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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Life is Good if you're a Panda


In December, my husband and I went on a romantic getaway to San Diego. I've always wanted to go there and it turned out to be the last big city in America that I hadn't been to - so, we braved the worst storm and cold they've had in years and had a blast.

Of course, we had to hit the San Diego Zoo, which is like hiking through a mountain range to get to the exhibits!  I've never seen a zoo like this - the terrain was something!  The pandas alone were worth the hike, as you'll see!

Anyway, onto the layout:


I used a few different cartridges on this layout - Cricut Pagoda for the Panda and flower, Cricut  Graphically Speaking for the "life is good" and the Cricut Songbird for the layered journaling tag.


The panda from the Pagoda cartridge was cut at 2" and his eyes made using a Signo white pen (love these!).  I love the baby panda in the center photo sleeping on his back in his hammock - so darn cute!


The Songbird cartridge is fantastic for it's set of eight or so shapes that are perfect for journaling boxes, card fronts, frames, etc.  This frame1 (shift version) is cut at 4" for the white and 4-1/4" for the green background.  I printed the text on a sheet of paper first, then carefully laid my journaling block over it and printed again.  It only took 3 tries....ha ha!  One time I smeared the ink...grrr!


This "Life is Good" is from the Graphically Speaking cartridge and cut at 2-1/2".  No shadows are on this cartridge unfortunately but the starkness of the white works here.  The flower was cut from the Pagoda cartridge at 2".

Paper is by American Crafts and Core'dinations.

Be sure and check out Obsessed with Scrapbooking (where I have my top Cricut cartridge awards for 2010) and Courtney Lane Designs, where Melanie has some gorgeous cards up using the new cartridges from December's Hello Thursday.

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Glora said...

Joy this is so cute. Thatnks for sharing this sweet LO.

Just Me said...

wow, wonderful page. I have been to the San Diego Zoo, it is really something.

mom2maddie06 (Misty) said...

Oh, those pandas are amazing! My daughter would LOVE to see real pandas like these. She is in love with pandas already, at the age of 4! :)

Christine said...

Love the layout!!! Everything just goes together so perfectly!!!

Sam Barry said...

What a fantastic layout everything works together so well. Love the papers and the great photos.

jane said...

Love this layout! However, I am happy and a little envious too, that you got to go on a getaway with your husband.LOL!

Shirley said...

One of my favorite animals - Panda. Love the layout.

The Scrapbook Speedway said...

great title for the layout and totally loving the colors used!

Jan Foselli said...

how gr8 u were able 2 c the pandas! luv the lo!

Laney said...

Just darling love the paper you used, thanks for sharing

Donna VW said...

Great layout!

DianaBou said...

I would love to go to the San Diego Zoo someday. :)

Layout is so cute!

Brigitte said...

What a great layout!!! I love the pandas, the real ones and the paper one, lol!
brigitteetleschats at hotmail dot com

Robin said...

This is so cute! I LOVE the panda & have been eyeing that cartridge! Love the colors you chose for this as well! TFS!

kinderdi said...

What a great layout! Graphically speaking is one of my favorite cartridges. *I subscribe to your blog via email. Thanks for sharing the inspiration!

Crystal said...

What a lovely story ans SB page!!!

gmaJ said...

really cute lo idea! i bet your weekend was wonderful too!

Susie said...

Awesome page

GiGi said...

This is such a great layout! I love Pandas!

Rhonda said...

I agree, those Pandas are amazing! Love the layout!

Betty Fox said...

very cute layout!!!

JenBenLola said...

Love panda's! :) Great layout! JenBrierey2 at gmail dot com

Paula said...

I LOVE this, the colors, the layout, fantastic. Now, just to incorporate my boys into it, instead of the pandas. Thanks for sharing!!!

Sharon Aubuchon said...

I love the colors you chose for this layout! It really showcases the photos.

Amy said...

This is a gorgeous page! I love all the cuts. SD is one of my fave cities--it's so beautiful, there's so much to do, and the people who live there are so proud of their city!

Mom2Fiveplus3 said...

What a cute layout. Love it.

Joy said...

Great story and LO ! Love the color combo you used !

Lucille said...

What a beautiful layout I just love
the colors.

adisaac said...

GREAT LO! The panda bears are jsut beautiful!

Bonita said...

Cute layout. Love to spend time in a zoo. Pandas are so cute. Thanks

Kimberli said...

Great LO, the colors work perfectly and that panda is adorable!

Joann said...

Wonderful layout. San Diego is a beautiful city.

Joann
joannmarch

Natasha said...

I really like this LO. The colors are so fun!

sucor said...

Beautiful layout and great photos! Thank you for sharing this!

Kate said...

What a great layout! I'm so glad that you and your husband could still have a wonderful time despite the weather. I really like the layered journaling tag and your recount of the day!

Nancy said...

Great LO. I have also been to the San Diego Zoo and I agree the pandas are worth the hike!!

spelsue said...

I love this layout. It's pleasing to the eyes well balanced in color and structure. Plus who doesn't love pandas! Very cute.

Kath said...

I'm going to San Diego for the first time later this month. Would love to see those Pandas!

alwayscharlie said...

What a sweet, fun layout! Who doesn't love pandas? I'm glad you had such a nice trip!

paperscissorsink said...

Wow, that is just fantastic! I love the lO, paper, and the great photos, thanks for sharing!

Luv Scrapping Together said...

Adorable! TFS!

Rebecca Geile said...

I love when you mix the cartridges.

Josie0602 said...

Pandas are my favorite bears! You did such a cute layout with your photos! I love the bear from Pagoda for your page! I have Songbird and need to check out that journaling spot...

Miranda said...

Cute LO! Love the journaling block!

Linda said...

"Layout is good"

Maureen Reiss said...

Beautiful LO!! Love these papers

AShu93 said...

Great layout. The pandas are so fun to watch.

Pink Lady's Paradise said...

I love everything about this layout! The paper is so pretty and I love the journal tag. I love the title too! Very nice.
TFS,
Cindy :)

Elaine said...

Sounds like a great trip despite the weather. That background paper is so perfect for this LO! I love the stark white wording too and that it took you 3 tries to get the journaling cut right... makes me feel a bit better about my own trials and errors LOL

mekei said...

nice mix of clean look with cute embellishing

Donna said...

Joy, the pandas are so cute, they are my very favorite animal. I first saw them in Tykyo and fell in love. Thanks for sharing this layout. So nice to have a get-away with DH.

Donna C.
goCricutgo

Deanna said...

Great layout and sounds like you had a fabulous time in San Diego.

StefanieH said...

WOW, awesome layout. thanks for sharing.

Cornville Country Crafts said...

I was in San Diego over Christmas and the weather was not user friendly for a few days.
We chose the museums and the IMAX to stay warm!! Great layout. I have done the journeling thing and used Design Studio to figure out exactly where to cut. Love doing this. Thanks for the ideas, next time I will take my grandson to the zoo!!!

Angie said...

Sounds like a fantastic trip! Adorable layout!!!

Carrie K said...

Very cute LO. I bet that trip was so much fun!!

TeresaK said...

I do think the pandas were worth all the walking to see them! They are so cute and cuddly...and the page shows them off just perfectly!
Thanks!

Beverly K said...

I love this layout! The pandas are adorable, and you created a perfect LO to showcase them!

ScrappinT said...

I used to live in San Diego and I loved it! The zoo is always fun! What a great layout

marcy_clifton said...

The panda bears are adorable. Super cute :)

Linda said...

I love the colors you used on this layout! I now have my Grahpically speaking handbook on my desktop so I can refer to it and start using it more. so much in there!

Linda A

NanetteMT said...

Soooo cute! I love pandas. I just want to hug them up!

cdaily28 said...

Love the LO! Sounds like you had a blast!

Love Le said...

Oh how sweet!

Nadinebd said...

nice layout

JenE said...

so cute! love that panda too!

Sara said...

That zoo is something else! I love the layout of the page. Thanks for sharing!!

Janet Hamilton said...

Good photos and a nice layout.
I do love the Graphically Speaking cartridge--thanks for reminding me of it.

IRW Dana said...

Love the journal tag. Thanks for the inspiration. papermemories4u at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

What a cute layout. sounds like you had a wonderful time. Great page!!

Roxanna
bswinch at aol dot com

Danielle G said...

I love the little panda! I may have to look closer at that cartridge -- may come in handy next year when my daughter does some college abroad.

Libby Beach said...

Awww :) What cute pandas! I have never been to the San Diego zoo but it is definitely on my list of must visit places! :)

Anonymous said...

This layout is so stinkin' cute...I really love doing things with these cute little bears and critters they just make me feel all cuddly and before you know it a big smile too. Thanks for sharing your darling layout!

Joan Smith

Bobbi said...

What a cute layout and the baby panda is so adorable. TFS

Laurieinaz said...

Great page. Love the colors and GS is one of my favorite carts.

Danielle Phillips said...

I LOVE the San Diego Zoo and the terrain is something unlike any other zoo! We live a few hours from there and the storm was serious you are a brvae girl!! But I'm glad you had fun :) This is such a cute layout.

dannimae6@yahoo.com

Sharon said...

Great layout! The photos of the Pandas are just wonderful!! :)

Charlene said...

Very cute layout! I love the songbird cart too for all those neat little shapes. tFS!
SouthernMrs
at verizon
dot net

Em'smom said...

super fun layout!
Lori

stephanie said...

Sweet l/o, love the panda.

MsOktober said...

I'm lucky enough to live in San Diego :) So glad to hear you had a good time despite the weather. I guess you found out the song lyrics "it never rains in southern California" isn't true! Next time you visit you'll have to go to the Wild Animal Park!

Your page layout is so cute! I love the colors you chose :)

KTbirdiegirl said...

What a darling layout! I love pandas, too! So glad you had a wonderful time on your getaway...you deserve it! TFS.
Kathryn

Ginny said...

Really love this layout! The colors, patterns and embellishments are perfect for the subject. Of course, the subject is soooooooo cute, too!

Dana said...

Beautiful layout! The pandas look amazing!

dmcarlisle09atgmaildotcom

Susan said...

What a delightful way to preserve a special memory!

Scrapper69 said...

Wonderful Layout Joy and A great memory to cherish! Thanks for sharing it with us! :o)

Carol said...

Fabulous Layout! Love the panda. TFS

http://caroleesscrappinspot.blogspot.com

Jolanda said...

your panda page is adorable. The pandas are lovely :)

Candie said...

Beautiful Layout. and Thanks for the chance to win another great cartridge..

Craftyanny said...

fantastic l/o. How lucky were you to see such magnificent creatures in the flesh!!
Annex

CARDS by SUSAN said...

Gorgeous layout! Love the cuts and the paper colors!
Glad you had a good time!
Thanks for sharing
Susan

Donna said...

Of course I am a follower! The San Diego Zoo is a must see if you visit the San Diego area. Being from CA, I think it is one of our more interesting assets. You were able to get some really good photos of the Pandas, too. Great layout, Joy! Sounds like you had a wonderful time!
Blessings, Donna
grandma4five

Anonymous said...

very cute! thanks for explaining how you printed your journaling!

annie dot august@ comcast.net

Nana's Paper Things said...

Great layout, I love the white lettering.
LizW in TX

Michelle said...

Wish I were at the SD Zoo right now. Great pages!

Jules said...

I love this layout! The colors and paper choices are great and not the traditional zoo papers that I always seem to choose...but not anymore! Love the journaling area, too! Great job all around!

Anonymous said...

First of all, those pics were amazing...LOVED the layout, but I'm still not totally understanding of how you did the journaling block. Did you run the journaling block through the printer or print, then cut? Thanks!!
rplrlwallace@gmail.com

Samantha J Designs (Wife2TJ) said...

Absolutely LOVE this layout!!!So cute!!! love panda's :-) TFS! -Sam :-)

Rachelle said...

Wow! I love your page, we were in San Diego many years ago and wanted to go to the Zoo but, it was pouring down rain..you LO makes me want to go back..

Pat N. said...

Love the layout and your pictures too. Just adorable. Thanks for the chance to win a cartridge. That's great!

littlen said...

I love the San Diego Zoo! Cute LO. Glad you enjoyed your trip.

Anonymous said...

This is a great layout. Thanks for sharing.
Helen from Flower Mound

bpryor said...

Toooo cute!!!! Thanks for sharing. I love getting ideas from you guys. I just got my cricut and gyspy and I LOVE IT!! I'm new to scrapbooking so your ideas are awesome.

Heather said...

OMG! This is sooo cute! I love the pandas at the San Diego Zoo! They are so cute!

Kelly Massman said...

Thanks for sharing such a cute layout!! Love it!

Denise-Scrapmouse said...

Cute layout with great pictures of the panda bears! Thanks for sharing.

coupondenise at live dot com

janine_jepsen said...

So very sweet! I've been the the San Diego Zoo once and loved it.
Janine
janine_jepsen@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

this layout could be used in so many ways!!! thank you and you can be sure i will be following you very close.
smacki01atcomcastdotnet

sleigh said...

Luv the LO! and luv that you and your hubby went away on a getaway; it's a good thing :) i think we all need to do something like that. TFS :)

reynin said...

I love pandas...they are sooooo cute. Nice idea to do a scrapbook page. Thank you so much for sharing.

Just A Pac Rat said...

This is a wonderful layout! The pandas are soooo cute! Thanks for sharing!

circlebenterprises@blogspot.com

Jasmine Wilmany said...

I live about an hour north of San Diego. If you like the San Diego zoo, you should visit the San Diego Wild Animal Park as well. It's awesome!



Blessings!

★ Jasmine Wilmany ★

SherriC. said...

This is a GREAT LO Joy!!!!!!!
TFS!!!!

Betsy said...

Your layout is so cute. Very nicely done. Glad you had a nice trip.

GreenScrap said...

That is too cute!! I love it!! I love the Zoo :)!! TFS!! Take Care!!
Jennie @ http://earthyscrap.blogspot.com/

Bonnie said...

Love going to San Diego...cute layout! TFS

Wendy said...

Fabulous layout, Joy! And your color combination is wonderful!

Wendy T.

Court said...

I seriously bought the Pagoda cart for that cute panda! Love this layout! :)

Kristen said...

How exciting! I've been there! I loved it! The panda's were my favorite too! I got a really fancy panda bear picture frame, a panda necklace, and a few USB drives with panda's on them just because they are soooo adorable!

ellen s. said...

too darn cuuute!

Ellen said...

Thanks for the great ideas? buchholz.ellen@gmail.com

Crhiga said...

Love the layout!! When we went to the San Diego Zoo, the panda was pregnant!! They were still very cute!!

Carol

ShoppingTamii said...

love this! I love the SD Zoo, and the pandas...especially now that the line isn't as long as it used to be :) They really do make your day!

Dawn said...

sweat. very cute. love the lo. thanks

Eve said...

luv Panda! You are right, IF I WAS A PANDA, life could've been better, after looking at them in the zoo in tokyo, many years ago.. they eat, play & sleep! LOL

kim.mom said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE it!! Great photos of the pandas, too!

The Crafty Aunt! said...

That is such a cute layout! I love how you used the "Life is Good". I have that cartridge and would never have thought about using it that way! Thanks for sharing.

4kids4 said...

Love this page...sounds like a terrific trip! TFS

~Sharon C.

Jackie "B" said...

Love this layout. I like the title Life Is Good. Can be used for any layout. The pandas are so cute. Thanks for sharing.

TrueCAGirl said...

I absolutley LOVE this layout. I love the colors. I just want to keep staring at it! Plus, it makes me want to visit the zoo even more!

pcrusberg said...

Love that American Crafts paper. The colors are fab. Living in SD, we kind of take our fabulous zoo for granted. I love the pandas, hippos and monkeys and flamingos, etc. etc. LOL Glad you had a good time.

Scrappymama Elaine said...

love your layout, especially the colors and the little panda guy!!

Kaye said...

This is a fabulous layout! I have been procrastinating about scrapbooking...just doing cards and projects. But, I'm starting today with pictures of our trip with granddaughter to the zoo! THANKS FOR THE INSPIRATION!

candkleo said...

So cute! Love the panda! TFS! :) Kelly Candkleo@msn.com

Angela said...

Adorable layout and Panda. What a trip that must have been.

mommanj said...

Super great LO! Love those pandas, the details are great! TFS

ScrapnQuiltMesa said...

Thank you for having a page on the Pandas! They are having their problems and need some recognition for still being a part of this earth. Sounds like a totally romantic weekend!! The page is a fantastic memory and tribute to the Black and White Snugglers!

Karen said...

Love your LO I have yet to make it to the San Diego Zoo and I live in Los Angeles, we are going to try to getaway to San Diogo over Easter vacation and after seeing your pics it is a must!!
Have a great day!!
Karen dkolopez@msn.com

Reneeleeak said...

Such a cute layout! Everything goes so well together. ☺ (I love the Pagoda Panda.)
Thanks for sharing.
reneeleeak at yahoo dot com

Mic said...

Great Layout! Always love your ideas. Thanks!

joni said...

Super cute!!! I love visiting Zoo's and taking pictures of all those cute lil animals! I especially love the polar bears and the elephants! TFS
hugs,
joni

snappy scrappy said...

Sooo cute...I loved the San Diego Zoo.

Tracy said...

So cute! I love the SD zoo, too.

DebJoAl said...

Pagoda Panda is so cute! LO is cute too. Like colors & paper you used.

La Princesa Vestida De Azul said...

so cute

Mikidzmom said...

Going to the zoo next week. Great lo.

Mary Ellen said...

What a great job on your layout. Thanks for sharing!

Kris said...

Love it! I haven't been to the SD zoo in about 15 years but visit SD to see my sister every year or so. Looks like I need another trip to the zoo!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

Laura said...

Ahh the wonderful San Diego Zoo! The first time I went there I was very pregnant and had horrible problems with my sciatic nerve because of it but I was tired of being cooped up in the house so we went. Let's just say it wasn't the smartest idea. I had no idea how many STEEP hills there were. I made good use of the moving sidewalks and the ariel tram. It was fun though. Thank you for sharing this cute page!

Sassy Scrapin' said...

Joy this is adorable!!! So so sweet!

Frances said...

That layout is wonderful. My husband would flip if I needed that many cartridges for one page. LOL

grambojoan said...

love the pandas they are so cute

ScrappyMama said...

Great layout...thanks for sharing!

Sandra said...

love it!
Sandra ltb

BunnyFreak said...

Love the page. You got some great photos.

Anonymous said...

Great layout, thanks for sharing

Dakota Bear said...

Very cute LO! I love the papeer selection.

debbie susee said...

Love it! The colors are great!

Kristina MacKeen said...

I love the San Diego Zoo. Such a fun page to remember it by!

AprilsL8 said...

Love your LO - so cute!!

Linda said...

Great layout. I too love the San Diego Zoo. The panda's are so cute.
Thank you
Linda in Stanwood

Charlotte said...

This is just a beautiful LO. The colors are wonderful. The pictures are fantastic and the journaling is so meaningful. I love the work. There is so much work that took place to create this LO. I just love it!

JANLYNN said...

I could sit and watch pandas all day long. Cute layout. Very fitting of ther pandas. We visited the San Diego zoo several years ago and loved it all.

mississchic said...

The panda's are so cute. I want to go to San Diego Zoo so bad. Great LO. mississchic @ yahoo dotcom

Lady_of_Mason_Manor said...

SO Adorable!!! TYFS!!!

toptinmanswife said...

Love this layout.....It has been many years since I have been to the San Diego zoo. Sounds like I should make another trip!

Kdearman@suddenlink.net

Windy said...

Very cute layout. I love the San Diego Zoo...went there on our honeymoon! My son and daughter-in-law live in San Diego and were not too happy with that storm but survived all right.

Crafty Sue said...

Adorable l/o. Love Pandas.

Brandi said...

How cute is that!! Thank you for sharing with us!

Theresa said...

oh i love the colors in this!

Maryellen W said...

I love this panda layout! The photos are excellent! Love the little panda cut out,so cute!

Rose said...

Awesome LO!!! Love the little bite of color(yellow).Great idea on journal tag!The panda bears are soooo Adorable.You amaze me on how you do these LO!!!The way you put them together WOW!!!I need to check out some of these cart you used!TFS

**Treefrog** said...

Oh I just LOVE San Diego Zoo, And I know right where the Pandas are there! Sounds like you had a blast and love the Layout! Thanks for everything you do and all the inspiration!

jamme said...

Wow finally a scrapbook page. This is darling and I love the paper with those great panda shots that you got. My husband and I love to visit zoos but we have never been to the San Diego zoo. Will have to try to get there.

Weezie said...

I love pandas! Your page layout in wonderful.

bichonpawz said...

LOVE those pandas and LOVE the Pagoda cartridge! Believe it or not...zoos are a favorite of mine too! My daughter will be getting married in San Diego in 2013. I have never been there...you have now inspired me to visit their zoo! Thanks!!

NancyLynn said...

That is so cute! the paper is perfect with the panda photos

creativeprincess said...

I love this layout! The colours are wonderful!
Tara

Kristie Maynard said...

Love this layout, of course I do love pandas too.
TFS!

AJoy said...

I really like this LO. TFS!

April

Holly Hudspeth said...

How cute! Great paper choice. The blue with the black and white is something I never would have thought of.

Ryansmaama said...

Glad you had a good trip. The pandas are precious. Love the layout.--Ryansmaama
gkburrow@cmaaccess.com

ITeachK said...

I LOVE the San Diego zoo and as you said the pandas are amazing! Your layout inspires me to scrapbook...I just don't know if I can break away from the cards!

kristyscraps said...

I love the San Diego Zoo hike too! And the Pandas were really awesome! Great layout!

littleeifwife said...

This is a fantastic layout Joy....i love your colors and that darling panda!!!

Dayna said...

very cute!!

donnajm said...

Beautiful LO, I Love it :) Thanks for sharing.

Zoey and the furballs (the Zoo Crew) said...

I love that layout (and that zoo)!

Cynthia B. said...

Wonderful job combining the different carts! Love that panda...and the San Diego zoo is definitely on my bucket list. So happy for you that you enjoyed your trip. :)

blueskygirl said...

Love the colors and the journaling cut. Sounds like a great trip.

Karen S. said...

I love this layout! Pandas are my favorite animal! My hubby and I spent last Christmas in San Diego and absolutely loved the zoo. We got there when it opened and made a beeline to the panda exhibit. I had been hoping to see the baby panda that was born last year but it wasn't out on exhibit then. I do have tons of pics of the adult pandas to scrap!

HappyExpressions said...

Great LO!

VinDeeLoo said...

I have always wanted to go to the San Diego Zoo. First I have to get from Oklahoma to California.

VinDeeLoo
vndlewis at rocketmail dot com

Kathy said...

Love your layout! I'm glad you enjoyed your trip to my home city! Sorry about the weather, it's so not the norm here! And glad you enjoyed the Zoo. When we visit, we have to make a whole day of it just to see everything since it's soo big! Thanks for sharing!

SHELLEE said...

What a cute LO Joy!! It is my goal to visit the San Diego zoo. I hope when I do, my LO is as cute as yours!
SHELLEE

Shari said...

What a great page, I just love Pandas and San diego. I didn't get to the zoo when i was there but that is on my "bucket list".
Thanks, for sharing!
syoung6987 at aol dot com

Jill W. said...

Love, love, love spending time in San Diego...yes for those of us who are not lucky enough to live there, it is a wonderful get-away trip.
Wonderful layout, love all the journaling.
~Jill

Sanguinartears said...

Sweet layout. The panda is totally cute. I love the Pagoda cartridge. So many wonderful images. TFS

Debby said...

Love your layout. And I love Panda's they are so cute. I have a few pages from the zoo I need to do yet.
angel hugs
Debby

xxsquigglesxx said...

This is so cute! Love the pandas!

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