Memory Dex Digital Cut Files

Read about my Etsy Shop HERE

Hello my crafty friends!
I have been busy working on new designs and templates and cut files to share with you over at my etsy shop, PaperCraftingOnADime.  

If you see something you would like the is not in the digital listings, let me know.  I am happy to create custom orders. 

I have had lots of feedback and input from Testers and Design Team members. The most common request was to share the designs digitally so crafters can buy it once and cut it out over & over & over again. That is just what I have done. Currently, files are in DS3 format for Cricut users only. Other formats are coming soon!  

Video of some Dex Card Overlays 
I have created can be seen HERE.

DIGI added to DEX Overlay & Base

Visit PaperCraftingOnADime for your Memory Dex Supplies. 
Custom orders welcome, 
Please send a message in easy. 

DIGI layered up & added to DEX Base

To celebrate these new digital releases, I am offering 50% off orders. Use the coupon code COFFEE. Hurry! This discount is for a limited time.

Free SVG Resources can be found HERE.

Making the Cut - Machines & Mats

Hello my crafty friends!  
I know we love our cutting machines and all they allow us to do with ease. Most of the time! That is, when it cuts right and your paper stays put.  Many issues we face are due to the same underlying cause, the mats! Replacement mats are expensive and sometimes, unnecessary. Lets talk about that dreaded mat maintenance and quick, easy & budget friendly DIY solutions.
These tips are for Circut, Brother Scan-n-Cut and have been reported to work on other sticky cutting mats.  

When you first get your mat, lightly touch it all over with either a t-shirt or denim to let some of the intense stickiness get nocked down prior to the first cut,  this will help your paper not tear when you want it off the mat. NOTE - if you are purposely using a strong hold  mat, you bought that mat for the strong hold properties and you should disregard this tip!  Use the plastic mat cover when not in use, every time on any cutting mat you have. 

After several uses, when the mat is getting visibly covered with paper remnants, it si time to do a little light mat maintenance. First try to remove the paper bits with the Circut scraper. Lightly, remember that the goal is too remove the paper not the glue residue. Don't have a circuit scraper? Use an old gift or credit card or one of those promotional cards that come in the junk mail. Wipe the edges of the card every few swipes.  Next, with your mat of a flat surface, wipe it down with a baby wipe. You may need to scrub in some areas but you will see the residue coming off. The goal is to remove the fuzzy remnants and reactivate the sticky glue.  Let this dry completely before using again.  **Baby wipe, not bleach cleaning wipe!**

After many uses and repeated baby wipe cleanups, it may be time to re-stick the mat. This is surprisingly easy to do and cost effective. How to tell its time? If you can stick your hand to the mat and pick it up without the mat lifting, it is past time. If your paper wont stay put when cutting, it is past time. 

Clean it up as noted above and allow to dry.  Re-stick the mat with Zig 2 way glue. I do not cover the entire mat. I do all edges and a line in the center of the 2nd inch all around. Then I use ever 2 or 3 lines in both directions following the grid pattern. A little goes a long way. The glue goes on blue and drys clear;  a light layer is all you need to use. Let it completely dry before use. Once dry, use a t-shirt or denim to lightly touch the mat too and let it be a little less sticky, This will keep your images from tearing. Use as if the mat was new. 

If you have cut through your mat in places, put packing tape on the back of the mat wherever it has been cut. This helps keep further damage from occurring and will extend the life of the mat.  

If you have previously washed, scrubbed or scraped all of the glue from your mat, you may need to wash it (use Dawn to get all of the residue off) and allow it to completely dry for these tips to be effective. Still a better option than the cost of the new mat IMHO.  

October KoalaTCrafts Blog Hop

by Michelle Calvert
Hey Crafty Friends 
& Welcome Blog Hoppers! 

I am so excited to be participating in this first KoalaTCrafts blog hop that I decided to sponsor a prize pack! One eligible US participant will be drawn at random to receive a special set of memory dex card bases featuring KoalaTCraft digis and other fun shapes. 
by Penny Jo Ratcliff 

These unique memory dex card bases and overlays come ready for you to embellish and customize to make them your own.  

Layer them up for a 3D effect, add digis, fibers or a touch of bling and they are ready to go.

by Donette Robertson

All of the links to the hop are below, simply click on the blog name. You may go in any order, just be sure to visit each one, subscribe and comment to be eligible to win a prize. 

Everyone wins with our special coupon code! 
OCTHOP gets you 50% off all digis in the shop. 

Jen Evers ~ KoalaTCrafts  
Donette Robertson ~ Donette Scraps
Neha ~ CrescentCreation
Ashley ~ MarineWifesScrappinLife
Denise ~ DennysCraft
Alina ~ AlliEllaCraft 
Jeanie ~ ScrapbookingMamaw
Carol ~ CreationsByCarol
Ruthie ~ MyHobbyMyArt 
Neha ~  YouTube Video  

For your chance to win a fun prize from our team: 
  1. Visit each blog or video between October 14th - 19th midnight CST.
  2. Subscribe to each member.
  3. Leave a comment on each stating where you started.
  4. Reply to winning notification within 3 days. 
  5. Its that easy! Check out some of our talented Design Team and you can win. Winners announced on Monday, October 23rd.
The Fine Print: Each participant that completes the requirements has an equal chance in every blog to win a prize but may only win 1 prize. Winners who do not reply within 3 days of notification will forfeit and new winners will be drawn. Digital prizes are for personal use only and may not be mass produced or sold.

Budget Gesso Recipe

Hey Crafty Friends! 

I am the Design Team Coordinator for Jen Evers and KoalaTCrafts. Jen recently shared a technique making DIY Washi tape and then, in part 2, we used the tape to create some quick cards. There were lots of questions about Gesso in that live session so I wanted to share my budget friendly DIY recipe and some tips.

You can see the video HERE 

What is Gesso and how do you use it? 
Gesso is thinner than paint, it dries hard, making a surface more stiff.  Think of gesso as a primer. It is a first layer. It is commonly used on canvas to give the surface texture and the paint something to adhere to. Without it, paint soaks into the weave of the canvas and it is difficult to get consistent results.  Jen applied a thin layer of gesso to Masking Tape for the purpose of the project in the video. It can also be applied to surfaces such as canvas, paper, chipboard, vinyl records, wood, and others prepping them to accept acrylic paint, ink, watercolor, or even marker. 

Apply & Let it Dry! 
You can use a heat tool to speed this process along, being mindful your original surface and how reacts to heat.  It is better to use thin layers. For something thin and less porous, like masking tape, a single thin layer is enough to give the paint a nice foundation to stick to. 

When prepping canvas or large surface for painting, make sure it is clean and free of dirt and oil. Alcohol on a rag or paper towel for a quick wipe down is generally sufficient; you don't want the surface to be wet with alcohol, use a light touch.   Apply a thin layer of gesso to your surface working in all one direction, vertical or horizontal, and allow this layer to dry. Apply a 2nd layer going the opposite direction and allow it to dry. You can lightly sand between layers for a smoother surface, or you can go over the area multiple times with layers of gesso to add extra texture, this is common in multi media projects.  * TIP *  Make it a thicker consistency with less water to use as a texture paste. This works well in thin layers applied with an old gift card over stencils. Wash your stencils, brushes and tools after applying and before it dries!  I keep a wash tub filled with a small amount of water (maybe 2 inches) on my craft table to pop my tools into as I'm working with any texture paste.

There are many brands of Gesso avail be to buy at art supply stores and it generally comes in White, Back or Clear.

Here is my quick and easy, dollar store DIY Gesso Recipe:

1/2 Cup Baby Powder
4 Tablespoons School Glue 2 Tablespoon Acrylic Paint
2 Tablespoon Water (I use bottled)

Add water slowly stirring well with a wooden craft stick or plastic knife as you go to avoid lumps.

I mix and store my gesso and texture pastes in a plastic or glass container with an airtight lid. 

You can increase the quantity for large projects, adding the water slowly to get the consistency that is right for you.  White or Black is most common for the Paint choice as it will tint the Gesso, you can mix up white and add any color paint if you want to have a specific color background.  Keep in mind the darker you go with the gesso color, the more paint it takes to cover.

My Shimmer Spray DIY Recipe can be found HERE

Happy Crafting Y'all! 


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I'm a Texas mom of adult kids who has been playing with paper my entire life. I love to create! What's more, I find that I am overall a happier person when I spend time creating things. Be it Art, Food or Decorations. I am an event coordinator by profession and have used my skills to create elaborate room designs, tablescapes, invitations and favors for weddings, parties of every occasion, fundraisers and corporate events. I create jewelry, stained glass and paintings but mostly, I love paper! Many of my projects are for others as gifts or swaps with other creative people I am blessed to call friends. I use tools to create pattern paper and embellishments to get the most bang for my buck. In my blog, I share my creations along with tips, tricks, techniques and tools used to get specific effects.