I have so many Cricut cartridges and svg files that I have bought over the last couple years, I feel like I have over-indulged! and feel a little, tiny bit, guilty about the money spent on them. Aside from my Robotz cartridge, I don’t feel as if I have explored and/or used any of my collections enough to justify having bought them. Some, I have never used at all (gasp!!) So I have come up with a solution. I typed the name of each cartridge on orange paper and each svg collection on green paper, cut them into little strips and put them into a jar. On purple paper, I typed project ideas such as bookmark, mini-album, 10 note cards, etc., cut them and put them into a second jar. My challenge is to pick one paper from each jar and do what it says. Here’s my first one:
Night Before Christmas svg collection from My Scrap Chick and ten Christmas cards. Lucky pair!! It could have been ten Christmas cards using Life is a Beach!!
This is what I came up with. I am linking it to the Christmas in July post on Memories by Christine’s scrapbooking blog.
I started with the fireplace, but it was too simple; it needed more. Lots of people make a whole scene on their scrapbook layouts, so that’s what I decided to do on this card. I made it look like someone’s house. The candle, present, and rocking horse are from the Joys of the Season cartridge.
Before I went and cut everything out, I wanted to see how it would look. I opened MS Word and brought in the fireplace jpeg from MyScrapChick’s files. Then I used the Grab program on my Mac to copy pictures from my cartridge PDF*. I manipulated them until I liked the placement and then did my cuts in SCAL. As you can see, I deviated from my original design a little bit. Those candles are SO SMALL to work with!! and I changed the wreath to a picture frame with a quote from The Night Before Christmas poem.
* Did you know you can download the PDF version of Cricut cartridge handbooks here? I download lots of them and save them in a file on my computer. I download the ones that I own so I can look at them anytime on my laptop – don’t have to have the handbook in front of me AND I can see them nice and big. I also download ones that I think I might like to own. If I see a sale anywhere, I can see exactly what’s on the cartridge to see if it’s worth buying for that price.