My Space.

Do you have a space?

A place you blog or craft or just lock yourself away for 10 minutes so the kids can’t find you until you realize your kid is the Hulk and can just hang on the door handle until it pops open and you are never actually alone?

Maybe I’m straying from my original point…

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This is my space. We are lucky here to have an extra bedroom in our apartment. It quickly became our junk room. The place everything went when there was no other home for it. The room got ugly for a while…and still does if I don’t come in to use it regularly. It’s not a huge room and it’s kind of amazing how much I’ve crammed into it to make it work for multiple purposes. Hmm, ‘Multipurpose Room’ sounds more official than our ‘junk room’.

Ok, so I wont be featured on any organization sites but trust me…this is looking pretty good. My decor style is “How many pieces of furniture can I fit along one wall”

The answer this time is 3. We have our borrowed brown Army desk and chair where the computer/sewing machine/craft work is done. The black desk I picked up for maybe $10 – $20 on a flea market page. Perfect for all my vinyl stuffs. And storing random never go unpacked boxes underneath….

The bookshelf is also Army borrowed. Shelves on top, a drawer, and storage on the bottom. I can’t even tell you what all is on there. There is a shelf with fabric, a shelf for paint/more vinyl/Big Bang Theory wine glasses, the top shelf has everything else that I have no room for in the desks or anywhere else in the house. I know that much. The random crafting supplies are in the bottom storage.

This room really is like an I Spy picture. Can you find an egg carton, mini ironing board, and paper towels??

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My main desk:

The sewing machine lives here. I never gets used :/ I will make that sewing machine cover though. I will. Promise. My white board blog calendar. I bought this thing…last year? I don’t even know. I just had to alcohol wipe March off of it so I could update and actually USE it. So far, 9 days later, I am.

 I think my fave thing here is the window organization stuff I got at Daiso. Hung on bathroom suction cup hooks.

Also pictured: My tripod – trying to see how tall it was when on the desk. Too tall. ~ Pile of lunch box stuffs to be vinyled/labeled. ~ My phone & Cuboid pumpin out some Jango’s 90’s Best of the Best.

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My Baby, er, Silhouette…

This is where my Silhouette Cameo lives. Sometimes I even use the dust cover I bought for it. Sometimes. That storage bag above it is the Keep It Caddy (I think) from Thirty One. I have this one and another on my bedroom dresser that holds makeup and other get ready for the day stuffs. I. love. them. I just wish that front pocket didn’t hang open so much.

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Fabric and Vinyl:

It’s been a long while since I’ve made a trip to Happy Quilt. I have a problem with buying all the pretty fabric and then never actually doing anything with it. I just took a lot of it out of the plastic packaging because it kept sliding out onto the floor. Audrey says I should do a fabric haul…and I might. It might be the excuse I need to stock up on more fabric before we leave Korea.

I buy my vinyl in packs of 12×12 squares and am using a scrapbook paper organizer to hold it. It was all rainbowlogically sorted until I actually started using it and putting the pieces back on top of the pile…The bigger rolls are either iron on for tshirts or locally bought glittery goodness.

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The Other Side:

The opposite side of the room is just as crowded.  Treadmill, keyboard, giant chair that we took out of the living room to fit the Christmas tree and never put back, the printer, and some weights. And a giant tub of too small kids clothes to consign/donate.

Oh, and the boy and the cat. Because there is no alone time in this house.

DIY: Making and Applying Vinyl Stickers

Since Santa brought me my Silhouette for Christmas I’ve made a gazillion vinyl stickers. I know there are so many paper crafts and other things (fabric, sketching, rhinestones, oh my!) that can be done with this machine but vinyl has been my #1 love 🙂

A while back I made a post about how to create your own Silhouette cutting file from an image. You can check that out HERE 🙂

Layla and I went school shopping today and there are a few things I want to label for her. Figured it was a good chance to go over just how EASY it is to make stickers with this machine! Easy as it is I still had to Google my brains out trying to figure out just what to do and how to apply it. Now I’ll post it all here for someone else to learn.

First up you need to open up your Silhouette software. I just use the free Silhouette Studio that came with the machine. No fancy upgrades here. Since I’m making a word sticker I’ll be telling you how to do that.

On the left side of the screen click on the text tool (the big A). Type out whatever you want your sticker to say.

This next step only applies if you have any parts of your design that overlap. If you leave it as is it will cut every little line. Not just the edges like you want it to.

 

Move your design where you want it to cut on your cutting mat. Usually I keep everything in the top left corner but sometimes I have wacky shaped cuts of vinyl scrap that I’m using to cut something else from and have to scoot it over a few inches. Match the grid on the computer to the grid on your mat to know where it will cut out.

Click on the Cut Settings (the little pencil icon) and choose your cutting media. I chose vinyl and then bumped my speed and thickness down a bit. I don’t use Silhouette brand vinyl but either way you should always test cut your settings to make sure it works for the media you are using if you are’t totally sure of the settings you should use.

Press your vinyl down on your cutting mat and load it into your machine. Make sure if you use the mat you have the cutting mat box checked in your cut settings and that the machine itself says “load cutting mat”.

 

Double check your blade. Is it on the right setting as well? I’ve made the mistake of leaving it on a higher setting and not checking before. It’s no good.

 

Go back into your cut settings and click CUT! Watch your machine do all the work for you 🙂

 

When you unload the mat you will see your words have been cut through. Hopefully just through the vinyl and not the backing paper also (why you need to be sure of your settings before cutting the whole thing out!)

 

Cut out around your design and pull back the extra vinyl surrounding it and weed out any extra bits like insides of letters.

 

Now here is where I will save you millions of dollars. Ok, not millions, but enough. Here’s the secret…do NOT buy the brand name transfer tape. It’s expensive! Go to the store and buy some clear contact paper from the kitchen/bathroom section. Super cheap. Cut out a piece to fit your design. Pull it off the paper and stick it down right on top of your vinyl. Rub really hard all over your sticker so the contact paper can really grab it all. For fat words like this I just use my finger but for smaller more detailed designs I use an old giftcard to really get it all rubbed down.

**This is where you stop if you’re making the sticker for someone else or need to save it or take it anywhere before it gets stuck onto something**

 

Now pull off the contact paper slowly, bring your vinyl with it.

 

Stick it down onto whatever it is you’re sticking it onto. Rub really well again all over the vinyl parts. Pull contact paper back slowly leaving the actual vinyl to stick onto your item.

 

Voila! You just made and applied a vinyl sticker. Now go make 1000 more and label everything you own 😀 It’s seriously addicting.

Line it up and stick it down where ever you plan to put your sticker

One Yard Wonders

Have y’all heard of this book? I’ve been looking at it forever but haven’t actually taken the plunge to buy it for myself.

My Korea BFF has it! She let me borrow it. I’ve been feeling super motivated to actually sew something now. I haven’t in a long while.

I’m super lazy like that.

Anywho, I borrowed her book and now my other BFF Michelley Welly and I are planning to sew some projects together. Even though she’s in TX.

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We are starting out super easy peasy with the sewing machine cover. Sort of jogging my sewing memory.

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Right now my machine is just at the back of my desk where I do bloggy stuff and lots of vinyl stuff. Not much sewing going on there.

It’s a little dusty.

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Now we have our project! I need to choose a fabric.

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Do I bust into my chevron stash that I bought and never touched?

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Do I try to coordinate with the little storage bag I have on my other desk?

Not sure if I have a full yard of it. We’ll see.

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Or maybe these super cute bicycles that I luuuurve and don’t have a use for??

I just don’t know.

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And then there’s this. Bleh.

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NO idea.

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