Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Anna Griffin Inspired Layouts

I've been making a series of scrapbook layouts inspired by the style of Anna Griffin.  My daughter did some modeling for a couple years and I thought Anna's papers and embellishments (along with her amazing Cricut cartridges) would be perfect to use with these photos.  Here are the first three layouts that I've completed for this series.
The ornate die cut backgrounds on all of these layouts are from Anna Griffin's Elegant Embellishments Cricut Cartridge.  All the papers on this first layout are also from Anna Griffin, along with the Embossing Folder used and the die cuts.  I've been hoarding Anna Griffin products for a long time and it's time to start using them!
The die cuts (flowers and butterflies) on this layout were also cut from the Anna Griffin Elegant Embellishments Cricut cartridge.  The background paper on this layout is from Echo Park.  The solid colors are Bazzill Cardstock.
I used Anna Griffin's 12" Gatefold Embossing Folder to emboss the long sheet of green paper on this layout.  

I have a lot of amazing photos of my wonderful daughter to work with for this series and I can't wait to keep working on it!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

January 2017 poor, neglected blog.  It's been years since I've given it any got in the way of crafting.  But...2017 is my year to get back to doing what I love and I'm excited to get back to sharing my little crafting world!

Let's start it off with my first project of the New Year...Mini Houses with Matching Boxes!  I recently moved my crafting space from my dining room into my very own craft room and as I was organizing all my stuff, I realized I have an unhealthy obsession with all things Anna Griffin and all things Tim Holtz...two designers at complete opposite edges of style.  So...I thought I'd challenge myself to come up with a project that embraces both designers and this was the result.

This is my very first project using a Sizzix machine.  My birthday and Christmas are near each other so this year I asked for Amazon gift cards as I knew I was finally going to get my first Sizzix (the Vagabond 2) and, the first dies I wanted were the Tim Holtz Village Dies.    

Once I had my mini houses created I knew they needed something, matching boxes was what I came up.  The houses fit inside the boxes so that now I can include a little tea light, and maybe a gift card, and use them as little gifts for family friends.  I used my Cricut to make the boxes and, in Cricut Design Space, welded on a different edge to the box lid to create 4 unique boxes.  To create the bow (also using the Cricut), I used leftover scraps of the same paper that matched each house.

Here's what the house looks like in the box.  The bottom of the box was a little too short (at the maximum size of a 12x12" piece of paper)...the little chimney stuck out too I cut 4 additional rectangles of paper and lined the inside of the box to add the height that I needed.  It also gave extra strength to the box, which was an added benefit.

The little tags say:  Home is where your story begins.  It's from a sign I have in my house.  I used my Cricut to make the tags and also do the writing on the tags...which is a wonderful feature available on the Cricut Explores!