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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Brotherly Love

Hello!  This is Lori Sjogren from The Singing Shell blog - stump-free and happy I got over a crafting bump in the road.

I was stumped for this month's project so I asked husband, "What should I do?"  

He answered, "Do something showing off our boys."

Easier said than done.  Do you ever feel intimidated to even try a new crafty endeavour?  That's how I feel about scrapbooking.  The funny thing is I started out a scrapbooker.  But I set out to do just as my husband suggested and picked out one off our favorite pictures to scrapbook.  That's all the inspiration I needed.

I used an image from A Child's Year but it wasn't right because I had two boys.


So I did what I learned how to do from you lovely ladies in the Cricut board - I altered it. :)

 I noticed that the girl image had rounded edges and I just used regular crafting scissors to remove the rounded edges and the flair on the bottom of her shirt.  I lopped off her hair and Voila! Two boys!  I also removed the duck because it just didn't go with the the page.  

One of the most difficult things for me is lining up the letters - even in cardmaking.  So now I use a level with a laser.  I forget which blog I got the idea from but it is great!  I tried to take pictures of it but they are not so great.  I would love to hear how others make sure their letters are straight.  How you keep your letters from being crooked?

Do you see the red line?  That's the laser!
I turned off my Ott light so you can see it better... Oh well, I tried :)

 Lastly, I added some old fashion looking alphabet cards from October Afternoon to complete the page. 

Have a great day everyone!

Cricut Info & Supplies Used

Designer: Lori Sjogren

Machines Used: Imagine

Cartridges Used: A Child's Year (letters, image) & Elegant Edges (frame)

Other Supplies: SEI cardstock: Moravia and October Afternoon alphabet cards


  1. Such a sweet layout...Love the use of the alpha cards.

    To keep my letters level I use the scrapeasel and it's magnetic ruler...makes life so much easier.

  2. What a sweet layout! The silhouette cut from ACY is just perfect. Love the alphabet cards too.

  3. I really love this layout Lori. It is beautiful. The picture is just perfect with the cut you chose and the papers are lovely!

  4. I never heard of the scarp easel. I have to look into that. Thanks for letting me know, Freda.

  5. Great job on altering the image. Adorable picture l

  6. Love how you altered the image to make it two little boys. Will definitely have to remember that. Thanks for the tip of the laser level. I try to use mostly welded titles and hope I get it on straight. DH may be missing a tool.

  7. I LOVE how you changed it into a boy! It doesn't look like it was ever a girl!

  8. What a sweet LO!Love those ABC cards, and don't you just adore the beautiful images on A Child's Year? Snip here and there and you've got exactly what you need! I have looked at that laser tool, and wondered if it was worth it. Sounds like you like it. Precious picture of your boys! TFS!

  9. So sweet and I love the vintage touches! Adorable photo too!


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