Monday, February 7, 2011

Love Bug - FCCB Share the Love Crawl

Welcome to ScrapSticklePop and the fourth Fantabulous Cricut Crawl...Fantabulous Cricut's version of a blog hop!  If you're a frequent visitor, thanks for stopping by again today!  If you're new here - WELCOME! I hope you like what you see, feel free to browse my other posts, and if you'd like to keep coming back, I hope you become a follower! 
Valentine's Day is in a week and everyone at Fantabulous Cricut has decided to Share the Love!   Each Design Team member will be featuring an original Valentine-themed project that includes the word LOVE somewhere on it.
If you've come from visiting Kate at Small Bits of Paper, you're in the right place! If you've just happened across my blog and would like to play along with our Fantabulous Cricut Crawl, start HERE.

Make sure to check out each DT member's blog for some awesome inspiration! There will be PRIZES along the way at some of our DT members' blogs, AND there will be a Grand Prize up for grabs at FCCB for one participant that submits a "Share the Love" project at FCCB!
So be sure to join in and share the love, too!
Now onto my project...

I'm a die-hard scrapbooker so of course, I created a layout.  In thinking of what I was going to make, I wanted to make something really cute and whimsical, so I went to a newer cartridge that I haven't really explored and found the love bugs - that was it, I was in LOVE!  So I started designing on my gypsy (don't worry, I'll be showing this to you, too!).  I had recently bought these great Fancy Pants papers from A Cherry on Top and thought that it would go perfect with this layout I was creating.  My son helped me cut and piece my cute love bugs and title - I love to have my little helper around!  I added ribbon to the mats (tip:  I adhere the ribbon to the back of my mats so I can slip the picture right in under the ribbon later).  Of course, everything is popped (this is ScrapSticklePop, lol!).  So take a look...
 Close up of the left page
 Here is the right page

My title, which is shadowed and I added a little bow and googlie eyes...

One of my bugs with some hearts cut from my always go to George cartridge 

Cute kissing love bugs.  I welded the antennas together and popped the heart.  I also did a lot of stitching on all my little embellishments.

So now here's how it all began.  I used my gypsy to design my layout - its not just for cutting, you know!  To plan my photo mats, I use George and make them the size I want my mats to be (under the Basic tab, if you click the link button under the height/width, it will turn to white- its usually yellow - and then you can make your mat 4x6 or any size you wish without one part increasing in proportion to the other).

Now that I had a basic idea of what I wanted my layout to be, I separated each cut by colors.  I love being able to make all my cuts at once, so I used my 12x24 mat to make that happen.  It's easy to copy/paste on the gypsy, but many people do not know how to do this, so let me share how to do this:
 On layer 1, click the item you want to copy (it will be highlighted in blue).  Without clicking on anything else, click on layer 2 and click on the double square in the advanced tab.  Voila, it will appear.  Now you can move it wherever you want on the mat.  So as you can see below, I put everything I wanted to cut together by color:  in black on the top left, in red on the top right, in one shade of pink on the  bottom left and the other shade of pink on the bottom right.
 In the picture below is what it looked like as I loaded it into my Cricut.
Another tip:  when you are using putting your papers on the mat (especially when using a 12x12 mat), be sure that you line up the arrow on your mat just the way it looks on your gypsy so you put the colors in the right places.

And in one load and unload of my mat, all the cuts I need for my page are done!

So before you continue "crawling" along to the next blog, I have a little BLOG CANDY for you today!  It's just a couple little things that I love - flowers and bling!  One of the items is a super cute felt flower clip that you can use on your keys, purse, scrapbook bag, etc.  In keeping with the theme, to be eligible to win, become a follower (if you're not already) and leave a comment telling me the 3 Cricut cartridges that you most love!

So now it's your turn! Let's see your Share the Love projects!  Make sure to include a Cricut cut somewhere on your project and the word Love!

Next stop...the fantabulous Michelle at Scrappin' with my Bug. Go see her fun creation... And when you're done, make sure to link up your project to FCCB's Fantabulous Cricut Crawl post to be entered into the contest!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you come back soon!
Happy Crawling!


  1. This layout is so cute.. love your little bugs and those hearts and papers really make the whole layout pop..

  2. What a fabulous layout!! It's perfect for Valentine's Day! I especially like your little love bugs! TBBM is my favourite 3-D cartridge. It's an oldie but a goody!!

  3. Fantabulous layout!! So perfect and cute - I love it!!! Its hard to choose my 3 favs - but my go to's are usually Create A Critter, Lyrical Letters, and Quarter Note.

  4. Love this layout! All your little added touches, embellishments and doodling just make this layout pop!

  5. Leinade, your layouts are the best. I love this cute layout. My 3 most favorite cartridges would have to be Paper Doll Dress Up, Create A Critter, and Simply Charmed.


  6. I love your layout. It is so cute. That is a great idea to lay it out on 12x24.

    My favorite 3 carts right now are:
    Create A Critter
    Sweethearts or Sweet Treats
    Lyrical Letters

    Simple Creations

  7. So cute!! My top 3 cartridges are:
    Hannah Montana

    I just got Create-a-critter, so I have been playing with that alot lately. Thanks for sharing. I also love reading what others favorites are!

  8. Great LO's! I love these pages!!!

  9. love your layout sooooooooo cute!..
    its so hard to pick just 3 umm.. how bout:
    create a critter
    simply charmed
    mickey & friends

    thanks for sharing and the chance to win!

  10. LOVE your lay out, you can never pop dot too much!! It's easy for me to name the 3 cartridges because that's all I have! Stretch Your Imagination, Don Juan and Winter Lace! I'm already a follower :)

  11. I hadn't thought of putting my layout on Gypsy like you did. Thanks for a brilliant idea! My favorite cartridges, so far, are In My Garden, Pink Paisley and Doodlecharms.

  12. My 3 favorite cartridges are Hello Kitty greetings, Nifty Fifties and my all time favorite Summer in Paris I am a new follower

  13. Your LO is super cute. I love all the details!
    My favorites are Create a Critter, Lifes a Beach & Paper Doll Dress Up
    lfuchs1 at wi. rr. com

  14. adorable layout! Those googily eyes on the word love is too cute!!

  15. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this page!!!!! :D

  16. I love ladybugs,so this is a superiffic layout!

  17. I love your layout and your blog. Thanks for the great gypsy tips and the chance to win the your blog candy. Fav carts are accent essentials, plantin schoolbook and new lite cart live simply.

  18. Your layout is beautiful. 3 fav cricut carts are black letter, Paper Doll, and Create a Critter that I don't have yet.:0)

  19. I love learning something new when I visit blogs. I really liked how you use a 12x24 mat to picture a double page layout! Picking 3 cartridges will be tough, but my current favorites are: Country Life, Hoot N Holler, Create a Critter. honorable mention: Plantin Schoolbook.

  20. Wonderful layout. Love the bugs. My 3 fave carts are: Plantin Schoolbook, Lyrical Letters and Paisley.

    vwilson577 at yahoo dot com

  21. SUPER CUTE layout!! My 3 fave carts at the moment are: Sweet Treats, Create a Critter, and Tags, Bags, Boxes and more.

    amandawoodau at hotmail dot com

  22. Your layout is just adorable! And you seem to be pretty adept at using your Gypsy too. I hope to become more comfortable with mine as time goes on. It really intimidated me at first. My 3 favorite carts this week are A Child's Year, Storybook (I love making word books) and Pictureesque. Thanks for sharing and for offering a chance to win some cool blog candy. I'm a follower.

    lucyblueeyz at yahoo dot com

  23. I like tags bags boxes and more doodlecharms and storybook. Cute layout. I became follower. Thanks for sharing karenk3 at ameritech dot net

  24. Adorable LO! Your little helper did a good job!

  25. The love bugs are sooo fave part are teh googly eyes....thanks for littlest one is discovering the Cricut and loves it...She thinks it's great, and loves the name (she's 8 1/2)

  26. Great layout.
    My favorites: Lyrical letters, storybook & Mickey & friends

  27. The layouts are ADORABLE! Thanks for sharing! :) I'm now a follower & can't wait to see what else you create! My 3 favorite carts are: Create a Critter, Mickey Font, & Sweet Treats :)


  28. Love the layout.
    My three fav cartridges are Holiday Cakes, 3 Birds on Parade, and Tag Bags and Boxes

  29. Oh my goodness!!! It is my pleasure to become a follower. I am just loving yor work. I love, love, love Forever Young, Storybook, and Create-a-Critter. Thanks for sharing and the opportunity to win. P.S. I'll be back to check out more

  30. What a beautiful layout! It's so cute.
    My favorite cartridges are Create-A-Critter, Doodlecharms and Simply Charmed.
    Thanks for sharing! ☺
    reneeleeak at yahoo dot com

  31. Love Love Love you layout! im a big fan of layouts too!!! love making them! My 3 favorite Carts are, Create-A-Critter, Birthday Bash and Minimonsters!!!
    Thanks for a chance to win :)

  32. So cute! Have just become a follower! Since I am a new cricut user I don't have many carts but from the ones I own I have to say that my top 3 would be Tie the Knot, Sentimentals & Paisley! TFS!


  33. SUper adorable layouts!!! Love every detail. TFS

  34. Darling double layout! I love those googly eyes and bow on the Love :) Sooooo cute! I am happy to say I am a new follower! I am ashamed to say I only own 7 cartridges :( My favorites of the ones I have are Heritage, Disney Fairies (is that what is it called? The one with the Pixie Hollow fairies including Tink) and the Dressup!

  35. What a great layout, love all the bugs but the love twist it makes they lovely to see lol.
    Kim xXx

  36. What a cute layout and thank you for the details . I'd like to do more scrapbooking (or any really) but I'm not really good at it so I'll definitely have to keep an eye on your blog.

    I just got my expression for Christmas so I only have a few cartridges, one I love and the rest are kind of standard. I love the Fabulous Finds and wouldn't mind having the tags, bags, boxes, and more, and doodle charms.

  37. Very nice. LOve the layout!!! TFS, your new follower Cathryn67 <3

  38. That is SUCH a cute layout! I hardly see love layouts, especially with sweet little bugs ;) Thanks for sharing!

  39. Super cute Layout!! I just got this cart in the mail today and I am so anxious to use it!! I can't wait!! TFS!! Take Care!!
    Jennie @

  40. very cute layout! i've tried my hand at a layout or 2 with my cricut and they are very time consuming. love yours!!!

    my 3 favorite carts right now are create a critter, gypsy wanderings, and once upon a princess. it was really hard to just pick 3 ;)

  41. This is BEAUTIFUL!! I love it! My favorite carts are Create a Critter, Paper Doll Dress Up, and Every Day Paper Dolls!

    Honeybean Creations

  42. What a darling LO! All of your cuts are so adorable! Thanks for taking on our Love challenge at Frosted Designs this week!
    barb :)

  43. So cute! Thanks for playing along with use this week at Frosted Designs.

  44. Super cute layout! Such a cute "bug"! :)

    Thanks for taking the challenge at Frosted Designs!


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