My Photogenic Nephew

This layout is of my nephew when he was 2 years old.

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I am way behind in my scrapbooking because I only started this hobby about 3 years ago. My oldest is now 35, my daughter is 25, and my nephew and niece are both nearly 20 so I have a lot of catching up to do.

This shouldn’t be a problem because I have plenty of supplies and enjoy this hobby immensely!

For this layout, I cut rectangles and distressed all the edges. Then I turned down two corners and held them in place with brads from my stash.

The camera is a MFT die.

I cut the word “My” in the title with the Type Candy cartridge, joining the letters together in Cricut Craft Room. The word “nephew” was cut with the Tiny Treasures cartridge. I used some Making Memories felt letters for the word “photogenic”.

I stitched around the edges of the layout with some straight and zig zag stitches.

Below is a video that describes the layout in detail:

Here is a cartridge review video on the Tiny Treasures cartridge:

Designed by: Karin Adamczyk
Cricut Machines & Tools Used: Cricut Mini, Cricut Craft Room, sewing machine
Cricut Cartridges Used: Type Candy, Tiny Treasures
Other Supplies Used: Lime Twist collection by My Minds Eye, decorative brads, button, twine and vellum

Get well soon

A dear friend of mine had open heart surgery this week. Everything went well and I hope to be able to go see her this weekend.

She loves purple so I always make her purple cards. This one is no exception.

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My plan was to fill the front of the card with hearts from the Don Juan cartridge so I had to come up with a way to place the papers on my mat so I could avoid having to run the mat through my Cricut many times to get all the cuts I wanted.

I decided to use a large square punch to get consistently sized shapes so I could place them in a way that would allow me to design my project in Cricut Craft Room so I get all of my pieces with one trip through the Cricut.

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Here you can see how I placed the squares on my mat.

In the video below, I explain how I made the images match up in Cricut Craft Room.

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A Kid’s Life

Two page layout spreads are my favourite of all because I usually have quite a few pictures for a given story.


This layout is no exception. While all this happened on the same day, my mom, sister and nephew were playing in different locations. The first page shows them at a playground and the second page shows them at home, in their backyard.

I used some ready-made embellishments on this page, but I also cut out several pieces with my Cricut.


The scalloped border on the left side of the first page was cut with Plantin Schoolbook. I was at a crop when I worked on that part of the layout so I used my Gypsy to weld three pieces together to fit the length of my paper and cut it with my Cricut Mini.


Indie Art is the cartridge I used for the decorations on the sides of the layout.


I used Locker Talk to cut out the words “hangin out” on the 2nd page. This portion I did at home after the crop so I used Cricut Craft Room on my Mac and my Expression 2 to cut it out.


The paper series I used was Lime Twist by My Mind’s Eye.


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Camping at Higley Flow

I worked on this layout at an all day crop yesterday. We have this crop monthly in a huge Golden Age Club where we have so much room, we could each have two tables of our own. It’s absolutely my favourite crop location.

The layout is from a camping trip my husband and I went on with my brother and his family to celebrate his birthday in 2011.

We had just gotten Percy, our Cocker Spaniel a couple of weeks before the trip so we were brand new dog owners at the time. He will turn 2 this month. How time flies!!






I used the Cricut Campin’ Critters cartridge to cut out the tree.



Mom’s Day

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.

Mother's Day 2012

Mother’s Day 2012

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)