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Wednesday, February 23, 2011
As promised, here are a few more layouts from my Disney Cruise album.  See below.  But first...

Here's a question for the day, and I would LOVE to hear your feedback. What would you most love to learn about? Some possible answers...
a. Step by step directions on how to make Cricut projects (layouts or cards?)
b. Principles of designing - such as mixing patterns, making things "pop", etc.
c. How to use the Expression machine itself - such as the Mode buttons, etc.
d. Gypsy tips and tricks
e. Other machines - Cake, Imagine, Yudu
f. New stuff coming out - Cricut Craft Room software, Anniversary "E2" Expression
g. Product reviews
h. Other - I'd love to hear your ideas!

Poolside layout using Mickey & Friends and the Mickey Font.  Gotta love Pluto!  This paper was from Stampin' Up.  I also used the Stampin' Up corner punch to get the snazzy layered photo corners.

Showtime layout in classic Disney colors.  I believe the large silhouette Mickey head is from Mickey & Friends.  And of course the lettering is Mickey Font. 

This one is almost too simple.  I want to go back and add more stuff to it!  But when I made it, I was trying to keep the focus on the pictures, because the scenery was so gorgeous.  The font I used was Cuttin' Up - a real favorite of mine.  I think the surfboard, wave journal box and little dolphin were from Ocean of Words.

Layout of our dolphin swim excursion.  The pics were taken with a waterproof disposable camera, so the quality was not fantastic.  I kept the color palate clean to go with the photos.  Font is Cuttin' Up, and dolphins are from Ocean of Words.

Thanks for checking in.  Don't forget to leave a comment today.  I'd love to hear your input on the question for today.  And that will enter you into the drawing for this week's blog candy. The winner will get to choose a theme, and I will make a completed layout with that theme just for them.

76 comments:

Ohhh Snap said...

Gorgeous layouts. I'm voting for "a" and/or "b". I bought Ocean of Words for the wave icons (and it was on sale!).

Beary Crafty said...

I love all your layouts! My question is probably a mix of everything! I have the Cricut Design Studio software and sometimes get frusterated with it because it is sooo basic--YET it is more complicated sometimes then it needs to be. Is an investment in a Gypsy a better idea and easier to use? Also, I often wonder where you purchase your paper in bulk from...Usually you only get 2-3 sheets of the same imagine within a pack unless you buy individually, which can be costly...if you make a mistake...you have to use something else :(

Thanks for your help!

bearycrafty007@yahoo.com

Karen Rosas

Liz said...

Any and all of those sound great to me. How about a different topic on a regulaar basis each day of the week.

Lisa said...

What great layouts! I'd like to learn about a (both cards and layouts), b, and d. :o)

Lisa
prettypaperprettyribbons.blogspot.com

Jamie said...

I'd love any and all of those topics!!! Specifically the layout one, patterns and color choices and gypsy though. Your work is beautiful.

Melissa said...

I would love more on Gypsy tips and tricks! I know there are still lots of things I have to learn about my Gypsy!

I love your Disney LO's! The talk bubble for the dolphin is too cute! lol

Melissa
www.disneydreamerdesigns.blogspot.com

char52 said...

I would love tips on mixing patterns. I have such a hard time doing that. I always fall back to a pattern with a solid color.

Kate said...

Please, please, please do the principles of design. That's something I have skipped in my scrap book process and I really want to improve and grow. I especially would like to learn how to incorporate the "rule of three" when it comes to 2-page layouts.

Thanks

Lisa said...

I vote for a & b - the other topics it seems there are a million blogs covering those. Your layouts are really beautiful and learning how to do great layouts with patterned papers and the way to lay out embellishments.

AShu93 said...

I already know how to use the machines, so I'd prefer b. I always need design help & inspiration.

Diana Joy said...

Beautiful, classy layouts. I'd vote for Gypsy tips. Thanks.

LesleyfromWI said...

Super cute. You are giving me great inspiration for my Disney photos!

Crafting Katie said...

Cute, cute layouts! I'd love to learn more about the principles of designing scrapbook pages. Thanks!

Julie said...

These are fantastic!

Em'smom said...

Layouts would be my #1 and principles would be #2 Your designs alway inspire me! thanks for what you do.
Lori
lori(dot)harrison@csus.edu

kristyscraps said...

Thanks for the disney layouts--I'm working on an album for our disneyworld trip planned for 2013 that way I can pop the photos in when we get back! :) I choose "b" as I think I know how to use the machine, but I'm still at the one piece of paper on the mat at a time stage...how do I jump to someone who can figure out how to put all the components on at once and cut away?

blueskygirl said...

Monique, those are gorgeous. You are really making me want to leave this snow and go on a cruise! I would like to see instructions on layouts and cards as well as info on the E2 with the cricut craft room software.
Thanks!

Bobbi said...

What great layouts. I would love to be taken step-by-step on how you do your layouts. From color choices and what cuts you decide to use. I also would love more Design Studio and Gypsy tips. I have never really used the Design Studio but love my Gypsy.

Angela said...

Hi Monique, the Tuff Girl layout class was fun and so good to see you all back in action. I think I would really like to learn more about my Gypsy. I've had it since Christmas and really only seem to play with it and not use it for it's designing and cutting purpose. Also on your custom layout idea, I was wanting a doggie layout, but now I'm liking your suggestion of a Buggy layout with your new exclusive cartridge.

moknowsall said...

I love how you can put such different papers together for a striking layout. Most are things I would never choose. A and B, and design studio. I like the different topic each week idea.

maureen

Megan said...

Loving the Disney layouts!!

I think learning more about the actual design work- mixing patterns and colors, making elements pop, things like that- would be fabulous!

debbie susee said...

I'm still in the learning phase with my Gypsy so I'd love to learn whatever you can share with me. :)

Cindy said...

Good morning. Your layouts make me want to take a Disney Cruise. My vote would be for a or b in regards to layouts. I am always amazed at how beautiful your layouts are and I would love to learn how you do it day after day.

Dee said...

Love the layouts. I would like to see more about how you design a layout. For example, I like how you mix up to 3 to 4 papers on one page. For me, it always seems so busy, but on your pages, it is amazing. I need to get out of my rut.

Craftina said...

I love that you make such beautiful detailed layouts!(my favorite blog!) Not many people make layouts, mostly cards, so my vote would be for more of those! and how you incorporate the design studio or gypsy in your layouts?

littlen said...

whenever i see a card or lo that i especially like i would like to see the step by step instructions.

Kristie Maynard said...

More beautiful layouts!
I commented on facebook to this question too. I love to learn new techniques. Anything new and different is cool. I also would love to learn more about design principles, I think the more I learn the better my layouts will be. I love what I make, but understanding why something works or doesn't work can only make things even better.

Lezlye said...

Love seeing the Disney Stuff! I am a big Kid at heart when it comes to Disney. I would love to learn and hear more about the new things coming out.

cricut cards said...

Your cards are beautiful . I just love you Disney layouts.

Shawnee said...

Beautiful Disney layouts!! I vote for a or b. I would like to learn more how to make my layouts pop and standout more.

Shawnee

Meshell Holmes said...

You should do a series of all those topics. Take your time, we'll wait! lol

Faith-Abigail Designs said...

Beautiful layouts as always! I would love to learn more about your design process: choosing patterns and papers and combining everything so that it pops.

Anonymous said...

Cute layouts! I think a or b. I would love to see the cricut cake in action- not sure if I would use it enough.
I would love a Monique designed wedding layout since my son got married in Sept.
Hugs,
Peggy Estes

Beth said...

I would love posts on design principles, especially mixing patterned paper. I seem to have so much trouble with that. And I would love a tutorial on where to put the little white dots on all your cuts to make them look right.
Step by step instructions for layouts would be great too!!!

JennyKozar said...

Beautiful disney memories - I better start scrapping my own soon! I vote for B and then A. I love how all your layouts use patterns that just look so good together and the pages are just seamless.

Thanks!

Toni Maciel said...
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Toni said...

Monique, I always enjoy looking at your layouts. The Disneyland ones are really fun!

I have only been at this for about 6 months, so a, mostly b, and f.

Thank you for sharing your talent with us all!!

Faye said...

I'd love to learn more about the Gypsy having just purchased one. But then, you could guide us on design, lay-outs....just share everything you know! :-)

sleigh said...

Wonderful Disney layouts! My vote is for "a" and/or "b".Have the CDS, but don't use it, it makes me so frustrated, don't have a Gypsy or Imagine and probably won't get one; I LUV my Expression... I get stuck and need design help & inspiration. Thank you!

Irene said...

Lovely layouts TFS!!! I would love to learn about b.Principles of designing...Thanks!

Kristen said...

a,b,c and g. I really like your design style

alwayscharlie said...

I vote a,b,f and g but I read your blog everyday anyway. Whatever you post I'll enjoy!

Maquel said...

I would love to have more help with design....making things POP! You do so well with those aspects, and tips would be well appreciated, Monique!
Love your Disney LO's!!

mderosby at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I just love everything your team does...how is that possible?

jazzyjan711 said...

Love everything...Jazzyjan

jazzyjan711 said...

Love everything...

Miss Dhilly said...

Great layouts as always! Your layouts are my absolute favorite, I would love to learn more about how you choose your patterns, colors and cuts and make it all work together. Your detailed work all flows so nicely in each layout, how do you make that happen every time? Would love some tips and techniques from you. Thanks!

thedhillonz@hotmail.com

Donna said...

Really cute layouts! Makes me want to go to Disneyland! I'd love to learn more about the Expression Mode buttons. There is so much that can be done with our machines. And I would love to know more about how to's and why's for Design Studio. That would be so awesome.
Thanks for even asking us what we'd like!
Many blessings, Donna
grandma4five

cardchick's world said...

I have to agree with the rest "B"
the principle of design!!!!!
the mixing of paterns and colors get me....your LO's are fabulous...

Vickie said...

Monique
I love all these adorable LO pages. As for your question I would love to get information on all of the areas you mentioned. At this time I am thinking about getting a gypsy and I am not sure that it is worth the money. I like the idea about doing something different on the list daily.

cowbelleru said...

I vote for them all. A little refreshing does an old gal good. LOL
cowbelleru@sbcglobal.net

Da;n said...

I would love step by step instructions on layouts etc.. as well as info on mixing patterns and how to match them up. I always try it but it just doesn't work especially when they are not from the same pack.

Da;n said...

I would love step by step instructions on layouts etc.. as well as info on mixing patterns and how to match them up. I always try it but it just doesn't work especially when they are not from the same pack.

Kathleen said...

Hi Monique. Love your layouts. My favorite things to learn from you are the Cricut directions for layouts and learn more about all the buttons and options on the Expression! Of course, my third option would be to learn how to mix and match patterned papers. Oh my, I'd just love to learn ANYTHING from you!!! You Rock!!

Kathleen in NJ
kmurphy614@gmail.com

clmills said...

What beautiful layouts..I'm drooling for talent like that.
My votes would be 'let's start at the kindergarten level', but as that wasn't suggested . . . .
I received a Gypsy for Christmas, still don't understand it. I also received an Imagine w/8 carts (used it maybe 3 times). I have Design Studio (use it mainly for searching out images). I have an intense love for card making but I'm sure you can tell I'm lost when it comes to the aboved mentioned tools. So here I sit with a fortune of "stuff" I don't understand how/what to do with.

ScrappyChick said...

Can I pick more than one answer. i would love detailed directions on layouts. Yours are so pretty! BTW love the first one on the page today. I think I took the same picture of the slide. Man, this makes me want to go on another cruise NOW! I would also like more information on new "stuff" that is coming out. Thanks

hmooney134@gmail.com

shari said...

I'm so jeolous, Your trip looks so fun! Awesome layouts! Shari (cricutrookie)

Anonymous said...

I would love to learn more about Principles of designing - such as mixing patterns, making things "pop", etc. There are so00 many bloggers that do video's showing you how to "assemble" a card or layout, but never any discussion on why you picked certain paper and certain embellishments with different types of Titles and photo placements. Your layouts are great & would love to hear your thought process on putting the layout together!

Lindsey said...

I vote for (B)Principals of Design. I'm always intimidated by mixing patterned papers so I usually end up using plain stuff. I want to spice up my layouts!

Mary Jean said...

ohhhh this one is easy! I want step by step directions!! Ilove your work!

JANLYNN said...

I have some Disney photos I needed the inspiration of your layouts for .TFS. To answer you question a and b for sure. Also i don't use my DS as much as I should because I can't get it to work like I want it to. I love to hear about new things comeing out and am very excited about Craft Room since i get lost with DS.

Lynn B. said...

B would be my choice. I can get things almost there, but they usually don't look completely put together.

Amy said...

I'm a new follower -- Your layouts are BEAUTIFUL!! I would LOVE to see step-by-step directions... I'll be checking in often!!

Thanks so much for all the inspiration!!

Amy :) at www.lovetocrop.com
scrapbookingwithamy (at) gmail (dot) com

SGilley said...

I for SURE need to learn how to use my gypsy...I've loaded all my cartridges (70 or so) into it and have NEVER used it...EVER...ugggg
sonyagilley@yahoo.com

Brenda H. in Sunny California said...

Monique,
I would LOVE to do a principle of design class. Or learning things on the Gypsy.
Love the layouts too. I will have some pictures to scrap of Disneyland.
Brenda H.

Charlotte Cornett said...

Great layouts!!! My vote is for A. Thanks for everything you do!

gshrader said...

great layouts! I would love to learn the step by step directions for some layouts!!!

Aman said...

Great layouts! I would love to have step by step directions for layouts so I can easily copy your work! Techniques would also be great!

Nana Jo said...

Love to see your gorgeous layouts.
mmlmn @polarcomm.com

Betsy said...

I'd like to learn how to make simple cuts appear more sophisticated. I'm sure you have some special tricks~!

Paulette said...

Hi there, I'm voting for a...and I would love to win anything. Love the butterflies, great job.
pmmaxgpt@aol.com

mjcork said...

I love the designs. Would like to learn more about scrapbooking. Thank you for sharing with us.

mjcork said...
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gypsyrps said...

So adorable. I look forward to your projects.
TFS

Jennifer said...

Monique,

What beautiful layouts!!! :)

I know I'm late (for some reason, I wasn't getting your email updates-not that I've had any time to be online anyway), but I would love to see a bit of everything! I love your videos (makes it so much easier to see what you mean)! I also just got a new Gypsy (which is intimidating to me), so I would love for you to share some tips. And your layouts are the best, so your step by step directions are priceless!!!!!!!!!!! I love your blog, no matter what you do!

Thank you so much for sharing your precious time and unmatched talent with us (how lucky are we?!),

Jennifer
partridgelu at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

I seldom drop comments, however i did some searching and wound up here "Disney Cruise Layouts - Part 2. Plus a Question!!".

And I actually do have some questions for you
if you do not mind. Could it be simply me or does it give the impression like some of these comments
appear like they are coming from brain dead folks? :-P And, if you are
writing at other social sites, I'd like to keep up with anything fresh you have to post. Could you make a list of every one of all your communal sites like your Facebook page, twitter feed, or linkedin profile?

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The Monique Griffith Design Team consists of 4 Cricut Designers: Monique, Wendy Lawrence, Susan Rees and Becca Rees. We specialize in making Cricut Project Kits that you can make on your own with your Cricut, learning more about your bug in the process. You just need your Cricut Expression, the required cartridge(s), and a few basic tools. The directions come with a Cricut Cut Chart that shows you line by line exactly what you'll need to cut on your machine, with all of the settings for each cut. There are also well-organized written instructions and color photographs. We pride ourselves on our detailed designs, and on teaching others how to most effectively design with the Cricut. Currently, we have have downloadable directions on sale for only $5, and there are over 50 projects to choose from.

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