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Hello, Kristen Swain here with a summer memories album that will be sure to warm you up as you look through it during the cold winter months. I created this simple album focusing on keeping my die cut elements large, my photos about wallet sized and using bright colors. I used all cardstock so I kept costs down but was able to keep colors on each page.
Using a plain album, I decided that using spray mist would help me add background color, without the difficulty of trimming off paper at the edges of the cover. I used a lime and a jack frost color, then added in a spray and larger drops of turquoise across the front and back of the album. There is a touch of glitz as well. Then I cut some bright colorful letters for the title, adding in a bright sun as well, and I used brown for the rest of the title, so it would stand out, but not be the strongest color on the front.
I created the inside album pages by cutting 8.5 x 11 paper to fit, punching holes where I would thread the album together later. Next, I thought about which photos I wanted to use, printed them out and searched in Cricut Craft Room for images to go along with my page. Details on each page include banner pieces. These are easily cut from strips of paper that with a triangle shape notched out from the ends with scissors. Add bright coordinating buttons tied with twine bows. I kept my journaling simple, handwriting it with a journaling pen.
Simple, easy, and colorful. I hope you have enjoyed my summer album. I have left space to add more pages as we continue our summer activities.
Designed by: Kristen Swain
Cricut Machines Used: Cricut Expression Electronic Cutting Machine, Gypsy Handheld Design Device, Cricut Craft Room
Cricut Cartridges Used: Campin’ Critters, Carousel (Digital), Life is a Beach, Lite Crocs Rule, Art Deco, Something to Celebrate, Gypsy Font
Other Supplies Used: Cardstock (American Crafts), Buttons, Twine, Wiggle Eyes, Album (Creative Imaginations), Pen, Glitter, Spray Mist (Tattered Angels & Maya Road), Adhesives
Welcome Cricut Fans! It’s Juliana Michaels! I have a fun little up-cycle/recycle project to share with you today to create a fun treat container for your perfect pooch! My husband and I have recently made friends with some sweet neighbors who have dogs. So now when we want a dog fix, we know where to go! LOL!!! With that in mind, I was inspired to create today’s project using my Cricut Expression machine, Cricut Vinyl, and an empty 2lb plus coffee can.
Here is the empty container before I decorated it. I want to say thanks to my Dad for drinking so much coffee and being willing to part with a few of his empty containers. He uses these to store all kinds of things, but was happy to share a few with me for my crafting projects.
I selected images from Create A Critter and Animal Kingdom and then laid out my design in the Cricut Craft Room using the fill mode to select colors. This always helps me decide what colors to use because I can see it before I cut it! I love that!!!
I pre-cut small pieces of the vinyl, just larger than the image to be cut and placed them on my mat in the same place as they are on the Cricut Craft Room cutting mat.
One way to apply small vinyl cuts is to peel back part of the lining to help you place the vinyl on the surface. It worked equally well to peel off all of the lining and put it on just like any sticker. It was very easy to remove the vinyl and replace it on the coffee can surface. However, once you start sticking vinyl on top of vinyl it is not so easy to remove because it sticks more and the vinyl tends to stretch if you are not very careful.
Now that the yellow panels are in place we will begin to decorate the container.
Add your wording first. I wanted the dog images to slightly overlap the words so it is important to put the words on first because it is hard to lift up the dog to get the words underneath without stretching the vinyl as I mentioned above.
Add your dog silhouette.
A great tip I found in adding the top layer for the dog was to peel off the image and then use the scrap lining from the yellow pieces. I placed the dog image just off the edge and then I was able to place it just how I wanted on the black silhouette. I wanted to slightly offset the top layer so this worked perfectly!
Here are some up close images of the dalmatian
and the poodle!
Maybe you don’t have pets either, but this same idea could be used for so many things. These containers are huge and would work well to hold all kinds of crafty, scrappy goodness too! Think how cute these would be decorated to match your scrappy room!!! Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed this little workshop!
Designed by: Juliana Michaels
Cricut Machines Used: Cricut Expression Electronic Cutting Machine, Cricut Craft Room
Cricut Cartridges Used: Create A Critter, Animal Kingdom
Other Supplies Used: Cricut Vinyl in Yellow, Peacock Blue, Cotton, Raven, Chocolate, and Latte; Ribbon, Buttons, Twine