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It's CHA time! Which mean all the new craft products are being unveiled and will be hitting store shelves soon. -It's an exciting time of year for the arts and crafts industry, and I'm thankful to get to be a part of it.  

CHA 2016 - Anaheim Convention Center

 

I'm over at the Brother ScanNCut booth demoing the NEW ScanNCut2 machine...and they even blew up a photo of one of my projects display on the outside of my demo station.  :)
CHA 2016 - Brother ScanNCut Booth

 

The theme of our booth is a candy shop so we have lots of samples of delicious looking papercrafts, sewing, and embroidery candy...along with the real stuff of course. May Flaum created this little vignette with the help of her ScanNCut. 
CHA 2016 - May Flaum Candy Display Brother ScanNCut

 

As I was headed out the door to the show I whipped up a few of these adorable candy huggers from an SVG file Lia Griffith created, the lucky few that got them loved them! If you're looking for lots of great SVG files you've got to check her site out.

Lia Griffith Candy Huggers

 

Also during the show I've been whipping up this kirigami pattern because it reminds me of candy! Philip Chapman Bell created the PDF file and I've been cutting it out on my ScanNCut2 and then assembling them.  It's super fun!

Paper Candy made with ScanNCut

 After the show wraps up I'll be sure to post a follow up on any cool new products I come across while a the show!

 

Happy crafting!

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

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Playing with ScanNCut2

One of my favorite things I got to do this past year was go to the Brother's USA offices for a craft day to check out the new ScanNCut2 machine!

Brother USA

 

Messy craft desk

The ScanNCut2 has some great new upgrades...

  • Enhanced scanning - RGB Color recognition makes it easier to scan low contrasting color patterns and you are now able to scan up to 24"
  • Larger LCD display screen - it's 30% larger than prior models at 4.85" wide
  • Computer Connectivity - has two USB ports 
  • Wireless Network Ready - (my favorite upgrade!!) You can now transfer cut files wirelessly
  • and more!

 

After getting walked through all the new updates and changes on the new machine we got to work playing with them. I was really excited to try out the new Stamp Kit and see how the improved scanner worked.

Brother Designer's Craft Together
   Photo credit: Tina Zhen             

Ok, so for my project, I broke out my Plaid Fabric Creations Wood Block Printing Stamps, stamped each of the images I was going to use onto white paper and then scanned them into the machine and then had it cut out each of the designs so that I'd have a background stamp to use under the block print stamps.
DIY Bag using ScanNCut stamp kit + Fabric Creations Block Printing Stamps

Next I used a sponge to pounce the fabric paint onto the background stamp I created and stamped it onto my fabric.
DIY Bag using ScanNCut stamp kit + Fabric Creations Block Printing Stamps

After it dried I used the block printing stamp to stamp over the background stamp...I just eyeballed it and wasn't too concerned if it didn't line up exactly perfect.
DIY Bag using ScanNCut stamp kit + Fabric Creations Block Printing Stamps 

I kept going until the whole thing was complete. DIY Bag using ScanNCut stamp kit + Fabric Creations Block Printing Stamps

I'm totally loving this project!
DIY Bag using ScanNCut stamp kit + Fabric Creations Block Printing Stamps

And my colorful trash.  ;)
colorful trash

And, if you're wondering what the end of the day looks like at Brother...
Brother Mugs

 

Did you get a new ScanNCut2 for the holidays? How's it going? What have you made?

 

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

ERIN Sig


Comparing ScanNCut2 and Cricut Explore


SNC vs Cricut title

First off, prepare yourself, this is a long post!

Second, a bit of background on me: I’ve worked with both Provo Craft® (manufacturer of Cricut) and Brother (manufacturer of ScanNCut) as a designer and consultant, so yes – I’ve gotten machines and accessories from them and have been compensated by them both. This review, however, is based purely on my honest experience with using their current models and contains only my opinion and not either of the manufacturers. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer.

As a blogger, I get a lot of email and social media questions from you wonderful readers, and one of the topics that constantly comes up is which personal craft cutting machine to buy. I get it – it’s a big investment in not only the machine itself, but also in all of the accessories and materials you’ll be using with it. The advice is sometimes difficult to give. This is because people have such different workflows in their crafting process, in their comfort level with technology, and in the price point they want to stick with. In this review, I will try to point out the advantages and disadvantages regarding each of those points. Ultimately, however, you will know which machine will work best for you and your situation.

Now, I gave away my old Cricut Expression years ago, and so for this review (since I wanted it to be fair), I borrowed a friend of mine’s new Cricut Explore (with Bluetooth Adapter) so I could see the new changes to the Cricut machine.

Let’s start with the basics...

Size:

Cricut Explore - 24" x 9.5" x 9.5" inches and weighs 14.2 pounds

ScanNCut2 - 10.1" x 22.8" x 10.6" inches and weighs 9.9 pounds

Since I have been using my ScanNCut2 so much lately, I was actually shocked at how noticeably heavier the Cricut was when I lifted it out of the box. If you like to just craft at home and not take your machine with you, then this might not be an issue for you. But if you’re on the go or you have physical limitations, this is good information for you to know. The ScanNCut2 is also a little bit smaller as far as the footprint is concerned, but from viewing them on the same table – they look pretty similar in size. The Cricut does need more space overhead though since it has two doors that open (one up towards the ceiling that takes up 10" in height and another that opens to the front).

 

Comparison side by side

 

Set Up:

When setting up both of the machines, I didn’t use any instructions (because let’s be real, who really reads those?).

Cricut Explore - After I opened the box and took the machine and the cords out of the bag it comes in, I plugged everything in and then didn’t know what to do next until I opened the lid and saw the three steps sticker under the lid – 1: “Plug in”; 2: “Connect it to my computer with the included USB cord”; and then 3: “Go to the Cricut website to complete the set-up and walk through doing a project on the computer.” There is no display on the machine. Instead, it uses your computer screen or iPad® (once it’s linked via Bluetooth adapter, which is sold separately). I did like being walked through the first project, but since I like to create my own designs to cut out, I probably wouldn’t use their pre-made ones often (if at all). It also showed me how I needed to insert the pen correctly and how to use the “Smart Set Dial” to adjust the blade and pressure – it does it automatically for you if you select the correct material setting on the dial. While I’ve only used cardstock so far in the machine, I was impressed that it was able to cut varying thicknesses of this material using the same setting – and without cutting through the mat (although thicker cardstocks sometimes had a bit of fraying around the die cut).

Since I had created the card they had me do, I could now sync the machine to my computer or iPad®’s Bluetooth (via the Bluetooth adapter my friend had purchased separately). I’m not sure how I feel about being tied to a device in order to create or manipulate my designs. While I love, love, love my computer and iPad®, it sometimes ruins the groove I have going when I have to use it for my craft project. And once I lose momentum, the likelihood that I’ll actually finish my project grows smaller and smaller.

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ScanNCut2 - Once you unpack this machine (sorry, no bag included with this one, but you can purchase it separately) and turn it on, it tells you on the 4.85" LCD touch screen display (which, by the way, is 30% larger than the original ScanNCut) that it is going to adjust the machine and then gives you two options: “Pattern” or “Scan”. From “Pattern,” you can use one of the built-in designs (one that you have on your computer/USB drive/or a design you’ve loaded wirelessly onto the machine). Or, you can choose “Scan” and scan a design in. With either choice, you are led through other options to get you to cut out your design. For me, it’s been foolproof. (My nine-year old niece figured it out right away.)

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Internet Connectivity:

Cricut Explore - One big drawback of this machine is that you must be connected to the internet and computer/tablet to use the software. Any cartridges you bought for previous models of Cricut must be linked online to the machine. You can connect the Cricut to your computer with the included USB cable or purchase the Bluetooth adapter and connect it to your computer (if it has Bluetooth) or your iPad®. You also must be connected to the internet to buy designs from the Cricut Image Library.

Cricut - Blootooth Adapter

 

ScanNCut2 - No computer is needed! You can use it with the built-in designs, a USB stick drive with designs on it, or scan designs in from the on-board 300 DPI scanner. If you want to connect directly to your computer, you can use either a USB cable (not included) or the built-in wireless connection. Being able to send my designs wirelessly to my machine from my computer and iPad® has been my favorite upgrade that Brother has made to the ScanNCut!

SNC Wireless Option

  

Software:

Cricut Explore -  Uses Cricut Design Space™ online cloud based software, so it’s compatible with PC and Mac. There is also a free app for newer Apple devices.

Cricut Design

I found it pretty simple to use the software with my PC and their pre-designed images, although I was frustrated by not being able to cut out multiple designs (with multiple materials) on the same mat. I was used to doing this on my old Cricut Explore and ScanNCut, and it kinda makes me nutty having to load and unload my mat multiple times. If you die-hard Cricut users have any tips on how I can get around this, please let me know.

I could upload my own images to cut, but they needed to be digital and on my computer. This required me to stop crafting and go into my office, scan in my art on my 3-in-1 printer/scanner/copier, and then import that file into the software. The app has no capability (at this time) to upload files, but there is an interesting camera button that will allow you to audition the pre-made designs onto your project (although I found it hard to get the scale correct). From your computer, you can upload JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, SVG, and DXF files to cut.

 

ScanNCut2 -  Uses ScanNCutCanvas™ online cloud-based software, and is compatible with PC, Mac, and most tablets that use the same link (not an app).  

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If you’ve purchased the Rhinestone Kit, Sticker Kit, or Stamp Kit, you can use those premium features on both the computer and tablet. You can also send designs wirelessly with the ScanNCut “Transfer” option on both the computer and tablet as well.

I was able to import files (JPG, GIF, PNG, or BMP) from my tablet into the software to trace and convert to a FCM file (the file type that ScanNCut uses). From your computer, you can also import SVG, DXF, PES, PHC, and FCM files as well.

 

Storage:

Cricut ExploreAs I already mentioned, the Cricut Explore One comes with a storage bag. It’s nice for holding the cords but it’s not able to fit much more than that. And because it’s not padded, I’d be leery of actually using it for a carrying case if I was traveling with it.

Cricut - Storage Bag

 

The machine also come with some nifty hidden storage.

Cricut - Storage

 

ScanNCut2 -  You can purchase a rolling tote separately, but the machine doesn’t come with a storage bag. What it does have, however, is a handy spatula and pen holder behind the LCD display screen.

SNC - storage

 

Designs & Fonts:

Cricut Explore - The Cricut Image Library contains images for personal use only from Disney®, Pixar®, Anna Griffin® (and more), along with projects you can purchase. You can purchase individual designs or buy a subscription. If you’re not the designing type and want to quickly purchase a design (especially a licensed design), then you may be happy using it. You can also use your previously purchased cartridges with this machine by going into your Cricut account and linking the cartridges in order to be able to use those designs from your computer or Apple device. There are over 300 Cricut fonts available for use and you can also use the ones already installed on your computer. Also, you have the capability to import SVG and other popular cut file types and cut them out.

ScanNCut2 - The CM650 model comes with over 1,100 built-in designs and 15 built-in fonts. While the ScanNCut is a stand-alone machine (i.e., you don’t have to be connected to the internet), you can also download free projects from ScanNCutCanvas and the Brother ScanNCut website. And (of course), you can convert or scan in any design or font you want as well (obeying copyright law, of course). You are also able to import SVG and other popular cut file types and cut them out.

 

Cutting Your Own Design:

Being an artist and having a digital craft cutting machines, one of the functions I use the most is hand drawing and then cutting out my designs. I knew I had to try it out on both of these machines to see how the final cut out designs looked, as well as how easy it was to accomplish. Here’s a video of me at work:

 

 

Cricut Explore - First off, I had to calibrate my printer and Cricut (not my favorite job since my eyesight isn’t what it used to be). The rest of the process was pretty simple:

  • I had to scan in my hand-drawn flower in order to have a JPG file to upload into Cricut Design Space.

  • Once it was uploaded, I had to choose how I wanted the image converted: “Simple,” “Moderately Complex,” or “Complex.” I went with “Simple.”

  • Next, I cropped down the image to only the flower.

  • Then, I saved it as a “Print Then Cut” image.

  • Next, I selected that image and inserted it onto the mat.

  • I had to resize it now, since it imported it really small.

  • Then I clicked on the “Go” button in Cricut Design Space, which opened up the print options. I then clicked on “Go” to have it print out on my printer.

  • Once the image printed, I placed it onto my mat, loaded it into the machine, and hit the “Go” button so that it could be cut out. The machine first reads the registration marks that are on your printout, and then it cuts out your design.

Cricut - Print Then Cut

 

ScanNCut2 -  Since the ScanNCut has a built-in scanner, the steps were extra-simple:

  • I placed my hand-drawn flower onto my mat and clicked the “Scan” button.

  • I then pushed the “Direct Cut” button and “Start” for my design to get scanned in.

  • Once it was scanned, I cropped it, told it "ok" and then I pushed “Cut,” adjusted my blade depth for my cardstock, and hit the “Cut” and “Start” buttons.

ScanNCut Direct Cut

 

Scanning:

Cricut Explore - Scanning is not an option, but the machine does have an “eye” that will allow you to use their software to Print Then Cut out a design that is no larger than 5.5" x 8.5" and which must be done on white materials only.

 

ScanNCut2 - When you push the “Scan” button, you have three options. You can “Direct Cut,” which is the simple option for when you want to just scan and then cut out what’s on your mat without doing anything fancy to it. You can also “Scan-to-Cut Data,” which will allow you to save your design so that you can manipulate it and do fancy things to it. Or, you can scan it and save it to your USB stick drive or computer. (That last option is great if you are scanning home photos to save or share online, or for artwork that you want to play with on your computer before cutting.)

 

SNC Scanning Optioins

In “Scan-to-Cut Data” mode, the default limitation for the smallest image you can scan is 5mm. You have the option to adjust the image down to 1mm, and also scan it up to 12" x 24" from the on-board 300 dpi scanner with RGB color recognition. The new and improved scanner on the ScanNCut2 “sees” colors better than ever. As a result, I have found that scanning lower contrast designs is even easier than it was on my original ScanNCut.

Also, one of my absolute favorite features is the capability to add my design and then scan in whatever is on my mat. I can then move my design that’s on top of it on the LCD display screen for getting the perfect placement. This gives me the choice to either use up paper scraps or get the perfect part of my mixed media art cut out.

 

SNC - scanning scraps

  

Drawing:

Cricut Explore - You’re able to purchase a variety of pen sets, including a metallic set. (A pack of 5 pens costs about $13.) Since Cricut has changed the blade/pen holder so that they are now separate, you can draw and then cut, although your pen will be uncapped and might dry out during the cutting phase.

 

Cricut Pen Holder

 

ScanNCut2 - The CM650 model comes with 8 pens (2 of which are for fabric and are water or air soluble). If you have a different model of ScanNCut, you can purchase those pens, but I'd recommend just getting the ScanNCut Universal Pen Holder, which will hold most pens and writing implements (and is a bargain at about $20).
SNC Universal Pen Holder

 

Cutting:

Comparison -Blades

We all know that cutting machines create sound when they are operating. (In fact, when I first used another brand of cutting machine, my husband came running in to see if I was O.K. The machine sounded like a dying moose!) Well, thankfully these cutting machines are much quieter than that, with the Cricut Explore being the quieter of the two.

 

 

Cricut Explore- You use the “Smart Set Dial” to select the proper settings for the German carbide blade and the material you plan on cutting. Then, use the web-based software to “tell” the machine to cut out your design, and, when it's ready, push the “Go” button. The Cricut Explore One’s cutting range is from .25" to 23.5" and it can cut material up to 1mm thick with the standard blade. Less dense material (such as fun foam) can be cut if it is less than 2mm thick.

 

Cricut - Smart Dial

 

ScanNCut2 - You manually adjust the German carbide blade depth by screwing the blade cover on or off to the proper height. The advantage of this is that you can quickly fine-tune your test cuts to get clean (not jagged) cuts. You can adjust your pressure settings by pressing the “Wrench” icon on the LCD display screen. Then, when you’re ready to cut, just tap “Cut” on the LCD display screen and then press the “Start/Stop” button. The cutting range of ScanNCut2 is from 11.75" to 23.75". (I've been able to cut materials up to 2mm thick with the standard cutting blade.)

SNC Wrench Settings

 

Wrap up:

The new Cricut Explore (and the rest of the Cricut Explore family of machines) has come a long, long, long way from the old Cricut Expression! I really hated dealing with the cartridges. I could never find the design I wanted and I hated the fact that I couldn’t use my own designs without using third-party software (which Provo Craft® strongly frowns upon). If you are a longtime Cricut owner and have collected tons of cartridges (or are a big time Disney or other licensed character fan), then you clearly want to go with the Cricut Explore One, since that model will be most compatible with what you already own. Also, if you prefer to not create your own design and would rather purchase designs from the Cricut® Image Library, then you may prefer a Cricut.

 

For me, personally (being a artsy and techie girl who likes to mainly create my own designs or scan in fabric and scrapbook paper), I prefer to use the ScanNCut2 (even though I have a gazillion Cricut cartridges linked to my Cricut account). My favorite feature is being able to import files from my iPad® to my ScanNCut, and then send them to my machine – wirelessly! And as I've already mentioned, I love that I can scan in my scraps for perfect design placement, as well as being able to scan in my art, stamps, scrapbook paper (and more) and quickly cut them out – without having to break my crafty rhythm.

So, that’s my take on the two cutting machines! What do you like about them? Would you recommend one machine over the other, and if so – why?

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from them to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

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How To Make A Personalized iPad Sleeve Cover

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The holidays are approaching...do you need a great personalized gift for your favorite tech person? How about making them (or yourself!) a new iPad sleeve to protect one of their favorite toys?

Supplies:

 

Instructions:

Watch the step by step video to show you how to create your very own cover for your tablet:

 

To create the sleeve...

1.  Flip your placemat onto the backside and place an ipad on it so that it is about a half inch down from the top edge of the placemat. This will give the top of your iPad protection from getting scuffed up.

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2.  Fold up the bottom of the placemat about a half an inch away from the bottom of the iPad. This will allow you to have enough room to tuck in the edges and anchor it closed.
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3.  Cut about a half an inch away from the fold line.
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4. Fold in raw edges of placemat on both sides and iron.

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5.  Determine where to place your ribbon so that you can sew (or glue) it into place to be a closure for the sleeve and then sew (or glue) it into place.
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Title - iPad Sleeve

6.  Sew (or glue) the two sides of the placemat together to create the backside of the sleeve and use the ribbon to cover the seem. Sew (or glue) the bottom edge of the sleeve together as well.

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To create the monogram... 

7. Open ScanNCutCanvas and open a new project. Then click on the "image tracing" icon.

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8. Select the image you want to use. Change the tracing options to "color" and then click "ok".
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9. Once it's finished tracing it your image will be on your mat. Select the center, which will be the rhinestone part, and move it to the right side of the mat. Right-click on it and choose "Rhinestone Wizard".

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10. In the Rhinestone Wizard you have the options on how you want your rhinestones to be placed on the template your creating. Select your desired settings and then hit "ok".
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11.  The Rhinestone Wizard will do all the work for you!
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12. Next, you need to transfer your finished designs over to your ScanNCut2. This is one of my favorite features because it's such a time saver! With the original ScanNCut I would use a USB stick to do this same task.   I'd first title my project, click "download" and then insert the USB drive into my computer and save the .fcm file to it and then take it to the original ScanNCut and retrieve the file to use it there. 

But now I can just type in my file name and click the download button...
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and then it will ask me how I want to transfer the file to my ScanNCut2...I do it wirelessly.
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And that's it! 
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On my ScanNCut2 I just click on the wireless transfer button and there's my image!
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13. Once you've cut out your images take them off  your mat and over to your desk. The best way to easily separate the rhinestone template you just made from the backing is to quickly pull it off of the backing. Most of the holes should remain on the backing and you can poke out any remaining stragglers.
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Title - iPad Sleeve

14. Next, place your template onto the backing sheet in the box lid and pour on the rhinestones. Use the included brush to swirl the rhinestones around. The will automatically flip over and get into those holes!
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15.  Next use a transfer sheet to gently lift off the rhinestones so you can iron them onto your project.
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16. Figure out the placement for your iron-on vinyl letter outline and the rhinestone letter and iron them both on one at a time.
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And you're done!
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Such an inexpensive, easy, and cute gift to make!
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sponsor: Brother International 

Disclosure: I am a paid consultant for Brother International Corporation and have received a ScanNCut from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the product. 

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from this link it won't cost you a penny more but I make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony)

ERIN Sig


What To Do With Leftover Jewelry Resin?

So if you caught my blog post the other day, you saw I created a necklace pendant with Ice Resin...and if you watched the tutorial video closely you saw that I had leftover resin. Boo! Now if I wasn't making a tutorial I would have made up some other pendants or jewelry pieces with it, but time was ticking so I just made resin paper with it instead, and I didn't really plan on making a blog post out of it so you'll have to forgive my lack of step by step photos, but here's video of what I did:

Resin paper is just what it sounds like....paper coated with resin. In the past I've coated old ephemera letters, bookkeeper logs, sheet music, etc. and they come out really cool. This time I just grabbed what was on the top of my mixed media paper stash and it was modern tissue paper. 

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And because someone (or 100 someones will email me), yes my ScanNCut2 cut through it.  The paper is still very flexible, not thick or hard (I put the resin on sparingly). I would not recommend trying it on thicker coated papers since you could damage your blade or machine...when in doubt, don't! I did use the same settings on my ScanNCut2 to cut through the cardstock and the resin tissue paper.

I'm loving how transparent it turned out! And this is just with one side coated in resin...if I wanted to I could coat the other side as well now that it's dry...if I was feeling particularly patient. Which I almost never am when crafting LOL!

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Now to make this quick card I just cut out the built in Christmas tree design that's on my ScanNCut2 on a sheet of 8.5" x 5.5" white cardstock.

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Then I selected the image on my machine and clicked on the seam allowance/outline button so that it would add a border around the design before cutting it out.

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I then put my resin paper onto the mat, scanned it to make sure my design was cutting where I wanted it to and then cut out the tree on the resin paper using the same blade depth as I did with the cardstock (which was 3.5 for me).

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I then put tiny dots of glue around the tree on the inside of the card and then placed my resin paper tree onto it....now it's like a window on the front of my card.

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 I finished it off by stamping a sentiment onto it.

Resin Tissue Paper - Christmas Card 2

sponsor: Brother International 

Disclosure: I am a paid consultant for Brother International Corporation and have received a ScanNCut from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the product. 

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from this link it won't cost you a penny more but I make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony)

 

ERIN Sig


Personalized Acrylic Clipboard

It's back to school time!

Make this fun clipboard for yourself or kiss up to your new teacher by making them one!

My favorite thing about using clear acrylic clipboard is that you can create a design on the back side of them so the front side is smooth & usable!

Clipboard Title

 

Supplies:

 

Instructions:

If you're a visual learner, I made this video just for you!

 

  1. Use your photo editing program and any font you desire to create the text you want on your clipboard...save it as a .jpg. Open up ScanNCutCanvas and use the Image Tracing function to import and trace your text. Add other designs if desired and then save as an .fcm file onto your USB stick.

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  1. Pop your USB stick into your ScanNCut and retrieve your design. Flip the text so that when you apply it to the back side of your clipboard it will be readable. Cut out the design using vinyl.

  2. Weed out the vinyl to remove the negative area. Use transfer tape to transfer the vinyl onto the BACK side of your clipboard.

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  1. In a well ventilated area spray paint the backside of the clipboard making sure to be careful not to get any paint on the front side. Allow to dry as instructed in the manufacturer's instructions.

Spray paint clip board

  1. Remove the vinyl and allow to cure overnight.

Clipboard 2

  1. Decoupage mixed media papers (I used deli papers that I had created with my gelli plate) or patterned scrapbook paper, etc onto the back side of the clipboard. Allow to dry overnight.

Mixed media deli papers
Mixed media deli papers

  1. Tie a coordinating ribbon onto the clip.

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This clipboard is so fun to make and is long lasting so it will really hold up to being used daily!

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sponsor: Brother International 

Disclosure: I am a paid consultant for Brother International Corporation and have received a ScanNCut from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the product. 

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from this link it won't cost you a penny more but I make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony)

ERIN Sig


Tie-Dye Family T-shirts

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Do the kids need a fun summer project? Are you looking for a family reunion project? Then these colorful T-shirts are just what you're looking for!

Supplies:
ScanNCut machine and accessories
USB Flash Drive
Cousin.fcm cut file (free download HERE)
White T-shirts
Tie-Dyes (I used 3 colors: fuchsia, yellow, and turquoise)
Freezer Paper
Iron-on materials (I used flocked in royal, glitter in aqua, and hologram in black)
Gloves (your dye usually comes with some)
Craft Mat


Instructions:

Follow this video on how to create these shirts or read the instructions below.


1. Download the FREE ScanNCut file “Cousins.fcm"onto your USB drive and insert it into your ScanNCut.

Cousins dot fcm cut file



2. Cut circle design out of freezer paper.

  • To do that first tap on “patterns,” then “saved data,” and then the USB icon. Find the “Cousins.fcm” cut-file, select it, and then click “ok”. 
  • Next, click on the mat icon. On this screen you can delete the word layer and keep circle layer. Resize and move your circle if you need to and then hit “ok”.
  • Then hit “cut” and insert a mat loaded with a piece of freezer paper on it into the machine.
  • Adjust your blade to 1 and have it cut out your design. (NOTE: always do a test cut to determine the correct settings...mine may be different then yours depending on blade and mat usage.)
  • Once the design is cut out go ahead and unload the mat. You can now use your spatula to gently remove the freezer paper design from the mat. You want to be sure you take your time so you don't rip it.

Step 2 - cut circle

 

3. Iron freezer paper stencil onto T-shirt, waxy side down. Use a pressing cloth and set your iron to cotton without steam.

Step 3


4. Take another large piece of freezer paper and fold it in half with the waxy side out and place it inside your shirt to prevent the dye from seeping through the back side of the stencil.

Step 4 - block dye from seeping through
5. You're now ready to break out the dye!

  • Follow the manufacture's instructions for mixing up the dye and any safety precautions.
  • Wear gloves if you don't want to have colorful hands!
  • Dye your T-shirt! You'll see in the video that I try out a couple of different techniques. Play around and see what you like, most tie-dye kits come with enough dye to create numerous T-shirts.
  • (NOTE: I did not wet my shirts prior to dying them since I didn't want the dye to bleed too much.)
  • Using a brush to spread the dye around gives fairly crisp edges to your stenciled design.
  • Squeezing the dye around the stencil and then pushing it around with a brush allows the dye to bleed a little bit but still maintains the overall design.
  • Not using a freezer paper stencil and just squeezing dye in a circular pattern creates an unpredictable circle.

Step 5
Step 5


6. Wait the manufacture's instructed amount of time for the dye to work it's magic and then remove the freezer paper stencils, and then wash and dry the shirts per the instructions.
NOTE: I just let mine dry over night and then washed and dried them in the morning.
Also, to show the difference between using a freezer paper stencil & not using one, I created one extra shirt (pictured on the far right below) by just squeezing the dye onto the shirt in a circular pattern and I did not use a freezer paper stencil for it. You can see in the washed & dried shirts below how it bleeds much more then the stenciled shirts.

Step 6b

7. Choose which type and color of heat-applied material you want to use for the lettering and determine what size you're going to need it to be.

  • I used Glitter Flake Aqua, Hologram Black, and Flock Royal.

Step 7 -Heat Applied Materials

8. Place your heat-applied material onto the mat with the shiny side down, matte side up. You want to cut through the material but not through the clear plastic transfer sheet. This sheet is important since it will hold your design all together so you can easily position it onto your T-shirt and iron it on.

Step 8

9. Cut the word design out of your heat-applied materials.

  • Plug your USB drive into your ScanNCut, click on “patterns,” then “saved data,” then click on the USB icon and then choose the “Cousins.fcm” cut-file and then click “ok”.
  • Click on the “mat” icon. This time, select and delete the circle design.
  • Resize if needed and then click the “mirror” icon (it's the icon with the two triangles on it). Move the word design where you want it and then click “ok”. (You can double check that the writing has flipped to mirrored by clicking on the magnifying glass if you're nervous about it really being mirrored.) Keep clicking “ok” until you're at the cut screen.

Step 9

10. Change your machine settings and do a test cut.

  • You change the machine settings by clicking on the wrench icon, scrolling to page 2 and there you can adjust the cut speed and cut pressure. When set correctly perform a test cut and then when ready cut out the design.
  • Settings for heat-applied materials:

           Glitter – Blade: 4, Pressure: 4, Speed: 1

           Hologram – Blade: 2, Pressure: 2, Speed: 1

           Flocking – Blade: 4, Pressure: 4, Speed: 1

  • (NOTE: always do a test cut to determine the correct settings...mine may be different then yours depending on blade and mat usage.)

Step 10 -test cut

 

11. Weed out the negative parts of the heat-applied material.

  • Trim down your heat-applied material if needed, it makes it easier to weed out the design and you'll be able to use the leftovers later.
  • Be gentle! You don't want to rip your material.
  • Make sure you weed out the centers of letters.

Step 11

 

12. Place your heat-applied material onto your T-shirt and then iron it on.

  • Turn iron to the hottest setting an do not use steam.
  • Use a pressing cloth and keep the iron on it using pressure for 25-30 seconds. 
  • It's helpful to turn your T-shirt inside out and iron on the “wrong” side too.
  • After the design is cool completely, remove the clear plastic transfer sheet.

Step 12 shirt2 - glitter

And here's my finished shirts!

The one done with a freezer paper stencil with the dye brushed on & flocked letters:

Tshirt1 - flock
Tshirt1 - flock

The one done with a freezer paper stencil with the dye squeezed on & glitter letters:

  Tshirt2 - glitter
Tshirt2 - glitter

The one done with the dye squeezed on without a stencil & hologram letters:

  Tshirt3 - hologram
Tshirt3 - hologram

 

 

sponsor: Brother International 

Disclosure: I am a paid consultant for Brother International Corporation and have received a ScanNCut from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the product. 

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from this link it won't cost you a penny more but I make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony)

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The Documented Life Project - Featured Artist

Featured Artist

I'm honored to be this week's featured artist for Art to the 5th's the Documented Life Project 2015.

 

This weeks challenge is using ephemera: old maps, letters, tickets and more and the prompt is Life…with a history and it goes along perfectly with what's happening in my life this week...we're at the Lincoln Family Reunion! For those of you that don't know me in real life, my maiden name is Lincoln and I share an ancestor with Abraham Lincoln.

Erin Bassett - Art To The 5th - Lincoln 2

 

I created THIS VIDEO of the whole process I used to do these art journal pages:

 

 

 

The main steps I did were...

1. Use spray ink and stencils for the background.

Erin Bassett - Art To The 5th - Lincoln 13
Erin Bassett - Art To The 5th - Lincoln 13

 

2. Create my own Abraham Lincoln stencil using my ScanNCut & used it on my page.

Abraham Lincoln Stencil

Erin Bassett - Art To The 5th - Lincoln 11

 

3. Glued down some meaningful ephemera.

Erin Bassett - Art To The 5th - Lincoln 4
 

 

4. Journaling

Erin Bassett - Art To The 5th - Lincoln 15

Erin Bassett - Art To The 5th - Lincoln 6


5. Adding finishing touches with Faber-Castell Gelatos® and water soluble crayons.

Erin Bassett - Art To The 5th - Lincoln -1

 

If you're curious about my previous guest artist post for Art to the 5th check it out HERE.

You can find more info on Art to the 5th at: The Art to the 5th Academy and on Instagram: #documentedlife

 

Supplies

 

 

 

 

 

Brother Sewing ScanNCut Cutting Machine Draw CM250

 

Brother ScanNCut Standard Mat 12 x 12 inch

 

C-Thru Blank Stencil Material pack of 3 (9in x 12in)

 

DecoArt DASK279 Crafter's Acrylics Home Décor Brights Sample Pack

 

DecoArt DASK278 Crafter's Acrylics Primary Sample Pack

 

Designing W/Gelatos Colors Kit-

 

OHTO Fude 1.5mm Ballpoint Pen, Black (CFR-150FB-Black)

 

Ranger TCW-TIM-29687 Tim Holtz Adirondack Color Wash Dye Spray, Red Pepper, 2-Ounce

 

Tim Holtz -Set 1 - Blossom, Flourish, Lace, Wildflower & Valentine -

 

Reeves Water Soluble Wax Pastels, Set of 48

 

Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Layered Stencil, 4.125 by 8.5-Inch, Stars

 

Jenni Bowlin Studio - Bingo Place Cards - Whimsy

 

Metal File Tabs by Tim Holtz Idea-ology

disclosure: I am a paid consultant for Brother International Corporation and have received a ScanNCut from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the product.

Other sponsors: Deco Arts, Faber Castell...I receive products from both of these companies and the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from this link it won't cost you a penny more but I make a little bit of money to keep this site up and running (not enough for a pony).

 

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ScanNCut Father's Day Gift Idea

!ScanNCut - Dad Photo Frame - Title2Father's Day is approaching and it's time to rack your brain for a great gift idea that will show Dad how much you care.  Here's your step by step tutorial on how to create this great wooden photo mat using your ScanNCut.  Once it's finished you can just pop in some great photos of you and that special man in your life.

See the video of how to create this HERE:

Supplies:

 

Instructions:

Step 1 - Open up your photo editing program and type out the word "Dad" using Chunk Five EX font (or a font of your choice) on a 5" x 7" background.  Save your design as a .jpg.

Creating Design Step 1

Open up ScanNCutCanvas and click on "new" to open up a new project.  Next click on the leaf icon which opens up the Image Tracing screen.  Choose the file you just created and then click on "color" and "ok".  You can then add a 5"x7" rectangle around your word and then save your design as an .fcm file.

!ScanNCut - Creating Design Step 2

Step 2 - Insert the USB flash drive into your ScanNCut and then click on "Patterns," "Saved Data," and then the USB symbol.  Find your .fcm file and then click "ok". You can now attach your paper thin wood veneer to your mat, load it into your machine, and then cut out your design. 

The settings I used were: Blade = 5; Speed = 1; Pressure = 0....but you may need to use different settings.

!ScanNCut - Dad Photo Frame - Title2
Step 3 - Select and print the photos you'd like to use in the frame and then figure out how you want them placed.
ScanNCut - Dad Photo Frame - 1b Cut Text
I used a pencil to mark on my photos where I needed to trim them. 

!ScanNCut - Dad Photo Frame - Title2And then I cut just slightly inside that line so the mark didn't show and then adhered it to the wood mat with some archival adhesive.  You don't need a lot of adhesive since your photo will be sandwiched in the frame.
!ScanNCut - Dad Photo Frame - Title2Step 4 - Insert your wood mat into the frame so that it's centered.  You may want to place a little bit of adhesive on the back of the mat to hold it in place.
!ScanNCut - Dad Photo Frame - Title2Step 5 - Reassemble your mat, glass, and frame.
!ScanNCut - Dad Photo Frame - Title2And you're done! Dad is going to love it!
!ScanNCut - Dad Photo Frame - Title2

 

Sponsor: Brother International 

Disclosure: I am a paid consultant for Brother International Corporation and have received a ScanNCut from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the product. 

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from this link it won't cost you a penny more but I make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony)

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Mother's Day Paper Craft Ideas...Part 2

ScanNCut Mother's Day Gifts Title

Yesterday I shared with you how to create a paper gift basket, today let's make a little paper purse and some tiny note cards. These cute little note cards are great for gift tags or lunch box notes and will put a smile on Mom's face!

ScanNCut Mini Note Cards

 

Paper Purse with Mini Note Cards

 

Supplies Needed for the Purse & Cards:

 

You can check out how to create these in this video or follow along on the written tutorial below

Instructions for the Purse & Cards:

Step 1 – Open up USB #4 on your ScanNCut machine and select design #34, the purse.

Step 2 – Load your paper onto your mat, select the correct settings for your paper and cut out the design.

ScanNCut loading

Step 3 – Remove design from mat.

Step 4 – Fold on perforated lines.

ScanNCut purse1

Step 5 – Adhere paper as shown in the instructions that came with USB #4 (or watch the video above to see it in action).

ScanNCut purse2

Step 6 – Download the FREE mini card cut file onto your USB flash drive and open it up on your ScanNCut.

Step 7 – Load your mat with patterned paper and cut out as many of the mini cards as you desire. (You can fit 8 cards on one sheet of 12”x12” paper.)

Step 8 – Fold cards in half on perforated line and embellish as desired. I used a scalloped circle and a regular circle that fit the size of the heart stamp I was using...but you can use other designs as well.

ScanNCut Mini-Cards Cut & Fold ScanNCut Mini-Cards Stamping

Look how cute they are!!!
Handmade Mini Note Card and Purse Holder Paper Craft4

Check back tomorrow as I share one more Mother's Day craft...this one is perfect for the kids to do!!

 

 

Sponsor: Brother International

 

Disclosure: I am a paid consultant for Brother International Corporation and have received a ScanNCut from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the product. 

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from this link it won't cost you a penny more but I make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony)

 

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