Jan 27, 2020

12 Tips for DIYing Valentines Day Shirts with Iron On Vinyl

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.


12 tips to help you become comfortable with DIYing shirts using iron on vinyl.
I haven't made a shirt with iron on vinyl in YEARS!  AND when I did I didn't design it and cut it out myself.  However, I set a goal that I was going to do it.  Guess what?!  I did it and honestly it was SO SIMPLE!

I DIYed Valentines Day shirts for me and my girls using the Cricut Explore Air 2, Cricut EasyPress, and Cricut's Everyday Iron On and Patterned Iron On.  I am thrilled with how they turned out and I want to share some tips that I learned.

First off, I am going to share these files with you so you can make these exact shirts if you wanted too.  However, if you feel like you want to try to design something yourself then jump into Cricut design space and start designing.  There are so many things you can do!

12 Tips for DIYing Valentines Day Shirts with Iron On Vinyl

12 Tips for DIYing Valentines Day Shirts with Iron On Vinyl

12 Tips for DIYing Valentines Day Shirts with Iron On Vinyl


One thing I want to mention is you might want to watch this tutorial on how to use HTV Iron On for the first time.  It isn't the shortest video (I really try to make them short, but I feel like if you have NEVER done HTV then this is the least you can do to make sure you know the ins and the outs.

12 tips to help you become comfortable with DIYing shirts using iron on vinyl.

Next, I want to share with you 12 tips to help make Iron On vinyl easier.  These are things I have learned along the way.


1.  My number one tip is to let the vinyl cool for a bit.  If it is a warm peel (next tip will explain this) then make sure to let it cool a bit before trying to peel off the "backing".  I made this mistake and luckily I was able to save it but it could have been a disaster!  I say to let it cool for 20 seconds.

2. When you buy the EasyPress 2 you will get a booklet in the box that gives a website to help guide you when it comes to deciding what temperature to set the EasyPress on and also how long to set the timer for.  It will also tell you if you should peel it when its warm or cool.  It is very interactive.  You get to choose what kind vinyl are you using as well as what type of material you are adhering it to.  You can pull up that website here.

12 Tips for DIYing Valentines Day Shirts with Iron On Vinyl

3.  For an easy way to know what size to make your designs refer to these guidelines:

Adult:Around 11x11
Fitted adult: 9x9
Youth: 7x7
Toddler: 5x5
Onesie: 3x3

4.  When you get ready to cut out the vinyl the program lets you know that it needs to be mirrored and which side to lay down on the mat.  So just make sure to pay attention and you will get all the guidance that you need.  (For example, the way I am laying down the vinyl in the picture below is wrong, but thankfully the program corrected me and I fixed it which is the second picture.)
12 Tips for DIYing Valentines Day Shirts with Iron On Vinyl

12 Tips for DIYing Valentines Day Shirts with Iron On Vinyl

5.  To make it easier to find the center of the shirt then fold the shirt in half (pictured below) and run the EasyPress over it to create a crease.  

12 Tips for DIYing Valentines Day Shirts with Iron On Vinyl

6.  Make sure to preheat your material.  There will also be a suggested amount of time to preheat it in the heat guide that I mentioned above.

12 Tips for DIYing Valentines Day Shirts with Iron On Vinyl

7.  If you are wanting to do multiple colors (like what is seen in the shirts above, then make sure to use everyday iron on.  Glitter should be a top layer.

8.  Layers should be done separately.  As long as the protective sheet is not touching any other protective sheet then you can put as many "layers" on each time you apply the heat.  I felt like this tutorial showed this really well.

12 Tips for DIYing Valentines Day Shirts with Iron On Vinyl

9.  The first layers should be 10-20 seconds less because you don't want to overheat them.  This is also explained the the video tutorial above.

10.  One great way to not actually layer the iron on vinyl on top of each other is to use the slice method.  I did this on the unicorn and plaid shirt above.  It basically slices out the layered pieces so that all the vinyl is adhering to the fabric not to the vinyl underneath.  If you look at the picture below you can see that the hearts right under the horn are not layered on anything.  Before I did the slicing method the hearts were layered on the hair and the horn.  This video tutorial shows it what I am talking about and how to do it.

12 Tips for DIYing Valentines Day Shirts with Iron On Vinyl

11.  Never put the EasyPress directly on the Iron On material.  So make sure to save the plastic protectors and place them on top of the exposed vinyl each time you heat a new layer. 

12 Tips for DIYing Valentines Day Shirts with Iron On Vinyl

12.  Last tip is to just hold the EasyPress still, don't move it around.  This is prevent you from accidentally moving your vinyl.


Now one thing I want to mention, this isn't a tip, but something you want to be aware of.  You do NOT need TRANSFER TAPE.  It is already on the vinyl.



Lastly, I want to mention tools that will either make your life so much easier if you have!  I don't recommend anything unless I truly feel like you will benefit from it.

1.  Essential Tool Set:  This set will give you all the tools you need to slice, weed, and trim the Iron On materials.  It comes with a lot more tools to help do many more things with your machines as well.
12 Tips for DIYing Valentines Day Shirts with Iron On Vinyl

12 Tips for DIYing Valentines Day Shirts with Iron On Vinyl

12 Tips for DIYing Valentines Day Shirts with Iron On Vinyl

2.  EasyPress Mat:  You can use a folded up towel, but the way this mat is designed it helps eliminate moisture and directs heat right to your design.

3.  BrightPad: I have the BrightPad, but for these designs I didn't need it.  If you are working when it is dark it might help you.  Or if you are weeding a more intricate design then the BrightPad will help so much!


Jan 13, 2020

Should I Buy a Cricut Explore Air 2 (or an EasyPress 2)?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.


See why a Cricut Explore Air 2 and an EasyPress 2 is worth the investment.  Check out what you can do with these machines and what kinds of projects you can make.
Have you been asking yourself if you should buy a Cricut Explore 2 or even an EasyPress 2? Then, if you have decided to buy one then where should you buy one? I asked the same questions and I am here to explain why you SHOULD buy these products and why. Also, explain some things about where you should buy them depending on what you are looking for.

First up, why should you buy it?
  1. It doesn't take up a lot of space so you don't need a huge crafting area. Gone are the days that you need cartridges for Cricut machines. Also, the EasyPress comes in lots of sizes. So you can get the size that you have space for.
  2. You can design/create your own designs. Nothing feels better than turning something inside your brain into reality. (Side note: There are plenty of ready to use designs as well.)
  3. It cuts so many things! (See a list below.)
  4. It writes beautifully for you, in case you are like me and dream of having beautiful lettering skills, but don't.
  5. It has a print then cut function. Gone are the days that you have to cut things out all the time! WHAT!?!
  6. It isn't loud. My family is a household full of people with sensitivity to sound.  So it being quite is necessary.
  7. It's easy to use and there are SO MANY resources to help you if you need to figure something out. There are tons of videos and tutorials.
  8. The EasyPress will simplify life for you and help you make your projects long lasting.
Should I Buy a Cricut Explore Air 2 (or an EasyPress 2)?
Writing done by the Cricut Explore
What can you do with the Cricut Explore Air 2?
  • Cut so many things! The list includes:
    • Paper
    • Card stock
    • Magnet Sheets
    • Vinyl (Holographic, Foil, Iron On, Dry Erase, Chalkboard)
    • Iron On Vinyl
    • Washi Sheets
    • Wood
    • Burlap
    • Tissue Paper
    • Leather
    • Duct Tape
    • Felt
    • Soda Can
    • So much more!
  • It writes beautifully.
  • The EasyPress 2 helps you transfer vinyl onto different materials such as:
    • Material
    • Wood
    • Metal
    • Paper
Should I Buy a Cricut Explore Air 2 (or an EasyPress 2)?
The whole banner was cut with the Cricut Explore
What can you make with a Cricut Explore Air 2 and an EasyPress 2?
  • Place Cards
  • Door Signs
  • Coloring Pages
  • Gift Tags
  • Garlands
  • Pillowcases
  • Ornaments
  • Cupcake Toppers
  • Magnets
  • Window Clings
  • Valentines
  • Greeting Cards
  • Mugs
  • T-Shirts
  • Wall Decor (I can't wait to make gold polka dots for my new house!)
  • Vases
  • Stencils (think stenciling the tops of wood stools!)
  • Organization Labels
  • Wreath Details (wood or fabric flowers anyone?)
  • And so much more!
See why a Cricut Explore Air 2 and an EasyPress 2 is worth the investment.  Check out what you can do with these machines and what kinds of projects you can make.

I have owned a Cricut machine for about 4 years now and love everything I can make with it. I don't consider myself a crafting genius, but I do like being creative and making my own things. I feel a sense of pride when I make things myself.

Check out the new products I received from Cricut as a partnership with them.  I am excited to bring new tutorials and new ideas for you to use in your own home.  Check out my unboxing video on IGTV.  Then leave a comment on what you have questions about and also what you want to see me make.

Check out these projects I have used the Cricut Explore to make:
Should I Buy a Cricut Explore Air 2 (or an EasyPress 2)?
Should I Buy a Cricut Explore Air 2 (or an EasyPress 2)?
Should I Buy a Cricut Explore Air 2 (or an EasyPress 2)?
Should I Buy a Cricut Explore Air 2 (or an EasyPress 2)?
Should I Buy a Cricut Explore Air 2 (or an EasyPress 2)?
Should I Buy a Cricut Explore Air 2 (or an EasyPress 2)?
Should I Buy a Cricut Explore Air 2 (or an EasyPress 2)?
Should I Buy a Cricut Explore Air 2 (or an EasyPress 2)?
Should I Buy a Cricut Explore Air 2 (or an EasyPress 2)?
Should I Buy a Cricut Explore Air 2 (or an EasyPress 2)?

Get a one or both of these products today and start making something for yourself.  Please send me what you make.  I love seeing others be creative as well!

Dec 28, 2019

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults
Do you love to read, but feel like you don't have enough time?  Do you only read books that fit under a certain genre, but wish you would branch out more?  Do you need book inspiration? 

If you answered yes to any of those questions then this 2020 Reading Challenge for Adults is a great option for you!  This reading challenge is designed to be versatile to YOUR needs.  It is to get you hitting your reading goals.  It will help you read different books than you normally read and/or read more books than you normally do. 

Do it with a friend.  The download that I have provided has 2 copies of the list.  So that is perfect for you to share with a friend.  Make it a fun gift idea and give your friend a copy of the list with a book or even a gift card to the nearest bookstore.  

Make reading a priority this year.  Reading has so many benefits.  Here are just a few I want to share with you so you can also make a reading a priority this year:
  • Reading helps increase concentration. 
  • Reading can make you more empathetic. 
  • Reading helps increase your sleep quality. 
  • Reading slows the progress of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. 
  • Reading helps lessen negative thoughts.
  • Reading helps your general knowledge. 
  • Reading helps you to relax. 
  • Reading helps expand your vocabulary. 
  • Reading helps improve your memory. 
  • Reading is FREE entertainment! 
So how should you use this challenge to help you reach your reading goals?  Like I said make it work for YOU.  If you feel like you need to read more then set a goal for how many books you want to read this year and use the list I provided to help you think of different books to read.  If you want to branch out and read different types of books then use the download to help you achieve that.  If you want to try and read all the categories on the list then great, but if that is too much for you to handle then set a goal that is reasonable to you.  

My goal this year is to read 36 books.  I plan on reading a self help, spiritual, or parenting book once a month.  Then I also plan to read both a nonfiction and fiction book each month.  I am so excited to read more.  In 2018 I read 46 books then in 2019 I read about 12.  I noticed a HUGE difference in my attitude.  So I decided to make it a goal again.  I hope you will join me. 

Get a FREE download of this 2020 Reading Challenge for you and a friend now!


Some of these links contain affiliate links which means if you purchase after clicking on the link I will receive a very small commission.  I wholeheartedly recommend these items and commission would never sway me to recommend something I could not stand behind.

Check out the following book suggestions under each of the categories that are listed on the 2020 Reading Challenge for Adults to spark ideas and give you inspiration.  

Action/Adventure

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults



Art Inspired

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults


Parenting

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults


Alternate History

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults


Autobiography/Memoir

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults


Spiritual

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults


Science

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults


2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults


Biography

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults


Self Help

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults


Chick Lit

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults


Book/Reading Inspired

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults


Coming of Age

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults


Food Inspired

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults


Drama

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults


Diary/Journal

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults


Fairy Tale

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults


Health

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults


Fantasy

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults


History


2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults


Mystery

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults


Anthology

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults


Historical Fiction

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults


Graphic Novel

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults


Romance

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults


Young Adult

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults

2020 Reading Challenge List for Adults
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