How To Use The Kit
You can use this kit with many-a digital craft cutters, such as Silhouette, Pazzles and Cricut. Anything that can use an SVG/DXF/AIv8 file. If you are using Cricut, you’ll need to use something like old 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
I’ve had to make some alternate file saving choices with my This & That kits due to my current method of distribution 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 (and now AIv8). 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 & Cuts 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.
Due to file size issues, there are no individual files for the printable images (in the composite files), with the exception of the ones that aren’t a full image (e.g., the “Today” icon). Use the Crop tool in your photo editing software with the composite printable files if you want to use them individually.
The two printable composite files look like this.
(Print the “Always/Forever” image on a transparency.)
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 7.59″ wide and the second file is 7.63″ wide.
The two cuttable composite files like this, but not in color.
(I don’t know why, but the birds on a wire make me happy. :) )
These are the files you’ll use with your cutter (Silhouette, Cricut, Wishblade, Pazzles, 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 see 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. Both files have a width of 7.5″.
Here’s a few more project tips (also refer to Saturday’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.
Where to find the tray.
While there are many places you can purchase the tray, you can find it on the 7gypsies website HERE. I purchased mine from Archivers. Note: I’ve discovered that all printer tray’s are not created equally, so you may have to trim a fraction off here or there. I usually set the back piece in its square first just to see if I’ll need to trim anything off.
I guess that wraps up this post for today. :)