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Easter Paper Craft Projects: Layouts & Cards

by Richelle Naegleeaster layout classic

I consider myself to be a “cute” scrapbooker, meaning that I am drawn to designs you might refer to as adorable shapes and vibrant, bright colors, particularly pastels, which is why Easter is one of my favorite holidays. I think the fact that I have kids is one of the reasons I’m so partial to cute designs. When I’m making a layout for my boys, cute designs are typically better thematic matches for my photographs and memories. Or maybe I’m just a big kid at heart, either way I feel like I am #winning.

So for this first layout, I thought I would change the pace and go for a more classic look. The background for this layout is from the Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge. It only has the scallops on the one side, so I added two of them and welded them together. Dimensions = 11.25″ x 11.25″.

The circle doily is from the Edge to Edge Cricut cartridge and was cut out at 11″. The flower (4″) is cut from Kate’s ABCs, the final piece is the tag and it is is also 4″ and the Happy Easter was drawn on using the Cricut Explore. Just added a little bit of faux stitching and that’s it! I really enjoyed making this layout, and I just couldn’t stop there. I had to make myself something cute, too…happy ester layout

…so I went with this darling rabbit and made another fun Easter scrapbook layout. This one took a little more time than I’m used to. I started out with my Cricut machine, but then ended up using the Silhouette CAMEO, as well.

I just couldn’t find the perfect bunny on any Cricut cartridges (Cricut does have a lot of cute bunnies, though) and I when I was running through some Silhouette images, I immediately fixated on this little guy.

I guess that’s why some people own both electronic cutters – you get the best of both worlds! If you only have one or the other, no big deal, they are both great machines. You can make due with just one electronic die-cutting machine.

if you have access to Silhouette designs, they have some very cute eggs and Happy Easter phrases that you can use, or if you craft with Cricut, you can find a cute bunny to sub in (try the Create a Critters cartridges).

This layout has so many components, I thought a boring list of bullet points would be the best way to go over the details:

  • The Eggs: Easter Magic are cut at 3.75″ each
  • Happy Easter: Easter Magic at 3.00″
  • Bunny Backside: Is just made up of shapes Bum
  • Bum: 3.50″ circle
  • (2) Feet: 2.25″ oval
  • (6) Toes: 0.30″ circle
  • 12″ x 4″ stip
  • (3) 3.75″ squares
  • (3) 3.50″ squares
  • Bunny is 5.00″ and is called Bunny w/ Large Egg in the Silhouette Design store (his eyes are stamped).

Finally, I made a few quick cards that were mostly created with scraps of material! I always have small amounts of beautiful craft paper and it’s hard to find uses for them. Well, this is where you use those! These are all 4″ x 4″ cards. Various cartridges give you an option to cut blank cards or (Pro tip) you can just use a 4″ x 8″ rectangle, score it in half, and now you have a card.

When the machine comes into play, you need to attach the bunny, or egg, or whatever simple image you are using for the card so that when it cuts, you will be left with a silhouette of the image. If you are using the Cricut Explore, don’t forget to add a score line.IMG_1996

When I say simple image, I mean shapes without much detail. I used the Holiday Cakes Cricut cartridge for these cards. The bunnies are cut at 2.71″, Happy Easter at 2.30″,  and the Eggs at 3.35″.

Now for the fun and easy part! Gather all your tiny scraps we talked about and cut them into about 3.50″ lengths and whatever width you want (I didn’t measure mine – I just started cutting them out). Then, glue them to about a 3.50″ x 3.50″ square piece of paper. Get creative: you can overlap the materials or do whatever makes you happy!  Once you have the 3.50″ square filled up adhere to the inside cover of your card. That’s it! It’s seriously that easy!

After I made the first three cards, I couldn’t stop! So, I made a few more and added some fun easy embellishments to them. If you are looking for ways to add a little something extra, here are some of the easy quick embellishing ideas I include to make them stand out more:

  • emboss the card
  • emboss the strips
  • add some ink around the edges
  • Sparkle Lightz
  • faux stitching
  • buttons

You get the picture. You can add just a little bit to these cards and end up with a lot of character!

Happy Easter, Passover, and creating!

Mother’s Day Cricut Subway Art

by Richelle Naegle

Want to make a Mother’s Day Craft that she can enjoy year round? Subway art is a very trendy craft right now and it allows you to personalize to fit your taste. While I wish I could say this is a fast and easy project, I must admit that it does take some time and some patience. The easy part of subway art project is there are no rules, no guidelines, and you are free to say what you want and design it the way you choose. By simply turning words on their side or adding simple images you can easily change the feel and design of what I’ve created below into something personal to you. You can use all the same font and just change the size, or if you wish, use a variety of fonts and sizes to create your one of a kind masterpiece. Mother's Day Subway Art

For this Mother’s Day Cricut subway art I used my Explore Air machine, and the Cricut Design space software. You could also just as easily make it using your gypsy or the Cricut Craftroom just as easily. Or even your Silhouette or other die cutting machine software would work just as easily. I don’t know that I would recommend that you do it without some sort of software though, as it’s hard to make sure all the widths and heights and spacing is going to work before you cut out and waste a lot of Cricut vinyl (but you can use any vinyl), and not to mention time.

OK, so back to the project at hand. I used a 11″ x 14″ piece of wood and painted it all white, you will want to make sure that you don’t have a lot of paint on the board, just enough to cover the wood completely. If you have too much paint when you are trying to peal the transfer tape up it will pick some of the paint off the board.

While I didn’t want this project to be all one color, I selected a few vinyl colors mostly using CGull vinyl and a couple of the colors are from the Cricut vinyl line. Some of the fonts are from my own computer fonts, and some are from the various fonts off the Cricut cartridges, such as Kate’s ABC’s, Chalkboard font, Everyday Fonts, Birthday Cakes, Elegant cakes and Boys Will Be Boys. Any font cartridges you have will work, and their are also some great font cartridges that have many fonts such as the Everyday Font Cricut cartridge has seven fonts so with one cartridge you can have the best of both worlds.

After you have your design ready to go then you can cut out all your words and images using your Cricut machine, and then carefully “weed” out all your unwanted vinyl, then using the vinyl transfer tape to carefully place your vinyl cut outs onto your board making sure that they are lined up and straight. Then carefully remove your transfer tape leaving the vinyl on your board.

Want to simplify this project?

If you wanted to make this project simpler you could cut out all the vinyl using the same color, so that you just have one large piece of vinyl that is already spaced perfectly, from when you designed it.

I hope you have enjoyed this Mother’s Day Craft Project, and that I have inspired you to make something beautiful for you or your mother for Mother’s Day. If you have any Mother’s Day or Subway art craft project that you have made share them with us on our Facebook page or on our Google+ page. Remember to save on Cricut Font cartridges.

Happy creating!

Mother’s Day Scrapbook Layout

by Richelle Naegle

Cricut Mother's Day Layout

Now that we are done with Easter it’s time to get working on Mother’s Day Cricut projects, I have a home decor project that I am working on, for Mother’s Day I will have it done soon and share it with you. Since we have about three weeks I figured I would get my scrapbook layout ready so that I won’t have worry about that and can just concentrate on making gifts and cards.

So for this layout I use the Kate’s ABC’s Cricut cartridge for the flowers. They were made from paper cut out at 4″. They are also raised up using pop dots (you can’t tell that in the picture but added a lot of good dimension on the layout it’s self.

Then Happy Mother’s Day is cut out from the Phrases Cricut cartridge I have never used this cartridge before thinking that I have plenty of phrases on other cartridges and if I don’t have it I can just make it up with letters. But I actually love how this title turned out. The image has three layers instead of just the two. This allows the Mother’s to stand out more. It also has the shadow option that I didn’t use. Anyway I love how it added that extra layer to make Mother’s stand out, makes it look more like you designed it your self rather than just having it cut from a cartridge.

Helpful Tip:

When you are pre-making pages for your scrapbook album, I suggest you don’t glue down any parts that overlap your photo squares. Such as the flower on the left hand side don’t glue it onto the photo square it’s self just glue it to the background. Other wise when you go to insert your photo’s in you will have to lift it up and may risk tearing your paper and ruining your cuts. Or have to cut your picture smaller or funny to make it fit. Yes I did learn this the hard way a few times 🙂

Share your Mother’s Day Scrapbook layout with us. You can share them on our Paper Crafting Fanatic Page or on Facebook, we love to be inspired by you! Save on Cricut cartridges online, as well as the Cricut Explore Air.

Happy creating!

Kate’s ABC Cricut Cartridge Ideas

by Richelle Naegle

I made a layout and a card with the Kate’s ABCs Cricut cartridge and I am really happy about the finished products. Whether you are celebrating a holiday, or everyday living, you can come up with nice layouts and greeting cards for your scrapbook album memories with this popular Cricut cartridge.

You Are My Sunshine Layout

kate's abcs layout made with cricutI picture this being used as a summer time layout, but it could be utilized for a baby birth, or any occasion with children (or maybe you have a beekeeper in your life). The bees are cut out at 3 inches and the flowers at 5 inches. The clouds are from Create a Critter at 2 inches and then each one has been embossed and then lightly rubbed with blue ink so that the raised part of the paper stands out.

The photo frames on the right are all for a 3 x 3 inch photo and the large one on the left is for a 4 x 6 inch photo.

This layout is a super easy and quick layout that’s perfect for your summer photos. I love the contrast in colors and patterns on this layout. Let me know what variations you can come up with and share them here.

St. Patrick’s Day Card

kate's abc cartridge st. patty's day cardHere is how to make this super easy St. Patrick’s Day card:

The overall size of the card is 5 x 5 inches and I used Create a Critter for the horse shoe cut out at 2 inches. I cut the letters cut out at 2 inches (from the Kate’s ABC cartridge) as well. Designer’s Calendar for the shamrock cut out at 1.5 inches and covered the shamrock in green Ranger stickles.

Please share your creations with us here at CraftDirect. With St. Patty’s day right around the corner, this design idea gives you ample time to get your party invitations sent out for the occasion. Hopefully our Kate’s ABC Cricut cartridge ideas are helpful to you. Let us know what your questions are in the comment section. Save on Cricut supplies online and as always, happy creating. You can update your Cricut Explore Air machine with a fresh new Cricut mat at a great low price. Or change out your deep Explore cut blade.