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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Christmas Mini Album with CTMH Artbooking

CTMH's newest Cricut cartridge, "Artbooking" makes mini albums so simple.  I made this Christmas album today with only 13 pieces of card stock and had lots left over.  Other than the cs, I used glue, a corner rounder punch, some rings for the binding, and a little ribbon.  That's it.  No stamping, no distressing, no embellishments.  How easy is that?  Of course, you could add many "extras" to the album, but I wanted to show you how cute it is in its simplest form.
I cut a few photo mats like the yellow one here with some of my extra cs. 
The cute little ornament on the left and the overlay on the right are some of the cuts that really make this book festive.  I also love how the words December (on the right) and Christmas (on the cover) flow off the pages.
I used all CTMH cs:  Colonial White, Ruby, New England Ivy, Outdoor Denim, Indian Corn Blue, and Buttercup.
Some of the pages are about half-size, for a little interest/variety.
More cuts and another small page tucked between larger pages.
The last page.  I love the ornament overlay!
All of the pages and images for the book were cut from pages 56 and 57 of the CTMH Cricut Artbooking cartridge directory.  I chose 8.5" as my album size, and as long as everything is cut with that size, everything cuts to scale.  I only used two buttons--one for the images on p. 56 and one for p. 57.  I just had to choose title, photo mat (pages), icon, border, or overlay and the shift key.  Simple and all ready to add photos or give as a gift.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Sand Between Her Toes Card

Both the image and sentiment on this card are from Artistic Outpost's "Boardwalk" stamp set.  I colored the bathing beauty with Copic markers.  The B&T paper (Dakota) and Lagoon cs are both from CTMH.  The black strip of tape is from Recollections, and the embellishments are from CTMH.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Red & Blue Flowers Card

I made this simple card because I saw a card with a similar color palette and liked it.  The cs is all CTMH.  The polka dot background stamp is from InkaDinkaDo and was done with second-generation stamping with CTMH Slate ink.  The outside edge of the white piece was distressed with CTMH Bamboo ink.  The flowers are from an old CTMH set that I'll probably never stop using, Treasurers.  They are stamped with CTMH Pacifica and Cranberry inks.  "Hello" is from Paper Smooches, and the punched ovals are from SU.  The pearl embellishments are from CTMH.

Graduation Tassel Ornaments

Easiest Pinterest-inspired project EVER.  Cheap, fillable ornaments from the craft store ($1-$2 each), remove top and insert graduation tassel, put top back on.  Done in 5 minutes.  And, really, what else is there to do with the tassels? --and they're great memories for Christmas ornaments.  These are Jess's high school & college tassels.  The "08" wouldn't fit through the top opening, so I left it on the outside.  Either way works.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Yellowstone Park Layout

Although not exactly the same, my inspiration for this layout came from LeNae Gerig and THIS layout, which I originally saw on Pinterest.  I used papers from CTMH's retired paper pack, "Victory."  I stamped trees from CTMH's retired stamp set, "Relax" across the bottom of the green B&T paper, and I used another retired set, "Beautiful Things" for the trees silhouetted against the blue paper, then added extra long trunks with a brown Copic marker.  The photos are all matted on CTMH Chocolate cs, and everything is distressed with brown around the edges.  The tag is straight from the office supply store, and I inked it up and added a twine tie.

Unity Owl Card

I did a free make and take of a fall card at a chain store this week that started with a 3" x 3" black card with white ink around the edge.  It was awful, but I did like the concept, so I made one of my own this weekend.

This little owl is from Unity Stamp Company's "Total Cuteness" set.  I colored it with Copic markers.
I used some rockstar red "Sparkly Fluff" from Our Craft Lounge on the wings for some sparkle and fluffy dimension. (Note: The photo shows eyeliner black fluff--I had the caps on the wrong jars.)  I also added some cinnamon Stickles to the end of the owl's eyelashes.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Seattle Smash

Scrapbooking in the car?!  Yep.  On our recent 27-hour road trip from central Iowa to Seattle, I passed some of the time by creating a little smash book along the way.  Here's a picture of me working on my lap.  Luckily the car door had some handy storage areas to help me stay organized.
I started out with this book from Recollections and my new baby blue Fugi Instax Mini camera for instant photos on the road:
I don't recommend this little Polaroid-like camera for all pictures, but it's great when you want to scrap them right away, and the size--about the size of a credit card--is fun.
Here are some of my on-the-go pages.  Admittedly, I finished the book up yesterday, almost a month after the trip, and I used some pictures not taken with my Fuji.  But I only allowed myself the Smash & Recollections embellishments and pens I had along on the trip, and I printed all pictures wallet size to keep with the them of the book.