Here is an example of why I always use my Gypsy with my Cricut ~ even if I am not welding or designing something intricate. I love being able to place letters and shapes on my mat where I want them to appear on my scrapbook page.
I was inspired by a layout in this month's Scrapbook Etc. magazine about birth order. I decided to do this simple layout of my birth order as well as my only girl status. I could not find a photo of us the the proper order (me in the middle) but this one does have all three of us!
I used Lyrical Letters for this font and for the oval frame. I love that the dot is connected to the "i" because I am constantly losing those little dots! I used Going Places for the people.
I needed a page to go opposite this one in my scrapbook (my only scrapbook obsession) so I came up with Sibling Rivalry. I love this photo because my mom asked my brother and I to watch the baby (the brother who later tormented me on a daily basis) while she picked some tomatoes in the garden. Well, we watched him alright ~ watched him wiggle and flip himself off the table and onto the chair. There were no cushions on the chair either. Don't worry, he was strapped into his seat and was fine, just a bit unhappy!!
I wanted to do the title as a crossword puzzle. I used Lyrical Letters again and lined them up on my gypsy using the x coordinates. I frst put the word "sibling" using 2 inch letters on the mat and then checked the x coordinate for the first "i". It was 1.60. I lined up the letters for "rivalry" using 1.60 as the x coordinate. I did adjust the "v" and the "y" because they looked a bit off to me.
I grabbed the beach children from A Child's Year because we spent so much time on the beach at our cabin. We were actually getting ready to go to the cabin here. I moved the children up so I would have a good chunk of paper left as a scrap. I cut out the page in black paper.
I then paperclipped the negative to my background paper.
I ran the letters through my 5" Xyron and stuck them on the page using the negative as my template.
I pulled up the negative.
And presto.....the page is perfectly aligned!!
I used the scrap paper to mat my photos for both layouts.
For both layouts, I cut out a circle at 7.05w x 6.58h to use as a background. I also added journaling.