and the rest of ‘just shapes’

June 30th, 2011|digital shapes, this and that|

As promised today . . . here are the ‘Just Shapes’ from Halloween, Gratitude, Winter and Freedom This & That kits. Remember, these are the same shapes that are in the full This & That kits. I’ve just compiled the shapes only into a kit for those who don’t want the printables or that don’t want to do the tray project.

[Comes in SVG/STUDIO/AIv8/DXF/PNG] Price: $10

[Comes in SVG/GSD/DXF/PNG]
Price: $10

[Comes in SVG/GSD/DXF/PNG]
Price: $10

[Comes in SVG/GSD/DXF/PNG]
Price: $10

Tune in tomorrow for a Friday Freebie! :)


this+that: freedom . . . break it down

June 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. However, Provo Craft has made it so these two programs cannot work with the Cricut, so if you didn’t get either program purchased before a couple months ago (like April/May 2011), then you won’t be able to use it with Cricut.

And if you don’t have a digital craft cutter?
No worries. You can create it digitally! There are PNG/JPG files in this kit as well.  THIS POST has some great information on how to do that.

Distribution and Use of the File
I’ve have to use 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). I thought it might be nice to have them larger than the print file in case you wanted to use them on a larger scale. 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 7.57″ wide and the second file is 7.58″ 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, 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 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 7.5″and the second file has a width of 7.52″. 

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.

Tomorrow I will post the ‘Just Shapes’ version of this kit along with the very first three kits.
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this+that: freedom

June 29th, 2011|digital kits, digital shapes, this and that|

Did you ever just have one of those days? Why is it my ‘days’ are always when I’m trying to get one of these kits done? I swear, I can never have a ‘smooth sailing’ this&that kit process. Why is that???

Today’s adventure began when I needed a couple of inks so I could print out my printables. Needed light magenta and wanted yellow. Only had light magenta. After coming home with half a purchase, only then did I realize that I only had one full sheet of photo paper left.


So I had to break up the one printable sheet to print on 4×6 photo paper.

And that’s just how the day started. . . . Let’s just say I thought I’d be done at noon. ;)

Oh well. All is well now. The kit is done and here for your viewing pleasure. And I want to retake these in a better light too . . .

So, I have to start off by saying something about the banana seat bike. For the past week or two (and it may have something to do with the trend of bikes I’ve been doing in these warm-weather kits), I’ve been thinking about that red and white bike I used to own.

I’m actually admitting to doing something very dorky as a child. That’s just how I roll.

I remember being 7 years old riding that bike (ohhhh, how I loved that bike!) and singing in my carefree way the commercial “Yum, yum, Bumblebee, Bumblebee Tuna….”

(Does that date me or what???)

I mean, seriously, how can you not like this commercial? How can you notfeel so carefree and want to eat tuna? (Sorry, wish I could find a better quality version)

Ohhhhh, the good ol’ days. When life was just a matter of what simple toy to play with, ‘should I wear the mustard paisley pants today’, and making sure you stayed ‘in the lines’.

Simple times.

Enough reminiscing. I guess we should get back to the task at hand, eh?

Here’s a few tips about the kit:

Uncle Sam Hat.
Tie a ribbon on paperclip and attach to tan flourish and sunburst piece. Adhere to bottom of the red cardstock triangle, leaving a little spot to add a paper clip.

Layer in this order: blue hat background, white hat background, red stripes, white band background, blue star band. Assemble and adhere the band before putting it on the hat. It really fits one way–including the stars should be facing upright.

Adhere hat under paper clip and add a couple of rhinestones as shown.

FOR CREATING DIGITALLY. If you you are putting this together as a digital version, add a red rectangle (1.6875 x .51) to the top of the tan section piece. The complete rectangle will be 1.6875 x 2.5.

Adhere red stripe firecracker piece to white backing. Adhere white “burst” to the red firecracker piece. Adhere to background.

Rooster / Banner.
Adhere blue banner piece to white banner piece, making sure all the sections line up evenly. Adhere to red banner piece. Adhere blue half circle to top of banner. Adhere ensemble to tan background.

Adhere “usa”, “land of the free” and rooster in that order. Add star or circle gem to end of “land of the free”.

Star / Sunburst.
Adhere sunburst to white/red distressed background. Adhere dark blue star to light blue star background. Tie string or something shiny around the star and adhere to background.

Vertical Flag.
Adhere components to red/white distressed background in this order: red flag stripes, blue square, “old glory” label over seam of flag, and white primitive star in the center of remaining blue space. Staple star as shown.

The Matchbox.
Okay, this is the tricky one. :) If you fold it just right, you really only need adhesive at the very last step because it all folds into each other. The hard part is explaining how to do this, but let’s give it a whirl.

Fold every scored piece towards the center. You won’t need to do anything with it, we’re just making sure that everything has been folded. The texture will be on the outside and the smooth will be on the inside.

Fold the two long sides so that the outermost section has been folded over the next section and then it stands upright to make the edge of the box. Repeat for the other side.

Now, if you’ll look at one of the ends, you’ll see four little square sections as well as the top end rectangle sections. With those two long sides already folded, more or less match up the four little squares and fold the top rectangle section over the four little squares. While this can hold, it might be best to eventually add a little adhesive to make sure it’s stays secure.

Repeat for other end.

Once you are sure you have it all down right, secure the two rectangle ends inside the box.

For the Outer Box, fold along all score lines. I liked to ensure it’s proper shape by wrapping it around the inside box before adhering the two flaps together. Make sure it slides in and out too.

Okay, so depending on whether or not you have little wanna-be pyros in the house you can choose–or not choose–to put matches in it. Since I believe my kids to be “adults” (although it’s still up for debate way too often), I went ahead and put some in there. If anyone pilfers them during this month to light the barbecue or fireworks, they are dead.

I also cut off about 1/4″ of the matches to fit in the box.

Fold banner so that end pieces tuck under the main section and adhere to tan background. Adhere light blue primitive star to center. Adhere “america” title on top.

Punch 5 extra circles with your 1″ circle punch and adhere under each icon piece for added dimension, if you’d like. i like. :)

I found the best way to do this was to put the adhesive on the back and then wrap the string around a few times. Then I put it down on the background before tying it in a knot–kind of picking up any slack.
You could also punch holes into the background on each side of the word and string it through there.

Bike With Banners.
Adhere all but the top part of the handle bars of the bike down so that you can tuck the banner under it when the time comes. Wrap and adhere the two banners around toothpicks. Adhere the banners to the background over the bike, but under the handlebars–as shown. There will be a little excess toothpick hanging over on the light blue banner–trim with scissors.

Ticket and Highway Sign.
Adhere in this order: highway sign, “04”, ticket, and blue arrow. Add staples over arrow. Add star or round gems above the ticket.

Stars & Stripes.
Make sure the “p” in “stripes” aligns with the edge of the background. Same with the ampersand (&) edge.

The matchbox would make a cute add-on gift for someone . . . like to put along with bbq tools, or as a thank you for an invite to a bbq, a little gift package of fireworks . . . anything really.

And the Philadelphia would make a cute bag topper. Maybe fill the bag with licorice and top it off with a fold-over piece of cardstock with that label on it. Maybe a bag of sparklers. Possibilities are endless.

I think those two items are my faves of the kit.

Preorders will go out later on tonight.

just one more day!

June 27th, 2011|Uncategorized|

Here’s one more quick little sneak peek. 
I’m just wrapping up This & That: Freedom and it will be up tomorrow. 
Yahoo! :)

Hope your weekend was blissfully beautiful!


June 24th, 2011|digital shapes|

Whilst preparing for the new This & That Freedom kit, I’ve been creating a few other ideas that won’t necessarily work within the kit . . . but they sure make a fun kit on their own! :)

Price: $7

The big word border is meant to be cut larger–I’d say at least 9″ tall. And because it’s on the ‘delicate-ish’ side of shapes, I added cut lines around the entire image as well as within the image just to help make it easier to work with when pulling out the negative space. So when you open the image, don’t think there is something wrong. :)

The Freedom kit should be up first of next week! :)

sneak peek + becky higgins contest!

June 23rd, 2011|Uncategorized|

It’s coming!The 4th of July is just around the corner . . .

and so is the This & That: Freedom kit!
Here’s a little sneak peek for ya.

You can preorder it now. It’s $15.

It has a flavor of ‘Americana’ style without completely going there.
Kind of a slightly grungy look too.
And you’re probably thinking, “What does a rooster have to do with 4th of July?”
Well, it is quite an American thing, don’tcha think?
And that’s what this holiday is all about . . . what is American.
Kind of fits the mood. :)
And I’m not 100% sure on the colors of the subway art.
It’s all a process and I’m still in the middle of it.
It may change . . . it may not.
I reserve the right . . .
artist discretion and all . . . :)

Our little friend,
Miss Becky Higgins is doing a FABulous contest
on her blog on Project Life! 

Anyone can enter.
She wants to see what you can do
with the Journaling Cards and the Pocket Pages.

What do you win?
Who couldn’t use that . . . and you win just for scrapping?!
Go read all the details HERE.
She’s so awesome!
What a great idea!
I can’t wait to see what y’all make!

And I’m still just shaking my head thinking about the
4th of July almost being here.
Heck, we just finally started getting summer temps this week!
I want my 70s back though.

project life + more ‘just shapes’

June 20th, 2011|digital shapes|

There’s some fun stuff a-happenin’ over on Becky Higgins’ blog!
Have you checked it out?
If not . . . must . . . do . . . so . . . now!
She’s featuring Project Life additions from Ali Edwards, Cathy Zielske and myself.
Love, love, love these girls–and Becky! Such true talent amongst those cute girls!
And dare I say . . . Becky’s even doing a giveaway???? Something from each of us!
I finally created a page using the Project Life kit too! You can see it all over there today,
but I’ll share a little sneaky-peeky here.

I cut one of the titles from the Life Additions kit and just slid it into the pocket. I could have backed it on one of the cute cards, but I kind of liked the see-thru look here this time.

And now, the next three This & That ‘Just Shapes’ from the Lucky, Love & Winter kits are available! Again, I’ve put these kits together for those that just want to play with the shapes and don’t want to spend money on the printables designed for use with the 7gypsies tray. If you’ve already purchased the full This & That kits, no need to buy these–you’ve already got the shapes. :)

[Comes in SVG/GSD/DXF/AIv8/PNG]
Price: $10

[Comes in SVG/GSD/DXF/PNG]
Price: $10

[Comes in SVG/GSD/DXF/PNG]
Price: $10

Now, go run over to Becky’s and get entered to win some amaaaaaazing stuff!

happy father’s day . . . and freebie!

June 20th, 2011|freebies|

These little moments that my mom captured on film with me and my dad are priceless to me. Since my parents divorced when I was young, I don’t have many photos of me and my dad in my youth. I’ve definitely rectified that since then–particularly since having my own children. :)
gotta be one of my fave photos.
To help celebrate all the dad’s, here’s a fun and simple title for you to play with.
 It’s free. You can download it HERE.
Have a wonderful father’s day!
And dad–since I know you’ll be reading this–happy father’s day! :)

this & that . . . just shapes

June 17th, 2011|digital shapes|

So I’ve been thinkin’ (dangerous, I know). There are probably many of you that look at the This & That kits and think “Oh that’s cute, but I don’t really want to make one of those.” And maybe there are those of you that do buy the kit just to use the shapes and printables for other projects, because it’s chock full of goodies.

There are soooo many great shapes in the This & That series that I thought maybe I’d make a kit of just the shapes for those who would like to play with them in your other crafty goodness without spending money towards all the printables that you don’t really want to use.

Believe me when I say, these are an incredible deal! I mean seriously, look at the variety of all the shapes within the kit and they are only $10??? There’s generally around 20 shapes in each of these kits, which equals roughly .50 a shape. killer. deal.

I’ve compiled the most recent three This & That kits and will be doing the other kits here soon. I will also make these available each time I make a new This & That kit as well.

And just to be clear, if you’ve purchased any of the regular This & That kits designed to work with the 7gypsies trays, you already have these shapes, so no need to buy them again.

These kits are just combined and available for those who don’t want to make the 7gypsies tray, but would like the shapes–without all the printable backgrounds.

Price: $10

Price: $10

Price: $10

I know I’m probably really a dork to admit this, but looking at just the shapes all combined this way makes me happy. :)

in transit

June 17th, 2011|digital shapes|

Every time I add subway art to a This & That kit,
I think, “This would make a great cut file!”
Finally . . . I did it!
Price: $5

I had to make them with a similar font to the grunge font that I’d use for the printable version. Can’t really cut that out. ;)

Keep in mind when you cut these shapes that some of those letters are pretty small. I test cut them at 7″ and that worked pretty well.

And I don’t know if you noticed . . . hmmmm . . . there appppeeeeeaaars to be one on there that hasn’t come out yet. ;)