Bath Time

Hello everyone, I am sad to announce that this will be my last post with Cricut DIVA. I have had some exciting changes in my life that will result in the loss of my craftroom, my husband and I are expecting our second child in February. I hope you have enjoyed my posts and I have inspired you to be creative.

Now that we have our second child on the way I have been trying to work on my daughters first year before our second one arrives. Here I have focused on the first bath.

Bath Time Page 1

Bath Time Page 1

Bath Time Page 2

Bath Time Page 2

I used Recollections solids and the pattern paper is from my older papers, so I am not sure who they are by.

Title Close up

Title Close up

Here a close up of  the title, I took I white gel pen to make the bubbles white on the writing as well as add Stickles for a little glimmer.

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baby bath

I cut out a cute baby girl in a bath tub and I used Peachy Keen Stamps for the face. I love these stamps it really helps to put personality into our creations. The rubber ducky is from a set of leftover stickers.

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On page two I wanted to detail so I put bubbles coming out of the picture with some added Stickles and a rubber duck sticker.

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I added larger bubbles to the bottom of that page for my journaling, so it went with my theme.

Thank you for checking out my post and I hope I have inspired you.

Designed by: Sierra Heath
Cricut Machines & Tools Used: E2, Cricut Craft Room, and Cricut Tool Kit
Cricut Cartridges UsedBaby Steps, New Arrival
Other Supplies Used: Stickles, stickers, Peachy Keen Stamps: Basic Paper Doll Face

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Boo!

Good Morning Everyone!

No, it’s not Halloween … yet!  I was just feeling Hallo-weenie when I started to create this project.  It’s really never to soon to get started on those holiday projects right??

Soooooo, I made a 12″ x 12″ layout to share:

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To make this 12″ x 12″ layout, I used a paper pack called Sarita.  I thought the colors would work really well for Halloween.  I then used the Artbooking Cricut cartridge to make all my cuts.  All the cuts came from pages 70 and 71 of the booklet.  They were each cut at 11″.

The haunted house cut as an overlay but I didn’t like that you could see through the house with the background that I had cut, so I took some black cardstock and matted the back of the house.

I edged the window photo frame with Lagoon ink to give it a little extra dimension – I’m not sure you can tell from the picture though.

Have you started any of your Halloween projects yet?  Stop by my blog at Love 2 Create to not only see this project but another 12″ x 12″ Halloween layout that I have created.

Cricut Machines & Tools Used:  Cricut Expression

Cricut Cartridges Used:  Artbooking

Other Supplies Used:  Sarita paper pack, Lagoon Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Sponge Daubers

Surf’s Up 12×12 Layout

Happy First day of Summer Everyone! Do you all have your summer bucket list written out? Well, I know my daughter and her friends are going to be returning the the beach to hit the waves again. Last summer I took them to Carpentaria Beach were the city has classes that run all summer long. The Layout below is of first class they took last year. It’s a simple layout but I like that I got 7 pictures on one page.

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I used the Life is a Beach cartridge I used the surfboard, the surf’s up phrase and the seagulls. I like using the Craft Room to layout my images so that I only make one run though to cut all my images.This is how I position the images.

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The sizes of the cuts are

Surfboard 4.375(W)x 5.569(H)

Surfboard layer 4.083(W)x 5.333(H)

Seagulls 3.847(W)x 2.833(H) 2 times

Surf’sUp Phrase 3.847(W)x 3.653(H)

Surf’sUp Phrase layer .917(W)x3.314

and this is how they looked when the cut was finished

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I didn’t like the way the strips looked on the surfboard so I ended up flipping the image and I actually liked the patterned so much better. I used paper from the Simple Stories called I (Heart) Summer, DayDream and Feel the Breeze plus some Bazzill cardstock.

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I ended up using some of Tim Holtz idea-ology Remnant rubs-words plus I added a border to the smaller photos, journaling block and

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 to the phrase with a black pen. I also added some enamel dots from My Mind’s eye from Michael’s.

Thank you for stopping by today I hope you all have a super fun and safe summer.

I invite you to stop by my personal blog ScrapiliciousLife to say Hi.

Designed by: Liz Mullen

Cricut Machines & Tools Used: Cricut Expression 2 Anniversary Edition and Craft Room

Cricut Cartridges Used: Life is a Beach

Other Supplies Used: Black pen, Remnant rubs-words, Bazzill cardstock, My Mind’s Eye enamel dots,Simple Stories I (Heart) Summer paper collection

Using the Chalkboard Font cartridge

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My design team post for this week features the new Cricut cartridge- Chalkboard Fonts. This is by far one of my new favorites for a font cartridge. I love the way the letters look like they are intricate but it’s a breeze to put together. I also used Pretty Pennants to make the banner and my Imagine with the Imagine More Cards cartridge for the Hello bubble. This page went together so easily with 2 double sided sheets of patterned paper, a Prima flower and some dark brown cardstock. I also used a white Signo uniball pen to outline the pennant to give it some pop. I used some embroidery floss to sew the banner onto the paper. An added layer was to use foam squares to pop the letters off the paper. With the layered letters, it really added some oomph!
Thanks for looking! For more of my designs you can find me at http://theseareafewofmyfavoritethings-beth.blogspot.com/

What it means to love you layout

Hello! Michele here to share a layout with you today. This is my very first post on CricutDIVAs and I am excited to be here! Today’s layout features my daughter and why I love her. I hope this will become a cherished page when she thumbs through the old books when she is an adult. Scrapping is about preserving memories and telling our stories. I hope she enjoys this one about her – just her and nothing else.

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The Cricut cuts involved here are:
The title is the font on the Cupcake (a Lite cart – if you haven’t checked out this font, you are missing out big time!) “what it means to you” was welded and cut at 0.75″.  “love” and it’s welded shadow were cut at 1.05″.

The flowers are two variations from Hello Kitty Greetings and were cut at 2″ and 1.3″.
The circle tag is from Doodlecharms and was cut at 1.6″.

To get these sizes just right, I pulled out my Gypsy. I haven’t used it in awhile but it fired right up and connected with my Expression just fine. (I have not attempted to update it recently or link it to CCR at any time. In fact, it’s probably been at least six months since I turned it on!) Don’t you just love how you can make all of your cuts at once on the Gypsy?

Before cutting:

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After cutting:

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Here is a close-up of the journaling, in case you are wondering what it says:

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One last little trick for you. I tied a simple knot around the tag at the bottom of the layout.  To keep it simple and not create bulk with an additional piece of ribbon, I simply sliced the end of the ribbon in two, threaded it through the hole and tied a knot around. This keeps the bulk down in the page protector.

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I hope you have enjoyed my first layout here on CricutDIVAs and I hope you will keep coming back for more!  Feel free to visit me on my regular blog where this month you will see a layout each day as I am participating in Lain Ehmann’s Layout a Day in May 2013!

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

Grandparents

Grandparents hold a special place in their grandchildren’s heart, from the very first sight. In this two-page layout I wanted to capture the essence of the first meeting. My favorite picture is the candid shot of my dad hold his first grandchild for the first time. It was such a special moment. You could feel the love in the room as we introduced her to the family. It is amazing what you can capture with a picture phone, when a camera is not available.

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Grandparents Page 2

Process:

I don’t use sketches often,but here is my process. I based my design on the quote “Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart” ~Winnie the Pooh~ from there I knew I wanted to cut out Pooh (since he said the quote), Tigger (my favorite) and Eeyore (husbands favorite).

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I divided the paper in half for the first page of the layout, then the second page was divided into fourths.I love the polka dot paper from The Paper Company, I wanted to add some fun color to the pages.To divide the secitions with Bazzil Double Scoop Mint Chip paper and Spool O’ Ribbon in Spring Green. The pictures were made to look they were hanging up, I used Doodle Bug sugar coated brads in yellow, and brown embroidery floss.

Hanging Picture Look

Tip: When adding embroidery floss to your photographs, use your Cricut tool kit and punch holes where you want to pull the string through first. Then use an embroidery needle to pull the floss through, tie it in 3 or 4 knots before pulling the tail through to the backside and tape it down.When putting it on the brad wrap the floss around the brad once so it will stay tight. I love how this turned out.

Designed by: Sierra Heath

Cricut Machines & Tools Used: Cricut E2, Cricut Tool Kit, Cricut Craft Room

Cricut Cartridge Used: Pooh Fonts, Cricut Alphabet (came with E2)

Other Supplies Used: Recollections Basic Paper Pack and Butterfly Wings, Doodle Bug Sugar Brads, Bazzil Paper, Embroidery Floss, The Paper Studio Paper, and Spool O’ Ribbon

Come an check out my blog http://creativemindedmomma.wordpress.com/

Farm Raised

We don’t really live on a farm. We have about 40 acres that’s mostly wooded, where we live with our cats. If cats were a farm animal, then I guess with 10 cats I’d be considered a farmer! But we do have a chicken pen, that had chickens in it several years ago. My granddaughter, who just turned 5, decided that she wanted chickens for her birthday in February and they had to be live, so we now have chickens again. I took this picture the day after her birthday and knew that she would have to have a layout associated with it.

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This layout is a mix of different cartridges and layers all put together as a backdrop for my picture. I decided that since the layers would be a mix of patterns, I would go with a solid piece of kraft paper for the base. Then I went through my paper stash and found two different sheets of paper that had chickens on them. I went through again and found some prints that matched the color scheme.

I knew that I wanted a quilted look as the main frame around the picture so after a little searching, I found a doily in the Martha Stewart Elegant Cakes cartridge that I like. I picked doily 1 and sized it to 9.403 width and 9.417 height in the Cricut Craft Room. I used the hide contour and removed everything inside the doily except for the hole in the middle and the holes along the border. Then I cut both pieces of the chicken paper at 6×12 and put them on the cutting mat horizontally. After it was cut, I used my paper trimmer and cut them into slices resembling a pie.

The next cut uses the Mini Books cartridge and I picked HrztIL 13 for it. I went to the hide contour feature and hid the holes on it. It was cut at 7.5 width and 9 high.

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This is a piece that I cut out for a starting point to design around. It’s just cut with a paper trimmer and then I used a corner punch to round the edges. It goes down first on the paper.

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Next I placed 3 of the cut fan blocks so that they fan out.

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Next is the piece cut from Mini Books.

The next part involves placing your fan block pieces where your photo is going to sit. You will notice that they don’t match up at the bottom, but that’s ok because your picture will hide that!

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I mounted the picture on a dark brown mat then positioned it on the blocks.

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Now we come to the Folk Art cartridge! I went to the border section and picked one that looked like rick rack called Hen and sized it to 10.5 width and 2.5 high. I cut it with a light cream cardstock. I placed it under the photo on the printed paper.

Next I started working on the title. I used Country Life and picked the phrase Farm Raised. I put it directly on the CCR mat with no additional sizing. It sizes at 4.222 width and 2.5 height automatically which is about the size I wanted. Next I went to the basic section and found the 2 chickens. I dragged them onto the mat and kept them at the default size. I placed the first one and welded it onto the F and kept the 2nd one the same size as well. I welded it  onto the M and D. I cut it on dark brown cardstock. Making the shadow was not too hard since I had not resized the images. I just chose the phrase shadow and then the chicken images and welded everything together. I cut it from the same cream cardstock that I had used for the rick rack border.

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I attached the pieces together and used pop dots to raise them off the paper.

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I then placed it on the border strip.

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For the final piece on this layout, I used a couple of my Prima flowers and attached them along the side of my picture where you see the gap between the fanned out images and the paper.

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An close up of how the fan blocks look after the picture is mounted.

*Tip: I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink and inked all of the pieces of the layers to add some definition and make them stand out better.

I really think that this was a fun layout to plan and I was able to use several different cartridges and make all the page elements myself. If you like this project, be sure to check out my blog at http://theseareafewofmyfavoritethings-beth.blogspot.com/

I would love to hear your feedback on my projects!

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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If you would like to see more of my work, please visit my blog at ScrappyDIVAblog.com or my YouTube channel.

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!!

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

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