School Mini Album

Hi there and welcome! On the heels of the fantastic mini album posted by Lori on Monday, I have another mini album to share with you! This mini was created for our in-home daycare caregiver as the end-of-the-year card from all of our families. Each year I make her something and this year I went with a mini album.


This mini was made with my Cricut Expression and a regular cutting blade. I used a thin cardboard for the base of the shapes. I put my blade length on 4, pressure max, and multi cut 2. I’ve never had any problem cutting chipboard (or food boxes) with this setting.


I used papers from the DCWV Grade School stack. I like to stick to one stack for these sorts of projects because while the papers can be greatly different, they all fit together somehow. Each shape had a paper cover the front, which matted the photo and a piece cut using the flip setting for the backside of the shape.


I then chalked the edges in black and sealed them with Glossy Accents and added a sprinkle of white/clear glitter for fun.


If the shape had an available place, I put the picture there, if not, I tried to make it fit with the shape as much as possible. Here is my daughter’s page, which was the most difficult, getting the star shape to work with a 4×6 photo.


The last shape was a notebook page and served as a place for me to write our thank you note.


The shapes I used were:

Crayon 2 – Locker Talk – 6″
Pencil – My Community – 3″
Puzzle piece – My Community – 5″
Star – Doodlecharms – 6″
Glue – Locker Talk – 6″
Backpack – Doodlecharms – 6″
Apple – Doodlecharms – 6″
Notebook page – Locker Talk – 6″

I hope you have enjoyed my mini and if you have any questions, please ask in the comments and I will try my best to answer!

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Baseball Pennant

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Hi!!!  Lori here from ScrappinMyStressAway and I am so excited to share my very first CricutDIVA post with you today!!
My middle son is graduating from High School in just over a month (sniff, sniff). He is also a baseball player (catcher) and I have been working very hard at making his graduation party decorations.
I was inspired by a post on Pinterest to create my centerpiece.
I started with my Gypsy Girl and opened a 12×24 mat.
I used the shadow of this pennant from Locker Talk sized to width 15.24 x height 7.12.
Once I sized the shadow layer to 7.12 inches, I put all of the pieces for the banner on layers of my Gyspy all sized to 7.12 inches.
I used watercolor paper to cut out the base of my pennant. Watercolor paper is very sturdy and it cuts well on the cricut.  I use it for banner flags and mini album pages too.
I used multi-cut of 2 and the blade depth at 5 (which is the depth I use for cardstock).
I put the pennant in the next layer of my Gypsy, sized the same. I wanted the pennant to be white and the tassles to be blue, so I hung the tassles off the mats.
I cut out two in white cardstock, one for each side.  I trimmed off the edges and adhered one piece to each side of the watercolor paper layer.
In Gypsy Layer 3, I put the tassels, borders and the numbers from Varsity Letter sized to 2.28 inches.
I cut them out in blue paper (I call this shade Titan Blue for my son’s high school).
In Gypsy Layer 4, I put the baseball layer from Boys Will Be Boys sized to 6.15 inches.
On the bottom half of the mat, I put the numbers from Varsity Letter sized to 2.28 inches.
I also put the graduation cap from Recess sized to 1.82 inches.
I cut out the baseball in white cardstock and the rest in black cardstock.
I decided later I wanted a second graduation cap so I copied and pasted one to the next Gypsy layer along with the base of the baseball. I cut them out in black cadstock.
I opened a final Gypsy layer and kept the eyeball open on the tab so I could see the baseball base (shown in grey). I copied the baseball onto this layer and sized it to 6.74 inches to create a shadow. I cut the layer out in blue cardstock.
I adhered the blue tassels on the pennant. I cut several strands of twine and tied a knot in the center. I used my ATG gun to adhere them to the blue tassels. Once adhered, I trimmed the edges of the twine.
I used my Sew Easy to punch holes in the border piece. I used the red and white twine to stitch around the edges.
I pop-dotted the border piece to the pennant.
I adhered the baseball layers and pop-dotted the number 8 (Tyler’s jersey number) and the graduation cap to the pennant.
I used a liquid glue pen to adhere blue and white twine to the edges of the pennant.
Here you can see the dimension.
On the other side of the pendant, I adhered the numbers and pop-dotted the second graduation cap.
Before I adhered the border to the pennant, I used ATG to adhere a wilton cookie/cake pop stick to the pennant. I reinforced the stick with some tape.
I pop-dotted the border on with an extra layer of pop dots to account for the height of the stick.
Here is the reverse side of the pennant.
This will be a fun center piece for one of the food tables at Tyler’s graduation party.
Thanks for stopping by today!
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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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