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Project | Travel Album: Expedition Heidelberg

I’ve been busy making other things for awhile, but I finally got a huge new order of prints made from my first trip to Germany to attend Creativeworld in 2014. Now I can start work on the second half of that album! (If you missed the first half of it, the links to those pages are at the end of the article.)

[Disclosure: Creativeworld is a sponsor of this website. Some links to Amazon.com and other retailers in this article are affiliate links that pay a commission to this site at no cost to the user when a purchase is made after a click. Dymo supplied the label maker to me as part of a previous sponsorship agreement, but this is not a sponsored post. I have continued to use the label maker after the completion of the sponsorship arrangement because I just like it.]

Heidelberg train Simple Stories Travel Notes

For this layout about my train journey from Frankfurt to Heidelberg for a day of touring, I grabbed a recent purchase that I couldn’t wait to use – the new Simple Stories Travel Notes collection that I’d been in love with since I saw it announced before the winter shows. Originally, I intended this to be a brighter layout, but as I worked through it, I ended up focusing on the more muted tones in the collection (like blue, green, and brown) and avoiding heavy doses of the red and yellow that I found overwhelmed the photos. Continue Reading →

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National Scrapbook Day Giveaway – Win Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Collection!

Welcome to National Scrapbook Day on Scrapbook Update! We’ve got a great giveaway to share thanks to Graphic 45 – and a fun layout to get you inspired to play with it!

[Disclosure: Some links below are links to Nally Studios advertisers or are affiliate links that pay a commission at no cost to the reader when a purchase is made after a click.]

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed large

This Graphic 45 “Sun Kissed” collection is perfect for a beach vacation – or life here in Florida. It will have you all ready to scrap sun, fun, and relaxation!

While cleaning my studio recently, I found a stash of old enlargements that I’d had made about ten years ago and never scrapped. These pictures of my mother and her long-term boyfriend who passed away a few years ago were in there. Sun Kissed seemed like the perfect match for them, with its more sophisticated take on a beach look.

 

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed layout

Supplies Needed:

This wasn’t what I intended to this layout to look like at all, but when I went looking in Cricut Design Space for a wave graphic I found these thin line waves. I fell in love with them, and my layout design changed a lot as a result of that happy accident! Adding the sequins to them gives them the look of having foam on them or of light reflecting off of their tops.

To get the light cream strips for the journaling, I wanted to have something that matched the cream shade in the other papers. Cream is very hard to match. I decided to cut a cream colored stripe out of one of the patterned papers. Problem solved – it’s a perfect match. And it has some pattern in it to give it some texture too!

So, are you ready for the giveaway? One lucky reader is going to win a Graphic 45 Sun Kissed collection pack!

How To Enter: All you have to do to have a chance to be the lucky winner is leave a comment on this entry before 11:59PM US eastern time on Wednesday night, May 9th, 2018. Make sure you include your email address in the line reserved for it on the comment form (for your own protection, don’t put it in the text of the comment, where it will be visible to the public – just in the line labeled “email” in the form where only Scrapbook Update staff can see it). We will need it to notify you if you are a winner. Winners will be drawn by random drawing from all eligible entries. One entry per person. Sorry, US delivery addresses only.

But that’s not all! We’re giving away a different Graphic 45 collection on each of our Nally Studios websites today to celebrate National Scrapbook Day! Don’t miss your chance to win them all! Visit the links below to enter the giveaways on our other websites!

Thanks for sharing your National Scrapbook Day with Scrapbook Update and Nally Studios!

Happy World CardMaking Day 2017!

Welcome to World Cardmaking Day on Scrapbook Update! Sometimes, I’m inspired to make something just because I want to use certain products. I made this card awhile ago because as soon as I saw the Carta Bella “Metropolitan Girl” pad I thought it would go well with the Tim Holtz “Runway” stamp set, and I just had to try them out together!

World Cardmaking Day

[Disclaimer: My company is the social media manager for Buttons Galore, which makes the 28 Lilac Lane brand. This is not a sponsored post, although the products I used were supplied to me as part of my work for them. Some links may be affiliate links that pay this site a commission at no cost to the reader on purchases made after a click.]

Supplies:

World Cardmaking Day supplies

To start, I stamped one of the Runway stamps on watercolor paper with the Archival ink, and then painted it with my watercolors. When it was dry, I cut it out by hand. Then I simply created the card background from elements cut from the paper pad, and adhered it all together. (This is one of my favorite tricks for when I’m making cards and doing pocket scrapbooking!)

The last step was to add the dimensional elements to the card to create the top layer. I adhered the cut out watercolored figure with foam dots. Then I filled in some white space in the design by digging into my stash of 28 Lilac Lane embellishments. Little lovelies like buttons and pearls are my favorite go-to for adding just that little extra bit of dimension or color to a project – they are quick, easy and affordable, too! The PPA Matte adhesive is my favorite way to glue them down. It comes in a dispenser bottle that lets me dispense it in small amounts exactly where I want my embellishments to go, and it’s thick enough to hold the embellishments in place without shifting while it dries. And best of all, for messy scrapbookers like me, it dries clear and matte like the underlying paper so that stray spots of it on my project aren’t visible!

World Cardmaking Day

Thanks for dropping by Scrapbook Update on World Cardmaking Day to check out my latest card project! What did you make on World Cardmaking Day? Did you start your Christmas cards for this year, or make cards for another occasion?

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Gift a Baby Mini Album with Cricut!

Whatever the occasion, if something needs to be decorated, gifted, or celebrated, pretty much the first thing I think is “what can I DIY with my Cricut?” My Cricut really is my secret ninja weapon of creativity…whether it is t-shirts for an event, new pillows and wall decor for the living room, holiday decorations, labels for storage containers in the kid’s room, or a last-minute card, my Cricut can whip it out fast, easy, and gorgeous. It’s the little black dress of my craft room – it goes with everything! (Now, if only it could whip me up a perfect little black dress, it really would be the perfect gadget!)

To get an idea of the full potential of what you can make with the Cricut Explore Air 2, I suggest paying a visit to the “Make It Now” section of Cricut Design Space. Even after all my time working with the Cricut Explore machine, the talented designers at Cricut still continue to surprise me with the diverse ideas they come up with for the regularly updates to the project library.

Today’s occasion that has me pulling out my Cricut is the birth of a friend’s new grandchild. A card didn’t seem like enough, so my Cricut to the rescue…a baby mini album that the proud grandma can be fill with pictures is the perfect solution!

Cricut Explore Air 2

Supplies Needed:

I resized the cut file in Cricut Design Space so that the full sized pages in the baby mini album would be the perfect size for putting 4×6 photo prints on without cropping. Use the link above to access the perfectly sized file for your own use!

The cut file had pages in a variety of colors but I wanted the base of my album to be white. I just kept feeding white sheets into my Cricut Explore Air until everything was cut. It maybe wasn’t the most efficient way to cut the album but I used a lot of the scraps that were left from the cutting to create embellishments and some special pieces that I cut later.

Cricut Mini Book Cut Out

When I was done cutting out all of the pieces, I was left with a big pile of white cardstock. How would I know how to put them together? A quick search found me the assembly instructions for the Mini Books cartridge on the Cricut website!

After it was all assembled, I was left with this simple album that can have photos and notes added to it by the new baby’s grandmother! Along the way, while I was assembling the album, I added just a few embellishments.

Cricut Baby Mini Album

A few pieces, like the binding piece for the spine above, I decided that I wanted to create covered in decorative washi tape. Rather than cut a duplicate piece from washi and try to align and adhere it, I decided it would be easier to put a layer of washi down on cardstock and then cut a new copy of the piece from scratch. To avoid wasting washi, I cut pieces very close to the size of the finished piece, and positioned them carefully.

Cutting with Cricut Explore Air 2

For the full sheets pages, there wasn’t room to embellish if a 4×6 photo is going to be placed on them. But rather than just leave them plain, I used the Cuttlebug with an Anna Griffin embossing folder to give the pages a decorative look. Since the pages were slightly larger long wise than the folder, I just made sure that they binding end was the end that hung out of the folder and didn’t get embossed.

Embossed Baby Mini Album Page

This was my first time using a Cuttlebug, and I was highly impressed at how easy it makes embossing. I have another die cut machine and I rarely use it for embossing due to the complexity of set up and tear down, plus its size means it must be stored far away from where I sit to work. This Cuttlebug folds up small enough that I can store it within arm’s reach, and there’s no complicated sandwiches to make for embossing. Just throw your folder between the plates and crank!

Cricut Cuttlebug

The quality of the embossing is stunning as well! The detail in this Anna Griffith pattern was perfectly crisp, even in the fine details. I will definitely be using embossing more often with my new Cuttlebug around!

Cricut Cuttlebug Embossing

For decorating this pocket page, I cut a strip of the washi paper to wrap around the pocket as a decorative border.

Baby Mini Album Pocket Page

Next in the baby mini album comes two sets of four pages that are stair stepped in size. For these, I tried to alternate the backgrounds between textured and flat paper. The first (smallest) pages were cut from washi covered paper, just like the album’s binding.

Baby Mini Album insert pages

The pink border on one of the pages in each set is an embossing border folder from the same set with the Anna Griffin background. I embossed it on pieces of scrap paper, trimmed down the edges close to the design, and brushed a pink ink pad across it to highlight the design.

Baby Mini Album Insert Pages

For the text on the cover, and the flower that embellished the flap of this envelope page, I used another decorative technique. First, I cut the shapes out with my Cricut Explore Air 2 like normal. Then, to create the texture, I put the cut shapes in an embossing folder and ran them through my Cuttlebug.

Baby Mini Album envelope page

The last set of assembly was to thread the ribbon through. I folded mine in half and threaded it from the back through the center hole. Then I took the ends still hanging on the back, and threaded one through each remaining hole to the front. Then I hooked them through the loop that was coming up through the center hole and tied them in a pretty bow to secure the binding. It’s decorative and functional!

Cricut Baby Mini Album

So next time you have to do something decorative…grab your Cricut machine and ask “what can I DIY with my Cricut?” You might be surprised at what you create!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Will I Be Required to Use Cartridges with the Cricut Explore Air 2?

For users of previous generations of Cricut machines (such as the Expression) that are considering making the jump to the newer generation of computer-connected Cricut Explore Air 2 machines, there can be a lot of confusion about whether they still need or can use the library of cartridges they’ve already invested in.

[This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Cricut.]

Hopefully, this FAQ will help clear that up for some people considering making the leap!

If you’ve already using one of the new generation of Cricut machines, skip to the end to see my latest Cricut project!

Cricut Cartridge

Q: Will I be required to use cartridges with the Cricut?

The Cricut Explore Air 2 (and the other machines in the Cricut Explore family) work by connecting to a computer or mobile device that is running the Cricut Design Space software. Content and cutting instructions come to the machine from the computer and Cricut Design Space, instead of from within the machine itself as with previous generations of machines.

Cricut Design Space functions as both the store to purchase content for your machine and the software to design and cut with. Instead of buying cartridges, you can buy individual images or fonts, or purchase a Cricut Access subscription that allows usage of a huge library of Cricut designs.

Q: But can I use my cartridges I already bought with a Cricut Explore Air 2 machine?

This is one of the most common concerns of users of older Cricut machines – such as the Expression – that are thinking of upgrading to one of the Cricut Explore family of machines. Over time, you can build up quite a library of cartridges and don’t want to have to pay for that content again! This is understandable, especially since I’ve met Cricut Expression machine owners who own hundreds of cartridges!

The good news is that you absolutely can use your library of cartridges with your Cricut Explore Air 2 (or other Cricut Explore family machines) by using the slot on the machine to “link” them to Cricut Design Space.

Q: How do I use my cartridges with Cricut Design Space?

To use your cartridges with Cricut Design Space and your Cricut Explore Air 2 machine, there is a simple process to follow to link the cartridge to Cricut Design Space.

To begin, log in to Cricut Design Space, and turn on your Cricut Explore Air 2 machine. Insert a cartridge that you want to link in the slot on your machine.

Cricut Explore Air 2 cartridge linking

Then, from the menu in the upper left of Cricut Design Space, select the “Link Cartridge” option:

Cricut Design Space Link Cartridge menu

Clicking the “Link Cartridges” option will pull up a screen that will walk you through linking your cartridge.

Cricut Design Space Link Cartridges

After you are done following the prompts on the screen, your cartridge will appear as “purchased” in your Cricut Design Space account and you will not be charged for using content from it in your projects. There is even a filter option in the cartridges view section of the image library that will let you view only your “purchased” cartridges! (Fonts from cartridges will appear on your list of fonts.)

Cricut Design Space purchased library

Q: Do I have to put my cartridge in my machine each time I want to use it?

Once you go through the “link cartridge” process with a Cricut cartridge, your ownership of that cartridge is recorded in your Cricut account. You will be able to use the contents of that cartridge directly from your computer anytime you log in to Cricut Design Space, without needing to put the cartridge in your machine. You can put your actual cartridges in a box on a high shelf in a closet, or under a bed, and forget they exist while you create with their contents in Cricut Design Space!

Q: Does linking my cartridge erase it? Can I still use it with other machines?

Linking your cartridge only records certain data about it to your Cricut Design Space account. It absolutely does not erase the cartridge’s contents. You can still continue to use the cartridge with older machines that don’t work with Cricut Design Space, such as the Expression.

Cartridges can only be linked to one Cricut Design Space account, so once a cartridge has been linked it cannot be linked again to another account. Since machines can connect to multiple devices and Cricut Design Space accounts, you do still have plenty of options if you want to use your cartridge on another Cricut Explore Air 2 machine while away from your own machine (such as at a crop). You can either use a mobile device to connect to your friend’s machine while logged into your Cricut Design Space account, or log in to your Cricut Design Space account on whatever device your friend uses with their machine usually.

Q: What if my cartridge was already linked to Cricut Craft Room?

If you have cartridges already linked to a previous Cricut Craft Room account, you need to make sure that you create your new Cricut Design Space account with the same user name and password as your Cricut Craft Room account. If you do this, your cartridges that were linked to Craft Room should show up automatically in your Cricut Design Space account!

Q: Why should I use my cartridges in Cricut Design Space?

Using cartridges in Cricut Design Space is so much easier that using cartridges on machines such as the Expression. Contents can be keyword searched, so there’s no more forgetting what cartridge that perfect image for your project is on (or that you have it altogether). There’s no more hunting on a keypad for multiple pieces of a layered image and trying to get them to cut the right size. Images can be layered, colored, and sized in Cricut Design Space so that you can see exactly what a finished item will look like. Designs can be saved to be cut exactly the same over and over. In short, using cartridge designs digitally via Cricut Design Space provides more design power and more visualization of the finished product. It also provides for more precise cutting, so there’s less wasted paper from cutting mistakes!

I will admit that I rarely used my Cricut machine before getting a Cricut Explore family machine and linking my cartridges to Cricut Design Space. It was just too much hassle to use cartridges, I could never remember what I had, and I found it too difficult to get my cuts sized how I wanted. Plus, I rarely found cartridges that I wanted enough of the images on to invest in them. Now, since linking my small collection of cartridges to Design Space, I use those images quite regularly!

I made this small wall art project using a silhouette from my “A Child’s Year” cartridge, which I believe was the first cartridge that I bought many years ago.

Silhouette Child Frame

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Normally you’d see silhouettes like this done in black but that feels a bit harsh to me visually. I chose to do mine in bronze metallic foil for a softer warmer look. In the metallic bronze foil, the silhouette is still very dark but also has a glow to it that exudes the warmth of a little girl.

A design like this relies on each of these elements being very precisely sized to work. Using my cartridge in Cricut Design Space makes this infinitely easier, as I was able to lay these elements all out and size them exactly in relation to each other and the size of the frame before cutting. I’d have never even attempted a design like this on my old Cricut machine.

Cricut Design Space

So, if you haven’t already…I highly recommend that you get those cartridges out of their boxes and into Cricut Design Space! It really does expand the possibilities of what you can do with them!

Will I be required to use cartridges with the Cricut?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Cards | Send a Clue to Someone You Adore with Master Detective

Sometimes, a product lands on my desk that just inspires me to create something, even if it doesn’t fit with my current editorial goals or calendar. When I opened the box from Graphic 45 containing their collection “Master Detective”, I immediately latched onto several pieces that I saw and knew they’d make a really cute card that I just had to drop everything and make. Here’s the results!

[Disclaimer: Some links are affiliate links that pay this site a commission when a purchase is made after a click. Some supplies used in this project were supplied to me by Buttons Galore & Graphic 45. My company manages the social media for Buttons Galore but this is not a sponsored post – I just happen to really like the products that my friend May Flaum designs, so I use them a lot!]

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The concept that I built this card around is the piece of chipboard that says “Get a Clue” and then a pocket with an insert that says “Clues”. On the pocket, I stamped “i adore you” and “#HasMyHeart” using two different stamp sets, to create a clue to the sentiment I wanted to convey! It’s so hard to find masculine ways to say “I love you” in a card. This is not only somewhat masculine but also has a sense of fun, too!

The pocket was easy to assemble and the card fits snugly so I’m not worried about it falling out. It’s attached to the card with red liner tape, so it will stay secure while it is handled for the card to be pulled in and out.

Another thing I did on this card is one of my favorite design tricks – using strips cut from a paper’s design as design elements. The orange “I’m dying to see you” strip and the strip of faux stamps are cut from a sheet of the decorative paper in the Master Detective collection, turning them into elements something like sticker borders.

The area of buttons at the bottom of the card serves several purposes. It fills some large empty space, and it also adds some curves to soften all of the hard straight lines that are on the card’s design.

Clue Card-1982-4

Graphic 45 “Master Detective” is a really fun quirky collection that is quite versatile. It will work for literary and film buffs, fun cards, themed parties, and with the spooky elements and the color scheme, be a great alternative for Halloween as well. I expect to get a lot of use out of this little collection!

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