How To Use The Kit
You can use this kit with many-a digital craft cutters, such as Silhouette and Cricut. Anything that can use an SVG/DXF/AIv8 file. If you are using Cricut, you’ll need to use something like the older versions of Sure Cuts A Lot (SCAL) or Make The Cut (MTC). These programs allow you to use SVG files with your Cricut.
And if you don’t have a digital craft cutter? No worries. You can create it digitally! THIS POST has some great information on how to do that.
Distribution and Use of the File
As per usual with my This & That kits, due to my current method I’ve had to make some alternate file saving choices so I can still email the files once you’ve purchased the kit. You will receive one email with one attachment. It comes in a ZIP file, so use something like WinZip or StuffIt to extract/open the zipped file once you’ve saved it to your hard drive. If you are on a Mac, you can 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 other pieces. One directory is called “TRAY Print Files” and the other is called “TRAY Cut Files.”
Normally my kits consist of JPG/PNG along with the GSD/SVG/DXF. This kit only has PNG files and no JPGs. Also, I needed to keep the file size down by NOT including the printable items as Print & Ctus for Silhouette. But most of the printables are straight cuts, so they should be easy to work with.
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. These composite filenames also start 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 crafters.
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.
The files are both under 8×10, so if you’d like to take thems to a photo developer, you can do that. Make sure they do not size the image to fit in the 8×10 area–it needs to be left as is. If you need to confirm the size, the first file is 7.54″ wide and the second file is 7.44″ wide.
The two cuttable composite files like this, but not in color.
These are the files you’ll 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 sized and trimmed perfectly for the tray–are separated into the appropriate cardstock colors. This is how you will se it when you pull it up (no color though) into your cutting software. All you need to do is Ungroup/Break the image 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 size of the image when importing. If this occurs, resize it proportionally.The first file has a width of 7.17″ and the second file as a width of 7.2″.
Here’s a few more project tips (also refer to yesterday’s post for ‘how to’ tips):
- Use a 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, take it to your local photo devleoper.
- The printable background pieces can only fit into the square for which it was designed.
- Double cut your images by copying and pasting the image on top of itself in your cutting software. That way you can be assured of a clean cut, especially on the small images. Another nifty trick is to use vinyl. It cuts nicely, plus you don’t need adhesive.
- If this is your first time working with a This & That kit, HERE is some information on the magnets I use so that I can easily swap out the pieces all year long.
So since I’m home alone at the moment, and I’m all done with the current This & That kit, I feel compelled to watch an episode of Lost before Fringe . . . Supernatural . . . no, Fringe . . . or Supernatural? . . . comes on. I hate it that these two programs are on at the same time now . . . and we don’t have TiVo anymore. Granted, I can watch one of them online later, but it’s the principle of the matter . . . I’d love to watch both tonight.
Oh, and Jordan had her own little Lost marathon last night . . . without me (turkey) . . . so I have some catching up to do.
Have a beautiful weekend!