Papermill Day and Handmade Paper

James Cropper Mill

I have been a very lucky lady! I was chosen by the wonderful people from Papermill Direct to join them on a Mill Day for bloggers. There were 4 of us in total: myself, Laura, Kim and Bev, as well as Hilary who runs Craft Blog UK. You should really check out their blogs as they are all so fab and all so different!

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Silhouette Free Shape of the Week

I am loving the free shape from the Silhouette Online Store this week! Snowflakes!

free silhouette snowflake shape

Perfect for all of your Christmas crafts, these pretty snowflakes are delicate and will look great cut in many different sizes. How are you going to use yours?!

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Make: ‘Create’ Bunting

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I knew that I wanted to decorate my paper storage unit and I love bunting, so decided to make some using paper doilies and my Silhouette Cameo cutting machine. I recently upgraded my software to the designer edition which gives me more flexibility over the shapes I can use, file types and being able to edit the images to my needs.

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Fave Free Halloween Cutting Files

free halloween cutting files

Since I upgraded my Silhouette Studio software to the Designer Edition (it was £20, so very worth it!) I can now use svg files and this has opened up a whole new world of free cutting files!

I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite of the ones I’ve found recently – they are halloween and autumn themed, which of course most of which can be used all through the year, too! Continue reading “Fave Free Halloween Cutting Files”

Make: Inspiring AND Money Saving?!

Yep. You’ve got it right.

Today I am looking at not only what inspires me, but how to save money. I’m an avid crafter and am lucky to have a room where I can do my crafty stuff without any fear of covering the whole house with glitter and mini alphas (any scrapbooker will know what I mean by that!). At the weekend I had a bit of a work on my room as it was slightly cluttered. I have a lot more work to do on it, but I thought I’d share with you one of the things that I recently picked up second hand from a local craft shop which is relocating. Ahold my paper storage unit:

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(plz ignore the polar bear and my ‘diary’ board!)

I have lots more paper in that 12×12 plastic tub, but I shall need to get some more of those plastic shelves, so at the moment it only houses my cardstock and any new kits I have.

Speaking of kits, have you ever made yourself a kit out of your existing crafting stash? I do this every so often for a number of reasons, but mainly…

It saves buying way too much new stuff! You can see how newer and older collections can work together, which can be inspirational in itself. Look at different colours and even materials used in other crafts.

There’s actually a blog I found recently where they post a beautiful kit from a scrapbooking kit club (eg Studio Calico, Cocoa Daisy, Scrapagogo…) and then using your own supplies you create a kit for yourself inspired by it! I thought it was pretty cool and think that one day soon when I’m not super busy I will have to give it a go! The awesomely inspiring blog is called Counterfeit Kit Challenge, so go take a peek at it if you want to set yourself a scrapping challenge with what you already have.

See, I told you that this ‘shopping from home’ was a good idea!