Have you seen the NEW Happy Jig collection from We R Memory Keepers in action, yet? If not, you need to get on that, ASAP. When I was at the CHA show this year, the Happy Jig was quite possibly my favorite new tool. The way it works is you use the wire-bending tool kit to bend wire with the use of a peg board to make into fun and interesting designs. The kit comes with various sized pegs, a base that has a bunch of little holes in it, wire crimps, a booklet with designs, and three lengths of wire to get you started. I highly recommend picking up a few more colors of wire or try the multi-packs, like Colored and Neutral. These designs are addictive to make, so you’re going to want plenty of wire! Continue reading “New Happy Jig by We R Memory Keepers” »
by Richelle Naegle
Last month was the CHA 2018 show (which is now called Creativation), and this year there are a lot of great new products coming out! I can’t wait for you see them all. Simple Stories is one of my favorite paper lines, and I love the new Carpe Diem planners that are coming out in May. You should follow up on that later!
The first collection you are going to want to check out is the Always & Forever! This is the perfect paper collection for a wedding; it features black and white floral prints as well as a great selection of embellishments that will perfectly enhance your layouts.
This next set gives you the opportunity to scrapbook all about yourself. The I am. . . collection was designed for yours truly! If you are like me, you spend a lot of time spending your scrapbooking time on projects about your kids. We are so busy with all the activities they do, and the only time you show up in the scrapbook is when someone else takes the camera at a family vacation or event, and then you’re in the picture for once.
Above is a scrapbook layout I quickly created using I am… Now, all I need are a couple pictures of me. This collection gives you the chance to add more of you to your projects!
Next we have Simple Stories Bliss, which is filled with fun pastel colors like purple, pink and blue, and green, with lots of butterflies and flowers. This collection is perfect for scrapbooking all your spring and even Easter projects. If you prefer more traditional Easter pages, check out the Happy Easter set from Simple Stories, or Welcome Spring! Both of these collections come with six 12″ x 12″ double-sided sheets and a selection of stickers.
This next collection is great for anyone who loves to craft, as well as teenage girls. Crafty Girl features bright colors and fun patterns. With this collection, I created a super simple and fun card that any anyone would love.
Mama Llama is a fun llama-themed paper stack that would be great for making your Mother’s day cards and scrapbook pages with. Pick up this kit now because our Mother’s day scrapbook kits always seem to sell out quickly.
Last, but definitely not the least of these kits is Travel Notes. It will make crafting your family road trip or vacation super easy. I wanted to make something different from this paper collection, so I made a traveler scrapbook. The finished size of this book is 8″ x 8″.
Below is the first page, and I used some of the element sheets to cut out little images, like the cameras, heart, and the phrase Enjoy every Moment. I also added the fun pocket to hold tickets and other little keepsakes.
On the second page (below), I added some photo spots, because what good is it without some fun pictures from your trip? This collection kit has a lot of fun embellishments that you can use to make this little scrapbook come to life.
The third page of this travel scrapbook is only made up of three sheets of paper, so you will still have a lot of extra scraps to use in other projects.
Here is the back page, and to bind this book together, I stapled the edge. You could also poke little holes in the side and string some ribbon or jute through.
This is the complete NEW Simple Stories Winter 2018 collections that are coming out this month (Feb 2018). There are a bunch more that are coming in April so check back to see those fun collections as well.
by Richelle Naegle
Valentine’s, or as I like to call it, the big heart day, is almost here. One of my new year’s resolutions is to stop being a paper craft slacker! This year, I am going to get my holiday crafts done early, starting with my Valentine’s paper craft projects. If you need some help meeting your goals, whether they are related to crafts or not, you should download our free SVG files.
Valentine’s Greeting Cards
For this first card, I used my Silhouette CAMEO 3. The overall size of the card is 4.25″ x 5.5″, and I found the cute puppy at the Silhouette Store. The design is called Love Dog w/ Balloon. I cut the image out at about 3.5″ tall, from the bottom of LOVE to the top of the heart balloon.
I went old school with my second card, and put away the CAMEO and grabbed my favorite manual die-cutter, the Big Shot. I made this design using the Sizzix Victorian Frame Bigz XL Die by Brenda Walton. I made a card out of it, but it would be excellent as a photo frame to decorate your fridge.
If you have Victoria Frame die, break it out and get going on a project. I forgot how much I liked it. It has been retired and is no longer available, but if you are looking for a frame die, I love this Staxables Frame Bigz Die that allows you to create interlocking photo frames.
After cutting your frame card, you just add whatever sentiment or die-cut shapes to decorate it the way you want it. That’s the beauty of die-cutting projects. No matter how many times you repeat a design, you can make it a little different in each case.
I also made the above scrapbook layout. I usually only take one picture on Valentine’s day, so I figure this simple layout will work just perfect! Sometimes making quick and easy designs is necessary. You can’t spend hours on every layout. When I want to make a fast project, I use a scrapbook kit. This particular collection kit is called Main Squeeze, by Crate Paper. There are matching paper and embellishments; the only struggle is the decision to about which ones to use, and which to leave aside.
Home Decorating Idea
My last project is something I do every year. All you do is cut out hearts in a few different sizes and different colored paper; it’s a great way to get rid of extra scraps of paper. I write things I love about the person on the hearts; then I add stickers or other embellishments to them. I also found something on Pinterest that was similar to this, where you put a heart on your kid’s door every day, starting on February 1st through Valentine’s day. I thought it sounded like a great way to remind your kids (or your spouse) what you love about them. It’s a super easy and inexpensive way to spread the love!
I hope you have enjoyed these fun Valentine’s crafts. I would love to see what you have created for your loved ones. Share them with me on our Facebook page.
by Richelle Naegle
Did you get a chance to see the Free SVG downloads from Aaron last week? If you haven’t, download them here. I loved his football jersey ideas and thought it would be fun to put my own twist on it for my Thanksgiving craft projects. We don’t play football in my family, but we do participate in a fun run every year. I decided to make t-shirts for our fun run this year. Aaron owed me a favor, so I asked him to make this fun Turkey Trotters design for us. I also did the Thanksgiving Tree project that Aaron designed.
Turkey Trotters Shirts
My boys were in my craft room looking at my fabric transfer paper and they found this Silhouette flocked brown heat transfer material. This gave the turkey fuzzy texture, which makes it a little more fun. For this shirt project, you need:
- Black, red, yellow, white and brown fabric transfer material
- Your favorite electronic cutting machine
- The free SVG file (download it at the bottom of this post)
- Heat (I used the new Cricut EasyPress, it worked great)
- Cricut BrightPad (optional, but really made weeding easier)
- Weeding tool
Cut out the turkey and begin ironing/pressing it. I find it easier to cut out from the bottom layer first, so I cut black first and then the brown, and so on. That way when you’re done weeding the first color, you can immediately iron it on and you don’t have to worry about losing pieces or ruining while you’re working on the other cuts. I use this trick with paper as well. When you have many layers or colors to work with, this will streamline the process.
With the Cricut BrightPad, the lines show better so it makes it easy to see where you are weeding. Note: it didn’t work with the flocked material, I couldn’t see though it. The rest of the material worked really well.
Then using the EasyPress you just use it as you would a regular iron, except you don’t need to move it back and forth you can just hold it in place while it’s working. You can also use a regular household iron to transfer the material. The EasyPress just makes it easier. I added numbers on the back of the shirt just for fun and now we are ready for our run!
The second Thanksgiving craft project I made was the Thanksgiving Tree. I thought it would be great to have it up for the month and everyday we can write what we are thankful for. By the end of the month, we will have a tree full of leaves and gratitude. I think this is a great way to remind us of all the things we are grateful for. Even my little boys are participating in this.
I think this is definitely a tradition that we will keep doing in our home.
Have you used any of our SVG files? Please share what you have created with us on social media. I would love to see what you are creating with them. Happy creating!
by Richelle Naegle
It’s time to get ready for Halloween, Everybody knows the best thing about Halloween is the treats! At least that’s what my kids tell me. So today, I thought it would be fun to make a few quick and easy Halloween treat bag projects.
Silhouette 3D Open-Sided Halloween Favor Box
For me, the first thing I did was get my Silhouette CAMEO (have you seen the new Pink CAMEO 3?) out and searched through their Silhouette Studio until I found these cute Ghost boxes. They are called 3D Open sided Halloween Favor Box.
I cut them out out at 11″ tall, which allowed me to cut two boxes from one 12″ x 12″ sheet of patterned cardstock. The banner spells “Boo”, but instead of O’s, I substituted googly eyes. I think that modification turned out great
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