this+that: winter . . . break it down

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 only use Cricut with the older versions of that software.

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

Just like my other This & That 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. It comes in a zipped format, so use something like WinZip or Stuffit to extract/open the zipped file. If you’re on a Mac, you can just double-click the ZIP file and it will open automatically.

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 the descriptive 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., snowflake icon). 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.

There is an image that you’ll want to print on a transparency, but if you can also place it on its blue rectangle square just to the left of it. You probably wouldn’t want to use brads to “secure the image” then.

The files are each under 8×10, so if you’d like to take it to a photo developer, you can do that. And
because it sounds like on rare occasions that the image dimensions change, if you need to confirm the size, the first file is 7.54″ wide and the second file is 7.77″ wide.

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.

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.

Some of the other software programs, like MTC or SCAL may adjust the sizing when imported. If this occurs, resize it proportionally–both cut files have a width of 7.52″. 

Here’s a few more project tips (refer to yesterday’s post for ‘how-to’ tips):
  • 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 made sure that the height doesn’t go over 10″, so you should be able to print both files as an 8×10. Do not have them resize it to fit either.
  • The printable background pieces can only fit into the square for which it was designed. 
  • 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. Note: 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.

Have a wonderful weekend! :)
2017-02-07T18:29:13+00:00January 15th, 2011|digital kits, this and that|7 Comments


  1. Rhadonda January 15, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Just finished my tray. Love it! Thought i would share a few things that helped me. As soon as i cut i xyron the pieces and i keep the paper that it was cut out of so if i get confused i just look at the negative space. I embossed the brim of the winter hat. I don't have your patience Kerri to do all the dots on the tree so i took the opposite end of a small paint brush (the handle end) and dipped in paint and dotted with paint. Gave it some depth too. Funny thing the paint was Making Memories "Freeze". I think it looks great. This was my 2nd tray and went much faster now that i know kind of what to expect though it still took several hours. Totally addicting though! Thanks so much.

  2. Rhadonda January 15, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    One more thing. I use old magnet calendars that you get from insurance companies, promos etc to be the backing of my pieces. I am cheap ( :

  3. Rhadonda January 16, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Also i used a marker to draw the snowman eyes, nose and buttons. I think i am done now. So sorry to take up all your comment space. Just wanted to share.

  4. heidig January 18, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    I have loved looking at all of your 7Gypsies tray kits. I love, love, love them. Sadly, I don't have a digital craft cutter so I must covet these kits from afar. They're lovely!

  5. Kerri January 19, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Ohhhh, but you can make it without a digital craft cutter Heidi! :) You can create it digitally if you have a photo editing software, some scissors and a trimmer. You don't have to cut the intricate cuts by hand, but rather layer the digital elements onto your background and then cut.

    There's a whole post about how to do this here:

    And Rhodonda…thanks for sharing your tips! :)

  6. Melissa January 20, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    I just completed mine last night digitally. I don't have the digital craft cutter either. Totally easy and totally awesome. Took about 2 hours to complete (in between cooking dinner). Now I'm just waiting for my tray to come in and I'm done!! Can't wait for the next one.

  7. Wendy (The Local Cook) December 15, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Here’s a REALLY dumb question . . . what is the best kind of glue to use when putting this all together?

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