Saturday, August 30, 2008

Bride Book

I thought I knew who gave me the idea for this project, but I can't find the post on the message board. They made a name book for BRIDE and used a princess for the I. I scraplifted their idea with a different princess. If this was you, thanks so very much for sharing your idea.

My nephew (actually double cousin's son) got married a few weeks ago. As his beautiful bride is a fellow scrapbooker, I thought she would enjoy filling this book with memories.

Other than the parts on the princess, I used Bazzill for the the solid papers and Doodlebug Design for the pat
tern paper. Although it does not show well in the scan, the dress is a swirly textured paper and the necklace and crown a silvery vellum I bought at Hobby Lobby. Otherwise, the princess was made with Close to My Heart papers. The pages were made using George, Jasmine for the letters and Happily Ever After for the princess. I had a horrible time with some of those tiny pieces, so I ended up using my pens to make the eyes.

I hope Alaina enjoys it. I gave it to her with a few matching embellishments along with scraps of the paper used for matting, etc. Here's a scan showing all of the pages. And here's the
cut file for anyone interested.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Thanks, Amanda!

A special thanks to Amanda K for her kind heart! Thanks to her sharing storage space, my files are available through a direct download. Amanda has also been helpful in getting me started with my blog. THANKS, AMANDA!!!!!!

Be sure to check out her blog.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Wizard of Oz - Tin Man

JenW of the Cricut message board has a daughter with Down Syndrome. They are part of a new theater group, Angels on Stage, and their first play is Wizard of Oz. As a fundraiser, the kids are making angels. Jen wanted to make the characters of the play into angels and put out a plea for help with her project.

What better way than to use our Cricut Design Studio and the Paper Dolls Dress Up cartridge. Jen asked each person willing to help to design one character as a 5 inch paper doll. By the time I read the post, everything was spoken for except the Tin Man. I went to work on him, and here he is. I'll post another picture when I cut him out and get him assembled. I wanted to get the cut file to those who have been asking for it.

We're sending the cut files to Jen. She will cut the pieces and the kids will put them together. Won't they have fun! I'm sure they'll have a very successful event.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Cricut Storage System

My first project to actually design something with my Cricut and the Design Studio software was a storage system for my Cricut cartridges and their overlays. It was getting rather cumbersome to take everything to crops. I needed a system to get them out of the boxes but still protect them.

Thanks to other members of the Cricut message board, I discovered that the
Snapware Ribbon Dispenser was a perfect size for the overlays and the additional tray would hold the cartridges. However, I did not like the idea of the cartridges jiggling around all over the place. I tried several different things to hold the cartridges in place but wasn't happy with anything. I finally decided to design my own little boxes.

Of course, that led to designing dividers for the overlays and tags to identify the cartridges without taking them out of the boxes. The boxes, dividers and tags were cut with my Cricut from colored file folders. I felt that the file folders would hold up to use better than cardstock. The tags are attached to the cartridges with ribbon by removing the top screw in the back of the cartridge, tieing the ribbon to the screw and replacing it.

Here are the cut files for the boxes and dividers. The boxes file was created using George and Basic Shapes; the dividers file uses Fabulous Finds and George. The tags are cuts from each cartridge. I have them divided into 3 different files: Tag 1, Tag 2 and Tag 3. I do not have a cut for all of the cartridges. You can design your own, but this will give you an idea.

The ribbon dispenser holds approximately 35 overlays with dividers and the shorter tray holds 45 cartridges in the boxes. I've been using this system since February and have been VERY happy with it. It's now so much easier to take my Cricut supplies with me--and SO much lighter. To the left is a picture of the system all put together along with an extra tray holding Stickles, paint and some of my Cricut tools.

Saturday, August 23, 2008


OK, I have no idea what I'm getting myself into. I don't really have anything to say, but I've been looking for an avenue to share my Cricut cut files and other projects. Other people have been so helpful with their knowledge and sharing their files. I may not be as creative or know as much, but I hope maybe I can help someone out along the way. As soon as I figure out how to share files, I'll get a few posted so that my blog won't look so bleak. In the meantime, at least it's no longer blank. :o)