I learned that "swinging from a chandelier" can really be done. Recently, my sister informed me that her 22-month-old has done exactly that. Toddlers are also expert climbers. In addition to being part child and part mountain goat, this child is also part monkey. To bad she was promptly taken down off of the table from which she reached the chandelier and told "no, no!" before a picture could capture the moment. I still think the event can inspire a spider-monkey page or two! Journaling with scrapping is great fun but a picture is sure worth a thousand words. Hmmm, maybe I'll volunteer to babysit, then, take a picture of the lil' trapeze artist for documentary sake.
Let your munchkins inspire your creativity. Then let the Cricut machine and products help you to expand your creativity to realize some of the most amazing potentials!
Happy Cricuting :-)
Lonna Joy Smoot- Editor, Cricut CHIRP!
PROJECT CORNER AND SPOTLIGHT
|Diane Campbell Payne|
|I live in Massachusetts with my husband of 27 years. Our older son is finished with college and living and working in San Francisco. Our younger son is a sophomore in college in New Jersey, so, as an empty nester, I have plenty of time to explore and create. I have always enjoyed family history and photography and these two interests led to my love of scrapbooking. I got my Cricut Expression in November 2007 and had fun using it with just the cartridges but once I got the Design Studio software I realized what amazing potential this machine had to expand my creative possibilities. I have also become a card maker since joining the Cricut Message Board and being inspired by the sharing of wonderful work by the many talented members there.|
Amy's Project: Halloween Template
Cuttin' Up, Paper Dolls Dress Up, Plantin Schoolbook
|I created a DesignStudio file that can be used as a background for a scrapbook page, a framed piece of home decor or a three dimensional lantern for Halloween celebrations. This concept can be easily adapted for other holidays or occasions. Complete information on my project, photos and the .cut file are available on my blog, the entries are dated September 13, 2008.|
I also adapted the design I submitted so it can also be cut on the baby bug (with a bit of hand trimming at the edges) and there is one more entry on my blog with the info and files - here is the link to that entry.
This week's highlighted threads are:
TIPS TREASURE CHEST - Q: Which Cricut cartridges contain pictures with Thanksgiving type themes.
CARTRIDGE EXPLORATION - Graphically Speaking, Storybook
This week my life has settled back down to normal. Nothing new or exciting has happened in my home. I've been working on getting my lawn ready for winter and planting bulbs in the ground. Do you think the Cricut could help me plant flowers or is that asking too much of my little machine?--hummm.... For this exploration, I thought I would get ahead in my card making.
I needed a "Get Well" card because I have a few friends that could use some cheering up. I created a card that used one of the saying from Graphically Speaking
then typed and welded my own phrase for the inside of the cared. I can now cut quite a few cards out and have them right at my finger tips. I love to be prepared. I think I need to sit down and create my Christmas cards, or maybe I should start on Thanksgiving cards next.
To make my cards I used the DesignStudio
because being creative is so easy with this software. I used Graphically Speaking and Storybook
for my card. I placed the "Life is Good" saying in a border and welded them together to give it a different look. Then I used Storybook for the font phrase that I placed inside my card. I've included the design incase any other Cricut (cut file
) fans wanted to get ahead in their card making.
I am going to post a section to gather ideas on Christmas cards. If you have any ideas that you would like to share, please post them in this section.
Happy Cricuting! See you next week.
TECH SUPPORT NOOK - Q: What is the Portrait feature?
A: This feature enables the user to rotate selected characters and cut up to 23.5" tall using the length of the 12" x 24" mat and paper, or up to 11.5" tall using the 12" x 12" mat.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
|"Children really brighten up a household - they never turn the lights off." |
~ Ralph Bus
"There are only two things a child will share willingly
-- communicable diseases and his mother's age."
~ Benjamin Spock