Love is in the air! This & That kind-a love anyway. :)





Here’s a few tips about the kit:

Photos
When I thought about this kit, I thought having photos of what you love would be important–similar to the Gratitude kit. I also thought it would be a good idea to just reuse those same photos. I mean, after all, you only use them for one month with the Gratitude kit. Why not pull out those same cute photos for another turn? The only difference is the one in the top center. That requires a slightly different size, not to mention it gets adhered, so it has to be different.
If you are just starting into the This & That kits, these are the photo sizes you’ll need (going clockwise from top center):
   2.5″ x 1 7/8″
   3.75″ x 1.0625″
   2.375″ x 1.1875″
   1.6875″ x 1.75″

Cupcake.
There is a solid black background piece for the red frosting layers so you can adhere it all together easier–particularly at this small of scale. (I always think about how the kits are similar to a miniature doll house or a model airplane.) Start at the top with the blop of frosting and layer it on down. The top of each layer will overlap the bottom of the previous layer. Kind of gives it a more multi-dimensional look and all.

Tie a single knot in a complimentary ribbon and adhere it to the cake stand. Works much easier than trying to tie it around the cake stand.

And on a completely unrelated note, a couple months ago I got cake stand that belonged to my grandmother or great grandmother and I LOOOOVE it! Definitely the inspiration for this shape. Seriously. Saw it on the counter the other day and thought it would be a perfect shape with a cupcake on it.

Mine.
Again, with the whole “miniature” thing. The brads with a string wrapped around them seemed like a good idea when designing, but then when I actually went to do it? It didn’t turn out quite like I’d thought…but I left it anyway. There are placement holes in both tags and half-circle reinforcements. Adhere the tag pieces to the background (as shown) and use the holes as a guideline to pierce through to the background layer and place a brad through both holes. Before securing the brads tightly, wrap your string around them in a figure 8 pattern.

Always / Forever.
If you’re using a photo editing software, you can cut/copy this image into its own window and print it on a transparency. I don’t know why I felt compelled to round only one corner of the playing card . . . but I did. :)

Amour / Domino.
The domino can be customized for whatever number you’d like. All ‘dot’ variations have been included so that all you’ll have to do is swap and/or copy them around as needed. There are five members in my family, so I went with a “5” combination.

Additionally, add some depth to the domino by cutting some extra solid shapes. Cut the domino from black, the background in white (included), and then cut some extra black pieces (maybe 3-4). After adhering them all together to create a thick domino piece, you can run a black pen around the outside edge to eliminate the white that would be showing.

Hope that makes sense. :)

LOVE.
Adhere LOVE title. Adhere heart ‘flower’. Tie a ribbon in a knot and adhere it to stem with a glue dot. Attach price tag to ribbon with a safety pin. (I know I have smaller safety pins somewhere, but couldn’t find them.)

Bird / Wrought Iron Door.
Before adhering light grey background, dark grey wrought iron design, and black frame, be sure to thread a 7″-ish string through the wrought iron design to hang the “Open” sign on. Use 1/16″ hole punch to punch holes into both sides of the sign and thread string. Tie knots at the end of each string and trim.


Let Me Count The Ways Icon.

You can use a 1″ circle punch to punch out the image and then use scissors to cut the triangles.

Cardstock & Cutting.
I always recommend double cutting images. It helps provide a clean cut every time. I also love using American Crafts cardstock.

Magnets.
You can read about how to attach your pieces to the tray in this post HERE.

The 7gypsies Tray.
I got mine at Archivers. But there are several places you can order it online, including the 7gypsies website HERE.

My Stand.
We have a wonderful place here in Utah called Rod Works and that’s where I got mine. I see them on the HobbyLobby.com website. Just search for “easel.”

Creating.
You can use this kit with Cricut, Silhouette or any digital craft cutter that can use SVG/DXF/AIv8 files. However, if you don’t have a digital craft cutter? You can still create it digitally! For information on how to do that, read this post HERE.

Oh, and you may have noticed I went with the red Eiffel Tower. :)

Today was super crazy, so preorders will go out in the morning.

I hope this all makes sense. It’s been a very long day, I can barely see straight, and my fingers are typing who knows what.

I’ll do the “break it down” tomorrow.