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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Nuts About You

Greetings fellow Cricut FANatics! This is Michele from Scrap-n-Dance.blogspot.com! I have created a fall themed two page layout for you!

I have a few friends that have asked me to create kits for them, and this is one that I finished up not too long ago. I really like how this one turned out. Let me tell you how I created it!

I used my Gypsy to do this, so if you want to copy it exactly, you'll need a Gypsy or Design Studio, mainly because the tree is sized so big that it's trunk is off the mat, and only the Gypsy or Design Studio can cut something sized bigger than the mat.

I loved the title, but I worried that the words might get lost on the busy background paper, and there was no shadow option for it. But, you don't always have to use a shadow of the shape, all you need is something to set it off... and I thought two acorns welded together as a background for the title was perfect. In fact, I liked it more because it was different from the usual phrase shadow.

If you like, before you put all the pieces together, ink the edges of them. "Cutesy" pages like this can seem more "grown up" after inking the edges of everything with dark brown ink. I found this out when one friend, who'd seen these pages in their initial stages before ink, and then saw it later when it was completely done... She didn't want a kit at first, it was too cutesy for her. But the inking changed her mind completely.

The ribbon is seam binding that I had dyed using Distress Stain in Fired Brick color. I laid down a strip of tacky tape adhesive, then as I laid down the ribbon, I pinched pleats in it. This gives the layout texture and dimension, more than even pop dots can! 

Tree:  Create A Critter 2 @ 13.85 inches (with the lower trunk hanging off the mat)
Squirrel:  Create A Critter @ 4 inches (I hid the mouth on my Gypsy, as I don't care for those weird smiles sometimes)
Title:  Just Because Cards @ 13.50 inches
Leaves:  Doodlecharms @ 2 inches
Acorn title background: Create A Critter @ 6.53 inches, TWO welded together
Small Acorns:  Create A Critter @ 2.25 inches

Cricut Info & Supplies used:
Designed by Michele Donner-Ramsey
Cricut Machines used:  Gypsy, Expression
Cricut Cartridges used:  Create A Critter 2, Create A Critter, Just Because Cards, Doodlecharms
Other Supplies:  Bazzill Cardstock, DCWV Autumn Melody Stack, Seam Binding ribbon, Ranger Distress Fired Brick Stain, Ranger Distress Ink Walnut Stain, adhesives


  1. This is SO cute!! Love the ribbon.

  2. So adorable. Love the title and the cute little layout. Great job. Thanks for the tip on the seem binding to die it. Great job.

  3. Very nice layout! I love cutsy, so this is right up my alley.

  4. Nice fall layout. Cute, but not too cute. Love all the details.

  5. I love this LO. It's fun and whimsical.

  6. Very sweet layout! Love the colors you chose!

  7. Very cute layout! Love your squirrels!!

  8. The colors you used on this layout. So vibrant with the brown!

  9. Cute layout! I didn't look closely at first and thought there were other squirrels in the tree! lol! Good job!


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