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Hopes and Dreams Journal

Hopes and Dreams Journal

With every new year there's a quest to learn something new, adopt healthy habits, and start setting new goals. It's nice to have a place that you can write down your thoughts, motivational quotes, and keep track of what you plan to accomplish. I purchased this Wexford Composition Book 9.75" x 7.5" for under $3.00 at my local Walgreens store. I loved the fact that I can decorate it with my favorite paper line, and take advantage of all the scraps I collect. It's a great way to use up fibers too, and leave bits and pieces hanging from the pages. The busier, the better, and the ideas are endless!

Easy Classroom Valentine Ideas

Classroom Valentine Roundup

Last week we shared easy classroom valentine ideas here on the blog. It's a yearly tradition in the Pazzles Craft Room to devote a week to this theme. We have lots of new members since last Valentine's Day so I thought it would be fun to do a little roundup of our most popular classroom valentine ideas. We've done the easy classroom valentines for five years now, so there are many, many ideas for you with cutting files included. You can browse all of the Valentine ideas here in the Projects section, but here are a few of our most popular classroom valentine ideas. Owl Valentine

Puzzle Piece Valentine

Puzzle Piece Valentine

This "Love you to pieces" puzzle card was made from a Pazzles Craft Room image with one simple modification!

Pazzles File Types: WPC, SVG ...

The introduction of our latest cutting machine, the Inspiration Vue and the corresponding new software, the InVue software have resulted in the addition of some new file types to the Pazzles world. Until you understand the various file types and the reason for each specific file type, it can be a bit confusing. I promise we made these changes for a very good reason, and not just to test your mental stamina. So let's talk about each file type on it's own, what the features of each are, and why and when you would use each file type. Stick with me to the end and you'll be a file pro in no time. WPC WPC is the original file type used here at Pazzles. It is what most of you are familiar with. Until recently, the Craft Room Library was all only WPC files. WPC is the default file type used in our Inspiration Studio and Inspiration Studio Pro software options. Our new InVue software gives you the option to open and save in WPC format, but it is not the default file format for the InVue software. PVG PVG is the default file format for our new InVue software. You can only open a PVG file in the InVue software. So why use PVG? Within the InVue software are several options for line type. You can assign a specific line type to each item and have the software save these settings.

InVue Software Update

Today a new InVue software update has gone out. The next time you open your InVue software the update will be automatically applied. Most of the changes this time were small cosmetic changes or bug fixes. Here is a list of the new features. Transparent Lines show in Cut Control Panel: Previously a transparent line stayed transparent when you entered the Cut Control Panel. Now a transparent line will show up in the Cut Control Panel. If your shape has a color fill and a transparent pen line, the pen line will show up as the fill color in the Cut Control Panel. If your shape has a transparent fill color and a transparent line color, the line will show up as gray. Saved Entry in the Rotation Box: The entry box in the rotation feature will now remember the last number you entered. This is helpful when you are rotating many items at the same angle. The angle amount you enter will stay the same as you select each object until you enter a new angle rotation number.

Heart Candy Box

Heart Shaped Box and Candy ...

A classic big heart shaped boxes with candy sleeves you can fill with your own custom treats! A wonderful gift for everyone but especially special for those with dietary restrictions!

Winged Heart Box

A beautiful winged heart box that would be perfect for anyone you want to show that you love this Valentine's Day. This box will make the perfect case for any gift you want to give!

Edit Tool Bar Overview: ...

We will be doing a general overview of the toolbar and learning the basics of using the different tools. Join us starting Sunday at  7pm (times are USA Central, Chicago Time). If you are not sure what time that is in your location, go to the World Time Conversion site to see what time you will join us. Just go to Klo’s Classroom and click on Enter Classroom, join as a guest. **NOTE:  We are only doing the 7:00pm class for now until I get my voice completely back.  Thank you for your patience on this.  When the doctor said it would take at least month, I didn't believe him, but now I do.  Thanks~Klo

Frog Prince Box and Love ...

“Hop” to it, and create this cute froggy bug box. It’s perfect for the family, or even a classroom, and a fun way to get everybody involved.

Push Pop Valentine Ideas

Push Pop Valentine

These Push Pop Valentines are quick and easy to make. Just a little bit of vinyl on the outside, fill with the item of your choice, add string and a tag and you are all done. Also included is a holder to keep them all in before you give them away.

Chapstick Holders Cutting Collection

Tatum's Santa Chapstick Holder continues to be one of our most popular projects, so we decided it needed to be expanded to an entire Cutting Collection. The Chapstick Holders Cutting Collection pieces make quick DIY gifts and a fun way to share a little love with someone. The chapstick holder insert is a separate piece, so it can be left out and these can be used as gift card holders as well. I know you will find so many ways to use these and with eight different versions there is sure to be one that suits everyone.

Decorative File Folders

Being organized is a great feeling, but being organized with cute office supplies is even better. Create labels and covers that you can adhere on the front and inside of any standard pre-purchased file folder.

WPC, SVG or PVG?: January ...

We will be learning about the differences of these files and why you should choose one format over another. Join us starting Sunday at  7pm (times are USA Central, Chicago Time). If you are not sure what time that is in your location, go to the World Time Conversion site to see what time you will join us. Just go to Klo’s Classroom and click on Enter Classroom, join as a guest. **NOTE:  We are only doing the 7:00pm class for now until I get my voice completely back.  Thank you for your patience on this.  When the doctor said it would take at least month, I didn't believe him, but now I do.  Thanks~Klo

DIY Menu Planner Board

Organization Week: Menu Board Planner

It is a brand new year and time to get organized! Don’t huff and groan. I am going to start you off easy. I created a striking, modular Menu Board. Sit yourself down here at the hearth and I’ll teach you how to make one for your kitchen. It was wonderful to design my entire project in the Pazzles InVue Software. The software is a great tool for getting your ideas down “on paper” yet still be able to easily manipulate it and make notes. To play around with shapes, their sizes, and various fonts is a blessing for this non-artist. My metal sign measures 12 X 16 inches. In my InVue software, I created a new file measuring 12 X 24 inches. I chose and made shapes that represented the image in my head. Originally I was going to simply cut circles out of card stock for the days of the week. As my project evolved, I decided to use decorative bottle caps. Each letter representing the days of the week are cut from Pazzles Vinyl.

Organization Week: Garden Stakes

It’s that time of the year. The holidays are over, all the decorations are safely packed away, and the family has all gone home. If you are anything like me you have probably already broken half of your New Year’s resolutions. Now its time to organize, and this year I’m going to organize my garden. Every year my hubby plants my garden and always throws away the plant tags before I can get to them. This year with the help of the new InVue software and the Pazzles Craft Room I made these cute garden stakes.

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.

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