I spend so much time figuring out how to make custom paper craft items that it never ceases to amaze me when I hear that people spend a ton of money on plain die cut images. The other week, I was showing my mother-in-law all the things she wouldn’t have to buy anymore if she had the Silhouette or a similar device. From titles to images cut in the perfect size and shape for her layout, she was really blown away by the idea that she could create her own titles and use it right away rather than waiting a week to receive an item after finding someone on etsy or ebay to customize it for her.
I know that the Silhouette software isn’t for everyone, but learning some of the most basic functions can save you so much money and create something very unique. For example, the card below is for one of my dearest friends. I’d created a mini-kit of papers and embellisgments and coordinated a color scheme for this card long before her special day. When I found the perfect font, I was able to whip this card up in less than 20 minutes from start to finish.
Inside the card, I mixed three different stamps from Mama Elephant and American Crafts.
I also used my homemade kit to create a custom gift box for her gift, which was a necklace. I love these bows and save them for special occasions. I love my Silhouette and I’m so happy I could introduce my MIL to it. Hopefully we can help her master basics that will help her customize her layouts AND save money!
on a tangent…
The ink for the “—THE BEST—” sentiment is Hero Arts’ new Ultra Pink. It’s my favorite ink pad from the entire Shadow line. I recently got some Epson Ultra-Premium paper and I can’t believe how different this ink will appear on different types of paper. The circle camera image and the “You+Me” bird were both stamped in the same ink but on different paper — the bird is on the Epson paper. The circle image is in a page protector but the color is just the same in real life. Isn’t that awesome?!
I can never quite figure out what to get little boys for gifts. I always joke with my friends that the first one of us who has a little girl is going to have a lot of Hello Kitty stationery because I’m pretty much going to buy a little girl every girly thing I wanted as a kid.
However, with boys, I don’t know. I actually didn’t get a lot of girly stuff as a kid – we got a lot of Lego sets and Gameboy games. But they all seemed generically cool to the 10 year old me – the distinctions between pirate or spaceship Lego sets was pretty much meaningless so long as I got Legos. So you can imagine my chagrin at discovering that some boys are horrified when someone (clueless me!) could so much as SUGGEST that they would like Star Wars Legos.
To top it off, most of my friends’ have kids that get just about every toy they want so that doesn’t leave Autie Peri with many options. Since I have already bought these kids a lot of my favorite books, I decided to do something a little different and create a memento. I got a scrapbook frame and used Studio Calico monthly kit papers and stamps to create this framed page. Jai’s Elmo-themed birthday party is next week and I figured this would be a cute way to capture some memories from his baby years.
I have two favorite parts to this layout. First, the Hero Arts Shadow Inks. This is the first time I’ve stamped tone-on-tone (the neutral color is called Sand) and I have to say I love it. Second, is the color scheme. When I first started pulling this together, everything was very primary color and very graphic. I’m really happy that I found a way to incorporate Elmo in a color scheme that I felt was more subtle but still really fun. I know that as a two year old he may not appreciate this gift too much now (that’s what the Elmo themed cupcakes are for!) but I think it will be a more enduring gift than the dump truck I was originally eyeing.
Close-up of the Sand Hero Arts Inkpad. I don’t know if the technique is actually called tone-on-tone – I’ve been reading so much scrapbook stuff this week that I might have made it up in a sleep-deprived haze or it might have come from someone else. Either way, I really like it.