Thursday, March 10, 2011

Everyday Cricut....Day 4

 Today I have a layout for you. One of my attempts to get back into my scrapbooking. When Provo Craft announced the Toy Story cartridge I just couldn't wait to get my hands on it! We are HUGE Disney fans in our house and Toy Story has a special place in my heart. My son was totally obsessed with Toy Story when he was little. The original Toy Story came out when my son was just under a year old and it became part of our life. Last year when Toy Story 3 came out I sat in the movie theater and cried the ENTIRE movie (I mean really CRIED) was our life. My son, who had just turned 16, knowing just looked over at me and said "It's okay, mom--I understand"...WOW, I'm crying right now, just writing that...I'm such a baby sometimes....ENOUGH, let's get onto the layout!
I know I have given this tip recently on my Blog, but I thought I'd give it again. I'm sure most of you didn't see it :) When cutting images with LOTS of layers--LEAVE them on the mat while assembling. This is particularly important with Disney cartridges for some reason. There are "thousands" of little layers. I think this is why some people don't want to use these images, but believe me, if you leave them on the mat like this it makes it SO much easier!
I really wanted to make the frame look like old wood. I cut all the layers, inked them first and then ran them through the Cuttlebug with the Tim Holtz Wood Embossing Folder. This folder gives an incredible wood look. See that plain frame in the picture above. It is the base frame. I did the same exact thing with that after I took this photo. How did I get it through the Cuttlebug?? I folded in in half first. I wanted an old look right, so it really didn't matter if it was double embossed. I love how it turned out.
On to my title. Although there were some great ones on the Toy Story cartridge, I chose one on the Birthday Cakes cartridge that I really liked. The image doesn't have a shadow--this is what I did to get my look. First I cut out both layers. I offset the red to give it a shadow look. Then I mounted it on yellow cardstock and hand cut around the entire image. I love my Cricut, but I really still enjoy hand cutting from time to time. I find it relaxing, LOL! 
The grass for my layout is from the Easter 2010 cartridge. There is grass on many cartridges, so you could get this look even if you dont' have this cartridge. I welded a piece of grass that was 1.46" together over and over in my Gypsy to span the length of my page. If you don't have a Gypsy you could just cut it out many times and piece it together. It is grass isn't supposed to be perfect!
Tomorrow I will be back with my last project for the week. It will be a card and I will have a free Gypsy file for you to recreate it if you would like. I will also tell you about a give-a-way I will be having for you on my Blog tomorrow. 
tomorrow at 8PM Central starts our Monthly My Pink Stamper Blog Hop!! 
I will also have a give-a-way for that. 
Make sure you come and join in on the challenge this month and play along with us!

Cricut Cartridges Used: 
Toy Story = Woody/Jessie @ 7.50", Frame 6.51"
Birthday Cakes = Howdy Pardner @ 3.75"
Paper Line Used:
American Crafts Hello Sunshine
Tim Holtz Embossing Folder by Sizzix = Wood Grain


  1. Ok Maria...that is one of the most awesome Disney/Pixar layouts EVER!!!!! The first thing I noticed was the frame and how much it looked like real wood! Now I MUST have that Tim Holtz embossing folder!! I love, love, love everything about this LO!


  2. WOW Maria! I have only tried one Disney layout with the Cars cartitage and it took me 2 hours to piece it together. Thanks for the tip, to make it easier next time.

  3. Your Layout is simply amazing! I just recently received the Toy Story cart...can't wait to play with it now! Thanks!

  4. Great tips on how to make things easier! I don't have the Disney carts, but will be getting them to use for my granddaughters pages.


  5. this is great... have a some photo with these characters and my kids... so it will be worth it to buy this cartridge, thanks for the great idea!!

  6. Fabulous Girl!! love the very simple design that brings the photo to the center of attention and the frame work is great with the embossing and inking, thanks for sharing and the wonderful inspiration :)

  7. Awesome layout. Thanks for the tip about leaving the pieces on the mat. I do that for letters and shadows, but never thought to do it for all the little pieces, duh!

  8. I understand what you mean... my daughter and I went to see the movie and we wore crying the hold movie, she was two years old when the movie came out and still love her woody now she is seventeen and keep her woody in a SAFE place!! I really love your layout the frame is my favorite!!
    thanks for sharing :)

  9. Gorgeous! I love how the frame turned out...unbelievable!!

  10. THis is one of the best layouts I've ever seen! It highlights the photo as well as having fun accents!
    LOVE IT!

  11. Maria, you did an Amazing job on this beautiful layout. Thanks for the tips on cutting out detailed carts.

  12. This is a great layout, Maria. I have really enjoyed meeting you at Everyday Cricut and have become a follower. Thank you for sharing your talents!

    Blessings, Donna

  13. LOVE, love this layout! Toy Story is my absolute favorite movie series! The wood detail for the frame is AMAZING! :o)


  14. I really love this layout Maria. I'm totally there with you on Toy Story. A dear friend of mine and I were talking about it just the other day. She kind of hates the last movie because she finds it too sad. Her daughter is 18, my son is 19 and both are now college freshman and went through 9 years of grammar school together. It is there story, too. Thanks for sharing such a great layout and your time on Everyday Cricut, so I could find you ;- )

  15. I love this! Leaving the pieces on the mat is my favorite way to get through those crazy cuts!

  16. Such great work this week. Love everything and thanks for the tips. Toy Story looks like a great cart and much to my hubbys dismay, I'll have to get it,especially for my younger g-kids.Thanks for all your work this week.

  17. This layout mis awesome! My little grandson Looooves Toy Story 3. I bought the cart! I havent used it yet,but it so cute! Im ready to get started! Thanks for all your great ideas this week!

  18. -Oh Maria, Buzz and Woody are SO much a part of our family too. Nothing brings my oldest son's childhood back the way Toy Story does. Too bad this cartridge didn't exist a decade ago- we would certainly have had a Toy Story themed bedroom or two. Love, love, love, your layout - it's tempting to grab this cartridge and some older photos and get to work.

  19. Maria, I think a lot of us can relate to your story. My girls grew up with Disney. We spent every summer vacation at Disney World. When my oldest turned 15 she decided she was to old to go any longer. Thinking back it was(is) an emotional time.
    You're a talented Designer. Thank you for taking the time to share your talent with us. I have been following you from Robyn's (MPS) Blog.
    Dee B

  20. What an adorable layout. My kids have outgrown Toy Story, but I don't think I have. I love this!
    mary3mom at yahoo dot com

  21. Thanks so much for this layout. It is just what I've been looking for. I am just starting to scrapbook pages of my stepson. His favorite movie is Toy Story.

    Love your blog. I love it when I see blogs that inspire me and get my creative juice flowing.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

    ereitsma @ charter dot net

  22. Thanks for all your creativity this week. Enjoyed them all. Hoping to win one of your blog candies.

  23. oh this is my favorite,im a toy story freak.!! i cried at the movie too. i think all of them were adorable. your layout looks so real, great job. i know that took some time.

  24. Wow Maria I absolutely LOVE this! So much detail and I have to agree with you about "Having" to cut paper once in awhile, I was always afraid to add that in my blog because I thought people would think I was crazy but I can totally relate to being able to actually do something for myself, lol! And reading about you crying brought a tear to my eye too, my little one is 10 but my oldest one is going to be 30 in June this year and there are so many times I catch myself tearing up thinking about when he was McCades age! Boy could you imagine if we got together and dicussed our kids, we would be two big cry babies, LOL! (Although it would be fun to get together and scrap and hang out, giggle!) Maybe one day...................
    ((Hugs)) Theresa

  25. Thank you for your fun projects this week. I think my favorite one was the bee's. It helps me remember that spring is right around the corner. Thank You again for the fun this week.

  26. WOW, hon! You sure rock those Disney carts! What a perfect layout for that darling pic of your kids! LOVE this! xxD


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