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Make a Quick Collage Halloween Card with Tim Holtz!

The time for ghosts, goblins, and other spooky stuff is upon us! Today for World Card Making Day, I’m sharing a quick collage Halloween card that can be made with just bits and pieces of your Halloween stash from previous years!

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Collage Halloween Card with Tim Holtz idea-ology

Supplies Needed:

If you don’t have the specific pieces listed above, please dig in your stash! The magic of collage style is that the randomness of the effect means you can follow the general concept while using what you have on hand. Swap a stamp for a rub-on, or patterned paper bits for ephemera…use your imagination!

Halloween Card 01

I started this card, like most I make, by creating a background layer. For this one I used two neutral-colored patterns, and divided them with a strip of the stripe to separate them visually. I cut the striped strip longer than the background so that when I glued it down, I could slide it to adjust what color was along the edges.

Once it was designed, I set it aside without gluing it down!

Halloween Card 03

Step two was a sentiment label. I trimmed a piece of text out of my Gothic remnant rubs sheet, and put it as near to the top edge of the label as I could. Then I tucked it behind the striped border on the right side. Before I glued everything down, I inked all of the edges of the pieces. (I used Black Soot for the black checked piece, and Frayed Burlap for all of the other pieces.)

Halloween Card 02

Next I started playing with some elements for the top layer: ephemera, a scrap cut from a sheet of the paper pad, and a button. I just shuffled things around until I had a group that I liked.

Halloween Card 04

Then it was time to add a few details. I went back to the Gothic remnant rubs sheet. The labels were easy to fill with text. But then I decided to also add a teeny spider detail in the corner of the little paper block for some extra spooky detail!

Halloween Card 05

The final touch was to add the sequins and beads for a few highlights of sparkle! I dropped a few spots of white glue onto the card, and filled them with orange and black bling.

Once the glue was dry, I snipped the ends of my striped strip and attached my card front to a folded card.

Now, it’s all ready to bring some boo-tiful greetings to someone this Halloween!

Halloween Collage Card

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Make a Caring Coupon Book with New Adaptive Tools for Cricut Maker!

Do you know someone who needs a little extra love and care right now? Why not make them a book of caring coupons with the help of the new Adaptive Tools for the Cricut Maker machine?

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

Coupon Book with Cricut Maker Adaptive Tools

When Cricut released the Cricut Maker machine two years ago, the Adaptive Tool System unleashed a whole new world for Cricut users. The system’s ability to provide 10 times more force than the previous Explore line of machines (and its sophisticated system for steering those tools) opened the door to many different types of possibilities for tools – and Cricut promised that users would get many more options. With the latest release of tools for the Adaptive Tool System, Cricut has delivered again on that promise in an exciting way!

Cricut Adaptive Tools

Until now, there was no way to create an “embossed” look with a Cricut machine. Meet the Fine Debossing Tip for the Cricut Maker’s Adaptive Tool System! Now users of the Maker can create sophisticated debossed designs on cardstock and similar materials.

Cricut Adaptive Tool Fine Debossing Tip

The new Basic Perforation Blade for the Adaptive Tool System creates professional looking perforations for beautiful tear-offs and peel-aways. Create coupons, calendars, planner items, and so much more…with no messy tears!

Cricut Adaptive Tool Basic Perforation Blade

The delicate waves of the Adaptive Tool System’s new Wavy Blade are just the right size for versatility. A nice updated substitute for a deckled edge, I expect this blade will become a staple in many Cricut Maker owners’ tool boxes.

Cricut Adaptive Tools Wavy Blade

A fourth new Adaptive Tool that I haven’t pictured, the Engraving Tip, works with materials like aluminum, leather, wood, acrylic, and more to create debossed designs. Use your Cricut Maker to create jewelry, home decor and beautiful gifts!

For my book of caring coupons, I used four of the Adaptive Tools. Three of them – Wavy BladeDebossing Tip, and Perforation Blade – are new, and I also used the Single Scoring Tip.

Coupon Book made with Cricut Maker

Supplies Needed:

If you don’t already have the Cricut Adaptive Tool Quick Swap Drive Housing, it will need to be purchased with one of the adaptive tools.

It’s easy to swap the various tools out of the right hand tool slot on my Cricut Maker. To swap tools, I just open the slot, and remove the drive housing from the machine. Then I pop the top button on the drive housing to remove the tip, and click the new one on. Finally I slide the drive housing back into the machine and fasten the latch. I’m ready to go! (It took me longer to type that than it takes to do the process!)

Cricut Maker using Fine Debossing Tip

When you are done cutting out the coupon book, you should have all of these pieces below ready to go: coupon pages, cover, cover title, and binding.

Cricut coupon book pieces

I cut my title for the cover from vinyl for several reasons. First I love how easy it is to stick down intricate pieces cut from vinyl. Also, I love how flat the vinyl lays, and how “finished” it looks. Using patterned paper for the binding is a great way to add a design element, while using up paper scraps!

Assembling Cricut Maker coupon book cover

The coupon pages are designed very simply with some text and a pen art design representing the item. That makes it really easy to add your own coupon. I even included a blank page in the cut file for making your own coupons! Just find a graphic that will work with the pens, and add your text!

Cricut coupon book pages

If you’d like to customize this coupon book even more, it’s easy to change up the colors for a holiday. Use purple and orange for Halloween, or red and green for Christmas!

To bind your coupon book, stack all the pages together. Then fold the patterned binding piece and line the holes up with the front and back of the stack of pages. Tie it all together with ribbon in a pretty bow!

This coupon book of favors is a great gift for a new parent, a newly divorced friend, someone dealing with an illness, or so many other situations. Show your love with gifts of your time, and small favors!

Caring Coupon Book with Cricut Maker Tools

Who will you give your caring coupons to? Which new Cricut Adaptive Tool is your favorite?

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A New Travel Layout – And Big Announcement!

Today I’ve got a fun new travel layout to share with my readers…and an announcement about something that I hope you’ll love as much as I do!

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I’ve been working hard behind the scenes around here on a big project that I’m finally ready to share with you all today!

Nally Studios logo

My eagle-eyed followers may have noticed a new logo for Nally Studios appearing on some of our social accounts. It was past time for the old logo to be refreshed but it never got to the top of my “to do” list before now. But this occasion bumped it to the top of the list…

Nally Studios is now on Etsy!

So why an Etsy shop? My scrapbooking has become increasingly focused on travel-themed layouts in recent years. I’ve struggled to find things (especially destination-specific items) that match my style. It has left me frustrated creatively, to say the least. I realized that if I was struggling, there must be others searching as well.

So the Nally Studios on Etsy digital shop was born! Through the shop, I’ll be offering a variety of travel-themed SVG files, and eventually other things possibly as well.

One of the things I’m most excited about is designing pen drawing files. I’ve always loved the pen feature on my Cricut but so few designs are available of that type. My first pen drawing file is already available in the Nally Studios shop – it’s an architecturally proportionate design of the Eiffel Tower! The details have been simplified to allow for shrinking it down to use on smaller items like cards and tags, but the architectural outline is correct to real life.

Eiffel Tower pen drawing by Nally Studios on Etsy

And it comes with a background outline so you can cut it out!

In case the Eiffel Tower didn’t give it away, the first release is Paris themed. In addition to the Eiffel Tower, there’s also a selection of Paris-themed titles. Click here to see them all!

I have been enjoying playing with my new designs, and I hope you do as well! Here’s a peek at what I’ve been creating with some of them:

Paris eiffel tower pen layout

Supplies Used:

This layout is super easy to put together with the new Nally Studios SVG files. I imported the two SVG’s and set up the pen file in the upper left of the page. Then I sized the “Paris” title. I ran my Cricut machine to do the drawing on the background paper (if this makes you nervous, do it on a separate sheet of cardstock and use the background mat that is included to cut it out and then glue it to the background.) Then I cut my title out and glued it down.

I cut a 4.5″ x 12″ piece of natural cardstock for the photos. Four 3″ by 4″ photos fit perfectly on it! Then I made the two journaling blocks by just quickly trimming paper scraps and writing on them. Voila! My page is finished!

Since my style tends towards a vintage look, I personally tend to prefer the copper Cricut pen to get a gold look on my pen projects. The copper is a bit deeper, warmer, and has more depth than the brighter “gold” one. On this layout, the copper was an almost perfect match for the real Eiffel Tower!

I hope you love what you see at the Nally Studios shop! I look forward to sharing more releases soon. To make sure you don’t miss them, sign up for our shop mailing list!

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Project | Travel Pocket Album Pages with Simple Vintage Traveler by Katie Pertiet

Travel is always one of the big themes of the winter show, and it’s also one of my favorite scrapbooking themes! Today I’m trying out another one of the new travel collections to make it into my personal stash – Simple Stories Simple Vintage Traveler by Katie Pertiet.

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Many of my loyal readers may remember that I’ve been gradually plugging away at a pocket scrapbooking album of my 2014 trip to Germany for the Creativeworld trade show in Frankfurt, and the day I spent touring in Heidelberg during that trip. As soon as I saw the new Simple Vintage Traveler SNAP Cards that Katie Pertiet designed for Simples Stories, I knew they would make some great pages to help finish my album!

(Click here to view the other pages from my album.)

Katie has long been one of my favorite designers in the industry, since the days when I was hoarding the products she was designing for Autumn Leaves, so I couldn’t wait to use it when I heard she had a new travel collection coming!

Simple Vintage Traveler Snap Cards

The Simple Vintage Traveler SNAP Cards pack contains 48 double-sided cards in various standard pocket album sizes. For those wanting even more pocket card designs, the paper collection also contains three cut-apart sheets featuring 4×6, 4×4, or 3×4 card designs on one side.

Travel Album Discover Side Streets

Supplies Needed:

I started this two page layout with a pile of what seemed like random photos from my time in Heidelberg’s alt stadt (old city). Two of them were vertical, so I was just going to use the page on the right to hold those and arrange the rest wherever. But then I discovered as I shuffled my photos around that it seemed like three of them did have a theme. They were all views of the city’s narrow side streets. I decided to separate those out onto a page together, and do two single pages instead of a double page spread. But only one of those photos was vertical, messing up my plan for using those two vertical pockets on the page protector on the right side!

discover Heidelberg

The solution was to try a technique I hadn’t attempted before but often admired in other people’s pages: spreading a large photo out over several pockets! I reprinted one of my photos in a 6″ x 8″ size. Its composition worked perfectly to allow it to be cut to fit across 3 pockets without slicing anything critical.

I arranged several of the other photos around it, and was left with just enough room for a title and journaling card.

discover title card

My title card is a 4×6 card from the Simple Vintage Traveler SNAP Cards set. I added some strips of the Simple Vintage Traveler Washi Tape to it to make a background for my title. Then I cut my title out of a sheet of paper from the 6×8 paper pad. I used a pre-designed title on my Cricut Maker. All I had to do was resize it to the size I needed, load my machine and hit go!

To adhere my title, I sprayed the back of it with new Mod Podge Ultra. The amount of handling needed to adhere a die cut with other adhesives has frequently damaged them when I’ve been working on projects. The Mod Podge Ultra spray is a no contact method of applying adhesive, so it reduces the chance I’ll damage the item! Then I can just gently pick it up and lay it in place. And it will adhere without a lot of pressing in place – another way to avoid tears and creases in delicate parts of the die cut.

Simple Vintage Traveler journaling card

For my journaling card, I added a few pieces from the Bits & Pieces die cuts collection to it. Before adhering the stamp, I trimmed a bit of the white off. Then I used the paper distresser on it to give the edges some dimension similar to a perforation.

Even the pen I used for my journaling carries a piece of the story of my trip with it…it is part of a set of Pigma pens that I bought at the airport in Frankfurt on the day I flew home!

Side Streets Heidelberg

The other page in this two page layout went together quite quickly once I had figured out that the photos had a theme. Normally I like to use a 4×6 card for a title but this pocket page has a 3×4 card in the top left. So I made a mini title card!

Side Streets Title Card

I started by fitting the title on the card. (Only I could come up with a title that uses up all the E, S and T stickers on a sheet!) Because the title filled in all the white space on the bottom left, I wanted to fill in the top right to balance it. So I stamped the compass stamp. For similar reasons, I put the Explore die cut on. (That item I raised on foam adhesive for some dimension.)

The final touch was the journaling card for this page. I had a big empty vertical 4×6 slot to fill in my pocket page. But the SNAP pack’s cards were all designed horizontal. So I needed to make a card.

Side Streets journaling card

I started with a 4×6 card base cut from a sheet of paper from the 6×8 paper pad. Then, I layered a 4×4 card from the SNAP pack over it. I wanted to make the card appear a little more “finished”, to fit in better with the other items. Covering the seam at the top with washi tape helped. Then I added a piece from the Bits & Pieces pack to the bottom after using a craft knife to cut off the white edge from it.

I’m really excited to be making progress on this album again, and I can’t wait to make more layouts with this collection! Watch for more pocket page and 12×12 pages coming soon with it!

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Make a 25th Anniversary Album with Cricut Maker!

Every wedding anniversary is special, but the big ones are even more special! Last year, my husband and I celebrated a quarter century of married life. I decided that milestone called for a special 25th anniversary album – and it was the perfect project for my Cricut Maker!

25th Anniversary Album

[Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Cricut. Cricut and Plaid provided some products used in this post. Some links are affiliate links that pay this site a commission when a purchase is made after a click. This site participates in the Amazon.com affiliate program.]

My album combines basswood with a gorgeous paper pack by Natalie Malan. Its minimalist design lets the memories in our photos take center stage.

Supplies Used:

I started by cutting out the wood parts of my album, four of my pages. (Since I knew I wanted to paint them, they needed time to dry later in the process.) I used 1/16″ thick basswood bought from a craft store, but you can save a few steps because Cricut sells Basswood now that is sized perfectly for using on the Cricut Maker! This means you won’t have to waste time cutting your pieces down to the size of your mat. And they even sell 11×11 sheets, much wider than I could find locally. This means you can increase the size of your album over what I made if you’d like!

Cutting wood on the Cricut Maker is simple if you remember two things. First, you have to slide the white rings on your machine’s roller over to the right, out of the way of your wood. And second, you need to use painter’s masking tape to fasten all the edges of your wood down to your strong grip mat. Other than that, just pop in your knife blade and then the gear that you can see above it (in the tool slot on the right below) does all the work!

Cricut Maker cutting wood

After I cut my wood I out, I wanted to give it a little color so it wasn’t bare. But I also wanted it to still look like wood! (If you’re going to have the ability to cut wood, you want to show it off!) The solution was to use Plaid FolkArt Pickling Wash. By using the Cottage White color, it created a whitewash effect that still let the grain of the wood show through. (Click here if you’d like to see another project made with Pickling Wash that makes a perfect Mother’s Day gift!)

Plaid Pickle Wash

While my two coats Pickling Wash dried, I started to cut the elements for my album’s cover. For this, I got out my Cricut Portable Trimmer and some Cricut Pink Pearl Pastel Premium Vinyl. I didn’t want to waste a single piece of that gorgeous vinyl so I cut a perfect size piece to put on my mat for making my cover frame!

Cricut Trimmer

In case you were wondering if a machine with the power to cut wood can still cut intricate details…I used my fine point blade with the pink pearl vinyl to cut the cover frame.

Cricut Maker cutting vinyl

And this was the result – perfect, intrictate detail, even on the spots that were almost too tiny for my weeding tool to poke into! Even with all this detail, though, the weeding tool from my Cricut Basic Tool set made quick work of removing the waste areas.

Weeding Cricut Vinyl

After adhering the pearl vinyl frame, I cut a photo to fit inside it and adhered it. The number “25” was cut from Matte Adhesive Foil. Inside the album I used regular vinyl, but for layering over the pearl vinyl on the cover the thicker foil I think looks better.

25th Anniversary Album

In addition to the wood pages, I cut several more from paper. The inside pages of the album were scrapped just like mini versions of regular scrapbook pages. I designed several layouts in Cricut Design Space, and then duplicated and modified them to fit my photos and title elements on each page.

25th anniversary album

Since calligraphy is far from my area of expertise, I used my Cricut Maker’s pen feature to create pretty lettered dates for each page of my 25th anniversary album. (Tip for using the pen: Don’t forget to “attach” the text layer you want to write to the paper layer you want to write on!) When I use my Cricut pens, I use the reverse side of the Cricut cardstock. That side is smoother, and gives better results with the pens.

Cricut Maker with pen

To tie the pages of the album together, almost all of them contain the same three elements: the floral patterned paper, a white date block, and a silver vinyl title element. As you can see in the sampling of the pages below, I did deviate from this pattern in creating the page about my daughter’s birth. I thought she deserved a special highlight! But even in doing something a bit different, I still stayed with the white cardstock, black pen, and the same pink pearl vinyl from the cover, so it fits right in.

25th Anniversary Album

25th Anniversary Album

25th Anniversary Album

25th Anniversary Album

It’s way overdue, but thanks to Cricut Maker we finally have an album for our 25th wedding anniversary! I can’t wait to share it with family and friends.

What occasion could Cricut Maker help you make an album for?

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

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Scrapping with Photo Play Paper’s new Belle Fleur collection! [Giveaway]

Today I’m playing with the gorgeous new Belle Fleur collection by Becky Fleck for Photo Play Paper…and I’m giving one away to a lucky Scrapbook Update reader, too!

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As soon as I saw the Belle Fleur collection from Photo Play Paper in the Creativation sneak peeks, I knew I wanted to use it to scrapbook some pictures of my daughter! It was perfect for this favorite photo of my daughter modeling a fascinator I made for my Chasing Dust Bunnies website. (Click here to visit Chasing Dust Bunnies and learn how to make it!)

Beautiful layout with Belle Fleur collection

Supplies Used:

To learn how I made this layout, including how I used my Cricut Maker machine and the new Mod Podge Ultra spray, watch the video below:

So, now that you’ve seen how much fun I had playing with the Belle Fleur collection, who wants to win one of their own? Thanks to Photo Play Paper, I’ve got one of these beautiful collection kits to give away to a lucky reader!

Photo Play Paper Belle Fleur 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 3:00 AM US eastern time on Monday, February 25th, 2019. 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.

Best of luck to all who enter, and happy creating!

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