Teacher Essentials, A Magnetic Teacher Availability Sign Board

Every teacher has a small amount of time per day that is meant for catching up on paperwork, meeting with students and lunch! To keep interruptions at a minimum, this magnetic teacher availability door sign lets students know if the teacher is available to see them.

My daughter is a high school theatre teacher, so I made this acting inspired magnetic availability board for her classroom door.

Materials

KNK Zing/Zing Air/Maxx Air Standard Material Detail Blade

KNK Zing/Zing Air/Maxx Air Thick Material Blade

Pressure sensitive vinyl – I used Oracal 651.

Vinyl Transfer Tape

Magnetic Dry Erase Board

Ink Jet printable Magnet Sheets

Maxx Air Settings

Vinyl – Force = 42, Speed = 300, Blade Height = 25, Passes = 1, Standard Material Blade (Red)

Magnet Sheet – Force = 190 Speed = 300, Passes = 1, Blade Height = 19, Thick Material Blade (Blue)

Process Details

Create your design by deciding on the number of reasons for “busy” and draw the appropriate number of rectangles to surround the words that will fit the space of your board. Choose other designs to reflect your favorite teacher’s subject or personality. Cut and weed vinyl, apply transfer tape.

I found applying the vinyl tricky as the lightweight board kept moving around on me. So, I created a makeshift jig by taping down some straight edges on my worktable to hold the board steady. To get the vinyl lined up evenly I then used a variety of tape to mark guidelines for spacing.

For the indicator arrows, I found a free arrow pdf and printed it on the magnet paper. Using a Print and Cut process in my software, I cut them out. (I also chose to laminate my printed sheet before cutting to make the arrows more durable).

I did not want to waste an entire sheet of magnet paper, so I printed as many as I could fit. This gives the teacher extras in case some get lost. To store them, I affixed plastic adhesive file label holders to the back of the board.

Hoping my daughter gets some peace and quiet for at least a few minutes each day utilizing the availability time board!

Create a Pennant and Pom Pom Bunting for Your Craft Space

Photo of "CREATE" pennant bannerAdd some fun and inspiration to your craft space with this cute pennant and pom pom bunting. It’s an easy DIY project using your favorite KNK machine and common craft room supplies. 

Now that we are well into February, and many of our friends in the milder climates are even talking spring, I thought I’d change up my ornament garland on my little studio fireplace to something more appropriate for this time of year. Since pom poms seem to be popular right now, I combined them with some little pennants for a fun bunting.

Materials:

  • Yarn of your choice
  • Large needle
  • Ribbon, twine, or string
  • Heavy cardstock or art paper (I used 100 lb Bristol)
  • Scoring Stylus (optional)
  • Printer
  • Red Capped Blade
  • Make The Cut software (If you are using SCAL, you will just have to adjust some of the instructions and steps below.)
  • CREATE pennant file or other file of your choice

I am not a pom pom pro, but they are pretty easy to make and I was lucky to find some variegated yarn in my stash that I knew would work well. After a little practice, I was satisfied with my results. I used cotton yarn and wrapped it around 2 or 3 fingers about 40 times. Then, I removed it from my fingers, and tied a small length of yarn very tightly around the middle of the bunch. Next, I cut the loops on both ends and fluffed the balls. My pom poms didn’t turn out very uniform, so I did a lot of trimming to get them roundish. Close Up Photo of Pennant and Pom Pom Bunting

KNK Zing Settings with MTC Software:

  • Force – 130
  • Multicut – 2 or 3
  • Speed – 10

The SVG file can be simply copied and then pasted into MTC. Each portion should be on a separate layer. I created a third layer with a rectangle surrounding the pennants which I set as the bottom layer. (I may not have needed the rectangle, but I wanted to make sure the registration marks stayed in the same exact place for the printing and cutting. By having the rectangle layer turned on for both steps, the registration marks never moved.)

I labeled the image layer, “Print Only”, the cut line layer, “Cut Only”, and the rectangle layer, “Print and Cut”. This was to remind me which layers should be turned on, and which should be turned off for each step.

Screenshot of Layers in MTC.

 

Steps:

  • Open Pennant and Pom Pom file (or file of your choice) in Make the Cut.
  • Prepare for printing. Make sure the check box for “Print Registration Marks” is checked in Print Options. Double-check that your print layer is on and cut layer is off. Photo of Pennants on Mat after Print and Cut
  • Print
  • Place printed image on mat. (I have learned from a multitude of errors, to make sure my mat is sticky enough, and scrapped clean of extra paper scraps, residue, lint, etc. This will save you both time and wasted material.)
  • Turn on the cut layer and make sure that the print layer is off. Follow instructions for print and cut.
  • Remove pennants from the mat.Photo of using a stylus to emboss dots in scalloped area
  • If desired, turn pennant over and use stylus to emboss dots in scallopsClose Up Photo showing Details of Pennants
  • Thread a large needle with the ribbon or twine. Start stringing pom poms by sticking the needle through a pom pom so that it goes right through the middle. Alternate pennants and pom poms, starting and ending with a pom pom.

Display your new bunting in your craft space for a little fun inspiration. It will make you smile!
Photo of Pennant and Pom Pom Bunting

 

Print and Cut Locket – KNK Zing Print and Cut – KNK Cutter and Jewelry – Magnetic Locket

Completed Print and Cut Locket

These little magnetic lockets are so fun and there are so many things you can do with them. I created this Print and Cut Locket using my KNK Zing and an illustration I drew. You could also use a photo, and charms can be inserted as well. I used permanent vinyl to add the word “Michigan” to the exterior glass.

Materials:

  • Magnetic Locket (Can be found at most craft stores)
  • High quality paper or printable vinyl
  • Make the Cut, or similar software
  • Red Capped Blade
  • KNK Zing (or other KNK cutter)
  • Scrap of vinyl
  • Low Adhesive Cutting Mat

Settings for KNK Zing:

  • Force – 40
  • Multicut – 1 or 2
  • Speed – 10

Steps:

Illustration for Print and Cut Locket

  • Trace your design.
  • Draw a Circle and place it on the layer below your design. Make the circle the exact size you need to fit inside the locket.
  • Size the design so that the portion you want to show fits within the circle.
  • Marquee select the two and join (ctrl j).

Create a Print and Cut Locket

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Keep selected and break apart (ctrl b).

Print and Cut Locket design in a circle

 

 

 

 

 

  • Drag the original design away and delete, or move to another layer and turn off/lock.
  • Duplicate if you want the same design on the front and back sides of the locket.
  • Print out your design for a print and cut. Make sure you print the registration marks. ( I used paper for mine, but a printable vinyl would work better if you want to be able to put items in the locket without scratching the design.)
  • Now you are ready to complete your print and cut. Adhere to a not-too-sticky mat and complete the cut.
  • Carefully remove the cut circles from the mat and gently push into locket.
  • If desired, cut text for outside of locket.

Print and Cut locket with Gems

Here is the other side of the locket. I actually prefer the side without the gems, but perhaps I’ll turn it if I want to wear it with a dressy outfit sometime.

 

St. Patrick’s Day card

I really, really, really, really, really like this site:

https://lovesvg.com/free-svg-cut-files/

Best of all, all the files are free! Though they deserve a cup of joe or two for all of their hard work… anyway, I went to that site for inspiration again and came up with a card so quick and easy, I had it done in no time. Well, except for the part where my printer jammed. And then locked up my computer.

Okay, maybe disregard the done in no time comment.

So I took two files and opened them up in MTC:

Uh oh. Those images might be a little big. Anyway, I took the hat out of the first one, duplicated it and used it for the base of my card and did a good old print and cut for the inside.

You know how I like the foam tape, so I stuck the pieces on with that. Of course the angle I took the picture made sure to show off said foam tape, so please disregard photographer error there… or creator error. Does it matter? It’s the same person.

I have a color laser printer and my one beef is it doesn’t take paper weight over 60# and I really like to use the 110# for card bases. So this one feels a little flimsy. The other option would’ve been to print and cut a liner for the inside. Oh well, maybe next time.

I used some glitter glue to dress it up a little bit and an embossing folder too.

Anyway, feels good to be making cards again!! I missed it!

Until next time!

Materials

Paper (duh… right?)

glitter glue

embossing folder swiss dots

Machine Used:

Zing-a-ling

red-capped blade that is so desperately dull and I’m like the girl who likes to drive the gas tank down to the last drop.. just change it already!

Settings:

10/10; 110 (but see above for why you should not use my settings)

Black and White Shrinky Dink Charms – Print and Cut plus Cuttlelola Dotspen

I was recently introduced to the Cuttlelola Dotspen by Sandy McCauley and Michele Harvey. I was so excited when I saw it, I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on one… which I promptly did when I received a check for my birthday.

While I do most of my drawing on the computer and am not a freehand artist, there are a few things that are done best by hand. Such is the case with using the Cuttlelola Dotspen to add shading. (Although I also have plans to try it out in my Zing. You can see some cool results Sandy got here.) Black and White Shrinky Dink Charms

This simple black and white nautical necklace I made has two charms; one is the shape of the lake we live on in Michigan, and the other is a compass rose. I used a sheet of Inkjet Shrinky Dink and did a print and cut. After cutting the charms out, I enhanced them using my Dotspen before baking them. I was able to represent the depth of the lake by shading the deepest areas the darkest, and gradually making the more shallow areas lighter.

Materials:

  1. Inkjet Shrink Plastic
  2. Make the Cut software
  3. Blue-capped blade
  4. Inkjet printer
  5. Cuttlelola Dotspen (purchased from Amazon)
  6. Jewlery Jump Rings – I used some from an old necklace I wasn’t using
  7. Needle Nose Pliers
  8. Hole punch
  9. Ribbon or chain
  10. Oven

Settings for Zing:

  1. Force – 130
  2. Speed – 10
  3. Multi-cut – 2

Steps:

  1. Import pixel trace – I used a line drawing.
  2. Follow instructions in manual to complete print and cut.
  3. Use a standard hole punch to put hole in top of your charm for the jump ring Black and White Shrinky Dink Charms
  4. Use Dotspen to shade design as desired. Black and White Shrinky Dink Charms
  5. Place charms on cookie sheet
  6. Bake shrink plastic according to manufacturers directions. I baked mine for 3.5 minutes at 350 degrees.
  7. Remove from oven. If the charms are not completely flat, quickly flatten with spatula while still hot.
  8. If desired you can spray with clear, use clear nail polish, or use a self leveling resin such as EnviroTex.
  9. Use pliers to carefully apply jump rings.
  10. Add ribbon or chain. Black and White Shrinky Dink Charms