Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Go West

The weather has been so nice that we had to take advantage of it and go strawberry picking. Finding myself with some scrappy time over the weekend, I decided I'd make layouts from the photos I'd taken of our little adventure. It feels like it's been quite some time since I'd made 9x12 layouts, so I looked through my old sketches and found one from the Kelly Purkey 2014 Sketchbook class and got to work making my first page.

I didn't have the car craft die she used in her sketch, so I used an image from Photoshop Elements and sent it to my Cricut Explore Air and cut out 25 little cars. Sticking pretty closely to the sketch, I had a fast and fun layout for my car selfie as we headed down the road.

Since I wanted to use several different patterned papers, I welded my cars in Design Space so that they would cut out exactly like I had positioned them. I cut my papers into 2-inch wide strips and placed them onto the cutting mat and let the machine work its magic.

For my facing page, I knew I wanted to use a lot of the photos I'd taken, so a simple grid design was the best way for me to have plenty of pictures. My photos are about 2.75 x 2.75 and then I cut 2 x 2 square of patterned paper for the remaining grid blocks. I added a few die cut leaves that are paper and vellum and then stickers, which one is popped up with foam tape to add a little dimension. I thought about adding some wood sequins or enamel dots, but in the end decided against it.

And in case you were curious, we picked about 3 pounds of strawberries and also found a local bakery near where we had lunch and picked up a fresh blueberry pie. :)

patterned paper, die cuts, stickers - Hillside - Basic Grey
alphabet stickers - American Crafts
electronic die cut machine - Cricut Explore Air


  1. Mmm...strawberries! Not time for picking them here yet, so I'll live vicariously through your beautiful pages. :)

  2. What a clever idea about the car! It is the perfect background for your page.

  3. Your adventure sounds very yummy :)
    I love blueberry pie as well as picking strawberries :)
    Your pages are lovely and I like the cars, so fun.

  4. That combo of layout + grid page (or pocket page) is a favorite of mine! I love the colors you've used as well!

  5. I'm ADORING those little cars..they are totally THE cutest! Love the title too....blueberry pie.....yummmmmm....I'd go a long way west for that!!!!!!! Great story telling here :):)

  6. That's amazing, Elise! Just adorable! I love the little cars all in a row with your car picture! Fun second page as well. Terrific job!! xoxox

  7. Love the cars!! The strawberry page is so neat. Love how you told the story visually.

  8. Just lovely Elise, those car die cuts were perfect!


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