Tuesday 15 April 2014

Cross Canada blog hop

Welcome to our April Blog Hop featuring creations made with our latest Cricut Cartridge, Artbooking.  To purchase any of the items seen in our blog hop today, contact your local consultant to place an order.
We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our viewers....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to do....by leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop! 

If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you want to follow us across Canada then please start at the beginning and join Michelle at  My creations with Michelle .  If you came from Carol's blog Crafty Carol then you are in the right place!

Welcome to my blog!  Today I'm featuring an ongoing project, My Gratitude Album.  I started this little book of blessings in the fall, around Thanksgiving and am adding pages and pictures as I think of them.  I used the Close to My Heart Kraft three-ring binder as the book base. 

The cute little tree on the front of the album is cut from the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge.  I precut a bunch of tabbed pages and shaped pages using the fabulous Artbooking cartridge.  These are all hole-punched on the Cricut as they're cut, so they slip into the binder with ease and are ready to use.   I used Kraft cardstock to make the tabbed base pages and then a mix of patterned and shaped pages in between. 
Here's just a few of the shaped pages you can make with the Artbooking cartridge.

The cartridge even cuts pocket pages.  And what mini album is complete without pocket pages?

I like to mix papers and embellishments from different paper packs, and in this book I've used a mix of Sarita and Huntington paper packs. I'll be adding pages and accents from other paper packs as the album grows. 
 I tend to build my pages in layers and am inspired by the words and the photos as I add them to the page.  So, on this page for example, I will likely go back and add embellishments and more bits and pieces as the inspiration takes me.

On this page about my dear hubby I cut out the pages and the word "Love" in this beautiful script font using Artbooking. 

You can cut so many cute and functional pages and add-ons with this cartridge.  I love it!  I've made library pockets, speech bubbles and other cool shaped pages, photo frames, butterflies and page overlays for this little album all with the one cartridge.


The Artbooking cartridge also cuts these oh-so-cute file folders which I use a ton of in my traditional layouts and in mini-albums. 
I love this cartridge for the fun and flexible images you can cut with it.  It's always in my Cricut machine making something cool for my projects.  It's one of my best "secret weapons" for crafting now.
Thanks for stopping by on this Cross Canada journey!  Your next stop on the Cross Canada Hop is Brandy at Canadian Scrappers .  If you get lost along the way, you can head to Michelle Stewart's Blog, My Creations with Michelle as she has the complete blog list. 
Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to get creative using some of the designs, products and techniques seen along the way. We hope you will join us again next month when we will be featuring Home Decor projects.  So mark May 15th on your calendars and hop along with us. 

Cheers and happy crafting! 


  1. Ok. I'm bowing to you. Your artwork blows me away.

  2. Incredible mini album! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Stunning! I love your pages, and how you show that you don't have to finish a project all in one sitting -- it can grow and change as time goes on. Nicely done.

  4. I love that you mixed two paper packs! and the amount of things the Artbooking cartridge can cut is amazing - thanks for all the inspiration!

  5. Thanks everyone for your kind comments! This album is a fun, ongoing project that I'm enjoying working on.

  6. This is so lovely, great job on this mini album, and for your first Cross Canada Blog Hop, you really have submitted a fabulous piece.