My last post shared how I create planner stickers without a printer and just using my Cricut and Silhouette. I understand that everyone does not have one of these machines, or something similar. The good news is that you can STILL create custom planner stickers that look just as good. If you are interested, go ahead and watch my tutorial below.
If you are anything like me, you love decorating your planner. I am more of a functional planner, but I enjoy adding a few decorative pieces here and there. The easiest way to add pops of color or a happy little reminder, is to use stickers. I love buying stickers from Etsy, but my favorite thing to do is create my own stickers. That way I can choose exactly what I want and I get to be creative.
When creating planner stickers you can buy clip art, design your own digitally, or even hand draw your stickers. I have made them every way imaginable. One of my favorite ways is by using my Cricut or Silhouette. Using an electronic die cutting machine makes cutting stickers out really easy. Sometimes I don’t want to fuss with designing a theme, printing it out and then sending it to the machine to cut. I just want to cut and go. Well, that’s possible. Did you know that you can create cute and functional planner stickers without a printer?
All you need for this technique is sticker paper and an electronic die cutting machine. I use the Cricut Explore as well as the Silhouette Cameo.
Below you will find a video tutorial that will walk you through step-by-step on how I created these stickers. I will also leave a link to where I get my supplies.
Are you looking for a way to make custom planner stickers? Maybe you are wanting to open up your own Etsy shop or maybe you are just wanting to save some money and make your own planner stickers. In this blog post I will teach you how to make your own planner stickers with your Silhouette.
The first thing you want to do is to set you page settings to 8.5″ x 11″. The reason for this is that most sticker paper that you are going to use will be this size. Since you are using a smaller size, you do not need the Cameo for making planner stickers. You can use the Portrait, which is a smaller size and a bit more affordable.
Once you have your mat size set up, you need to add registration marks. This is what allows your Silhouette software to work with your printer. **TIP** Make sure you choose the correct style. Most likely you will be using registration marks for type 1 (cameo, portrait). To get the most out of your sticker paper, set the margins or inset numbers to the lowest possible number. In my case I set mine to 0.394
Now you are ready to start creating your cut file. Designing your stickers or finding clip art is the fun part. You can create your stickers in the Silhouette software or even in Photoshop or Illustrator. Once you have your image you are going to create the cut file. I think the most difficult step is tracing the image. This part is all about trial and error. I turn on the high pass filter, lower pass fitler, and I adjust the threshold and scale. The image doesn’t have to be completely filled. You want to try to get as close to a yellow solid line around the image as possible. **IMPORTANT** Make sure that you do not have any yellow in the background. After you are happy with your trace settings, you are going to select trace outer edge.
You can stop here if you want and cut the image out right on the edge, but if you want a nice white border around your image you will go to the offset screen. I choose offset, not internal offset. I like my image to have a rounded effect so I choose round and adjust the distance. This number does not have to be a specific number, just play around with it until you find what you like.
With the offset lines selected, I like to change to line color. The only reason I do this is so I can tell the difference between the offset line and the original trace line. Once the offset line color is changed, I delete my original (red) trace lines.
This step may not be necessary. but sometimes you will have extra cut lines that you do not want. To get rid of these you are going to select your cut lines, right click, and select release compound path. Now you are able to select the specific part that you want to delete.
With your cut lines selected, you are going to go to the cut settings menu. Make sure that you choose cut edge.
For the image itself, you want to select no cut.
Next, you want to line these two images up. With both images selected go to the align settings and select center. This will align the two images perfectly!!
When you have the two images aligned, select both, right click, and select group. This will keep you image and cut lines together, even if you move your image around. If you want to create multiple images on one sheet of paper, now is the time. You can easily copy and paste this image as many times as you would like and all the the cut settings will already be set.
You finally have your cut file created and it is time to print and cut. There are a few sticker papers that I recommend and use myself.
When you are setting up your cut settings it really is all about trial and error. Each Silhouette is different. What works for one person, may not work for another person. The same is true with sticker paper. One setting may work for a certain sticker paper, but not for another. So playing around with your settings is essential. To save on ink, I suggest cutting out basic shapes while finding what work best for you.
Here is a video tutorial for a walk through on this process.
I hope you found this tutorial helpful. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me through the comments or my contact section. Until next time, Happy Crafting!!
2016 is only a day away. I wanted to take this time to go over my goals for 2016. I feel like 2016 is going to be a great year for Jenuine Crafts, not only for me, but for you too! My focus for this year is to inspire and inform. My true passion is for helping other people and making their lives easier. I love crafting and I feel like it is truly a way to destress. I also enjoy organizing and planning. Jenuine Crafts is a place for more than just crafts. Here are my goals in bullet form…
Planning and Organizing- I love to plan and I love to organize. When my life is organized, I can get so much more done. In 2016 I will be relaunching my Etsy store with digital planner stickers as well as tutorials on how to cut them out on your own at home. I also plan on making more planning videos/blog posts that will include inserts, how to make your own dividers, paperclips, etc.
Scrapbooking- Preserving memories is the reason I craft, but scrapbooking can definitely get overwhelming. I plan on making more scrapbook process videos and sharing at the end of the month my projects that I completed.
Lifestyle- There is so much more to me than planning and crafting. I plan on adding a few lifestyle videos/posts including beauty, fashion, home decor, and vlogs. They won’t be the focus of my channel and blog, but I want to branch out and share a few more things.
Challenges- I want to bring challenges back to Jenuine Crafts. I used to host challenges on my blog and it kept me crafty even if life got busy. These challenges will be hosted in the Jenuine Crafts Facebook group that you can join HERE. I will also be adding a link up on my blog that you can join, but I will also be announcing the challenge on my YouTube channel.
These are just a few of my goals for Jenuine Crafts. I hope you stick around to see what I have in store for you all this year and have fun crafting with us. As always… until next time Happy Crafting!!
Hello all! It’s been a long while since I’ve posted on my blog. A lot has been going on. Last summer I was busy moving schools and into a new grade and classroom. This summer has been busy launching something I’ve dreamed about for years. All of my life I’ve always been crafty and organized. In middle school I won three awards in the yearbook, most unique fashion, most likely to become a teacher, and most organized. Now the first one I’m not sure if I should take that as a compliment, but I’ll take it!! The last two are definitely me for sure! I am a teacher by profession and I love it! I am a kid at heart and I love to learn. I also think kids are the most interesting people ever because they are always so curious and they say what’s on their mind. Can’t beat their honesty. Aside from teaching, I also really love to create things. If I weren’t a teacher, I would be a graphic designer. I love designing things and putting them to use in some way. I love designing websites and creating things in Photoshop. I have wanted to open up an Etsy shop for so long now and share my love of creativity with others. I feel like this is a mixture of everything I am. My Etsy store specializes in planner stickers that I’ve designed to be functional and decorative. My store is small, but I will be releasing new content often. I plan on making monthly sets, coordinating themed sets, monthly kits, teacher stickers, and more. I am doing a Pre-Grand Opening of my Etsy store. I will be open until Friday July 3rd. Then I will be going on a shop vacation until July 20th. So if you are interested in purchasing some of my stickers this week, hurry before it’s too late. When I reopen, I will have more variety of stickers, including EC vertical and horizontal stickers as well as teacher planning stickers. If you want to stay up to date with shop updates and sneak peaks, visit my FB page.
Cricut has been generous to send me a new Cricut Explore Air to review for you guys. I will be playing around with this machine and will be reviewing it later on this week. For now I just wanted to share my reactions to the unboxing of the Cricut as well as some photos of the new machine.
There is a new type of video going around on YouTube called Dear Me. Usually these videos are of people giving wisdom to their younger selves from a more wise and mature version of themselves. While these are very motivational and inspiring, I didn’t feel like I had much advice to give to the youth these days because I very much still feel like I am still making and learning from my mistakes. Where I do have some wisdom is in the crafting world! I have TONS of advice to my younger craft self as well as some advice for beginning crafters. I hope you find this information motivational or inspiring, or just learn from my “mistakes” that I would probably make all over again!! So here it is… Dear Me, Craft Edition!!
With all of my Cricut videos that I have been working on lately, it was nice to just get out my stamps and just color. Such a simple card, but so fun to make. Comment below if you would like to see more cards/videos like this one?
Classrooms are a wonderful place. Teachers are sharing their love of knowledge with their students while children are falling in love with new things every day. Whether it be reading, writing, or even math. Classrooms are the future. They create future authors, scientists, doctors, and even more teachers! Classrooms are warm and inviting, but there are also behind the scenes that many people do not see or even know about. What is that I am talking about? DATA!! Data is a HUGE thing in classrooms these days. Most of our instruction is driven by data. We see where our students are, where their strengths and weaknesses are and based on that… you guessed it, DATA, we plan accordingly. Now yes, data is just a bunch of numbers, but you can make data not only fun, but useful and informative for your students. In the video below, I show you how I track data in a fun and visual way for my kindergarten students.