SCAL coupon code save 10%!

We interrupt your regular scheduled blog post for a great deal! I just got an email form Craft Edge (The folks that make Sure Cuts a Lot software) and they are offering 10% off the software with this code: 1266018 If you have been waiting to get SCAL now is the time. You can use SCAL to cut any font you want plus SVG files with you Cricut die cutting machine.  The coupon will expire on April 13th. I’ll be back in a few hours with a craft but I had to share the coupon before I forgot. Happy crafting!

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Snowflake border freebies!

Happy weekend everyone! I’m sure you are a busy as I am this time of year with only a few days til Christmas. So here is a quick post and a couple of freebies:

Click on the links to download below. Enjoy!

Click on the links to download below. Enjoy!

Here are 3 snowflake border png (3″x12″, 300dpi) files to use on your winter scrapbook pagers. Download the pink border here, the green here and the blue here. No unzipping!

And a little something for my Cricut pals. Chirp!

And a little something for my Cricut pals. Chirp!

And for my Sure cuts a lot buddies here is an svg version of the snowflake border you can cut with your Cricut! BTW if you are looking for a gift for you Cricut lover see if they have SCAL and if not buy it for them, it lets you cut almost any font you want as well as svg files with your Cricut machine!

As promised I’ll have the craft storage ideas up soon as well as a Christmas mini scrapbook kit…hopefully before Christmas LOL!

Have a great weekend and happy crafting!

Convert a .PNG to a .SVG file…works for .JPG too!

Huh? OK we are getting a bit techie today but I swear this is easy! I get many emails form my fabulous blog readers on how to convert jpg and png files to svg files so they can cut them on the Cricut. Not that I don’t LOVE the emails, I thought it would be easier to explain it here with pictures because it is so easy. Expect to say “duh!” before this post is over. Don’t worry, I did not forget my non SCAL/Cricut readers you can do this project “old school” with paper and scissors and you digi-scrappers can play as well!. You will need Sure Cuts a Lot (SCAL) Software, a Cricut and a free program called Inkscape for this tutorail.

Here is what my 4 year old daughter made with what I cut:

Ooh-La-La, a fancy mask!

Ooh-La-La, a fancy mask!

Here are the free png mask files I used for this project. They are a freebie from Digi-Designer Meredith Fenwick and you can grab them on her blog here. Don’t forget to leave some love if you download, a simple thanks will do and it is sure to make her day!

Halloween mask freebie by Merdith Fenwick

Halloween mask freebie by Merdith Fenwick

A note about converting files. The files still belong to the original creator, that means you cannot share them or sell them without permission. This is for personal use only, otherwise I would just give you the files I made but that would be uncool since these freebies promote the designers business and drive traffic to their blogs. Yes, I’m a total square…OK I’m off the soapbox 🙂

Step 1. Find a file you want to convert (simple is best like a coloring book page or png file with a transparent background). Open that file in Inkscape.

open the file in Inkscape, select the mask.

open the file in Inkscape, select the mask.

Click the arrow in the upper left column, then click on your graphic.

In the “Path” menu choose “Trace bitmap”

click "path" then "Trace Bitmap"

Click "path" then "trace bitmap"

A box pops up, click update, and you will hopefully see your graphic. Click “OK” and close the box by clicking the “x” in the upper right hand corner.

A window appers, click update and you see your graphic, click OK then "X".

A window appears, click update and you see your graphic, click OK then "x"

Save the file as a .svg then you can import it to SCAL. * this is important, you don’t open a svg file in SCAL you need to choose “import”.

Open SCAL, click "File" then "Import SVG"

Open SCAL, click"file" then "import SVG" and select your file.

Yay! There it is just like magic! resize as needed.

Yay! There it is just like magic! resize as needed.

That is all there is to it. I you have a multi-colored image you can use a graphics program like Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro to separate everything with the “magic Wand” tool first then cut and paste them in a new document before opening it in inkscape…I think you can even do that in inksape but I haven’t tried (if it ain’t broke why fix it!). Have fun and if you have trouble leave me a comment and I’ll see what I can do…feel free to comment if you are successful too…I like the success stories!

I’m gonna cut a bunch of these for my kids classes, they had a ball decorating these and it will be so much easier than cutting them by hand! Honestly, I can’t wait to make some myself!

Thanks for sitting through this long post. Until tomorrow, Happy Crafting!

Lindsay

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