Monthly Archives: June 2015

Silhouette CAMEO Review w/ Layout Project

by Richelle Naeglesummer layout

Confession time: I have owned Cricut machines for about 10 years (I own every machine except the Expression 2) now and I’ve owned the Silhouette CAMEO for about 2 years, but I never used it. I already knew how to use Cricut, so it was easier to just keep on than to learn a new machine. I should have used it sooner! I think I was just a little intimated by it. So today I ventured out of my crafting comfort zone and went for it.

As you would expect when learning to use a new electronic cutting machine, it took me a little bit to figure it out, but it wasn’t very hard to learn. The Silhouette operating system is fairly user-friendly, but I did have to Google a few things that I couldn’t figure out on my own. There is a lot of good information out there about Silhouette machines.

I decided to create a fun beach layout, from when we went to North Carolina Beach a couple years ago. Yes, I’m a little behind on scrapbooking! I purchased one image from the design store. It was $0.99 and it’s called Summer Beach set, and it came with all 4 of the elements on this page. Not too bad. And if you buy one of our download cards it will save you even more. Right now we have Silhouette download cards. The journaling card at the top is from the Project Life Summer Collection. Adding this card made it easy to create a quick journaling spot without having to do a lot of extra work.

I have decided the CAMEO isn’t too difficult to manage and I’m excited to try out a couple more projects with it. I need to make a large vinyl wall decor and I’m excited to see how this goes. Don’t worry, I will let you know how it goes!

Have you used both machines or do you just love one over the other? Let me know I would love to hear which machine you prefer and why. Or if you use both what you prefer each machine for. Leave me a comment and let me know what your opinion is. Save on Silhouette material, as well as Silhouette tools at CraftDirect.

Happy creating!

4th of July Cricut Cartridge Ideas

by Richelle Naegle
4th of july layout
It’s that time of year again! Your days will soon be filled with BBQs and picnics, parades, fireworks, and of course family! So today, to follow that theme, I have created a fun and easy scrapbook layout. As always, I set out to make it detailed, without spending too much time on the project. Like many, I take way too many pictures to create extravagant scrapbook layouts for every page of the album. That doesn’t mean they can’t look really nice. So I came up with this layout, and it would be super easy to add a second 12 x 12 page to this layout and have it match.

You need the right scrapbook material. The right patterned cardstock will make all the difference. The first thing I did was grab the Freedom paper pack by the artists at Bazzill. This stack has 22 sheets of paper. 12 of them are double-sided printed paper and the others are bright and bold colors of red and blue with some white as well. Everything you need to create lots of 4th of July themed layouts. I used the Phrases Cricut cartridge for the 4th of July (it was cut out at 4.75″) and the Independence Day Cricut cartridge for the Flag banner (cut out at 1.25″) and for the stars I just used the star basic shape (and cut them out at 1″). The layout includes three 3″ x 5″  photo slots. The whole layout look about 45 min including the time to design and glue.

Do you have any 4th of July Cricut cartridge ideas that you have come up with? I would love to see them post them on our paper crafting fanatics page so we can all be inspired by you this year. Be sure to keep your Explore machine up to date with new replacement Cricut blades and fresh cutting mats.

Happy creating!

DIY Marquee Letters Project: USA with Marquee Love

by Richelle Naegle
USA marquee loveEver since the Marquee Love collection was released, I have been dying to try a project. I just haven’t had time! For one think it was hard to choose which project to do first. And to be honest, after making this one, I have added a few more to the list. The ideas were flooding in. 🙂 Almost this entire project is made with Heidi Swapp products

CraftDirect.com has made recreating this project easy and affordable with our exclusive Marquee Love USA bundle. The only items I used that are not included in the bundle are the blue spray paint and the little piece of ribbon I used. Oh and the batteries: you will need 8 AAA batteries to light up your project. Everything else is included in this kit. You won’t use all the glitter, glue, and washi tape, so use it on your next project, too.

USA Project Details – Marquee Love

So let’s get started I will tell you everything I learned from making this project, in hope that it will make it easier for you to create. I started out by spray painting the star and the “S”. These are made of a poster board type material, so they soaked up the paint! Be prepared to put on a few coats. I put three on them, and you can do the backs, but it’s really not necessary. Marquee Love Letter U

For the glitter letters I did the “U” with the Chunky Red Glitter. I used the Marquee Love glue and I found that you should apply a liberal coat of glue to the letters. Where the glue was thin, so was the glitter. I like it more glittery so make sure you use the glue. I would also start on the outside of the inside of the letter. I started on the inside and it made doing that middle harder. And then of course do the outside edge last it’s where you are touching and holding.

This project takes a lot of drying time patience. So it works well that you have to paint and glitter because you can alternate between the two of them giving them some time to dry in-between.

After your paint has dried completely, you can apply the washi tape.Star with Red Glitter Washi Tape I used the 7/8″ Red Glitter Washi for the inside of the star. This tape width is perfect for the inside of any of the letters it’s made to fit perfectly on the inside of the letters. S with red stripped Washi tapeThe 2″ washi tape is made to fit perfectly on the outside of the letter. I used the red and white striped washi tape for the outside of the “S”. The trick to applying the washi tape is to go slow and be patient with it. It’s a little difficult to get into the corners and around the letters. I watched a video and she cut it into smaller strips, which seemed to work well for her. It didn’t work well for me. I found it easier to leave it on the roll, unroll quite a bit of it and just slowly work it around the corners and curves. Try it one way and if that doesn’t work for you, try it the other way, but just be patient and go slow.

Each letter comes with their own bulbs and covers and they were super easy to pop into place. Each letter also has its own pattern for how to put the lights in, so make sure you keep that at least until you get the lights placed. But that’s really it, this project did take some time I think about 3 hours to do, and extra time for drying as well. But I think that it turned out so cute that it’s well worth the time to make these projects.

Have you made a Marquee Love Project yet? I would love to see yours or if you buy this kit, send me a picture of what you created. I can’t wait to see everything you have made. Post it on our Google+ Paper Crafting Fanatics Page or even on Facebook. Save on our huge selection of Marquee Love Letters. Also, check out the Marquee Love kits that include symbols, frames, shapes, and phrases.

Happy creating!