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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Artbooking in August #1

This is an exciting week for all the CTMH consultants!  Our new Autumn/Winter Idea has now launched and it is chock full of wonderful products guaranteed to get you excited about creating!

And of course, one of the biggest new products that we’re highlighting on this Artbooking in August blog hop, is the new CricutArtbooking Collection!  By following along on the hop, you are going to see just how wonderful this new cartridge is. 

Over 40 consultants have designed projects using the cartridge and have gotten together to inspire you! Each Monday in August, these ladies will be posting artwork to their blogs and you can follow their blogs or set your alarm to make sure you do not miss a post!

 Their challenge was to create 4 different projects using the Cricut Artbooking cartridge and any CTMH paper pack.  ( yes - we all have retired paper packs in our 'stuff' and this cartridge is perfect for using up paper!!)  Their mission was to design each of the following:

1. 2 page layout 
2. Card
3. Mini Book
4. Home decor or giftable item 

They were able to choose what to make and when to post it. AND if they wanted to add stamps to their designs, that was o.k.  You will not want to miss any of their totally awesome and fantastic artwork!!

If you should get lost along the way, click on this badge:
and you will be taken to a list of all those participating!

If you came from Jen Patrick’s blog, you are on the right track!

We just celebrated my dad's 80th birthday last month, so I chose to do one of the "Celebration" double page layouts on the Artbooking cartridge.

I found that the Artbooking Cartridge made it very simple to do a "clean and simple" layout.  It's all laid out for you in the pattern book and you just set your size to 11" and everything is cut to fit together automatically!  It's wonderful!  I did  made one small change to the pattern though - instead of cutting another overlay for page 2, I used the stars that were cut out on page 1 and glued them down on a piece of cardstock.  (Didn't want to waste those pretty blue stars!!)

Also, when I cut the "80" out, as it wasn't on the pattern, I figured out what size I wanted the numbers to be and then set the cricut to "real dial size" and put my measurements in.

I used the new Stitch Guide to poke holes around the outside edges of my layouts and then did "faux" stitching with a black marker.

The flowers were made by cutting the shapes with the Art Philosophy cartridge stamping them with the Hooray Bouquet stamp set, and then inking them with Pear and Gypsy ink.  The centers are from the beautiful embellishments that coordinate with the Laughing Lola paper pack, called the Laughing Lola Assortment.

I'm so glad you stopped by my blog for a visit, I hope you enjoy the rest of the "Hop" and be sure to come back next Monday, as I share another project from that awesome cartridge!!
Now head on over to Brenda Rose’s blog where you are going to be absolutely delighted by what you see!

Thanks for stopping by!



  1. OMG - you ladies are sooo creative! Way to go!!

  2. What a great layout! I especially like the faux stitching. Tfs

  3. Super cute!! Love the green border on the pictures in the 2nd layout..totally drew my eye to the subject....TFS!

  4. Love the faux stitching. I never would have guessed it was just a marker. Thanks for sharing!

  5. This layout is so lovely. Love the faux stitching details.

  6. Love the way you used the extra stars and really made them stand out with the faux stitching!

  7. I love the bold and bright colors you chose for this layout and that you reused the cutout stars on the facing page. Thanks for the inspiration!
    :) Marie

  8. Wow! This is an awesome layout. So detailed!

  9. Fantastic idea to use the cut out stars for the other page!