Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Goodbye to the Cricut Circle

A sad day for those of us who designed for the Cricut Circle. Today is our final day as designers working for Cricut. They have made some changes as to what is included in the Circle and the designers are now no longer needed. 

I have just loved designing for Cricut! It has been such an amazing opportunity and I have met so many wonderful people as a result of it. I think that is one of the hardest parts of seeing it come to an end--saying goodbye to a truly fabulous team where everyone has been so great to work with. I will also miss the Circle members. They have been such a warm and inspiring group themselves and I will miss getting to know and design for them as well!

I thought that today I'd share Claire's Room with you. I used my Cricut so much in putting it together for her and it seems like a good way to show how much I love (and will continue to love and use) my Cricut.

I wish I had thought to take before and after photos. This room used to be Spencer's nursery, and then for awhile all three boys slept in here with some bunk beds. The walls were blue on the bottom and had a brown stripe going around the room The top half of the wall was a cream color. Once upon a time there were cute animal decals and stars on the walls, but over the years the boys pulled those off in pieces and left the walls quite a mess. There were also several dings in the wall from the rough housing that naturally follows three boys with bunk beds. To say this room needed a little TLC was an understatement.

We started by painting the upper half of the walls a light creamy yellow, and then by adding bead board wallpaper to the bottom half. I LOVED working with this wallpaper! We picked up a couple of rolls at Lowe's and it made a huge difference in the feel of the room, it was also super easy to work with--going onto the walls with ease! Lastly we added some white chair rail around the room.

After getting the walls in shape I started by painting tons of shelves, frames, a dresser, and a cradle (not pictured) white. I wanted to paint the crib white as well, but being 8 months pregnant and knowing it was 90+ degrees outside ended my plans for that!

 So instead of painting, I got to work with my Cricuts and stated on the decorations. My favorite project was the vinyl decor for the walls. I used my Imagine and lots printable vinyl to cut out the images for the walls. 

 I looked at lots of options for vinyl decor online but couldn't find anything I liked in the colors I wanted, so I used my Imagine to print my images in the colors I wanted and some of my favorite cartridges (Walk In My Garden, Live Simply, and Hoot n' Holler) for the shapes.

I loved how it turned out and how much atmosphere it adds to her room!

Above her crib hangs her name made from Hobby's Lobby's Chip Decor and covered in papers cut to the perfect size with the Cricut Chip decor cartridge. It was so fast and easy to cut and cover these chipboard letters with this cartridge! I love it! The roses on the letters were made with the Cricut Craft Room Exclusive, Mother's Day Corsage.

I also used the Chip Decor Cartridge to cover these smaller chipboard letters again from Hobby Lobby.

On this side of her room hangs a ribbon and bow holder. 

I used the same cartridges as the ones for the wall vinyl to design it plus Simply Sweet for her name. Again, flood filling my papers with Imagine patterns helped everything to match.

On the shelf across from the crib are some wall art frames I made, again with the same cartridges as the rest of the room, but this time using up some old Chatterbox papers that I loved, but didn't have a good use for--until we found out we were having a girl!

Each frame is about 10" x 10" and came from the dollar store.

And lastly I also used my Cricut to make these pompadours. I cut hundreds of flowers out using the Mother's Day Bouquet Cartridge and pinned them to some Styrofoam balls.

Thankfully I had it all finished up just in time for her early arrival! 

Thanks for letting me share her room, and for all the wonderful experiences designing for the Cricut Circle! I will miss it so much!


  1. Oh my dear girl---Claire's room is beautiful! I am sorry about your gig with Cricut! You are very talented with their cartridges! We will make sure to keep you busy with them, though!

  2. What a gorgeous little baby girl room! You made everything just perfect for your new baby, Ginger! I love everything... so pretty.

    Even though I was not a Circle member, I know you all will be a greatly missed dt! I am sad to hear that Provo has let you go and that they are also getting rid of the Cricut blogs... such a shame!

    Hope to still admire your creations in the Cricut magazine! :)

  3. Gorgeous!!! I loved you on the Circle...I'm sad to see it go...but I'm glad that I'm still able to be inspired by you on your blog. Lee-Ann :)

  4. Ginger, it is all so adorable! You did a beautiful job. I know how much you loved designing for them and hope that somewhere down the road another door will open for you.

  5. What a beautiful room! I will miss you and your wonderful projects on the Circle Blog. That was always my first stop in the morning with my coffee.

  6. It is such a sad day losing the Cricut designers. Best wishes for the next opportunity to inspire others with your amazing talent! Hugs!

  7. It is a very sad day for all of us in the Circle! Many of us have been so upset with the loss of such a fantastic design team! You were so inspiring to us and available with answers! I will miss your talent on that team but will continue to follow you on your blog. Best wishes for great things to find their way in your path!

  8. Beautifu room! We will miss you and all of the DT.

  9. Wonderful work. I will be missing your wonderful projects on the blog and magazine but I will follow you here. Thanks you for all that you have done.

  10. Absolutely beautiful! Love all of your creations! CM is fortunate to have you on their design team!

  11. omg, you are amazing!!! LOVE Everything!!! You rock the Cricut!

  12. I am soooo going to miss you! I love this post and I am featuring it tomorrow as part of my Fab Five Friday post.

    Love your work and your blog!!


  13. What a beautiful room to come home too, I miss the Circle blog already, still debating if I will even join. Good luck on you new adventure in life.

  14. This is adorable!!! I love every single thing in this room! Great job!

  15. Thank you for your work in the cricut circle. We will miss you!

  16. Amazing! I loved your projects for Circle. Thank you so much for all you've done.

  17. What an absolutely beautiful room for you wonderful baby girl. Congratulations and thanks for sharing your inspirational decorations with all of us.