Saturday, May 1, 2010

Now serving a refreshing dish of marinated 12-inch borders :)

When I first purchased my Cricut Expression, I was pleased as punch to find out that I could create 12 inch borders for my scrapbook pages. One of the first layouts I attempted with my new machine was a border feature on the Pp aer Pups cart(SOON TO RETIRE). I wanted to create a series of paw prints walking along the bottom of my layout, from one end to the other, so I pulled out my 12 x 12 mat and entered the magic code on the keypad overlay...only to find out that borders set to 12" cut at 11.5" :(
I dashed to Joann's and picked up a 12 x 24" mat and tried the magic code again on the keypad overlay; this time, I did get a 12" border, but the paw prints were huge and there was no way to weld them together. Once design studio launched, the feature was possible, but I hated lugging my Cricut to my computer, hooking it up, designing the measly strip and lugging it all back again to assemble my layout.
With my Gypsy, the whole process can be done in a snap! If you are like me, you likely have a very similar story to share about your 12" border-woes, but after viewing today's E-Entree, you too will be whipping up a strip here or there! :)
I've been obsessed with this Create A Critter cart since it first arrived and I have made at least 15 projects with it...mostly layouts, so I knew it would be my go-to cart for this project. For the border itself, however I chose to use Give A Hoot because of the myriad of choices using its border feature. Enjoy, friends and don't forget we all love comments and subscriptions! ;)


Here is a quick peak and the completed layout:


Hugs and HOOTS,
<3 Alicia

20 comments:

  1. Thank you Alicia great video like always.......

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  2. Great video Alicia! I was just wondering about how to do this earlier and lo and behold you answered my question!

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  3. just watched the video...and aside from the awesome lesson i wanted to say again that you have a wonderful voice and manner for teaching!

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  4. Thanks Alicia, never even thought to do that, might have to give it a try. Thanks for all the coupon e-mails. They are very much appreciated.

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  5. Your videos are the best I have come across. You explain things SO beautifully. Thanks for doing these. I am a huge fan!!!

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  6. I have been switching the Mat Size to 24 (but still only using a 12" mat) to trick the Cricut into doing a true 12" border...sometimes it works, other than that tiny bit on each side. So I will pick up a 24" mat and have success. My Gypsy hasn't arrived yet but I have so many ideas to try! thank you so much - I agree, great teacher, super voice, smart girl!

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  7. This video was awesome. Learned so much!!

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  8. I did not think to turn a 12 inch strip to fit on a 12 x 12 mat. Wonderful Video! TFS : )

    BTW I would have paid myself a few more jellybeans for that one :D

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  9. Awesome video. I'm frustrated with trying to make true 12 inch borders. I do have a 12x24 mat that I haven't used.

    Love your layout as well.

    Kristin

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  10. Thank you Alicia!! You make using the Gypsy wayyyyyy tooo easy!! LOL

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  11. Alicia, Thanks so much for the tips on the video. Adorable layout!! Shari (cricutrookie)

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  12. You rock Alicia! I can't wait to get my Gypsy and my Create a Critter cartridge!!!!!

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  13. Thank you for your help ! You Rock :) The layout was too cute !!

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  14. You rock! Thanks for the great video!!!

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  15. thanks for the video. I've been wondering about creating 12" borders. tfs

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  16. Thanks for the video. very cute layout!

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  17. Thank you so much Alicia for this wonderful video. After viewing, I tried this myself. Came together quite nice. Just have to cut it out.


    Brenda

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  18. Thanks so much for the video and I love the 2 technics you showed. And by the way, the layout is adorable.

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  19. Thank you so much for this video. I think I just saved a bunch of money on border punches :P. Love the owl background too.

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