As you may spot on my Instagram a couple days ago, I picked up some cardstock at my local craft store. Today I want to share with you my recent obsession, papercrafting. Since several months ago my dear hubby got me a Cricut Expression 2 and some cartridges, it opened up a whole new world for me. Before that every time when I walked through the paper/scrapbooking section, I just thought hmm I was kinda… lost. Though not totally new to me, I did utilize many of the elements for my other crafting projects. Even some of the previous photo backgrounds on this website were adopted from craft paper. Maybe with so many options out there, punches, die cut machines, cutters, stamps, I was a bit intimidated. Until that one day…
When I first opened the box and took the little critter out, I was like a kid running into a candy shop. I spent hours finding images/projects, and loading/unloading the cutting mat. Since then I made a ton of cards for various events, birthday parties, baby shower, you name it. Most of the time I could get everything put together using the screen on the machine. I was supposed to peel the sticker off of the protective cover, but I like to keep everything in its original form. Nowadays I find myself hook it to the computer more for editing and cut a bunch of images at once then store them in a box. That way it’s more effecient also I won’t ever run out of shapes and cutouts.
I like to cut as much as possible to fit in the whole sheet of paper. When the machine is cutting I can walk away and find more images for my next sheet of images. The only pain is to remove the leftover scraps from the mat especially when I’m just starting to use a new mat. I heard the scraper helps remove those. Is it any good?
Most of the time I keep everything in the box even the tiny scraps like dots, hearts, stars. I can always use them in making something new and the little dots are especially useful for the letter i, I tend to lost the dot easily.
Here’s some stars I cut out from the 4th of July party. I used a twine to hang these up as well as using them inside the invitation cards. I also made some cupcake toppers to decorate my red velvet cupcakes. I wish I still had them.
The good thing about these cutouts is that it’s totally mix and match-able. Even with the same design, you get different effect with different paper.
These are my favorites that I save in my storage box at all time.
I know that Cricut not only cuts paper, it can also conquer vinyl, ion on and even fabrics. I have yet to try those, but I’m really tempted. A cutout appliqué should look so much neater. Anyone had experience with those?