Create a Farm Day Layout Using Your Stash

Are you ready to use up a few items in your craft stash? This month, I am using up some long-retired items that have been collecting dust in my craft space and I’m going to show you how I created a Farm Fieldtrip layout for the Love Your Stash Challenge. Our Creative Design Team has been creating some projects all year long using items from our stash and we are encouraging you to play along.

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Some of you might recognize a few of the elements I used on my Farm Games layout. These collections have been retired for a few years now – before my time as a Maker – but I was a habitual collector of CTMH items at that time and happened to get my hands on a few fun items.

The papers, icons, and die cuts I used on this layout come from the Jubilee and Dakota collections. If you have a few of these items in your stash, now is the time to dust them off and make something new.

This layout is a combination of photos from two field trips. Our son switched schools partway through his first-grade year. At the first school, they visited a farm in the fall and, after we moved, he had the opportunity to visit the same farm in the spring with his new classmates.

Many of the photos on this layout were taken by him. When our children were younger, we would send them with a disposable camera. It was always quite the adventure picking up the film from the developer and finding out what they took photos of.

On this layout, I cut out quite a few images from one of the pattern papers in the Jubilee collection. The paper was a bit too busy for my taste, but it was full of some amazing images and icons, so I chose to cut out the items individually and use them on the layout.

I often do this with busier paper patterns. You may have a few papers in your collection with flowers, borders, or even flags that you can cut out and use on a page. We often avoid using them because of their loud patterns. I suggest that you take another look at them, because, as you can see, this design is full of flags and images that I cut from the pattern papers.

To add some texture to the pages and match the chicken-wire design on the images, I used a hexagon stencil to add some distressed ink designs. I simply sponged some Espresso ink through the stencil and allowed it to fade off the page.

In my process video, you are going to be able to see these pages come together. While I am creating, you might begin to wonder why it looks backward. My creative brain does works differently.

When I make a two-page spread, I regularly put them together opposite of how they will end up in the album. It invariably works and it usually balances out, but I will never be able to figure out why my brain does this.

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I hope that this layout inspired you to grab a few farm elements from your craft stash and create something new. I have felt a great sense of accomplishment using up items in my craft space this year and it prevents me from feeling too guilty when I shop for some of the new items that just arrived on my website.

If you choose to join our Love Your Stash challenge, make sure to use the hashtag #cdtloveyourstash. I would love to see how you are using up some of the items in your craft space.

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Use Cricut Contour to Create a Sunburst Layout

This past week, I shared my Fourth of July sunburst layout with you for the Here Comes the Sun blog bop. This red, white, and blue layout looked like a firework exploding on the Fourth of July. Did you happen to wonder how I created that background? Well, today you are being blessed, because I am going to show you how to make a sunburst background of your own in Cricut Design Space.

To make this background, I used an image from the Artbooking collection and altered it with the Cricut Contour Tool. The Contour tool allows you to hide a portion of an image by removing any unwanted cut lines or contours. In Windows or Mac, the Contour Tool is located on the right side of the Canvas below the Layers Panel. In the Android and iOS app, you can find Contour under Actions.

Before you start to Contour an image, you will need to select it. For my project, I duplicated the image twice. One image will create the Kraft background and the other two images are going to be used to create the red and blue sunburst rays.

To create the first set of sunburst rays, I selected one of the images and clicked on the Contour Tool. When the tool is selected, a Hide Contour window opens with a close-up view of the contours, or cuts, on the image. You will see the contours in the image photo and as a list on the right side of the window.

When you click on the cut line you wish to hide or select the contour to be hidden from the menu at the right of the window, the hidden contour will change to a lighter shade. This indicates that the portion of the image chosen will no longer show as part of the image and will not cut.

On my project, I removed the background image and selected every other sunburst to create the red striped rays. I repeated this process with the second image to create the blue star pattern rays.

Once all the contours had been hidden, I could cut out my project from the pattern papers in the Stars & Sparklers collection. The rays fit perfectly into the background design and could easily be added to my project.

After assembling the Sunburst background, I added my photo, some stickers and Cricut cut stars, and a few star-shaped wooden images.

If you would like to learn more about using the Contour Tool and watch this layout come together, I have created a simple tutorial and process video for you.

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For those who missed out on my original post showing the layout, here are a few photos of the embellishment clusters. You can learn more about how it all came together, here on my blog, and check out some other artwork showing you how to use sunbursts.

I hope that today’s project inspired you and taught you a few new tricks in Cricut Design Space. If you are wanting to learn how to use your Cricut machine and would like to create some projects in Cricut Design Space, I invite you to join my Cricut Classroom.

Each week, I teach an hour-long Live class which is recorded and uploaded to a classroom website. You are also provided with free project links and downloadable notes for your Cricut Classroom Notebook.

Make sure to check out a few of my other Cricut tutorials, here on my blog and my YouTube channel. My hope is that you dust off that Cricut machine and create something new.

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Join the Virtual Album Retreat

How would you like to create a beautiful scrapbook album from the comfort of your own home and learn some new techniques you can use on your future pages? Sounds like fun, right!? Plus, as a special bonus, I am offering some free products to those who purchase the retreat bundle from my website. Before I tell you more about your gifts, let’s talk about the retreat, the pages you will make, and how to earn even more free products as a VIP.


What is an Album Retreat? This is a virtual online event where you join a group of scrapbooking friends and learn some new papercrafting techniques as you create stunning pages. At each Album Retreat, you get to join the wonderfully talented ladies at Close to My Heart and go step-by-step through the process of creating an entire album’s worth of breathtaking scrapbook pages bursting with unique artwork techniques.

The next album retreat will take place on May 14–15. At this event, you will create ELEVEN two-page 12″ x 12″ scrapbook layouts, for a total of 22 pages. Take a look at these stunning layouts.

To participate in this event, simply purchase the album bundle from my website β€” there is no separate registration fee! The bundle includes the supplies you need to create all the album pages shown above and some exclusive products only available to retreat attendees. You will need a few additional supplies, which will be listed in your retreat email in the coming weeks.

For those who purchase the bundle from my website, I have a special Thank You gift just for you. After you have purchased the bundle, you will be gifted with an additional $25 in free products of your choice and two half-price coupons*. You can use this to purchase the additional supplies needed for the album retreat.

If you are a VIP, you also get an additional 15% back in rewards – that is about $40 in product credits that you can use to purchase more crafty goodies on my website. Make sure you sign up and join as a VIP before you purchase the bundle to earn those additional VIP credits.

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Once you have purchased the bundle, you will need to watch your email for an invite to the Album Retreat private Facebook group where the event will be held. You will also receive a list of additional supplies you will need to complete the pages like adhesive, inks colors, etc.

There are a limited number of openings at this virtual retreat and the bundles will sell out quickly. The last day to order the bundle is April 19. Stop by my website today to order your bundle and watch for the email, from me, with instructions on how to order your gifts.

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