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” »
Usually, April would be the time where we drop Easter projects on you, but 2018 was an odd year in the sense that Easter fell on the last Sunday in March. That means we had to get creative with our free April 2018 SVG design downloads. Do you remember the dancing hot dog meme that was all the rage for about 4 weeks last year on Snapchat? We thought it would be fun to add that as a layered image to scrapbook layouts, so Aaron made (1) meme icon and (2) graduation cards.
The trick to crafting with these SVG files is you need an electronic cutting machine, like the Cricut Explore Air and Silhouette machines. These sophisticated craft machines do all the work for you. There are 3 quick steps:
- Download the file at the bottom of this post,
- then upload it to your machine with your colored cardstock,
- and watch it do all the cutting.
by Richelle Naegle
This year at the CHA show we found a bunch of great products. Some are new and some are just new to us, but nonetheless, we are super excited about all the new product lines we have been adding to our inventory!
We will start with Spellbinders. We know many of our customers love Sizzix dies, so we decided it was time to bring in more options from some of these great collections, such as Flower Garden by Sharyn Sowell. This collection features intricately cut dies so you can adorn your cards with blossoming paper flowers. Some of our other collections include Sew Sweet by Tammy Tutterow and Elegant 3D Vignettes, which features 3D cards that have multiple beautiful layers. Don’t miss out on my favorite die types, the Die D-Lites. These simple die sets make it easy for you to create wonderful cards, scrapbook embellishments, and more! We have fun themes, like pizza, Sketched Flowers, a Hip Llama, pandas, dinosaurs, succulents, etc. The fun and playful side of me likes this new March collection, The Perfect Match. If you like the whimsical side of life and “punny” cards, you will love that collection (by Debi Adams). Continue reading “New Product Lines at CraftDirect in 2018” »
March is national craft month and we want to start it out with some free SVG design downloads. This month, Aaron Meyers has done (1) St. Patrick’s day card, a (1) bunny candy bag, and (1) fun Easter scrapbook layout.
Just in case you are new here, every month we release new, free designs. It works like this: You use the SVG image files with an electronic cutting machine to cut your material (colored cardstock, vinyl, etc.) to make these fun designs. To download each file, all you have to do is scroll to the bottom of this post and click on the links.
Richelle tackled our favorite design and brought it to life; it’s called the Bunny Candy Bag. To make this cute bag, you will just need some scrapbook paper, strong adhesive, and a bag filled with your preferred treats! You will need to adhere the cardstock to the bag, and we suggest using double-sided tape. Your kids, friends, and relatives will love this as an Easter gift. Continue reading “March 2018 – Free Monthly SVG Design Downloads” »
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.