Cricut Layout Fun!

Do you have a Cricut (or Silhouette)? I enjoy using my Cricut on my papercrafting projects, but this layout really made me happy!

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This uses the Prickly Pear Workshops Your Way – but with just a little twist.

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The original design for this page had a floral background – that just didn’t work with these pictures. So, with a quick flip of the Background & Texture papers – I had colorful diagonals!

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The embellishments for this layout included the title “Enjoy Today” and cacti – which didn’t really go with the shoe theme. It was a simple fix to cut a new title in Glacier cardstock, using the Artistry Cricut Cartridge but I wasn’t really sure what to add to the bottom right page.

I got lucky when I found a free shoe print image! With my Cricut I was able to import the image. Then I cut it out of Sapphire cardstock, backed it with Glacier and now I had an embellishment that kept with my theme.

In case you’re wondering about the picture of just the shoes – those are my feet in a pair of shoes my son has outgrown. What a fun role reversal – and just in time for my layout!

I hope you’ve found inspiration today!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

 

 

No Worries Layouts

I’ve been using the Scrapbooking Workshops Your Way for over a year now and I really do enjoy the great layouts and how easy they make it to get great pages done quickly.  This month we’re working with the No Worries Scrapbooking Workshop Your Way kit. These papers have a beachy/boardwalk vacation theme & they were perfect for a trip my husband and I took to Hawaii many years ago.

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These kits come with the paper and great coordinating embellishments like the Complements (a mix of stickers and die cut images), Sequins, and Burlap Ribbon. You can download the guide from my CTMH website (while the product is current) or I keep copies on my FB VIP Page – just check out the files section and you can find retired guides.

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Sometimes I make a lot of changes because the layouts don’t really fit my photos.  But this month, I only adjusted the photo sizes/positioning.

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So how long did it take me for these layouts – about 2 hours! Seriously! I had everything cut in 30 minutes – the cutting guide is so well designed. The hardest part, for me, was figuring out how I wanted to arrange the pictures. So actually putting the layouts together took about an hour and a half.

These pictures were taken during the ‘non-digital’ era (as my boys would say – “Back in the 19’s”). They were also developed at  different locations so they had different sizes, and finishes. Working the 3×5 photos into ‘today’s’ 4×6 and 3×4 formats did take a little creativity. For example, the two 4×6 photos on the right hand page were scanned from 3x5s and then reprinted in 4×6 (thank goodness for home scanners/printers!)

So – if you’ve got some beach vacation pictures you want to scrapbook – check out this Workshop You Way and you’ll be finished in no time!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

You can find more details about this kit at gerri.closetomyheart.com

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More Than Layouts

I talk a lot about Workshops Your Way – especially the scrapbook kits.  I really like these kits because they have everything you need to get layouts done quickly.

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The part I often overlook in the Scrapbook Workshops Your Way are the additional cards included in the cutting diagram.

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If you look in this picture  – you can identify the card cuts in 2 ways. First – the layouts are all numbered 1-3, so any cut numbered above 3 is for a card.  Second, the card cuts are a darker shade. So, if you don’t want to make the cards – just skip those cuts.

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These three cards in the picture above,  feature the card making stamp set that coordinates with the paper packet.  Sometimes, though I don’t want to buy something else.  In these instances, I try to find a stamp set in my stash that will work.

You can see how with just a few tweaks, I was able to use the same card patterns, but adapt them for the birthday cards that I wanted. I used the April SOTM Flock Together (S1704) and Hi Friend (A1198) for the first card, and Circus Birthday (B1533) for the last two.  The ‘Happy Birthday’ on the middle card is from the Hooked On You (B1535) set (I’ve found this set very versatile!).

Since these were for my card class, I only made one of each, but when you follow the WYW cutting guide, you will have the pieces for multiples which helps you make better use of your time.

There you go – the Scrapbook Workshops Your Way are a great value for both your money and your time.  Create the optional card projects and you’ve got an even better deal.

Enjoy!

~Gerri

Additional Products used can be found at gerri.closetomyheart.com:

Dreamin’ Big Adventures

My last few posts have been about organizing your photos.  Whether or not you’re a scrapbooker – preserving those photos is important.  It has been said that this generation takes the most pictures (therefore the value of a photo has decreased), but it will be the generation with the least photos preserved because they are not valued (Here’s a great article about this from Mike Yost Photography!).  So, if you need to tackle your photo stash, check out these two posts for some ideas (Where to Start? – Digital Photo Management and Where to Start (Part 2) – Piles of Pics).

Today we go back to some artwork.  Since the last two posts have been about organizing photos – here’s how I preserve mine.  I love to scrapbook.  At one time, I felt like I was ‘behind’ but as I worked through those pictures, getting them on pages, I realized that I really loved reliving these memories (cute boys, no back-talk!)  Also – have some time between the events and making pages, allows me to have a bigger picture take on my thoughts and the events.

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Today’s layouts use this month’s featured paper Dreamin’ Big.  I thought these papers were great for capturing some of our outdoor adventures.  I used the Dreamin Big Workshops Your Way kit (G1121)  which includes the Paper Packet, Complements, Sequins, Whisper Thick Twine & extra cardstock..  I decided to use different layouts than were included with the kit guide – not that there was anything wrong with those, I just wanted a little something different (and the challenge of not just following the directions).

My starting point was the Make It From Your Heart, Volume 2 pattern book (item 9042).   You can find lots of sketches on the internet and in books.  They are great to use as they are, or they can be a great jumping off point for you to bring in your own ideas.  I like the CTMH pattern books because in addition to the sketches, you get measurements for cutting and placement, pictures of actual layouts and variations, and ideas for adaptations.

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Layout 1 started from Pattern 10 – it uses two 3 x 3, one 3 x 4, and three 4 x 6 photos.  I used this layout to document a hike I took with my family in PA.  I always loved the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and wanted to share this with my boys.

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One of my favorite pictures in this layout is of my youngest son walking in the opposite direction from everyone else.  Even before he was 2 years old – he was going his own direction (against the flow!!).  Had I scrapbooked this back in 2007 – I would not have known this about his personality and wouldn’t have been able to talk about it in my pages.

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Layout 2  started from Pattern 5 – it uses two 3 x 3 and three 4 x 6 photos to document my Happy Place – the green of PA!  Although I haven’t lived there for over 30 years, I love to go back to visit my family.  Since moving west (New Mexico and now Utah) – I have really come to appreciate the green!

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Layout 3 started with Pattern 3 and uses five 3 x 4 and one 4 x 6 photo.  This one documents a fun hike my boys and I did a few years ago over Spring Break.

If you have some adventures to document (and let’s face it – life in general is an adventure!) – be sure to check out these fun papers before they’re gone on April 30th!  If you would like the cutting guides for these layouts or the original WYW guide – join my VIP Customer Group on Facebook & they will be in the files section.

Enjoy (you’re adventures or documenting them!)

~Gerri

Products used (besides basic papercrafting supplies – this is really all I used!  The WYW Scrapbooking kit had everything I needed).

 

 

Happy Mother’s Day! (a little early)

Or Thank You… these are the sentiments in the exclusive stamp set for the Cardmaking Workshop Your Way kit using Sugar Rush paper, dots, & white twine.  This is the first cardmaking WYW that I’ve tried and I love how quick, easy & versatile these cards where.

The cutting guide for these cards make it so that you can use either stamped sentiment interchangeably – which really saved my brain because I was trying to figure out what I would do with 6 Mother’s Day cards (I guess I could make them for my boys to give to me – LOL!!)

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Each cardmaking WYW comes with an exclusive B-sized stamp set that’s only available by purchasing the kit.  This set has some great additions that I’ve used on other cards (the hearts, and little splash drops)

This kit comes with 2 sheets of patterned paper (pink on one side, grey on the other), 1 sheet of White Daisy, 1 sheet of Raspberry cardstock, a package of white twine, a package of Sugar Rush Dots, and 12 white card bases with envelopes.  All you need is a paper trimmer & adhesive to make 12 cards. card-wyw

 

I thought these cards were a great addition to my card class, and this is a great stand alone kit.

Enjoy!

~Gerri

City Sidewalks Workshop Your Way

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These are such FUN Christmas papers!  I love the bright, non-traditional colors like Lagoon & Peacock and I love how well they coordinate with the beautiful green & red that we’re used to around Christmas.

This Workshop Your Way adds the City Sidewalks complements and Washi Pack for great embellishments to accent your photos.

I used these layouts to document capture our trip to California in 2003 (wow – that was so long ago!).  This was the year we got 2 Christmases.  We were in PA for Thanksgiving & celebrated Christmas with my family and then went to CA to visit my husband’s family.  My son was about a year and a half and he had lots of fun getting to know his cousins and hanging out with his aunts & uncles.

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This is one of my favorite papers – love the word search letters in the background.  If I was documenting a Christmas that actually had snow – I’d use my journalling pen to circle ‘dashing through the snow’!  I’ll have to go back and see if I can find any other words to circle.

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This green background paper is great for Christmas or non-Christmas fun!

These Workshop Your Way layouts are part of my November class series – November – City Sidewalks – contact me if you’d like more info!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

Supplies Used – this project is simple – everything you need is included in the Workshop Your Way kit – available through 31 December (or while supplies last!) at gerri.closetomyheart.com

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City Sidewalks Workshop Your Way Kit