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Quick cards from those Printables

Sometimes I think that people don’t look at printables with an eye towards other uses.  I often mention ideas for using them, but I am really bad at SHOWING them.  So I thought I would take 20 minutes and quickly make a little trio of cards to show you how you can make use of them in other ways.

These two use the scrappy printables.  I hope you can see where the elements came from:

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And this one would have been better had I not BROKEN MY SECOND Grand Calibur embossing with a folder.  Grrr.  The Raspberry plate cracked, there was a CLUNK from inside the machine, and that was it.  I can hear something rattling around inside.  Honestly, I don’t know why I keep buying them.  I am NOT doing anything wrong,  I’m using the right plates and nothing they don’t SAY works, not super heavy-weight card even, but still….

This one uses one of the 3 x 4 toppers.

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I had no idea when I started the thread on UKS this AM about die-cutters that I would need the info so soon.

Not a great start to the week……

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Scrapbooking Printables for Halloween

As promised, here is a set of more scrappy printables for you, to coordinate with the PL ones I posted yesterday.

The set includes 6 circles (to fit the 2″ punch or a similar sized Nestie) three small rectangles that can be used as embellishments or as photo toppers, and two long 10.5 inch borders.

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A word about the set.  The photo toppers are meant to adorn a photo with a bit of space.  Here is my son on Halloween, many, MANY years ago.  I have no idea at this point why he looks so glum! But the colours fit so I’ve used the photo for the sample.  I think I’ve already scrapped better ones!

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I often use the small toppers I make along the 3″ side of a landscape photo and they still work well enough.  You could use them for treat bag toppers if you mount them on a larger piece that you fold over the bag top and staple.

This shot, that I took yesterday when it was actually LIGHT out, is misleading.  I was looking for a way to extend the 10.5 inch borders so they would cover a 12 x 12 inch sheet, so I added a smaller strip that you could mount beside, or overlapping, to take it to 12 inches.  In the end I didn’t like the way the subtle pattern of misty dots lined up (or didn’t) and the obvious break where the two pieces joined.  I think you can still use the smaller border effectively (and if you do so I would love to see your layout!)  so I added instead two more circles.  THOSE would work well in a number of ways – they could work for cards, they could be mounted on top of rosettes, they could go onto banner flags.  The centre circles don’t quite fit a smaller punch (I did try, and would maybe keep that in mind if I do future sets like this) but with Nestie circles (or dare I say scissors?) you should be able to cut just the centre section and make use of them that way.

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The original set was positioned so you had to trim off maybe 1/4 inch at the side for the punch to exactly punch the circles.  I’ve printed and tested the new set and certainly for A4 card the punch works with no trimming.  As US letter paper is wider and shorter that may not be the case, so just check the punch location and trim as needed.

Hope you enjoy them. As ever I would love to see a link in your comment to your own blog post that shows what you’ve done with them.


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Halloween Printables!

Well, now I have set aside my playing with the Cricut Mini and Craft Room, I thought I would have a play and make some Halloween Printables.  I’ve sized this set for Project Life, but hope to make a companion set of circles, maybe a border of some kind, or a photo strip embellishment, maybe journaling boxes too, although these have enough space to be able to use them for journaling boxes as well. I think.  Any suggestions or requests just comment and I’ll see what I can do.

The final of the National Chili cook-off is this weekend, so I have a bit to do to get DH prepped and ready, so I’m adding these without the photo of them cut.  You know the drill by now.  Round the corners to match your usual PL cards and they will be fine.

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Pumpkin printables for Halloween

I am deeply in to cleaning my space and doing some planning for UKS, but I am starting to see an interest in Halloween already – even my local grocery store magazine had pages of spooky party food recipes so I thought I would quickly make up some samples of a little printable I made.

The problem is that I never know exactly what others have to use.  I was STUNNED bu the number of people who commented or emailed me to say they didn’t have a circle punch!  I don’t think I could scrap without a 1″ circle punch, or indeed all sizes of circles, be that punches, dies, or circle cutters.  So when I was considering these I thought about how they would be useful to as many people as stumble across them.  I decided on a two-pronged approach – first, I did a sheet that has coloured ovals, in case people want to print and cut (or let the kids do so.)  Then I thought if I did then with just the text curves, they may not fit every oval punch or die, but there was a good chance they would work with a few of them.  The only oval cutter I have is the CM one, with the three little cutting pods.  I may be in the minority.  So I did a sheet of just the text curves.  I did them two ways – printing the curves on white cardstock then smudging on Distress Ink and printing on coloured cardstock (left and middle above – the right one is the coloured printable.)

You can play around with the placement, making your pumpkins fatter if you spread them out more, but I overlapped a bit and added a couple of punched leaf fronds and a stem.

Then I added foam squares to the middle oval and layered it on top.

The stem is just a strip  of brown cardstock cut on an angle.  They look fine without the foam, maybe a little less 3D, but if you wanted to make a load of them for treat bags or party invites, that would be faster for sure.

Have fun with them!