Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Cooking With Cricut Challenge: Carnival

Happy Wednesday and welcome to challenge day at Cooking With Cricut!  Our challenge theme this week was chosen by my fellow teammates, Yolie and Celeste.  And that challenge was to use carnival elements to create a carnival or carnival birthday project.

I decided to create a 12" x 12" scrapbook layout using photos I took at my daughter's school carnival last Fall. 

The inspiration for my layout is from one made by Amber at The Lilypad.  This is a far cry from my normal style and color palette -- but it was fun stepping outside of my comfort zone to create something different for my daughter's scrapbook. 

Here is the recipe:
  • Scalloped border --Plantin SchoolBook, pg. 70.  I welded three sections together to make the border edge on my teal mat.  It measures 1/2" tall by 10 1/4" long.  Paper is from my scrap stash.
  • Text -- Plantin SchoolBook.  Roly Poly font feature + shift (for lower case letters).  Cut at 1" tall from black Recollections card stock.
  • Award -- Plantin SchoolBook, pg. 77; roly poly font feature + shift.  I cut this three times in different sizes (2 1/2" tall, 2" tall and 1 1/2" tall) and then trimmed the ribbon tails off.  I curled the edges using a toothpick, layered the three pieces and connected them with a silver brad (The Paper Studio).  I added some grosgrain ribbon tails for texture and dimension.  The paper used from bottom to top is:  Imaginisce, Bazzill Kachina and white card stock.
  • Ticket -- Mickey Font, pg. 123.  Cut at 2" wide from white card stock.


  • Ferris Wheel --, "Carnival of Fun" cutting file.  I cut this using my new SCAL program at 3 3/4" tall by 4" wide.  The papers are:  white card stock, Bazzill Kachina, Imagnisce, and orange plaid (scrap stash).  The gear eyelet is from the Spare Parts collection by The Paper Studio.
  • Cotton Candy & Corn Dogs --, "Carnival of Fun" cutting file.  Cut at 3" tall by 3 1/4" wide -- all papers are from my scrap stash.


  • The silver brads and spiral paper clip are also from the Spare Parts collection by The Paper Studio.
  • The journaling box and sub-title box were created in Microsoft Publisher and then printed out and cut.
  • I edited my photos in Adobe Photoshop Elements Editor -- cropping, resizing and converting to black and white.  I really wanted my photos to look like they were from a photo booth often found at carnivals.
  • The tickets and other decorative paper are from a 12" x 12" sheet by Imaginisce, #10511 14448 that I found at my local Michaels.  It has great carnival elements on one side and a stripe on the reverse.
  • My base sheet was a 12" x 12" Bazzil card stock called "Red Rock" #T2-229.  The mat is also a Bazzil card stock -- called "Kachina" #T5-5113.
Now it's your turn!  Head on over to Cooking With Cricut and link up your carnival themed project!  Make sure  you check out the great projects from the Design Team while  you're there.  We're saying farewell to ten Design Team members today -- it has been a great term with these fantastic designers and we'll miss them!  Next Wednesday, March 7, we will welcome SIXTEEN new Designers and welcome back THIRTEEN returning Designers.  It's going to be a blast -- don't miss it!

~ Jen


by Frank-LEE Speaking... said...

Wow Jen, so many details in this and it all flows together perfectly. Great job girl. Smooches... Sous Chef Feli (one last time)

Scrappin Rabbit Designs said...

Hi Jen I had to stop by to comment on your Layout! It's super fun! I love the colors and all the details and layering. Awesome job.


Michelle said...

Jen, This is SO neat!! I LOVE the tickets and the other embellies that really make you think carnival!


Elizabeth said...

I so love this page!!

kimmiluxich said...

love, love, LOVE it!!! This is so cute and I'm sure it made a great addition to your scrapbook.