Whether it's a trip to another country or simply a weekend getaway to a favorite destination, travel is fun. We return with souvenirs, photos, and memories. Many times our souvenirs and photos can spark pleasant "mental re-runs" of adventures from or details of the vacations of yesteryear or even last week. Call me silly, but I like to keep certain sentimental items like receipts, ticket stubs, concert programs, venue advertisements, bus schedules, rocks, candy wrappers, a.k.a. (junk) from the various parts of the globe which I have visited and use them in my scrap booking along with my photos. (I'm not alone...you probably do it too!) Sometimes the smallest things evoke the most vivid recollections. I want to share these with my family and friends in an organized but entertaining format. My Cricut is a perfect companion for helping me achieve this objective. The possibilities are limitless.
Happy Cricuting :-)
Lonna Joy Smoot- Editor, Cricut CHIRP!
PROJECT CORNER AND SPOTLIGHT
|Julie Rhea Lewis|
|I am a rural gal that enjoys life. I have 4 wonderful kids, a great husband, and a very fun little dog. I purchased the Cricut machine 2 1/2 years ago and have enjoyed it every day since I have had it.|
Julie Rhea's Project: Applique Quilt
ZooBalloo, George and Basic Shapes
|This is a great way to cut out letters to applique. I used the Zooballoo alphabet to cut out baby Claire's name at 4 inches. I cut it out on scrap paper, then used the letters as a pattern to cut it out of fabric and them applique it to the quilt square. Once the quilt was finished I made a matching tag from chipboard to match the personalized quilt. I covered a 6 inch chipboard rectangle with coordinating striped paper and sanded the edges. Then I used the George and Basic Shapes to cut out a 4 inch rectangle, from rectangle 2 on green card stock. I then cut out Claire's name again from the Zooballoo cartridge, this time from pink paper at 1 1/2 inches. I glued the name to the green tag. Next I sewed a pink stitch 1/4 inch from the edge of the green tag. Then I glued the green tag to the chipboard tag, added ribbon and hung it from the bag the quilt will be delivered in.|
This week's highlighted threads are:
TIPS TREASURE CHEST - Typing Directly on Cuts
Today's tip comes from message board member BrendaWilson
. Thanks for the great tip!
"Hi all, take a look. I wanted to make a do's & don'ts booklet for babies for my friend who will be a first time mom.
"I used syi cart. Then I had this brilliant idea. I created my design in DS and used my markers in the E machine. Then I scanned it into my word processing application and positioned the wording inside the design. Then I printed 'just the text' without the design. I then put my printed sheet on my mat and cut the design. I was very pleased with the outcome."
CARTRIDGE EXPLORATION - Graphically Speaking
A few weeks ago my roommates and I went camping for the end of the summer vacation. We went up in the mountains, put up the tents, and started a fire to cook dinner in. I was really looking forward to this trip because I wanted to learn how to cook over a fire. I also needed a break from the real world and this was just perfect. Now my challenge is to capture the trip in my scrapbook pages. This is where my DesignStudio
came in handy. I copied my friend Kendra's idea and developed my layout on a 12 X 24 mat. This way I when I cut the images out I have two 12 X 12 pages and the other great thing about the software is that I can create the whole layout on the screen and see it all before I cut anything out. Another note is if you run out of 12 X 12 mats you can always cut a 12 X 24 in half for those emergency scrap sessions. I created my titles and where I am going to place my photos--it was so easy to use the software, I love it. Attached is the cut file
My goal in designing a scrapbook layout using the software was to merge the two new Cricut cartridges in my layout. In doing this I created a log fire using the "X" from "Extreme" and the flame from the Icon button in Graphically Speaking
. I created a tent using the image from "P!ay hard" and 2 rectangles from any blackout image. My titles came form Storybook
and I am pretty proud of them. I really like the fonts that are on this cartridge. Now for the hard part--or maybe the easy part. Yes, I have to cut everything out and then assemble. I've included my DesignStudio layout out incase anyone wanted to copy it. You may want to change the titles but that should be an easy fix. Oh and by, the way I came up with a name for my DesignStudio, I've decided to call him "Freddie". Now I have named my software and my Cricut--crazy me.
You're probably thinking "what about we crafters who don't have DesignStudio?" Well, the camp fire can still be created by cutting the "X" and then turning it on its side. You can still cut the flames out and glue them on top of the "X" so that the image together looks like a campfire. The leaves from "Storybook" can still be layered on top of each other to form a tree hanging over the edge of the page. to cut the rest of the images or background images for your photos. I copied Kendra's cardstock paper layout. I placed different colored cardstock in quarter sections on the mat. Then as I cut the other images and titles I can scroll to the correct colored of paper that I want.
I was really pleased with my layout and now I need to print my photos and then add them to my layout. I can't wait to see the finished product. What would I do without my "Eddie" (aka Cricut), and my "Freddie" (aka DesignStudio)--hummm. Check out next week!
TECH SUPPORT NOOK - Q: What is the Flip feature?
QUOTE OF THE DAY
|"Behind every successful man stands a surprised mother-in-law." |
~ Hubert Humphrey