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Hi I'm Kristine from Close To My Heart
and today on Artbooking Made Easy
I'm really excited to show you two of my favorite mini books
all done from the elegance key.
I know when you think of me you think of elegance right?
Now I'm focusing on the two elegance keys
which are keys on pages 46 and 47
in your Artbooking book,
You can take a close look at some of the beautiful elegant cuts.
You've got some nice damasks, some beautiful fl uh flourishes,
just some really lovely pieces that are designed for mini books.
So once you've gotten a good look at the pages
let's take a look at some of the specifics.
Now, first thing I want to show you
is this darling 8 ½ by 11 mini book,
My Cherish Love Book.
Of course it's done in Autumn Terracotta so you know I'm going to love it.
I want to show you how some of these pieces are cut.
Now first of all everything that you're going to see in this book,
with the exception of just a few easy pieces that I'll point out,
were all cut at the 11 inch size.
So you can set your dial to 11 inch if you'd like to recreate this project at home
and leave it alone with these few exceptions.
First of all this is one of the things that are different,
my "Love" title is actually cut from the Artist cartridge.
Look at the inside, ahh don't you love this beautiful color scheme?
It's really funky and eclectic and yet it's totally cohesive.
Now this "Special" to me was cut at 2 inches.
If you flip through you will also note that this patterned purple piece
in the back was cut at 7 inches.
And my "Always and Forever",
that was cut at 2.5 inches.
But all the other pieces that you're going to see in here were cut at 11 inches
so that should make it much easier for you to recreate.
I also want to point out something that's kinda one of my favorite elements of this,
you can see that what I have done here is I've printed one of my favorite photos
for the book on cardstock.
So I've got it on cardstock
so that when I cut it out in the bracket shape
that's on pages 46 and 47
it's going to look like a beautiful design element and a mounted photo
but it isn't it's actually one of the mini book pieces
so isn't that absolutely delightful.
Now I also want to show you
how to build some of these pages,
we are going to focus on the cover and the inside front cover.
Now the first thing you're going to want to do as your putting this book together,
once you've cut all of your different pieces
and we'll go through it again so you can see them up close.
You're going to want to attach your damask overlay
to the craft base page.
That will be all you'll want to do to the cover
and then we'll work on the inside cover.
So the first thing you're going to want to do on the inside cover,
you always start of course building from the bottom up
and adding your flat pieces first and then your bulky pieces later,
So the first thing you're going to want to do
is do any of your stamping.
Here right against the craft.
And then I'm going to work with attaching all of, um, my flat pieces.
I'm going to add my gold rush pieces,
my concentric circles overlay,
and then I will start adding
some of my bulky pieces a little bit later.
So now that I've got all those flat pieces down
you can start building the pieces that go on top of it including this beautiful rosette ribbon,
adding my photos, I've added these on foam tape
so that they've got a little bit more dimension.
Now I'm going to stop here once I've got some of those pieces down.
I'm going to return to my front cover.
Here is what I suggest on the front cover it's a really easy trick,
this entire bottom piece with my title on it
that's mounted onto gold rush cardstock,
build it separately.
So I can lay my book aside
and then I'm going to work with the gold rush cardstock.
I'm going to add my serita patterned paper on top of it.
I'm going to be able to add my other cardstock,
I have got a little bit of lagoon washy tape, my aqua dots.
I can build this whole piece completely separately.
and then once this entire title area is done I am going to simply
adhere it right down on top of my damask print.
Now this piece of course will not have holes punched
so lastly I'm going to punch the holes in the bottom, two holes,
and then I've just affixed this with seam binding ribbon
you can do whatever want.
I think this would actually look really fun if this seam binding ribbon,
which takes to color so well,
were inked in autumn terracotta or gold rush
but it also looks beautiful just in its neutral.
So that's a little bit on how to decorate your inside front cover
for that "Cherish Love".
And again all the other pieces
in the book are cut at that 11 inch size
so you don't even need to change your sile um dial size.
Except for those few pieces that I showed you at the beginning of the segment.
Now I want to show you another mini album
that was also created
using these same elegance keys
but it's a totally different size.
And that's because I changed my dial size to 8 inches tall.
You can see that everything is in proportion.
So if I were to scale down the 8 ½ by 11 book
down to 8 inches in height everything will be cut proportional.
Now I'd like to show you a couple of the things in this book, up close that were not cut at that 8 inch size
So let's focus on the book first of all,
now I love this size I think it's really handy and so easy to use to.
that were not cut in that 8 inch size.
Now some of these items were cut at 10 inches
do not use real dial size just set your dial at 10 inches.
The first thing is the special title on the front cover,
these two fun little photo clips, they actually are photo clips
they are just tucked behind on the front cover.
Also this fun little sweet leaf cardstock border
right here is cut at ten inches.
And then finally my "Absolutely"
that's cut right here and set on it's side.
All of those things are cut at 1o inches.
Let's take a little bit closer look at the entire book
in case you want to um cut this yourself and create it at home
This is very girly. Very sweet.
I have boys at my house, boys can be elegant right?
Boys can absolutely be elegant.
So let's look at some of these pages,
all of them are cut at 8 inches in size
with the exception of those few pieces that I showed you
and that's kind of your up close on the special book.
Now before I close this segment
I want to give you an amazing tip
that you're going to use not only on this mini album
but I swear you're going to use this again and again
Do you ever wonder how to check what the largest possible size is
for each shape, each title, each border?
Well it's really easy to do.
So I've got my handy dandy cricut machine right here
and what you're going to do is
using a comparable color scheme or one of your own design.
let's say that I want to cut one of these little photo clips
because all of the elements are linked.
they actually kind of look like a little carrot
See that's what it looks like when it's just cut in white.
See how it's just tucked and slipped back here?
Now here is the carrot and its cut very tiny,
first what I'm going to do is
I am going to enter everything that I need
in order to create this shape
so I'm going to find where the shape is on my book.
I'm going to go to that key and I'm going to enter those things in.
I'm going to hit real dial size
and then next I'm going to hit fit to page
and then I'm going to hit okay
and it will calculate for me
that the biggest size I can cut this little clip is at 5 3/4 inches.
Now here is what it looks like at 5 ¾ inches.
Are you ready for my huge photo clip?
It looks a little bit like a carrot or bird (sound effect).
So this you say has got to be bigger than 5 ¾ inches
Now remember your Cricut measures from the top to the bottom
It always measures in height and so it has to determine the biggest height
the tallest height it can go and still fit that on that 12 by 12 inch page.
Let me show you a couple others.
Here is my "absolutely" word that I used
from the elegance pages as well.
Now when I'm working to cut this as big as it can be
it's going to measure from the top of the A
all the way to the bottom of the y
and so I use that same technique.
Does not matter what size my dial is set at
this trick will work no matter what.
There is my "Absolutely"
cut as large as it could be.
Guess what size that is?
That size Is 3 ¾
and I know your saying it looks so much bigger than 3 ¾
but from here to there is 3 ¾.
So that's how your cricut machine will measure that
to determine how large those items can be.
And then here too is a border.
Now because borders, you may say oh I know I want a 12 inch border
but because the Cricut machine will measure by height
this border is actually cut at one inch
and that is the highest, the longest that it will cut it,
even though when you're setting it at eight inches of size
it may cut here so that it fits perfectly
for your 8 inch size book.
So I hope that gives you a little bit of background
on how to measure different items
even before you cut
and that way you can make a note of them.
I suggest you can even make a note of them in your book
for the largest that they can cut
and it will give you all kinds of easy reference materials
to be able to use those different items
even when you're not creating gorgeous mini books like these.
So if you're in a elegant mood like I've been today
I suggest you check out these two beautiful mini album pages
in the Cricut Artbooking collection from Close To My Heart
and use your own creativity to make great elegant works of art all on your own.
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