Combine Photo Play Paper and Xyron to create these simple, yet stunning scrapbook pages. Use your Cricut Maker to add the perfect dimension to these already perfect papers.
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I love using the new Cricut Scoring Wheel so that’s exactly what I used to add dimension to these Paper Play papers. The line is Stuck On You and comes with coordinating ephemera. Ephemera usually ends up being my favorite part of any scrapbook line because it’s adding dimension and you don’t have to try hard. Photo Play Paper has a line for any occasion.
Begin by placing the quilted background of your Photo Play Stuck On You paper. I used the black and white cactus scrapbook paper for my background and a bold lime polka dot for the quilted background. Be sure to adhere it using your Xyron Mega Runner for a guaranteed stick. When using a scoring tool on these backgrounds, the best way to get a detailed scoreline is to fold the paper both ways. This will give you crisp lines and it will pop on your scrapbook page. After I framed the photo, I added the LOVE banner from the ephemera pack and placed it at the bottom of the page. These scrapbook pages are minimal, yet they are beautiful. These Photo Paper Play papers are perfect for that minimal look and then you can add your flair. Use the stickers to add dimension and some 3D foam dots for added lift. Using your electronic cutter really adds the pop you need and it shows that you can use minimal designed paper and add more dimension to your scrapbook page.
Photo Play Paper is a quality paper with a thicker feeling and sheen than other scrapbooking companies. I can’t wait to use more of their items to create projects for Christmas and other year-round holidays.
Create the most perfect tropical scrapbook page to remind you of that awesome beach vacation. Use your OttLite to its fullest advantage by getting all the details just right. This is a sponsored post brought to you by OttLite. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.
Every few years we travel to Tonga to visit my husbands family. While I love seeing them, it is nice to be able to come home from a long vacation. I want my children to be familiar with how my husband was raised and for them to know their other side of the family. I love being able to make scrapbook pages and save them in an album for them. This easy tropical scrapbook page was really easy to create and I’ll walk you through it.
This My Minds Eye Palm Beach collection is perfect for our tropical vacation photos and perfect for this tropical scrapbook page. I used pictures of my son shredding a fresh coconut and a picture of both my boys with their uncle and cousins roasting a pig. You know, normal tonga stuff 😉 I used my Cricut Maker with the new Scoring Wheel to create this 3D backdrop. It’s from the cartridge, Anna’s Scoring Wheel Tricks. I used my Xyron Mega Runner to adhere it to the background page. I absolutely used my LED Bluetooth® Speaker Lamp with USB OttLite to make sure that the positioning was straight. I used some 3D dots to make a riser from the background so that my larger chipboard sticker would adhere properly. I used more chipboard stickers to add some dimension to the outer edge of the tropical scrapbook page. The aloha was the perfect touch to their pictures to help bring out some of their Polynesian heritage.
My OttLite was perfect for this project because the bright LED lights helped me with the placement of the essentials and my eyes do not see well in the dark areas of my home. Most people don’t scrapbook under their stairs in their utility closet. I also love the fact that my hole under the stairs has a speaker of its own. My phone speaker easily gets drowned out by the sound of the sewing machine and I can charge my electronics at the same time as the USB charger.
Did you know that you can make your own stamps with your Cricut? I love that I made this custom wrapping paper using rubber that I cut using my Knife Blade. See how I did it below. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
Cricut stamps are blowing my mind lately. I’m so excited to be showing you this custom wrapping paper I made using the stamps that I made with my Cricut. Just add a fun gift tag to your present and you’ll never go back to store-bought wrapping paper again…maybe just a few times you’ll give in. 😉So I bought two different kinds of stamp material to try and cut with my Cricut Maker. I bought this 2.3mm thick rubber stamp material and I also bought the Brother Scan-N-Cut stamp sheets. I wanted to test it out on my Cricut Maker using my Knife Blade and the Deep Cut Blade that is available on the Cricut Explore and Cricut Maker.
With the thicker orange rubber material, I could only use my Cricut Maker and the Knife Blade to make these custom stamps. The material is just too thick and you need enough force that the Cricut Maker gives you so that you can cut that material. I made two different stamps, one that was very intricate and one that was simple. I used the setting of 6 oz. Tooling Leather and I would recommend 14-16 passes to get a crisp cut.The only problem that I found with this is that I’d have to buy more material to have it adhere to a wooden block to make the stamp actually useful. It is something called stamp cling material or something similar. Not too sure and I’m not going to worry about it at this time but if I was going to make a stamp that I wanted to keep forever, I would invest in that material.I cut the Brother Scan-N-Cut stamp sheets with my Cricut Maker using the Knife Blade and the Deep Cut Blade. They recommend leaving one of the protective sheets on while cutting but I found that this would get in the way of my blade.
I used the2-3 oz. Tooling Leather setting with both the Knife Blade and Deep Cut Blade to cut this stamp using my Cricut. The Knife Blade recommended 4 passes but I stopped it after two. I should have allowed it to do the four because in the corners it was still stuck and didn’t make a crisp stamp like I would have wanted it. When I cut the stamp material with the Deep Cut Blade, I used the same 2-3 oz. Tooling Leather setting. If you’re using the Cricut Explore, use your custom selection on your Smart Dial. It passed 3 times and was just what I needed.
Just some things I recommend when it comes to cutting stamps with your Cricut.
If you’re going to cut the orange stamp material, you have to use a Knife Blade with your Cricut Maker.
If you cut the orange stamp material, also cut some stamp cling foam and then you can adhere them to your acrylic blocks.
You can use the Deep Cut Blade to cut clear stamp material and adhere it to your acrylic stamps.
Remove the plastic lining on both sides of the clear stamp material to get a crisp cut.
Use water-based ink for the stamps to make them stay cleaner, longer.
To make the custom wrapping paper, just cut the size you need and stamp away. Allow the ink to dry before you wrap it up. I used colorful stamp pad colors for the background cars and then used some black ink for the outline.
These prize ribbons were really easy to make using my Cricut machine. These are perfect inexpensive teacher gifts. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
Here are some great ideas for a teacher appreciation gift using your Cricut.
To create this teacher Cricut prize ribbon, you’re only going to need a few supplies and no extra tools from your Cricut machine. Just use a pen and the machine along with adhesive and you have the perfect teacher appreciation gift made with your Cricut.
Open your Cricut Design Space file and cut you’ll need a coordinating Cricut pen to do the writing portion of the Cricut prize ribbon. I just used black for all of them but you can certainly change it up. I love how my Cricut cut these prize ribbons. I get a crisp cut every time I use my Cricut and it’s been the best investment I’ve made when it comes to Crafting.
Assembling this project was really easy. This has cut lines on the ribbon rather than score lines so you don’t need any additional Cricut tools to make this. Start by accordion folding your rosette of the prize ribbon. Use some scor-tape and attach the ends together. You’ll then be able to carefully press down the middle of the rosette and it will form right away. Use some hot glue and place some in the center of your Cricut prize ribbon rosette. Allow that to harden and then use either more hot glue or some scor-tape to attach the rest of your design. I used hot glue on the tails and on the first layer of the middle of the prize ribbon. I was able to use the scor-tape on the other parts of the rosette.
Attach a fun gift card to the prize ribbons or just give it straight to your teacher for a job well done.
Want to learn all the tips and tricks to Cricut’s Iron On Vinyl? I’m here to show you some pointers on how to get the best looking project. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
I am so excited to be teaching the reversed canvas class at the Cricut Make-A-Thon at the end of this month. It’s going to be filled with making great items and making great friends. For the reversed canvas class, we’re going to be using Cricut’s new Everyday Iron-On vinyl and I’ve been pleased with the results.
What’s the difference between Iron-On and HTV?
Absolutely nothing, they’re just called different names. Cricut uses the words Iron-On Vinyl so that people can easily differentiate between HTV and standard vinyl. Iron-On and HTV come in a variety of brands and styles so it’s important to choose a reputable seller.
Where can I buy reputable Iron-On Vinyl or HTV?
Most craft stores carry Cricut Iron-On Vinyl in store but their selection can vary. I love going online to Cricut.com and choose from a selection they have. They are phasing out their Iron-On Lite and transitioning to their Everyday Iron-On.
Expressions Vinyl is also a reputable seller that carries Siser and their own brand of HTV. I like their HTV and find it very similar to Cricut’s Iron-On Lite.
Happy Crafters is also one I like to use but I don’t order from them too often. I like them because I can buy shirts and HTV all in one place.
What is the difference between Cricut’s Iron-On Lite and Cricut’s Everyday Iron-On?
When I’ve used both, I notice that the weeding process is smoother on the new Cricut Everyday Iron-On. It seems to feel like it is a bit thicker so it doesn’t tear or stretch as easily.
Cricut’s Iron-On Lite leaves texture to know that you have a good stick. You can see the fibers of the material you’re pressing on through it. Since the Cricut Everyday Iron-On seems thicker, I haven’t been able to see the fibers like I have in the past.
Cricut Everyday Iron-On has the StrongBond guarantee and that right there has been a life changer. I’m able to do more active shirts because of the StrongBond grip and I feel more comfortable throwing it in the wash.
What temperature setting should I use with my Cricut Iron-On?
Cricut has a great guide to knowing what settings you should use. They have household iron settings and EasyPress settings. They also include a guide for if you have the EasyPress mat or you’re using a towel.
Siser is also a great resource. A lot of Iron-On or HTV have similar settings. The Cricut and Siser and the only guides I recommend using. Unless your HTV came with settings specifically for their HTV, use these other guides.
Do I need a heat press or the Cricut EasyPress?
The short answer is yes. If you’re going to make shirts that last, you’re going to want some kind of press. The EasyPress is perfect for someone starting out that does occasional shirts and doesn’t have space to house a large heat press.
If you’re going to be turning your craft into a business and have the room for a heat press, by all means, get one.
The EasyPress Mat is a perfect accessory for the EasyPress. Do not press on an ironing board or an uneven surface. I use my wood floor and the mat and it presses perfectly each time. If you use a surface that draws the heat out, your temperature on the EasyPress will drop. Your design will also lift because it didn’t get the same pressure on the entire design.
You can always use an iron, don’t feel like you can’t make something because you don’t have a press. Irons are just tricky because they don’t have even heating elements and you can easily burn your HTV.
How do I remove HTV or Iron-On from my materials?
If you’ve made a mistake, don’t fret. You can remove HTV but it is a painstaking process. Just place your heat directly onto your design and take some tweezers and pull it off. Go slow and you will be able to press another design.
You all know how much I love my Cricut, but I love my brother more. Create this DIY Military Countdown to count the days you have until you get to see your deployed family member. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
My brother was deployed this past May. While I miss my brother, I’m sure his wife and kids miss him more. I made this DIY military countdown for them to write in how many days he has left in his deployment. Make your own using your Cricut machine or any cutting machine.
Follow all the bloggers along as we create with Cricut Iron-On Vinyl and then at the end of this post, see how you can win your very own EasyPress and EasyPress Mat!
To start, open the Cricut Design Space file. The font I used is Acier BAT and it’s available through TypeKit. If you don’t have an Adobe account, go ahead and use a font you love. Select Make It and then be sure to mirror your image for Iron-On. Cut and weed your Iron-On and set it aside.I bought this box sign from a local shop called The Wood Connection. It was around $10 and worth every penny. I stained the outer frame with some Early American wood stain and then painted the interior with chalkboard paint.
When your frame has dried, go ahead and lay your Iron-On Vinyl on the chalkboard and press. The chalkboard paint melted when I placed the iron on top of the deisign so I just used the tip of the iron and pressed. It took arounf 5 minutes to get a good adherance to the board. Take off your carrier sheet and you’re done! This project is something I love and I can’t wait to see my nieces face when I give it to her. This military countdown is going to be something special for the next year.
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This Rainbow Book I made with my Cricut is perfect when using the Really Rainbows line from
Lawn Fawn and your Xyron adhesive. This post contains affiliate links. A small portion of your purchase comes back to me at no cost to you. Thank you for your support.
This rainbow book was so easy to make with the Lawn Fawn papers and my Cricut. Just use the Cricut Design Space file to create this mini rainbow book and some Xyron adhesive for the cloud.
Cut all your Lawn Fawn Really Rainbow papers for your book with your Cricut. You can use a Silhouette as well, I just don’t have one anymore so I don’t pull those files. Stack them all up in the order you want and secure with a ribbon of your choice. I had on hand this white taffeta ribbon so that is what I used to bind my book. Use your Xyron Disposable Sticker Maker and run the face of the cloud through. Adhere it on to your cut piece of pink cardstock and use some foam squares to adhere it to your book. Not lying, this was so easy and I love how it looks. It’s the perfect mini book to scrap some memories on or give it as a gift. Fill it with reminders and notes of encouragement so that when someone is down, they can read your words.
Do you love llamas? Are you obsessed with them enough to have a llama party? I’m going to show you how easy it is to create custom llama party items using some stamps from Newton’s Nook. Learn how to make this fun water bottle party tag below using your Cricut. Be sure to learn the giveaways below. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
Having a llama themed party can’t happen without some sort of enamel pin. I found these super cute pins at my local Hobby Lobby and attached them to the gift tags for a perfect llama party favor.
You’re going to begin by making these easy pom poms with this tool. You can easily use a piece of cardboard to make them but I like this tool because it comes in three different sizes. I used some DMC embroidery floss to make the pom poms but use what you have on hand. Be sure to leave a long tail so that you can tie them on the neck of the water bottle. Download the watercolor background and load it on to your Cricut mat. You’ll cut the bottom overlay shape out of this and then you’ll cut the water bottle party tag with your acetate. I’ve made the file in Cricut Design Space. If you have a Silhouette, you can easily find this shape in their store as well. Just be sure to add a small circle, about.1″, so that you can add your llama enamel pins to it. Use your Newton Nook Loveable Llamas stamp set and some black archival ink and stamp your designs on your overlay. Use your Xyron Mega Runner and attach the overlay to the acetate paper. The file includes a score line so fold it there and just put it over the cap of the water bottle. Use the pom poms and have the longer string tie around the neck of the water bottle. These water bottle party tags are perfect for your next llama party and the perfect llama party favor.