Saturday, July 30, 2011

Interactive Scrapbooking with CTMH, Echo Park, and Cricut

Hello!  And welcome to our "How Neat Is That?!" interactive item blog hop!  We're all sharing things that move in some way, and you should leave us with several ideas to make your projects interactive.  If you've arrived here from Dawns' blog, you're on the right track.  If you are starting here, you may want to head over to Scraps To Treasures and start at the "beginning".

For my project, I chose to create a layout with a "spinner thingy" - it's called a Revolving Door.  I used a pattern from the Magic book from Close To My Heart to design my layout, and followed the technique on the following pages to create my interactive door.  The book even comes with a DVD of PDF patterns so you can print and cut the pieces.  Or, as I did, import them into Make The Cut software to use with your digital cutter.*

Here's my entire layout:
Sorry for the poor lighting on this one; it was really hard to get that spinner lit properly!  The fabulous patterned papers and mini letter stickers are from a new line, The Apothecary Emporium from Echo Park Paper.  The coordinating cardstock is all from Close To My Heart, as are the stamps, and the Cricut cuts.

Here are a few important details for you:

This is the Revolving Door in it's original, upright position.  Note that the door spins on a large brad.  (I made this one using a sticker from the Echo Park Paper collection and a flat brad and epoxy sticker.)  It is also thick, made by sandwiching foam adhesive between two layers of cardstock.  This not only adds depth, but will allow the door to hold up better over time.  Also, FYI, the original pattern from the Magic book showed a flower shaped base here, but I didn't feel that went with the Halloween theme.  So, I found a neat looking doily shape on the new Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge (available August 1 exclusively from Close To My Heart), on page 31 to be exact.  I cut the top layer from a pattern and a solid layer from Sunset cardstock.

Here the door is turned one space.  Note that the journaling for each photo is in the space opposite it on the wheel.  I found that when cutting the photos it helped to cut my template from clear acetate that I edged with a Sharpie marker so I could see exactly what I would fit in my space before cutting the picture.

The broom and cat images are from Close To My Heart's stamp of the month set for August, and I added tiny little self-adhesive sparkles to the cat's eye's.

Here, the wheel is halfway between spaces.  You can see that the photos and journaling areas are each arcs that fit snugly together in a circle on top of a solid base.  I did choose to cut my journaling sections separately instead of in one large piece.  It made it easier to write the journaling on them before placing the Revolving Door on top.

One of my favorite touches on this layout, this image is also part of the August stamp of the month set from Close To My Heart.  She is stamped in archival black on white CS.  I colored her striped socks and the underside of her hat with a Sunset marker from CTMH, and I colored her skin with a Copic Marker.

Finally, the title was cut using the Font Layer function on the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  I used the tiny cut holes in the letter design as a placement guide for adding some Smooch for bling.

Thanks for hopping by today!  I would love it if you would become a follower or subscriber, and come back another day to see what I am up to.  Don't forget, Scraps2treasure is having an overall grand prize and these are the simple rules: Become a follower, leave a comment at every stop and that's it.

Now, hop along to Jennifer's blog and check out her awesome project!

52 comments:

  1. Lori, very SWEETLY wicked layout! I love the way the photos are used in the spinner. Very user friendly.
    (I am a new follower!)

    Fondly,
    Ellen ♥ CardMonkey
    www.cardmonkey-business.blogspot.com
    E-mail: cardmonkey@comcast.net

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  2. Very cute layout and love the spinner.
    ~Patricia

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  3. very neat!! I'm going to have to try this!! I am already a follower
    Kristan

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  4. Great job, neat idea with the revolving door.

    Smiles Sher
    ShersL84bed@aol.com

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  5. How cool!!! I love the spinner !!

    Hugs,
    Tanya
    freddylswillima@windstream.net

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  6. neat idea - tfs!

    sweetlilscrapper.blogspot.com
    sweetlilscrapper at hotmail dot ca

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  7. I am your newest follower...wow love your LO's...great work, and your Spinner Thingy...lol gives it such a cool touch...Great job!!!
    TFS Eva :0)

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  8. The spinner is great! -Dawn ~ designsthatdelight@gmail.com

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  9. I love how your spinner became an album with journaling -- great idea -- very nice!! I am a new follower..
    jejaeb at cfl dot rr dot com

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  10. I love these..need to use my machines more! I'm a new follower. Thanks for the inspiration

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  11. Great halloween layout. Love your work.

    lebpab21408atyahoodotcom

    pattispaperfun.blogspot.com

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  12. Love your layout! The spinner is a fun way to hide photos and journaling!!

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  13. What a fun Layout!! I LOVE the spinner thingy--I Need to try that!!
    I'm a new follower!!

    Many Blessings,
    Tina

    www.craftyandgreen.blogspot.com

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  14. Love your layout and all the detail you put into it! The spinner is awesome! TFS!

    Sandy
    http://thecraftycreationspot.blogspot.com/

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  15. I love your card the fact that it spines is cool. i love your witch too. Beautiful. thanks for sharing i will have to try the great ideas you all have givin us. thanks for the chance to win.
    abbraddock@msn.com

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  16. I love that you incorporated the spinner onto a layout! Clever idea!

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  17. Love your layout...what a clever idea with the revolving door. I am a new follower of yours. I hope you stop by my blog and follow me too:) Excited to see more projects from you!
    Sherrie K
    http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com
    jskoning at msn dot com

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  18. Totally wicked card!! Love it! :)
    ♥ Laura ♥
    tweetyb@satx.rr.com
    http://laurascraftsandmore.blogspot.com/

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  19. Soooo beautiful!!!! Wow...this is really stunning! You made it look so easy, but I'm sure it took a little time to make this...wow! I'm a new follower!
    hugs,
    joni

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  20. Love the halloween layout!! It is my favorite holiday!! Thanks for sharing your creativity in the blog hop!!!

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  21. super layout i love halloween :) the revolving door is really cool :) been luvin the bloghop ive learned something new on each blog thank you :)

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  22. Wicked good layout and love the revolving touch. I just became a new follower, be back to see what is next:)
    mexicopetshop at hotmail dot com
    cathyplus5.blogspot.com

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  23. Great and halloween layout.SUPER details,JUST AMAZING!!:)

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  24. Great layout! I especially liked the spinner and the revolving door!

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  25. That's a great layout! The Revolving Door adds such a great touch! Thank you for sharing!

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  26. What a beautiful layout. I love your spinner. I am a new follower! Can't wait to see what you create next. Great job!
    Blessings,
    Shawnee
    http://www.blessedonthebrightside.com

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  27. Very crafty card/project. Thank you for sharing this new idea!

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  28. I am a new follower. I love this Halloween layout so creative. TFS.

    mjblahnik56@hotmail.com

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  29. Fabulous LO! Love the paper selection. TFS joy4umetoo at hotmail dot com (follower)

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  30. Cute layout, love your paper choices. TFS! I'm a follower now.

    lflinesatcomcastdotnet

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  31. Love the way you did your spinner, great idea. thanks so much for sharing it with us. So glad to be a new follower

    God Bless
    Heather
    Blessed2cre8.blogspot.com

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  32. Fabulous Lo! I love your interactive element! Tfs and have a great day. :)
    stars paper passion at gmail dot com
    starspaperpassion.blogspot.com

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  33. What a wonderful layout. I am a fan of CTMH and so glad you shared this. New follower as well

    Happy Scrappin'

    Sue B
    Suenj99 at yahoo dot com
    http://susanascorner.blogspot.com/

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  34. This is cute, Lori.
    Tricia
    plogan@columbus.rr.com
    www.triciatreasure.blogspot.com

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  35. WOW! That's gorgeous! Thanks for the tutorial! I'm a new follower now and can't wait to see what you come up with next!

    amyis300 AT hotmail DOT com
    scrapthissavethat.blogspot.com

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  36. Love the spinner with the veiw window on you project.
    I am a follower.
    Kathy
    Katsews at gmail dotcom

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  37. Love it! I'm n luv with the Apothecary collection from EP~can't wait 2 buy it! New follower via GFC! thanks~prhmangel@gmail.com

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  38. That is so cool. Thanks for sharing! CallyAnn(new follower)
    http://callyanncraftycreations.blogspot.com

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  39. Loved your wicked layout (I loved the play!) and your spinner. Thanks for sharing.

    puffinliz@yahoo.com

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  40. This is so cute! You should enter it in my Halloween in August Linky Party!
    hugs
    Deanne
    http://deannescreativejuice.blogspot.com/2011/07/halloween-already.html

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  41. Cute layut! Thanks for the hop!-Raquel @ Raquelsdesigns.blogspot.com

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  42. CUte idea~ love the added Smooch! Im already a follower
    kacee
    youhadmeatscrap.blogspot.com

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  43. Great project. Love the spinner. Im a new blog follower through networked blogs.
    melissaseme at yahoo dot com

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  44. Great layout!
    http://craftycardgallery.blogspot.com/
    craftycardgallery at gmail dot com

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  45. I Love it And just think of all the sentiments and pictures you could do Awesome!!

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  46. Your wheel is great! Fabulous idea

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  47. Hopping thru Day 2 of the blog and took another look at your great project. I LOVE this very clever layout! Thanks for participating in the blog!

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  48. Loving this layout. Your interactive wheel is great. Love how you used the witch stamp on both the layout and pillow box!

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