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Artbooking on the Cricut Explore

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Published: Sunday, March 2, 2014

Just finished making my first project using the NEW Cricut Explore. I'm LOVING it!!!


I made this scrapbooking layout using the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge from Close To My Heart. I inked up the background under the overlay (cut at 9") using CTMH Mini Pigment Ink Pads (Colors: Cotton Candy, Honey & Sweet Leaf).

I used some washi tape on the top and the bottom of the page and also under the photo. For the strips under the photo I simply placed the washi tape on white cardstock and then cut them out. I did it this way so it would stand out since the background is very busy and the washi tape is translucent.

This was a simple layout but I couldn't wait to see how this new Cricut Explore cut the overlays since I had a bit of a challenge at times while using my older Cricut Expression. I was totally due for an upgrade and am so happy I bought it. It's a bit of a learning curve for me since I never used the Cricut Craft Room before but this new Design Space is very easy to use. Can't wait to get some time to use it more!!!

Love this pic of our little crew... it's an oldie! Londyn was only 3 months here and she's 18 months already. :)

For your convenience below are pics/links to the products used...



Posted by: Ruth Varner
Monday, March 3, 2014 @ 3:51:29 PM

Mandy, I just got my Cricut Explore today. I am ready to send this machine back. All I want to do is cut using a cartridge. I do have the 1st CTMH Cricut cartridge. I cannot figure this out. The computer part is so confusing. I can't even get the Adobe Flash player to work. I cannot get in touch with Cricut customer service. I'm glad you had good luck with this. Like I said, I wish I had never ordered the Explore. Do you have any suggestions? My daughter is visiting and she is going to try to help. I have been crying for an hour. :-(

Posted by: Kenna Routh
Monday, March 3, 2014 @ 11:25:12 AM

I absolutely love this scrapbook page!! So cute and easy!! I love the Artbooking cartridge and you have such great ideas to make ist even more useful!!

Posted by: Casandra Bennett
Monday, March 3, 2014 @ 7:52:27 AM

This turned out so cute. I stepped outside of my comfort zone last weekend and tried the pigment ink swipe on one of my cards. It ended up looking pretty cool. That's a great picture you put on your layout. :)

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