Saturday, June 27, 2009

Chester's Train Layouts

Here are the layouts for my grandson's scrapbook. The Thomas paper was so busy I didn't really need much cut from the Cricut. I did use the Martha Stewart Train punch to boost a few photos. All with DS with some Graphically Speaking, some base camp, and some stickles.
thanks for taking a look!

Delaney's wordbook

This is the photo book for our Thomas Trip for Delaney - made as a name book. Some tags are journal tags and some photo tags fit behind the 'pocket photo' that I made with chipboard attached with pop up dots.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Have you visited this site for The Cutting Cafe ? You can get some really great digital stamps here for just a few dollars! Well worth the visit to browse the galleries.

Happy crafting!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

TILT... in Design Studio

Did you know that you can tilt your work in Design Studio? This comes in so handy when you want to weld letters for word books and are working with one with a 'wide top' and skinnier bottom (t) In the lower left corner of the letter you are working on (or element) you will have a curved double ended arrow. Use that to TILT your placement. Great fun and keeps thinking from getting too static. Plus if you know me, I prefer tilts and curves to straight lines anyway!

Also I just figured out I can use Graphically Speaking FRESH word and implant 'Man" to make FRESHMAN for the University book. Good thing I have it 'done' --- of course it is hard to keep my hands off it... keep wanting to add more to it. Poor Amanda would have no place for her photos or memory tags!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Off to University gift...

seemed like I couldn't get moving on a graduation wordbook, so figured that one with the University name might be more useful at this point! Amanda is having her grad party in July, so thought I could get away with making a university album rather than a grad gift. I also added some "Questions to Ask" about your family history from that I figured could nudge conversations with roommates and new acquaintances. A great tip - sometimes the open letters of a wordbook get a little tipsy... so I cut some of the plastic from cricut packaging and made a clear back up for the G the double n's and the final n to give them greater structure. Barely visible even with the flash and makes a better project.

Freezer shirts with 7 year old

Wanting to try out the freezer shirt method from the Cricut messageboards. GD , age 7 was down so we first did the favorite animals shirt with giraffe on the front and elephant on the back. Then she was curious about design studio so we got going and put seven ice cream cones along with her name and two sparkly hearts. Notice the cherry stems freehanded? gotta love it! We did talk about how wearing a shirt with your name on it might not be a great idea... and she totally got it! For the ice cream shirt we used doodlecharms, and Plantin Schoolbook. Zoobaloo for the giraffe and elephant. We used acrylic paints with Fabric Texturizer (also sold in the acrylic section) as our medium with some detailing with sharpies.

Friday, June 12, 2009

two more altered art journals

Here are two altered journals that I made for my assistants at school. Used graphically speaking for the majority of the cuts. These go together fairly quickly. I could see altering a few of these and leaving a spot for the personalization. They could even be modge podged except for the name then only need a few hours before hand to finish them off.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Scored big with a trip to Michaels this weekend. They had deeply discounted many little journals so inspired me to do altered journals for my end of school gift for my Reading Support students. At 29cents apiece how could I say no? Truly I could not have made them with my bind it all for this cost. So I suggest you check for those if you go in. I used Cricut Zooabaloo, Doodlecharms, with lots of Stickles , M's ribbon and some from my stash. I wanted to give them something to remember to read and WRITE all summer long. Hope these do the trick!

Monday, June 1, 2009

opps - other pages for Sophia

sample pages from Sophia's wordbook. Most cuts from New Arrival and Storybook.

first attempt at wordbooks

woo hoo! I had been wanting to do this, but was chicken... finally after watching The Pink Scrapper's wordbook videos last week I decided to jump in and try one. Sophia is ready to be born any day now, so here is her wordbook!

Cricut workout!

I have been busy crafting. Made a storybook quilt and wanted a great presentation box so got the Cricut and New Arrival out. Here are pictures of the box and then coated the whole thing with Mod Podge.