Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Artbooking made Easy Summer Mini Album

7" Fun & Sun Mini Album
Z1906 Cricut® Artbooking Collection
D1546 Frame Flair
Z1911 Designed Décor Frame Kit Stamp Set
C1561 One-Way Borders
X7168B Surf’s Up Paper Packet
X7173B Babycakes Paper Packet
Z1841 Surf’s Up Assortment
Z1873 Sarita Assortment
Z1869 Babycakes Assortment
Z1789 Chalkboard Sheet
Z1844 Color-Ready Trinkets Wooden Shapes
Z1760 Burlap Ribbon
Z1806 Green & Blue Epoxy Bubbles
Z1863 Color-Ready Midtown Cork Shapes
Z1864 Slate Striped Twist Ties
Z1837 Mini-Medly Accents Wooden Collection
Z1815 Mini Clothes Pins
Colors: Crystal Blue, Colonial White, Buttercup, Sorbet

7" Fun & Sun 2012 Mini Album
Z1906 Cricut® Artbooking Collection
C1534 Sightseer
X7168B Surf’s Up Paper Packet
X7167B Later Sk8r Paper Packet
X7163B Chantilly Paper Packet
X7169B Tommy Paper Packet
Z1752 Sparkles Clear Assortment
Z1808 Outdoor Denim Chevron Ribbon
Z1844 Color-Ready Trinkets Wooden shapes
Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim

Monday, September 9, 2013

Artbooking Made Easy: School Layouts

Attention, class! As you saw in our opening video, today’s lesson is on how incredibly easy it is to use the school-themed keys of the Cricut® Artbooking cartridge to make great projects. I’ll be your instructor for the next few paragraphs, and I’m all too excited about our topic!

Recall that there are two image-packed keys for every single theme on this cartridge. They’re designed so you can cut several elements for a page without the guesswork—which is simply thrilling!—but that doesn’t mean you should feel stuck using only the cuts from that key on a single layout. You’ll have the most fun when you mix the two! Pages made of images from both keys will be especially unique, and with some creative stamping your projects will undoubtedly be all your own.

Let’s take a closer look at the A+ layouts you just saw in the video.

I love the versatility of our school-themed overlays and photo mats (you’ll find them, and all other scholarly keys, on pages 68 and 69 in the Cricut® booklet). You can do so many creative things with the individual boxes! Take, for instance, the days of the week calendar overlay.

With the linked dial size at 11", you can cut all pieces on this project at the proportions seen here. The photos of this adorable little guy ready for his first day of school are 4" x 6" and 5" x 7". Don’t you love the way the artist who made this layout chose to attach one behind the photo frame, and place the other on top, with a little foam tape for added pop? Another great stylistic choice the artist made was choosing to list school subjects in the empty slots originally meant for the days of the week. It would be just as fun to list names of teachers, after-school clubs, or cherished classmates! Another idea: try cutting away the days of the week to leave seven empty slots that can be used to focus on academic goals, favorite recess activities, or class pets.

You’ll notice that the ruler shape shows up in many places on these layouts, but never in the same way twice. Just by backing it with different colors, angling it in various ways on the page, and even detaching it from its original photo mat, this page’s artist made a very versatile element. What you see here is a ruler cut at the 11" linked dial size, the colors Crystal Blue, Ruby, Whisper, Goldrush, Pear, and Lagoon. How will you take the images you see here and tweak them to fit your tastes? I’m sure you already have ideas spinning . . . and that’s exactly what I hope for!

This layout was also made with the linked dial size set at 11". The right page features an overlay of nine boxes, used here to picture 3" x 3" photos of four adorable girls. Filling the squares with faces of grade school friends would be just as easy, and a fun keepsake for a child to cherish in later years.

There are so many creative things you can do with all of the keys of the Cricut® Artbooking cartridge, and the school-themed keys are top-of-the-class. Now that you’ve seen it in action in our classroom, you can return to your crafting space and do your homework—if you can call something you love this much “work”.

Class dismissed!

12" x 12" Hello Mr. Smarty Layout
Z1906 Cricut® Artbooking Collection (cuts and stamp set)
X7172B ProPlayer Paper Packet
Z1701 Baker’s Twine Neutral Assortment
Z1848 Red Shimmer Trim
Colors: Crystal Blue, Ruby, Whisper, Goldrush, Pear, Lagoon, Colonial White

12" x 12" Think, Grow, Learn Layout
Z1906 Cricut® Artbooking Collection
D1556 My Acrylix® School Years
X7171B Sarita Paper Packet
Z1869 Babycakes Assortment
Z1850 Lagoon Houndstooth Washi Tape
Colors: Olive, Cocoa, Honey, Juniper, Whisper, kraft


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