In a previous life I was a computer teacher at an elementary school. I've always been a gadget girl and I love to be crafty. I've never jumped fully into digital scrapping, I'm more of a hybrid girl -- using the digital tools to enhance my scrapbooking, photoshop brushes and masks, to add some pizzaz to pictures -- that sort of thing.
The one area where I've really unleashed the power of my digital, gadget geekery is my Cricut machine. Shortly after getting my Baby Bug I heard about Sure Cuts A Lot. I downloaded the trial and I was hooked! The ability to cut any font installed on my computer as well as SVG files made me giddy. I discovered all sorts of nifty places on the web to get files, for a small fee or even free! Some of my favorite hang outs are
Thanks to some great tutorials on YouTube I've learned how to really customize my own designs and work with files from others.
For instance I watched this video to learn how to create a layered SVG file from a PNG file. IT has been a real life saver as I start on the invites and decorations for my son's birthday party. We are having a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse theme and I wanted to have the clubhouse on the front. So I was able to find a file from this Etsy seller and then convert the image. She also created a file of Toodles for me as well.
My most recent creation was after watching this tutorial on the Lettering Delights blog showing how to create Belle from their Happily Ever After set. The video shows how to use Make the Cut, but I also watched this video to see how to do the same thing with Sure Cuts A Lot. It took a bit of trial and error but I got it! I'm pretty happy with how she turned out.
This type of thing makes me happy. The computer teacher in me loves when you can solve a problem using your network of online resources!
I don't really have a need for a Belle piecing right now, so I thought I'd give her away to a reader. Post a comment and I'll choose a random winner on Sunday afternoon.
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