It’s "typography" week at Pazzles. Each day this week the Design Team will inspire you with projects based around numbers and letters. This month was a new challenge for me.

If you have used the “fit text to path” option with the Pro Software, you can see where it might be easier to manipulate the text. However, I used the newer InVue Software to create my project. As InVue Software does not yet have the “fit text to path” option, I was a little lost at first. Then I realized that working with the text was easier and just as fun. By foregoing “fit to text,” I was able to manipulate each letter freely.

I decided to bring a Bible verse in to my project. This gave me words and an image to work with. I chose Matthew 5:13-16

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."

Here is a screen shot of my design as it appears in the InVue software. First I drew a light bulb. Then I decided that I wanted to use a flame to represent the light. I feel the flame is more spiritual and more aligned with the message.

Light Bulb Version

Light Bulb Version

Flame Version

Flame Version

I did draw the salt shaker and flame myself. However, you can find a shaker and flames in the Pazzles’ Craft Room Library. I cut the outline for the shaker and the flame, as well as the type, out of vinyl. I adhered the vinyl to cardstock. I used a white gel pen to write the scripture address, as it is so tiny. I used Core'dination's cardstock for the salt. This let me rough up the paper a bit. I used a variegated orange paper for the light. On it I smudged brown ink here and there. My finished, framed pictures each measure just under 6 X 8 inches.

Salt & Light

Salt & Light

My Supplies

My Supplies

It is a brand new year and time to get organized! Don’t huff and groan. I am going to start you off easy. In the past few years my family has been making the move to healthier eating with whole foods. That means that this mom had to learn how to cook (even if it were simple meals). For me the hardest part about preparing healthy foods at home is planning the menu. My fourth year into this endeavor and I still struggle with it. I sat down with my kids and asked them what they would eat if they were to cook, “WHAT’S FOR DINNER?” Taking their suggestions in to consideration, I created a striking, modular Menu Board. Sit yourself down here at the hearth and I’ll teach you how to make one for your kitchen.

It was wonderful to design my entire project in the Pazzles' InVue Software. The software is a great tool for getting your ideas down “on paper” yet having the flexibility to easily manipulate it and make notes. To play around with shapes their sizes and various fonts is a blessing for this non-artist.

I started out with an up-cycled, decorative metal sign. Look, brand new this sign was $21. I got it at a steal for half the price on the pink sticker because, as luck would have it, it was “pink sticker day” at the thrift store!! Oh Yeah! I love a great thrifty score!

Repurposed Metal Sign

Repurposed Metal Sign

Back of Sign, Includes Wire for Hanging

Back of Sign, Includes Wire for Hanging

Before I started I lined up all my pieces to check the color scheme.

A Classic Look

A Classic Look

My metal sign measured 12 X 16 inches. In my InVue software, I created a new file measuring 12 X 24 inches. I chose and made shapes that represented the image in my head. Originally I was going to simply cut circles out of card stock for the days of the week. As my project evolved, I decided to use decorative bottle caps. The store had only one 6 count package of rustic orange caps. I worked with it. I decided to put Saturday and Sunday at the week’s end (weekend, get it) and use black bottle caps. Each letter representing the days of the week are cut from Pazzles’ Vinyl. I matched the font of the letters with the board’s title font “What’s For Dinner?” The bottle caps will wear better and because they are metal themselves, a perfect match for adding the magnets that will hold up each menu choice. You will note that the tile frame matches those on the boxes to the right of the board.

Bottle Caps & Magnets

Bottle Caps & Magnets

Title Frame

Title Frame

For the menu choice cards, I created rectangles and the “Bracket Tag.” With InVue I was able to mark these shapes as a cut only option. Then I selected the font for the menu choices and put them in place within each rectangle and Bracket Tag. These I marked draw. When I am ready to “cut” the entirety of the item, I first used Pazzles’ Pen tool to draw each of the words for the menu choices and the titles Menu Items and Grocery List. At this point in time, InVue software does not support single stroke fonts. I think it still looks sharp. Next I cut only the boxes and Bracket Tag surrounding these words. It is a handy system!

"Writing" with Pazzles' Pen Tool

The boxes that hold the menu choices and a notepad for the grocery list, are made from an altered version of Pazzles’ Pocket Box Card. (I left off the outside, front flap.)

Prepping the Boxes

Prepping the Boxes

Finished Boxes

Finished Boxes

It was fun to design this Menu Board and put it all together. I added some ribbon, as well as a matching strip of the teal card stock at the bottom of the board to dress it up a bit more. Because this Menu Board is decorative, I can display it in my kitchen. And, instead of the kids asking “What’s For Dinner?” they can look at the board.

Finished Board

Finished Board

Close-Up

Close-Up

Supplies Used for Menu Board
Menu Choices, “Menu Items,” and “Grocery List” font, SF Foxboro Script
“What’s For Dinner?” title and Days of the Week font, Copperplate Gothic Bold
Pocket Box Card found in Projects, Cards and Envelopes, Pocket Box Card
Image Library on line, Decorative, Charms and Tags, Bracket
Pazzles Black Vinyl
Crafty Power Tape by Scrapbook Adhesives
Honey Comb Paper and Teal Cardstock, Recollections
Ribbon, Recollections
Bottle Caps
Magnets

Holiday Greetings to all of you. Welcome to this year's Pazzles' Holiday Hop. Hopefully you have arrived from Scrapping Klo's blog. If not, the full list is at the bottom of this post. I am your last stop! Hasn't it been fun to see all the wonderful creations that can be made with the amazing versatility of the Pazzles Inspiration and Pazzles Inspiration Vue? This has been so fun! I want to share that the Pazzles is the only cutting machine I have ever had. I am not a techie nor can I draw. I am amazed at how Pazzles has helped bring out my creativity. I did not know it was in me!! I love my Pazzles!!

I have a couple of decorations to share with you. I will list the files that I used at the end of the post. First let me show you my brilliant idea for those unwanted CDs that you have lying around. Did you know that Pazzles can Engrave many types of items? Yes! Acrylic, Plastic, Hard Vinyl, Wood, even Glass!! I put the CDs and Pazzles Engraving Tool together to make these lovely ornaments. You can go with a one sided CD or a two-sided CD. The beauty is that you can engrave both sides. I tried to drill a hole for hanging, but it damaged the CD. So I made two CDs the exact same and adhered them together. Or you can make one side decorative and the other to say Christmas and the year.* Be sure to look at the details.

Believe in the Magic

Believe in the Magic

One Large Snowflake

One Large Snowflake

Ornaments on Ornaments

Ornaments on Ornaments

Here is some detail:

Close up of Detail

Close up of Detail


Amazing!

Amazing!

Another wonderful use for Pazzles is to cut Vinyl! Yes! We are going crazy in Pazzles Land applying Vinyl to everything that does NOT move!! Here is a simple idea to help you count down to Christmas. I took an inexpensive Charger Plate and painted the middle with chalk board paint. I measured the various "circles" on the charger. Again, I laid out my text in the software.* Then I cut the vinyl and applied. Easy. For this Countdown I used Pazzles' Silver and White Vinyl.

Vinyl Countdown

Vinyl Countdown

Files From the Pazzles Craft Room Library:
Snow Flakes, Various
Santa's Sleigh
Ornament
Fonts, built in to the software

*{Please Note: If you have Pazzles Inspiration Software, you can curve text easily using the "Fit Text to Circle" tool. If you have InVue software, at this point you will have to curve your words letter by letter by eye-balling it. (The Fit Text to Path/Circle has been requested as an upgrade to the InVue software.}
Also note that the Engraving with InVue Software can only outline the letters at this point. The techs are working on the issue so that the engraving will not fill in holes in letters (like in b and e). If you figure it out, let us know!

All hops need a little something to sweeten them up. Especially at Christmas. Leave a comment for your chance to win a $30 Pazzles Gift Card. Leave a comment on each of the blogs by Tuesday December 9, 2014 for more chances to win. One lucky hopper will be chosen and notified on Wednesday, December 10, 2014. Terms and Conditions: Open only to people aged 18 or older. Giveaway ends midnight MST, December 9, 2014. Only one entry per person per blog please. One winner will be chosen via random drawing. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.

Thanks for joining us today. We truly hope that you were inspired. Now to go shopping . . . Pazzles' !
Have A Happy Pazzles Hoppin' Holiday.

Now, just in case you started here at Krista's Paper Cafe, here is the order of the hop:
Melin at My Paper Crafting
Heidi at It's What I Do
Belle at Flutterbelle Creations
Joanna at I Love 2 Cut Paper
Michelle at Bits & Pieces Paper Lab
Klo at Scrapping Klo
Krista at Krista's Paper Cafe