Homemade Cards-A Special Touch

A Homemade Card, like ones I make with my Cricut Machine, gives recipients a special feeling, they know I planned ahead for their special occasion and took the time and care to create a greeting card just for them. I have sent out many of the cards featured in this blog and I get wonderful thank you's back, expressing how nice it was to receive a beautiful and homemade card.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Easy Scrapbook Layout for Girl Scouting-April 21, 2011

This scrapbook layout was created for the spring of 1997 when my daughter "bridged" from Brownie Girl Scouts to Junior Girl Scouts.  I had alot of fun creating this page with the help of my Cricut Create Personal Cutter and some fun official Girl Scout embellishments I found at Jo-Ann's.  
This particular scrapbook layout had very few steps once I was able to determine the size and shape that I wanted for each photo in the layout.
Scrapbooking and Card Making using a Cricut is also a fun experience, the scrapbooking supplies are easy to find at any specialty store or the craft department of a department store.

This is a correspondence themed cartridge, filled with cutouts such as inkpots, stamps, quills, and beautiful designs.  You can create phrases, tags,envelopes,and so much more. Perfect for a beginner's collection of Cricut Cartridges.

  • Pressure: High
  • Speed: Medium
  • Blade Depth: #2
I used a wonderful collection of papers created by the DCWV company; it is called Stack 7. A huge variety of both plain and patterned papers, some heavy weight and some light weight.

Photo Layers

Using my Cricut, I was able to create three different layers for each photo in the scrapbook layout. This gave the entire scrapbook layout more of a 3D look. The size of your photo entirely determines the sizes of each of the three layers. I've created a simple table below to help you determine your sizes.

Photo Size Chart

                            Cricut Dial Setting
                        Finished Size
3 3/4"
                                3 3/4
                    3 3/4 x 4 3/4
                    4 x 5 1/4
4 1/4
                                4 1/4
                    4 1/4 x 5 1/2
4 1/2
                                4 1/2
                    4 1/2 x 5 3/4

 Step 1
Cut 3 of <Card1>, page 65 using just the keyboard key alone. Make each layer one increment of size, 1/4", bigger than the other.
Step 2
Adhere the smallest layer to the middle layer, then adhere both to the biggest layer. Adhere each photo to the top layer, spacing the photo in the middle.
Step 3
Using either scissors or your Cricut, I suggest <Postage>, page 53, Cut 1 3"x3" plain cardstock for your journaling area. I used my ProvoCraft Paper Shapers #34-0003, which had a similar pattern to the <Card1> layers.
Step 4
Adhere the journaling cardstock piece in the middle of the scrapbook layout as shown, arrange your complete photos/layers around the journaling piece.
Step 5
I chose to purchase some great embellishments with the official Girl Scout logo. Simply arrange and adhere your embellishments around the photos. Add a couple of small hand-tied bows

Handy to Have:
The Girl Scout embellishments came from K&Company.  The packet contained a variety of coordinated items pertaining to Junior Girl Scouting, including 3D items like the vest and a page of rub-on transfers.  It gave the page a nice finished touch.  I did see that K&Company also has similar packets for both Daisy and Brownie Girl Scouts.

I found a wonderful item to use for adhering my photos and embellishments to the scrapbook layout page.  It is the Elmer's CraftBond Permanent Dot Runner; very inexpensive and works great.  Safe for photos as it is acid-free.  I also purchased the Elmer's CraftBond refills.

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