Artbooking in August #1

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Welcome to Artbooking in August!

Are you ready to get creative with Artbooking in August? If you’ve just come from Katy Taylor’s blog, you are in the right place.  If this is your first stop on the Artbooking in August blog hop, please note that each Monday in August, close to 40 talented CTMH consultants will post artwork to our blogs using the Cricut Artbooking Collection and any CTMH paper pack (even those oldies-but-goodies just waiting for new life as an Artbooking project!).  Our challenge is to create 4 different Artbooking projects, including a 2 page layout, card, mini-book, and home decor or gift item.  You are going to get so many ideas for using the Cricut Artbooking Collection this month that you are going to want to follow all of our blogs and set reminders in your calendar so you don’t miss a single page along the Artbooking in August blog hop!  As you hop along, be sure to leave comments to let the artists know you were inspired by her work.

Pajama Party Inspiration

Join the BPC Pajama Party The day before the Cricut Artbooking Collection was released, Big Picture Classes held a Pajama Party where Stacy Julian previewed the collection.  She provided instructions for creating the layout on the left.  During the PJ party, I cut the pieces with every intention of recreating the sample layout.  Yet, my photos were screaming for some nautical flair, so I pulled out my Tommy kit and went to work.    I ended up with a bright layout that really showcases my focal photos.
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If you keep reading below, I’ll share some tips for creating this layout.  Yet, if you are ready to move along the Artbooking in August blog hop, you’ll want to jump back to the beginning and check out Rebecca Altamirano‘s awesome project.

Layout Tips

Artbooking in August--Ulen02To create this double-page spread, I used the Friendship Layout on page 78.  Since I was down to my last sheet of the map paper in the Tommy kit, I cut out an 11″ square from the center of the paper so that it would fit perfectly behind the large overlay.  I used the remaining piece to frame the left side of the layout.  That’s one way to stretch your paper when you get down to the last full sheet in a kit!  You’ll also notice that I created the look of rope on my banner by putting knots in some Natural Hemp.  Love the way that little touch continues the nautical theme.
Artbooking in August--Ulen03To create the look of chipboard on my title, I cut the “You+Me” icon (page 58) from Outdoor Denim cardstock five times and layered each cut.
Artbooking in August--Ulen04I then placed the same cut in White Daisy.
Artbooking in August--Ulen05Finally, I offset the Cranberry piece on top of the stack to create a bit of shadow for the title.
Artbooking in August--Ulen06My last tip is to add dimension to your Artbooking cuts by inking the edges.  I used a sponge dauber and Desert Sand Ink to give my White Daisy overlay a little more character. If you made it this far, thank you so much for reading my first Artbooking in August post!  I hope you’ll leave a comment before heading on over to Rebecca Altamirano’s blog.  If you would like to order the Artbooking collection and you don’t have a consultant, please visit my online store.

Countdown to Artbooking in August

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Artbooking is here!

artbookingMiniAlbumToday is the launch of the Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book and of the Artbooking Cricut Collection.  There has been a ton of buzz online about this collection.  I’ve been playing with it for the past few weeks, and it is worthy of the hype!  Like the other CTMH cartridges, it has 700 images which is amazing in and of itself, but that’s not what makes this cartridge groundbreaking.  What is so revolutionary about it is that each themed layout is linked, so you only have to enter your size or set your dial once, and everything will cut to a perfect size for that layout or mini-album.  It is seriously fool proof!  So, it is perfect for the beginner, but advanced Cricut users will also love that you can unlink the images and cut them at any size you desire using the Real Dial key.

Artbooking in August

blog badge 2To show you how versatile this collection is, 40 CTMH consultants are banding together to bring you the Artbooking in August blog hop!  We will show you how to create layouts and mini-albums since that is the main purpose of Artbooking, but we are also going to share cards, home decor and gift items to show you that this collection is just for scrapbookers.  If you love papercrafting, then Artbooking is for you.

So, how do you participate?  Visit my website each Monday in August to view my project and tutorial.  Then you will simply click on the next link to start hopping from blog to blog.  Remember that we all work hard to bring you great artwork, so feel free to Pin and to leave comments along the way!

CDA2009_Tommy07Are you ready for a sneak peek at my first project?!  I can’t wait to share the rest of this layout with you on Monday!

While you wait, I encourage you to read my newsletter, browse the new Idea Book online, and contact me if you would like to attend my launch party on Saturday, August 3.  This is a must attend event as I’m having lots of giveaways and huge sales on retired product!


Scrapbooking with Cricut and Dream Pop

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hy have I been neglecting my blog as of late you may ask?  It’s because I’ve been busy celebrating National Scrapbooking Month with Cricut and the May CTMH specials, Dream Pop & Pinwheel Stamp of the Month.  I can’t get over how excited I am about this kit!  Here is a quick video about the special from CTMH:

Dream Pop Kit & Cricut ShapesDream Pop

Now, I will be the first to admit that I’m surprised by how much I love this kit.  The colors are far brighter than what I would typically choose for myself.  Even so, I found the perfect photos to match the papers for the Dream Kit Workshop on the Go from a Disney cruise!

Use the Artiste Cricut cartridge to cut these cute pinwheel shapes!Cricut & the May Pinwheels Stamp of the Month

What is even sweeter is that CTMH provided a Workshop on the Go for us this month using this kit and the May Pinwheels Stamp of the Month.  I used the Artiste cartridge to cut the journaling tag and large pinwheel shapes.  Stamping on the Cricut shapes is a snap, but I still had to cut out the smaller shapes for layering.  It’s totally worth the time I spent on this layout, because it makes me happy!

I’ll share more of my Dream Pop layouts this week.  Contact me if you want your own kit and Workshop on the Go directions.

 

 


Dress Up Cricut Shapes

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youreTweet02There is so much to love about being a CTMH Consultant. The thing I love the most is feeling like I’m part of a huge family. For instance, consultants have a private discussion board where we share ideas and seek feedback on artwork. Recently, the fantastic Adeline Brill requested testers for her new Cricut class. I was more than happy to help.

youreTweet01Her instructions were designed for the original Expression, but I have the E2. As an intermediate Cricut user, I like the challenge of figuring out the E2 menu system as it definitely differs from the dials and buttons on the Expression. I’m looking forward to blogging about some of the tips and tricks I learned. I may even try to shoot a video using the Cricut pens since those were new to me!

D1540Until then, I want to share a quick tip for dressing up your Cricut shapes. Often a shape cut out of cardstock can lack the texture needed to make it pop on a patterned piece of paper. To add a bit of dimension to the borders cut with Artiste and Art Philosophy, I stamped them in a coordinating ink using the In the Background stamp set. I love how the subtle color variation adds depth to the border.

April2013-CC-JoinMyTeamThe “You’re Tweet” sentiment comes from this month’s Stamp of the Month, My Sunshine. You can get it (and three others) for FREE by joining my fantastic team and the wonderful CTMH family this month!


Stamp of the Month

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April: My Sunshine (available April 1-30, 2013)

Spend $50 and get this Stamp of the Month set for just $5 (regularly $17.95).

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This stamp set also coordinates with images on the Artiste Cricut cartridge!


Studio J JPGs Meet the Memory Game!

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As a Studio J member, I receive free JPG images of all my purchased layouts.  I’ve had lots of people ask me what I do with those JPG images, so here are a few ideas:

1)  One of the best things you can do with the JPGs is burn them onto a CD or DVD and place in a fireproof safe to archive your photos/layouts.

2)  Facebook, blog, tweet or email the web friendly JPG image to share with your friends and family.

3)  Make additional copies of your JPGs at your local photo developer or drop the image back into Studio J’s “No Limits” layout.  This is good for those layouts that are older than a year since CTMH only archives them for a year.

4)  My favorite use of the JPGs is creating mini-albums and 3-D gift items!

Here is an example of one of my recent projects using the My Creations Memory Game.  To decorate the outside of the box, I inked the edges with Bamboo and cut the Footloose paper to size.  I used Bonding Memories Glue to adhere the paper making sure I got right up to the edges.

Decorating this box was so much fun!  I brought images from the Art Philosophy Collection into the Cricut Craft Room to weld my 2011 together, modify the shapes of the stars to look like starfish, and create the little circles to be used with the Vintage Type stamp set.  I used 3-D Foam Tape to add a little dimension and Liquid Glass to make sure my Wooden Designer Buttons and Baker’s Twine didn’t move.  This little box seriously makes me happy, but then I open it up and it gets even better!

Since it will be easier to demonstrate this technique using Photoshop, I’ll upload a video later.  In short, I resized my JPGs to fit the 3×3 coasters in the game box.  I also stamped the backs of the coasters with the Universal Backgrounds stamp in Creme Brulee and used the My Legacy Writers to add journaling about each layout.


Studio J Tutorial #19–3D Text

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Although I’ve been encouraged by my awesome upline, Carol Thompson, to apply to teach at Close To My Heart’s Extravaganza at Convention, I’ve never had the courage to do it.  I didn’t feel I had anything to offer since I have always been a scraplifter.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m totally okay with that and don’t feel bad at all about my lack of creativity.  In fact, that is one of the things I love the most about Close To My Heart.  They make it so easy for us all to look amazingly creative to our friends and family.  In the greater scheme of our lives, that’s all that really matters.

Yet, then I fell in love with Studio J and started making training videos.  This prompted CTMH to invite me to teach at the Studio J Boot Camp!  It was such an amazing experience and finally gave me the confidence to apply for Extravaganza this year.  Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll share my projects along with some video tutorials.  I love my projects so much that it was really hard to say good-bye to them.  I have to wait until July to get them back if I’m not selected to teach…I think the waiting will be more of a disappointment than not being selected.  LOL!

I’m really sorry this isn’t a better photo, because this layout looks fantastic in person.  I had been thinking about this layout ever since I took these photos of my husband and his friend playing Combat Commander.  It is a hybrid layout that I designed in Studio J.

I had always planned to add the word Combat later, so I designed the rest in Studio J.  This is what the original file looked like.  I then removed the brads and changed the stitching to match the background paper since my plan was to add my own stitching and embellishments.

I did order both copies of the layout, because I knew that I was cutting out an image and adding stitching.  I wanted a backup, just in case!  Once I received this plain copy, I set to work!

I also had fun discovering a new 3D title technique that I share in the video tutorial above.

I cut the map out and added a 4×6 Flip Flap to make room for more journaling.  It makes me happy that I can tell the story I want to tell without worrying about taking up too much room on the page.  
Flip Flaps Rock! 
I cut “Combat” out using Art Philosophy and easily mounted the letters to dimensional elements.  Love how easy our Cricut cartridge and coordinating dimensional elements make creating titles and other embellishments.
My husband gave me a few game pieces from Advanced Squad Leader to embellish the page!  He was worried that people would notice that the markers are from two different games…really?!  LOL…I just wanted colors that would match the layout!
I added stitching, brads, and game pieces to give the page dimension.  

Gearing Up for Emerald City Comicon 2012

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I’m the first to admit that I’m a big geek and one of my passions is Star Trek.  I attend as many conventions as possible and am determined to get my photo taken with all my favorite actors.  As you may imagine, I have a LOT of scrapbook pages devoted to Star Trek; so much so that my friends call me a techno-scrapper!    
I was inspired to create this layout because the 2012 Emerald City Comicon is one month from today, and, yes, I already have my ticket.  I took these photos of Jonathan Frakes & Brent Spiner at last year’s ECCC. The Superhero paper is a perfect fit for Comicon, and I matted all my photos with white daisy cardstock to mimic the look of comic frames. I used the Showtime pattern from Magic and swapped the pages to create the EC*Comicon 2011 title.

 It has been awhile since I embossed anything, so I pulled out the craft heater, black embossing powder, and the Hero Alphabet to create my title.  I also used the Art Philosophy cartridge and Dimensional Elements Numbers to create the date.  I really appreciate that CTMH prints the size to set the Cricut directly on the packaging for the dimensional elements (and stamp sets).  It makes it so easy to cut the perfect size every time!


I popped up the photos and journaling block and wrapped our new Baker’s Twine around them…I love this stuff! I had fun finishing off the look with a couple of the Comic Badge Buttons.

I’m applying to teach at Convention this year, and I almost didn’t want to send this layout because I wanted to keep looking at it.  I will get it back, but, if I don’t get selected, I won’t see it again until July!  I wish these photos were better.  Oh well.

Here is my journaling:

Every time I look at this photo from the 2011 Emerald City Comicon, I’m struck by the similarities in our features.  This could be a photo of us posing with our favorite uncles.  Yet, here we are with Jonathan Frakes & Brent Spiner.  I’ve met them both at previous cons, but this was the first time I paid for a photoit was totally worth it.  After the picture was shot, I turned to Brent and said, “The first time we met, you shook my hand; may I have a hug this time?”  He responded, “I thought that’s what we just did.”  I grinned and said I wanted a real one and moved in for a full frontal hug.  He looked at Neal over my shoulder and said, “She gets what she wants, doesn’t she?”  Yes, I do!


Seriously, doesn’t it look like they could be our uncles?!

Calling all Cricut fans!

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Calling all Cricut fans!

If you haven’t had a chance to check out Close To My Heart’s Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, you are missing out!  This versatile cartridge has 700 unique images and is perfect for card makers, scrapbookers, and home decor enthusiasts.  I honestly didn’t think I needed a Cricut since I had a Silhouette, but then I saw this cartridge and was sold.  Now I’m the proud owner of two die cutting machines…LOL!

Book a party or workshop with me in October to see an Art Philosophy demo and make-n-take or project.  If you can’t wait that long–and, frankly, who can blame you!–follow this link to purchase the Art Philosophy bundle on my website.  It comes with 3 exclusive coordinating stamp sets and Dimensional Elements chipboard shapes.  I could not be happier with this bundle!

As if that wasn’t enough, Jeanette Lynton is sharing a Shape-a-Day from  Art Philosophy on her blog this month.  Be sure to visit it daily to admire the beautiful artwork such as this cute card which was posted on the 1st!


A Big Thank You & Celebration

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I haven’t posted for a couple weeks, but now I’m back with a huge thank you to all of you who voted for my Super Stars layout.  I won 2nd place in Close To My Heart’s Studio J Free-for-All contest!  You know what that means?  I’m passing my winnings on to you!  Visit my blog and Facebook page often as  you never know when I may have a 5-pack or two to give away.

Although I was disappointed in missing convention this year, there is so much to celebrate.  I had an amazing time in Hawaii and am counting down the days until the new kits are released on Studio J so that I can scrapbook my photos.  While at convention, CTMH consultants were able to celebrate the announcement that CTMH now has a Cricut cartridge!  Well, as I had not spent all that extra money at convention, I figured this was the perfect time for me to get a Cricut, too!  So, all’s well that ends well.  Here is a little video to whet your appetite.  If you would like more information about our Cricut package, please free to contact me.


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