Hey all! It's Jody on the blog today and it's a beautiful day here in Wisconsin, finally!! This warmer Spring weather definitely makes me giddy and eager to get outside with our girls. But before I do, I'm happy to be sharing another fun layout with our May kit, Field Trip. Today, I used this fabulous You Are My World paper from Fancy Pants. These types of papers are great because your title is always there for you to design around it.
This is my last full 12x12 sheet from this kit so now I'm starting to work with smaller pieces and scraps. I'm also working on some cards to send to my Girl Scout troop next week. We had our last meeting for the school year this week and I wanted to send them a little something special to thank them for being so awesome! I'll share those with you next week :)
For today, I used my punches on the fabulous Fancy Pants gold foil paper! I recently purchased a Silhouette Portrait but still need to get it set up!! I know, I know .... it's on my list to day this weekend so I can finally cut Lacey's fabulous custom cut files!! These are my favorites punches by far, which I'm sure you've noticed because I use them often. Next, I fussy cut around the chevrons to create the bottom boarder to my Day Trip 4x6" Clique Kit printable. This helped to ground the larger element so it didn't look like it was just floating in space there. I trimmed the bottom off one of the journaling cards and added it along the bottom for some journaling too. I also used lots of foam adhesive throughout this layout from Scrapbook Adhesives. This is my go-to foam adhesive, I just love it!
Here's a little tip for when you're cutting your banner shapes, like the ones at the right side of my photo. You can use the left over triangle pieces from the middle as more page elements like I did below. I used them as arrows to help draw your attention down to my photo. I added some additional cuteness but layering a cork chevron shape right on top of the triangles. I used more Scrapbook Adhesives foam squares for the triangles and gold clouds and Aleene's Tacky Glue for the cork chevrons.
Thank you for joining me today! We'd love to see what you create with our kits and currently have a few more open subscriptions starting in June!! As a Clique Kits member, you'll be in our Facebook private Clique, have access to our private Honor Society website page, private forum, early kit reveals and more! You only until May 28th to subscribe starting in June so don't wait another minute and GO HERE to sign up!!
Have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day Weekend everyone!
Hey all, Jody's on the blog today with a fun little mini album! If you know me, you KNOW I love to make mini albums, especially as gifts. Mother's Day really snuck up on me this year, probably because this Mama works most weekends (sad face). That being said, I wanted to whip up a couple Mother's Day gifts for those super special people in our lives.
To create this little mini album, I started with a few standard card bases (4.25" by 5.50") in cream cardstock. I stacked a few of them together and built my mini from there. Of course, I used lots of goodies from my May Clique Kit, Field trip, along with a few things from my Etsy Shop. Here's my Mother's Day mini album.
Below, you'll see that I added some Studio Calico wood veneers & some pink word stickers by My Minds Eye, which I just adore . You'll notice that I used the full 4x6" journaling card "Always Look on the Bright Side" across this center part of the mini album. I simply creased the journaling card where the middle of the mini album was and allowed it to span across.
And here are my final pages. I'm a big fan of using my paper punches to create extra little elements in my paper crafting. I used my heart punch to create a 'negative' heart shape on the bottom right, then used that 'positive' shape in the upper left corner after hitting the edges with some Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Worn Lipstick. I popped a few things up with my favorite foam adhesive also.
I also added some sweet Studio Calico labels & Studio Calico sticker sheets in our School Store now! The aqua chevron ribbon is from May Arts and available in my Etsy Shop now. Oh, and those fun cork shapes... well, more on those little cuties a little later!
Thank you for joining me today! I hope I've inspired you to take a couple hours and create a mini album for someone special this weekend!! Have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend!!
Happy Monday all! Jody here today with a fun tutorial on how I die cut wool felt and fabric with my Cricut. Yes that is correct, you CAN cut fabric, felt and other materials with your Cricut machine. You just need a few specific supplies, it's actually pretty easy.
Here's your supply list for this technique:
** Heat & Bond ~ available at your local craft or fabric store
** Wool felt ~ not the kind you buy in your local craft store. You need the good stuff for this technique. Here's a great site I use ~ Prairie Joint Junction
** Clothes Iron & Ironing Board (or counter area and an old towel)
** Cricut Deep Cut Blade (not pictured)
Let's talk about the wool felt first. I tried the polyester craft felt found at Hobby Lobby and it is NOT the same as the nice wool felt. The wool felt is much more dense and doesn't pull apart like craft felt does easily. I highly recommend investing in the wool felt for this technique. Or, you can cut fabric in the same manner.
First, you'll need to follow the instructions for the Heat & Bond to adhere it to one side of the wool felt. This is very easy to do and that's coming for this girl who HATES ironing! The Heat & Bond serves as a fabric stabilizer and gives you a nice smooth surface for adhering to your Cricut mat. I do recommend a newer or stickier mat to keep the felt from shifting on the mat. After you iron on the Heat and Bond, remove the paper backing to reveal the shiny and smooth 'iron-on' side of your felt. Place the prepped wool felt onto your sticky Cricut mat just as you would any paper or cardstock.
Some additional technicalities: I set my Deep Cut Blade to 6, pressure and speed to Max. I slowed my speed down to High for the "Hello" die cut shown above. I also engaged my multi-cut function to cut the image twice. If you're not very familiar with these settings or with your Cricut machine, take this opportunity to play with it!!
After you've die cut your image, carefully lift it from your mat. Depending on the thickness of your wool felt, you may have to trim a bit with your fine point scissors. I usually don't have to do this though. Overall, pretty easy right!
I hope you enjoyed making your own felt embellishments with me in the Locker room today. Happy Scrapping!!!
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