Sunday, August 18, 2013

Artbooking in August - Week 3

Are we having fun yet... I know I am... I can't believe we are at Week 3 already!  Time flies when you are having fun!!!

In case you are just joining us for the first time, over 30 CTMH consultants have gathered to showcase the new Cricut Artbooking Collection and inspire you (and me) with creativity this month.  Each Monday in August, we will be posting artwork on our blogs with a link to the next blog so you can follow along and see just how fabulous this new cartridge is!!

To keep things interesting, our challenge was to create 4 different projects using the Cricut Artbooking cartridge and any CTMH paper pack. Our mission is to design each of the following: 1) a 2 page layout, 2) a card, 3) a Mini Album and 4) a Home Decor or Giftable item.  Since the 4 projects can be posted in any order, you will find a great variety every Monday, so don't forget to stop back each week!

If you arrived here from Carol's Blog, you are on the right path.  Don't forget to continue on to the next at the end of my post!  Comments along the way are encouraged and appreciated!  If you run into a broken link and would like to continue... please click here for the entire list of participants!

This week I am featuring the Home Décor/Giftable Item (in this case both as it's a beautiful frame wall art for my sister.  By the end of August, I hope you will agree that Artbooking is an excellent addition to our other collections, Art Philosophy and Artiste!  Click on the Cricut Artbooking tab for more product detail about this collection.

I have wanted to make my sister a special gift to show her how proud I am of her for making some life-altering changes lately!  Since her living room colors are basically the Avonlea Paper Pack, I decided to pull out my stash of retired paper and make good use of it.  Oh how I love that paper, I stalked up before it retired.  I found this wonderful frame at Hobby Lobby for 50% off which is perfect as I wanted it to look more like art than the typical rectangle photo frame.  I love how this turned out... and Artbooking is present throughout this project... let me show you where...


First, I took the least bold pattern in the Avonlea paper and used it as a base.  Then I cut the overlay on page 84 (nursery layout however this does not look very babyish when used with Avonlea) in Avonlea Teal.  Now the base page has a wow factor!


I saw the photo mat on page 81 (teen layout) and thought it resembled the outside shape of the frame so I decided to use that!  I cut it in Slate.  I loved how it had the matching outline photo mat and I cut that in Olive. This provides a nice solid base for my sentiment.

The main part of the sentiment is HAPPINESS so I wanted that to really stick out.  I used Cricut Craft Room and the Artbooking font to created the title (welded together to make it easy to assemble) and cut it 3 times... top layer is Avonlea Teal B&T, middle layer is Avonlea Cream Script B&T and the bottom layer is Avonlea Teal Cardstock.  I love it the layers make it pop!  I adhered it to the page with pop dots to add dimension.
Happiness is an inside job... isn't that the truth!  Happiness is also the Artbooking collection, but that didn't fit with the purpose of this gift!  I used the Keyboard Uppercase Alphabet (B1416) which is my go to stamp set when I need to add a quick word.  I also used the Vintage Type Alphabet (D1481) for the word JOB and popped that up for dimension! 
For embellishments, I created a coordinating fan flower from folded and punched paper and put an Avonlea Canvas Shape in the middle and topped it off with a pearl.  I used the Opaque Pearl Flourishes, Opaque Pearl Adhesive Gems, the Slate roses from the Slate Mini Medley (I took the pin off) and added some leaves and a flower in Avonlea Teal (which are actually the inside pieces of the overlay... I don't like to waste paper).  I provided some close up pics below.

If you would like to purchase any of the products used to create this beautiful gift, please visit my website or send me an email!

I hope you enjoyed my project as much as I enjoyed creating it!  Now please continue on the pathway to creativity by hopping on over to Jami's blog to see what wonderful project she has prepared!

Don't forget to stop back next Monday for the last Artbooking in August!


  1. Your artwork is stunning! I would so love to recreate this for a gift for a special friend!

  2. This is very pretty. Your sister will love it.

  3. Love this project. Thanks for sharing

  4. Terrific project! Love that Avonlea paper.....
    :) Marie

  5. This is gorgeous!!!1 Great job, love it!

  6. This is such an amazing project! I keep coming back and admiring it. Love the quote, too!

  7. This is beautiful! Avonlea is my favorite paper pack and I love how you combined the papers and patterns.

  8. this is absolutely terrific! LOVE LOVE LOVE