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DIY Home Calendar Planner

Organization Week: DIY Home Calendar

Hello crafty friends, Melin here with you today sharing my calendar. Part of being organized for me means keeping better track of time. So I decided to create this calendar that will hang on my bulletin board. I started by using a standard 12" x 12" scrapbook page size. From there I laid out my concept with my software. I love being able to lay my project out in my software before I cut anything. It helps me figure out my die cut sizes as well as what pieces I will use. Once I laid it all out, I picked my papers. I started by cutting a base of the Doilie Frame cut file from the library. I then cut the Flourish Hardware, Royal Damask, Wire Dress Form and the Doilie Frame 2 all from the Craft Room Library.


Forever Friends Typography Layout

Forever Friends Layout Overlay

One of the things that I love about my Pazzles is that I am able to use any true type font I have on my computer. There are so many things you can create with just letters. One day as I was cutting out a lot of separate letters I realized that the negative of the paper looked as fun as the positive. I had done the kind of title that you put the paper behind, but then as I had been looking at all the fun things people are doing everywhere with subway graphics, I realized that using it for the entire page background would be so much fun.


Vinyl on Glass Frame

Personalized Frame Idea with Vinyl

Vinyl is a creative way to say something unique in an entirely new way. If you have a friend getting married, a family member's birthday, or maybe you just want to decorate your own walls with a little personal message to someone you love, this idea is definitely the way to do it. I found this floating frame at my local Home Goods store. It worked perfectly for showcasing my project. Since my vinyl is sandwiched between two pieces of glass the finished product looks professional, and gift giving worthy. It couldn't have worked out more perfectly. It's amazing how cute of a project you can make for less than $10.00, and nothing says I love you more than homemade!



Lovely Life Scrapbook Sketch

Lovely Life Layout Project Pattern

Have you tried our new Project Patterns yet? In the InVue software you can have a beautifully designed page in just four clicks. Then switch out the elements with four more clicks for a completely different look. Today's layout is all about capturing special moments in your everyday life. Mix and match the design elements and use this pattern over and over.


Valentine Candy Tubes and Tube Holders

Valentine Candy Tube Stand

This candy tube holder box is an easy adaptation of the Pencil Holder cutting file found in the Craft Room library. Just add circles to fit your tubes to the lid and add some hearts!


Valentine Pun Slider Cards

Valentine Slider Cards Cutting Collection

Vintage valentine cards with clever puns and adorable little characters. The base of these cards are slider cards. When you pull on the top sentiment piece, the bottom piece slides out as well.



Sushi Cards and Take-Out Gift ...

I get a kick out of the local coffee shops here in downtown Boise. I love when they have the gift shops attached so you can walk around sipping and shopping. The gifts are generally simple, and I always enjoy reading the silly greeting cards you can purchase. It’s always something unique you can’t find anywhere else. Do you ever notice when you’re out and about, that something will catch your eye that’s completely out of character for you to make, or buy, but you love it anyway? I noticed some simple greeting cards with basic shapes and sayings and it made me think, I should try creating something outside of my comfort zone.


No Class: January 11 or ...

There will be no class for the next 2 weeks. I'm still recovering my voice from my illness and it needs to have as much rest as possible for a few more weeks to completely heal. I'm so sorry for the delay in getting started up with the new year and look forward to seeing you in class soon. In the meantime, be sure and watch the videos and past classes. Also, if you haven't gone through the projects or gallery in awhile, now is a great time to catch up.


Be My Valentine Gold Dipped Heart

Gold Dipped Die Cut Valentine

Create decadent gold dipped details in your crafts with the tutorial included with this gorgeous Valentine's day card!



Hershey Nugget Wrappers

Hershey Nugget Wrappers

I see that Hershey Nugget Wrapper printables are really big in the USA, so I thought I would […]


Cut and Paste Sketches: Snowy ...

Yesterday was the first day back to school after the holiday break for my kids. Saturday night the weatherman was predicting a big storm headed our way with snow Sunday through Monday. While I groaned aloud, they started celebrating the possibility of a snow day and thus another day of freedom. I made a snow day layout with the weather forecast in mind. But guess what? It didn't happen. It rained instead, and they were back to the grind yesterday.


InVue Software Updates

We've released a new InVue Software update today. As with all InVue updates, the update will automatically install the next time you open the software. Here are the new additions to the software: Option to Save File To WPC: You can now save a file in the InVue software as a WPC. To do so make sure all of the items on your page are selected and then choose Convert>WPC. Any text that has not been converted to path will be automatically converted to path when saving to WPC. Rotation Handles in Visual Text Layout: When you select text for visual text spacing, you will now see rotation handles located beneath each letter. You can use this to rotate a letter while still maintaining it's position on the text line. There are several options related to this change. The default is for one letter to rotate when you use the handle. Holding the shift key while rotating will rotate the selected letter and any letters following it. Holding the control/command key will rotate the letter and any letters following it at the same angle of rotation. Do a test run to see how the different options work. Changes To File Name in Tab: When a file is open within the software a tab shows at the top of the page that identifies the file name. The tab will now show the end of the file name rather than the middle, to make it easier to distinguish between files with similar names.



InVue Software Video: Zoom Tools

Using and understanding the Zoom Tools makes it easier to edit and see items in a way that is more helpful when you are working with images. This video shows you the five zoom tools and helps you understand their functions. Zoom Tools In this video, you will learn about the five zoom tools and their functions and how they can make working with images easier.





Birthday Banner in a Box gift packaging idea with chalkboard art lid. Box and Banner cutting files from Pazzles.

Birthday Banner in a Box

It's a new year and a new reason to celebrate! My family has lots of winter babies, so right after the rush of Christmas it's time to get my act together and make something special for the January celebrations. Of course anyone who knows someone with a January birthday knows they have the perception of being forgotten, so I like to make a big deal out of winter birthdays. This birthday banner in a box is a fun way to give a gift card or small gift. The banner is attached to the lid, so it comes out as you open the box. Using washi tape to adhere the banner inside, allows for the recipient to remove the banner and hang it up for the celebration.



Upcycled Winter Home Decor Sign

One of my friends was going to throw out an old home décor sign and asked if I wanted it. I originally said no. The sign was funny but nothing I would use. Then I got to thinking about it and told her I had changed my mind and I would love to have it. The whole time I was thinking about how I was going to repurpose it. I decided to make a winter sign instead of a holiday sign, so I could use it throughout the season. I was going to sand the sign down and repaint it but then I decided to just flip the sign over and use the back, as the base coat was the exact color I needed.



Love Cards Project Pattern

These lovely cards are as easy as can be to make - just drag and drop your favorite elements to make dozens of unique cards!


Christmas Scrapbook Layout Cutting Files

Cut and Paste Sketches: Tis ...

Leave the Christmas cleanup until tomorrow and spend today documenting the season's festivities. Print out your pictures and use today's Cut and Paste Sketch to get your memories quickly captured. If you whip up a layout with this sketch and still want more, check out the Christmas Memories Layout Collection.


Merry Christmas

We hope you have a wonderful day filled with the sweetest things in life! ~The Pazzles Crew



New Years Wreath Door Decoration

New Years Wreath Door Decoration

Need a great door decoration for your New Years party? You know Pazzles can help you with that. Here I cut out a wreath form out of cereal boxes with my trusty Inspiration Vue. I cut a circle inside of a circle to create a wreath form. I did cut out three of them and glued them on top of each other to give my wreath more stability. Then I started collecting stuff for my wreath. I found I had some gold tulle and some gold star trim as well as some clear acetate. I wrapped the form in the tulle twice again to make it look fuller and then with the star garland. I found some great files in the Pazzles Craft Room to decorate. I then wrote Happy New Year 2015 and gave it an outline in black. I used Core’dinations Gold Pearls Paper to cut out the lettering. The champagne bottles are from the Craft Room Library, New Years Bursting Bottle file and the glasses were from the 2011 file.


Gingerbread Village Prize Winner

We've selected a winner from all of the comments on our Gingerbread Village and sent a package off to one lucky Craft Room member. Congratulations to debi8613 ! It was so fun to read all of your comments. What a creative bunch you are! (But we already knew that.)


New Years Eve Crackers

I was not aware of “crackers” until I became an adult. They are just as fun for me as for kids! There are two cracker files in the Pazzles Craft Room that you can use for any special occasion, Cracker Box and Cracker Box 2 . Today I have dressed them up for New Years! These are very easy to assemble. I also added Print & Cut images from the Happy New Year Title as a bonus decoration.



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