Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Fall Pumpkins with Cheerful Seasons

A couple of days ago I posted a layout using Accent Essentials.  There was a ring of circles and also some interior shapes leftover.  Here is the layout I made using these leftovers.  All of the rest of the elements are from the Creative Memories Cheerful Seasons cartridge.

The photo is one of my all time favorites of my husband and older son when he was about three years old.  I don't usually do one photo layouts but this just seemed to work.

I used Design Studio to determine the size to print the photo which I had edited to a square format.  I just added a square and stretched it to about the right size and then rounded up to 7 1/2 inches.

I printed the photo on 8 1/2 x 11 photo paper using the custom size option in my Creative Memories Memory Manager software.

I placed the ring over the photo to check the size - so far so good!

I added some tape to every other circle to hold the ring over the photo.

Then I simply cut away all of the excess making sure that nothing would show at the indentations between circles.

I double checked the back to be sure that I had cut enough away - it looks messy but that doesn't matter since it is all hidden.  I also had saved all of the yellow cutouts and added those back to the ring of circles.I briefly considered putting faces on some of the circles as if they were pumpkins but I decided it would be too much.

I made the pumpkin cut from the Cheerful Seasons cartridge at four inches.  The cartridge has images for spring in the first row, summer in the second row, fall in the third row and winter in the fourth row.  All but two of these images have four layers using the shift and layer keys.

Here is one helpful tip for cutting the shapes.  When you use Design Studio to cut you can adjust the placement of the images and potentially save a bit of paper.  Here I rotated the pumpkin base cut about 24 degrees and then was able to use a four inch strip of paper to make the cut.  It isn't always important or a significant difference but at times when you have just a bit of a favorite paper left to use this trick will help you make the most of it.

By counting the squares on the mat (just look at the rulers on the sides) you can figure out what size pieces of paper you need.  You can even use a scrap from another cut as I did for the stem.  One more tip - sometimes I am asked about the numbers on the mat when someone sees a screen shot on my blog.  If you don't have these showing on your screen, go to the "View" menu and check "Show Ruler."

Once you have optimized the amount of paper needed you can cut all of the layers at once.

Here are all of the pieces of the pumpkin.  I had intended to make the brighter orange the base and the textured Core'dinations cardstock the top layer but I goofed!

This turned out to be a happy accident.  I actually like the darker shade in the background and I used the Cuttlebug Mesh embossing folder to add a heavier texture to the pumpkin.  The stem was cut from a white core cardstock so I inked the edges - I don't like the white to show.
I cut the word "fall" from the Cheerful Seasons cartridge - there are a lot of seasonal words and phrases, some are bold like the one I chose and some are in script fonts.

I wanted some sort of flourish for the top left and I chose this leaf, also in the fall row.

Most of the papers I used are from the K and Company Halloween Whimsy (Jen Yanok) paper stack.  All of the paper is double-sided.  I was planning to use the striped side when I made the cut.

I thought it was too busy and the stripes were blending in to the brown speckled background so I flipped the cut and made it start on the left side of the page.

A few of the flocked black spider bits show but I think that the overall contrast is better this way.

I also originally considered using a solid black background but I found it boring!  The stripes do show up better against the black.

I normally make very flat layouts - I don't like albums to bulge - but I am branching out a little and using some three dimensional embellishments like the vintage frames and chipboard I used on the layout a few days ago.  Here I just popped up the pumpkin a bit with foam squares.

Just that little bit of dimension give the layout more interest.

I may even get up the nerve to go back and add Stickles to the pumpkin tendrils!

While I originally thought the Reminisce Accents cartridge was my favorite of the two cartridges I am finding that Cheerful Seasons has a lot to offer.  The style of the artwork is not too cutesy or stylized and will work for many projects.

As I mentioned yesterday,  Joy and Melanie are featuring the Creative Memories cartridges this week on their blogs and invited me to join in a mini blog hop.  Here are the links:

Joy - Obsessed with Scrapbooking

Melanie - Courtney Lane Designs

If you would like to see some of my projects with these cartridges that I have posted already here are two more links for you  - Reminisce Accents and Cheerful Seasons

If you are interested in purchasing these cartridges you need to purchase them through a Creative Memories consultant.  I am a consultant  and I would be happy to help you if you don't have a consultant already.  You can order the cartridges through my Creative Memories personal website day or night from anywhere in the country.  If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me.

Here are the links

Reminisce Accents

Cheerful Seasons

These cartridges have coordinating papers that are also exclusive to Creative Memories.  You can find these in the various categories under Scrapbooking Paper on my site.

There are also digital versions of most of the papers which can be found HERE.
I have a goal to sell at least 40 cartridges this month so I can be included in a contest to win a spot on the Cricut Cruise.  I'd love to go along with some of my lucky friends who have already been invited so I appreciate your purchases to help in getting me one step closer.  Thanks!

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  1. Dianne,

    What a great layout!!! :) It's so clever to use the cutouts from other projects!

    Thanks for sharing,


  2. Diane, I really love everything about this LO. The colors all go beautifully together and thanks for the instructions!

  3. Diane,
    This is so pretty. I love it

  4. love the layout. I just purchase this paper, now i have some more ideals on how to use it. :)

  5. nice layout and colors.


  6. Wow what a great job !!! Thanks for share this tuto !

    Have a great Thursday ;-)

  7. Isn't this just a wonderful layout!

  8. thank you for sharing your layout with us. you always have just great ideas using ds.

  9. I totally love the colors of the pumpkin despite the goof. Looks fantastic to me!


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