Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Scrapbooking Armoire

This is where I work on my crafts. It is a scrapbooking armoire built by my husband. I love it because I don't have a separate room to do my crafting, so this looks beautiful near my dining room when not in use. I can also leave my works in progress on the pull out worktable and not disturb anything when I need to put it away.

If you live in Minnesota and are interested in something like
this, my husband does take orders for stained or unstained

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Simple Photo Gift

This is a project I actually made in May 2008, but I found the photo so thought I would post it today. It is quite simple. 3 pieces of cardboard covered with paper that was cut larger than the cardboard and "wrapped" around to the back of each. I put a small strip of paper at top and bottom to connect each of the 3 sections and then covered the back with a slightly smaller sheet to cover the connections. Then I just added the photos and the little punched flowers from a Creative Memories Friendship Micromaker. This would make a nice homemade gift that is quick & easy: maybe for Mother's Day, a birthday, housewarming gift or some other occasion (or even a non-occasion just to show you are thinking of someone) when you don't want to give anything large or expensive. I keep mine on my kitchen counter...they are photos of my mother who passed away in March 2000.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Survivor Pages

These are my latest two scrapbook pages. They are from some friends "moving away" party, which was Survivor themed because or friend wants to be on the show some day. I used several Cricut cartridges to make the Survivor logo: Don Juan for the title and evergreen trees. Tags, Bags & Boxes for the brown oval, Street Sign for outwit, outplay outlast. Going Places for the campfire and Plantin Schoolbook for the grass. I cut the ovals with the Cutting System from Creative Memories. I really like the way the logo came out...I gave it a "winter" theme since the party was held in January in Minnesota...we even had a challenge outside that night...a little chilly! The campfire also was made with various sizes of "flames" from the Going Places cartridge.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Storing Cricut Cartridges

This is how I am storing my Cricut cartridges as of late. I have 15 cartridges, so by no means do I have them all (over 50 of them available). The frosted plastic boxes are old Storybox containers from Creative Memories that when purchased had a bunch of 4.5 x 6.5 color coordinated sheets in it for matting 4 x 6 photos. I can fit 7 cartridges in each Storybox. The black box is also CM and no longer available. I stack up the overlays to one side, and use the organizer from my last post as a reference to find the cartridge I want to use. This is working well for me, especially if I want to bring them with to a crop. I still have plenty of room to add more cartridges if I remove the cords. I have one of my Storyboxes full of my tool kit supplies at the moment.

I am keeping my boxes and the booklets, but I don't refer to the booklets very often, but they are there if I need them. I know there is more than one option for storing these, but I like to be compact and light.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Portable Cricut Reference Book

This is an idea I put together to have a quick reference of all the Cricut cartridges I have. It is small enough to keep in your purse when you are shopping for new carts and also to carry with to crops if you don't want to have a large binder to haul around or the storage boxes with booklets in them.

I bought an inexpensive 4x6 photo album at Walmart for $1.00 (you know, the cheap ones we never know what to do with or might only be used for a quick grandma's brag book). I photo copied 4 x 6 size samples of my carts to slip inside the pages. I also included a complete list of all the carts made by PC and highlighted the ones I own and also marked the ones I still want to buy.

Friday, December 12, 2008

My first post

This is my first day with the new blog. I have never done this before, so it may take me a while to get everything up and running. I hope to show some of my scrapbooking creations. I love my Creative Memories products and my Cricut. Here are two pages I just completed last weekend. My friend Lori gave me inspiration for the "Buck Fever" page. That's me deer hunting in 2004.