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Saturday, August 26, 2017

How to Make a Spinner Card

Hey everyone, quick walk through today on how to use this Spinner Card design space file (though the idea of the spinner card is not my own, I designed this file.)

Before you start cutting, let's take a look at what a spinner card is and does, so you can understand all the pieces you'll be cutting out.

The way the spinner works is you have two pennies sandwiched around a small foam circle, and assembled so that it spins along the track.

So go to the file and - feel free to use any colors of patterns you want in your final card of course, but I'm going to reference the colors so you know the material to cut them out of. You can use this with a Cricut Explore or a Cricut Maker, since you use Design Space with both machines. (Read here for a review of the Cricut Maker)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

DIY Flair Pin Display Banner

Make a Flair Pin Display banner out of felt with the Cricut Maker

Do you have an enamel pin collection? I didn't - until I went to the Cricut Make-a-Thon and we could earn all these adorable ones. I knew I wanted a just-as-cute way to show them off in my craft room. I also knew it would be the perfect simple project to use my Cricut Maker to cut the felt. 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Harry Potter Obsession Shirt

Harry Potter shirt DIY with Cricut vinyl

We have about 10 days til school starts up again, so we've been doing school clothes shopping. Whenever we came across cute blank shirts, I'd subtly remind the girls that we could add vinyl to any of them if they wanted to. We finally got around to that part of the project today, so they each brought me a couple of shirts that they wanted to put vinyl on. We decided to show you one of our favorite - and give you the SVG so you can make your own too if you want!

Monday, August 14, 2017

One Trick for Easier School Mornings

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It's almost back to school time! New clothes, organized supplies, and fresh resolve to keep up good routines. I've told you guys how I've been going to school online for the last couple of years to finish a degree in web design. Back in May I started an internship that has me out working full-time, which is new for our family. My husband works from home and can check in on the kids now and then as they get ready for school, but of course he's working, so most of the responsibility falls on them to make sure they are ready to go. I want to help them be as successful as possible of course, and we've discovered there's ONE thing we can do at night that makes a big difference the next morning.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Ready for School with Pilot G2 Pens

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Pilot G2 Pens have been my long-time favorite. Whether I'm making to-do lists, scheduling events on my calendar, or taking notes for my online classes. I'm getting close to graduation, but no quite there yet, so this fall my kids and I will be starting school together again. I wanted a way to keep my pens organized and accessible, and a way to organize my class assignments each week, so I've got a printable, and a cute pen cup DIY.

You can find the Pilot G2 10-packs (with bonus FriXion pen) in colored or black ink at Walmart, in the back to school section. Look for 4-packs of pens too. 

My favorite feature is the smooth writing gel ink that makes it the #1 selling pen brand in America. I'm not the only one who loves this premium brand! In addition to the option of colors, including metallics, there are 4 different point sizes, so you can customize the pen to exactly the look you like for your writing.

Here are the easy steps for making a gold pen holder.
  • Wrap a piece of washi tape around a small glass jar
  • Cover with gold spray paint
  • Remove tape when paint is dry
Now I can easily keep my pens right where I need them for scheduling my week and taking notes. 

I also wanted to share this printable I made for keeping track of my assignments each week. My classes are all online, but they are still very structured. I have due dates during the week for quizzes, discussion board posts, tasks, and assignments to turn in. Plus there are usually long-running projects that I need to pay attention to. I had been just handwriting out lists like this at the beginning of the week, but realized a printable would be a smarty way to do it.

This page lets me fill in my assignments each week for each class. If something like this would be useful for you, or a student in your life, please download it and print out some copies

How do you like to keep your weeks organized? Phone app? Printables? Planner? I'd love to hear about it! And don't forget your coupon when you go shopping.

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

What Does the Cricut Maker Do?

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I'm so excited to introduce you to the Cricut Maker! If you're wondering what how the Cricut Maker compares to the Cricut Explore machines, or why you should think about getting Cricut Maker, or what materials can the Cricut Maker cut, I hope this will answer some of your questions.