Monthly Archives: May 2017

2 New Heidi Swapp Home Decor Projects – 2017

by Richelle Naegle 

Today, I am playing with some of the new Heidi Swapp products and I have to say that I’m having a blast. As you’d expect, her designs are both easy to use and they are pleasing to the eye once you complete your projects.

Heidi Swapp Letterboard

completed Heidi Swapp Letterboard projectsThe first projects I tackled were from the Heidi Swapp Letterboard collection. Oh boy, is this addicting! It’s so easy to update that you could change the board every day and keep up with it. You could even do it a couple times a day, easily. I couldn’t decide on what theme to make for this blog post, so I made several of them!

Heidi Swapp Letterboard is a great way to leave an inspiring message for your family, or to leave notes, jokes, and whatever else your creative mind is inspired to make! There is no paper, ink. machines, etc. required to complete these projects. They are clean and easy! Continue reading “2 New Heidi Swapp Home Decor Projects – 2017” »

June 2017 Free SVG Designs: American Flag SVG, BBQ Layout SVG

It’s almost June and we’re ready for summer break! Aaron has designed a couple fun summer-themed projects for you, and if this is your first time, these are free SVG design downloads. If you have a Cricut Explore Air or a Silhouette CAMEO, you can use these image files to cut the patterns, shapes, and phrases found in the designs. For June, Aaron made (1) American flag project, (1) scrapbook layout, and (2) photo frames.

In order to download the SVG file, scroll to the bottom of the post to find the links. Also, as a little perk for customers, each month we offer a different design download that can be accessed when you complete a purchase. Check back every month for each new project. Watch this video in order to learn how to use an SVG with a Cricut Explore.
american flag project example
This is the American Flag project. Flip the design to make the flag double-sided and put it on a rod like it is pictured, or you could easily add it to a layout or a card. Memorial Day is just around the corner, then we have Flag Day in June, and of course the most fun holiday of all, the 4th of July. The point is, you can get some great mileage out of this project. The 8″ x 11″ World Tour paper pad is the perfect option for making the stars and stripes come to life. Or you can get creative and make the flag out of any colored cardstock that you choose.

bbq scrapbook layout project example

Above is the BBQ Layout project. Celebrate those fun family, summer cookouts by taking record of it in your scrapbook project. The design includes a lot of details that will keep you busy. You can add and drop elements to make it your own.

picnic picture frames project example

Last, but not least, this is the Picnic Frames project. Add to your seasonal home decor by placing these crafty frames to your end table in your living room, or put it on your fridge!

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Graduation Scrapbook Layout Project

We are happy to welcome Christi back who will be sharing a graduation scrapbook layout project with us. The layout design was made by Aaron Meyers and you can download it for free, at the bottom of this post.

view of graduation scrapbook layout project completed

Hi Craft Direct Fans! It is Christi from Scrapping For Tranquility here to give you my monthly look at one of the free .SVG downloads from the CraftDirect blog. Although my girls are both grown and have long graduated, like most scrapbookers I am behind on my projects and still have tons of pictures to scrap from their graduations. My oldest graduated in 2006 and my youngest in 2012. I ended up making this graduation scrapbook layout project for my youngest (mostly because I knew where those pictures were).

This was the first time I had worked with a 2 page SVG file. It’s all connected and I wasn’t sure how to go about dividing it up. First, I tried ungrouping it, but that didn’t work. I then tried to break it apart, but that didn’t work either. When all else fails, I use a lifeline and call a friend! I contacted my friend Michelle My Belle from Mojo Monday. She is super knowledgeable about the Silhouette CAMEO 3 (keep in mind you can use the Explore Air 2 for this project, too). She suggested that it would be easier for me to use the Sure Cuts a Lot 4 program on this project.

Steps for Cutting the Graduation Layout

  1. Import the file.
  2. Go to the object-break apart.
  3. Draw a bounding box around 2017, people in the left hand corner, the cap in the middle, each of the picture frames, and the podium.
  4. Go to object. Group the frames, hide and lock all the the layers except the gray curtain layers, you will want to split that in half or cut on a 24″ CAMEO mat.
  5. Take a Rectangle from the library. Size it to 12″. Place it over the gray curtain layer, making sure it is taller in height.gluing the curtains on the graduation scrapbook layout
  6. Align them horizontally to the left. Select both. Path = back minus front. You now have a 12″ x 12″ gray curtain layer. Duplicate and flip for the right side. Lock and hide those layers.
  7. Unlock and hide the red curtain layer. Object – Merge. Duplicate this layer and repeat the process as the gray curtain. You’ll do each of the right AND left sides because of the draping design (here is where I was messing up – you need to do BOTH sides).
  8. You can repeat the process for the seats. The podium is a bit smaller in size. You’ll need to decide where to make the split or do like I did. I just put it on the right side of my layout.

Once my curtain pieces were cut out, you will see in the second image how to glue them down in place, piece by piece. I used Tombow Mono Liquid Glue. The colors I used for my layout were navy blue, old gold, with grey and black. The reason I chose those was they match my daughter’s school colors. You could use whatever school colors works best for you. I used 12″ x 12″ Winter Cardstock by American Crafts and the 12″ x 12″ World Tour by Core’dinations.halfway completed graduation scrapbook layout project

This third picture is was taken just after I was started to glue everything to my pages. I love the way it turned out!

I hope you enjoyed my graduation scrapbook layout project this month and I look forward to chatting with you all next month. Blessings! Check out American Crafts paper and their various designers.


What Is a Sizzix Fold-a-Long Card?

front facing view of the completed cactus fold a long card by sizzixby Richelle Naegle

At CHA 2017 I overheard others asking, what is a Sizzix Fold-a-Long card? If you haven’t ever seen one, then you are in for a treat. Jen Long is the world-famous Sizzix designer who is the brains behind these fabulous cards.

Let’s take the Cactus Fold-a-Long Card Sizzix Thinlits die set for example. It makes a 3-panel card and when closed, has the appearance of a delightful shape. In this case, it looks like a saguaro cactus. When the card is opened, the insides of the 3 panels are revealed. You can get real creative with what you hide within the card, but each set of dies includes Thinlits for embellishing the card. Those die cut shapes and phrases will match the overall theme of the design.
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Large 3-D Flower Sizzix Thinlits Project Ideas

by Richelle Naeglecard made with the sizzix large 3-d thinlits die set

When I first saw the David Tutera Wedding dies, I was instantly excited. There are a few different, beautiful flower-project options. A crafter can never have too many flower designs at her/his disposal. So check out this new set of Large 3-D Flower Sizzix Thinlits dies. It almost makes me want to decorate for a wedding…but not quite! This die is one of my favorites, and honestly, it made constructing this flower simple and easy!

The most important thing to remember when making flowers is that no two flowers are the same and yet they are all perfect. So, when you are cutting out the petals for your flower, don’t try and make it a certain way every time. It’s probably too much work to make them look exactly alike and it’s fun to have variety, anyway.

For this particular flower I used the pink leather Sizzix paper and cut out each petal two times. It might take a little bit longer to cut, but I really like the unique look of my flowers when I use the leather material. Not only does it look cool, it gives the flower a little extra strength as well. One fun technique I have found to really make my flowers stand out is to spray the flowers with water and then crumple them up. Once they are dry, you will find it’s given your material a more natural look.

The center is super easy on this one. All you need to do is take your pre-cut piece of paper and start rolling from the wider side until the thinner side is on the outside. That’s it!
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