It’s Almost Eclipse Time!!

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Note:  Edited with the correct spelling of “Eclipse”– not sure how that one got by my little pea brain!!

Hello Friends!

I’m sure you have all heard about the solar eclipse that will be passing over the U.S. on August 21.  Well, here in Southeast Nebraska we are especially excited since we are right in the middle of the Path of Totality!  There are viewing parties planned, a whole weekend of community events and not a hotel room to be found in the area.  So of course I had to create a scrapbook layout to commemorate this once in a lifetime event.

I did lots of designing on Design Space since there are really no images available for a solar eclipse on Cricut Access.  I used paper from the new Adventure Fundamentals collection because I thought the ombre design represented the gradual move to darkness that we will see that day.  I inserted a large circle to cover the sun image and sliced the text in that circle since I really dislike gluing down small letters!  The other words were also sliced into the shapes so the background shows through.

I’m sure I will have lots more photos than just the four shown on these layouts.  My plan is to add 4 x 6 Flip Flaps wherever needed to hold the extra photos.  I didn’t do any of my usual overlapping of photo mats this time to allow room to attach those Flip Flaps.

I hope you are all excited about the eclipse too!  Take some time to savor this miracle of nature!  Laurie


I Think I’m in Love With Jack!!

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Hello Friends!

When I first saw Jack, I thought I might just fall in love, but after creating these layouts, it really did happen–I AM in love with Jack and I’m not afraid to admit it!  And I think you would be too if you had this amazing paper pack!  So much fun for masculine themed layouts and cards and perfect for all your “outdoorsy” photos too!

This layout has several images from the brand new You Are Here Cricut cartridge from Close To My Heart plus goodies from the Complements set and a bit of Slate extra thick twine.

The FRIENDS title is stamped with the CTMH Marker alphabet set.  You could put any words you want here to match your photos.

This final layout has Cricut tree cuts from other Close To My Heart cartridges as well as sticker titles and embellishments from the Complements set.  All of these layouts can be made with just one Jack Workshop Your Way and you will still have plenty of leftovers to create even more fabulous projects!

Let me know if you would like to make your own Jack layouts and I will send you a kit of pre-cut images and papers for only $30.00 plus shipping.  I know you will fall in love with Jack too, just like me!

Thanks for dropping by!  Make something beautiful today!   Laurie


Celebrating Friends at Heart 2 Heart!

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Hello Friends!

This week at Heart 2 Heart we are celebrating FRIENDSHIP!  I created a layout using the amazing Jack paper collection by Close To My Heart.  The Cricut cut is from the Artbooking cartridge.  I used the Marker Alphabet stamp to spell out “friends” and the other embellishments are from the Jack Complements pack.

If you would like to see the other Heart 2 Heart design team projects with a FRIENDSHIP theme, please stop by the blog.  Then link up your own projects and join in the fun!

Thanks for visiting today!   Laurie


Summer Water Fun at BBTB2!

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Hello Friends!

I’m so happy to host the challenge at Bitten by the Bug 2 this week!  I chose the theme Summer Water Fun for you all to play with this week.  Of course, your first thought might be the beach or pool, but what about sprinklers, slip and slides, surfing, boating, fishing, water skiing, water balloons, kayaks, cruise ships and so much more?  And if you live in hot, dry, rural Nebraska, your main water fun might involve irrigation pipes or pivots!

I chose to document the first time my new grandson went swimming in the family’s backyard pool.  I saw a similar project on Pinterest where the waves were rows of torn paper, but I decided the Cricut could do the work for me.  The wave cuts are from Crocs Rule and the title is from When I Was a Kid.  All the cardstock is from Close To My Heart and the stamped images are also from CTMH.  This little guy is certainly “born to swim”!!

Please take a minute to stop over to Bitten by the Bug 2.  There are some wonderful design team projects related to Summer Water Fun that you won’t want to miss!  Then link up your own projects for everyone to enjoy!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope your week is off to a great start!    Laurie


Amazing Cut Above Kits by CTMH!

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Hello Friends!

Do you love to scrapbook but often don’t have the time to make beautiful layouts?

Do you spend lots of your limited crafting time just searching through your stash for the perfect combination of papers and embellishments?

Do you ever have trouble coming up with a layout design for your photos?

Are you a beginning scrapbooker, just learning about this fabulous hobby?

If you answered YES to any of the above questions, then you need to know about the Cut Above Kits from Close To My Heart!  They are awesome!!

Each Cut Above Kit comes with materials to make a 2 page scrapbook layout, including die cuts, stickers, photo placeholders, Memory Protectors and instructions.  Also included is 12 coordinated pocket cards and two additional divided Memory Protectors to add even more photos to every layout.  Each kit is only $14.95!

Party Time (Z3330)  $14.95

Forever and Always (Z3319)  $14.95

Little One (Z3320) $14.95

Adventure (Z3331) $14.95

Besides making scrapbooking easy, fun and fast, the Cut Above Kits are very versatile too!  You can make the layouts exactly as they were designed or you can let your imagination go wild and make your own designs, adding photos or changing the size and orientation of your photos.  However you decide to use these kits, you can be sure everything will go together in style and color, the CTMH way!

The four Cut Above Kits shown above are only available for a few more weeks or “while supplies last”.  I think they would be the perfect solution to lots of scrapbooker’s needs!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you are able to stay cool during this spell of HOT weather (at least here in Nebraska)!   Laurie


Prickly Pear Layout Workshop!

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Hello Friends!

Just finished the Prickly Pear layouts for my July Scrapbook Workshop!  The bold, bright, summery colors are perfect for so many occasions and events.  I’m sure you have just the right photos hanging around to place on these fun layouts!  Check them out–

All of these layouts can be made with one Prickly Pear Workshop Your Way, a few extra sheets of cardstock and some Cricut cuts.  You will have plenty of materials left to make even more projects!  Precut, ready to assemble kits can be purchased for $30.00 plus shipping.  Contact me for info!


Feeling Patriotic at Bitten by the Bug 2!

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Hello Friends!

This week at Bitten by the Bug 2 we are celebrating Independence Day and everything PATRIOTIC!  I designed this layout in Design Space using the Stand and Salute and Independence Day Cricut cartridges.  The background paper is from Authentique and the cardstock is Close To My Heart, of course!

Stop over to Bitten by the Bug 2 for more PATRIOTIC inspiration by my design team sisters!  Then please link up your own projects to share with everyone!  We love it when you share!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Make it a great one!   Laurie