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Foil Iron On Project!

The holidays are right around the corner, and I don't know about you guys but I am ALL ABOUT shimmery and shiny decorations and gifts. There's just something about a little glitz and glam that makes the holidays special, you know?

These foil iron on tote bags I made are gorgeous, easy, and quick gifts for teachers, kids, family members, neighbors, casual acquaintances, dog groomers...you get the idea!

Cricut Explore Air 2 - Unboxing

YOU GUYS! Cricut made a brand new Explore Air and it is GORGEOUS and FAST and wonderful and I am in love all over again.

(from Cricut.com)

Here's the video of me unboxing the new beauty! Be warned, Albus makes a few appearances and my  head gets in the way a time or two but mostly I gush about how wonderful this machine is because HELLO, GORGEOUS. Oh yeah, I say "gorgeous" about 20 times, too. I'm not sorry.

Here's some still shots of the new Cricut Explore Air 2!

The dials are very similar. A little difference between "fabric" and "bonded fabric" with terminology, and the dial on the Explore Air 2 feels maybe a little closer to the machine - less popped out - and sleek. 

Here's a side by side highlighting the new design features on the outside of the Cricut Explore Air 2! Like I said in the video, the lighting really doesn't do the pretty mint color of my machine justice! And that gold band is just a fun pop of sparkle! SO. PRETTY. 

Here's the inside of the Cricut Explore Air 2! The cutting head is chrome (shinyyyy), but otherwise looks quite like the Explore Air. The biggest upgrade though is the ability to cut 2x as fast! It's actually really incredible and does an amazing job (blog post about that to come), but you can decide if you want to do the quick cut or the standard cut with each project. Holla! Faster cuts = more projects!

For more info on what makes the Cricut Explore Air 2 such a special new Cricut machine, here are a few links to the Cricut website that give you way more details in a way more concise way than I can manage. 

I'll be sharing more blog posts about this new machine in the next few weeks. But in the meantime, happy crafting! 

Graduation Cards with the Cricut Explore

Graduation season is upon us! Okay, it has been upon us but I'm just really late in posting this. Maybe blame it on all the graduation parties? I cannot - CANNOT - get enough of those buttery sugary mints. So, so good.

The good news is that I did in fact make graduation cards in time to give them to actual graduates this year. The bad news is that I didn't get around to posting this in time for anyone else to make these this year! But, more good news! Graduations happen every year, so you'll be set for next year!

My Favorite Cricut Supplies!

Hello, dear readers! Spring is finally (maybe) here, which in Minnesota means that the days are longer and my motivation is impacted by the big, bright sun! It's wayyyy easier for me to get upstairs and craft when it's bright out, instead of feeling like it's time to veg on the couch at 4:30 pm. 

I've been making loads of fun things, but I'm also sending them out as fast as I make them (which is kinda the point, I guess?) so I haven't been doing a great job documenting said creations. However, I CAN tell you the products I'm using over, and over, and over again! 

These are my absolute go-to, favorite, top use Cricut supplies. I use them all the time for all sorts of projects and keep thinking of new ways to use them. If you're looking to get a little craft hoard started, you can't go wrong with this stuff! I will warn you that they seem to multiply when you're away. Which is weird and definitely not your fault and it's just a magical, mystical thing that happens and is definitely not you buying more and more and more of the stuff. Ahem. 

Personalized Notebooks Using the Cricut Explore

Whether you buy every single gift from a store or if you make every gift you ever give (if you do this, teach me your ways), adding a bit of something homemade adds that little something extra special, you know? BUT WHAT?

Notebooks, of course! You can make these personalized notebooks in minutes and for just about any occasion! 

Tutorial after the break!

Introducing: Cricut Access!

Cricut Design Space Subscription has been updated to Cricut Access and become even MORE user friendly, MORE features, and MORE THINGS! EXCITING TIMES! 

Click on through to see what's new with Cricut Access!

Planner Comparison: Erin Condren Life Planner + Plum Paper

This continues my series of Favorite Organizational Tools! In case you missed the earlier posts, you can check out my love for Remember the Milk and for my Foxy Dori and friends.  I LOVE ORGANIZATION AND LIST MAKING SO MUCH, YOU GUYS.

So much so, in fact, that I have not one, but TWO planners. Which if you know anything about the planner community is NOTHING, but if you're new to the planner game, seems excessive. The reality is I bought an Erin Condren Life Planner for my personal use and loved it SO MUCH I wanted to get another planner for work. But then got to wondering if an ECLP was the right fit for my work needs, so did a little more research and decided on an Plum Paper Planner

The Erin Condren Life Planner and the Plum Paper Planner are SO SIMILAR in so many aspects that it can be pretty hard to decide which might fit your needs best. But don't worry - I got you. Check out my latest video comparing the two planners!