Tool Tip Tuesday: Cricut Craft Room

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Tool Tip Tuesday:  Artbooking & Cricut Craft Room

overlayLayoutI love scraplifting from the Close To My Heart Idea Book (this comes from page 48 of Spring Summer 2014).   My tool tip for today is for all you E2 Cricut owners.

The overlay is cut from the Artbooking Cricut cartridge.  I could have easily sent several different patterns through my Cricut and pieced together this project, but I wanted to save paper since this Timberline kit is so darling…I don’t want to waste a scrap!  As E2 owners will attest, cutting on scraps is not nearly as easy as it is with the regular Expression.  Far too many screens to navigate.  At least the view screen lets me know exactly where to place my scraps!

Cricut Craft Room To The Rescue

CricutScraps01Yep, gotta love the Cricut Craft Room!  I used the hide contour feature to hide everything except the pattern that I wanted to print.  I then placed scraps of paper on my mat following the guide in CCR.  I sent the mat through my E2 and got perfect pieces every time.

CricutScraps02I inked the edges of all my little pieces and then put them in the overlay.  I’m really happy with the way this page turned out!

Leave a Comment for a Video & CCR File

overlayFinalLet me know if you would like to see a video of the process with a free CCR file download.  I’ve had some severe back pain this week and haven’t been able to sit much, so I wasn’t too excited about creating a video.  If there is an audience for it, I’ll do it once my back starts feeling better.

overlayCloseThe good news about having back pain is that I’ve been standing for most of the week.  That has kept me off of the computer and spending more time scrapbooking at the high table in my craft room and at the kitchen counter.  I have been a ridiculously productive scrapbooker this week with 5 2-page spreads and this single page!  Go me!  With that said, I am looking forward to feeling better.


Close To My Heart Studio J Intro

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Tool Tip Tuesday:  Studio J

If you have spent any time on my blog at all, you know that I love Studio JStudio J solves a lot of problems that people have when it comes to memory keeping.  The biggest complaint…lack of time!  Studio J has Express Collections that allow you to complete layouts in minutes by simply dropping in your photos and adding a little journaling.  It really does not get any easier than that.  The other problem that it solves is a perceived lack of creativity.  If you don’t feel creative, start with the Express Collections.  Soon you will gain confidence and move on to the regular templates which allow you to modify color choices and more.  Eventually, you will want to try your hand at the No Limits layouts and design from a blank canvas!  Studio J also saves you money.  A double-page spread (aka Layout) is only $6.95…that’s it!  You don’t pay for kits, embellishments, templates, or software.  You simply pay for the layouts you receive in the mail.  It’s an amazing savings over other forms of digital scrapbooking.

Studio J Introduction

I uploaded several of my Studio J videos on Curious and created the following video as an introduction to my course.  I’m currently creating a new course that will be exclusive to Curious, so stay tuned for more information!

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Save Money on Studio J Layouts in March!

The good news is that you can save even more money on your Studio J layouts this month…they are only $5!  The bad news is that the month is 1/2 over.  Check out the following video from CTMH for more information:

Studio J Portfolio

To really get the most out of this memory keeping tool, I invite you to view my Studio J Portfolio for more ideas.  Don’t forget to watch my other tutorials on YouTube.

 


Tool Tip Tuesday: Interactive Pages

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Tool Tip Tuesday

Welcome to my new blog series, Tool Tip Tuesday. Each Tuesday, I’ll post how I use some of my favorite tools and supplies for memory keeping and papercrafting. Have tools in your stash and need some tips on how to use them? Leave a post on my blog or Facebook page, and I’ll see what I can do to help.

Interactive Pages

sparkle-shine01There are so many ways to create really fun, interactive scrapbook pages. Close To My Heart’s how-to book, Magic, has lots of ideas to make your albums more interactive. Even when you keep your interactive layouts simple, as I’ve done in this project, you need some basic tools:

Keep It Simple with WOTG

sparkle-shine02I like to keep my purchasing habits simple by getting a Close To My Heart Workshop on the Go each month. The kits come with a full paper pack, extra cardstock, two full packs of embellishments, a D-size stamp set, and an instructional brochure. All this for only $29.95! Most kits range in value from $40-42, so these kits are a huge savings. Plus, it takes me the whole month to use the kit—that’s always my goal, anyway—since it comes with so much product.

The kits are only available for the life of the Idea Book or while supplies last, so I suggest getting your favorites early.  Also, some kits such as Sparkle & Shine (shown here), are only available for a short time when we have special mini-catalogs.  I stocked up on extra Sparkle & Shine paper packets, so I’ll be good for awhile…LOL!

Get More Photos on the Page with Flip Flaps

interactive1One of the easiest ways to make your layout interactive also helps you get more photos on the page! I use the Close To My Heart Flip Flaps to add more photos or additional journaling. In this case, I printed a bunch of 2×2 photos to remember our Christmas 2012 photo shoot. One of the hidden photos is of me being a total goof ball and another is a bit blurry. I still wanted to include it in the layout, because it tells the story of my mom, sister, and me marching around the house to Christmas music.

Tool Tip Tuesday: Flip Flaps

howTo4Flip Flaps come in a variety of sizes. I like the Small Assortment, because it comes with 4 each of 2×2, 3×3, 3×4, and 4×4. Those really are perfect sizes for adding photos to regular or pocket-page layouts. I do have a few tips for working with Flip Flaps:
1) There is additional plastic on the adhesive side of the Flip Flap. Use your paper trimmer to trim that bit off. I also use my scissors to snip the corners to get rid of additional plastic and make the adhesive a little less obvious. I forgot to do that with this project which bums me out a little.
2) When adhering the Flip Flap directly to your page protector, make sure you know exactly where you plan to place it. The adhesive is strong, so you don’t want to move it around once it has been placed. Also, really rub the adhesive strip so you don’t see as much adhesive on the page protector.
3) My preferred method is adhering the Flip Flap directly to the project and sliding it through a slit in the page protector. This is where the tools come in handy!

Slicing Your Page Protector

I don’t recommend this technique on cheap, flimsy page protectors. The Close To My Heart page protectors are very sturdy and don’t rip or tear easily. Even so, you can minimize ripping by following these instructions:

1) Place your layout in the page protector.

howTo12) Mark the start and end points of your Flip Flaps with a stylus or bone folder.
3) Remove the layout and insert a small, self-healing mat.
howTo24) Use an eyelet tool to punch a small hole on the spots you marked.
5) Using your craft knife and ruler, cut a slit between the holes on top of the self-healing mat. You only want to do this on one side of the page protector, so make sure it is facing the right direction and that you have a mat inside the pocket.
howTo36) Repeat as often as needed. I did this three times for my little Flip Flaps.
7) Place the layout back into the page protector and gently feed the Flip Flap through the slit. If using large Flip Flaps (e.g. 4×6 or 6×6), it is better to add the photos/journaling AFTER feeding the Flip Flap through the slit. The really large Flip Flaps (e.g. 6×12, 4×12 & 8×12) work better on the outside of the page protector.

Make Any Page Interactive with Hidden Journaling

interactive2One of my go-to techniques simply requires a bit of 3-D Foam Tape. Create a pocket by mounting a photo with foam tape on three sides only. Put another photo or journaling on a piece of cardstock and slide it into the pocket. I cut a small pull tab with the Artiste Cricut cartridge (page 37) so my reader will know there is something hidden behind the photo. I decided not to put a slit in the page protector since it is so close to the top of the page.

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Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I hope will leave a comment letting me know what you would like to see on Tool Tip Tuesday. Also, let me know how you make your pages interactive. I would love to see your creation posted on my Facebook page.

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Re-inker + Artbooking = Love

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Artbooking Love You Mini-Album

Make your own background paper using this great re-inker technique.

One of the things I love most about going to Close To My Heart events is the ability to see artwork up close and personal.  I absolutely fell in love with this mini-album when I saw it at the Artbooking Album Retreat in October.  Close To My Heart had several tables filled with artwork from the Artbooking Made Easy video series.  I took photos of every page of this mini-album because I love the colors, style, re-inker technique, sentiment, stamps, Artbooking shapes…really…everything about it.  Well, minus the binding.  I’ve never been a fan of loosely bound albums.  When I recreate this, I’ll remove the holes from the pages in Cricut Craft Room before cutting and then use my Bind-It-All to bind it with coils.

Artbooking Overlay using the Re-inker Technique

Artbooking makes it easy to cut the pages, overlays, photo mats, and icons for a wide variety of layouts and mini-albums.

It’s nice to be able to take detailed photos of the pages to capture the details I may miss in the video.  For instance, the photo to the right includes the heart overlay (Artbooking pg. 48) that uses the re-inker technique described in the video below.  It also includes black stitching on the hearts that I may have missed without seeing the page in person.

You can get these sneak peek privileges by joining my Studio Scrapping team and attending the Close To My Heart convention or other regional events with me!  Ask me about the exciting event taking place in Sea-Tac at the end of February…you don’t want to miss it!

Now, on to the Artbooking Made Easy video.

Re-inker Technique

There are so many great re-inker techniques that range from simply dying ribbons/flowers to creating your own paper by pairing re-inker with shaving cream or marbles.  Paper crafters are a creative bunch!  I’ve used re-inkers as watercolor with a paint brush, but I hadn’t used a sponge dauber to paint or create giant paint splats before.  Check out these awesome re-inker techniques in the Artbooking Made Easy video below:

Re-inker Technique Creates a Paint Splat

Create giant paint splats by saturating a sponge dauber in a re-inker and water mix and “splat” on your page.

Do you find this re-inker technique as amazingly fun as I do?!  It makes me want to create splats in every color of re-inker I own.  I have 41 re-inkers, btw…I felt the need to count them all!

Re-inker and Spray Pen

Use re-inker with a CTMH Spray Pen to create your own mists to perfectly match your projects.

Another re-inker technique used in this mini-album but not mentioned in the video involves creating mist by mixing re-inker and water in the CTMH Spray Pen.  There are so many fun and trendy looks you can achieve with mist.  When I’m misting, I also like to use a small paint brush to dip in re-inker and water to create slightly larger splats of paint that aren’t quite as large as the sponge dauber technique.  Simply fill your brush with re-inker and water, tap the handle against your hand, and watch the splats of ink fall.

Artbooking overlay on top of re-inker technique

Paint a portion of the background page using the re-inker technique and cover with an Artbooking overlay.

The key with these techniques is to expect it to look messy.  Once you start adding photos, embellishments, and journaling, it will start to look the way you want it.

Please leave me a comment below to let me know how you plan to use these re-inker techniques!  Once you make something, feel free to post your project on the Studio Scrapping Facebook page.


Celebrate National Papercrafting Month

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I’ll be on Cloud 9 this weekend!

I have been so ridiculously busy this school year, I really haven’t done much scrapbooking or papercrafting.  Luckily, I have my two Close To My Heart clubs and my crop group that each meets once a month, so I get to play with pretty paper at least three times each month.  I decided that I’m going to celebrate National Papercrafting Month while my husband and his friends are watching the Seahawks game on Saturday by putting together the Cloud 9 kit.  I’m really looking forward to playing with the new washi tape and teal shimmer trim that are sneak peeks from the Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book which will be released on February 1 (contact me to get a copy).  I’ll post my cards and anything else I make with the leftover kit on Sunday.  Until then, take a look at this video.  Remember, the kit is only available this month and while supplies last, so be sure to click on the shop button on the right to pick up your kit today!  On second thought, you might need to wait until tomorrow since the CTMH site is down for several hours tonight…LOL!

So, how are you celebrating National Papercrafting Month?  Leave a comment below to let me know!


Makes Me Happy Free Printable

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6 Things That Make Me Happy!

Make Me HappyThe Rediscover Close To My Heart campaign makes me happy, because they are providing us a free printable download every month!  This month we get to download 5 journaling prompts:  20 Fun Facts About Me, 6 Things That Make Me Happy, 4 Foods I Love, My 3 Greatest Blessings Are…, and This Makes Me Laugh ‘Till I Cry.

I opened the file in Photoshop and cut out this card and added my journaling.  I can now drop this into Studio J to create a digital layout.  The other option would be to print the page of prompts and use my own handwriting.  I’m looking forward to February when CTMH releases pocket pages with 3×4 sleeves…the perfect size for these journaling prompts.

You’ll notice that I didn’t include people in my happy list.  I did that on purpose and even had to go back and replace “Scrapbooking with Friends” with “Singing in the Car!”  I like my friends enough not to sing when they are in the car with me.  🙂  I’m taking Inspired Scrapbooking with Stacy Julian and I want to spend my time this year scrapbooking more than the events.  Don’t get me wrong, I love event scrapbooking and am not giving up on it, I simply want to expand my story telling and use some of my older photos.

Watch this space later in the month when I start sharing sneak peeks from the new Idea Book.  You’ll see what I have planned for the Picture My Life program!


National Stamping Month 2013

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You Are My HappyNational Stamping Month is Here!

That’s right!  It is time to break out your stamps and get inky!  Close To My Heart is making it easy for us with this darling stamp set trio, You are My Happy.  It is only $10 with a qualifying purchase.  Check out this video for a look at the stamp set and some projects you can make when you get your hands on this great set.  Mine will be here on Wednesday…I can’t wait!


Artbooking in August #4

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Artbooking Blog HopThe End of My First Blog Hop

Well, I have to admit that I’m a little sad that our blog hop is coming to an end with this 1/2 completed project!  I was busy at a Star Trek Convention in Seattle this weekend and ran out of time.  I’m posting this anyway, because I think it shows you that Artbooking makes even a partially completed project look good.  It helps that I’m using some of my left over Dream Pop papers as they are super cute! 

If this is your first visit to my blog and the Artbooking in August Blog Hop, know that nearly 40 consultants were challenged to create four projects with the Artbooking Cricut Collection this month. We posted either a layout, card, home decor, or mini-album on each Monday in August.  I’m far more proud of what I posted earlier in the month, so be sure to check out the other projects on my blog. 

If you are coming from Jody’s blog, you are in the right place.  Now, let’s finish out the Artbooking in August Blog Hop with a little look at how easy it is to create the pages of a mini-album.  I used keys 3 & 4 on pages 40 & 41 to created the base pages of an 8×6 Snapshots Mini-Album.  

 When you set your page size to 8″, all the other elements will cut at the proper size.  The overlay and title are great examples.  I encourage you to save all the “bits” from your overlays, because they just might come in handy later in your project.

BlogHopMiniAlbum02For instance, prior to adhering the circle overlay to the cover, I used it as a guide for placing the leftover circles on the inside cover.

BlogHopMiniAlbum03Here is where the “decorations” end…LOL!  Yet, look at how awesome the right page looks as a result of the cute Dream Pop paper.  I loved lined paper because it makes journaling by hand so easy.

snapshotsMiniAlbum04The Artbooking Snapshots Mini-Album also includes pocket pages.  Close To My Heart’s fantastic, double-sided patterned paper makes it easy to create darling pockets every time.

snapshotsMiniAlbum05I backed the “My Favorite Photos” flags in black and then added a little Liquid Glass to give them the look of epoxy stickers.  This is such a fun and easy technique.

BlogHopMiniAlbum06Here is a 2nd pocket page style.

BlogHopMiniAlbum07There are even little envelopes you can create to store fun little treasures in your mini-album.  I used a Hook & Loop Dot to keep the flap closed.  I can see creating a bunch of these for My Crush Album, as well.

Even though our Blog Hop is coming to an end, I will finish this album and post it later.  Until then, continue on with the Artbooking in August Blog Hop by visiting Rebecca’s Stamp & Scrap Studio!

Remember, if you ever get lost along the way, visit this page for a list of all the blogs on the hop.

 


Artbooking in August #3

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Cricut Craft Room and ArtbookingArtbooking Blog Hop

Can you believe it is already the 3rd installment of the Artbooking in August Blog Hop?!  Where is the summer going?  As a teacher, I’m seeing these days fly by and realizing that I have so much more to do before school starts.  I need to budget my time wisely these last couple of weeks, so that’s where the Cricut Craft Room comes in handy!  I knew that I wanted to complete a display tray for my home decor project as part of the Artbooking in August Blog Hop challenge.  I pinned a bunch of ideas to my Printer’s Tray board on Pinterest, yet none of the ideas were exactly what I wanted.  I knew I wanted to use the Surf’s Up paper line and Artbooking (of course!), so, I opened up the Cricut Craft Room and created a tab for each color in the kit.  I then placed 3×4 blocks on the page to represent my display tray.  Once I started pulling in the Artbooking images, the design fell into place in no time!  

Cricut Craft Room and Artbooking Display TrayFor those of you joining me from Katy’s blog, welcome!  You are in for a big treat today, because not only am I going to write about this project, I’m going to share a video tutorial and free CCR file!  I can’t wait to see your projects and hope you will post them on the Studio Scrapping Facebook page

The video below walks you through the steps I used to create this project in the Cricut Craft Room, so I won’t go into a lot of detail here.  What I will say is that it is so easy to work with images from different cartridges if they are linked in Cricut Craft Room.  Once it comes time to cut, you don’t even need the cartridge in the machine when they are linked.  This is such a great time saver!

Cricut Craft Room and Artbooking Display TrayAs you can see from this screen shot of my Cricut Craft Room file, it looks very similar, I only changed a few of the color blocks when I was putting the final project together.  I’m so happy with the way it turned out!  In fact, when I showed it to my husband, he said, “Oh, that’s nice!”  That was seriously high praise from him!

Cricut Craft Room and Artbooking Display TraySo, now for some detail shots.  I cut the banner, tree, and tree top out of a used cereal box using my deep cut blade.  I then cut the same images from cardstock.  This allowed me to add more dimension to my project and made the tree sturdy enough to flow off the edge of the display tray.

Cricut Craft Room and Artbooking Display TrayI cut the tree out of chocolate cardstock but felt it needed something, so I pulled out the stamp set from the Huntington WOTG.  I stamped the woodgrain on the trunk in 2nd generation chocolate.  It is super subtle, but it gives enough texture to make it look like a tree.

Cricut Craft Room and Artbooking Display TrayThe only other stamping I did on this project was on the sun.  I cut it from the Surf’s Up Gold and then used a stamp from Patterned Pennants (it’s the same one I used on my card last week…I’m a fan!).  I used honey ink so it isn’t as orange as the patterned paper that comes in the kit.  I finished the sun off with a yo-yo from the Surf’s Up Assortment.

Cricut Craft Room and Artbooking Display TrayI used foam tape on the grass and flags to make them pop.  One of the things that I want to do on my next display tray is to add more depth to the various rectangles.  I think it would add some really cool visual interest.  Everything else was adhered with Liquid Glass.

Cricut Craft Room and Artbooking Display TrayI finished off the project by adding clear sparkles.  Just that little bit of bling makes me so happy!

If you don’t want to watch the video below, you can hop on over to Rebecca’s blog for more crafty goodness.  Remember, if you ever get lost along the way, visit this page for a list of all the blogs on the hop.

Cricut Craft Room Tutorial & Freebie!

I’m so excited to share my video tutorial and CCR freebie with you.

 


Artbooking in August #2

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Artbooking Blog HopWelcome to Week 2 of the Artbooking in August Blog Hop!

If you are joining me from the super talented Scrappin’ Katy, you are in the right spot.  This week, 36 Close To My Heart Consultants are taking on the challenge to create a scrapbook layout, card, mini-album, or gift item using the new Artbooking Cricut Collection.  I gave myself the added challenge to “shop my stash.”  I put away all my new products and dug deep to come up with papers I haven’t used for years.  They are so old, I can’t remember the name of the kit!  That really is one of the things I love best about Artbooking, it is breathing life into papers I was getting ready to donate to my school.

Sunburst Overlays 1Artbooking Overlays

Of the 700 images on the Artbooking Cricut Collection, nearly 90 are full or half page overlays!  The overlays range from themed for holidays/seasons to geometric shapes used for everyday projects.  The Cricut book suggests that you cut the overlays at 11″ for a full page layout, but don’t forget that you can use the Real Dial Size to cut your overlays to fit your projects.  That’s exactly what I did for this Hello card.  I designed my card in Cricut Craft Room, but you don’t need it to modify the size of your overlays.  Simply hit the Real Dial Size button and set your dial to 3″.  This will give you a 3″x6″ sunburst overlay to fit the front of your card.

Sunburst Overlays 2My final card measures 3.5″x6.5″.  I placed the sunburst overlay onto a rectangle of blue patterned paper and mounted them both onto 3.25″x6.25″ White Daisy cardstock.  I used foam tape to adhere it all to my card base.

Sunburst Overlays 3Since I used our older, lighter weight paper, I cut the sentiment several times to make the title stand out more.  This experience reminds me that I really love the weight of our patterned paper!

Giving Overlays Character with Stamping & Stitching

Sunburst Overlays 4Whenever I cut overlays out of cardstock, I feel like they are a little flat.  I want to add some dimension to the overlays through stamping or inking.  In the case of the sunburst overlay (page 81), I added stamping using the Patterned Pennants (D1534) stamp set.  I masked the center of the sun and the border of the overlay so that only the rays of the sun were stamped.  I love the contrast that this provides even though I stamped tone-on-tone with Buttercup ink

sunshineCard05This stamp set also had the perfect sentiment to use with the overlay!  On my next card, I’m going to move the “You’re a ray of” to the left a bit so it doesn’t overlap the “sunshine.”  But, frankly, I spent way too much time on this card to change it now!

Sunburst Overlays 5So, you may be asking, what took so much time?  Hand stitching!  Our new Stitch Guide (Z1852) made it really quick work of punching holes, and the new 15″ Foam Mat (Z1859) is amazing!  Even so, stitching by hand takes time.  It was totally worth it though, because I love the look of this card!

Sunburst Overlays 6Thank you so much for visiting my blog; please feel free to leave a comment and say “Hello”!  Then click on over to the start of our blog hop at Rebecca’s Stamp & Scrap Studio!  If you get lost along the way, be sure to visit this link to see the entire list.

4 Stitching Techniques Tutorial

Watch the following tutorial to learn 3 more techniques to add stitching to your projects in addition to hand stitching!


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