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
Pets are such a huge part of our lives and they leave their pawprints on our hearts forever. Kristen Swain is with us today with a sweet project paying tribute to a favorite fur baby that is sadly no longer with their family . . . a pet memorial frame.
Hello! Kristen here today with you with a loving memorial that I created for our beloved Casey. We adopted Casey a few years ago and even though she was only with us for a couple years, she became a huge part of our lives. Our family was devastated when she suddenly took ill and we had to ease her pain and put her to sleep. It’s been a little while since she’s passed, but we still miss her and I thought that a lovely memorial frame would be a nice addition to our bookshelves to remember her and still think about the wonderful times she brought to our family.
I used a plain wooden frame and added a basic patterned paper it. I sand the edges when I cover items to help keep the paper stuck down better, then I ink the edges so that it blends well with the paper.
Since my photo was smaller then the inside of the photo cutout, I added a stick frame cut from Camp Out digital cartridge. I added a simple dot paper behind the photo and popped up my frame and photo to stand out better.
To the bottom of the frame, I added a silhouette dog cut in black, along with the phrase I created in Cricut Craft Room. I also tied on some twine as additional decoration, but of a more simple nature.
I finished the frame with a couple brown buttons, and added Casey’s name to the top of the frame. I feel this is an elegant way to keep our memories of our sweet girl around us.
Designed by: Kristen Swain
Cricut Machines Used: Cricut Expression Electronic Cutting Machine, Cricut Craft Room, Gypsy Handheld Design Device
Cricut Cartridges Used: Camp Out – Digital, Country Life, Gypsy Font, A Child’s Year
Other Supplies Used: Wood Frame (Provo Craft), Cardstock (American Crafts), Patterned Paper (Pebbles Inc, American Crafts), Twine, Buttons, Foam Tape (Glue Arts), Adhesives
Summertime is the perfect time to visit your local theme park! As a girl, I remember that one of my favorite things about going with my family each year was getting the opportunity to try all of the fun treats and food! I particularly had my eye on the cotton candy. It was such a treat to carry around my very own and I didn’t even mind the sticky mess it created on my face and fingers. I’m sure my parents didn’t feel the same way, but I had a blast diving my face into that soft pink fluff.
Along with the darling western images contained on the County Fair cartridge, there are several fun images of carnival food . . . perfect for scrapping those theme park photos or creating a fun invitation to a carnival-themed party. Below is a page I created using the soft drink, corn dog, and cotton candy images.
The scalloped circle shape is from the Lacy Labels Lite cartridge. I added a circle on top cut from the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge. I wanted my cuts to have a little texture, so I added some fun embossing with my Cuttlebug machine. The background circle is embossed with the Number Collage embossing folder, and the cotton candy is embossed with the ever-classic Swiss Dots embossing folder.
One of my very favorite Cricut fonts is included on the Nate’s ABC’s cartridge. It’s a great basic font that works for all kinds of projects. Here I cut each letter out from a different color paper/cardstock to match the colorful ticket border.
Designed by: Jana Eubank
Cricut Machines Used: Cricut Expression Machine , Gypsy Design Device, Cuttlebug Embossing Machine
Cricut Cartridges Used: County Fair, Nate’s ABC’s (Title), Plantin SchoolBook (Circles), Lacy Labels Lite (Scalloped Circle)
Other Supplies: Cuttlebug Embossing Folders (Swiss Dots, Number Collage), Cardstock, Imaginisce Animal Crackers Collection (patterned paper, die cuts, journal sticker, ribbon), Rhinestones (KaiserCraft), Adhesives, Foam Squares, Journaling Pen (American Crafts), Adhesives