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Gift giving and home decor projects

Greeting Card File Box Organizer

I have a confession – I make cards, but I’m not so good with actually sending them to people on time.  I have them all tossed into a big copier paper box and have to dig through them all to find the right one.

Well, its January – time to get organized right?

So I created this greeting card file box organizer as a digital cutting file.

Greeting Card File BoxThe file fits A2 (4.25″ by 5.5″) sized cards and envelopes.  The file has a little divider too – for even more organization.

Greeting card file box

And since I couldn’t decide on just one style, I had to make 2 different panel and label choices.  A girl has to have options!

Greeting Card File box previewIf you need organization too, you can purchase the digital file here.  I used the Midwinter Digital kit to make the panels.  I’m lucky because the kit matches my craft room so well!

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Canning jar gift packaging tutorial

I love canning jars.  I do actually use them to can (mainly tomatoes and applesauce) but I’d love them even if I didn’t can.  They are so sturdy and homey and practical.

I wanted to make some canning jar gifts this year, so of course I had to create a way to package them.

Canning Jar Cookie Mix

Cookie mix all packaged up cute

I called the collection I created “Love In a Jar” because that is kind of how I feel about homemade gifts.  They require a sacrifice of time, which seems to be our most precious commodity these days.

The collection includes templates, cutting files and some coordinating images.  I thought I’d share with you a little tutorial on how I use these kinds of products to make things.  Hopefully, you’ll find some helpful ideas here.

Here is the main product:  Love in a Jar Templates and Cutting files.

Love In a Jar Templates and Cutting Files

Looks like lots of pieces – but it all fits together – honest

There are so many pieces because I tried to give you lots of design options.  Each of the package styles have multiple label styles to pick and choose from.

Here is the coordinating stamp set.  All the the images are coordinated to fit the labels in the template kit – again with mix and match options.

Love in a Jar stamp set

These are only some of the images – there are 32 in all.

I tried to make this set as flexible as possible.  You can use just the cutting files – along with your traditional paper crafting supplies.

You can use the templates and stamp images along with your digital supplies to make packaging you simply print and cut out by hand.

Or you can combine the templates, stamp images and digital cutting files to create a hybrid project. That’s what I did to make my gifts, and I saved some screen shots along the way so I could share my particular process with you.

I start by opening the template I want in Photoshop and saving it with another name so I don’t overwrite my original. I choose the layers I want by turning the eyeballs on or off.  I also bring in any stamp images I might want to use by opening them and dragging them into the template.

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I change my mind a lot – so I don’t usually delete any unused layers right away.

When I’m making a hybrid project, I like to create a little shadow-y edge between 2 papers that I’m planning to print and not actually layer in real life.  I just think it gives it  a little definition.  Its not necessary, I just like it….  I have created a Photoshop action that I use to create the shadow layer with just one click.

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If you would like a copy of this action, you can download it here.

If you need more information on installing and running actions, you can get tons of great information from Charm Box Studios.  Charla has tutorials for installing actions here (She also has some great actions for photos, take a peek while you’re there).

So once I have the template I want, the stamps I want and my shadows made – then comes the fun part.  Adding the digital papers.  Just open a paper you want to try and drag it in above the shape you want to add it to.

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I love this because I can change my mind a hundred times and never waste a single scrap of paper!

Then hover your cursor on the line between the two layers and alt click to snap the paper into the shape.  You can move the paper around to include a certain portion, you can resize and rotate it too.

I love being able to scale papers smaller to get smaller patterns.

I love being able to scale papers smaller to get smaller patterns.

You can also clip solid papers into your stamp images.  This will give the images both color that matches the kit you are using and a paper-y texture.

Sometimes a small tone on tone pattern looks nice.

Sometimes a small tone on tone pattern looks nice.

I add any custom text I want – then I can clip a paper into that too.

Oh the fun you can have with fonts!

Oh the fun you can have with fonts!

Now I have my finished design (Yay – save that file!).  Its decision time.  You can just print what you have and cut it out by hand and you’re done.

But what if you want to use your digital cutter? I recommend trimming your image by going to edit – trim – then hit OK in the dialog box.  This will get rid of all the extra edge and make it much easier to move your project around in your cutting software.

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After you trim, save the item as a PNG file.  Then you can open your PNG in your digital cutting software, layer the digital cutting files on top and print and cut as many copies as you’d like.  (There are detailed instructions for this included with the cut files if you need them).

But here is the even more fun part….

I love that I can use any image I want from a digi kit to embellish my project.  For my Cookie Mix jar (way, way up there..) I wanted the bakery image from the City Sidewalks kit to decorate my jar.  I brought both the bakery and the popcorn tree into my project file so I could get the size right.  Then I moved them to a new document and trimmed them as saved them as a PNG as described above.

I opened the PNG in my Silhouette Studio software. I selected the trace window, chose the select trace area and drew the rectangle around my element.  Then I clicked off the high pass filter, set the threshold at 100%.

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I love that I can use digi-scrap elements in my projects

Then I just clicked trace outer edge to get a cut line around it.  Then I  group the image and cut line, copy it and add pate it into my print and cut for my project.

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Here are some of my projects made this way.  You can see that sometimes I just use cardstock for the base and digital supplies for the rest (I just shut the base off in the template).  I also like to use just parts of the templates to make more physical layers.  THere are cutting files for all the diferent layers included.

Hugs and Kisses Jar:

The base is cut from kraft cardstock, the papers and truck are from the City Sidewalks kit.  I cut the front and back tags as separate layers and added them with foam tape.  And added a flower and snowflake from my stash.

Hugs and Kisses Canning Jar gift

This quart jar held 2 packages of kisses with just a few left over to munch on

Homemade applesauce

This is the hang tag style.  I cut the label separate for this one too (it also used City Sidewalks papers).  I added a button tied with raffia.

Homemade applesauce gift tag

We have an apple tree so we make this every year – so yummy

Homegrown popcorn

This is the short version on a pint jar.  Also using City Sidewalks and cutting the front tag separately.  I added text instructions to the plain panel in the back.

Homegrown Popcorn canning jar gift

My kids love growing this – and the excitement of popping it

Cookie Mix

Also City Sidewalks papers and elements.  The base is cut from cardstock. and the bakery image is cut separately and popped up on foam tape.  I added directions to the back panel.

Canning Jar Cookie Mix

Cookie mix all packaged up cute

I hope you found some useful information in this tutorial. I really do enjoy combining my digital stash with my papercrafting stuff to make things.   I’d love to hear your tips and tricks for making gift packaging.

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Christmas Dreams Digital Craft Kit and a freebie!

I have a new kit out this week – Christmas Dreams.

Full digital kit with papers, elements and cutting files

Full digital kit with papers, elements and cutting files

I tried to repeat the mood and some of the motifs from the Christmas Labels stamps and cutting files so they would easily coordinate.  So the kit can be used for hybrid projects:

Gift card holders made by Donna using the Christmas Dreams Kit and the Gift Card Holder cutting files.

Gift card holders made by Donna using the Christmas Dreams Kit and the Gift Card Holder cutting files.

Calendar pages…

Photo calendar page made by Chloe

Photo calendar page made by Chloe

As well as scrapbooking….

Lovely scrapbook page by Corrin

Lovely scrapbook page by Corrin

And Cathy from the Scraps Of Life Blog made this beautiful Christmas Newsletter quick page for all of you.  Its in PNG format, so you can just add your own photos behind the empty spaces and add your own text in the blank area.  Just click the picture to download the freebie.

Quick Page Freebie made by Cathy

A few more projects to share….

Sweet Scrapbook page made by Deanna

Sweet Scrapbook page made by Deanna

Christmas Magic scrapbook page by Stefanie

Christmas Magic scrapbook page by Stefanie

Digital greeting card by Ria

Digital greeting card by Ria

Digital greeting card by Ria

Digital greeting card by Ria

Christmas Dreams is on sale for 30% off through Sunday.  Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

 

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Cowboys Chase Cowgirls Digital Crafting Bundle

If you are looking for the Digiscrap Parade post – its just below this one (or click here).

I had the wonderful pleasure of working with Danyale from Etc. by Danyale to create this “cowboy ” themed digital scrapbooking bundle.  She is so talented and inspirational – it was a blast!

cowboys chase cowgirls bundleIts really more than a digital scrapbooking kit because it includes all the items you might need to craft a marvelous child’s birthday party.

A Happy Birthday Banner – as a finished printable you just print and cut out, but also as a Photoshop template in case you want to create your own mix of papers.  There are digital cutting files included to make cutting even easier.

Happy Birthday Banner

full printable banner

printable banner detail

printable banner detail

A set of 3 different layered, themed cutting files – a cowboy hat, cowboy boot and sheriff badge inspired star.  Cut them large for room decor:

large wall decor

large wall decor

Or cut them small for decorating treat bags, napkin rings, cupcake pics or cups – or for creating name tags.

cut small for treat bag decoration and name tags

cut small for treat bag decoration and name tags

A “saddle bag” style favor box cutting file.  Just cut, fold and adhere to create a special little box of treats.

saddle bag style favor box

saddle bag style favor box

Danyale even created a set with blank party invites and thank you notes!

customizable invitations and thank you notes

customizable invitations and thank you notes

This weekend, along with the great bundle price you also get a set of free wordart – cool huh?

Free word art this weekend...

Free word art this weekend…

Here is a little Creative Team inspiration:

By Deanna

By Deanna

By Deanna

By Deanna

By Jamie

By Jamie

 

 

 

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New Christmas Labels and Tags Bundle

Why does it seem like time speeds up as soon as October gets here?  I can’t believe Christmas is right around the corner, but it is!

Created by Cathy D

Created by Cathy D

I created this new Christmas Labels Bundle to help me get ready for all the holiday gift giving.  Hopefully it can help you too.

christmas label craft bundle

The set includes Photoshop templates, digital cutting files and a series of 92 different stamps that coordinate with the tags.  The stamps are in both PNG format and as a Photoshop brush set.

Created by Donna

Created by Donna

I tried to create a variety of styles, designs and topics to meet all the needs: gift tags, packaging for homemade baked goods, greeting card sentiments or even focal images for cards.

It is very easy to alter the colors and designs using the templates and stamps together.  If you would like some tutorials, I have a couple on my you-tube channel:

Creating Label Images Using Photoshop Stamps

Preparing Labels for Cutting in a Silhouette Digital Die Cutter

Created by Ria

Created by Ria

Its Digital Scrapbooking weekend, so everything at the Digichick is 40% off – including this new set.  We also have a bunch of fun activities, so stop on by the forum.  We would love to meet you!

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