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Hello everyone, this is Susan and today I have a fun and festive layout to share with you - Home for Christmas. This colorful layout was created using three Cricut cartridges: Christmas, Plantin Schoolbook, and Winter Woodlands, as well as SEI paper and Bazzill Cardstock. I used Cricut Design Studio to plan and create the layout and the cut file is available at my blog, Busy with the Cricky, titled Home for Christmas. There are ten pages in the cut file, the first two being previews only and should not be cut.
While I adore the fun paper used to create this layout, by far my favorite element is the fabulous train from the Christmas cartridge! The train was created using the engine and coal car cut once and the box car cut twice. For the left page I cut the train engine, the train shadow, and the yellow to go behind the windows.
The right page train, as I stated above, was created using the box car cut twice - though I did not use either box car as it appears on the cartridge. For the front car I used the Hide Select Contour feature and removed all of the cuts from inside the car (windows and decorative trim). The rear car required two techniques - the first was to again use the Hide Select Contour feature on the windows and upper trim. I also placed a large rectangle (from Plantin Schoolbook) over the upper section of the car on the virtual mat in design studio so that it would cut away the top portion of the car - creating a flat-bed car. For the shadow I used the same techniques, but made the large rectangle a bit smaller so that the black would show behind the red front of the car. See the image from DS below. Simply discard the rectangular pieces to your scrap pile when you finish cutting the page.
Each element of the layout is featured on an individual page in the cut file. There is even a page labeled as Background - cut 2, which refers to the snowflake print. The scalloped trim was created using Plantin Schoolbook's scalloped edge welded to long rectangles. The trim also has an individual page in the cut file.
The words on the layout and the train came from two different cartridges, Christmas and Winter Woodlands. The words "Christmas" and "Santa Clause" came from the Christmas cartridge, while the phrase "Home for" came from Winter Woodlands. Again, the words and shadows are placed on a page in the cut file and are welded where that was required.
The final three pages of the cut file are the photo mats. The pages are labeled to ensure ease of use with the cut file. Of course you may prefer to cut photo mats to fit your photos, instead of cutting photos to fit the mats. The exception is your will need to cut the photo mats for the box car.
I finished the layout by adding silk and nylon flowers and Merry Christmas print ribbon. And of course I added my usual white gel pen doodles and lines.
Once again, the cut file is available for download from my blog, Busy with the Cricky. Look for the title "Home for Christmas" in the left column under "Downloadable Cut Files".
I wish each of you a very Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holidays, and blessed New Year! I hope Santa brings those new scrap toys you are all wishing for!!!!
Be sure and check out Joy's and Melanie's personal blogs for more creative goodness at Obsessed with Scrapbooking and Courtney Lane Designs! Have a great day!
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