Happily Ever After Blog Hop – Happily Ever After Cricut Cinderella Notebook

A Simple Notebook can be a Lovely Thing

At the beginning of each school year I replenish my composition notebook stash when they’re selling for about .25 each. Then when I get the notion I can whip up a quick change like the one above!  I used my Cricut Expression and the Happily Ever After Cricut cartridge to create this project which would be perfect for an upcoming bride to keep wedding notes in!

Here are some of the things that I used:  Viva Decor Glitter Liner covers the right hand side of the notebook.  Another kind of Viva Decor pen was used to cover the bottom where I cut the paper too short. 😉  I used the Zutter Corner Rounder Tool to (guess what?) round corners (good guess, LOL).  All of the wording and images come from the Happily Ever After Cricut cartridge.

The Martha Stewart loop punch helped me create the looped edging on the right.

Using the Portrait Function

Do you ever use the Portrait function on your Cricut Expression?  I usually forget about it, but not today!  I wanted to make the Expression cut Cinderella’s dress out on the paper that I had positioned going up and down, but the cut was made to go from side to side.  After pushing the Portrait button I had that Expression bending to my will…or you know…doing what it was made to do.  LOL! You might notice that I also have the Multi-cut button on.  That’s because I was cutting glitter paper.  I had my blade at 6, pressure at 5 and multi-cut set to 2.

I’ve had this cartridge for a long time, but this is the first time I’ve used it.  Like many multi layer character cartridges, the piecing can take some patience.  I find that it can be helpful to stick with the suggested colors to help you decipher which piece goes where.  That’s especially helpful if you’re tired, in a hurry or have a lot of these to make.

That weird looking thing on the left is really the same as the weird looking “X” on the right.  Say, “Hello” to my little friend.  “Why, hello little friend.  We were just talking about how Joy loves to take that famous line from the movie Scarface and make it crafting related.  Isn’t that odd, little friend?”  If you don’t have a Xyron Create A Sticker or some kind of Xyron, you need one. It was such a sanity saver when I wanted to quickly adhere those little pieces.  That’s what you’re seeing in that strip of paper in the middle.  Those are little pieces that now have adhesive backings allowing me to be able to “stick and go”.

So yesterday I used flowers for the first time in a long time and here I am already using them again.  Now I KNOW I need to add some more to my crafty stash.  Hee hee hee…any excuse to go craft shopping will do.

I’m using the Crop-A-Dile Big Bite to punch holes in the composition book so I can attach the flowers using brads.  Cool!

If you’d like to know how to use a Crop a Dile or Crop a Dile Big Bite check out my “how to” video!

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  1. I just loved that cute little notebook Joy, well done and thanks for the ideas.

  2. What an awesome idea. I love it. Thanks so much for sharing
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  3. Very pretty, great idea, tfs!!

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  4. amandawoodau says:

    LOVE this!! TFS!

    amandawoodau at hotmail dot com

  5. This is stunning! And as always, I love reading the funny remarks as I hover over the pix.

  6. this is a great idea for a new bride to be. Thanks for sharing

  7. Beautiful job Joy! Love the cut!

  8. Gorgeous notebook. I love altered things! Gotta love that crop a dile! Thanks for sharing. joy4umetoo at hotmail dot com

  9. FABULOUS!! Cinderella is my favorite! It’s perfect to keep all those wedding ideas in! Wish I had known about this when I was getting married. I could have done it myself instead of going out and buy it! Thanks for sharing!

  10. This turned out so cute! What a great idea!

  11. The project is darling – TFS!
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  12. This is a great idea! I love it~

  13. america57 says:

    This is a great idea! I’m going to make a “Hello Kitty” notebook for my daughter!

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  14. love cinderella… 🙂

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  15. Great notebook…and a great idea to stock up on these at the beginning of the school year…TFS!

  16. bunnyfreak says:

    Love the notebook. I still need to use this cartridge myself.

  17. beadgal29 says:

    I’ve tried to justify buying this cartridge several times, and without any children around for whom I can make things, I just can’t seem to find a {need} for it. But your idea is super cute, Super Joy!! This would be perfect for a soon-to-be bride to record all of her wedding gifts for thank you cards, or to jot down wedding planning ideas!!! I wish I had some more friends who were getting married!

  18. This is a great idea I buy those notebooks/journals every yr and I never thought of decorating them!! Thanks for the great idea.

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  19. Joydee1963 says:

    Joy,Great project,I learn something about the cricut,I did not know about the Portrait function button! Joy

  20. What a great idea! I have this cart and would have never thought about doing something like this with it. Great job! tfs Tami

    Tambo’s Creations

  21. laneyhollo says:

    I really like this, I need to pull this cartridge out and use too. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

    later tater,
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  22. I am such a Disney person, love them all. Snow white and the 7 dwarfs is my favorite. I am making them right now but can’t see well without my glasses. Darn diabetes.
    angel hugs
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  23. Isn’t that the cutest thing?!! Love it!

    Kris in Alaska
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  24. That would be awesome for a bride to be!

  25. what a nice project!Thank-you for sharing your talent with us.

  26. baboo7192 says:

    Great book! I love covering these! Feeling so inspired after looking at all the effort this people put into this blog hop! Thank you!

    ~Vanessa W

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