It will have your name on it (the cover might be different) and will include a list of all the current cartridges available. You are to highlight the ones that you own... and can put stars or numbers by the ones that are on your wishlist. This is to keep you organized and to help others (like DH) who might want to buy you a cartridge for your birthday or such.
I will be more than happy to give you extras of this list in case you would like to keep track of what your scrapping buddies have too... in case you share cartridges or would like to purchase one for them as a gift.
At each class that you take... you will receive a "Tip of the Week" Handout to put in your notebook. Those might be charts on speed/pressure for the different types of paper or detailed instructions on how to change your blade, etc.
Then you will get an 8.5"x11" copy of the handbook for the cricut cartridge featured at that class.
The handouts and manuals come already in the document protectors so that you can flip through them many times without damaging the pages. You can also slide extra cuts into that page to reference them later for sizing purposes. Each handout will also include a 'Sample Sheet' that shows what is on that cartridge at a glance, including the creative features.
I recommend tabbing the manuals if you are going to store multiple manuals in one notebook. If you have many cartridges like I do... I recommend either the small 1/2" notebooks or even storing them in a separate folder for each cartridge. You can color coordinate according to font or shape cartridge.
I have numbered every image in the handbooks to correlate with the keypad overlay... for example: the very first image in the WALK IN MY GARDEN cartridge is this daisy flower. It is numbered KEY 10... because it is in row '1' and column '0' = 10. Get it?
Okay... let's try another example: the Rose image in the same WIMG cartridge is KEY 26... because it is in row '2' of column '6' = 26. Remember the columns always start with '0' and the rows start with '1'.
You can do this in your own handbooks by starting with the very first image of every book and numbering it 10... then 11... then 12... and so on until you get to 59. If you go over 59, then something is wrong because there aren't enough keys on the keypad for more than that. Now this ONLY WORKS FOR THE SHAPE CARTRIDGES! If you try to do it for the fonts, you will be completely lost! Because the fonts are in alphabetical order in the handbook, BUT are in 'Keyboard' order on the overlay (thanks provocraft! I don't know anyone who types on the cricut overlay as they would on a computer keyboard!). I do provide the correct key number on each of my font manuals though.
I also include project sheets for inspiration with that particular cartridge. At least one of my own design, but might include projects found on the internet too. I, also encourage you to print pictures of layouts/projects that appeal to you from online and store them with the corresponding cartridge.
There you go... a CREATIVE CRITTER NOTEBOOK. Something you can do yourself with a little investment of time. Or if you don't have the time... then join us for a class and you will get it as part of your class fee, and everytime you attend future classes, you will get the manual for the cartridge featured at that class.
Even the solutions cartridges will receive a manual... the HOME ACCENTS cartridge is the feature cartridge for this coming Saturday class (April 4, 2009), and all Creative Critters attending will receive a manual that shows each cut and is appropriately numbered. For more information or to register for this class, please go to http://www.cropallday.com/.
Hope my examples were clear, please feel free to leave a question in the comments so others can see the question and I will answer it there for everyone to see also.