Published on February 26th, 2014 | by Kristen Swain4
A Big Share of Layouts
Hi friends! I just got back some scrapbook layouts and am excited to share them with you. All of these layouts have been published in Cricut Magazine. You know that I love my Cricut Expression machine and diecuts are just such a great way to embellish layouts. I hope you’ll enjoy my layouts that I’m sharing with you today. I will do my best to let you know the cartridges I used for the cuts and the manufacturers of paper. So, get ready for a photo-heavy big share of layouts post, with lots of inspiration coming your way. Any wonky looking lines are just my poor quality editing skills, I am fair to middling when it comes to keeping my lines straight on my layouts!
I love the bright colors in my photos, and used similiar colors in the layout, toned down to highlight the colors in the pics. I used a couple ticket-shaped journaling spots instead of plain cardstock, and I adore these cute ride cuts that really help showcase my photos of the girls riding the rides.
I used Cricut Paper Lace cartridge for this flower background, then added paper behind the flowers. The title is cut from Close to my Heart – Artiste. The papers are a mix some from SEI and Pink Paislee. These photos didn’t turn out the best, as they were from my phone, but it’s the memory that is important to me. If your photos aren’t excellent, consider printing them smaller so you can still create a layout, but the flaws aren’t as easy to spot.
The little gnomes are from the Cricut Freshly Picked cartridge, the holly is from the Cricut Winter is in the Air cartridge and the title is a mix from the Cricut Celebrate with Flourish and Carousel cartridges. The papers are a mix from My Mind’s Eye, Pink Paislee, and GCD studios. I love finding a different use for cuts. Take these cute little gnomes, they make adorable elves. Always remember that with cuts that have layers, you can just cut one layer and use it in a new way, like I did for the title. The second part was a fancy cut title, but I wanted something more simple for my layout.
This layout was done with the Cricut Classroom Feb/March cartridge for the zigzag borders, and a doily cut from what I think is the Cricut Paper Lace cartridge. The papers are from a mix of lines, including SEI, Pink Paislee, and GCD studios for the butterflies. The glitter letters are American Crafts. This layout kind of is fancier than I typically do, but I love to jump outside of my comfort box and use things that are pretty but try to keep to my personal style. I love how these zig zag borders add so much yet keep my layout from being boring.
This layout title is made with the Cricut Craft Room Basics cartridge. I added punched butterflies and flowers from the Cricut Garden Soup cartridge, layered and layered. I punched the scallop border, and I used leaves from the Cricut Celebrate with Flourish cartridge. I am struggling to try to remember who these papers are by, I believe it is SEI. I love aging of the paper by distressing it, it added a lot of dimension to the layout without adding more paper weight.
I love the soft colors of this layout. I tend to forget that grey is such a beautiful color. These sweet colors allow my baby girl’s face to stand out in my photos. The Cricut Summer Bliss Holiday cartridge was used for the cupcake. I’m not sure where I got the idea of creating a shine spot on the flowers, but it worked out so cute. I used the Cricut Close to my Heart – Artiste cartridge for the flowers, and added my own circle punch and circle punch crescent to the flowers. The banners are from the Cricut Pretty Pennants cartridge. The title is from the Cricut All Mixed Up cartridge.
I used the Cricut Fonts and Basic Shapes and Keystone cartridges for the wording and quotes, then I used Sports Mania for the volleyballs. The patterned paper is by Pink Paislee. I loved the idea of teen-like talk bubbles for adding some fun wording to this layout. Purple and yellow are our school colors, so I had to stick with that. The journaling looks cute tucked behind the large volleyball on a little banner stick, just like a school spirit banner!
This layout uses papers by SEI and My Mind’s Eye. I used the Cricut Craft Room Basics, Classroom Aug/Sept, Songbird, Creative Cards, Cricut Font and Basic Shapes, and Wild Card cartridges for the cuts.I love the softened color palette with this layout, still keeping the colors true to my photos, but softer and more subtle. Those fun stars really take the title up a notch and I love those journaling spots cut from a larger sheet, they have metallic trim to add a touch of sparkle.
The snow people and trees are from the Cricut Winter Woodland cartridge. The clouds are from the Cricut Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge. I love to add texture to cuts by simply crinkling them, it adds so much. A bright color scheme gives the layout some pop since there is so much white. The title font is from the Cricut Cupcake cartridge. You can see that I love to add buttons to my layouts, they are even prettier with a bit of twine or baker’s twine tied in them.
I used the Cricut Autumn Celebrations cartridge on this layout, for the title, and the blocks. I used the Cricut Store Front cartridge for the apple, and I used the Cricut Font and Basic Shapes cartridge for the scalloped circle. I don’t get to use many primary colors because the minions don’t typically wear those colors. It was fun to turn pics of minion#2 to black and white so that her photo stood out from the layout, and I could use any colors I chose. I also like the four photos and four accent pieces, it really balances out the top and bottom of the layout. A mix of single papers from various manufacturers.
The title is made with the Cricut Birthday Bash and Billionaire cartridges. I used the Cricut Create a Critter cartridge to make the palm trees, but stretched them out a bit to fit better on my page. I cut out the sun rays myself, then added the sun cut from the Cricut Font and Basic Shapes cartridge. I love the blocked look I chose for my photos. The bright colors of the sunset really stand out and allow my photos to pop. The softened colors still remind me of the beach, and sand. Not sure on the manufacturers of these papers.
I wanted something precious for this layout, and this sweet little cat was perfect. The little songbird accents her, but she is definitely the star. Again, I changed my pics to black and white to choose my own color scheme. I used My Mind’s Eye papers and accents. I used the Cricut Create a Critter 2 cartridge for the bird and kitty and also for the title. I used the Cricut Create a Critter cartridge for the balloons.
I think I just love teal, it’s one of my favorite colors to scrap with, so add in some lime and an additional color and that’s a very happy color palette to me! I used the Cricut Bloom cartridge for the flowers and then cut the cake-cat and title hat from the Cricut Birthday Bash cartridge. One of my most favorite collections ever is Lime Twist by My Mind’s Eye, you will find it in a lot of my work. I love the colors and I can easily add in other patterns or cardstock colors and it still look unified.
I love these pics of minion#2 as a baby. It made me think that an outlined scene would be as special as the photos. I used the Cricut Font and Basic Shapes cartridge for the title, that cart has some great images, and the outline font is cute to use. The girl and bunny are from the Cricut Kate’s ABCs cartridge. I think the clouds are from the Cricut Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge, and the sun is a simple one from the Cricut Accent Essentials cartridge. I hand cut the black mats on all the shapes, but you could simply enlarge the images and cut them again with black cardstock.
I used the Cricut Create a Critter cartridge (bug, phrase) and the Cricut Accent Essentials cartridge (flower) for this layout, the papers are Bobunny, My Mind’s Eye and SEI. Some old Valentine’s Day pics looked super cute with these lady bug cuts. I think the papers are My Mind’s Eye. As you can see, most of the time when I go for a dark color on my layouts, black is not my first option. It gives a lighter sense of color to me. Check out my cute border, I tore strips and then rolled them, allowing the background color of the paper to show and giving some dimension to the layout.
I hope you have enjoyed my many many Cricut layouts today!