Making a thoughtful gift was never any easier, ammirite cricut lovers?! Head on below to see the deets on the super fun photo album diy with Cricut Air Explore 2!
This summer was a total blast (and still “blasting”). And we have this awesome photo album with fun photos as a proof! The photo album is the first actual project we made with the Cricut Air Explore 2, and I couldn’t be more content with it! But before we get to the DIY…
Lemme tell you a little, let’s call it backstage, personal story.
skip this part if you’re only interested in the photo album diy with the cricut cutting machine part…
The reason for this summer being a total blas is I got to spend some super quality fun fam time with my little cousin, my uncle and aunt (from my mother’s side) whom I haven’t seen in 3 years. I’ve probably shared this on Instagram, so if you’re following me there, you probably know that by now. If not, one – not to brag, but you’re kinda missing out a lot haha… And two – you’ll hear, nay, read a lot about my summertime (just the fun parts) in this post.
Anywhoo, we got to know our cousin a little better this time. She’s 9 and she’s raised in a completely different culture than ours (my uncle and aunt moved in Chicago 13 years ago, and she was born there). And so it was really fun, and even more educative, as surprising as it may sound, to watch her, to talk with her and to get to know her. There is like a lot to be learnt from kids! We were completely amazed with how free, open, fearless and comfortable in her own skin she is. Kiddo, if you’re reading this – please don’t ever let people take that from you, k?
And actually, her openness and her fearless attitude is what inspired me, in many ways, to try and face some of my fears, and to try and change the way I’m looking at things. So, we’re in Greece, and she and my other cousins say excitingly they’d want to go on this sitting float which is supposed to be pulled by a boat in the deep waters. There was only one thing I could do. Run away from them as far as I could haha. I kid I kid. It was something that was terrifying for me, I mean I’ve never even tried the banana thing, and that’s like a basic…
I’m looking at the kids’ faces, and realizing some shit. First, they’re not joking haha. Second, they’re probably a little bit afraid too, but they’re logical af, more than us grown ups. Why you might ask. Well, for one – being pulled by a boat while sitting on a float is ultra fun. Two – other people are doing it, and they are all well. You see them going and coming, so it must be a lot less scary than it looks. That’s it. Logical. So, we’re doing this. My heart raced like crazy, I’ve never held tighter to anything in my entire life, my arms hurt 3 days after that, but I did it. Despite all my terrifying thoughts, it was crazy fun. And okay, a little bit scary too haha.
The other cousins I mentioned, man those kids are just as amazing! One of them is 12 and has more entrepreneurial drive and a desire to learn and grow than most of the grownass people I know. And that’s like only 1 of her amazing characteristics. The other one is 5 or 6, oops not sure, and she’s a small, but a truly fierce little girl who is so bendy, she can make ballerinas jealous and maybe even cry a little haha. For real tho, I love these kids!
But, all these stories here are not what you came for, are they? You mostly came to see how to make a photo album with #cricutairexplore2 , yeah? Well, I thought it’d be fun if you’d learn a little somethin somethin about me through these stories. And I also wanna get to know you so much! So make sure to tell me – what was your best memory from this summer? Was it something that made you get out of your comfort zone and see where it takes you? Tell me – I’d love to know!
Photo Album DIY with Cricut Air Explore 2.
My uncle brought this cutting machine all the way from USA, and for that we are forever grateful! And if you are a crafter, personally or professionally, then you’ll get just how excited Angela and I were, and still are, about the Cricut Air Explore 2. And we were already trying to come up with a fun gift for our cousin to give her before she leaves to USA. We wanted the gift to be really special and to maybe capture a teeny bit of our feels about our fun days together.
And so, when we were trying out the cutting machine, we came up with the idea to make a fun photo album, print some of the photos we took, and gift it to Lina. It instantly sounded like a great idea (and that it was, and that it was). It took us some time to make it, because we were coming up with the looks of it as we were making it. We’d set on a summer theme, it was logical, and so we found some pictures of tropical leaves, flamingos, palm trees, and other summer stuff… We chose some sayings (some were things we joked and/or laughed about) too, and the machine did the rest!
the What-s a.k.a. Tools.
– Cricut Air Explore 2
– Different colors of card stock paper
– White card stock paper (or a bit thicker, this is for the actual pages of the photo album)
– Photo printer (optional)
– A Fun Thread to “tie” all the pages
the How-To-s a.k.a. Steps.
1. Start by choosing a theme. Themes are great because they basically give you a road map for whatever it is you’re doing/making (parties, interiors, crafts…).
3. Cut the photo album pages. We printed our photos 9 to 13 cm (3.5″ to 5″), and made the pages bigger so they can fit both the photos and the summer objects. Also, cut 2 slightly thicker (you can glue 2 pieces of paper together if you don’t have thicker paper – that’s what we did) & larger pages, to be your covers.
4. Once you know what you wanna make, download some pictures of different objects that correspond to the theme you’ve chosen.
5. If you’re not sure how to set the photos you’ve downloaded so that the cricut cutting machine will cut them:
a) start the cricut design space;
b) new project; c) upload the photo;
d) select the image type (for this project we set up the simple type on almost all the photos);
e) erase the area of the photo you want to be removed (so that the machine knows what to cut);
f) save the photo as a cut (we still haven’t tried it with a printer);
g) press make it, set up your paper material (on the actual machine), and check if the size set on the design space is the same as the size of the paper (if your objects fit into the paper);
h) watch it in awe as it does the job for you!
6. This is where you play. Style each page of the photo album as you’d like, and most importantly have fun with it! We used most of the cut out objects, letters and things to hold the pictures, but since some of the photos kept falling out of the album, we glued those to the back. (tbh, Lina did this herself after we gave her the album)
7. Punch 2 holes on each of the pages. Make sure it’s on the same spot (more or less) on each page, so that you can tie them all together. Tie them together, obviously.
8. Photograph it and share it using #artysdiylife on Instagram so I can see how your photo album diy went!
Lil’ sis loved this gift we made her, and we couldn’t be more happy about that! Okay, I think I’ve covered everything, dafuq this was a long post (lately they all seem to be long for some reason). If you have any questions, and/or there’s something I’d forgotten to share here, either ask me in comments or feel free to shoot me your questions in DM on Instagram! I’d be happy to help!
Admit it tho, this was PINTERESTING, right?