Tuesday, January 27, 2009

January Cricut Club

It is finally time that I can post my January Cricut Club Project. I wanted to wait until after I thought class for the month. It was a lot of fun and I have three samples of this project. The first one is available today, the other two will have to wait until after I get my camera back. If ever I get my camera back. Anyways, Cricut Club this month was a great group of ladies, once again. They are filled with talent and I love to see what they create.

This project uses the Alphalicious and Celebrations cartridges. My idea behind this project is to create one album entitled "The Years in Review" and every year attempt to create the same or very similiar layout. I now have 2007 and 2008 completed. Going back is more difficult then it seems to be. I am going to keep on going back as far as I can remember and of course, find pictures and journaling for. My first digital camera was purchased in 2005; so before that, it will be going thru pictures and CD's.

My other thought for this project is to show progress. A growing child, a pregnancy journal, baby's first year, construction project or weight-loss journal. Just a few ideas to show an activity in review or progress. Enjoy!

Monday, January 19, 2009

December Cricut Club

Well, our lovely Best Buy Geek squad called on Saturday to tell me that my camera is not covered under warranty and it was going to cost me $80 to fix it. So what exactly does that warranty cover? The quick answer is NOTHING. Aside from the fact that my camera was to be done and returned to me by Jan 18th. Today is the 19th and do I have a camera - NOPE. I will never buy another warranty.

Done with my tangent now, so I guess today I will share what I created for my December meeting of Cricut Club. My students had a great time creating this layout. Again, I used double sided papers. You will not find me using double sided papers very often and not use both sides. I am pretty greedy with my paper and don't want to miss out on any patterns. Love them but find them frustrating. So many choices.

I use to hoard the pattern paper because it was all so pretty and I didn't want to mess it up. Now I find myself hoarding the double sided pattern paper. Getting better - working thru my addiction. Or at least trying too.

Monday, January 12, 2009

November Cricut Club

Yes, I am putting up old projects. My digital camera is in the repair shop. It is under warranty so they will take their sweet time fixing it, I am sure. What motivation do they have, they will not be getting paid for the service. Anyhow, this is the November Cricut Club project that I taught in November - obviously. In the first version of this project used real, metal hinges but since I teach Cricut classes, I needed to use the hinges on Fabulous Finds. For future reference, know that you need to make very small hinges or else the holes get too large. In other words, as the hinges get bigger, so do the holes. Bummer. Or else use the blackout version of the hinge and put in your own holes. Just thought of that as I was typing so I may need to give that a try.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

October Cricut Club

This is an absolutely fun project. The whole layout was inspired by my friend, Amy. It is using George and Basic Shapes. Each pumpkin is actually four pieces before the stem and the vine. The large pumpkins are a circle and three ovals. The smaller pumpkins are an oval and three skinnier ovals. The stem is an apostrophe and the vines are some fancy thing from the Accent Essentials Cartridge. I just love being able to find "out of the box" ways to use the cartridge images. Sometimes it helps to turn the images upside down to help spark ideas that you may not have thought of before. I did this layout for our layout swap so I had to actually make like eight of them. If I never see another pumpkin again, it won't be too soon. I do still have one more to make though for a fundraiser, but it does not need to be ready until fall, so I have plenty of time.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Nana's Gift

I made this 12 x 12 page for my friend, Deb. When she shared this picture with me, I knew I just had to have it. I absolutely love black and white pictures with a dash of color. All I wanted was the .jpeg of the photo but even better she brought me a 5 x 7 print of it. I knew that she had several of these frames left over so she brought me one of those as well. The wood is bare, it does need to be stained or painted. Deb's scraproom is brown - the dilemma is to stain the frame, paint it or leave it natural looking. I left the frame choice up to her to decide as I just could not decide. I was so happy to share this with her. After creating this page, I was wishing that Baby James was my grandson so I could keep it. Even though the layout is quite simple, it took me a long time of deep thought of how to focus on the beauty of the picture and not go that one step too far and over-do it.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Merry Christmas!

I know that Christmas is over but I want to share the gift that I made for my mom for Christmas. She seemed to really like it. My mom is not a scrapper and has no love for it at all. She did smile; I think she appreciated it and she said I did a really good job. This was my first attempt at using artist canvas. Yes, it was a kit. Some of it was their design but of course, I had to add some things too. The first photo is my mom as a baby. The second photo is her mom (my grandma), the third is my mom and her sisters and brother. The fourth photo is my mom's senior picture. Seemed to capture the highlights of her family in four pictures. I was unable to find a picture of her grandma (my great-grandmother) alone, she was always holding my oldest son. Grandma Young passed away in November of 1990.

Cricut Queen

One of the coolest gifts that I have ever received was from a friend that I met thru taking my Cricut Classes. She makes the coolest things anyway but this one was for me. I made a new friend and have a most awesome piece of art for my scrap room. Jami says The Cricut Queen is really her and not me because of the hair. Jami has bangs and I do not. I will just go on letting Jami believe the Cricut Queen is her. I think she is the Cricut Queen in training. Thank you, Chris for the most beautiful queen anyone could ask for and thank you to your Jim for the wooden stand that she stands on. By the way, the wooden pole is stuck up her rear, I hope you are not trying to tell me something by this.

Scrapin' Saturday

Today I completed a sketch challenge on a yahoo group. It was fun, nothing fantastic, but it was fun and it is done. I also started working on all the photos from the zoo trip in 2007. They are all organized and some are even scrapped already.