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Monday, September 3, 2007

A Little Freaked Out...

Ok so I have to know - who else besides me is a little freaked out that Christmas is only 113 days away??? I have got to get major busy and get it kicked in high gear if I even think I am going to get all my gifts made in time!!!!

So with mine and Chris's files being on sale today (and today only - for 30% off) at Paperthreads, I got to thinking what could I make outside the realm of scrapbooking, but still use my KNK and Wishblade to do the hard work of cutting out the majority of the stuff!!!

With that in mind - here are TEN things you can use cutter files to decorate BESIDE scrapbooking pages, cards or journals!

1) Recipe Boxes! I love these!!!! I plan to make several for Christmas! (I asked all the people that I want to make these for to share six of their favorite recipes with me - and I will print them all out - so when completed - the tin will already have 36 recipes inside!!!)

2) How about altered photo frames.

3) Altered paint cans! I picked up a few of these on clearance at Staples a few weeks back!! I think I will decorate them with Christmas themed cuts - and fill them with homemade cookies for people like my mail lady, the teller at the bank, etc!

4) A wooden jewelry box...

5) Alter letters!!! I love love love these!! My friend Susan made my name for me last year for Christmas and then I made the name "Savannah" for my best friend's baby!

6) I picked up this clipboard - I think I will decorate it and keep it for myself!

7) A clock - this would be great for the men in your life... choose a cutting file that is manly or is about their favorite event and use it to decorate your clock!

8) Photo cubes - I made some of these last year - for my best friend! She loved them!!!

9) O-ring calendars or flip books!! I picked up a few of these as well this year (along with the blank calendar pages) - I thought they would make awesome desk calendars (and you know my friend Shirley has some really, really cute month titles for sale!!!)

10) Serving trays....

*** Bonus - ok so I thought of 11 things! How about switch plate covers!!! There are cutter files out there for every theme, or activity that you can imagine! This would be a fun thing to decorate!!!

So there you have it!! I have given you 11 get Christmas gift idea's, I have given you 30% off all my files at Paperthreads.... it is a holiday, most of you are probably not working - So what are you waiting for!!!!!

Until Next Time - Happy shopping and creating!

Cya ~
PS - do you have a great idea of something to alter using your cutter files? If so I would LOVE to hear about it!! Leave me a comment!!!


Jaime September 3, 2007 at 4:29 PM  

I have a KNK Element and I just have to ask, why do you have both a KNK and a Wishblade? Is there something that one can do that the other can't? Is the KNK just because it can do chipboard? I'm a new cutter owner, so I'm learning so many new things! :-)

Lori McDonald September 3, 2007 at 4:39 PM  

Hey Jamie -

I started out with a Wishblade- that was my first machine. I just recently upgraded to the KNK Element... there are several reasons why.

1) it does cut chipboard and thicker material in general. I'm a bazzill snob - and it normally takes two to three passes to get a good cut with the Wishblade with Bazzill.

2) I am a designer for Paperthreads so in an effort to provide hopefully fun and useful files for all my customers, I wanted to be able to offer all my files in the original file format for each cutter machine.

3) The KNK is a lot faster and a more powerful machine. I have also heard that the software is pretty awesome as well - but I have to be honest, I haven't used it for much more than converting my files at this point!!

Soon - I hope... soon I will have time to do more with my KNK!!!


Anonymous,  September 3, 2007 at 5:20 PM  

I love your ideas Lori. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

Anonymous,  September 3, 2007 at 9:24 PM  

Thanks for the plug friend and thanks for the awesome ideas!


Heather Huggins September 4, 2007 at 9:20 AM  

Wow. Love the ideas. Where can I find that clock?

Heather :)

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