Sunday, July 10, 2011

Welcome to the Circus Tour- Circus Mini book

Starring 7 of your creative crafty clowns from the Sweet Sassy Diva Design Team- Jennifer, Martha, Kim, Tina, Misty,  Jennifer and Suzanne.  (Also pictured our talented leader Bobbi Jo.)

For the challenge this week Bobbi Jo asked us to Mix It Up.  The 14 Designers for Sweet Sassy Diva divided up into two teams.  Our group decided on the them "Circus".  We all though this would be a lot of fun for the designers and the blog followers alike.  

Before I begin with my project I would like to give you a little history of the circus.  The Circus which has it origins in Rome with the Circus Maximus began as an open air competition.  This was the first event that women and men could participate together in a public place.  The first circus in the USA was in Philadelphia in 1792 and the first use of a circus tent was 1825.  When Barnum and Coup started the animal and human oddities sideshows the circus began using trains to travel, three rings for performers and the circus became more of what we know today.  

So on with the show!

Greetings today from Suzanne at cricutcraftingrammy. I had so much fun making this Circus mini book for the challenge.  First is a picture of my completed book and the bag I found at Michaels in the $1 section to put it in.  We are going to the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus this summer with our dear family friends so I am gifting this to them to put their pictures in.  

This is the first time I have made a chipboard die cut shape book with my Cricut.  I designed the tent on my Gypsy at 7.5 x 9.  Got out my deep cut blade for the first time and multi cut the shadow 5 times.  As you can see in the first picture I used painter's tape to secure chipboard to my mat.   I then trimmed  or sanded the rough edges with an emery board.   For this book I made three chipboard pages.  I then cutout  6 shadows cuts at the same size using  craft paper from Michael's.  
Next I cut 2 of the shadow in white and two of the detail tent in red.  I glued a piece of black paper in tent door holes before gluing together.  I use my ATG gun and Beacons 3 in one Glue.  Make sure all corners are glued well.   Then I began cutting  the same shadow cut for all my pages.  I used striped, dots and other cheerful paper.   Right now you can get a great polka dot pack of Recollections paper at Michaels. Cut 6 with flag pointing to right and then flip design on Gypsy or your machine so the next 6 are cut with flag pointing to left.   I left all the doors open except on three chipboard pieces.  The front and back black and then the one in the middle a scrap of decorator paper.  I then cut the ticket shadow for my picture mats.  
Remember you can click on the pictures to make them bigger at anytime.  
Next I cut out a large variety of cuts.   They are pretty quick to cut out as there are only two cuts per item. However some of the cuts are very difficult to get off the mat and glue under 4 inches.  So be careful of thin pieces.  I then decorated my pieces with Smooch Ink, Stickles and gems. 
 Some of my pictures were blurry so I had to substitute for directions.  
 Next I laid out my pages.  This book when completely open is 3 across.  So on the left is the cover face down and three pages flags all pointed to left, then the back cover  back down flag pointing to right , and then the middle chipboard to the right and lay the other 3 pages on top flag facing to right.  
I then trim a 1/2 inch off the far right side of the right side chipboard and pages so they will lay flat after binding.  Follow directions and bind cover and three pages to the left side of the back  not catching the right pages.   Then bind the right chipboard piece and pages to right side of back cover.  
After binding I had ribbon cut at 8 inches to decorate.  If you do not have a binding machine you can punch holes and use office rings.  Many office stores have these in beautiful bright colors now.  Now the fun begins and you can decorate your pages and cover.  I cut all pieces from Carousel.  cut sizes are at the bottom of the post.  

I used prism paper for the Circus title from Target.  I did not plan to make the title this big but again the letters have very thin lines and I made them larger to keep the cuts correct.  
Here are 12 individual pages including two you saw earlier and the back center page.  If you want more you can add more pages.  
Cut Sizes
4 inch cuts- ringmaster,  ticket for pic layout , horse with monkey, tightrope, lion, lion tamer, trapeze, strong man, clown, seal, bear, corn dog
3.5 bottles
3 inch popcorn, canon, soda, elephant. candy apple, balloons
2.5 train car
2.0 flags, pretzel, good times and admit ticket
1.5 Circus title 

Hope you enjoyed the Circus and the mini tutorial.  If you have any questions please ask and come back this next week for more "Circus Fun."
Also entered in Cricut Cardz Challenge


  1. What an amazing circus book! This will be a great place to store your pictures! It looks great! Thank you for sharing!


  2. This album is just wodnerful. I just saw it over at sweetsassy and had to come tell yu here as well. Just so so fun.

  3. OMG! This is amazing. So many great details. What fun. I have never been to a circus. Sounds cool. TFS and thanks for playing with us this week at Cooking With Cricut.

  4. Great album. Thanks for playing along with us at Cooking with Cricut.

  5. Suzanne, this came out just awesome, I love it, what a wonderful mini book!!

  6. Great mini book! Love all the details! Thanks for playing with us at Cooking with Cricut :)

    ~Roberta, CWC DT

  7. AWESOME! What a fantastic mini-book, Suzanne! Thanks so much for linking up to Cooking With Cricut this week!

    ~ Jen, CWC Design Team

  8. Awesome job Suzanne! I love all the detail, you can see the time and effort you put into each page.