Friday, August 29, 2008


Another cruise book for memories. This one is for my soon-to-be 3-year-old daughter. I'm hoping that she can use the book for autographs. She can have the autograph on one page and the picture of her with the character/person on the opposite page. I didn't decorate all of the pages, leaving myself the option of embellishing pages when we get home.

The book was created using my Cricut Expression and the Design Studio. I could have used the original Cricut, but I was cutting 2 book covers at the same time. It was cut from lightweight cardboard (like at the back of a package of paper you might buy). I cut the outer layer paper the same way - and cut some other paper for the inside covers. "Jaydin's Memories" was welded in the Design Studio. The "o" in "memories" was replaced by a Mickey head. I put a small circle in the middle to make sure it still looked like an 'o'. The words were cut from SU basic black paper. The ship was cut on the Cricut, too, using the Design Studio. Black, white, and red ribbons were used on the binder rings that hold the book together. A little bling from AMuse makes the cover just a little more magical.

This is inside the front of the book.

And this is the back of the book. The Mickey and Minnie heads were cut using the Cuttlebug and embossed, as well. I love those.

This is one of the princess pages that I made. I think there are 4 or 6 princess pages. I will try to take some more pictures of those to post, as well as the other pages that are done.

As always, I'd love to know what you think!

Have an awesome day and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Not Paper

Ok ... this is definitely not a paper craft project, but I'm very pleased with how this came out. In several weeks (6 weeks from Friday), we're going on a cruise. Recently, I joined the DISboards and found out about Fish Extenders. These are wonderful little pocket things that hang from the little fish note holders outside some staterooms. I created mine today!! Here are a few picture - keep in mind that I am NOT a seamstress in ANY form of the word. :)

Yep ... that's my Fish Extender .... It's made from pirate map fabric, with Mickey, Marines, flames, and princess fabric for the pockets. There is batting on the inside to make it a little stronger and stiffer. Craft sticks hold the top straight.

This is the pocket for Jared, my oldest. Everything is top-stitched. I did this to make it easier on myself, and I really think it looks better that way.

Here's the top of the FE. It shows the pirate fabric a little better, the little bows, and the top pocket.

Later this week, I plan to have a tutorial (photo) of welding in the Cricut Design Studio. It was requested by some friends on the Cricut thread on SCS. Just know I'm working on it!!!