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Spotlight on the Crafter: Lydia Nordhoff of Lydi Out Loud

January 19, 2017 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Know someone whose excitement for crafting always makes you want to sit down and try something new? For us, that’s Lydia Nordhoff of Lydi Out Loud. Her blog is just filled with fun, fresh ideas to try out, from Cricut creations to crowd-pleasing recipes. We sat down with her for a quick chat about the motivation behind her site.
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What inspired you to start your blog?

Before I started my blog I felt like I had lost my creativity. I’ve always loved to create but was working so many hours for my job that I hadn’t made time to do so. I started the blog as a way to hold myself accountable to uncovering and nurturing my creative side. Honestly, I was terrified that I wouldn’t be able to find that part of myself after ignoring it for so long, but it will still under there.

How has your Cricut machine changed your crafting?

My Cricut has not only changed my crafting, but my gift giving, my decorating and even my parties! It’s completely changed my approach to creating; any random found object has the potential to become a Cricut project. I also love how accessible crafting with Cricut is for any level crafter. It’s crafting meets lifestyle. See Lydia's craft workspace in the header! 

What is your favorite feature to use on your Cricut?

Hmm, that’s tough! It’s like asking me to pick a favorite child. Since I just did it, I’ll go with Print then Cut. I’ve been using that feature to make stickers and created some fun luggage tags with printable vinyl.

Are there any trends in the world of DIY that you are particularly excited about?

I’m loving the planner trend and all of the fun DIY planner accessories. I’ve always been a paper planner lover; I mean is there anything more satisfying than physically checking something off of a to-do list? I think not.

What are you working on right now?

I always seem to have two or three things I’m working on, but one of my favorites right now is planner clips I’m making with Cricut poster board. I also just made the football favor boxes on Design Space® for a party, and they are so cute!

These favor boxes are sure to score big at Super Bowl parties. Designed to look like their favorite pigskin, they’re easy to make with a quick run over to Design Space!

Lydia’s came out amazing! She’s a huge Buckeye fan, but her game day ideas work for any team out there. Check out her blog post, including the favor boxes, here

Thanks so much for chatting with us, Lydia! We can’t wait to see what you come up with in 2017.

Do you love following Lydia, too? Show us your Lydia-inspired creation at #CricutMade!

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Spotlight: Quick Project with Damask Love

January 12, 2017 • Contributor: Amber from Damask Love

Sometimes we need a little encouragement, right?! Today I’m here sharing an exclusive project that will encourage you to grab your Cricut Explore Gold and make a simple, inspirational piece of art that is perfect for your workspace. 
My favorite part of this project is that it uses vinyl! Cricut vinyl comes in a ton of colors including metallics. For many projects, I find that vinyl is easier to work with than paper. It’s durable and self-adhesive which means I can save my precious tape runner for another time.
The modern look of this project comes thanks to two of the exclusive images available with your Cricut Explore Gold. I’ve already done the hard work for you by designing the project – you just have to follow a few simple instructions. Here we go!

Supplies:

  • Cricut vinyl in Gold Metallic and Black
  • Cricut Transfer Adhesive
  • Walnut Hollow Basswood Canvas – available at Joann’s online 

Instructions:

  1. Use THIS Design Space Make It Now project
  2. Cut the Mountain image from gold vinyl.
  3. Use Transfer Adhesive to apply the Mountain image directly to the basswood canvas
  4. Cut “Bold, Brave, Beautiful” from black vinyl and use transfer adhesive to apply it directly onto the canvas – on top of the mountain image.

How easy was that?! Crafting with your Cricut Explore Gold couldn’t be simpler, so get to it! Enjoy.

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Tips & Tricks: Using Cricut Metallic Iron-on

January 10, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Project Designer Meagan Patterson

Metallic iron-on can be really tricky to use and nothing is more frustrating than having your perfectly designed project ruined as you carefully peel away that protective plastic! So I am here to walk you through the tricks that I use to avoid that wrinkled look.
First you’ll choose the project you’d like to create. I chose the Lord and Lady pillows used at a Victorian inspired wedding reception. You can find this amazing design on Design Space HERE!

Next, be sure that you lay the SHINY side down of your Cricut Metallic Iron-on (I used it in Espresso). 

Once your design is cut it’s time to remove all the excess iron-on. Sometimes, separating the two layers at the corner can be tricky so I opt for using my Cricut Weeding Tool to puncture the top layer and then pull up the corner to start the process of weeding.

TIP: Feel free to be as rough as you’d like as you remove the iron-on! It’s pretty hardy stuff and is a great way to get out any of that pent up energy.

Intricate projects can be a little confusing on what part of the design needs to stay and what part needs to go so I have a process that I use. It goes like this: Out. In. Out. Another way to remember is Remove. Keep. Remove. You just repeat this process until your entire project is weeded!

The prep is probably one of the most important steps.  Heat up your iron to the “wool” setting or if your iron is labeled with numbers instead of textiles I use the setting in-between 4 and 5. You then need to heat the area where the iron-on design will be placed.

When the design is correctly situated, lay your press cloth over and begin pressing. AVOID moving iron back and forth or in a circular motion. Simply press and hold iron in one spot for around 20 seconds, lift iron and move on to the next area. Repeat this process until entire image is pressed.

TIP: It is also a good idea to flip the project over and heat the area from the back. I feel that this helps the iron-on to last longer.

After the entire area has cooled COMPLETELY, test a corner to make sure the iron-on has adhered properly. If it starts to lift with the plastic, replace and return to previous steps until you are able to easily lift the plastic from your project.

Patience really pays off when it comes to using metallic iron-on. Not only will your projects look professionally done but also you will feel proud of the creation you produced! Now go make it and tell us what you think of this tutorial in the comments! 

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Tutorial: Organize with These Adorable DIY Laundry Bags

January 9, 2017 • Contributor: Pretty Providence

I'm Sarah from Pretty Providence and I'm so excited to be sharing my new laundry organization with you today. I really needed a space-saving solution for sorting the laundry in my bedroom. Regular hampers were taking up too much space and I didn't like how they looked either! I fell in love with these bags a few months ago and I love having them hung up on the wall, taking up very little space and looking super pretty with the hand-lettered labels!

Here is what you'll need to make your own laundry station like mine! (Everything is linked!)

To label the bags, download these designs to your computer. To do so, just open the link and save to your desktop.

You can also use any font in in Cricut's Design Space. Either way, once you are ready to cut - upload your design into Cricut Design Space. Choose ‘upload image’ then ‘simple image’, ‘cut only’, then ‘insert’. Then you can size it to fit your laundry bags.
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Last step: remember to check the box that sets your machine to cut REVERSE for iron-on designs!

Make sure to lay your vinyl shiny side DOWN on your cutting mat as well before you cut. When it’s cut, weed it out and iron it onto your bags. Peel back the backing after the vinyl is cool to the touch.

Once your bags are all ready to use, hang wall hooks for your bags to hang on. TA DA!