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Friday, September 13, 2013
Hey everyone, be sure to see my previous post - there are a few of our older FULL kits available for purchase.  Well, I hope you all are doing fantastic and starting to get some glorious Fall weather.  My daughter just started 4th grade last week - how time flies!!  And now with her back in school, I can't say that I'm sad to have a little extra scrapbooking time on my hands, hehe.  
Well, here's a new layout for you.  Directions are on our Cricut Kits page. I started this while on vacation in Oregon a few weeks ago, even though I had not planned on it.  But I saw the CUTEST fall paper at a store up there, and then the wheels started turning.  Sometimes you've gotta just go where the inspiration leads you, right?  So the resulting layout is called "Fall Friends", and it's everything that makes me feel warm and fuzzy about this gorgeous time of year: Apple trees, crunchy leaves, furry critters, pumpkins, and home sweet home.  I don't know about you, but I have a ton of fall pictures, but usually find it difficult to put together a cute fall layout - maybe because I don't have a specifically fall cartridge.  But as it turns out, I did some digging around and found plenty of perfect fall images on two of my very favorite carts - Create a Critter and Everyday Paper Dolls.  

Now, before you freak out and run away screaming, let me tell you that yes, this IS a very detailed layout.  BUT there isn't anything truly difficult about it.  It just has a lot going on.  So as long as you're a little patient, and promise not to hate me, you can do this layout just fine and impress your friends at the crops you go to!  And believe me, these will be the best $5 directions you'll ever get.  Truly, this would be a nightmare to scraplift because everything is at weird sizes due to how strangely these 2 cartridges are designed.  For instance, that big old house is actually cut at 2 3/4".  So don't waste truckloads of paper and 8 hours of your time re-cutting things - I've already done it for you!  These directions are very, very thorough, have detailed paper info, my usual Cricut Cut Chart, and somewhere around 25 color photos, including lots of close-ups and some step-by-step pics.

Ok, let's talk about paper for a moment, shall we?  Paper is a very tricky thing for me as a designer, and for you as a consumer.  Paper is like clothing - it comes and goes fairly quickly in and out of stores.  It's usually easier to find it online, but even then it will sometimes be elusive, even if it hasn't been out for very long.  This new Fall Friends layout uses paper from Doodlebug that is very new, so that should help those of you who like to copy my designs to the last detail.  

However, if you ever purchase directions from a while back, and can't find the exact paper - it's ok!!  Find something kind of similar either in theme or in color scheme, and do your best to substitute.  And as far as the solid cardstock goes, I mostly use Bo Bunny's double dot cardstock because it cuts like butter, and they have fantastic colors.  However, you don't need to use the same stuff I use.  If you don't have Bo Bunny readily available, you can just gather your patterned papers and take them into any store that sells any brand of cardstock.  Then just find a bunch of solids that coordinate.  You can use my directions as your guide to make sure that you get a dark brown, medium brown, dark green, medium green, etc. and it will work just beautifully.

So now that we've had our little heart-to-heart discussion, here's the deal.  You can get the full directions for $5 for this Fall Friends layout and a bazillion of our other projects on the Cricut Kits page.  All directions include Cricut Cut Chart which shows you line by line exactly what to cut on your machine, well-organized written instructions and plenty of color photographs. If you purchase the directions using PayPal, you'll soon get an email with a link so you can automatically download the directions right away.  I'm not sure if Google Checkout is still working, as it is being done away with at some point soon.  But hey, nearly all of you seem to prefer PayPal, so that shouldn't be an issue.

To complete this project as shown, you'll need the following supplies:
Cricut Expression®, Create a Critter cart, Everyday Paper Dolls cart, Plantin Schoolbook (or font cart of your choice), dark brown chalk ink, 3D pop dots, silver or white gel pen, black pen, mini glue dots, tweezers, green grosgrain ribbon (I used 3/8” wide American Crafts “Spinach” color), plus basic tools and adhesive. Also Cuttlebug and embossing folders (optional). Embossing folders I used: Mini Mosaics, Tiny Bubbles and Argyle.

Leave me a comment (I now have to click to approve comments), and tell me what you love most about Fall!  I always love hearing from you!  And stay tuned because I'm working on a creepy new Halloween layout using the Happy Hauntings cartridge.  Plus - don't forget to see my previous post for a few full kits that I'm selling for my good friend.


Brenda said...

This is a beautiful layout! I love the cooler days of fall, the sunshine that warms the day, but doesn't make it too warm! I love the vibrant colors of fall and the fall decorations. I love everything about fall!!! lol

JennyKozar said...

This is just adorable -- love love the fall colors here. I cannot wait to smell pumpkin everywhere!

diana said...

I am so glad to see your new layouts. Always love all the details and paper selection! What I love about fall are
the colors, and pumpkin everything!!

A Country Twinkle said...

Fantastic layout! I love the leaves in the fall. All the pretty colors.

Rose said...

This FALL layout is SOOO...AMAZING!(THE DETAIL)WOW!!! So good to hear from you!I pray you are doing"Fantastic"you sound so good!I love everything FALL,from apple crisp,caramel apples,apple & pumpkin pies!To the fall colors,the leaves falling & getting out all the fall decorations!Going the pick apples & pumpkins for Halloween.My son love the ghout pumpkins(the white ones)the sweet comfort of home,family time!SO good to hear from you!God Bless

Scrappy Beads said...

I enjoyed my visit with you!! I ♥ your layout.

I just had to "follow" you so not to miss anything! It would make me so happy if you would follow me too. :)

Have a beautiful week!

Lots of BIG Hugs,


Pam said...

This is a fantastic layout! I love all the little details. The best part of fall is the beautiful weather.

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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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