this+that: family . . . break it down

April 29th, 2011|this and that|

Price: $15
How To Use The Kit
You can use this kit with many of the digital craft cutters out there, 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 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
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.”
I need 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 compass). 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. 

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 them 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 7.58″ wide and the second file is 7.4″ wide.
The compass is also included as a separate PNG image.

The two cuttable composite files like this, but not in color.

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 the two files when you pull them up into your cutting software (no color though). 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 6.97″and the second file has a width of 7.12″. 

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.
Where to find the tray.
While there are many places you can purchase the tray, you can find it on the 7gypsies website HERE or on Two Peas In a Bucket 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 think that sums it all up. I hope you all have a maaahhhvelous weekend! I can’t believe it’s FRIDAY already! I think the weeks are going by even faster now. What…is…up with that???
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this+that: family

April 28th, 2011|this and that|

It’s finally here! Yippee! I was so excited at how fast this came together (as opposed to last month’s kit) and that I was going to get it done early and then a multitude of things came along. Still, I am happy that it came together quickly for a change. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that I’d actually started jotting down notes and a picked color scheme for it a couple months ago too. ;)


Here are a few tips about the kit:

The Spool.
My original intent for this shape was something like this.

I’d planned on using rub on words along the top and bottom and wrap a lace around the entire spool. But in my search for some fun word rub ons, I came across an old 7gypsies set of rub ons that had the image you see on my actual spool on the tray. I fell in love with it….not only was it perfect, but it was almost exactly the same size! It was meant to be. I had to use it.

The image came from the 7gypsies Rubbings Elements Fragrments, which I tried looking for online and couldn’t find it.


After releasing the kit, someone suggested the little transparency images that I do instead. Well….DUH! Don’t you just wonder, “Why didn’t I think of that???” I think I was just stuck in the groove of my original plan and didn’t allow for other alternatives to enter the ol’ noggin’.


This is what I came up with instead.

You’ll just print this baby along with the other pieces on a transparency and overlay it onto your spool shape.

Thanks for the suggestion Susan! :)

(And the pin is from Making Memories.)

Vintage Instant Photo.
Layer brown background, photo (see size below), green mat, and “love” onto the calendar background. Staple on the right edge, if desired.

Email & Stamp Ensemble.
My intent was to use a real purple pansy Love stamp from the post office. However, when I went in to buy it at the post office, the line was waaaay too long to wait. In the interim I just used the image from the USPS site. You can also order them from HERE.

Add  some distressing around the edge of the email with a black or dark brown stamp pad.

Play Bingo Card.
Tie a string around the star and tie it in a knot.

Intant Photo.

  • Add frame over photo.
  • Use a tiny bit of adhesive to add the “Good Life” transparency.
  • Tie ribbon around a paperclip and add to photo.
  • Adhere to background
  • Select a number circle that represents the amount of kids you have, how many people are in your family, etc. The numbers go up to 9, so if you happen to have 12, then you’ll have to make your own.
  • Staple as shown.

Individualized Name & “Est” Date.
Choose a narrow font (Franklin Gothic Demi, Swiss Compressed, Impact, etc.) type & cut your name. Make sure it doesn’t exceed 3.75″ x 1″ in size so that it will fit in the space.

The “est.” is provided in the kit, so again, choose a serif font, like Georgia, to type & cut the date that you started your family.

Vintage Gate.
While looking through my stash for buttons and brads, I came across an American Crafts Dear Lizzy rosette brad. Bingo! Love it! But my first thought was to use a silver button with a string tied in it.

Layer white flower, photo, key, and “always” title. Add a rhinestone to the key if it tickles your fancy.

Pitcher & Flowers.
After assembling pitcher with leaves and flowers, attach “delight” transparency with a tiny bit of adhesive.

Vintage Sign Post.
I put adhesive everywhere but where the “rings” are and attached the signpost to the background first so that I would know exactly where the photo needed to be and then just tucked the photo underneath the rings.

Use a small bit of adhesive to attach the “Priceless” transparency.

The teeny tiny flower shapes on the owl’s bellies are ever-so much fun. However, they can be a little delicate to work with at this small size. Most of the holes worked fine for me, but there were a couple that were persnickety. If it’s too much for whatever combo of things you have going on, you can remove them from the image if you’d like.

Also, if I weren’t working with such a small image, I probably would have done the eyes with black centers. But for simplicity’s sake in our little miniature world, just having the eyes as one white piece with a hole in them seemed the better thing to do. If you use the owl shape outside this kit–and bigger, I would move the center of the eyes and make them a different color. Black does look good. :)

Enjoy The Ride.
Again, the “enjoy” is a bit delicate at this size, but with a little TLC it does produce such a nice result. I contemplated changing it, but I soooo like that look!

Key Hole.

  • Tie a ribbon around the right edge of the keyhole.
  • Add a word to the small white tag by writing, stamping or using rub ons.
  • Thread a white string through the hole and through the ribbon.
  • Use brads or screw eyelets/brads to “secure” the keyhole to the background.

Photo Sizes.
This particular kit actually has a photo template that you can work with to make sure you have the right photos for the right spots. Pretty sweet. It looks something like this when it’s done. (For photo mask tutorials, refer to the two links on the right of my blog.)

There is extra space between them so you can give your photos a white border.

Now, if you don’t want to compile your photos this way, here are the sizes you’ll need:
2 1/8″ x 1 5/8″
1 1/2″ x 1 3/4″
1 1/8″
2″ x 2 1/4″
1 1/2″ x 7/8″
1 5/8″ x 1 1/8″
1 1/2″

Not to self: Must get new family photos! We haven’t had any since before Zach left. We need new ones desperately!

My next post will have the “break it down”. Files for preorders will go out later tonight.

Is it time for another vaca? ;)

On another note, I just wanted to say thank you for all the support with yesterday’s post. We all knew Dan’s niece was going to have a little boy that was just meant to be here on this earth for a quick moment  in time, but he surprised us all with a slightly earlier delivery (vs. the delivery they were planning). So we spent some time with that tiny little boy before he went back to heaven. It was a sweet and special time to spend with all the family.

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.


April 27th, 2011|Uncategorized|

We’ve had a personal extended family emergency that occurred this morning and will delay this kit going up today.

….tomorrow though….

a sneak and a freebie

April 23rd, 2011|freebies|

Okay, so this week I’m a little slow still. Well actually, truth be told, my mind is going crazy on next month’s kit and I just couldn’t stop yesterday to do a “Friday” freebie. But Saturday’s still good, right? :)
To download this free shape, click HERE.
I just had this loopy frame in my head and had to get it out of my system. Or maybe it’s just representative or Freudian of the directions I’ve been going the past week. ;)
This is really great for a photo or a journaling square too! Designed to use with a 4×6 photo in mind.
Now for next month’s This & That kit. It’s all about Family. Perfect gift for Mother’s Day! Lots of places for photos in this one too. Because, after all, you can’t have a kit on Family without some of your favorite photos, right?
Wanna see a little sneaky-peeky then?
Yeah, that’s rhetorical. ;)
This & That:  Family

Gotta have the subway art again. Can’t get that out of my head. And I think one of my favorite shapes has got to be the Poloroid instant photo frame. Love that! Lots of fun things on this one.
Colors are mainly muted aquas, greens and yellows with a little splash of purple accents here and there.
And I know I already said it, but it’s perfect for a mother’s day gift!
Look for it to be up some time next week.
Preorders will go out when it’s available.

Happy Easter!

borderlines #2

April 20th, 2011|digital shapes|

Goodness gracious . . . I go away for a few days and look what happens to me. Back to back kits! My brain just doesn’t stop–even on vaca. It’s sad really. ;)

Here’s a new Borderlines kit!

for Silhouette, Cricut, Pazzles…and all that jazz)

Price: $7

I’ve had some requests for the ‘birds on a wire’ from the Lucky kit to be sold separately. Okay, so this is kind of separately. ;) But there’s a couple versions there. I think it would be fun to add a title to the one with the birds all on the one end.

Also, after doing the first Borderline kit with the letters ‘a-m’, I just felt it wasn’t complete and needed to do the other half for those that want the whole enchilada. (mmmm….enchiladas….)

Well, that sums up the creative juices for today. Next up? A new This & That kit! I hope to have a sneak peek for y’all here shortly!

gettin’ back in the groove!

April 19th, 2011|photo templates|

Holy cannoli! What a great few days we have had! I must say, I’ve been rather spoiled just hanging with all sorts of family and friends–and even more so loving being with my boy! I think we are all beyond exhausted. But we’ve had a fabulous time listening to story after story from Zach. He spoke in church on Sunday–so did Jordan–and they both did wonderfully. Many friends and family came to listen and it was just lovely!

Needless to say, now that the week-long party is over, it’s time to get back to business. I apologize for not answering emails other than orders. I will get to those as soon as I can. I just didn’t want to be tied to the ol’ chair. I was having myself a little home-vaca. Wanted to visit with everyone here. Not to mention there was lots of cooking to do for all the get togethers we had. :)

Been busy putting together a new storyboard kit for ya. Check it out…

So this has a few unique collages. On the vertical kit with the black background, each photo has its own mat in tact. So all photos are still square. I thought this way you could add shadows to the photo/mats if desired.

Then there’s the “Check It Out” template. When you put it together, it looks something like this:


(of course i had to use more of zach’s dc pics ;) )

Each piece is its own layer so you can adjust with color or opacity or remove as you need. I also added a little drop shadow to my title and file folder piece. I changed the Opacity on the title and polka dot background as well.

I love this template because you can take one photo and make it your entire background and have a few little fun odds and ends. And if you’d rather not extend the photo all the way across, you can always draw a rectangle under the polka dots and make it whatever color you want. Or put a piece of another photo there. Whatever. Very flexible. And you’re not limited to black on this or any of the templates. You can change it as needed.

So, I think that about gets me back in the groove for today.

I think I need another vaca from the vaca though.

Ain’t that the way it always is?

the day he left…

April 13th, 2011|zach: mission|

I was uploading all Zach’s photos to Costco this last week. Uhhh….1500 of them. Yeah, you heard me. And that’s not even counting the last six months or so. While I’d originally planned to drop them into page protectors and have it ready before he came home, I had a better thought to wait for him to come home so we could put them in together as a family and he could talk about them. (Also, this lets him pick the ones he wants on display where there may be a couple of the same shot involved.)

Anyway, came across a couple of these and thought it would be fun to share and compare with the ones we’ll be taking today. I plan on taking another one in the car if I can. It will be dark though.

He said he put on 20-30 pounds, but has now lost all that because he’s been in the English area for the past 3-4 months and walks everywhere and isn’t eating all the palm oil of the African food. 
Time goes by sooooo fast! His mission has gone by sooooo fast. Even the girls think so. 
The decibel level will be increasing greatly in the house now . . . all the voices . . . the teasing . . . and music, I’m sure.

taking a little break

April 11th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Hey all! I’m here, but not really. ;) Got much to do in the next couple days before my boy comes home from his mission on Wednesday.

I’ll still keep an eye out on sending files, but I’m having some computer issues there too. My Airport Card on my Mac (wireless network) says it doesn’t have one anymore. Just stopped working. So I’m back to my PC for email (and all things internet) until I can get it figured out. Argh. Don’t need this problem.

Life will get back to normal after this week . . . I think. ;)

eta: i’ve fixed my mac airport/internet problem for now. just went and bought an ethernet cord. at least i feel normal being back online via my mac again. :)

thought for the day

April 6th, 2011|Uncategorized|

You know you’re on the computer too much when you briefly have the thought to press Undo when you mess up the folding of a blanket or want to hit Search when looking for names on your old 8th grade junior high newspaper (found while cleaning).

And as my daughter was Skyping with her friend who’s at school in Idaho, I interrupted their conversation and said, “Back in the olden days we used to have to write letters when we wanted to talk to our friends.” (Phone calls were too expensive.)