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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Home for Christmas Layout with the Christmas Cartridge

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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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191 comments:

Wendy aka Bling Queen said...

Beautiful work as always

BUZZY BEE DESIGNS & GRAPHICS said...

looks like you enjoy the day in the snow.
Rebecca Minor
Buzzybeedesigns.blogspot.com
Buzzybeedesigns(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

Anonymous said...

love the layouts thanks so much
upnurse at aol dot com

CricutLvr!! said...

Soooooooo cute! I love the train!!!

The Cut & Stamper said...

This is gorgeous!!! love how you used photos (though they aren't yours) to make the layout complete. Makes it easier for me to envision using it myself.

Amy K said...

Great layout Susan. I really like how you did the title.

lois said...

I love that cute train - I love my cricut and use it more than I ever thought I would. Merry Christmas

Angie said...

Susan it is GORGEOUS!!!

Brigitte said...

What a beautiful layout!!! Thanks for the great job!
brigitteetleschats at hotmail dot com

Holly Hudspeth said...

This could not be any cuter!

JANLYNN said...

I love this layout. The train is just wonderful. It just happens I am takeing my grandsons to Cookies and Milk with Santa at a local train depot museum and this idea will be just perfect for our pictures. Thanks sooo much for shareing.

Jolanda said...

A lovely Layout.

Crystal said...

Lovely layout....

Cindylu2u said...

Oh Susan your LO is beautiful and so very generous of you to give us the cut file!! Thank you and Happiest Holidays to you!!

janine_jepsen said...

What a beautiful LO! And I'm so excited because I actually have the carts you used. Amazing what you did with the train! Thank you so much for sharing your work!!
Janine
janine_jepsen@hotmail.com

Isabel Z said...

Beautiful job as always. My boys would love this layout since trains were there favorites.

Sassy Scrapin' said...

Precious layout, very detailed!

jacobsonbruce said...

Very cute layout. Thanks for the cut file. That makes it so easy to lift!
go-go from the cricut mb

Bonita said...

I agree the train is adorable. Very cute layout. Thanks.

Kimberli said...

Beautiful LO - I love the train!

Jeannene said...

Fabulous!!

Linda said...

Another beautiful layout from you!

paperscissorsink said...

Beautiful layout!

littlen said...

Wonderful LO. With two little nes getting trains for Christmas this year this would be a perfect LO to "lift". TFS.

Wendy Raffin said...

What a great LO! Love the colors and the train is precious!

Vanessa said...

What a fantastic layout! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

craftymom205 said...

Great layout. Love the train.

jordanbev5 said...

Love this lo!!! Fun photos too! Am a follower and subscriber!

joni said...

Beautiful!!!! My eye was immediately drawn to the train!! I'm so glad I have those carts!!! I really love this! TFS!
hugs,
joni

Sue S. said...

Great LO!! Love the train, paper and color combo!! Very cute!

sueot33@yahoo.com

nuts4batiks said...

What a great idea! I love it!
katdall at live dot com

Debbie (from Sugar Land) said...

Awesome layout! Thanks for sharing how you used DS to alter the train. It's so much help to me to see the mat on a cut like that.

Debc06 said...

Love the Layout, you could make a convert of me. I usually do only cards. but This idea is great.

Laurieinaz said...

WOW! That's really really nice.

Lura said...

Wonderful layout!

cdaily28 said...

WOW GORGEOUS LO!!!!!

Love Le said...

LOvely! I just used this cart to make the coverpage for the "Sending you a little Christmas all through the year" scrapbook I'll be mailing to my parents Monday! Super Fun!

rosie said...

love love love the layout .... your projects are always so awesome!!!

debbie susee said...

Lovin' the teal and red combo. That seems to be really hot this season.

GiGi said...

Susan that is SO BEAUTIFUL! I LOVE the colors and the way you put the picture in the train!

Big Red Scraps said...

I love this layout! That train in fabulous!

Debbie said...

nice layout!
debbiedeas at gmail dot com

Maggie H. said...

I love how the train car was used as the mat behind one of the pics. This is an adorable LO. I can't wait to make it!

Pamela said...

Loved this layout and I just joined into the Blog Hop and am becoming a follower everywhere.

Laurie's Sunny Studio said...

Love the train elements. And a timely layout idea as my husband spent quite some time setting up his childhood train around our tree.

Anonymous said...

Great LO. Thanks for sharing the technique of changing the box car, it was pretty smart! cathy cmwirt at verizon dot net

Linda said...

That is a fanastic LO! Love the train!

Linda A

Mollie said...

What an awesome layout. So festive! Thanks for posting!!!

Jean said...

Love that train. How cute!

IRW Dana said...

Such a very sweet layout. Thanks for the inspiration. papermemories4u at yahoo dot com

Angie P.:) said...

Really Love,love,love this layout. It gives that oldtime Christmas feel!

Laney said...

Great LO very festive, thanks for sharing.

Nitasha said...

beautiful LO! love the colors and the train is just too cute!

Thea Toon said...

So cute! I love the little Train and the title! Love the LO!

Crystal B said...

Beautiful! I bet your scrapbooks look fabulous!

ScrappinT said...

What oan adorable layout!

TeresaK said...

The train is really cute! Great layout!

Amy said...

Wow, this is just beautiful! I love the way you did the title.

pj said...

Thank you for sharing Susan. I can't wait to start scrapbooking this Christmas. jsj111@cox.net

scrappingnana said...

Beautiful layout. I love everything about it. Thanks for sharing the cut files.

jamme said...

This is a really cute Christmas page. You put a lot of thought and work into the design and it turned out to be beautiful.

Connie Gage said...

Love this lay out. Beautiful

JenE said...

Wowwie! Love your LO!

Susan said...

Your work is always beautiful! Love the whole idea. Thanks for sharing.
SusanJ in Atlanta

Emily said...

ADORABLE!!! I love that train!!

sleigh said...

Cute LO - luv the train! TFS :)

lynnw said...

wow great layout thanks for the tips..
Lynn
Emsandjesmom2003@yahoo.com

pcrusberg said...

Wow Susan! You really outdid yourself on this one! So gorgeous. You are one creative lady! TFS

Crhiga said...

I love the Christmas layout, it's awesome!!!

Carol

CARDS by SUSAN said...

Sooo cute! My youngest loved train and this layour would be perfect for him!
Thanks for sharing
Susan

Kelly said...

WOW! That is a great layout. I love love that train!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful work with us.

Glora said...

Susan I LOVE this LO. It is gorgeous and perfect in EVERY way! TFS!

sugarsherri said...

THis is so very adorable...love it

sugarsherri
katy,tx

Debra said...

Love this Susan. It's a great LO.
luvreading53@comcast.net

Scrappin Melissa said...

This is beautiful! I've gone to your blog to download the cut file. It would be wonderful to be able to take some time for myself and make this during the holiday.

TheLastOfNine said...

The train is very cute.
Gloria H

Denise said...

That train rocks!!!! Love your layout :)

Kate said...

What a fabulous layout! I love the way you designed the train - and added a photo to one of the cars as well. Brilliant!

Deanna said...

Wow your layout is beautiful. Love the train and all the details.

Anonymous said...

Great layout. Love the train.
marilyn2222 @ hotmail.com

Shari said...

Wonderful layout. I really love the way the Gypsy and Design Studio allow us to be creative with the cuts and make them our own to fit our page and design. This is another great example of this.

Isabel said...

I really adore the train , beautiful!

Janet said...

What a beautiful layout. I'm hopping Santa brings me a Gypsy so I can start downloading these files to scraplift.

Janet sewcolorfulc@hotmail.com

Carrie K said...

This LO is gorgeous! I really love that train!!

Lara said...

Love it! My dad is a train guy- I may have to "borrow" this cut for use on a page of his train layouts. Thanks for a gorgeous post!

Rachelle said...

Beautiful!!!

Josie0602 said...

What a beautiful layout! I love the train!!

Elaine said...

Oh Susan, what a truly lovely LO!! Love the joy filled photos with it too!

Court said...

This is gorgeous!!! I love it!

Kim. said...

Beautiful layout and I love the train with photo mat.
Kim xXx

Wendy said...

This layout is absolutely fabulous, Susan! And thank you for all of the directions on how you made it, plus the cut file! I'm getting Design Studio for Christmas, and will have to figure out how it works....

Wendy T.

Maria Elena said...

Wow what a great work !

Have a great Saturday ;-)
http://www.mariaelenaworld.blogspot.com/

cinmfoster said...

Beatiful layout.

~Army Wife Molly~ said...

I am SO IN LOVE!! This is soooo pretty!!!

Liz said...

this layout is adorable, I have spent so much time on cards and other projects lately that i've neglected my scrapbooks. I am so excited to get started again!

Just Me said...

I love your layout. I like how you put a picture on the boxcar. Looks like everyone enjoyed the day.

Charlotte Cornett said...

LOVE THIS ONE!!! I just love to see your creations! TFS!

Jarna said...

Love the red and blue combination.

Reneeleeak said...

Very cute layout. Looks like you've done a lot of work on it. Thanks for sharing!
reneeleeak at yahoo dot com

Meagan said...

This has got to be one of my favorite layouts!!

Thanks for sharing it!

IMAPHI said...

What a gorgeous layout!

Renata said...

I love this train and the traditional colors used.

The Cropping Canuck said...

Beautiful in every way!

Jessalee said...

I love this layout. I am going to have to scrap lift it for my Christmas photos this year.

Kris in Alaska said...

Wow what a lot of work and detail! Thanks for the step-by-steps too!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

Em'smom said...

I LOVE IT! great job. your ideas just blow me away! thanks for sharing
Lori

Anonymous said...

Very Pretty Layout!

Merry Christmas!

Kasot@aol.com

Kathy said...

Beautiful layout! I love the train! I'm heading over to download your cut file. Thanks for sharing!

motherloves3 said...

Love the layout, very cute.

Beccas Krazy Krafts said...

*** AMAZING *** You are so creative ... That is a beautiful job ... Very warming and lots of joy and love seen there ...

Hannah said...

Simply gorgeous.

mekei said...

wow, you are ahead of the game.

Scrapper69 said...

WOW Susan! Simply BEAUTIFUL!!!! I LOVE your Layout... Heck I LOVE all of your work! But this came out sooo pretty and soooo festive.. Thanks!

HappyExpressions said...

Beautiful LO!

Anonymous said...

Wow! this is really pretty, I just Love it.

Roxanna
bswinch at aol dot com

Jes said...

Love that train, may have to use that a recent Polar Express event we went to. Thanks for sharing.

thehomans at yahoo dot com

Katherine said...

Wow, what a great page, and you make it look so simple. Thanks for the instructions.

Carolee said...

fun layout - love the train.

mary stuart said...

Beautiful family! Very cool layout, Susan!

Sharon said...

Beautiful layout! :)

SlomoMom said...

Beautiful, beautiful layout, Lovely family, TFS
SlomoMom
slomomomcbl@gmail.com

Karen Wilson said...

What a fantastic layout. I love that train. Great instructions too!! Thanks so much!

Lynnette said...

Absolutely adorable layout! Always amazed.
lcarls71@yahoo.com

Scrappy Chic said...

Thank you for all the instructions on how to re-create this beautiful layout. I love how you put one of the pictures on the train.

kim.mom said...

BEAUTIFUL LO!!!!

*Star said...

Wow, that is absolutely beautiful!
Tfs and have a great day. :)

Sissi said...

The train is absolutely precious!

Jackie "B" said...

Oh what a beautiful layout. I like the title and the cute train. Thanks for sharing.

scrappymama said...

Susan, what a wonderful layout! Thanks for the detail instruction! Merry Christmas to you!

Shelley said...

Love this layout! I just may have to scrap-lift it.

laurakim said...

That train layout is the cutest ever. I've got to give it a try, as my two 5 year old grandsons are crazy about trains.

Anonymous said...

Good job. mississchic @ yahoo dotcom

gardener said...

Nice job. Thanks for teh giveaway

missionofjoycandles said...

Very nice layout.

Maureen Reiss said...

Wow Susan!! Beautiful LO!! Love the pic in the train.

dragonflyspecialties said...

Wow!! That is a very cute layout!

KTbirdiegirl said...

Absolutely beautiful layout!! I adore the train. Thank you for shareing your incredible talent with us!
Kathryn

Anonymous said...

Love your layouts!

Thanks for sharing.

Cindy

cgarner@machlink.com

ScrappyMama said...

Now, this I LOVE!!! Thanks so much for sharing a layout with us...and a 2-pg layout is even better!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Anonymous said...

I love your ideas and always look forward to see your new ideas.

Karen said...

SSSOOOOO CUTE!!!! I just love it! I always have trouble with Christmas LO. Have a great holiday!!
Thanks
Karen dkolopez@msn.com

Arlene said...

What a fantastic layout. I love the train and the way you put the pictures. Thanks for the instructions as well.

Tiffany said...

Very nice! Glad to have found your website.

www.epiphanybytiffany.blogspot.com

The Scrapbook Speedway said...

what a great two pager!! love it! love all your work! thanks for sharing and now follwing you!

Sanguinartears said...

Beautiful layout. I especially like how you put a picture in one of the train cars.

Lisa said...

AWESOME SAUCE Susan!!! (It's my new fav word btw..LOL)

This LO is adorable!!!! Your LO's are so detailed and full of crafty goodness!!! I hope your Christmas is fantastic and wishing you and yours the best Holiday season!

(((Hugs)))
Lisa Sturgill :)

Sherrie K. said...

Absolutly beautiful!!!!! I love the red and blue colors and the train is just sooo cute!!
Great work...
Sherrie K.
jskoning@msn.com

Tina said...

This is so adorable! Just love this page. I am already a follower.
www.scrapdiva-tina.blogspot.com

Craftyanny said...

Stunning l/o. Love the train:)
Anne x

Cynthia B. said...

The papers and the photos are lovely...but I have to say the train is AWESOME! Love how you changed up the cut a bit to make it work better for you. Thanks so much for sharing!

dianne said...

Sooo... Beautiful!!! It's a scrapbook lift for sure ;) TFS
Can someone send SE Georgia snow for a day or two? My grandbabies & I would love it ;););)

Tabitha said...

Very pretty. Love the papers you used. Hubby ordered MTC CD for me for Christmas, thanks for the download, I will be using lots of these.

Mom2Fiveplus3 said...

Absolutely gorgeous.

CathyinMN said...

Susan, love your LO! Thanks for the instructions and the cut file, too.

Jennifer said...

Really beautiful layout.

Sandra said...

very cute - thanks for the cut file!
Sandra

Nana Jo said...

Great layout- Love the train.

mmlmn@polarcomm.com

Groovy Deborah said...

Wow! Ya know I really adore the train, but it is a toss up with the boxcar with the pic. That is so cute!!! Thanks so much for sharing :)
Deb♥

Groovy Deborah said...

p.s. I'm Deborah from groovydeb@yahoo.com ")

waidc said...

This is one of the prettiest Christmas layouts I've ever seen!!

MaryNSC said...

O MY goodness BEAUTIFUL I just started playing train in FACEBOOK last night..LOLOL
I was already a following..
HUGS

felkatz said...

cute.. i love your layouts!

felkatz at gmail dot com

dianne said...

Susan your design is Beautiful!!!
I'm a old follower.
What this blog is doing giving to others is AWESOME!!!
I love finding new blogs to scraplift from ;) I mean follow ;););)

littleeifwife said...

Very cute layout!! Wow...you really know how to work that design studio!!! Great project!!

GreenScrap said...

That Layout is amazingly beautiful!!! I love how that train came out!! And those colors are gorgeous!!
TFS!! Take Care!!
Jennie @ http://earthyscrap.blogspot.com/

Jet said...

WONDERFUL paper and design!! Makes me want to wish for SNOW?!

mary said...

This is a very beautiful layout.

maryatrievleydotcom

Kristie Maynard said...

What a wonderful fun layout. TFS!

Leslie said...

What a great layout! Thanks for the ideas!

mommanj said...

What a great LO! Love the train and all detail. TFS and have a great Chrismas

BikerGranny said...

Susan, that's a beautiful layout - thanks so much for sharing it with us! I'll be heading over to your blog to download that cut file; I love your blog, too! :)

Jan Foselli said...

I love the little train at the bottom of the LO!

Jessica said...

Wow I love that layout. These are my weekness. But yours are fantastic. And I really hope to win the country life cartridge I have so many uses for it!! Thanks for the great project and the great giveaway.

Robin said...

Susan, this is beautiful!! I love how you used the train & you choice of papers is wonderful! And, I must admit, I love seeing LO's done with photos! TFS & have a Merry Christmas!

Kelly Massman said...

Very cute!

mreitsma said...

Absolutely beautiful. This has inspired me to do a Christmas album for my son and also my grandkids.

Thanks for so for the inspiration, Susan.

Elise

JenBenLola said...

The train is super cute. Love the layout. JenBrierley2 at gmail dot com

Manhattan Mandie said...

Wow! This layout is just amazing! I hope that I can get to know my G well enough to create the whole layout on it soon :)

Nadia's World said...

This is absolutely beautiful!!

Thanks for sharing!

Nicole
niclax13@gmail.com

Libby Beach said...

Chuga chuga chuga chuga choo cute! :) Thanks for sharing Susan :)

snappy scrappy said...

Gorgeous!!! I love how you did the train!

Rose said...

I needed a Christmas LO for my niece.She just had her 1st BABY,& she gets to come home on friday.Your LO is prefect for her.I done have DS or a gypsy ,but I think I can make it work.Thanks

Rose said...

I needed a Christmas LO for my niece.She just had her 1st BABY,& she gets to come home on friday.Your LO is prefect for her.I done have DS or a gypsy ,but I think I can make it work.Thanks

shutterbuggin said...

gorgeous layout!! Love the train

Lori said...

I am a new follower and I love your projects! I have almost everything that you used to make this! I even have the printed ribbon! I can't wait to make this layout myself!

Just A Pac Rat said...

This is a wonderful layout! I love the tree and will have to make one myself as I own that cartridge and haven't had the time to use it yet.

Thanks for the idea and Happy Holidays to everyone!

circlebenterprises.blogspot

Roenick said...

Oh my mind is full of ideas now! This is a great piece - thank you for sharing the technique and vision.

Angela said...

This is such a stunning winter layout and perfect pics too. Wow!

Lady_of_Mason_Manor said...

I love this layout, def going to be scrap-knapping it! Thanks! I did want to point out that one could also use the Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge for the train. Thanks for sharing! I would have never thought of this!

Linda said...

great cartridge

Christine America Real said...

Every year we take the two little boys next door and my best friends two little boys for a "Train Ride With Santa" this layut would be perfect for the photos we take! I just love this! I am going to buy the Christmas Cartridge!

america57@comcast.net
chrissandlou.blogspot.com

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