Monday, January 6, 2014

The transformation of my Baby Album

It all starts with those sticky photos albums you now the ones.  Well in time, that sticky backing can really damage your photos.  These are original photos and they are now very dry, so pulling them off will be tricky.

My first attempt to re-create my Baby album started about 12 years ago.  I didn't now too much about scrapbooking and the only source of inspiration were books and the Michaels craft store .  I was introduced to CM, their tools and the art of preserving memories was definitely a step in the right direction.  I was encouraged to be bold and use my original photos.  So, I started cutting them in circles, ovals, using fancy scissors, oh dear!  


Needless to say these were all originals and looking at them now, I really don't like the circles. So now what?

One more thing, I was working with a 4x4 photo format. I felt limited and I couldn't get inspired, what was I missing?

I wasn't going to give up, I was looking for a source of information, inspiration and innovating designs that would stand the test of time.  I moved on to a scrapbooking philosophy created by Jeanette Lynton the Founder and CEO of Close to my Heart.  I love the papers, the embellishments but most of all I love the support.  Close to my Heart has help me grow and learn awesome new techniques.  I love how Jeanette will always try new things but the fundamentals remain the same.  Understanding the importance of memory keeping.

I'm going to keep these circles, as a reminder to be bold and try new things. But in the future, my originals will have a date with my scanner.  Unlike, my kids I have about 20 or so photos to preserve for my entire Baby album.  We now take 20 pictures per day and that's just of them eating ice cream.

I will finish this album, as I move on and explore a fun way to preserve and create the great pages. Look what you can do using the Cricut Craftroom Room and the Artbooking cartridge.

Using the Artbooking cartridge, you can load your virtual Cricut mat and play with your pieces until you get it just right.  No more wasting cardstock or paper.  By adding each piece on it's own layer starting from the bottom up you can see the almost finished product.

One last thing.  I'm using a retired CTMH 9x9 Album, remember I don't have allot of photos and they are small.  I started this CCR project at the standard size 12x12.  Once I was finished I selected the entire page and sized it to 9x9.  Pretty cool, right!  You don't need to do this but you can.

You can also play with the colours, I'm using Garden Green, Smokey Plum, Bamboo and New England Ivy.  I modified the layer colours to see what it would look like.  Again pretty cool.

So don't be afraid to grow and learn new things. By scanner my originals and playing in the CCR using my Artbooking cartridge, I now feel confident that this Baby Album will come together nicely.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

It's National Papercrafting Month

You'll be on Cloud Nine with this very cute cardmaking kit.  Follow this link for more information.  This is a great afternoon project.  In just a few hours you can complete 10 great cards. I added some Desert Sand ink distressing on all pieces but the overall project is the same.

OK, so what are you going to do with your leftovers...

Huntington - Monthly Workshop

My take on the Huntington workshop on the Go, using an alternate background pattern paper as your base pages, you get a very different look.

Workshop Layout 1 - featured in the workshop kit

Modifications made to the original layout:
  • Use the Huntington Champagne B&T Duos paper for base pages, trim decorative border and set aside 
  • Use Huntington Slate Brocade B&T Duos paper, for pieces A,G,J & P 
  • Use Cocoa for C,E,L & N 
  • Use decorative green border for B & K 
  • Use Oliver for F & O 
  • Use Champagne for D & M 
  • Ink distressed all pieces with Cocoa (except for the F & O pieces those are ink distressed in Oliver) 
  • Stamp “Life Is” with Champagne ink on Colonial White cardstock; trim. Stamp again with Olive trim arrow 
  • Stamp “Sweet” with Olive ink on Colonial White cardstock; trim adhere with 3D foam tape 
  • Stamp “with you” with Olive ink on Colonial White cardstock; trim 
  • Modify the sentiments with Cork Alphabet
Workshop Layout 2 - Reflections Title Topper – Equal Portions

Assembling details: 
  • Use Cocoa cardstock for base pages 
  • Use Huntington Slate Brocade B&T Duos paper for piece A(x2) 
  • Use Cashmere cardstock for piece B(x2) 
  • Use Desert Sand piece C cut one 2”x9/1/4” & one 2”x7-1/4”, stamp wood image with Cocoa ink on Desert Sand cardstock pieces; trim one end of each at a diagonal 
  • Use Huntington Barn Red B&T Duos paper cut 2 1-1/2” x 8”, Trim one end of each like a pennant 
  • Use Huntington Slate Geometric cut one 1”x6-1/2” & 1”x5-1/2”, Trim one end of each paper to a point 
IMPORTANT cut one inch off your 12x12 to create 12x11 for the third layout, do this for both pages. 
  • Stamp title with Barn Red ink on Colonial White cardstock; trim 
  • Stamp sentiment with Cocoa ink in lower left corner of left page 
  • Journal on Colonial White cardstock strips, as desired 
  • Embellish and journal, as desired
Workshop Layout 3 - MIFYH vol.2 pattern 05 page 14

Assembling details: 

1. Use diagram from the MIFYH vol.2 booklet page 14;
2. Use Barn Red cardstock for your bases;
3. Use Huntington Slate Geometric for pieces A &B;
4. Use Desert Sand for pieces B&I;
5. Use Huntington Barn Red for pieces E,K&O;
6. Use Cocoa CS for pieces C,E,J&M
7. Use Olive for piece D cut 8-1/4x1, cut 2 pieces;
8. Ink distress all pieces including photos using Cocoa;
9. Stamp the following flowers and leaves using Crème Brulée, Autumn Terracotta and Barn Red
  • Large flower stamp 3, use the Rock & Roll technique with all three colours 
  • Small flower stamp 3, use the Rock & Roll technique with all three colours 
  • Small flower stamp 4, use Slate 
  • Croissant petal shape stamp 2, use the Rock & Roll technique with all three colours 
  • Large leave stamp 8, use the Rock & Roll technique with Crème Brulée, Olive & Cocoa 
  • Small leave stamp 4, use the Rock & Roll technique with Crème Brulée, Olive & Cocoa 
  • Smallest leave stamp 3, use Olive 
  • Trim all, ink distress the leaves with Slate and the Flowers with Barn Red 
10. Cricut Pieces

  • Colonial White cut @ 2-3/4” Accent3<3>.p33 
  • Cocoa cut @ 3-1/4” Accent 3<3>.p33 
  • Stamp title on Colonial White Piece using Vogue Alphabet with Cocoa and Red Barn ink

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Disney Countdown

If your kids are like mine, once you tell them you are going on a trip they can't stop asking.  When, how long, how many more days til the trip???  This is a special one! So, let the countdown begin.

Our countdown starting on Christmas Eve.  It 's a full Disney adventure from the Disney theme parks to a cruise on the Disney Fantasy, heck I'm excited.

Just in case you want to make this project, here are the materials used:

Cricut Cartridges
1. Mickey & Friends 
Minnie cut @ 6" using Creme Brulee, Cotton Candy, Black, White Daisy and Champagne
Mickey cut @ 6" using White Daisy, Black Champagne & Twilight

2. CTMH Artist
Large tag:B - accent 3 - shift - cut @ fit to page using White Daisy
Circle: i - card - cut @ 2" using White Daisy
Scallop: Boo - accent - shift - cut @ 2-1/2" using Twilight
2014 cut @ 1/2" using Twilight

3. Mickey Font
countdown cut @ 1" using Black
2 cut @ 1-3/4" using Black
Disney cut @ 1-1/2" using Twilight
mikeytag cut @ 1-1/2" using Black
numbers cut @ 1/2" using Twilight and Cotton Candy

***all cardstock used are CTMH***