July is a summer month full of sunny days, fun in the sun, and kick back on the porch and sip lemonade days. There will be plenty to scrap and craft about this month. I thought I would provide a brief list of some holidays and observances you might find interesting or useful during July.
July 1 - Canada Day!
July 4 - Independence Day!
July 14 - Bastille Day!
July 19 - Ugly Truck Day!
July 23 - Parent's Day!
July 24 - Cousin's Day!
July 26 - Aunt and Uncle Day!
July 30 - Father-In-Law Day!
July 31 - Chinese Valentine's Day!
On the local front, please also note that July is Baked Bean Month, Blueberries Month, and National Recreation and Parks Month, and of course, National Hot Dog Month.
Some are more prominent than others. Some are abstract. But they are, nonetheless, holidays...and holidays are especially fun themes to use in our crafts.
You will also want to keep an eye out for new releases of fabulous Cricut products!
Happy Cricuting :-)
Lonna Joy Smoot- Editor, Cricut CHIRP!
PROJECT CORNER AND SPOTLIGHT
|I have been married for almost 4 years to my college sweetheart. Seeing my passion for scrapbooking, he bought me a Cricut and now I'm obsessed! I love making anything and everything from scrapbook pages to cards and whatever else I can come up with!
Amanda's Project: Americana Baskets
Stamped, George and Basic Shapes
For the Americana Baskets, I used the George and Basic Shapes, and Stamped carts. I cut out flowers from 4" to 1.5" and inked the edges using Colorbox Cat Eye Liquid Chalk. I used cardstock as a shadow for the patterned flowers. I also cut out opposites for each so the flower is seen from both sides. The flowers are attached to wooden BBQ skewers. The 'stems' are stuck in styrofoam that is in the wooden box. The foam was then covered with shredded paper.
This week's highlighted threads are:
TIPS TREASURE CHEST - Q: Do I have to finish cutting a full page before unloading?
A: No. You can unload the paper and remove just the pieces you need. You can then reload the paper at a later time and navigate to any open area to resume cutting. NOTE: If you immediately use the same mat again for your next cut, use the "Load Last" button instead of "Load Paper". This will automatically return the cutting head to the last place it was cutting from on the previous cut.
CARTRIDGE EXPLORATION -
I can't believe that July is almost here. Where has the summer gone? I wish everyone a Happy 4th of July. It's time to let my little Cricut Bug (aka "Eddie") work for me; I need to decorate for the 4th of July, and if I use my Cricut and my DesignStudio, then I should be able to create some really wonderful creations. I will share with you next week what my creativity came up with. Another project that has been sitting in my lap is how to organize my Cricut products. I mean, between the Baby Cricut and the Cricut Expression, plus all the cartridges, you can have a lot of stuff there just to scrapbook or other projects.
This project has been sitting on my mind for quite some time because I have a really small spot to play with my Cricut, but in a month I am getting a scrapbook room--yea me! This will really help me to broaden my creative horizons. I love to organize and I can't wait to get my scrapbook room all situated. I posted a thread on the Cricut message board to help me get some ideas on ways to organize your Cricut items. WOW! I got so many different ideas that I wanted to share with you in this Cricut exploration. Here are some of the ideas that I really liked.
*Jenny, aka "paperlover" on the Cricut message board, came up with a great idea. She found this small jewelry organizer at your local craft store and was able to fit all the cartridges on one side and then used the other side to store her overlays and handbooks. Check out this picture on the right.
*ScrapingAnnie from the Cricut message board said she uses a Plano flipsider 714 found in the fishing section and she can get 28 cartridges to fit.?Plus, it's really mobile for when she wants to take her cartridges and go to a scrapbooking event.
*Another idea is from commit2memory from the Cricut message board. She mentioned that she uses a shoe organizer. It was really inexpensive and hangs very nicely on the back of her door. Check out her
picture, and this way you can see all the cartridges very easily.
Currently I organize my cartridges by shapes, Disney, and fonts. They sit on a bookshelf all in order alphabetically. I think I am going to branch out and try a few of these other ideas on ways to organize all my Cricut items when I get my new room. Check out next week and see what I explore in the Cricut Family.
TECH SUPPORT NOOK - Q: What is the Quantity feature?
A: This is a production feature, enabling the user to specify how many of the selected character(s) they would like at the dialed size. The Cricut calculates how many pages this will take and guides the user through loading each mat.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
|"I just clipped 2 articles from a current magazine. One is a diet guaranteed to drop 5 pounds off my body in a weekend. The other is a recipe for a 6 minute pecan pie."??