Price $15 (tray not included)

You can use this kit with your digital craft cutter (Cricut, Silhouette, etc.)  as long as you can use the cut files of SVG/DXF. If you are using Cricut, you need to use a program such as Make The Cut (MTC) or Sure Cuts A Lot (SCAL) to get your computer to talk to your Cricut so it can use the SVG files.

You can create the project digitally. Refer to THIS POST for information on how to do that. 

Just like the other two kits, due to my current method of distribution 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. However, with this kit you will be getting just one e-mail with one attachment for this kit. It comes in a zipped format, so use something like WinZip or Stuffit to extract/open the zipped file.

There are two specific directories containing all the files needed to create the TRAY project as shown using printouts for some pieces and your digital craft cutter for the others. One directory is called “TRAY Print Files” and the other one called “TRAY Cut Files”. 

Normally my kits consist of GSD/SVG/DXF/JPG/PNG. This kit does not have JPGs, just PNGs. Also, I needed to keep the file size down 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. 

Here’s what you get:

  • Two printable composite files in PNG format only. These composite filenames start with “tt” to indicate the “This & That” project.
  • Two composite files 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., the thermometer) or ones that are a cardstock background piece (this is the first time I’ve used cardstock as a background in this line). You can use the Crop tool in your photo editing software with the composite images if you want to use the pieces individually.

The two 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.

Because some programs can alter the size, the width on the first file is 7.82″ and the second file is 7.54″

There is a postmark image that you’ll want to print on a transparency.

The two cuttable composite files looks like thisbut not in color. These are the files you use with your cutter (Silhouette, Cricut, Wishblade, etc.) to cut your cardstock pieces and layer with the pieces above in your 7gypsies tray.

 Because some programs can alter the size, the width on the first file is 7.49″ and the second file is 7.9″.

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 ungroup and/or move the unneeded shapes out of the cutting area and cut.

The background pieces for the presents have been marked to make it easier to know what they are for.

Here’s a few project tips (some are a repeat from the post before):

  • Use photo paper or presentation paper to print your printables at home. I like using Epson Ultra Premium Photo Paper (Matte or Lustre) or Epson Premium Presentation Paper (Matte). Or, you could even print it at your local photo developer. I just made sure that the height doesn’t go over 10″, so you should be able to print both files on as an 8×10.
  • The printable background pieces can only fit into the square for which it was designed. 
  • Stack of Presents. All the backing pieces are identified in the cut file. Start adhering them at the top of the present stack and work your way down. Once the presents are together, adhere the “Do Not Open” tag to the top right corner and tie a white string around the ensemble. Then, adhere to the background.
  • Santa Clothes. Adhere (on the backside) a white string along the top of the background–making the left side slightly lower than the right side. Use your own black cardstock to cut tiny strips in various quirky sizes to use as clothespins. This is meant to be uneven so let go of your OCD.
  • Gingerbread House. Use a button or rhinestone for the door knob.
  • Present. (bottom-ish-left). Use ribbon to tie around the cardstock to make it look like a present. The ribbon style that tickled my fancy is from American Crafts, however, it was not conducive to making an easy tight-knotted bow. The trick? Glue Dots!
  • Ornament. Used an actual ornament hook. I think y’all might have a few of those around right now, eh? ;) And while you can use the ornament without backing it (the red background shows through), if you’d rather add a different color, simply Ungroup and move the inside shapes of the ornament out of the way and you’ve got a backing piece.
  • Dear Santa. Use a 1/16″ hole punch to add holes to the top of the notebook paper. Use scissors to slice from edge to hole. Rip and bend the top to make it look like you ripped it out of a notebook. Print postmark on a transparency.
  • There are two white cardstock rectangles. The large one is the background for the Jingle Bells label and the smaller one is the background for the holly.
  • Double cut 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.
  • If this is your first time putting this project together, HERE is some information on the magnets I use so that I can easily swap out the pieces all year long.

While there are many places you can purchase the tray, you can find it on the 7gypsies website HERE and I purchased mine at Archivers.

Again, after making three of theses, I can see that all printer tray’s are not created equally, so you may have to trim a fraction off here and there. I usually set the back piece in its square first just to see if I’ll need to trim anything off.

Now, for something totally fun . . . or would that be funny. My girls and I have been getting a big kick out of this lately. They played it several times during the Storm Chasers marathon on Wednesday. 

We laugh every time.