Thursday, March 26, 2015

Print & Cut Silhouette Tutorial with Lori Whitlock Designs

Today's project:  Print & Cut Labels
Created for:  Lori Whitlock Designs

Hi everyone, I’m back with a quick and easy tutorial for making print and cut labels.  I do a lot of scrapbooking, but when it comes to cards, I usually find myself scrambling to create one for a special event at the last minute.  So I decided to create a bunch of labels to keep on hand, making a last minute card, like this one, much easier.

Step 1:  Assuming your printer is for 8.5” x 11” paper, resize your paper in your software.  I have the Silhouette Designer Edition, but I believe most of these steps will work with the original software also.

Step 2:  Show your registration marks so that your printer and Silhouette machine talk nicely to each other.

Step 3:  Add your first label design to the mat and right click to ungroup the pieces.

Step 4:  Layer each piece of the design on top of each other.  Now go to the “Align” window, highlight all the pieces of the design, and click “Align Center” so that all of your pieces are stacked evenly.  Group all of the pieces back together (right-click, group) and then resize the label to the finished size you desire.

Step 5:   Repeat steps 1-4 for each label.  Note that on some labels you may need to “align center” and “align middle” to get the pieces all stacked up evenly.

Step 6:  Once your labels are all stacked and sized the way you want them, highlight all of them and go to your cut setting window.  Select the “Cut Edge” style so that only the outer edge of your label gets cut.

Step 7:  Now here is a fun part.  Let’s add some monograms and sentiments to our labels. Using the Type tool, add a monogram letter or phrase to one of your labels. Resize it to fit inside the label and then go to the “Color Fill” window.  Highlight the text (this is key!) and then click on the eye dropper tool in the color fill window. Hold the eye dropper and drag your mouse over the colors on your label. You will see the eye dropper “picks up” the color you hover over. Once you decide on a matching color, release your mouse and the color will fill your text with a perfectly matched color for the label. 

Step 8:  Each time you add a phrase or monogram to your label, be sure to highlight the text, go to the “Cut Settings” window, and select the “No Cut” option.  Once that is done, print your labels and cut them out.   Now you have a whole set of beautiful labels to quickly add a sentiment or monogram to a card or other project!


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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I AM Scrapbook Album with Simple Stories

Hey scrappers! Finally ... an album dedicated to our own personal journey. It's time to document YOU for a change. This mini scrapbook is all about your life and I hope that every time you see it you're reminded that you are special. I designed it with the beautiful Simple Stories, I AM Collection and a black 5x7 inch chipboard album.

I am scrapbook mini album that's all about you

This is an amazing keepsake filled with reminders that you are strong, beautiful, lucky, happy, thankful, blessed, and ... enough. My kit comes with lots of phrases so you can personalize your album with words that represent you and your experiences.

I am scrapbook album page with hearts

This could be a wonderful gift for your daughter, mother, sister, or friend to remind them of how special they are. It's is filled with pretty colors, fun interactive elements, chipboard and brad accents, stickers, and lots of positive goodness!
I am scrapbook album page with hearts and flowers

There are 12 chipboard pages (6 front and back) that include 1 fold-out, 3 flippies, and space for at least 12 photos / journaling. I also added this super fun interactive matchbook element shown in the photo above. It has such cute flip-through pages for journaling or small photos.

I am scrapbook album page with feathers and posive words of encouragement

Here's an awesome fold out page. It opens to the left and inside, has a lined card with words to write about what you are: reading, watching, loving, being, feeling, and dreaming.

I am scrapbook album page with flowers and hearts

Since we always tend to focus on our children, family, friends, and others before ourselves ... this is a nice way to document our own lives for a change. Do it. Because someday, someone will want to know. :)

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Friday, March 20, 2015

We R Memory Keepers 2015 Design Team

Hey friends,
Just wanted to hop on the blog this morning to share some wonderful news with you!  

I was asked to join the We R Memory Keepers Design team again for 2015!  I am super excited to be a part of this amazing team of talented ladies.  In the past, my role for We R was to design projects for their CHA and Home Shopping Network samples and their catalog.  This year, I'll be a regular contributor to the We R Memory Keepers Blog.  I hope you'll hop over to their site today, leave a comment and start following this awesome company if you don't already.  

I also want to send a shout out to my new team members with a big congrats!!  Can't wait to work with all of you! 
Aly Dosdall (blog hostess)  |  Kathy Martin  |  Jen McDermott  |  Carrie Walz