December 29th, 2014
I recently posted about my new Christmas mantel. I just wanted to quickly post about my process and putting up large vinyl graphics.
I prefer to cut vinyl with my Silhouette CAMEO because you don’t need to use a mat, and you can cut big rolls. I also used this great Silhouette roll feeder that helps feed large rolls of vinyl. It’s pretty awesome.
Silhouette Studio makes it super easy to set up your artwork. For this artwork, I used a font and typed out my words and then sized them to fit the width of my vinyl roll (9″). The final length was just under 10 feet.
I set up my matte black 9′ vinyl in the roll feeder, and fed it through the rollers. It’s important to make sure that your rollers are set to the width of your material. I recommend doing a test cut before you start any long cuts.
Once the vinyl is all cut, I removed all the excess vinyl, and then cut up my roll into three pieces.
Then I applied transfer paper over each of the phrases.
I set up a laser level to set up my baseline and centerline, and then, after removing the vinyl backer paper, placed my first (last) phrase up on the wall.
I rubbed the vinyl against the wall with a scraper to make it stick, and then carefully removed the transfer paper.
I repeated this step for the next two lines and ended up with a perfectly level large-scale vinyl graphic.
December 19th, 2014
Decorating for holidays is always harder in a new house. I love all my Christmas decor, but our new house has a more simple feel to it. So as I was brainstorming my mantel, I kept trying to distill it down to a clean and simple design. I just love how it turned out. It’s so striking in person. Simple, but makes a statement. literally.
I created the “Oh Come Let Us Adore Him” using Silhouette matte black vinyl and my Silhouette CAMEO and Silhouette’s really awesome Vinyl Roll Feeder which makes cutting big lengths of vinyl a breeze. .
I kept the decor simple by using a monochrome color pallet. White everything, with simple fresh greenery and black text. I made the same white village houses that I had made for my Christmas tree this year.
Simple white doily trees add a little variation to the simple skyline. And I made a few white garlands to layer over the white stockings.
All the textures and layers of white give the monochromatic scheme a lot of depth, and nothing competes with the gorgeous reclaimed wood fireplace surround.
I love how this mantel looks and feels in my house, and am excited for not having to think so hard next year!
December 5th, 2014
I love giving gifts, but between neighbors, and teachers, friends, and family, keeping all those gifts straight can get pretty stressful. So I created this Essential Gift Planner. There are two versions. The first has sections for neighbors, teachers, friends, family, and extended family. The second has a column for recipient and giver, perfect for inter-family gift organization.
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