The Cricut Mini Has Arrived

Cyndi of Lovely Lula here to share that the new Cricut Mini has arrived! Just in time for the Holidays. This little cutie is perfect for those of you who work in the medium of visual art journaling, like I do. It connects right to the Cricut Craft Room.

Cricut Mini™
Cricut Mini is a small, lightweight, ultra-portable way to make almost anything you want – out of many different types of materials, including thick and thin paper, fabric, vinyl, magnetic material, craft foil, and lots more. With Cricut Mini, it’s easier than ever to make projects and be more creative!
  • Small, portable, and lightweight for ultra space savings.
  • Works with any computer PC or MAC with a standard wireless or wired Internet connection.
  • Simply plug it in, turn it on, connect to Cricut Craft Room – the online design tool where you can see and design with every Cricut cartridge – and start making projects..
  • Cuts up to 8.5” x 12” paper and other materials. Cut small shapes and fonts from ¼” to larger cuts up to 11½”!

Here are where the cuts came from:

I used a green sharpie for the hand written part and a permanent glue stick to hold all the cuts in place. All of the paper is from Bazzill Basics.

I am excited to create my visual art journaling pages using this new little cutie. To see more of my Visual Art Journaling pages visit my Flickr page, all my visual art journaling pages are 8.5 x 11. Happy crafting xoxo Cyndi aka Lovely Lula

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Summer Lovin’: Sewn Pocket on Photo Book

I am psyched to post this journal/book I made with the Yudu screen printer and the YourStory book binding machine. The cover has a pocket for me to collect things to journal about, or pictures to include. I plan to fill the pages with all the photos of the fun we will have this summer on our trip to Colorado. We’ll be bringing our bikes and hitting the roads north of Boulder, so it will also serve as my art journal to take with me…oh, the possibilities!



I added a pocket to the front by simply folding over some fabric and gluing it to the front (and wrapping it to the inside made it a breeze). The clouds and bike are Yudu screen printed. The grass is a paint pen—easy! This makes me so happy, I want to make more!

Fab Find Friday

I think it would be great to live in a neighborhood where all my neighbors were crafty….we’d all share ideas and projects with one another.  If you needed a bit of extra adhesive or a dollop of paint you could come on over and we’d share.  Ok, I know I’m dreaming, but you know what….the wonderful world-wide web is kind of like that…especially the craft community.

Today I’m going to share with you one of my favorite crafty “neighbors”.  She consistently serve up inspiration both online and off…

Dina Wakley!

I originally saw Dina’s work on her blog and then eventually took her Graffiti Of My Life class online.  She’s a wonderful teacher that really encourages you to play, experiment, and have fun!  I love that she lays out her class so that you wind up with a fabulous project, yet learned a bunch of techniques throughout it.  She breaks the “homework” into really manageable chunks so that you’re able to actually get your project done too!!

Dina’s bio:

Hi, I am Dina Wakley. I live in the Arizona desert with my hubby and 3 boys. I love all things that have to do with paper, including scrapping, mixed media collage, and visual journaling. I love to travel, bake good bread, hang out with good friends, and read good books. I keep busy making projects for Jenni Bowlin StudiosMaya RoadKenner RoadKitschy Digitals{entreARTistes} magazine, and theCreative Therapy blog. I teach online art journaling classes at Get It Scrapped.  I’m a docent (tour guide) at the Phoenix Art Museum, and I enjoy being around wonderful art! You can visit me at my blog,

Here’s some just a sampling of her scrapbook pages…please check out her blog for more.

Dina also does mixed media art journals, which I absolutely L.O.V.E!