I haven’t updated my blog in a month. Super sad face. I have been crafting, but not as much as I would like. Mostly because by the time I get home from work, I’m exhausted, and on my days off I don’t want to move from the couch. I do have several more projects that I need to get moving on before the baby gets here (in 6 short weeks), so hopefully I’ll be updating a bit more frequently from here on out!
One of the projects I had the most fun with this past month was making my friend’s daughter a Birthday Banner with my brand new Cricut. (Thanks mom & dad!) I had brought the Cricut to work with me in December and made a banner for a program there. I was so proud of my results that I posted a picture to Facebook. When my friend saw the picture, she asked me if I could make a banner for her daughter’s first birthday and there was no way I could refuse!
This isn’t really a step by step tutorial, since it’s pretty self explanatory if you own the Cricut. However, I did take pictures of several of my steps.
I was lucky enough to have a 50% off coupon for AC Moore, so I got a great deal on the scrapbooking paper. Once I had my paper, I made sure my ribbon color coordinated nicely.
I used the A Child’s Year cartridge for all of my cutting. It was perfect. I was able to get my circles, letters, balloon shapes, and “Happy Birthday” shape all from this single cartridge. Score!
I decided from the beginning that I was going to use cardstock as my background piece to give the banner more durability. I cut out my black cardstock first, followed by my colored scrapbooking paper (an inch smaller so that I could still see the black cardstock for contrast). After that I got to cutting and pasting on the letters. Lastly, I added in some balloons and a “Happy Birthday” shape to give the banner more character.
Since I have a super crazy kitty at home, I decided to hold off on stringing the banner together. I waited until I knew I would meet up with my friend, then I brought the banner to work so that I could avoid said crazy cat. I used the blue ribbon for the top part of the banner and the pink ribbon for the bottom part. I also tied little pieces of neon green tulle between each letter to keep them from slipping into each other. I was very pleased with the final result!
Score 1 for the awesome Cricut! I rate the project an Epic Success and I’m looking forward to seeing what else I can make in the near future.