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!

LW Bubble and Perfect Print Fonts
Jack and Jill paper collection by Lori for Echo Park

I hope I have given you a few fun tips today … thanks for stopping by my blog!  Come visit me over on my Facebook page at to stay up-to-date on my tutorials, giveaways, sales, and new products in my Etsy shop!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Simple Stories I Am Album Kit or Pre-made

Finally! An album dedicated to our own personal journey. Document YOU for a change! This album is all about you ... and I hope that every time you see it, you are reminded that you are special!

This beautiful scrapbook mini album is available as a DIY kit  or pre-assembled (stand sold separately) and will be a wonderful keepsake full of reminders that you are "strong", "beautiful", "lucky", "happy", "thankful", "blessed"...."enough"! The kit comes with lots of phrase stickers so that you can personalize your album with the perfect words that represent you and your personal journey.

Give it as a gift to your daughter, mother, friend, or sister to remind them of how special they are ... or fill it with all of the memories of your own special, crazy life.

The album measures a bit larger than 5x7 inches and includes 12 chipboard pages (6 front and back). There is space for at least 12 photos and lots of encouraging reminders! Beautiful colors, interactive elements, chipboard and brad accents, and lots of positive goodness!

If you order the album pre-assembled, it will be shipped completely assembled and ready for photos or gift-giving. You can order the album with or without the stand.  

Do-It-Yourself Kit:
You can also order this album as a do-it-yourself kit, with or without the stand.  
The pre-cut scrapbook kit includes all of the materials and instructions to make this beautiful album! 

Included in the Kit:
Chipboard Album with 2 binding rings
Pre-cut pattern paper (by Simple Stories) 
Pre-cut photo mats
Journaling and title cards
Coordinating Die cuts
Coordinating Stickers
Coordinating Chipboard accents
Self-adhesive Brads
Full Color instructions 
(Stand Sold Separately)

Tools & supplies you will need to complete this project:
Paper trimmer and/or scissors
Adhesive -- wet and dry
Pop Dots or other dimensional adhesive
1/4" standard hole punch
Craft knife

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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

Monday, March 16, 2015

Inspired By Layout with Doodlebug Designs

Today's Project:  "Inspired By..." Page Layout
Created for:  Doodlebug Designs

This month, the design team over at Doodlebug Designs was asked to find a past Doodlebug project that inspires them, and recreate our version of the project.  This was hard to do -- have you seen how many incredible projects are posted over on Doodlebug's Pinterest page?   It took me forever to narrow it down, but I loved Mendi's sequin title on her adorable Mouse Mania layout so ....

Here is my Project ... and my fab family :)

and I was inspired by ...

Isn't this title fun??  Mendi walks you through how to create this title in her original post which you can find here.

Here's another close-up of Doodlebug's awesome sequins....LOVE them!

Hope we are inspiring you this month!  Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 13, 2015

CREATE magazine Scrapbook Layout and Tag

I was thrilled to be asked, along with the entire Doodlebug Design Team, to submit a few projects for the March issue of CREATE magazine by Scrapbook Generation.  If you've never checked out this wonderful publication, it's jam packed full of scrapbook and paper crafting inspiration.  Each month, CREATE features a manufacturer and provides lots of ideas for using sketches designed by Allison Davis.

In the March issue, Doodlebug Designs is featured.  Learn more about this fun company and check out each of the team member's takes on two scrapbook sketches, a tag, and a card.  You'll find this layout of my adorable niece on page 94 :)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Silhouette Tutorial for Text Wrapping

Project Created for:  Lori Whitlock Designs 
Silhouette Tutorial:  Wrapping Text around a Circle

Hi everyone,
One of the most common Silhouette questions I get asked is how to wrap words or phrases around a circle or other shape for a print and cut design.  Here some easy steps to follow to do this....

For my project, I used Lori Whitlock's adorable birdhouse and wrapped a phrase around the door.  She has several cute birdhouses in the Silhouette online store and SVG files in her shop.   I made several to hang from a spring tree decoration, but you could also fill the little boxes with candy for a sweet little gift.  Keep scrolling down after this post to see Lori's other birdhouse designs (3/10 post).

Step 1:  Move everything except the house portion off of your mat in the software.

Step 2:  Click on the Text Style Window and find a font you would like to use.  I used Lori’s Cutie Pie font.  Type and size your phrase somewhere on your mat.   Phrase ideas:  “Home Tweet Home”, “From Our House to Yours” , “A Gift For You”, a name or address …. endless cute possibilities!

Step 3:  If you double click on your phrase, you’ll notice a green box around your phrase and a little circle with an x in it.  Click on this little circle and drag it over to the window of your birdhouse.  When you hover the word over a line, the letters snap to the shape of the line.   You may have to play with the size of your font and the character spacing to get the letters to line up around your shape.

Step 4:    To move your word up around the outside of the circle, you will use the grey sliding bar that appears through your letters. If you place your curser along that bar and slide upwards, your letters will move up and out.

Step 5:  Now, you will want to print just the round phrase on the paper that you want for your birdhouse.  Highlight the entire birdhouse and go to the Fill Color window.  Remove the yellow color (but leave the birdhouse lines) so that the yellow doesn’t print on your paper.  Be sure to also make your paper size 8.5×11, and show your registration marks.

Step 6:  If you highlight your phrase, and click on the “Line Style” window, you’ll notice that the lines of your letters are probably set to 0.0 points … be sure to increase the line thickness to 1.5 so that you see the letters when they print.

Step 7:  Now send your paper through your printer.  Cut the birdhouse out with your silhouette machine and assemble all of the cute pieces into an adorable decoration or gift.

Thanks for visiting today!  I hope you'll stop by our Facebook Page to stay up-to-date on our latest kits, sales, giveaways, and tutorials!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Washi Tape Easter Suncatcher Tutorial

Today's Project:  Washi Tape Suncatcher Tutorial
Created for:  Doodlebug Designs

Do you remember making sun catchers in elementary school using tissue paper?? I have a project idea that's a lot less messy!   It makes a pretty Easter window decoration, and would be a great project to do with the kids!

Here's a quick step by step tutorial.

Lots of Doodlebug washi tape
Doodlebug Glitter Cardstock
Clear Plastic Acetate
Easter Parade Bunny and Friends Craft Kit
Glitter Sprinkles
Boutique button
Twine and Ribbon

1.  First, I found an Easter egg cutting file (link to the one I used).  I enlarged it to the size I wanted and cut it out of swimming pool glitter cardstock using my Silhouette CAMEO machine.

2.  Next, I used my glitter egg as a template to cut another egg shape out of clear plastic acetate.

3.  Here comes the easy part (and the part the kids will enjoy) ... just tear small pieces of washi tape and randomly lay them all over the clear acetate egg.

4.  Continue to overlap the washi pieces until the egg is completely covered.

5.  Lift your egg, flip it over, and trim the excess tape from around the edge of the clear plastic.

6.  To finish my sun catcher, I adhered the glitter cardstock egg directly on top of the washi tape one.  Then I added a bow, a button, some cute critters from the Easter Parade craft kit and some glitter sprinkles.  Here is what the project looks like when it's not hanging in front of a window.

With spring right around the corner, you could even make flower or butterfly suncatchers!  The possibilities are endless and made more fun by lots of colorful washi tape.  Hope you give it a try... I'd love to hear about your suncatchers!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

March Blog Hop with Lori Whitlock Designs

Hi everyone,  
Welcome to Lori Whitlock's Creative Team March blog hop!  

If you just hopped on at my blog, be sure to head back over to Lori's site and start from the beginning :)  There are lots of fun projects at each stop so you won't want to miss any of them!

For my project, I created several birdhouses for a cute spring decoration.  I plan to hang them inside, but for now I was able to get some pictures outside on a beautiful Georgia day.

Check back in at Lori's blog this Thursday, when I will be sharing a tutorial for wrapping words or a phrase around a shape, just as I did on around the door of the yellow birdhouse above!

Be sure to check out all the goodies that Lori has for you today!  Freebies, sales, and a chance to win a gift card over on her blog.

Thanks for stopping by my blog along your hop.  Please visit me on Facebook to stay up-to-date on Artsy Albums sales and new kits (be sure to scroll down and check out the new Disney album kits we just added in the shop)!

Now back to the hop!  Your next stop is:  Kathy Skou

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Simple Stories Say Cheese & Enchanted Album Kits

Brand New in the Shop:  Simple Stories Say Cheese & Enchanted Album Kits
Shop Link:

These fun Disney-themed albums are available as DIY scrapbook kits OR pre made.   Are you going to Disney or have you been recently? 

Although you will take, or have already taken, many more photos than will fit in these Disney albums, these great scrapbooks are perfect for your favorite photos, character autographs, and other "special" mementos from your trip. They will hold 50 photos and have  2 pockets for collecting character autographs, tickets, or other memorabilia! The albums are the perfect size to carry with you to show co-workers, family and friends the fun you had on your trip!

The albums are 6x8 inches and have 30 pages (15 double-sided). There are 12 full 6x8 scrapbook pages, and lots of other photo pocket and journaling pages. The products used are made by Simple Stories and the pages all coordinate in traditional Disney or princess colors.

If you order the album pre-made, it will be shipped completely assembled and ready for photos or gift-giving. 

Do-It-Yourself Kit:
You can also order the albums as do-it-yourself kits!
The pre-cut scrapbook kits includes all of the materials and instructions to make these colorful albums! 

Included in each Kit:
6x8 Binder Album
Pre-cut pattern Paper and card stock
Plastic page protectors and photo pockets
Coordinating journaling cards
Chipboard Frames
Self-adhesive brads
Stitched tags
Full Color step-by-instructions

Tools & supplies you will need to complete these projects:
Paper trimmer and/or scissors
Adhesive -- wet and dry
Pop Dots or other dimensional adhesive
1/4" standard hole punch
Craft knife
Visit the Artsy Albums online shop today to see additional photos and to purchase your album or kit today!