DIY Foiled Journal

#DidYouKnow that you can foil vinyl?

I LOVE my Heidi Swapp Minc. I know it’s been a while since I’ve talked about it, but it is such a cool accessory to have in your stash.

School started back in August and that means resuming my duties on the PTA board. To stay organized I designated a notebook just for my PTA meetings. Of course I needed a way to upscale it, so I pulled out my ScanNCut and my Minc. I cut the wording I wanted: PTA; 2016 – 2017 School Year; and Fun Committee (I’m also on the Fun Committee at work) out of scrap vinyl. It didn’t matter what color I used because I was going to foil it.


After cutting the vinyl don’t remove it from the backer just yet. I took the words and cut them so that they’d fit in the Minc carrier sheet. I picked my foil color (there are so many to choose from, but I thought blue would look good on the neon green notebook), and ran it through the Minc. Don’t forget the foil should be shiny side up.


After that it was as simple as picking up my shiny new letters with a transfer sheet and putting them on my notebook!


This is a great little trick. Just think, now you can put foiled letters, words, designs… anywhere! Just an FYI, if you dont have a Minc this could also easily be done with prepackaged foiled alphabet stickers. Honestly it definitely would have been quicker… but what’s the fun in that?!

Go forth and create!

Back to School – Lightbox Slides


I recently purchased a Heidi Swapp Lightbox from Michael’s. No, I didn’t use a 40% off coupon. What? Me? Not use a coupon? Nope… Because it was already 50% off in store! What?!?! Win/Win!

I’ve been watching the Lightbox for some time, but I couldn’t bring myself to spend $40 on something with a non-replaceable light bulb. Yep. You read that right. Once the lights burn out that’s it! But nonetheless, it’s a pretty cool accessory that I wanted, and for 1/2 off? Why not!

There are a bunch of accessories to go along with the Lightbox that you can take a look at here. If you choose to purchase, definitely look around. There are a couple of online stores (like Scrapbook.com) as well as Michael’s and JoAnn’s that have the accessories priced cheaper than they are on the American Crafts website.

School is starting next week (ah, where did summer go?!), so along with the “Class of …” t-shirt I talked about last week, I also take the mandatory “First Day of…” photos. I thought it would be fun to use the Lightbox this year, but there was no way I’d be able to fit the message I wanted on it. Cue the DIY music…

The slides you can purchase for the Lightbox are 12.5 x 3. I decided to use transparency film sheets  (you know, the ones the teachers used in class with the projector a LONGGGGGG time ago) for my DIY, but they were 8.5 x 11. This meant I wouldn’t be able to recreate the slides  exactly. I had to decide if I just wanted to go with a smaller size (11 x 3)* or if I wanted to cut each word individually and be able to space them out accordingly. In the end I decided to just do a full slide in a smaller size. (1) less pieces for me to keep up with, and (2) I figured I could use some of the cute icon slides to fill in the open space.

I pulled out my trusty Scan and Cut and cut the words, “First Day of” and “Last Day of” out of black vinyl. Of course you could use any color, but I just wanted mine to be pretty simple. I then transferred the vinyl to a transparency sheet laid out horizontally. I cut that down a three inch height. I was able to get both slides, “First Day of” and “Last Day of” out of my 12 x 12 piece of vinyl. Hey! Waste not, want not! I rounded the corners of the slides with my We R Memory Keepers 1-2-3 punch board to give it a finished look.  (It’s a great little tool that does a ton of things. I love this blog that showcases some of them). Rounding the corners could have been done with a lot of different tools, but I used what I had. (Note: The  1-2-3 punch board did NOT like the transparently sheets. I think the plastic kept getting stuck, so we won’t be doing that again.)

That’s about it! Now I need to figure out how to store these slides until the end of the school year!

Go forth and create!


*I had the hardest time trying to get my vinyl to be perfectly centered. In the future I plan to put the vinyl on the slide first, then cut it down to size. Instead of trying to line everything up on an 11 x 3 slide. 

 

 

Back to School – C/O 2028 Shirt

Raise your hand if you’re ready for school to start! Because I know I am! Honestly it’s not that big of a deal because I’m at work all day while the kids are at summer camp,┬ábut still…

Anyway, last year my baby started Kindergarten and I thought I would be fun to have some way to be able to watch him grow over the years. I saw a photo advertisement for a local photographer of a little kid in a t-shirt that read “Class of 2030”. I thought it was sooooo cute, so I headed over to Pinterest. Of course there were tons of similar ideas on there too. The plan is to take a photo of him in this shirt every year until his Senior year in high school.

Rather than try to find a shirt to purchase, I just decided to make it myself. I purchased a large white t-shirt (to give my kiddo lots of room to grow) and some black HTV (heat transfer vinyl). I wanted to make this as simple as possible. I created a file with the words CLASS of 2028 in ScanNCutCanvas then cut them out with my Scan N Cut. Don’t forgot to reverse the wording before printing it! You don’t want it on the shirt backwards!

It’s also important to remember with HTV is to make sure when you cut it you do not cut through the vinyl and the backing. You want what is called a “kiss cut”. So set your blade depth to 2 or 2.5. As long as you don’t remove your mat from the machine, you should be able to cut along the same lines with a deeper blade depth if the first cut didn’t do the job. Now if you do cut through the vinyl it’s not the end of the word… but it is going to make your job a bit more difficult.

Set your iron to a high setting with NO steam. After it’s nice and hot, place your vinyl on the shirt, letter facing down, put something over the vinyl (an old tshirt, pillowcase, usually whatever is in arms reach for me) and get to ironing! I hold it down for about 7-10 seconds for each area. After you’ve gone over the vinyl, give it a chance to cool, then run your hand over it to make sure you got everything transferred completely. And that’s it!

Go forth and create!