Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Layout Challenge - Abby

I looked for something a little different for the sketch for the Old Cricut Community Layout Challenge this week. At times I like to find things that allow me to step out the box and find different uses for the shapes or images in a layout.

Here is the sketch I posted for this week's challenge. I actually got it because I thought it might be an artistic challenge to use that many squares and circles...and boy was I right!

I didn't want to be limited to just using two photos, especially after I went through my photos and found some that I wanted to use. I generally like to use a lot of photo's on a layout since I think that is what scrapbooking is all about. As you will see in my layout I actually used 4 pictures, two in a bit of a different way, one in a circle and one on the edge of the layout. I was a bit nervous at first about using the photos in such a way, not sure how they would look but I think they turned our rather nice in the overall layout.

Supplies Used:
Cricut Letter Envy Cart
Cricut George Cart
Basic Grey Olivia Paper Pack
Basic Grey Sugar Rush clips
Various Cardstock
Colorbox Chalk Ink
Circle Punches, various sizes
Stampin Up Key Tag Punch
Stampin Up Ribbon
Janome Sew Mini
3/8" Grosgrain Ribbon
Heart Charm

Letter Envy is a cartridge I got as part of my membership to the Cricut Circle. I really liked the look of it, as I tend to like fonts that are different, and this was the first time I used it. I really liked it when I realized ya don't have to use all the Fancy letters all the time and can just use it for the first letter in a name or word. Another plus is that it has a shadow *okie does love her shadows*.

I absolutely loved this picture of Abby and wanted to use it but not for the main picture. When I looked at the shapes I decided to try a circle cut. I also found out that I am glad that I don't get rid of things in my scrapbooking tools! I know there is a centerpoint feature to the Cricut but I don't know how to use it and I needed this to be precise. I pulled out my reliable, dusty Fiskars templates and Shapexpress cutter and POOF, the circle picture was done! I just cut a larger circle in black with my Cricut using George to mat the picture.

I used a couple different sizes of my circle punches and when they looked a little plain I thought some buttons in the centers might look nice. I used some 1/8" Stampin Up ribbon to tie the buttons.

It was hard sewing the circles since the whole sheet of paper had to be curled to fit in the sewing area *okie thinks she could look up the technical term but then decides it isn't that important*.

I wanted to add a little something special to the picture of my sister holding Abby and I thought about the ribbon in Abby's hair. I got lucky that it actually was a color in the paper scheme. I went through my charms and found this double heart which I thought was perfect for the theme of the layout and the journaling I did.

My sister really liked the layout and I told her "you can look at it and you can touch it, but you can't have it!" she laughed and I think she knew she wouldn't get it from me!


  1. Love it!! I found a blogger who actually took the time to make videos on how to use every single button on the cricut and I learned so much from her. It is www.mypinkstamper.com Thanks for sharing your work!!

  2. Love the sketch and love how your layout turned out!!!

  3. Love your layout! I really like Letter Envy too. Love all of the stitching. What a cutie!

  4. cool layout


  5. Super LO - you are inspiring me to get back to my scrapbooking! I have been making albums from scratch (Paper Phenomenon) and haven't scrapped a LO in ages! TFS!!


  6. Oh WOW Okie! I LOVE your Layout! The colors are fabulous and I like how you explained how you came up with your version of the sketch! :o)