this+that: halloween … break it down

I’m glad you are all enjoying this kit! It’s been soooo much fun to make. Okay, so maybe frustrations have occurred, but that’s more because I need a new computer. Where’s my new Mac? ;)

Okay, so due to my current methods of distribution along with the magnitude of this kit, I’ve had to make some alternate file-saving choices so I can still e-mail the files to you once you’ve purchased the kit. You will be getting two e-mails with attachments for this kit. The one file has the composite PNG files (explained below) and the other file has everything else. Both files still come in zipped format, so use something like WinZip or Stuffit to extract/open the zipped file.

Normally my kits consist of SVG/DXF/JPG/PNG. This kit will have no JPGs, just PNGs. Also, I needed to keep the file size trimmed by NOT including the printable items as a Print & Cut for Silhouette. Sorry. But almost all of the printables are straight cuts anyway, and those that aren’t I made sure would be easy to cut. So all is well.

Here’s what you get:

  • Three printable composite files in PNG format only. These composite filenames start with “tt” to indicate the “This & That” project.
  • One composite file of the cuttable shapes. This composite filename also starts with “tt”.
  • Individual cuttable files named according to their style of shape for easier sorting. These files are made for all uses and are not sized and trimmed for the 7gypsies tray.
  •  The same cuttable shapes as PNG files (no JPGs) for all you digital scrappers.

Due to file size issues, there are no individual files for the printable images with the exception of the ones that aren’t a full image (e.g., “Witches’ Brew”). You can use the Crop tool in your photo editing software with the composite images if you want to use the pieces individually.

The three printable composite files look like this. These files you print on your printer and trim using a paper trimmer or scissors as needed. Most of these are the background pieces for the slots of the 7gypsies tray. In case you need to double-check the sizes, the Print1 file is 7.15″ wide, the Print2 is 6.85″ wide and the Print3 is 6.14″ wide.

The cuttable composite file looks like this, but not in color. This is the file you use with your cutter (Silhouette, Cricut, Wishblade, etc.) to cut your cardstock pieces and layer with the pieces above in your 7gypsies tray.

[Look HERE in yesterday’s for the “all done up” version]

All these pieces–which are again, sized and trimmed perfectly for the tray–are separated into the appropriate cardstock colors. This is how you will see it when you pull it up (sans color) into your cutter software. All you need to do is move the unneeded shapes out of the cutting area and cut.

If you are using SCAL/MTC, sometimes the program adjusts the size of the image. Make sure this file has a width of 7.334″.

I would also recommend double cutting your images by simply copying and pasting the image on top of itself in your cutting software. That way you can be assured a clean cut on these small images. I double cut all the time. Another handy trick would be to use vinyl. It cuts nicely, plus you don’t need adhesive. Just a thought.

These two image examples are also included in your download for your viewing reference ( . .  .Rhadonda ;) ).

Now for just a side note–a little “behind my scenes”, if you will. I didn’t want to go to all the efforts (and money) involved in creating an actual store for my downloads if this wasn’t something that was going to work out. But it appears there are a lot of fans out there and I do see it growing, so I will be looking into store options very soon to make it easier for all of us . . . especially now that I will be making these ginormous kits each month(ish). :)

Thank you all for your amazing support!

2018-03-02T18:34:05+00:00September 18th, 2010|this and that|36 Comments


  1. Issy September 18, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Thanks for the explanatory notes, Kerri. Now all I need to do is source 4 of these trays, either in Scotland or an internet company that won't cost me a second mortgage to mail them! Love, as always…. xo

  2. Rhadonda September 19, 2010 at 1:38 am

    Oh Kerri, sorry you have had such troubles. Growing pains for sure!!! I am thrilled you have had such a response. And i feel really bad that i added to your prep time requesting a picture. I have learned in the meantime that I can right click on the image and it saves the little picture that i can put in your special folder, which is getting full! So i am so sorry. I am new to all the digital ways. So unless you want to you don't have to add that extra step. Thanks for being so thoughtful. Can't wait for the next kit. Am trying to save to buy trays!

  3. saerwin September 19, 2010 at 1:46 am

    Just wanted to say thanks for sending out the files so quickly — I wasn't expecting them until Monday. Yeah, a store option would be great, and much easier for you. I think these kits will be VERY popular.
    BTW, I found the 7 Gypsies tray at my LSS today. I went in to order one, and they had one in stock. Yippee! Hopefully I will have time to work on this tomorrow.
    P.S. I like the vinyl idea — I might try that.
    Thanks again for another fabulous kit — I look forward to seeing other versions in the future!

  4. Kerri September 19, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Rhadonda, that totally didn't add to the prep time because I needed to do it for my blog post. You are right though, I do need to include some composite picture with the kit. It only makes sense. Just learning as I go…with help from others too. :)

    And saerwin…I am the queen of impatience! lol Therefore, I will always send out the kits as soon as possible as long as I am using this current method of distribution. :) But I am looking into store options now, so hopefully it will be a much more 'instantaneous purchase' soon.

  5. kathy September 19, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    kerri………will most of these cut on a silhouette sd??? looks soooo fun!

  6. Kerri September 19, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Kathy, all the cardstock pieces I cut with my Silhouette. The printed pieces I printed on matte (or lustre) photo paper and trimmed them using my paper trimmer and the "design" ones by hand. That was super easy.

    Like I'd mentioned, I would double cut everything just to make sure you get that clean cut. Also make sure your mat does have sticky to it, but maybe not a brand new mat…if that makes sense. Just so it's easy to pull up, but yet sticky enough to work well with the more intricate tiny shapes. But really, not a problem at all!

    I'm dying to try it on my Cricut too. Now that this first kit is done I am making it a goal to get Make The Cut and my Cricut working together! :)

  7. Shell Bray September 20, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Not to be a pain, but I'm wondering about the size of the tray. I went to Archivers and found one that is smaller than some of the other trays. I just want to make sure I'm getting the right thing. Thanks so much for all your help and your great ideas!!!!

  8. kathy September 20, 2010 at 3:24 am

    kerri……thanks so much for the input…..will be downloading the kit tomorrow and cutting up some fun stuff for my paper tray!

  9. Kerri September 20, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Hey Shell!
    The tray is actually smaller than you think, so you probably are looking at the right one. ;) I was surprised at the size myself. It's about 12" wide by about 10.5" high. You can see the tray on the 7gypsies site here:

    Hope that helps!

  10. Krista September 20, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Hi Keri

    I love the kit, and I bought it on Saturday, but it hasn't show up in my inbox yet.

  11. Kerri September 20, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Krista…send me your e-mail address and the name you use with PayPall and let me check on that for you. (

    That's really weird because I'm pretty on top of sending them out. But I did have one person buy a kit once and it showed on my PayPal account, but PayPal never sent me a notification e-mail. This might be the same case.

    So sorry!

  12. kathy September 20, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    kerri…….not trying to be a nitwit……however we just print these on a printer…..then shove (yeppers!) through our silhouette and away we go?????

    i can save a life however i'm totally computer illiterate!!!

  13. Kerri September 20, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Hey Kathy! No worries. :)

    What you do is print those three "printable" files (shown in the post) on your printer. I like doing it on matte photo paper or you could even use Presentation Paper (I use Epson for both). Presentation Paper is cardstock-like, but absorbs the color more so than plain old cardstock. Those three printable files you need to trim and cut by hand. Not on your Silhouette

    The "cuttable composite" (as shown in this post) is the file you use to cut pieces out of cardstock on your Silhouette–or Cricut, Wishblade, etc. Each color has been sectioned so you know exactly what pieces should be cut in what color.

    Does that help?

  14. kathy September 20, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    now i totally got it…….the printables go in the tray first ( which i picked up on the way home from the surgery center) then i download the cuttables in the color indicated and cut them with the silhouette and layer onto the paper!!!!!! wow…..almost as easy as inserting an IV and hooking up a unit of blood!!!!!! thanks so much…..and Happy All Hallow's EVE!!!!!!!

  15. kathy September 20, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    kerri……just purchased the kit….when is it available for download……gotta get moving!!!

    thanks again!

  16. Kerri September 20, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    Kathy, I received notification from PayPal about five minutes before you posted this and sent you the files. So hopefully you've gotten them! :)

  17. Rhadonda September 21, 2010 at 3:29 am

    And look Kerri your followers is up to 162!!! Remember your goal of 200? Won't be long (: Then someday we will say "I was a follower back in the beginning….." ( : All the best my friend.

  18. susy September 22, 2010 at 12:39 am

    Soooo wish we celebrated holloween in a big way here in Australia, this kit is adorable. Can't wait for the Christmas one, now that is one holiday we do do :-)

  19. Stacey September 22, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Love the idea of this! One question – did you cut the magnetic sheet to fit each section and then attach some to the decorated pieces or did you just put a small piece in each section and then on the pieces? I want to make sure I know what I'm doing! Thanks!

  20. mtsnider September 27, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Ok I feel stupid and I am new to the silhouette and the MAC software–I understand the printables but I dont see a composite file for the shapes to go in the silhouette–What file is it in? And are they all on one page and we just cut them on different colored cardstock? Thanks! Michelle

  21. Kerri September 27, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Please don't feel stupid. :) When you purchase the kit and unzip it, there is a directory called GSD. Those are the files that you use with the Silhouette. The specific file to use with this tray is called tt_halloween_cut_GSD_0009. The "tt" stands for "This & That." This file contains all the CUTTABLE pieces needed to make the tray. They are all sized and trimmed specifically for use in the tray. The are also sectioned according to color. So for example, if you're going to cut the orange pieces, you would select and move all the other pieces out of the cutting area so that all you're left with on the "page" are the designated orange pieces. Repeat that for each color.

    And just a reminder, I like to double-cut my pieces to always be sure of a clean cut, so I will select the shapes, press Ctrl-C to copy and Ctrl-V to paste and it places it right on top of the other image.

    Oh, and one other reminder, the GSD files do not work in the Silhouette Library. The files that Silhouette sells are the only ones that work there. You can find them under File/Thumbnail Browser. Just make sure you pull up the directory where the files are.

    Hope that helps! :)

  22. mtsnider September 30, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Thanks Kerri–Worked great! Just getting used to the new MAC software for the Silhouette-I think they have a few bugs to work out! I can't wait forthe next holiday files.

  23. carilackner October 1, 2010 at 12:45 am

    These turned out soooo cool! I finally have all my pieces here ready to adhere. Love this concept and cannot wait to see what else you have up your sleeve!

  24. cheepincharge October 7, 2010 at 1:04 am

    Bummer. I do not have a Silhouette–or Cricut or Wishblade. So there is no way for me to produce the second layer, right?

  25. Kerri October 7, 2010 at 1:32 am

    Cheepincharge….the answer is yes, you can produce the second layer, but just digitally. You really don't want to cut the "cardstock" pieces by hand, but by compiling the components digitally with shadows, you can get the illusion of them being different pieces. Then, throw in a little ribbon, buttons, spider, whatever, and it makes it 3-D.

    I'm going to share a tutorial on how to do this tomorrow, so stay tuned. :)

  26. Barbara October 7, 2010 at 4:12 am

    First time using MTC and the SVG files. Mine seem to cut so tiny. How do you import them to cut at the correct size for the tray? Thanks

  27. Megan Renfree October 7, 2010 at 4:38 am

    So excited, I just found a stockist of the tray here in New Zealand (virtually unheard of), so I've ordered one, and then I will order the kit and get playing! Thanks Kerri!

  28. janis m. October 11, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Hi Keri! The kits looks so cool and I would love to make some for gifts. I just want to be sure, though, it looks like you need to use photoshop to create the little individual "scenes" if you do not have a cricuit or a silhouette.. is that right? Thanks so much for the help!

  29. Kerri October 11, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Hey Janis!
    Yes, you would use something like PS (or other photo editing programs) for a chunk of the "cardstock" components that you would normally have cut using a Cricut or Silhouette. However, many pieces you can still cut by hand and they would look great.

    Check out this post for more information on all that:

    Hope that helps! :)

  30. Anonymous November 1, 2010 at 2:23 am

    i have a cricut. how do i cut the pieces?

  31. Tammy December 13, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Hi Keri…I don't have a 12*12 printer & am not very computer savvy. Would it be possible to print & mail all 3 kits (Gratitude, Halloween & Christmas)?

  32. Kerri December 13, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Hey Tammy! The beauty of this kit is that you don't have to have a 12" printer to do it. :)

    First, you can print from a regular printer. And second, you can take the printable files to your local photo developer–or upload to some place like–and have them print them for you. Make sure they print them "as is" because the images all together on each sheet are under 8×10. So they should be able to print it for you as an 8×10 with some white space.

    If you're still wanting help, I've had a couple of ladies that have posted on to see if someone could cut out the pieces for them. They'd purchased the kit, but for one reason or another they needed assistance to obtain the cut pieces. That might be an alternative. Unfortunately I'm not in a position to do that for people.

    Hope that helps ya!

  33. Allyson Gardner October 20, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    First of all, I just LOVE all your kits! I am doing my first This N That kit. I just want to send my printables to Costco. I tried the Halloween Print 1 in 8X10 and it wanted to crop it too much. And the 8×12 had poor resolution. However, when I pull it up in Elements, it says it’s 7×9, so I’m not sure what the problem is. What’s the best way to do this? I saved it as is as a JPEG before downloading it to Costco.

  34. Allyson October 20, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    One more question- So I have all the Silhoutte images in my library. I just put them on a new page and cut them as is? I’m having a hard time fitting all the orange pieces on one page. I must not have them sized right, yet, I didn’t change their size. Thanks so much for your help.

    • Kerri October 21, 2011 at 7:32 am

      Hey Allyson!
      In this post there are widths listed for each of the cut and the print files. For the print files, the Print1 file is 7.15″ wide, the Print2 is 6.85″ wide and the Print3 is 6.14″ wide. For the cut file, make sure this file has a width of 7.334″. And make sure you are using the file tt_halloween_cut_GSD_0009.After you’ve confirmed the size, just separate each color and move it out of the cutting area.

      If you are using any print files that say “composite example”, those are the wrong ones. In the first kit I included sample images, like what you see in this post, but after that I didn’t include them anymore because it was too confusing. And, I also later changed this kit to be the same as what comes in later kits–so depending on when you bought the kit, you may or may not have those ‘composite example files’. (You learn a lot the first go around. :))

      If you are uploading the print files to Costco and it’s altering your size, what I might suggest is to first create a brand new document with an 8×10 size and 300 dpi. Then copy the tt_halloween_print1_PNG_0009 to your new document window and repeat that for the other two print files. After you’ve created these three new 8×10 files, save them as JPGs and then upload them to the Costco site.

      Let me know if that works for ya! :)

  35. Allyson October 21, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    It all worked! YAY! Thanks so much!

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