Tuesday, April 18, 2017

My passion for books and the projects that come of it...



It's no secret that I am a very dedicated Bibliophile...or that I LOVE both the ACOTAR (A Court of Thorns and Roses) and ToG (Throne of Glass) series by Sarah J. Maas.

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It's also no secret that I LOVE my Cricut Air 2. ::Smile::

I feel like the majority of my crafting these days consists of Cricut projects, if only because the machine makes my projects so much easier and way more fun!

Being in love with the above book series, I decided to some some projects in their honor! I also posted them to my store, the first one is sold out, but I have a few left of the others!



I had some boards left over from some of my workshops and decide to put them to good use. For this one which was inspired by a quote from the second book of the ACOTAR series, called "A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOMAF), I stained the board in purple, as the book often describes purple to be one of the colors often visible in the Court of Dreams. It's one of my favorite quotes and I just love the part of the book in which it's found. I used about three different custom fonts that I downloaded onto my computer awhile back. This actually uploads said fonts onto Design Space (DS) so you can access them when designing. You can also use any old cartridges that you may have, just upload them into your DS account and they will be there forever!


For this one, inspired by book four of the ToG series, called "Queen of Shadows" (QoS), I designed in PicMonkey, online, then saved the .jpg and uploaded it onto DS. Make sure that when you do this, you design on a transparent canvas to make it easier when you upload onto DS.


In honor of the quote, I stained the board in a galaxy-inspired motif, and made sure to add some shining stars to my design. Making a stencil is super easy! Cut your vinyl stencil, then weed away the letters , making sure to leave the centers of letters such as 'a', 'e', etc. Then, simply use some transfer tape to transfer the stencil onto the board. I would recommend sealing the stain in before attempting to stencil or to even transfer the stencil. Make sure your stencil has no air bubbles. You can use a scraper tool or even a credit card to smooth it out. Always seal your work when completely done, also.


I used the same design for this sweet fitted t-shirt I made for myself! These are for sale too in the shop, in all sizes and in two choices, scoop neck or V.


I used some glitter Cricut iron-on vinyl to enhance the theme behind the quote. I even let my son photograph me in it! It's my new favorite t-shirt!

Do YOU have a favorite author or book series?
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