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Creative Spotlight: Kim Byers of Celebration Shoppe

January 26, 2017 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Kim Byers of Celebration Shoppe is one of those bloggers who always has the perfect project at the right time. Not only is she an inspiring maker, blogger, stylist, wife and mom, but she also finds time to design incredible Cricut cartridges and best-selling images. We’ve featured her here before (see that blog post) because she’s just that fabulous, but we wanted to check in again to see what she’s working on now. And, of course, she had some amazingly perfect project ideas ready to share with us for a jump-start on Teacher Appreciation Week (May 1-5) or anytime the mid-school-year crunch hits!

We’re curious about the journey of your blog. How did you get started on it, and what have you learned along the way about keeping it current with fabulous ideas?

I started my second career, designing paper goods, about eight years ago. As part of that process, my social media and blogging career was born. It was the best way to promote my designs in the marketplace. Since then, I’ve since fallen in love with blogging and with my readers. Blogging can be very personal and having great friends to take along on that journey is key. As for inspiration and keeping my articles current, I do watch the industry trends. However, I watch what is being discussed, liked and shared in my communities of paper goods, party and food even more. Those places are where you find the “next” industry trend. Those are the projects and ideas that real people are commenting on and reacting to.

We’re thrilled to be focusing on one of your DIY teacher gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week. Do you have a favorite teacher who made an impact on who you are today?

I had many amazing teachers growing up, and each influenced me in their own way to work hard and dream big for all the things I want out of life. Honestly though, it is my sons’ teachers and the teachers I’ve become friends with as an adult that make me want to go that extra mile throughout the school year. In addition to all the boys’ teachers, I have five friends who teach various ages and each has shared heartfelt stories about the day-to-day struggles and triumphs they encounter in the classroom. Teaching is a difficult career, one that requires a lot of passion, love and hard work. If I can do something small throughout the school year, not just during Teacher Appreciation Week, to encourage them, then I want to do that for them. The crafts in my Rule the School cartridge are easily personalized, too. There’s nothing like personalization to make someone feel extra special.

 

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This personalized tote bag designed by Kim is sweet enough to be used inside or out of the classroom. Filled with thoughtful treats, it’s an A+ gift for every deserving instructor. Find out how to make it here

We’re always intrigued about the inspiration behind a project like the one above. Can you tell us how it came about?

I noticed that my youngest son’s teacher was in need of a new tote so I used the apple and apple core designs in my Rule the School cartridge to make her a personalized glitter iron-on tote. I filled it with little bits of encouragement like the large red candies, coffee mug, post-it notes and a few other goodies.

What do you appreciate most about using a Cricut for a project like this?

My Cricut allowed me to take a seemingly ordinary gift--a bag of candy and a tote--and make it special and thoughtful. In just minutes, I was able to add my son’s teacher’s name to fabric and paper with one machine and a printer. The tote was only $4 and with less than a fourth of a roll of glitter and white iron-on, I made the tote for about $8. Buying a personalized tote would have cost me at least $20. I was then able to personalize and craft the other items in the tote as well. The entire project didn’t’ take long, and his teacher was so grateful for the thought and work that went into it.

What do you appreciate most about using a Cricut for a project like this?

My Cricut allowed me to take a seemingly ordinary gift--a bag of candy and a tote--and make it special and thoughtful. In just minutes, I was able to add my son’s teacher’s name to fabric and paper with one machine and a printer. The tote was only $4 and with less than a fourth of a roll of glitter and white iron-on, I made the tote for about $8. Buying a personalized tote would have cost me at least $20. I was then able to personalize and craft the other items in the tote as well. The entire project didn’t’ take long, and his teacher was so grateful for the thought and work that went into it.

Check out a few more projects that use Kim’s Rule the School cartridge….

This easy Print Then Cut tag can be used on nearly any kind of goodie and is extra fun because it’s personalized. Find it on Kim’s blog.

 

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Of course, we can’t forget the kids! This personalized DIY backpack is created with printable fabric. Discover how to make one for your favorite student here on Kim’s blog.

 

Kim Byers Project Image

Check out some of our other favorite school projects from Kim in Design Space here

What other projects are you working on now?

Right now, I’m designing some fun projects for Valentine’s Day. I love a great pun and it’s the perfect holiday for it! This year I’m designing some die-cut cards that should make the kids smile. In the old days, I would be cutting or punching out shapes for hours. Now, I can just load my designs to my Cricut Explore Air 2 and cut, or Print Then Cut, my designs in minutes!

Thanks, Kim! We love how easy you’ve made it to personalize items for the unique people in our lives. We can’t wait to see what you design next!

Check out Kim’s blog at blog.thecelebrationshoppe.com. Have you found happiness at the Celebration Shoppe? Show us by sharing on social #CricutMade!

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We’ve Got a Font Fetish

January 25, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Product Marketing Manager Cortney Haymond

One Font, Two Font, Red Font, Blue Font…

Okay, we all have that small secret thing that we obsess over. Something that we are constantly looking for or at. For instance, my husband’s is cars and car parts. For me, it’s fonts.

  • Small Fonts
  • Big Fonts
  • Plain Fonts
  • Fancy Fonts

I love them all. They each have their own personality and style. I can say the same thing several different ways depending on the font I use.

 

Hello Beautiful Font Image

See what I mean? You can say it softly, boldly, sassily, lovingly or many other ways. Hence why I am crazy about Cricut Design Space. No matter how I want to say something, they have a font to match and they are continually adding more.

Fabulous Fonts

My favorite fonts this month are:

  • Loop-Di-Loop, this one is kind of curly and sassy. It makes me think of ringlets and bubblegum (I never said it was a great combo, that’s just what I think of.)
  • Pen and Ink has a more sophisticated look. It seems like something you would use for special occasions or just because you want to be fancy.
  • Kyden reminds me of the handwriting I always wished I had and now I do. (Shh, don’t tell anyone. I just write everything via my Cricut.)
  • Confetti + Sprinkles is just downright crazy which is what makes it so awesome. It literally is a party in a font.

Last, but by no means least, our newest one…*Drumroll Please*

 

Neon Lights Font Image

Neon Lights is the newest addition to the Cricut Font Family and we couldn’t be happier. This boldly electric font is just the type of uniqueness you were looking for this New Year. But wait there’s more…

Neon Lights is the first in a long line of fonts that will be hitting Cricut Design Space this year. You will have to check back each month to see whether we have released one or many. All I can say right now is that they are going to be AMAZING!

Finding Fonts

I honestly can say I have never met a font I didn’t like, and that holds true for all of the Cricut fonts. One question I get asked a lot is “How do I change my fonts in Design Space?” I have got your answer right here.

It is actually pretty simple. After you have added your text by clicking “Add Text” on the left hand side of your screen, you will head over the right side and click edit.

 

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After you have clicked the edit tab (make sure your text is selected) you will see three drop down menus. The middle one has all the fonts your heart could desire.

 

Hello Beautiful Font Image 1

From there all you have to do is scroll through and select your favorite font.

 

Hello Beautiful Image 2

And there you have it. Pretty simple right?

Were any of my favorite fonts your favorite as well? I would love to hear what your favorite type of font is. Comment below and tell me how much of a font fetish you have.

Now go make something, you crazy craft animal you!

 

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DIY: Personalized Twists on Winter Gifts

January 16, 2017 • Contributor: The TomKat Studio

Just because the holidays are over doesn't mean you're done giving gifts. Whether your celebrating a person, an event, or just because... personalized gift wrap is the finishing touch to show someone you care. There's so much winter inspiration and one of our favorite designers at The TomKat Studio, Kim Stoegbauer, is showing us a modern take on gift wrap using Cricut. Check out how to make some amazing (and easy) DIY paper designs with The TomKat Studio's instructions below! 
All presents

Paper Tassel + Monogram Gift Wrap Embellishment

Find the Design Space link here: https://us.cricut.com/design/#/canvas/48912462 

Materials:

  • Cricut Explore Machine ™
  • Cricut Design Space Software™
  • 12" x 12" Standard Grip Cricut® Mat
  • Color Printer
  • Black Cardstock/White Cardstock
  • Narrow Ribbon
  • Glue Gun/Hot Glue

Prep: Open project in Cricut Design Space. Select letter(s) you would like to make tags for. Delete additional letters. 

Print then Cut: Follow the instructions in Design Space to print then cut letters. Follow instructions in Design Space to cut tassels. 

Assemble: Roll cut tassels and secure closed with hot glue. Then wrap ribbon around the tassel and secure with hot glue. Create a small ribbon loop and hot glue to the inside of the tassel.

Tassel + Monogram

Monogram Gift Wrap Embellishment

Find the Design Space link here: https://us.cricut.com/design/#/canvas/48927161

Materials:

  • Cricut Explore Machine ™
  • Cricut Design Space Software™
  • 12" x 12" Standard Grip Cricut® Mat
  • White Cardstock
  • Double-sided Tape Roller
  • Foam Dots

Prep: Open project in Cricut Design Space. Choose letters you would like to print/cut. Delete additional letters.

Print then Cut: Follow instructions in Design Space to print and cut letter(s). Then follow instructions to cut circles.   

Assemble: Use tape roller to attach the cutout letter to the white cardstock circle. To add dimension, use foam dots to attach the circle to the gift.  

Monogram Gift Wrap

Gold Paper Bow Gift Wrap Embellishment

Find the Design Space link here: https://us.cricut.com/design/#/canvas/48913287

Materials:

  • Cricut Explore Machine ™
  • Cricut Design Space Software™
  • 12" x 12" Standard Grip Cricut® Mat
  • Gold Glitter Cardstock
  • Hot Glue Gun

Prep: Open project in Cricut Design Space.

Cut: Follow instructions in Design Space to cut bows.

Assemble: Assemble bows and attach using hot glue.  

Gold Bow

Hexagon Gift Wrap Embellishments

Find the Design Space link here: https://us.cricut.com/design/#/canvas/48913180

Materials:

  • Cricut Explore Machine ™
  • Cricut Design Space Software™
  • 12" x 12" Standard Grip Cricut® Mat
  • Cricut Vinyl

Prep: Open project in Cricut Design Space.

Cut: Follow instructions in Design Space to cut vinyl.

Assemble: Peel vinyl hexagons and stick to gift wrap.  

Hexagon Gold Wrap
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In Case You Missed It – 2016 Round-Up – Part 1

December 28, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

How can 2017 possibly be over? Here at Cricut, we’ve been so busy creating all sorts of things that the time has flown by in the most amazing way possible. Since there was so much going on, we thought we’d take one last stroll down this year’s memory lane. Of course, it can’t all fit into one blog post, so stay tuned tomorrow as well!

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Personalized Planners

Ready, Set, New Year! Calendars for Everyone

December 26, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

We hope that your holidays have been both holly and jolly. And now, guess what? There are only five days left in this year! But that’s plenty of time for you to get a handle on all that you have scheduled for 2017. Now is the perfect opportunity to set up a calendar system for yourself and maybe even other members of yours family.  Below we have gathered some planners that we think are fabulous. Some you can make with your Cricut, some are obtained by whipping out your credit card, but all will help you face the New Year feeling in control and ready for the possibilities that lie ahead.

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10 Ways to Count Down the Hours

December 19, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Midnight on New Year’s Eve: it’s truly a magical moment… if you can stay awake for it. Below are 10 terrific ways to count down the hours until the clock strikes 12. Some are solitary activities, some are fun for the whole family and all are meaningful ways to spend your last hours of 2016.

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#SayItWithCricut – DIY Light Box with Cricut

December 13, 2016 • Contributor: Lemon Thistle

With the holidays fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking decor and how to best welcome all those guests you’re expecting! This DIY is such a fun way to take the standard lightbox which is right on trend and give it a personal touch- with hand lettering! There’s something that’s so personal about handlettering. It’s imperfectly charming and a fun alternative to the block letters that come in a lightbox kit. Mix them together to welcome guests by name or share a simple holiday phrase- the sky is the limit!

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Ring in the Year with a Bling!

November 12, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Get ready to razzle, dazzle and ring in 2017 with a bling! We can’t wait to let loose as the hours count down, and these sensational items are just the thing for a party to remember. With so much sparkle, who needs a dropping ball in Times Square to light up the night?

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Trend Watch: Drowning in Christmas Clutter?! Make Your House a Veritable Storyland By Creating Holiday Vignettes!

December 9, 2016 • Contributor: Andrea Greco

Christmas!!! Yay!!! Christmas!!! I love Christmas almost as much as I love my dog! (If you know me, you know that is saying something!) So you can imagine, as a person whose life revolves around decorating and crafting, I’ve got some problems. My first impulse is to spaz out and decorate every square inch of my apartment. I want to hang every ornament and bauble I’ve collected since I could utter the word “Santa.”  How do I incorporate the many holiday treasures I’ve amassed over the years without looking like the Mayor of Christmas Crazytown? I’ve found the answer: Vignettes. What’s a vignette? According to Google, a vignette is “a brief evocative description, account, or episode.” Basically, it’s a little story. I like to make little stories all over my home. I have collections of deer, ornaments, elves, beads, garland, bottle brush trees, lights and more. All together, these could be a giant mess. When put together as scenes and collections, my ornaments go from looking like cluttered and junky chaos to artful and thoughtful displays. Well executed vignettes can help your Christmas décor look festive, but contained. The key to a successful vignette is the proper container. When they are contained, they are neat and move-able. Nothing is more frustrating than laboring over a lovely table arrangement only to have to move it because you need space to wrap presents or do crafts or eat dinner or play Yahtzee. I’m going to tell you my three favorite ways to contain a vignette and show my top picks from some of my favorite Pinterest Pinners. Take a look and get inspired to create beautiful Christmas stories with your own holiday treasures.

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