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 1st, 2014
For the Michaels Makers Challenge this month, I was asked to make a creative gift and custom gift-wrap.
For my gift, I decided to create some sewn journals. These are an easy and inexpensive gift, and they also make great stocking stuffers.
I ended up making 5 journals for this gift, but a set of 3 is pretty standard, or just one with a ribbon and a pen is still a great gift.
Paper Pad (the one I used is only $5 today! And you can make up to 48 Journals with it!)
Basic Sewing Machine
Step 1: Cut your cover to size. I used full-sized letter paper (8.5×11) and placed it on a 12×12 sheet of paper that I had cut down to 8.5″ leaving the width 12″. I used 12 sheets of paper – this will create 24 papers, and 48 pages (back and front).
Step 2: Fold and sew. The way that I do this is to fold the cover sheet ONLY, crease the fold and then unfold. This gives you a guide for sewing. Then place the papers centered on the fold, and sew up the middle.
The end result will look like this.
Step 3: Use a bone folder to crease the spine. I can’t think of a single tool that does this job as well as a bone folder. I’ve had this one since my bookbinding days at college. Definitely a great investment!
Step 4: Trim. Once your spine is folded. You’ll need to use a NEW xacto blade to trim ALL of the edges. Place your straight edge firmly where you want to cut, and then use the xacto knife with medium force to slice through all your pages. You may need to cut more than once, thats okay. Better to cut a few times with medium force, than to hit it with full force and ruin the edge.
Trim the top, bottom, and side for a perfectly-edged journal.
Step 5: Repeat for as many journals as you want to make!
For the wrapping part of this project, I wanted to create a box that perfectly fit the journals. I did this by hand, but you could use a Cricut Explore (that cuts and scores in the same pass!).
Ad tech Permanent Glue Runner
Ad tech Hi Temp Glue Gun
Step 1: Measure your journals to get the finished size of the box. Mine was 8″ x 5″. Then add on the height of the stack of journals. Mine was about 1″. You’ll have to add the height measurement to each side of your original rectangle. Then if you desire, you can add another .5″ to fold back over so that you don’t have raw edges on the final box.
Step 2: Use a bone folder to score all of these folds. Then use scissors (or xacto knife) to trim around edges, and cut out flaps like this:
Step 3: Fold box along all score marks, glue tabs with a glue runner, and then glue the flaps and fold into place.
Step 4: Cut a cigar band to hold the journals together, and tie a ribbon around them. Then place inside the box.
Step 5: Measure the size of the top of the box using the bottom of the box as a guide. Add about 1/8″ total for the top to fit on the bottom. Cut glitter card stock and score.
Step 6: Cut flaps, fold all scores, and use a hot glue gun to glue flaps in place.
Step 7: Put top box onto bottom box, and tie with ribbon, and embellish with ribbons, wood veneer tags, and a stem.
Check out the other Michaels Makers this month:
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