Friday, July 6, 2012

Erica's July Blog Hop: Birthday Reminder Book

July's 100 Cricut cartridge blog hop Day ONE

My Cricut Craft Room 100 Cartridge Hop
     Welcome to Erica's 100 cart Blog Hop! Here, each month, the DT showcases 100 different Cricut cartridges. We hope to inspire you and to take another look at the cartridges you already have or to peak your interest on one you may not yet own.  If you have come from Sarah's then you are in the right place If not then you want to start at the beginning so you don't miss a thing! Here's the line up in case you get lost along the way:

     For my project I used Designers' Calendar and the Imagine cartridges Snapshot Everyday and Yummy. I have a really useful and practical project to share with you, a Birthday Reminder Book. Since we have 5 adult children and their spouses (or girl friend) and 8 grand kids plus 4 wedding anniversaries, it can be hard to keep everything straight. That's not to mention the fact that that our oldest son and his family are in Florida and one of our daughters and her husband are relocating to California after 3 years in Hawaii. So let's get right to the details.
     Isn't this just the perfect size? It only measures 2.5" x 4.5" so it is perfect to slip in your pocketbook. First I started with some pieces of chip board. the cover is the balloon paper from Snapshot Everyday on page 3. I used the Imagine shape 3x5 that is built into the Imagine machine and print and cut a totally of 4 pieces. I used 2 for the outside covers and 2 for the inside. After I adhered them to the chipboard, used the Round it All by Zutter to round the outer corners and punched the binding with my Bind It all machine. You can find these great tools at Erica's Store. She has great prices and I have given you the direct link to the Zutter page but please take a few moments to do some shopping while you are there for some of the wonderful crafting supplies Erica carries. Oops, I digress, lol.
     After the cover was all dry I decided to ink the edges and much to my chagrin, I had some ink splotch where I really did not want it to go. No problem. You see the spotted balloon? I gave it a touch of Avocado liquid Pearls to cover the mistake. I decided to do it on the back cover as well so it looks like it was intentional! 
     I didn't want to use a cupcake since this is really for all sorts of celebrations so I used the present from the Imagine cart Yummy.This image is found on page 19 and I cut it at 2". I kept all the layers combined for this project.I inked the edges with Distress ink Worn Lipstick and added some smooch to the flourish on the present and more Liquid Pearls on the bow. Will you just look at all those envelopes, lol. I found these pkg. of mini envelopes at Michaels and they are just perfect for this project. Hmm, I wonder what is inside?
     I started by cutting the flaps off the envelopes and used a circle punch to cut out a little tab.The months were made by using Designers Calendar. I started with black card stock and the boxed feature. All were sized @ 1.25". This is a fabulous way to use all those small scraps of left over paper. I just glued the boxed month on scraps of colors and then cut them down by hand. It is best to punch your holes first so you can center the words correctly.
     I love using the CCR and my imagine together it makes a project go so much quicker. first i used a tag from Art Philosophy @ 3.25". Still in CCR, I added another mat and added the names of the months sized @ .75". This way when you go to print and cut, I use the separate layers option and print the months first, then cut the tags. I did want a lined area to write the dates in so I used George and Basic Shapes to cut a rectangle @ 2.75". The rectangle I used is on page 112 rectangle of the handbook. Boy did I use a lot of scraps on this project just look at the different tags, lol!
     After adding an eyelet to each tag I went through my stash of ribbons and brads to finish them all off. Here is a sample of a few of them:
     I hope you have enjoyed my little project. I plan on making more of these for Christmas presents to go along with the card boxes I am making. Be sure to leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop this week end for a chance to win some goodies. Did I say goodies? How about I give away some blog candy? I will be giving one lucky follower a set of Pink By Design Stamps "All In The Family". This is a "Pay It Forward" I received from Erica. I was sent this extra set by mistake but asked  Erica if she would mind if I gave it away. Of course she said yes, lol.

     Next stop along the hop is Pattie be sure to hop over and see what she has created just for you.



TeresaK said...

Wow Wow Wow Mary!
This is an amazing project...what a lot of time and work you put into it!
It will sure help keep your busy family's special days all organized!

Bunnyfreak said...

Love the pockets for the month cards.

Jenny R said...

This project is amazing. What a perfect way to keep track of all the important people in your life!
Jenny R
MCCR DT Sister

Lisa said...

Awesome! Great idea

L.B. said...

this is a wonderful wonderful idea and I am so going to try it very soon. LOVE the tags pulling out and the mini envelopes...ok gushing right now because i love love love this.

lisacustomscrapbooking said...

Love it Mary. What a great Idea!

MCCR DT, Lisa Ch

Cuttin' and Stampin' Cards said...

Great project. It's nice when you can create something that you will use all the time.

Kathy Salido said...

What a fabulous idea Mary. Your book is beautiful. Hope you are enjoying your vacation!!
My Cricut Craft Room Design Team

Kim said...

Awesome job!

Jamie M. said...

Very cute. I have made similar books but never with pockets like that. I will have to try it. Visit my blog if you get a chance. ♥ Jamie at CraftyGirl21
New MCCR DT sis

Janet's Planet said...

WOW, love your little book! TFS
Janet Royer-MCCR-DT

SusieScrapper said...

Awesome Mary, I'm a mini-album/book junkie!! Great job!!

Cathy said...

Well done!! such a great idea for birthday or Christmas gift. I am following you now.

HeatherLynn said...

Love your cauute project!! Mini's are so much fun!! Great job, hun! Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Heather Lynn

Marji said...

Great project!!

silvia said...

Great card reminder book!!!!

Marianne said...

Mary, what a super idea...i'll have to look for those mini envelopes when i go in next. i love the family stamps set, too. Thanks for sharing!

Miranda said...

Love it! Such a great idea!
Miranda :)
MCCR DT Sister

scrapbookingforfun said...

Loved that book Mary it was awesome!!!

MCCR DT Shelley

Jodie R said...

When you first mentioned how big the book was, I though there was no way! Wow! Was I wrong!!! It is just soooo adorable! Thank you for such a great idea!!!

Anonymous said...

Love your project and what a wonderful idea for a Chritmas present. TFS
dmcardmaker at aol dot com

Ava Fernandez said...

This is an awesome project, can be used for all types of occassions
Ava DT Sister

cema1cema said...

Love this book!! Soo have to scraplift it! Christina

KathyJo said...

I so want to do this. Actually I want you to do it for me since you did such an incredible job.LOL I guess I will have to pull out my bind it all and make one of these. It is AWESOME!!!!!
My Cricut Craft Room Design Team Member

Mary said...

So glad to be back from vacation and hopping along!

Sarah said...

Wow! Mary I love you mini birthday reminder book. I need to take the hint from you and get one of these made.

Jessica S said...

Wow, I seriously need to make one of cute and thoughtful. I am one of 13 children and all of my siblings kids, and some of their kids...great way to keep track. Love all your added embellies!
Jessica S
MCCR DT Sister

febe said...

Awesome work on the monthly pocket cards. Unique designs. Lovely papers. Great colors.

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Georgie Horn said...

Nice project! Stopping by from MCCR DT, I'm a new member. yippee! Come by for some puddin n pie.