Sunday, May 24, 2009


You know, sometimes we forget about the simplest designs and what they can do for us.

While trying to design a title page for my latest Minnesota album, I wanted to use some chipboard letters that I had but also wanted to use a particular piece of paper. My problem was that they were both rather busy. I finally decided to remove all of the letters and place them in a circle and work from there. My large CutterBee Curvy Cutter circle template turned out to be the perfect size. I placed them on a solid piece of paper (CTMH Vanilla Cream) to help neutralize the patterns.

After placing the letters, I realized that the CutterBee wouldn't allow me to cut the sizes that I needed. Back to my trusty Cricut.

As I had already placed my letters, I had to do some test cuts and adjustments. My suggestion to anyone else doing this is to cut the papers first and then work on placing the letters. I've readjusted the file so that the circles cut directly in the middle if you place your paper without offsetting it for the cut lines. I was very pleased with the results. (Remember that my scanner cuts off the bottom edge.)

I also used circles on a layout in the album.

Again, nothing but circles making a great design. (I believe this layout started with a sketch in Imagine.)

I don't know that anyone needs the files for these, but I'm including them just in case. I'm also including a file of circles that fit the round coasters. I don't have an example for this as I've given away or packed away all of the ornaments I made with these.

Title Page Circles

Layout Circles

Coaster Circles

I hope everyone is having an awesome weekend,


cal8007 said...

Hey, thanks for the "simple" circles. I get lazy some times and would rather use someone else's work to get me going.


Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Cricut Freebies Search List, under the Template(s) post on May. 25, 2009. Thanks again.