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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Play Time Layout with the E2 - by Monique Griffith

Happy Saturday!! Monique Griffith here, and it's my Saturday to post as Guest Designer. Thank you, Joy and Melanie for the great opportunity! And of course, you're all welcome to pop over to my blog anytime: Monique Griffith Designs. We post 5-6 times/week, and always have weekly blog candy. As you probably know, we design Cricut project kits that you can make with your bug, and we just recently got a functional shopping cart on the site, so it's all slick and automated now. Woohoo!

Alrighty, who has gotten the new Cricut Expression 2 yet???  I just got mine 2 days ago, and finally took it for a spin today.  Well, I must confess that first I got my super smart hubby to do the update for me, and THEN I dove in.  I actually read through the entire user manual, while trying out each function.  Yes, I'm a nerd.  But I feel pretty comfortable with it now, and really love it.  So today I decided that I'd like to make a project using only the E2 and the carts that are pre-loaded into it.  Here it is.  See below for sizing details...


This single page 12x12 layout was made using mostly papers from Echo Park's "Playground" line (plus a couple of solids from Stampin' Up). I am a HUGE Echo Park fan - their papers are wonderful to design with!  I used the Cricut Essentials cartridge to cut the navy blue "merry-go-round" wheel at 9 1/2".  The orange circle behind it is 10", and the white circle behind that is 10 1/4".  The cut isn't really meant to be a merry-go-round, but I thought it kinda looked like one and went with the paper and theme.  I also cut the arrows from Cricut Essentials, all at 3", including the white shadows.


The "Play Time" title is cut at 3 1/4" from the Just a Note cartridge, and this is the cartridge I was most excited to start playing with.  I think it's just adorable - and it also has THE cutest tri-fold cards on it - can't wait to try those out!!  I like that the "Play Time" title has so many layers and a nice shadow - that really helped me tie in a lot of the colors from the layout.  And of course I added a few buttons for a little extra cuteness.


This bear and slide are also from Just a Note, and it's cut at 4 1/2".  Again, lots of great layers (I'm all about the details!!), and a nice shadow as well.  Since there's so much color going on in this layout, the white shadows really help separate them visually.  I added faux stitching in both white and black, and some little polka dots as well.


I don't use arrows too often (don't know why that is - they're so cool!!), but in this case, I really think they helped give the scene a sense of motion and fun.  Oh, and I used a double layer of pop dots to pop up the navy blue merry-go-round cut to give it extra depth.


The photo mat sizes are as follows: Merry-go-round pattern is 4 1/4" x 6 1/4". Red solid mat is 4 1/2" x 6 1/2". Light blue mat is 5" x 7". All layers are inked with dark blue chalk ink (as are the other Cricut cuts in this project). I tucked the photo mat into the navy merry-go-round wheel, again to just add more depth and to help tie everything together.  Thanks for letting me come over to play today, and don't forget to leave a comment for a chance at this week's blog candy!!!  Enjoy your weekend!



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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184 comments:

Sabina said...

Hello,
a great LO. Wunderful colors.
Sabina

Aman said...

What a great layout! I love when you are guest designer here.

amanbains1 at gmail dot com

Kris, Scott, and Emi said...

So very cute!!!!

Crhiga said...

Awesome layout!!!

Carol

Scrappin Melissa said...

Really pretty and colorful. As always another great Monique original!

Jan Foselli said...

Welcome as guest designer!!! Fantastic LO and I love all your faux stitching!

Scattychick said...

Oooh Monique I love it I wonder if I can persuade hubby I need a new Cricut E2 hmmmmmmm :)

Amy Brennan said...

Great layout!! Maybe I really do need that E2!!

Ellen m said...

Very cute! Love the colors!

Holly Hudspeth said...

Moinque, your talent is endless. It is adorable!

scpolodna said...

great layout for kids scrapbook pages. love the colors too.

Michelle said...

I was just looking at that exact image last night wondering what I could do with it! Great timing and great layout!

Kim. said...

This is a great layout, love the fun papers they work so well with the scene.
Kim xXx

Melissa said...

I was just over at your blog Monique to see your adorable layout! Always nice to 'see' you over here too!

Melissa
www.disneydreamerdesigns.blogspot.com

Amy said...

What a darling page!

CRAZY4CHRIST said...

Love the layout, If I hadn't read your post I would have thought you used the imagine to do the layout!!!
sierrababy08 at hotmail dot com

Rhonda said...

That is an awesome layout!

Terry Kelling said...

Love the colors, awesome layout!

Lucy said...

I love this layout! The colors are so vibrant.

- - Sheryl - - said...

This is adorable - love all the layers and details - fabulous!!!!

Rae-beccadesigns said...

Very cute! I would love an E2 but can't yet convince my hubby why I "need" it! Thanks for sharing!

Kathleen said...

Love this layout, Monique! So cool and so YOU! Love the colors and the sense of movement on the page. Once again, you Rock! TFS

Kathleen in NJ
kmurphy614@gmail.com

NanetteMT said...

Very cute layout. I like the bear and the slide. Looks like fun!

alwayscharlie said...

This is so absolutely adorable!!

Sara said...

Great layout! I love how good the paper goes with the theme. I've already got pictures from yesterday's trip to the park to use with this layout!

jakephart said...

So creative and Beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing! I love taking these ideas and using them where I can!!

TenSGal said...

Wonderful layout...I'm loving my E2 also!
And thanks for the chance to win the Scrap'nEasal!

Susan

Rose said...

Cute LO! Love the colorful paper love merry-go -around paper from Echo Park Playground super cute LO!!TFS!
No I don't have the E-2:(

tlc said...

I am in love with Echo Park as well. I don't have the E2 yet but you are making me want to have it more.

Jeannene said...

That is to cute!!!!

Clare D. said...

Great layout! You really inspire me to kick it up a notch and remember the details! cjdempsey9 at msn dot com

DebJoAl said...

Very cute layout! Love the merry-go-round & your use Echo Park's "Playground" of papers.

Ryansmaama said...

Monique, as usual just precious. Love your choice of colors and cuts. Would love to lift if I can figure out what carts I currently have that will fill the bill. Can't justify purchasing a new Cricut just now. Thanks for sharing with us.--Ryansmaama
gkburrow@cmaaccess.com

Stephanie A said...

I love all the deatils! Greatjob!

sandyh50 said...

This is so bright and cheerful! I just love it!

Glora said...

Great LO. I love it! Hugs- Glora

chignon said...

Just a note is a cart I still need to experiment with...I love your layout, it has such a playfulness to it!

Lady Fair said...

Fabulous layout - so cheerful and full of detail. My E2 will arrive today (my first E2 had the low blade/solenoid issue). I can hardly wait to open up that baby and get crafting! lflinesatcomcastdotnet

Sandra Joy said...

Monique, as usual, another great LO. I love the Faux stitching and dots. I am a follower of you blog and love your creativiy!

Paula said...

Very sweet layout! I know just the picture to use on this one.

Sunshine said...

I love this layout and the really cute paper you used, I wish I could afford the E2, maybe someday! You are a great designer, I look forward to your posts and creativity!

Renee
Gohogwild.renee@gmail.com

Dakota Bear said...

Fun page to look at with wonderful colors.

Carolyn said...

Hi Monique. I got my E2 yesterday and am excited to use it. The loaded images look awesome. I have to update and register it first though.

Nancy said...

Love this design. It looks so playful. Perfect for the kiddos. I'll check out your blog also.

Lorraine said...

love this fun design the colours and papers are delish xx

Linda said...

I love the colors but will have to try to make this one using my "E", "G" and "I" as I don't have the E2 and it's not in my future.
thanks!

Anonymous said...

I need to get one asap love the details.

Gayla M said...

Very cute!

Nadia's World said...

Wow! This LO is amazing! I love all the fun colors and details! I became a follower yesterday on your blog during Emma's hop. I can't wait to see all the cool things you do!

Nicole T.
niclax13@gmail.com

wimarinemom2006 said...

Very cute layout. I love the colors and the stiching.

Anonymous said...

love all the layering, great color choices too.

marychue said...

I love this blog it so inspires me...

The Hendrix Family said...

That is so cute! I can picture my son's picture in that layout.

Wendy (aka Roo) said...

Monique, this is sooo cute!!! I love all colors & it's soo fun!!!

wendydotroos2boys@gmaildotcom

katieb'screativeendeavors said...

LOVE the layout-I so wish I could of afforded an E2. Another awesome job Monique

The Cropping Canuck said...

Super fun!

Cricut Design Chicks SWARM said...

so happy - so playful... wishing I had the E2 - loving those cartridges!!!
parkernana5@cox.net

Melissa said...

Love this layout!!! I think I talked about the E2 so much, my hubby finally said "Go ahead and order it"!!! It's my be-lated Mother's Day gift. :) Thanks for all of your inspiration Monique, Joy, and Melanie!

Tricia said...

What a great design!

stbyrne@sbcglobal.net

-mandy said...

I love Monique's designs! She is so talented! Great layout!
-Mandy
hull.mandy@yahoo.ocm

Carrie K said...

What a super cute LO! You always do such wonderful things, Monique!!

cdaily28 said...

Love your LO it is adorable!!!!!

Sue D said...

Great layout--I like the papers and your merry go round wheel.

ScrappyMama said...

Thanks for sharing with us today!

gshrader said...

Adorable layout! Love the colors! Will have to try this with my E2

mamawcindy said...

Love your Layout. So Cute!!! Love the paper and the arrows look great on there.I love your layouts. I'm so far behind on mine.Don't feel very creative. But when I see your wonderful Creations.You really Inspire me. TFS :0)

Cassandra said...

Love Love Love Monique's style ! Nice job..TFS

cassandracaubleatyahoodotcom

Liz said...

fantastic, you're eye for creativity astounds me!!

www.tryin2craft.blogspot.com
lizabratt@comcast.net

Margie Klodnicki said...

Wow!!! I am a newbie and I am HOOKED!! Thanks for sharing!!

Jamie said...

Great layout Monique!

4kids4 said...

Another gorgeous layout! That preloaded cartridge looks so cute! TFS!

~Sharon C.

Tracy said...

This is too adorable! I love the merry-go-round idea! Gorgeous colors too!

Elizabeth said...

I just love Echo Park's Playground collection! I have been having a blast with it myself! http://visionsofpaper.blogspot.com/

JenJackScrap said...

Super cute layout, Monique! You are my favorite guest designer. I always scurry to my computer to see what you have in store for us. Thanks for inspiring!

candkleo said...

That's a great layout! TFS! :) Kelly

Deanna said...

great layout, Love the layout.

rebecca said...

Love this fun layout. The colors could not be more perfect and the bear is just too precious!

Kathy said...

Love your layout! So fun! Thanks for sharing!

Maureen Reiss said...

Super cute LO!!

Jolanda said...

I love your layout, it's so colourful and playful :)

Janet said...

Oh Monique, I love your work! The detail you put into each and every project simply sends your layouts over the top. I love, love, love them.

motherloves3 said...

Great layout, very cute.

Anonymous said...

This is really cute, and I too love the colors you chose to use!
hbixby@charter.net

Alicia said...

Such a fun LO! Love the colors!

Laney's Legacy's said...

What a cute LO, I love the colors you choose. Enjoy your E2 I hope to get one eventually. Thanks for sharing your talents.

Later Tater,
Laney

pdela-torre said...

Monique, I could just stare at your LOs all day. You put so much detail and love into every one. Your work is amazing, I wish I had your eye for LOs but alas, I'm mostly about cards. TFS!
pdela-torre@wavecable.com
Pam D

sleigh said...

A fantastic layout as always, and what makes it even better is Echo Park, yay!!!

Sheila said...

This is an awesome layout. I love it and the bright colors and movement of this layout.

ocm said...

The E2 will be my first Cricut and I'm so excited to see what i'll be able to do!!! (no more hand cutting!!)


What you've done is simply AMAZING!!!

: )

Betsy said...

What a great LO! Love all the cheerful colors, and that paper is SO cute! I also just got my E2, and I've loved using it ~ I think it's very user-friendly and intuitive. And the preloaded carts are great!

Karen said...

What a great LO I love all the colors I have only been doing little odds and ends with my E2 so far I keep going back to old faithful my expression!!!
Have a happy crafting day!!
Karen dkolopez@msn.com

Linda said...

Oh what a cute layout. My grandson's picture would look so cute on this layout
Linda in Stanwood

Cynthia B. said...

You rocked this page! Love the cuts and the Echo Park - such a fun, fun page. Thanks for sharing!

Kelly Massman said...

This is just adorable!

Jessica said...

Great Layout Monique! I love the papers too. TFS
Hugs, Jessia

Faith Abigail Designs said...

This is SO adorable! I always look forward to your projects!

lindagk23 said...

Awesome layout! I love the colors! Thank you for sharing with us!

Anonymous said...

OH WOW!!! That is super cute!!!

Kristy
xtech_98 at yahoo dot com

grammiej said...

So cute, I am so happy to see how you created that layout. Will try to do something fun for my grandchildren!!

Bridget said...

Very cute! TFS! I have been wondering how different the e2 is...

Kim A said...

Love the layout! Keep them coming

Grandma Nancy said...

I love the LO....very pleasing to the eye!

Show Love-Make Cards said...

I want to play there! Adorable!

Rachel said...

So cute, Monique! Love your layers and colors!
~Rachel in Sacramento

Sandy said...

You make us want the E2! Cute layout!

littlen said...

another fabulous monique lo. tfs.

Debbie said...

this is wonderful you always make such marvelous LO's thanks
upnurse at aol dot com

StefanieH said...

Cute layout, love the paper and theme. TFS.

Anonymous said...

Monique, as always, your lo is adorable...TFS! I'm an instruction reader too...if no instructions, I don't know what to do. ;)

Carol aka cyimbugbitten
bugbitten at hotmail dot com

Kelly Braund said...

Super super cute! I can't wait to get my E2! (It's supposed to arrive Tuesday!)

Kristie Maynard said...

Really adorable layout. TFS.

Marty said...

WOW! You put a lot of detail into this layout it's adorable.

CathyinMN said...

I love your fun and colorful layout! I love how you use so much detail. TFS!

Kelly St. Pierre said...

Adorable layout! Perfect for summer play with the kids and grandkids...love, love, love that paper.

Katherine said...

What a great LO as usual Monique! Thanks for sharing the directions. I got an E2 and jumped right in but I find I have to keep going back to the manual to remember what some of the icons mean. At my age the CRS syndrome just keeps getting worse and worse - LOL!

Kimberli said...

What a fun LO, I love all of your details and great colors!!

Sue S. said...

Monique's LO's are always so awesome!! I love how everything all works together! TFS!

sueot33@yahoo.com

TeresaK said...

That is very cute Monique! Thanks for sharing!
Teresa
happiqueen at aol dot com

Monique Lyons said...

I love your layouts, they to me are little stories being told on the page. Really, no pictures needed LOL!! TFS!

Sarah said...

This is a really fun LO!

TheLastOfNine said...

That is one fun and cheerful layout!!
Gloria

Nati Tristan said...

I absolutely loveeee the pattern papers and the colors! Wonderful Wonderful work!

Suzanne said...

What a fun layout! Love the cheerful amazing colors! Thank you for sharing Monique! :)

Suzanne
suzwatanabe@yahoo.com

Angela said...

What do you think of the E2? I have a Gypsy that I'm not great with and wonder if I need to be good at that before catching on to the E2? Everything is so adorable on this Playtime layout.

KTbirdiegirl said...

Great layout! You always put so much thought and detail into your LO's. I never thought of using white as a shadow...I like it! Cute paper and carts. I don't have the E2, but I love to see projects made with it. TFS.
Kathryn

Tonya M said...

How fun!

tonyakrauth AT yahoo DOT com

Peg Toth said...

very nice layout. thanks!

Beverly said...

Super cute layout! The papers are perfect, and I love the stitching accents!

Got2BCrafting said...

Your LO's are always amazing! I am loving all the colors in this one... it's just awesome, plain and simple! :)
Lori

Megan H. said...

Adorable layout.
Thanks for sharing.
Megan H.
mhcards at embarqmail dot com

Shawnee said...

Monique wonderful layout. I'm glad you are liking your E2. I love mine but can't figure out how to get it to cut Stampin Up Cardstock. It barely cuts all the way through. Other than that I love it!

Shawnee

daffy67156 said...

I love the merry-go-round print!! Very cute!

Lagene said...

fantastic layout!

Raquel said...

wow! thats just too cute!!!!!

scrappingnana said...

Love the layout and all the details and layers. Thanks for sharing.

Vanessa said...

What a bright, fun layout! Thanks for sharing!

Scrappin Dhilly said...

Another fabulous creation, I love your work, Monique. The extra details you add are great, love the colors too!

scrappindhilly@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

How cute! I love your paper selection Monique. TFS

lizzy75us@bellsouth.net

stephanie said...

That is cute.

sweetlilscrapper said...

love all the detail!!

sweetlilscrapper.blogspot.com
sweetlilscrapper at hotmail dot ca

Shirley said...

HOW AWESOME! I would love to get the E2!
Love the layout and colors. You are so talented.

JustJules said...

Love the LO and the colors! TFS!

Sarah said...

This is one of my favorites that I've seen on here. Really reminds me of my boys!

AShu93 said...

I like Echo Park paper too. It looks great with your layout.

RAP said...

Love your layout. Wish I could get Just a note without a new machine

Debbie S. said...

I all ready loved Echo Park papers, but with your design its exceptional.

Carol's Creations said...

I've had my E2 since May 2nd and haven't but read the manual and looked through the cartridge booklets. I've been wanting to see some other creations 1st and this one has got my creative juices flowing...thank you for sharing such an inspiring layout!

Karen said...

What a super cute LO. I love your finishing details of stitches and dots and all of the bright papers. TFS.

loving3boys1girl said...

Adorable LO!! I have to admit that Just a Note is my least favorite of the carts but the more I see, the more I like it! :)

~Tracy

blue.tacs at yahoo dot com

Luria said...

Great LO love the colors. TFS

Luria

mississchic said...

Nice. mississchic @ yahoo dotcom

Amy's Designs said...

This layout is adorable! I love the colors. Great job.

Janett said...

very cute layout!!!!

SHELLEE said...

As always--just LOVE your work! A very fun & playful LO!
Shellee

Anonymous said...

Hands down, Monique is the best Scrapper I've seen.


Chandra
Chantlewis@yahoo.com

Esther said...

What a fun and colorful LO!!

Kris said...

Cute! I'm not a scrapbooker but this is a cute layout! Have fun with your E2!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

Kaye said...

Awesome, Monique. Love some of the other layouts on your blog.

GabyCreates.com said...

Super cute, colorful and fun Monique!! My friend Abby lives up north and attended one of your classes... I asked her to say hi to you! Hope all is super!

Nancy said...

WOW what a fun layout love the papers.

GiGi said...

This is so cute! I love that you made use of all that wonderful paper! I love making cards like that sometimes too!

Kimberly528 said...

Great LO! I love faux stitching but always forget to use it!!

The Antonich's said...

This is totally my style :) I love this! And the Just a Note....I've always known I needed that cart.

Sara said...

Love this layout! It looks so playful! Great job!

Nu2scrap said...

Wow Monique, this is gorgeous! I love your choice of colors!
Barbara

Mary Jean said...

so cute!!!!

xxsquigglesxx said...

I love this! It's so adorable!

Shaun said...

Very cute, love the paper! Thank You, for all of your inspiration.

Sheila said...

The detail in this layout is AMAZING!! Love it. Thanks for.sharing.

Sheneyney72@gmail.com

Peppianne said...

Love this one! Any small child would be delighted to get this card

Rebekah said...

WOW!!! I love everything about this layout! It is so much fun to look at. Great job!

Kristy said...

Great layout. I'm looking for inspiration!

Jackie said...

very pretty

MICKEY DELVALLE said...

LOVE THE LAYOUT...IT IS ABSOLUTELY FUN.....LOVE IT.

MICKEY

Anonymous said...

love the new layout, colors are great!! i have the new E2 and love it.Thank you

ScrappyEmt said...

Love the cute layout... I got my E2 a couple of weeks ago and I just love it...

Mrs C with Style said...

Love the layout!! All of the colors go so well together!!

Sahily said...

Absolutely beautiful layout!! Love your ideas and the way your colors blend together so perfectly!!

Northwoodszoo said...

Love the theme, and it's cute as a "button"!

Kaycee said...

I love that the page is so busy and fun!!! It reminds me of watching little ones play at the park! TYFS! Awesome design!!!

cyog said...

Great job ! Lots of colors , movement and depth . Love the details.
carolynn

belinda said...

I want to get on that slide!

Jingle said...

This is so fun!!! Love the papers!

Jamoria said...

Love this layout!

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