Thursday, May 27, 2010

Some Recent Layouts

Hi everyone!  Just a quick post today to show you some layouts I've been working on lately.  I have tutorials for all of these layouts but it's just too darn hot up here in my scrapbook room to type everything all out (no AC up here and it's been 80-90 degrees here in CT....) so if anyone has questions feel free to email me.  These layouts ALMOST polish off 2008 with the exception of a two page New Years Eve layout I still need to do, but I'm getting there!!

Honeymoon Layouts:


There we are feeding dolphins at Sea World- fun times!  This layout was done using Life's a Beach and inspired by my all time favorite scrapbooker Monique Griffith -- see her original post here:


This layout was done using Mickey Font cartridge. The sketch was based from a layout in PageMaps by Becky Fleck

Again, I used Mickey Font for this quick 2 page layout.

Christmas Layouts 2008:

Hehe silly pictures!  Someone gave us fake teeth in our stockings that year and this was the result :)  I thought the pictures spoke for themselves so I kept the layout simple.  I used a sketch from Scrapbooks Etc and turned it on its side.  I used Designer Calendar for the "Hillbilly" and Christmas for the "Christmas" (imagine that...)

Yes I just scrapbooked pictures of my crafting (crafting of crafting)......wierd, i know. BUT that Christmas was the first Xmas that I had my Cricut E so I made homemade gift baskets for all my family and was very proud of being able to use my Cricut to make them look nice.  So I just like to keep these pictures to remember when I first got my Cricut :)  Sketch is from Scrapbooks, Etc.


Just some pictures of us opening our gifts that year.  Sketch from Scrapbooks, Etc and gift cuts were from Gypsy Wanderings.

Okay I think that's it :)  Wish me luck with finishing 2008-- so close!!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Beach Themed Wedding Cards

Hi everyone!  I have four wedding invitations to show you today.  My cousin is having a small, beach wedding in July and asked if I would make her invitations (only 10 thank goodness haha).  I accepted and these are the 4 cards I came up with that she got to choose from.  Which one is your favorite?



So these are the cards I showed her, which one do you think she picked?  My personal favorite is number 2 :)  Anywaaaaays she ended up choosing #1 (I like this one too though)!  Since she picked #1 I'm just going to show you how I made that one card but I have photo's on how I made each of these cards, so if anyone is interested I can send information to you- just email me at

The main "envelope" part of this card is a 5.5x5.5 in square with a 2.5in lip in order to hold the invitation.  So I needed to cut some heavy cardstock at 5.5 x 8 inches and then score at 5.5in in order to get the bend.  All steps I did ten times because 10 invitations were needed.

I then wanted a design as the background.  I needed the thickness of the cardstock but didn't want this to be the background of the entire card so I adhered strips of patterned paper to give it some more pizzaz (did I just say pizzaz??).  One of the things I was careful to do with these cards was to measure EVERYTHING out to keep each and every invitation consistent.  If I'm just making thank you cards or something like that I usually wing it or do matting by eye, but since these all needed to look perfect I made sure to keep all cuts consistent.

Background for main piece: 5.25x5.25in
Background for front flap: 5.25x2.25in

I also added some blue striping to the card for some added color

Blue Stripe for main piece: 5.25x2inch
Blue Stripe for front flap: 5.25x1/2inch

And then I also cut out the matting and stamping surface for the seashell stamp

Mat: 2.75x2.25in (tan paper)
Stamp: 2.5x1 7/8in (white paper) and then stamp

So all of these pieces were the main parts of the card. I cut out each piece that I needed ten times and then went back through to all of them and added details. I inked all pieces and added some white faux stitching to the blue pieces. Then I got everything ready in an assembly line and started adhering. The assembly line way is much faster than doing one card at a time (seriously, ask Henry Ford)

I used my Crop-a-dile to add eyelets to the front flap (that go through the entire 'envelope'), the ribbon will run through these eyelets and they'll also serve to keep the 'envelope' closed on the sides.

Once all the 'envelopes' (theyre not really envelopes but I'm not sure what else to call them...) were done I set out on the invitations.  I printed out the information on my computer using resume paper (so a bit thicker) and then matted matted matted that so it would be a thick and hefty invitaiton.  These are the final sizes used:

Text: 4.75x3.75in
Tan Matting: 5x4in
Blue Matting: 5.25x4.25in
Dark Blue Border: 5.5x4.5in (the envelope is 5.5in square, but we lose some width because of the eyelets so the invitation must be thinner than the envelope here)
Backside of invitation: 5.4x4.4in

Again, I cut everything out ten times and then did the assembly line thing


And I also covered the backside of the invitiation (the blue border paper is actually a patterened paper and I didn't like the backside of it, didn't really go with the rest of the invitation, so I covered it) which makes this a 5 layer invite, which gave it just the right amount of heft IMO.

Then I added an orange flower to the invites and a white ribbon/bow to the 'envelopes' and was all set :)  I'll repost the pics in case you forgot the finished product :P

I had to special order some 5.75x5.75 square envelopes (actual ones...) to mail these babies in and once they get here I'll be all done! Sure had fun working on these but now back to scrapbooking! I'm almost done with 2008 (yikes! I am SO behind!)

Hope you enjoy :)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Cricut Chirp and Welding with the Gypsy Tutorial

Well hello, hello everyone!!  It has been a pretty exciting week around here- if you haven't seen yet my "90th Birthday Scrapbook" was featured in the Cricut Chirp!  Very exciting and thank you to everyone who left comments on the thread, in emails, or on this blog- I really appreciate all the kind words :) 

If anyone's interested, see the Chirp newsletter here:

The original blog post can be found here:

In other news, as of this week I am finally in my 3rd trimester!  Time is really flying by now.  The nursery is painted, we have a name, and we're in the middle of attending our birthing classes so it's really starting to feel real!  Getting excited for SURE :)  Can't wait to meet the lil guy hehe

So the reason I'm posting today is not to show a new project (although I do have some to post soon, no worries!) but to attempt to do a photo tutorial on welding letters with the Gypsy.  One of the BIG questions I got many many times from crafters after seeing the 90th Birthday Scrapbook album was "how did you do the lettering" so hopefully this will clear it up for some people.

First of all I used the Winter Woodland font for all the names.  That font is the only reason I even bought that cartridge and I just LOVE it, it's so versatile!  I think a lot of people are surprised it's Winter Woodland because you assume it just works for winter themed projects but it definitely can be used for anything :)

So first get your Gypsy going and select the Winter Woodland cart.  Once that's selected you want to choose the "shadow font" option and type in your word of choice (Baxter is my dog :P ).  If you're not familiar with the Gypsy: when a button is orange (as opposed to pink) it means it is selected.

Then select the "font" button (without shadow) and re type your word.  Once this is done you're going to go back to viewing your cutting mat.  Here you can increase the size of your cuts and depending on the length of your chosen word you'll have to shift the letters around the mat a bit to get everything to fit.  The main point here is to make sure the shadow and font letters are the same size- this will happen automatically if you follow these instructions- so they will layer properly.

Now one of the things I always do when doing lettering like this is to weld the bottom layer (or shadow) into one piece but keep the letters separate.  Then once the letters are glued onto the bottom layer the entire word is only one piece.  This makes it easier to add to a layout- it's only one piece to glue and it stays straight because the Gypsy did the work and cut out the piece straight for you!

In order to do this you will have to double click on the second letter in your "shadowed" word.  This will turn it purple.  You can then use the arrows to the right of the cutting mat view to scooch the letter over until it overlaps with the first letter in the shadowed word.  You only want it to overlap a LITTLE bit, otherwise the separate letters will overlap when you add those.  Then repeat this for all the letters so they all overlap each other just a tad.

Now we can actually weld the letters together.  You will want to click on the "Advanced" tab in the upper right corner of the screen.  Here you will see a welding button (see photo) and when you click it will turn yellow.  This means that the letters are all welded together.  There is a weld everytime there is an overlap in your image.  Before you click this button you will want to make sure that all letters in the shadow background are selected- this means they will all be blue. 

One thing I like to do to double check that the welds are where I want them is to press the "preview" button.  This will show what the cut will look like in red while the overlapped areas are in gray, to show that they will NOT be cut.

Now you're ready to cut!  Welding with the Gypsy is really pretty easy once you've done it a couple times and gotten the hang of it.  Remember: the red is what will be cut, not the gray.  Just load your mat and hit the "cut" button.

Once the pieces were cut I used a makeup applicator sponge and some ink to distress the edges of the letters.

The letters were then glued onto the shadow piece using a Zig two way glue pen and voila!  Thats it :)

I hope this was helpful to some people and please let me know if there are any questions or you need more clarification :)  Thanks again everyone for your great comments and I'll keep the projects coming!