Sunday, March 29, 2015

Work Bulletin Board

I am the Controller for a pediatric and elderly care group of businesses.  This is in home care, so we don't see our nurses very often.  In one of our staff meetings it was decided to start recognizing our nurses in a way that we thought would be fun for us and awesome for them when they stopped by to get paperwork, etc....  The idea was thrown out that we put up a bulletin board honoring our nurse (or nurses) of the month.  Well, when the idea moved forward, I jumped (really I was leaping in utter joy!) at the chance to be the creative force for the board and use my new Cricut Explore.  I do need more practice and it was so very fun deciding the design for the first board.  I have so many ideas, however I only have 24" X 18" to work with so for the first board I kept it a bit simple.  Unfortunately the board has not arrived yet and should be here early this week, so you are not getting the full affect.  However I laid it all out on the floor to take a peek at what it will look like now that everything has been cut and adhered together.  This is what I came up with:

This sure did not photograph well on the floor but hopefully you get the idea.  Everything was cut with my Explore.  "nurse of the month" and "thank you" are in the company colors, green and orange for the shadow.  I used Platin Schoolbook and Gypsy Wanderings.  The names are also Plantin Schoolbook and I used pink and black to make the names so they would not meld into the design.  You can also hopefully see I added a few rhinestones.  The butterflies and the little bear with butterflies were print and cuts layered twice for dimension and are Imagine images.  I own them all, so I am not sure from which cartridges they are from.  I did these because we are in Spring and I thought the little bears were a bit nurturing, like our nursing staff.

I hope you liked my project and I inspired you to get those Cricut Machines out and start crafting!  Please leave me a comment and tell me what cool projects you are making with your Explore!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Scrapbooking Using Sketches

Are you a scrapbooker that needs inspiration, or do you march to the beat of your own drummer?  I am one of those people that see scrapbook layouts dancing in my head and I have never sought out other layouts for my inspiration.  My pages just come to me.  Yesterday I actually tried scrapping using a sketch.  My thought behind it was to try something a little different and see what it was like.  It was actually a lot of fun!  Since I had a "map" to follow, all I really needed to do was choose my papers and embellishments.  This was the sketch I used:

This sketch is from ScrapMuch?.  I thought this would be an interesting way to do my pages a little differently and add some fun to my scrapbooks.  This time I pretty much stuck to the sketch, however next time I will probably add some tweaks that will bring more of me to the forefront.  This is the completed layout:

I am actually going to add one more element to this page on the bottom.  I am going to do a journaling block, however I did want to show what the completed page looked like with just the sketch elements.  The embellishments are Three Birds and Dazzles, the ribbon is American Crafts, and the papers are American Crafts and Bazzill (which is now also American Crafts).  

I hope you enjoyed my layout using a sketch.  Leave me a comment and let me know how you approach your scrapbook pages.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Title Pages: Scrapbooking

Do you make title pages for your scrapbooks?  I sure do!  Every scrapbook I make whether it is my life, for someone else, specialized, etc... has a title page.  What I love about making title pages is that I can convey the "feel" of the scrapbook even before you crack into that first page.  I get so excited when I end one of my own personal scrapbooks and get to start a new one for a couple of reasons.  The first is because I am making some headway in my scrapbooking.  The second is because I get to start my own personal title page!  I enjoy it so much because it is the one time that is all about me and my favorite things, and no one else.  That is not to say that I don't craft with my favorite things, it just means that all my pages aren't green (my favorite color), I use red (not my favorite color), and I need to "live in the moment" of the photos and not in "my moment".  I completed one of my personal scrapbooks this afternoon as it was way too fat and heavy to go on, and also completed my title page for my next scrapbook.  Here it is:

So here is a few of my favorite things! I love, love, love Anna Griffin so my border paper is hers and the large floral embellishment is also hers from her Antique Botanical Die Cut Kit.  For me flowers, butterflies, and bling are the end all be!  So I also have that going on along with the color green which is my favorite from the palest greens to the deep colors and everything florescent too!  I always put my name on my title pages so that generations to come will know these books are about my life.  I used American Crafts DYI thickers.  My name was done in Tim Holtz Distress Glitter and the accents were done with some micro fine glitter I found in a little baggie in my craft room.  The butterflies are Martha Stewart and K&Company and the bling and ribbon are from my stash.  The other thing I really love about my title page is I don't use any photos so I feel like a little kid just decorating away.  That makes title pages so much fun as you don't have to figure out what photos you will use and where to place them on the page.  Although I sure do love working with photos too.

How do you approach your title pages?  Do you get excited when you start a new scrapbook too?  Tell me what you do, as I am sure everyone who reads my blog would love some new ideas!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

It's Snowing!!!!!

This is what it looks like right now at my house:

It's snowing and the whole state of Maryland is pretty much shut down.  It is supposed to keep going into the evening.  The company I work for did not open today so I thought this was a perfect day to do some scrapbooking and play with my Cricut Explore!

I just finished this page of my daughter's baby shower in June 2013.  I am really trying to catch up on my personal scrapbooks but as long as I keep taking photos, I think I will always be!  Here is my scrapbook page:

The paper and ribbon are Fancy Pants, the punching is Martha Stewart, the embellishments are Recollections, and the title was made using my Cricut Explore and Design Space.  I would like to make some more items with my Explore for my pages however I tend to pre plan my pages out except for the title, so I am working on that stack until it is time to plan out the next several pages.

Do you pre plan your pages?  I never use to.  I would just pull the next group of photos for my next layout and then start selecting the papers and then add embellishments as I built the page(s).  I have found that by pre planning, I get to spend more time at my craft table at one sitting.  I have a sort box and will start pulling the photos and then select the papers and embellishments and put it in the box, and go on to the next set of photos and so on.  I usually pre plan around 10 pages and sometimes that is my crafting for the day, just getting those pages/colors decided on.  This actually helps me when I go to crops.  I will grab my sort box with everything in it and grab my bag of tricks (adhesive, scissors, rulers, craft knife, trimmer, etc...) and go!  I am looking forward to planning my next pages so I can add in more embellishments from my Cricut Explore.

I hope everyone on the East Coast in the path of this storm, is staying warm and cozy!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Cricut Explore Scrapbooking

My Cricut Explore is starting to become my new BFF (best friend ever)!  The more I play with my new machine, the more I think of things I want to do that I had struggled to do in the past with my Cricuts.  If you checked out my last project, you will see this one is more of the same.  However this one has a little secret that I will reveal because unless I told you, there is no way you would know what I!  This is my latest project:

I used my Cricut Explore to make the title and the butterflies (discussed in my last post).  I also cut the frame for the bottom left photo using my Explore as well from Elegant Edges.  I don't think that the green paper with the postage stamp cut conveys well, however it is green with little blue polka dots and is so stinking cute.  To match the blue in the paper, I cut my title paper in pale blue to make it a bit "matchy, matchy".  What is the best part?  The pale blue paper that my green postage stamp paper is mounted on is doing double duty.  This is the piece of cardstock where I cut out my title and frame from.  Check it out:

This is the back of my scrapbook page.  I figured why waste an entire 12 X 12 piece of paper for a few cuts?!?  Especially since I use Creative Memories albums and mount my pages down, no one will know but me, well and now you too.  This worked perfectly since all I really needed was the outer edges of the blue cardstock to show.

I hope I have inspired those of you with your Explores still in the box to unpack them and play!

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