Thursday, May 29, 2014

Silhouette Tutorial for Outline Titles

Hi everyone, today I want to share a tutorial for making welded outline titles.  For this project, I created a Father's Day gift card holder.  This card is one of Lori Whitlock's newest files, complete with a pocket for tucking in a gift card to Dad's favorite store or restaurant.  

And here are step-by-step instructions for creating a welded outline title like the one I made for this pocket:

Step 1:  Choose a thick, chunky font and spread the letters out a bit.  I used Lori's font called LW Clementine.

Step 2:  Highlight your word and ungroup the letters (right click, ungroup)

Step: 3:  Highlight the letters and go to the "Offset" window.  Hit Offset and use the sliding bar to adjust the size.  I set mine around 0.025.  (You do not have to color fill your shape...I just did this to show you more details.

Step 4:  Once your offset is done, highlight each letter individually and group the letter with the offset (right click, group).  Then highlight each letter, right click, and hit "Make Compound Path".

Step 5:  Now move your letters so that they overlap each other (to keep them in a straight line, highlight them and use your right or left arrow to move them).  Once they are overlapped the way you want them, highlight the whole word, right click and hit weld.

Here is another example of how I used this technique on a layout.  For the "SMILE" I overlapped the letters, and even rotated them a bit before welding.

SVG Shapes from Lori Whitlock's shop (these can also be found in the Silhouette online store):
Clementine font

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you have fun with this technique!

Monday, May 19, 2014

New Kits and Sale Items

Hi everyone -- just a quick post tonight to tell you about a few new kits and a few items that recently went on sale...

First the new stuff :)

A New Summer Mini Album called "Life Is Better In Flip Flops"

A great new mini to celebrate friendships, sisters, or anyone you're "lucky to have" in your life:

and a 4-Page 12x12 Layout Kit for everyday photos:

I've also put a few kits on sale:

and two baby themes page kits for boys or girls:

Thanks for stopping by today -- and be sure to
to see all of our mini album and page layout kits and 
our pre made albums!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

May Blog Hop with Lori Whitlock's Creative Team

Welcome to Artsy Albums and your next stop on Lori Whitlock's May Blog Hop!  If you're starting here, be sure to head over to Lori's site to start from the beginning!  I've seen some of the projects the design team has created for you, and you won't want to miss any of them! 

For my project, I created a mini album using a few of Lori's summer shapes and the fabulous new paper collection she designed for Echo Park.

Lori's flip flops are so cute, and worked perfectly for the cover of my album.  I cut a hole in my chipboard cover and also added one of Lori's cute scallop circles around the opening.  

Lori's chevron circle shape worked perfectly on the inside cover as a sunshine!  Love that one :)  In fact, I love this mini so much that I've decided to add it to the Artsy Albums kit collection.  It will be available for purchase in the shop as a DIY kit (or pre made) later this week.

In addition to all of the fun creative projects on today's hop, Lori is also having a sale.  Be sure to visit her site and enter code MAY14 to get 30% off of any of her wonderful shapes.

You know I love giveaways ... so enter below to win an embellishment goodie bag full of fun surprises :)  I will announce a winner here on the blog (and on Artsy Albums Facebook page) this Friday!

Fun stuff!!  Now back to the blog hop!  Here is your list :)

Monday, May 12, 2014

Graduation Cards with Lori Whitlock Designs

Hi everyone... I'm up over on Lori Whitlock's site today with some fun projects to help you congratulate your graduate! 

I just love Lori's box cards...and the nice thing about making them for graduation is that you can make them in the graduate's school colors!  They are fun and easy to put together, and fold down perfectly for mailing in an A2 size envelope.  Won't they look cute sitting on the graduate's party table or mantel?  And these adorable pop-up box cards also make nice place cards for the graduation dinner table!

I paired one of the cards with a matching gift card box for an easy, but thoughtful gift.  Just cut three simple pieces from the Silhouette, adhere the pieces and tuck in a gift card -- super easy and what a nice presentation!  Lori is a genius (smile).

Thanks for visiting the blog today...and if you know of a high school or college (or even kindergarten!) student that is graduating...have fun creating these for them!  Here are the links:

Friday, May 9, 2014

The New Inked Rose Collection by We R Memory Keepers

Good morning friends --
Today I want to share a fun new mini album with you and introduce you to Inked Rose, one of We R Memory Keepers' new paper lines.

To create this mini, I cut several 6x10 chipboard pages down to 4x6 and 6x6.  I wanted the album to open in the center, gate-fold style, and be bound on two sides.   Binding an album like this is super easy with the Cinch Binding Tool...couldn't live without mine :)

I used another piece of chipboard to mount the title, making it sturdy enough to hold up through plenty of page turning.

The colors in the new Inked Rose collection are so me -- pinks, teal, navy, and green...with a pop of orange thrown in for fun!

I incorporated We R's fun 3x4 die cut cards and a few doily shapes to give the album some interest, and cut words like laughter, smile, and love from a 12x12 sheet.  

Check out We R Memory Keepers Blog all month long for more fun, inspirational projects using Inked Rose!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Tune in to HSN on May 14th!

Hi friends --
Just wanted to post a quick reminder about an upcoming episode of Home Shopping Network you won't want to miss.  We R Memory Keepers always has the latest and greatest scrapbook and crafting tools on the market, and they will be doing a feature on the new Evolution Advanced next week.  Tune in on May 14th...

The Evolution Advanced is perfect for die-cutting, embossing, and letter pressing.

Cool features:
     1.       It has an adjustable roller so with the switch of a dial you can set the machine for your project instead having to figure out which mat combinations to use.
     2.       The Evolution Advanced is interchangeable with a hand crank or motor option.
     3.       The tool folds up and has built in storage.

Video tutorial:

Friday, May 2, 2014

National Scrapbook Day 2014

Tomorrow is National Scrapbook Day!!  
Enjoy Free Domestic Shipping today through Sunday!!  
Just use coupon code NSDSHIPFREE at checkout :)