The photo in this layout was one of the first I took with my new Canon Rebel T3i SLR camera.
Before digital cameras, I was not interested in photography at all, but I certainly am interested now. I hated having to bring the rolls of film to be developed and hated that so many pictures were wasted because the results were so awful. It was also very expensive to buy film and have the pictures developed.
Over the years, I have had various digital cameras, starting with a huge, bulky Kodak, several HP cameras, a Canon G9 and now this amazing T3i. Both the G9 and T3i make me look good! One of the main reasons I wanted the T3i is because of the blurry background effect I can achieve. I tried to achieve the same effect with my G9 by following tutorials online and testing all the settings, but it was not possible. I am still learning to use my new camera, but so far, I really love it.
For this layout, I used the Brook collection from Crate Paper. I love the colours in this collection and am happy to still have lots of it left for future layouts. It is an older collection that I had in my stash so don’t go running out to look for it.
Sketch Used: Sketchy Thursdays (by Diana). Unfortunately, I cannot find the sketch I used. I printed it on August 17, 2011, but that doesn’t mean it was posted around then. There are very few posts in 2012, but previous posts are very inspirational.
Tip: If the cut you want to use does not have a shadow already created on the cartridge, just cut two of the same image in the same size, from different colours, and then offset the top one to the right or left, up or down, until you like the look. You can see that I did this with the “Mom’s Day” cut (Designer’s Calendar) in the closeup below.
I wanted a bit more colour above the journaling spot so I cut the flourish below from the Mother’s Day cartridge.
I just cut some rectangular shapes with my trimmer and used a 1″ circle punch to cut out the small circle. The brad embellishment originally contained a pink brad, but to match this layout, I just used another brad in the collection.
I hope this layout inspires you to use sketches and play around with colour, elements and embellishments to make them your own.
When you use sketches, you can stay as close to the sketch as you want, or you can use just one small part of a sketch as a starting point. The main thing is to use them for inspiration.
Designed by: Karin Adamczyk
Cricut Machines & Tools Used: Cricut Mini, Cricut Craft Room
Cricut Cartridges Used: Plantin Schoolbook, Mother’s Day 2010 (seasonal), Designer’s Calendar
Other Supplies Used: Brook collection by Crate Paper, decorative brads and journaling spot by My Mind’s Eye (The Sweetest Thing collection)