Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Craft Diary - January 2016

Good morning and Happy New Year! well it's been ages since I managed to find time to blog as I have been busy becoming a Nana for the first time to a gorgeous little girl, as well as having a busy new day job. Thankfully things have started to calm down a little now both in work and at home and I feel I can get back to some serious crafting.

This year I'm planning to write a bi monthly Craft Diary, so welcome to the first instalment. Every 2 weeks I'll be writing a blog about an aspect of my craft world, this first one is going to be about my new toy! Santa (aka hubby) bought me a Brother Scan n Cut for Christmas. It's absolutely fab! The beauty of this machine it that I can design and cut my own shapes and what fun I have had over the past few weeks, so far I'm up to around 50 different images all hand drawn and then transferred to the machine to cut.

Okay so how does that work?, well first I draw my shape - I have drawn this owl on my i-pad

After drawing I printed and then scanned my image into the machine and saved 2 versions, one with all the internal cutting
and one solid shape with no internal cutting

Using the Scan n Cut Canvas (the on line software) I then resized and cut my solid owl from 300gsm card

Now what to do with it! and the other 50 images I created, well I was recently asked for some cut outs for a nursery and decided  I could take it one step further by designing my own backing paper. Again using my i-pad I created a base background and added some relevant words, these of course can all be personalised to suit, I printed this onto textured paper and viola! here's the finished prototype

I have been slowly working my way through all of the images I created to build a catalogue of what I have available so far, but the ideas are still coming thick and fast, I have another 5 or 6 ready to scan, now all I need is more hours in the day lol!.

Well thank you for stopping by and if you would like me to blog about a particular craft item in one of my Craft Diary entries or want to give me a challenge for something new (nothing copyright or rude please!), then please do leave a comment and I wish you every success in 2016.


  1. Very interesting post Max. I love the video of how you drew the owl! Any chance of a video of the cutting machine in action? I'd love to see that bit.

    Looking forward to the rest of your crafty blog series.

  2. What a lovely, creative and unique owl! A useful tool, indeed :o)