me classes in january, and will be teaching both a morning and afternoon session for each. the first class will be on january 9th… we’ll be making a 6 X 6 mini album that will hold layouts of all the major holidays as well as a birthday layout. we’ll do 9 two page layouts and 2 single page layouts. your child will be ALL ready to add photos throughout the year to their “MY YEAR” mini book. don’t worry about it being too much for them to do though, all the pieces will be precut and ready to go! they’ll be able to decorate the diecuts on each page too.

the second class will be a project for valentine’s day. i found these BIG brass keys at an estate sale and decided they would be perfect to use for a “key to my heart” decor project. i haven’t finished it yet, but i’ll post a pic on the SB911 calendar when i do!

if you are intersted in either of these classes, PLEASE sign up early. i only have a limited number of materials for each class and won’t be able to get more! i have 12 spaces in EACH session – morning and afternoon – for both of these classes. i think there are only 2 spots left for the “my year” mini book.

thanks SO much for all of the interest in this class! it is a BLAST to teach it, and i love watching the kids get CREATIVE {and hopefully a little messy}!


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santa’s workshop line…by REMINISCE

last week, REMINISCE featured projects from the design team using the SANTA’S WORKSHOP line. if you are still in need of some holiday decor to “deck your halls”, then you may want to check out the REMINISCE BLOG.

my project was a little decor piece:

the other designers have done a mini album, a luminere, and a holiday wreath. all the projects include the directions!

so break out those supplies and get crafty!


wrap it up!

i wanted a share a quick and easy to make little gift bag that you can whip up to tuck that special gift in… 

i used papers and ephemera by HARLEE-QUINNZ, stamps by MY SENTIMENTS EXACTLY, inks by CLEARSNAP, cardstock from PRISM, flowers from IMAGINISCE, chipboard glitter letters from AMERICAN CRAFTS and vintage trims from my stash!

i started with a piece of the COWGIRLS ephemera; the wanted poster was just asking to be filled in, and the cowgirl looked so “christmas-ey” in her green shirt and red boots! i stamped “gifts” under “wanted” on the poster using dark brown chalk ink. then i took a piece of the LUCKY STRIPE printed paper and used Smooch accent ink in Siren to color the darker stripes red creating a “peppermint” effect. i adhered the ephemera piece over the paper at a angle and cut out leaving about 1″ around all sides. then i tore around the edges, inked them with dark brown chalk ink and adhered it to a piece of kraft cardstock; which was also inked around the edges. i added some vintage sequin trim around the ephemera piece, and some ribbon and pom trim along the bottom. then i added 3 velvet flowers with black button centers and the word “shop” in some glittery silver letters. the piece was then ready to be adhered to the gift bag. i removed the cord handles from the bag and inserted 3 pieces of twine through the holes, bringing them to the front to tie in a bow. a piece of vintage tinsel to hold a tiny bell at the center of the bow added the finishing touch.