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Family Frame

For most of us, our family is one of the main reasons we love to scrapbook. They are the people we share our pages with, and whom we make our pages about. Scrapbooking is only one way to share our talents. There are so many other ways to show our affection and one is through home décor. Anyone can put a picture in a frame but we can pour our emotion into the project by creating a customized one.


Software Shutting Down During a ...

There are so many factors that can affect the Inspirations performance. They can range from your computing environment, the amount of programs installed on your computer, and what kinds of programs you have running in the background of your computer. When I received this email last week I thought it was perfect, and hopefully can explain some of the reasons that you will experience problems with the software shutting down while you’re creating your project.


Kiss Cut Accents

K-I-S-S-I-N-G

The word KISS brings to mind a lot of different things. We all have sung the school age song: “Tommy and Suzy sitting in a tree…... K-I-S-S-I-N-G!” We might think of baby kisses or romantic kisses and someone who tries to gain favor by “kissing up”. However, when it comes to those of us who love cutting paper, KISS CUT is at the top of the list. Kiss cut is also referred to as perf lines, stitch marking or dashed lines. They are often used for fold lines on boxes and cards. They can also make delightful borders around projects.



Crafting this Weekend?

The weekend is finally here! We hope you have had an enjoyable (or at least productive!) week and hope even more that your weekend is wonderful! If you are setting aside some time to feed your crafting addiction this weekend, make sure you take some time to learn and be inspired here at the Craft Room. We have so many wonderful things going on here, you don't want to miss out!


Pop Up Window Card

Pop up cards have had a resurgence in popularity the past few months and it is not hard to see why. Nothing evokes quite the same reaction of both surprise and enjoyment like a pop up card does. Pop up cards can be relatively simply or extremely complicated, but even the simple ones can have really amazing results. For our project this month, we chose a simple pop up design that has hundreds of possibilities. This project was so fun and I think we each could easily have kept going with several more cards.


Pop Up book

Pop Up books are all the rage with kids. They seem to keep them completely occupied from start to finish. This book captivated me and that is why I chose it as this week's Fabulous find. Just like Catherine's book, I start many of my images from shapes and turn them into things.



Color Fill and Circles

I wanted to thank everyone who responded to my email at whatsup@pazzles.com. I received some really great questions that I’m eager to get to in the weeks ahead. However, I promised to respond to Vickie Kee’s question below since this was not only a great topic, but something I’ve been asked about in the past. This just goes to show that there’s a lot of people out there with the same question, so don’t be afraid to ask!! Keep the emails coming, I look forward reading all of them!


Follow the Path

Have you ever thought about some of the terms that are used in the Inspiration Studio software? Do you know what the terms Segment from Path, Convert to Path and Open Path mean? If you have worked in other programs like Adobe Illustrator you probably do. The rest of us have usually figured out the general meaning of a lot of the terms through consistent use of the software. It can be a bit confusing when you are first learning though. For all of you new users let me define a few terms for you that will make using the software easier.


Retiring

We have had a lot of fun sharing our thoughts and observations with all of you through our Monday morning breakfast topics. However in anticipation of new upcoming blogs, we are retiring the Breakfast Topic blog. Thank you to all of you who have read and shared with us these past few months! We are sorry to see this topic go but are very excited for some new things coming up in the not too distant future! So keep an eye out for those new blogs and thanks for reading!



Happy Valentine’s Day Weekend!

It is Valentine's Day weekend and we hope that you are able to share it with the people that you love! Once you have overdosed on candy hearts and had a good cry over a romantic comedy, let us show you a little love in our own way by sharing all of our Pazzles Craft Room treats with you! Here's what happened at the Craft Room this week!


You melt my heart

When we look through magazines this time of year we see the colors pink and red. We also see hearts, cherubs and roses everywhere. There is no doubt in our minds that something is in the air and chances are its Valentine's Day. This week's Fabulous Find goes to someone whose work often melts our hearts.


We Want to Hear From ...

I love hearing from all of our Inspiration users with questions, and comments about our products, images and tutorials. Your feedback always means the most to us, because everything we do is for you! It is always great when you can read a post or a blog that answers some of the questions that you may have had. I decided to change some things up with the What’s Up Wednesdays and make this blog all about you and your questions. Every WednesdayI will post a question that I’ve been asked and then respond to the question right here. This is a great opportunity for you to submit some of the questions you may have.



Perfectly Centered

Have you ever stumbled across a tool in the Pazzles software that you were unaware of or did not realize how it worked? Has it so radically changed how you create that you wonder how you ever functioned without it? I cannot even begin to count the number of times this has happened to me over the course of the last 7 years. This tutorial may be just such a moment for you.


‘Inspirations’ of Kindness

I liked Chris’s breakfast topic last week. It really made me start to think about all the communities I am part of. It’s amazing how technology can link so many lives together. It’s nice to think that because of the Inspiration we have a community of users here that inspire, share and help stimulate creativity in all of us.


Sneak Away This Weekend

Busy week? Maybe even a busy weekend with the superbowl? Well if you aren't a Superbowl fan and need to sneak away for a while, there is plenty going on here at the Pazzles Craft Room!



Tri -Shutter Card

Tri Shutter Cards Each week, as Thursday comes closer, I get more excited about what project I am going to pick next. There are so many wonderful ones to choose from! This week's fabulous find goes to Catherine with her Tri Shutter card. I love this pattern and there are so many fun ways to use it.


“Zoom” in to Take a ...

The set of tools that I tend to use the most are the Zoom Advanced Tools. While they don’t play a huge role in creating the project, they help while you’re making changes or need to zoom in and out of your image. Here is a run down of what those tools do.


How to Print and Cut

One of the additions in the Inspiration Vue is an optical eye for print and cutting clipart. If you have our previous model, the Inspiration, you can still do an accurate print and cut though using this method!



Pazzles Craft Room = Community

As I sat in church Sunday morning, I felt deeply grateful for all the people there. I was reminded of all the different communities I belong to. My thesaurus uses words like neighborhood, kinship, unity, identity, and cooperation to describe the word. My family, of course, is my primary community but there are many others I belong to. My small town of Kuna where we have lived for over 30 years is a community. The people I worship with constitute another community I belong to. We have a common belief and have a bond that has developed from that. (There are a lot of relatives there too!) The Pazzles office is a very important community in my life. The people there are like family to me.


February Here We Come!

We are down to the last few days in January and heading in to the second month of the new year already! How time does fly! If time has been flying for you too and you haven't had a chance to come by the Craft Room lately, here is what you have been missing!


Pillow Box

Dimensionals are so much fun. With Valentine's day just around the corner we are always looking for something fun to give. That is why I wanted to shine some attention on this piece by Angie. I have chosen the Pillow Box for this week's fabulous find because, let's face it, what is there not to love about it?



Learning about your Media Settings

Regardless of your skill level when it comes to working with your Inspiration, there is always something new to learn. Like I mentioned last week, it’s easy to get used to doing something one way, even if it is the long way. I think regardless of what we’re talking about in our lives that can happen. Thank goodness for the GPS getting me to my destination and calculating a shortcut to get there. I still take the long way, even when I know it may not be the fastest way. The GPS is helping me with that though, and now I’m not so afraid to find a new route. Like most people I guess, once I find something that works, I just stick with it. I’ve gotten pretty good about knowing what pressures work well with different papers. I have a bit of an advantage here at Pazzles, because we tend to purchase the same papers (we love Worldwin Colormates paper). I always know what pressure will work best with our paper supply. However, it would be nice to remember, and save those cutting calculations as far as pressure, speed and blade length go, just like my GPS!


I don’t want to go ...

I am venturing a bit outside of the usual Tricky Tuesday theme today but I think I will get your creative juices going nonetheless. I have been at the craft industry’s premier trade show, CHA in Anaheim, California. This is where all of the different companies debut their new products for Spring. All the big companies are here and there are buyers (in suits, of course) from Michael’s, Joannes, Hobby Lobby, QVC and HSN walking the floor to find great, new products. Usually I am busy working in our Pazzles’ booth but this year I got to walk the floor. I have been on the lookout for new products that would work with our cutter and seeing what trends there are in the industry. I could have waited until next week’s Breakfast Topic but I just can’t seem to keep this stuff to myself for that long!


Fonts Fonts Fonts!

I have to say...I am officially addicted to fonts! There are just so many of them out there for absolutely free. I even found a site where they have turned hundreds of people's hand writing in to fonts. So fun! Even though I have hundreds of fonts on my computer (and growing!), I still find myself gravitating back to certain fonts.



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