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Monday 27 August 2012

FCCB Cricut Crawl !! !! !! x

Welcome to my blog Crafty Calamities...
and the 
EIGHTH Fantabulous Cricut Crawl...
Fantabulous Cricut's version of a Blog Hop !! !! !!

It's my very first crawl and I'm so excited, we have been planning our projects for weeks, 
20 talented ladies (No modesty there then ha ha ha !!) means 20 super sensational projects for us all to enjoy !! !!

So with less woffle and a huge drum roll's the deal...
Summer is coming to an end and we are all getting ready to go BACK TO SCHOOL...Each of our fabulous Design Team member's blog features an original 
that includes a 
(crayons, rulers, pencils, book, school bus etc) 
along with at least ONE Cricut Cut.

If you've come to my blog having just visited the amazing MEGAN at SAXEYDESIGNS, you're in the right place !! 
If you've just happened across my blog, or are one of my lovely followers and would like to play along with our Fantabulous Cricut Crawl, start HERE 
Make sure to check out each of our DT member's blog for some amazing inspiration !! !! !!
There will be PRIZES along the way at some of our DT members' blogs
there will be a Grand Prize up for grabs at FCCB for one participant that submits a "Back to School" project at FCCB!

What a fun start to the week !! 

For my project I decided to buy some real life note books and use my Cricut to make them fun to take to school.

My note books were a bargain at a pound for 6 in 3 different sizes...

...but of course at that price they are a bit cheap and flimsy I started with a collection of purple and pink papers and covered each book...

...looking better already me thinks !!

To fit with the theme of Back to School I chose the Simply Charmed Cartridge because I just love the super cute faces bringing the characters in it to life.

Using my Cricut Expression 2 makes the decorating really easy to do ...
I cut the cute scissors and glue bottle at 10cm with all the elements resized in proportion automatically for me, stuck them on with Pinflair glue gel (silicone style but with no silicone or smell)  and then  added 3 Cricut Sampler scalloped tags to make some cute dividers and used Cricut Alphabet cut on self adhesive pearl papers to make all the letters. 
I then made a Tags, Bags Boxes and more 2 envelope cut at fit to page to create a "secrets" envelope to store all the fabulous things kids love to keep.

I used the last of my shiny gem stars to decorate and doodled the afternoon away. 

You can see the doodling a little better here...

...Its a brilliant way of bringing the project together without it becoming too busy, and makes the characters pop off the page.
I used the crayon and pencil, again, from Simply Charmed for the smaller jotters and I think the tiny one is my favourite !!

Now it's your turn! Let's see your BACK TO SCHOOL projects! Make sure you include a Cricut Cut somewhere on your project !!
Next stop...the awesome SHEILA, please go and see what she has in store for you today at her blog SHELOVESHOES
And if you want to play along, please link up your project to FCCB's Fantabulous Cricut Crawl post to be entered into the contest !! 
The DT will, as ever, be visiting all your blogs, ooing and arring, gaining inspiration and leaving lots of comments !! !!

Happy Crawling !!


  1. Wow, another great idea that Im going to have to try out...! Ive never decorated notebook fronts before, but you have really inspired me with your super cute projects to give it a go. Thanks. Kathie

  2. OMGosh! Your notebooks are so cute! I love all the details! Thank you so much for all the inspiration! Have a wonderful day!

  3. Love the layering, the cuts, the colors, just the whole dang project!

  4. I love this whole project and my favorite aspect of everything is the "secrets" envelope on the inside of the jacket! very smart!

  5. Fabulous notebooks Nikki and i agree with the secrets envelope.
    Jayne x

  6. Super project. Don't know of any kid that wouldn't like to have such a cute set of notebooks to start back the school year.

  7. These are wonderful, I love the designs and all the detailing.


  8. Wow! Some kid is going back to school in style.

  9. These are wonderful, love the idea with the envelope.

  10. Such a fun project. Great idea!
    Jamie FCCB DT

  11. so cute love these notebooks. great job! thanks for sharing.
    -jamie l

  12. Love the notebooks!

    Sheri R

    sherii at cfl dot rr dot com

  13. Great projects....I love the Crawl!

  14. amazing job! Love the notebooks!

  15. Love the doodling! The secret pocket is a great idea!

    FCCB DT Sister

  16. Love how pretty they turned out I would love to find a bargain like that. I've been want to make several notepads & notebooksooks for gifts.

    marg0006 at verizon dot net

  17. These are fabulous! I love the use of non-traditional school colors!

    Carol (Carol's Creations)

  18. You did such a great job decorating this note pads. My oldest daughter LOOOOVES everything pink. She's 26 and still has everything pink. She would have loved this books!

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