Quick Tip Tuesday - What If?


 Last week, my city was hit by terrible thunderstorms, and the storms actually produced high winds of up to 100 miles per hour.  Part of our city was hit by a tornado.  My family is safe, (all grown and in their own homes) thankfully.  But it made me wonder what would happen if our home was hit by a tornado.  What would I do if I lost all of my scrapbooks and handmade cards? What about all my supplies?  I wouldn't know how to start over!




Therefore, today's tip is to take an inventory of the craft supplies you have (I have since begun this process, and it will take me a while).  But I thought, " What if? " If you can't make a list of every single paper or die cut you own, then at least write down what your biggest and most important items are. And take pictures of your creations, too.  Just in case.

Quick Tip Tuesday - Scrapbook Photos

 


A simple way to elevate your scrapbook page is to mat your photos.

These photos are not matted.  I like this page.  It was simple and easy, and the journaling captures elements of our family's personality.

And while there is nothing wrong with this particular layout, an easy way to make your photos stand out is to mat them in a coordinating color or pattern, and it takes very little time.

Take it up another notch with double mats!  

Happy Crafting!

Quick Tip Tuesday - Organization

 


My favorite storage solution in my craft room is my pegboard.  I love having so many supplies at my fingertips!  Here is my board:


Whether I am working on a card, a scrapbook page, or some other type of craft, there are so many things I have easy access to:  Cricut mats, ribbon, foam tape, scissors, pens, paper towels (a MUST for crafting) embellishments such as flowers and brads, bows, stickers, lace, and so much more!  If you have room for a pegboard, even a small one, I highly recommend getting one.  They make really cute baskets, buckets, and storage cups now!  Happy crafting!


Big Sale and Free Items for National Scrapbooking Day


 If you love paper crafts or mixed media, you should check out the sale going on right now at Scrapbook.com.  It's one of my favorite places to shop.  I promote them because I like them, not because I am an affiliate.

I saved 51% and another 10% off that for 100+ items in this 49 and Market kit! Plus they have loads of clearance products and even free gifts, but only for 2 more days. Don't miss it!

Happy Crafting!


Quick Tip Tuesday


 Last week, I recommended smooth vinyl as opposed to glitter, holographic, or flocked vinyl, for crafters who are just beginning to learn to use HTV (heat transfer vinyl-also called iron-on vinyl).  If you have an occassion coming up for which you want to make some t-shirts, I suggest smooth vinyl because it cuts well and is fairly easy to weed.
I made the skirt from fabric I had on hand; I purchased the shirt and ironed on the design.

Something else to remember is to select the right fabric on which to put your design. Cotton or cotton/poly blends work best with HTV.  In addition, you should wash and dry your fabric to remove any residual chemicals that might affect the adhesion of the vinyl. 

Always follow the manufacturer's directions for ironing or heat pressing your vinyl. Happy crafting!


Quick Tip Tuesday - for People who Want to Learn to use Vinyl, specifically Heat Transfer

 


You've learned how to use adhesive vinyl, perhaps starting with the removable kind.  You're ready for a step up, and you've chosen some 100% cotton tee shirts, a baby onsie, or even a tote bag, and you want words or a design to go on them. After you prewash, you need to decide what medium you will choose.

There are so many styles and brands of vinyl out there.  Choose smooth HTV/iron on vinyl from Cricut, Siser EasyWeed, or Oracal.  These are reputable companies in the industry that have the most success in beginning crafts(and the ones I've had the most luck with).


As you may have noticed, there is a wide variety of HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl) or Iron-on vinyl.  There's glitter, flocked, holographic, matte, glossy, patterned, glow-in-the-dark, and more!



 As a beginner, my tip is to use standard, SMOOTH glossy HTV (or IRON ON, same thing) on your beginning projects.  Once you've mastered that, it will be easy to start using the other types of vinyls.

Don't forget to mirror! And use the Cricut Heat Guide.  Have fun!


Creative Fabrica Sale!

 

We'll be running a HUGE Spring Sale, offering 90% OFF on millions of fonts and graphics - the perfect opportunity to stock up on discounted creative assets. The designs and fonts can be opted out of the sale at any time, so grab your favorites quickly!