Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Housewarming Mini Album

Home is where your heart is. Where your family is and where you make lots and lots of memories. I still remember looking for our first house. The first houses we looked at made us think we would never find our "home". We had to expand our search to the next town, but we found the perfect house. We lived there for 11 wonderful years. Now we're in our second house and going on 11 years again. I don't think we'll be moving any time soon, but I do wonder how long we'll be here. Our house now is two stories and I look forward to someday moving to a single story again. If only my son worked closer we could just swap houses. LOL. His new house is a single story and is the perfect layout for us.

My project today is  a mini album that I've been working on for my son and daughter in law. For the front cover I used one of the invitations from their housewarming party.

The chipboard covers were made from the back of paper packs. The ribbon and buttons were all from my stash. I saw a video on YouTube for a mini album using z-fold pages. They were made using two different sizes of envelopes. The video, by Follow the Paper Trail is here:

I love her videos and instructions. I really wanted to make an album exactly the way she did hers, but I didn't have the same envelopes. I ended up using stationary with matching envelopes and thank you cards with envelopes.

It's almost impossible to see the envelopes in these pictures so I'll have to take some more so that you can see what I'm talking about. I'll be back in a couple days with more pictures and more pages.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Little Man Layout

Awe, these pictures bring back some wonderful memories. My "Little Man" is all grown up now and I'm still trying to keep up with him. Where did the years go? These pictures aren't the best quality. I didn't have a very good camera at the time, but I'm so happy to have these pictures. My baby was only 8 months old here.

The Little Man part of the title is using the negative cut. I was going to use the denim paper to cut out the title and after seeing the negative with the black cardstock behind it I decided I liked it better. I used the Cricut Artiste cartridge to cut it out at 2". I cut the words 'on the go' from Artiste at 1 1/2".

The mustache was cut at 1" and is also from Artiste.  Isn't it super cute?

How do you like the corners on my journal box? I think they turned out super cute and they were super easy. I used a Martha Stewart corner punch and a square punch to make them.

I really like the way these corners turned out. I will be using other punches of mine in this same way to see what I can get from them.

The journaling box slips right under the corners and doesn't need adhesive. I love this idea because I tend to be a sloppy writer and sometimes need a new journaling box to start over with. (have you noticed the layouts I've been posting don't have journaling on them yet?) LOL.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Fun Layout

Okay, the 3rd layout is the charm :-) This one is my favorite. Probably because there are so many spots for photos. I tend to take a lot of pictures and need to put as many on a page as I can get.

One of the cool things about the Artiste cartridge is the collection of chipboard pieces that comes with it. To match the chipboard pieces there are clear stamps and cuts on the cartridge to match the shapes. This little pennant was cut from the Dakota paper at 2" and glued to the matching chipboard. After cutting the pennant pieces I cut the word 'fun' at 1 1/2" from the Artiste font. I then added twine to hang my pieces.

The sentiment is another epoxy sticker from Cloud 9. I still have some paper left so I'll be back with yet another layout using Artiste and the Dakota paper pack.


Friday, October 12, 2012

Love Layout

Does this paper look familiar? Yep, it's from the Close to my Heart paper pack called Dakota that I used in my last layout. I also used the Cricut Artiste cartridge for the title and the wing. I Love You was cut at 2 1/2" from page 71. Isn't it beautiful? I will definitely be using that cut again. The wing was cut at 2 1/2" from page 48.

The clear epoxy quote sticker has been in my stash for years. It's from Cloud 9 and came in a package of 10. The blue cardstock that it is adhered to was cut from the Artiste cartridge. Page 71 at 1".

Here is a picture of the layout with pictures added. My two boys. The bottom box will be for journaling.

More to come...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

It's a Boy thing layout

I've been playing with my Artiste cartridge again. At first glance I had no idea that I would use this cartridge as much as I am. This layout is the first of a series I will be posting with the Artiste cartridge and a paper pack called Dakota from Close to my Heart.

I still need to get my pictures printed so I'll have to post the layout with pictures later. For now I wanted to share the layout without pictures. I started with paper from the Dakota paper pack. I then went to my Artiste cartridge to find a title. I found 'It's a Boy' on page 64 and cut it out at 4". The word 'thing' was cut out of the font on the cartridge at 2". I also found the accent pieces on page 43 that match the paper perfectly. I cut them out at 2". 

This super cute pocket was made using a stamp set called Rugged Dude by Close to my Heart. I love it! There are 9 stamps in this set that give the pocket the look that it has. I glued it to my page leaving the top open so that I could slip a tag inside. The tag was cut using the Artiste cartridge again. There are a lot of cute tag cuts on this cartridge. I know you can't really see the one I used but it is from page 33 and was cut at 2 1/2".

I'll be back in a day or two with another layout. My goal is to use up this entire pack of paper so that I don't have miscellaneous scraps to store. If I have some small pieces left over I'll try to use them up on a card or two. Stay tuned to see what I come up with.

I'm back with pictures on my layout...

I still need to do the journaling, but for now I'm calling this layout done. Thanks for taking another look.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Welcome Banner

Time for another banner. You can't have a housewarming party without a Welcome banner can you? This one was super easy and went together very quickly.

For the penants I used the Birthday Bash cartridge and cut out both pieces of the base at 5". The bottom scallop was cut from craft colored cardstock and the top layer was cut using white cardstock. I then stamped some flourishes on top of the white so that it wasn't so plain.

The letters were cut at 2" from the same Birthday Bash cartridge. I then strung the pieces together using white and blue tulle.

After stringing each of the penants together I added small keys between each of them.

The housewarming party for my son and daughter-in-law turned out very nice. We had a lot of fun with family and friends celebrating this huge milestone.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Pumpkin Place Settings and Home Sweet Home

Happy October 2nd. I know I haven't posted in a while. I've been busy with lots of projects, but haven't had time to get anything posted. But I do have a couple of things to share today.

For my first project I wanted to use my new Close To My Heart Artiste cartridge. I just got it in the mail a couple of days ago and I absolutely love it. There's an image for just about everything. With Thanksgiving in mind, which will most likely be at my house this year, I was looking for a way to make place settings. I found the perfect images on page 78. I cut the 3D pumpkins at 4" and 5". The patterned papers I used are from an old paper stack called Femme Fatale by Recollections.

Before assembling them I inked the edges with Pumpkin Pie ink by Stampin' Up. Once the pumpkins were put together I cut the leaves at 4" and 5". I inked the edges with Old Olive ink by Stampin' Up, added twine and a button.

I then cut some of the very cute tags on page 32 at 2". This cartridge has some of the cutest tags, not just the ones I used. Again I inked the edges and then stamped the names of family members using the Close to my Heart Type Face letter stamps.

For my other project today I would like to share an idea I found on Pinterest. (love that site)

This front porch planter was super easy to make, but was a big hit at my son's housewarming party. I used three planters stacked one on top of the other in 3 sizes (largest on the bottom). I then added the words Home Sweet Home cut out of vinyl from the Quarter Note cartridge. Each word was welded using my Gypsy and cut at 3 1/2", 3 3/4, and 4" respectively. I then added my plants of choice and that was it. Super easy. Thanks for stopping by today.
Blessed are the children of scrapbookers, for they shall inherit the scrapbooks.