I just entered this layout into a challenge over at the Sure Cuts A Lot forum. You have to create a Valentine project (card, 3D, layout, etc) using SCAL and your cricut - you have to actually MAKE something in SCAL. The prizes are great too!
Anyway, I haven't been using SCAL to it's fullest so basically I challenged myself to do this challenge using ONLY the shapes the program has. Was it a challenge? OMG!! It sure was. It has taken me hours and hours to complete this layout! Believe me, I'm not exaggerating!
The only thing I didn't "make" was the tree, which is a silhouette I found using google images. I brought it in using the "trace images" function, resized it and cut it out. That was the easy part. I then cut out and added all the hearts. Another easy part.
Here's the hard part (or at least it was when I first started)......The bears, wagon and stems for the heart bouquet were made completely using circles, ovals, rectangles, etc. - shapes only. I hadn't played much with 'nodes' and believe me I learned a few choice words the first few times (hours) I tried working with them. I think I've gotten the hang of it though and feel way more comfortable working with them now. After putting the layout together I realized that I probably should have done the wagon a little differently. Oh well, it's done now and stuck down! LOL
I hope you like it. I am so proud of myself **grinning ear to ear** for challenging myself and creating a 'keeper' in my mind LOL!