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This Teacher Is Empowering Creative Students

March 23, 2017 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

It’s no secret that Cricut users are some of the best people on the planet. That’s why it’s been such a joy for us to turn the spotlight on some of our talented DIYers who’ve utilized their machines for a variety of good causes. Today, meet Special Education teacher Nancy Ross from Felix A. Williams Elementary in Stuart, Florida. She saw how well her students responded to “Make It Now” designs in Cricut Design Space and decided to involve them in the process. Their enthusiasm and resulting projects have gotten an A+ from the school, community and, most importantly, the kids themselves!

Nancy Ross in her own words….

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I teach Special Education to fourth and fifth graders, and their disabilities range from behavioral to academic. Most of them receive speech/language counseling and occupational therapy. This year, I got the idea of using the Cricut in the classroom in order to make incentives for positive behavior. I found sayings on “Make It Now” that I thought they would like and put them on clipboards around the room. They asked if they could personalize them, so I brought my Cricut into school and they began to learn how to use it. They had to measure items, fonts and images for placement and had to spell and use uppercase letters correctly. They began to ask if they could make items for friends and other teachers. When I replied that it all costs money, they came up with the idea of selling their handcrafted products.

 

School Project

 

With permission from the principal, we came up with a business plan, putting the “profit” towards their end-of-the-year field trip. (Most of my students could not otherwise afford this.) They took orders for customized items, and I bought the vinyl and brought in my Cricut on Fridays so they could craft. Tumbler and car decals were big hits. And, the students’ behavior has never been better. They love working on Fridays!

 

Teacher & Student

 

My advice for teachers is show your principal all the standards (math, technology and language arts, just to name a few) that you can incorporate in your lesson plans to justify using the Cricut. It built my students’ self-esteem and taught them social skills, like maintaining eye contact, handshakes for deals and money management. It also helped them think of others by making cards for shut-ins around the holidays and gifts for family members. The “Make It Now” projects have easy-to-follow instructions that help the students quickly comprehend the new technology.

See below for an article the local newspaper did on Nancy’s incredible group of students and their Cricut project!

 

Newspaper Article

 

You can also read more about her efforts here.

I have owned my Cricut for almost a year. I LOVE it! Family, friends and colleagues all think I’m a bit obsessed. Whenever they need something, they all say, “I bet Nancy can make that with her Cricut.” So far, that has included a clinic bulletin board, team t-shirts for parties and Literacy Week items. I create things using my iPad, iPhone and laptop, at home, school and while waiting almost anywhere. Facebook groups and the Cricut YouTube channel are my inspirations. They offer so many suggestions and make it so easy to do. I am a crafty person, but for so long I didn’t make anything. This awakened my spirit to start again, and I am hooked!

Nancy, your enthusiasm and passion for encouraging your students have done us a world of good. We look forward to seeing what these young DIYers create in the future!

Feeling inspired? Show us how you’ve used your Cricut for good with #CricutMade

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Meet the Makers: Rob & Bob

October 19, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

They’re the duo who fuses modern and vintage styles with playful sophistication: they’re Rob Blackard and Bob Beidleman, founders of the Rob & Bob Studio, and we’re thrilled to have them return to our Meet the Maker series. (If you missed our first post, you can check it out here). Continuing their mission of creating art that inspires, they showed us some of their recent favorite projects that share the common theme of incorporating fabulous fonts.

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Meet the Maker: Anna Griffin

September 21, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Since the launch of her remarkable brand in 1994, Anna Griffin has been revered by crafters and decorators across the globe. Her elegant style– instantly recognizable with its luxurious patterns and florals– makes all of her projects true works of art. We were delighted to catch up with our talented, long-term partner to learn about three of her favorite card projects and hear about the inspiration behind them. (If you didn’t get the chance to read our first Meet the Maker profile of Anna, please treat yourself and check it out here.)

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“Meet the Maker”: Lia Griffith – A Blooming Masterpiece

September 7, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

There’s an undeniable spark of imagination in the air whenever Lia Griffith is around. Witty, dynamic and terrifically inspirational, she knows how to envision the projects that take our breath away. Back in April, we had so much fun talking with her about Derby fashion in her Meet the Maker article. Now, we’re delighted that this busy lady took some time out of her schedule to tell us what she’s been doing since then. From DIY paper bridal bouquets to the re-release of her classic Cricut cartridge and chatting with Kathie Lee and Hoda, this amazing maker has us captivated by her incredible amount of creativity!

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Meet the Maker: Beth Kingston

August 17, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

She’s talented, bold, smart and so darned funny.  She’s Beth Kingston of Kingston Crafts, and we can’t get enough of her, which is why we were so thrilled when she agreed to return to our Meet the Maker series. (If you didn’t have the chance to read our introduction to Beth, check it out here: http://inspiration.cricut.com/meet-the-maker-beth-kingston/).

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“Meet the Maker”: Andrea Greco’s Summer Place

May 30, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

We featured this fabulous New York-based prop stylist and crafter in a recent Meet the Maker article. (If you didn’t have the chance to read it, check it out here. )

But her lavish creativity couldn’t be limited to one project, so we were delighted to have Andrea Greco return to share some of her favorite Cricut designs sure to make you feel like you’re seaside.

In this feature, she’s bringing her inspirational vision indoors with a nautical-themed décor project that she named after her favorite movie: A Summer Place. By incorporating seasonal icons into transformational DIY endeavors for the home, she shows us how to make the perfect summer setting… whether you hang your sunhat inside a sprawling beach estate or a tiny city apartment.

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“Meet the Maker”: Heidi Moore’s Designs for a Dream Wedding

May 26, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

As the wedding season fast approaches, we were thrilled to work with stationer, graphic designer and brand stylist Heidi Moore. Her company, the cleverly named idieh design (get it?), helps clients use design to celebrate their own stories and personalities rather than cling to the latest trends. Heidi spoke with us from her Scottsdale studio about her Whimsical Wedding pieces, and the conversation brightened our day. We hope the excerpts below will put a spring in your step, too!

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“Meet the Maker”: Andrea Greco’s
Party Place in the Sun

May 23, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

As the child of two super DIYers and party enthusiasts, Andrea Greco grew up with a love for crafting, cooking and all things party related. This creative upbringing served her well: her impressive background includes the Hollywood glamour of 20th Century Fox’s Licensing and Merchandising division. But after working there for seven years, the California native felt ready for change, and she made a huge one when she moved east to attend Parsons School of Design. While taking classes, she began assisting prop and set stylists on photo shoots of food and fashion, and it was then that Andrea discovered her true passion.

Since that time, her career has continually evolved. She works as a stylist on both film and photo shoots, and she also develops crafting DIY stories as a Contributing Editor for County Living Magazine. Andrea’s eye for beauty, artistic talent and all around fabulousness make her a valued partner here at Cricut. We were jazzed to speak with the witty New York-based Maker about some fun and unique ways to spend a summer afternoon (which, according to Henry James, are the two most beautiful words in the English language.)

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“Meet the Maker”: Natalie Malan – Watercolor Wedding Vows

May 20, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Natalie Malan’s graceful designs have been charming fans around the globe, and it’s no wonder: her watercolor images and fonts are perfect for celebrating life’s most special moments. She earned a BFA in illustration from BYU in 2003 and had an impressive career as a professional illustrator before making her own brand. She even worked at Cricut’s parent company, Provo Craft, for a while! As she is a mom of four small children, we were delighted to share some time from her busy schedule to talk about her most recent Watercolor Wedding Vows collection and where she draws her inspiration.

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“Meet the Maker”: Rob & Bob – O Happy Day

May 9, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Founded in 2002, the Rob & Bob Studio is the unique collaboration of artists and makers Rob Blackard and Bob Beidleman. With a mission of creating art designed to inspire, this duo is renowned for their exuberant pieces that seamlessly fuse modern and vintage styles with a playful sophistication. Their projects always bring a smile to our faces, so we were excited to find out more about their latest wedding stationary creations (O Happy Day!) and how the Cricut has influenced the way they design.

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