Welcome to our August Art Philosophy Blog Hop!  Each month we will showcase a feature of the amazing Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.   This month we will be showcasing the “Decorative Layer” (shift or no shift) feature of the cartridge.  Did you know there are 100 different card shapes you can make with this cartridge?  You heard me correctly — 100!!! Now we won’t be able to show you ALL 100 card options, but we will show you as many as we can.

The blog hop makes a circle so if you are starting here, just continue until you make your way back.  If you have already started, you should be coming from Diana’s Blog.

Supplies used: Diecuts With a View paper, Close to My Heart Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge, CTMH Sparkle Flourishes, and Making Memories Shimmer Alphabet Stickers.

I chose the banner on the decorative layer page 59 (no shift).  Instead of using it as a banner, I created a border across the bottom of my scrapbook page.  I really like the silver on this layout!

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Supplies used: Die Cuts With a View papers, Making Memories Glitter Gem, tag from a swap, and ribbon from my stash.

I just used a few random supplies from my stash for this simple layout.  I do know that the flower centers are Making Memories Gem Stickers.

If I didn’t like paper scrapping so much, Studio J would definitely be my first choice for digital.  Or I would use it if I had a big project that involved multiple layouts or many that coordinated I would use it.  One of the changes lately in the Close to My Heart Idea Books is that the Level 1 layouts have changed from paper to Studio J.  This isn’t a bad thing because it is so easy to use.  As I look through the Idea Book, I find many of these Studio J layouts that I really like, however I have so many scrapbooking supplies that it makes sense to use these up.  I’ve decided to start taking these Studio J layouts that I love, just like any other layout I would find online or in a magazine, and use it to create my own paper layout.

Studio J layout:

My layout:

Supplies used: Making Memories Think Pink Slice paper, Close to My Heart White Daisy CardstockClose to My Heart Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge, Close to My Heart Flip Flaps, Prima Iced Got Flowers, Kaiser Paper Flowers, My Mind’s Eye Kaleido Grams Small “5”, Me & My Big Ideas Rhinestone Word, and Close to My Heart Clear Sparkles.

These are some of my favorite pictures of my daughter.  They replaced her school photos since at this age they no longer trade with their friends.  I figured if it’s just for me and family why not get some really nice photos so we took a trip to a flower garden and got these great shots!  I don’t have the flip flaps on yet because I wanted to take my picture without the glare of a page protector but I have a stack of 4×6 photos on the right page that will be attached to my completed page with a couple flip flaps.  I am very happy that I like the page as well as I do the photos!

The new Use it or Lose it Challenge is to be inspired by this photo:

I have to say, the colors really got to me…bold and bright and I immediately thought Lagoon and Black.  Here is the layout that I came up with:

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Supplies used are all CTMH unless otherwise noted: Black, White, and Lagoon cardstock, Paper Packet, Sparkle Flourishes, Clear Sparkles, Bitty Sparkles, Just Blooms Paper Shapes – Flutter, Damask Tiles stamp set, Boutique Borders stamp set, Black ink, Art Philosophy Cricut Collection, and Making Memories Heidi White Rubon Letters.

I started with a Page Map from November 2011.  I knew the colors I wanted to use and paper with those colors was not coming to mind so I figured I would be stamping some patterns.  Then, I ran across a pack of Veranda paper.  Now I never, ever, ever would have thought I would be using Juniper and Lagoon on the same layout but somehow this works out and is completely inspired by the top photo!

I REALLY wanted to stamp/emboss my title in white with the Bohemian Alphabet but it was the last thing I added to my layout and I chickened out and ended up using white rubons instead.