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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

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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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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.

Paperclipping Roundtable #15: The Mini Book Show

Paperclipping Roundtable episode #15 featured Noell, Ana, Stacy and I talking all about the how, when and why of mini-books!

To listen to this week’s episode, you can click here.

Show Notes:

Promo code for the Big Picture Scrapbooking class, Colorful You: roundtable

The Panel

Product Picks

Here’s the layouts that I referred to in the show when I was talking about the color scheme I picked this week:

This is the digital layout, for an 8×8 photo book about my 2009 trip to CHA Winter (and Disneyland). This is actually just the left page of a two page layout.

Supply List – Page Template: Designer Digitals Create A Book Classic No. 9 by Katie Pertiet; Digital Elements: Amelie Kit by Sara Carling for ScrapArtist.com (no longer available); Fonts: American Typewriter, Apple Chancery.

This second layout is a 12×12 layout for my regular album:

Supply List – Patterned Paper: Autumn Leaves; Rub-on Alphabet: Making Memories (Beach); Cardstock Alphabet: Cloud 9 Designs; Brads: unknown (red), Marcella by Kay (pearl); Flower Die Cuts: Cricut Cartridge Graphically Speaking; Journaling Cards: October Afternoon Cherry Hill.

We also promised on the show to share mini-books that we’ve made. Some of mine I can’t share for privacy reasons, like the one in progress of my son and the digital one I did of my daughter and her classmates in pre-k. But here are a couple that I have done or in progress that I can share.

At CKU in 2005 we started a 6×6 album as one of the projects. When I got home I finished it up with all my pictures from the event. A mini-album was perfect for the series of disconnected snapshots I had from the event.

Probably my favorite mini-book is the one that I did that I entered in the Simple Scrapbooks Coolest Album Contest (in 2004?). Part of the reason that I love it is because it won the contest, but I also love it because it was a special time for our family – the album was of a family reunion of my mother-in-law’s family.

I don’t have the album, just a color copy of the pages in it, because I gifted it to my mother-in-law. But I can share scans of the book that it was in…

The layout at the top of the page, Main Street USA: California Style is also part of a mini-book that I am currently working on from my trip to CHA Winter 2009. It’s the first time I made it over to Disneyland so I figured it warranted special recognition!

The other book I have in progress right now is this one. I’m waiting to find the perfect set of pictures to go with it.

Supply List – Chipboard Album: BoBunny Press (Beach); Patterned Paper: Autumn Leaves, Daisy D’s, My Mind’s Eye; Paint: unknown (acrylics), Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint (Picket Fence); Stamp: Stamper’s Anonymous by Tim Holtz French Market; Other: Mudd Puddles Sand Paste (Malibu Beach).

Here’s everyone else’s mini-books:

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