While we are no longer making active post of Cricut projects on this blog as of 8/1/2013, we invite you to use it for continued die cut inspiration as we will leave the blog up for viewing. Happy Cricuting !

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Farewell Cricut FANatics and a final Project Tutorial

By Debbie O'Neal of www.scrapmequickdesigns.com
Well Cricut FANatics, today is the last posting day on the blog. Sniff, Sniff. I know how you must be feeling as my heart is heavy today too.
It has been my privilege to host this blog for you and I want to thank everyone for visiting us here to get your Cricut inspiration.  I also ask you to join me in sending a big thank you out to my other two administrators Rebecca and Amy for assisting me with hosting challenges and blog admin advice. You ladies were a joy to work beside.  
And a really really really BIG THANK YOU  to all the Cricut FANatics Design Team members, past and present who have so inspired us with their Cricut creations.  The variety of projects we have had posted is truly astounding and goes to show how the Cricut products really push our creativity in new directions. I encourage you to follow the individual designers on their blogs to keep the inspiration coming to you.
As mentioned before, I will NOT be deleting the Cricut FANatics blog.  Please continue to use the blog as a reference. The database of project posts is searchable and you can use the labels list to quickly find projects for inspiration.  The blog will stay up as long as Blogger allows it to do so.
As far as myself, I will still be crafting and continue to post all kinds of die cut projects including Cricut on my website at www.scrapmequickdesigns.com and welcome you to follow me there for inspiration.  When you stop by, please leave a comment to say hello !  I also have a die cut focused  Facebook Group "Crafty Cut Ups" and I invite all of you to join us there for more crafting fun too !

I wanted to leave you all with one last Cricut Project Tutorial to inspire you.  One of my all time favorite cartridges is the Close to My Heart "Artiste" cartridge.  There are so many amazing things you can do with this cartridge.  I LOVE all the fun mini albums and decided to make one for my final Cricut FANatics project. It was hard picking but I finally decided to use the mini album on page 59 in the image book/page 37 in assembly instructions.  It is recommended you make your mini album no less than 3.8" tall/wide. I decided to make it an even 4" to fit my photos a bit better.

1. First thing you want to do when making a mini album with your die cut machine, you want to pick a good quality double sided patterned paper to add some pizzaz to your album.  I love the heavy quality of the paper in the amazing Teresa Collins Collections and decided to use the Everyday Moments Collection I had been hoarding :)

 2. Take a few minutes to decide what order you want to use the patterned paper. Don't forget there is a front and backside so be sure and check to make sure the patterns look nice on both sides together.

3. It's important to give some thought to which paper you are going to use of the front and back cover of the mini album.  Give a little thought to the way you may want to decorate the front cover to give you some idea of what might look best with what you have in mind.

Here I selected the dark blue pattern to be the front and back cover for my book. The bird paper is the B side of the same paper so that becomes the inside of the front and back cover.  (and yes, I realized After I cut the paper that I should have made sure to turn the paper on my mat so the inside design was horizontal but it still looks fine to me ).

4.  Cut the inside pages according to the diagram in the Cricut manual. I cut all the pages at 4", same size I cut the cover. As you can see, the pages automatically cut out at the right size without adjusting each page manually to get the graduated sizes of the mini album pages.  Cool, right?

5. Layer the inside pages in the recommended order according to the assembly directions on page 37 within the back and front covers.  Add book binding rings to hold it together. 

6. Now for the fun part...DECORATING THE MINI ALBUM ! One of the great things about using a collection pack is that they generally come with embellishments of some kind that make decorating your mini album super easy !  For this mini book I used the stickers and die cut pieces that were in the collection and a few little embellishment gems from my stash.  And my trusty Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, ATG and some foam pop dots.

7. Start out decorating by selecting which of the embellishments you want to use for the front cover. Nothing is worse than using all your matching embellishments on the inside and running out for the cover...yes, I am speaking from experience :)
Here I layered some stickers on the binding edge and across the bottom of the cover.  Next I decided to use the circle flower cardstock piece on the rounded flap of the album cover as part of the closure  feature. To do that, I adhered it to the rounded flap so that it hangs off the edge as shown towards the center of the front cover.  Next, I added the label sticker in the center of the front cover, then layered on top with a foam pop dot the Every Day Moments cardstock piece, placing it so that the Circle Flower piece would tuck under it just slightly to hold the mini album cover together when closed. To finish the cover off I added a rose shaped pearl cachabon to the flower center, a bit of yellow/white twine a the bottom edge and tied some crinkled seam binding ribbon to the top binder ring.
8. Decorate the inside pages using the selected embellishments of your choice. Think about photos you may want to use, add some places for journaling spots along the way and embellish to your hearts content to get the look you want in your mini album.
Here are some pictures of the inside of my album to show off ideas of how to decorate the inside of this particular Cricut mini album. I added the tabs to top of some pages with my tiny attacher stapler, layered stickers and journal spots on others for variety.  I like to add in journaling cards mixed in with some of the pages to add more interest to the overall book.

I have photos picked out to put in here to make myself a little reminder book to stop and enjoy the Every Day Moments of my own life.  Unfortunately I didn't have time to add them to the mini album before doing this post. But rest assured, this one will be used.  I hope this tutorial inspires you to create your own mini album using some of the amazing shapes found on the Cricut cartridges.
Well, I think I have dragged my feet long enough about ending this last post. Time to say Farewell Cricut FANatics and thank you for the fond memories we have made here at Cricut FANatics Blog !
Hugs to you all,  happy die cutting !  Debbie O'Neal


  1. Thank you, and all the best to you all!

  2. Thanks for all the inspiration and allowing me to be a part of this journey. I'll see ya'll around I'm sure...Happy Crafting.


    1. Absolutely will see you around Freda. Thanks for so many wonderful projects !

  3. A huge thank you, Debbie, for the blog. The DT presented such a variety of style, creativity, and inspiration that it, IMHO, outdid the old Cricut blog. Thank you all. Christine

    1. Thanks so much Christine. So sweet of you to say we outdid the old Cricut blog :)

  4. Wonderful final project Debbie. Thanks for starting the blog and giving us somewhere to come to when we lost our old blog. It has been a great source of inspiration. I had a lot of fun and was happy to be a part of it.

    1. Thanks Rita..we had fun and I am so glad the projects inspired so many people !

  5. Beautiful mini album! Thanks for starting the blog in the first place. It was fun being a part of it!

  6. I love the quality of TC products and love your mini album. I keep telling myself I need to do a mini from Artiste. Thank you for such a wonderful project.

    I would like to thank everyone, especially you, for starting this blog, for putting so much time, effort and heart into it. I have loved the posts, the inspirations, just having a great place to go to for creating with the Cricut.

    I hate to say good bye but I will be heading over to your blog to sign up as a follower if I'm not already (can' remember). Thank you!!

  7. Oh I am already a subscriber! Be seeing you there! I am so glad you are not totally giving up the Cricut machine because so many of us don't have a Silhouette and won't be getting one and continuing to do projects with the Cricut makes me happy happy happy

  8. Fabulous mini Debbie! I will be sad to see no more posts on this blog, but I'm sure I'll come back to it from time to time for a little inspiration boost! You and your DT have done a wonderful job this past year!

  9. Thank you for all the inspiration!!!!!!!!

  10. Thanks to all the DT, you have been such an inspiration to everyone. So glad you are leaving this blog up. Happy crafting to you all.

    Thanks again,


  11. I am so bummed you are closing this blog. I will check out your other blog.

  12. Thank you each and everyone. I have enjoyed "getting to know" each of you. I had been so intimidated by my Cricut until you came along. I have learned so much and gained much needed confidence. I'll be coming back to your wonderful site for inspiration for years to come. Thank you again. <3

  13. I am so sad to see this blog go. I have truly enjoyed stopping by on a daily basis and checking out the new projects. The inspiration has been wonderful.


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