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Where am I ?? Good question~

The snow has finally melted off of the top of our pool, now I know, Spring is on its way!    I love the changing of seasons!  I use that as a perfect time to make a few changes in my personal life and business life.

I am often asked, “Where are you working now?  Where are you teaching?  Who are you working for?”  Then I have to ask myself.. Really? Where am I? 

Coincidently I just updated my “working” resume and my “craft” resume.  I am surprised how often changes are made to the craft resume.  Mainly just adding new locations or changing the dates of past design team terms.  However, when I answer those questions about where I am, most of the time the answers are the same.

I am still the Paper Craft Instructor at the Kenosha Hobby Lobby, in fact I have been there since 2009.   I still have my ties to the Kenosha Public Museum, area schools, the country club, and stores.  But most of the time I am teaching in my home studio and classroom.  I have a few proposals on the table for a few other locations to start teaching at.. but that’s on hold till we finalize the details.  I am still a Close To My Heart consultant and of course the owner of my Scrap It Girl business.  I am a full-time paper craft instructor, designer, and retailer.

My classes range from Scrapbooking, Card Making, Tool & Technique classes, Cricut Classes, Kids Crafts, Home/Holiday Décor,  Mixed Media and Altered Art.   I teach about 2-5 classes per week, but every week is different.  I am currently scheduling myself at the Kenosha Hobby Lobby 2 times per month and 2 times per month at other locations.  The rest of the classes will be in my home studio.    Another huge question I get is.. how do I find out about your classes?  Easy answer.. just ask me, message me, or call me.   My class schedule, info, price, and additional info, is emailed out once a week.   I do have a class every Tuesday at 9:30-11:30 a.m and 5:30-7:30 p.m.   I usually have Kids Classes on Friday’s.  My private classes are all over the place, same with group events.  But I am available to teach pretty much any day or time of the week, as long as you let me know in advance.  This is my full-time job, so I try to meet with you according to your schedule.  I also have women that schedule private classes for groups of their friends.  I have had bridal shower parties come in and make what they need for a brides wedding, a baby shower class, and even a graduation party.  I can either help with the ideas of planning, decorating, or maybe just renting out my tables and party props.   I also make party invites, decorations, and help set up.

Here are just a few pictures of recent happenings…


Ask Chicagoland Scrapbooker Magazine, My Ask CS article.

Ask Chicagoland Scrapbooker Magazine, My Ask CS article.

Another Girl Scout troop earns an arts & craft badge from my classes.

Another Girl Scout troop earns an arts & craft badge from my classes.

I make custom party props from wood. Order your props from me for your next event.

I make custom party props from wood. Order your props from me for your next event.

Getting ready for a new sink and countertops this summer. This is the painting/wet bar area, in my studio.

Getting ready for a new sink and countertops this summer. This is the painting/wet bar area, in my studio.


Card Class for 25 Kindergarten Students @ a local school.


One of my classes made front page news.

































Between teaching, kitting, designing, and blogging about classes, I also take classes. I know how important it is to stay up to date with the newest tools, brands, and collections.
If you are ever in my area and want to stop by to see my studio give me a quick call.

If you are interested in following me elsewhere you can find me here.

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Now you know where I am today.. let’s wait to see where I am tomorrow.
Thanks for stopping by!
Scrap It Girl, Kimberly

Got Leather? Make a tag! Cricut Style

It’s my turn to post as a Designer for the Practical Scrappers website.. My post for today is all about leather.  Did you get a chance to read the practical scrappers  post regarding the 11 Things you can do with an Electronic Die Cutting Machine?  If not take a moment to check out all of the Practical Scrappers wonderful ideas.

This post will make it complete with 12 things you can do with an Electronic Die Cutting Machine.

#12: Make Leather Luggage Tags.

My favorite electronic die cutting machine is the Cricut Expression.  I am a big fan of adding texture and layers to my projects and if I can add leather to a project, I am all over it.   I love creating tags for gifts or tags to attach to my luggage when I travel.  If a tag gets pulled off some how.. no worries I can always make another one. I use the cricut machine for most of my leather tags. I like having the ability to set my size, shape, and amount that I want to cut at once.

Here is a look at my most recent tags. (I like hearts and my favorite # is 2)

As you can see I used 3 different types of leather.  The red leather had a diamond design etched in it which was fun to use.  I will use that heart on a layout.  The tan leather heart  I will use on one of my cricut bags.

I really like the black leather scallop tag.  I added a mini heart with a #2 on it and will use that for my suitcase.





After I cut out my tags I added a grommet & some rope. I stamped the letter K & the #2.  You can stamp on it or add vinyl to customize it any way you want.

Some of the leather depending on how thick it is and if it is textured will cut cleaner than others, but I have tried a variety of leather and I am ok with it not being 100% perfect.

With Christmas only weeks away, I will make stocking & tree shaped tags and add them to gifts.

Have you ever cut leather before in your electronic die cutting machine?  If not give it a try.

Did you know I teach cricut classes?  Yep.. take a class with me and I will teach you how to cut leather, chipboard, fabric, vinyl, etc… Next class is Saturday November 17th 10:30 in my studio.

Practical Scrapper Designer & Scrap It Girl


Cricut Classes @ Hannah’s


Hey Cricut Fans….I have been teaching Cricut Classes in Wisconsin locations for so long that it is finally time I cross the border and bring my Cricut classes to Hannah’s in Antioch, Illinois.  Do you want to get that cricut machine out of the box or maybe learn a few new tricks?  Join us for one of my many Cricut Classes that start in July.  Sign up is needed to RSVP your spot.  Here are just a few of the dates we will be offering the class.   The classes in July are all beginner cricut classes but you will need to take a beginners class in order to take an advanced class in August.  All cricut classes are $25.   You can either email me the date you plan to attend a class or sign up at Hannah’s.  We already started the sign up sheets and posted these classes on Facebook last week,  so in order to save yourself a spot Sign up soon!

  • Friday July 13 10-Noon $25 Beginners
  • Saturday July 14 10-Noon $25 Beginners
  • Thursday July 26 10-Noon $25 Beginners
  • Saturday July 28 10-Noon  $25 Beginners
  • Thursday August 9 10-Noon $25 Advanced
  • Saturday August 11 10-Noon $25 Advanced
In the Beginners Class you will learn everything about the
  • blades
  • mats
  • machines
  • cartridges
  • ink pens
  • cutting wool, chipboard, vinyl and photos
  • all functions, keys, and buttons on the Personal, Cricut original, and Cricut Expression Machines.
  • You will create a card, borders, and receive a handout with a cutting guide line.
In the Advanced Class you will etch on glass and create a mini chipboard album using the different materials  we cut with the cricut.
In the fall we will have Cricut Expression 2 Classes.  Now that you know about the classes I will tell you about my cricut experience.
I have been teaching cricut classes since 2008 and in 2010 I had the pleasure of working with Provo Craft and their Cricut team as we set up demo’s in various stores.  I even went to Las Vegas for training on all of the Provo Craft products.  I have to say I was trained by the best and I plan to provide you with the best cricut classes too.  I hope to see you in class.
Kimberly Congdon   (Scrap It Girl)

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