Have a Hoppy Spring Silhouette Tutorial

You would never believe that with the snow that we have had in Virginia, we are into our first full week of spring. Crazy, right?

Well, it is! And to continue the decoration that I started with my Luck o’ the Irish sign, I thought that we needed one for the springtime. Since I am Jewish and Tim is Christian, I didn’t want a purely Easter sign (although I love the pastel colors), so I decided to use the colors and have a bunny theme. Hey, normally I try to keep it far from feminine in our house, but this is my one corner to cutesy it out.

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So, I used the essentially the same steps as I originally found on The Sensory Emporium, but I wanted to write my own tutorial since I have changed a few things.

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Start by piecing out the words that you will want to use. I have “Have a,” then “hoppy” will go inside the bunny (so I saved it for later), and then “spring.” You can also see that I was playing around with what I wanted my bunny to look like. I found these images through a Google search (you can actually do a safe search to be sure that you are allowed to use the images), then I traced them. To find directions on tracing shapes, look at my tutorial hereHave a Hoppy Spring Tutorial - The Doyle Dispatch

Next, I wrote “HOPPY” in all capital letters and placed it inside the bunny.Have a Hoppy Spring Tutorial - The Doyle Dispatch

Then I chose my font and readjusted the size. I am currently obsessed with Oh {Photo} Shoot!, which I believe I got for free from KevinAndAmanda.com.Have a Hoppy Spring Tutorial - The Doyle Dispatch

Then, I ungrouped the letters, which allows me to move, resize, and alter each letter individually.

Have a Hoppy Spring Tutorial - The Doyle Dispatch

Before I did too much readjusting, I duplicated Mr. Bunny, as I would need another copy of him later. I then readjusted all of the letters so that they will go past the outline of the bunny.
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Next, I selected the image of the bunny and all of the letters and clicked Object –> Modify –> Crop.
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As you can see, this then cuts off all of the extra parts of the letter that are outside of the bunny. This also gets rid of the bunny (which is why you needed to have an extra copy of him earlier).Have a Hoppy Spring Tutorial - The Doyle Dispatch Have a Hoppy Spring Tutorial - The Doyle Dispatch

Then, you can slide the duplicated bunny over again and do some last adjusting of the letters. Have a Hoppy Spring Tutorial - The Doyle Dispatch

This isn’t the most simplistic font, so I had to clean up a few points.Have a Hoppy Spring Tutorial - The Doyle Dispatch

Then, I figured out what I wanted to cut on one color of my vinyl and I put it on the page. Have a Hoppy Spring Tutorial - The Doyle Dispatch

I always like using as little vinyl as possible, so I get creative with my spacing.

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Once that was cut out, I realized that I wanted a little extra to the finished sign, so I highlighted the text and used the offset tool to outline the letters. Have a Hoppy Spring Tutorial - The Doyle Dispatch

Then, I sent these backgrounds to the cutter. Have a Hoppy Spring Tutorial - The Doyle DispatchI am so excited with how it turned out!

Have a Hoppy Spring - The Doyle Dispatch

Organized Pantry

At the beginning of the new year, Tim decided to give in to my request to redo the pantry. We have lots of yummy items in there, but it was sooooo hard to find everything.

We first went to Walmart to get some containers. We already had the clear containers, so we didn’t have to spend a lot to get a nice, clean look. Here’s what it looked like once we got the bins:


Well, before we labeled everything, we wanted to live with it like that for a while, just to see if it would work for our lifestyle. It did!

Phase 2: label with vinyl! I picked about 10 final font choices, Tim picked out the final font, and it took just a couple of minutes to cut the vinyl and place them on the bins.


We are short on storage space, so I saw this great idea at a co-worker’s house: a shoe holder on the back of the pantry door to hold cleaners, plastic utensils, baggies, and food wrap. Isn’t it a genius idea?


Aren’t you jealous of my beautifully organized pantry?

A Hand-Made Sign

I am so excited that my business, Personally Yours, seems to be taking off. I have my beautiful new business cards and Facebook Page, and I even have the customers!

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My same wonderful friend (E) who “commissioned” me (doesn’t that sound so official?) to make these tags for her daughter’s birthday party also requested that I make a sign for her house based on this sign:

Blessing Sign by Aimee Weaver Designs

Blessing Sign by Aimee Weaver Designs

I love making items for E, because she is so easy-going and laid back about it. She just wanted it to be an off-white sign and black lettering with the same idea of making the “food,” “family,” and “love” in different fonts. The only other contingency was that it needed the sign to be 6″ x 60″. This is for the space above her kitchen window, and although she had extra space there, she knew that it needed to fit in that size to make it work and be able to be seen. What a challenge! I love challenges!

So, I went shopping for the background and we found that Home Depot sells great pieces of wood in their hardwoods and plywood. It was already cut in a 6×48 section, and I knew that it was perfect. Yes, it’s not the full 60″, but I felt after seeing it that any larger would be too disproportionate.

I got some Glidden flat wall paint in the sample size (plus, I have a ton left over for more projects later) in an off-white color, and I was good to go. Just a couple of coats of paint, some Oracal 651 vinyl, and I was finished! Now, I just have to drill some holes so that we can tie ribbon to it to hang. I am so pleased with how it turned out.


Maybe once it’s up, I can get a picture of it in place!

Personally Yours *GIVEAWAY*


Well, I have officially launched Personally Yours, the combination of my Thirty-One, Rendi, and personally handcrafted gifts businesses.


I am working on getting 50 “likes” on my Facebook page. Once I reach that, I will be having a giveaway for a vinyl item to anyone that has liked the page. Go ahead and be one of those that like the page!

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A Winner!

Weeks ago, I had a giveaway on the blog, as well as help to find a new name for my new business. Well, first thing: here is the winner of the giveaway:

Screen shot 2012-12-26 at 9.52.01 PMRebecca, I will be contacting you shortly to find out if you are interested in the $15 gift certificate to Thirty-One, Rendi, or a personalized vinyl item!

Now, are you interested in the new name for my new business that combines Thirty-One, Rendi, and the personalized gifts? Well, the winner is…

Personally Yours!

Thank you for all of your help with this decision. I’m excited to start this new (ad)venture!

Are you disappointed that you didn’t win? That’s ok! I will be posting another giveaway soon. Feel free to check out (and “like”) my Facebook page to get a sneak peek for the giveaway.

Hello Goodbye

I have a confession to make. I am addicted to my Silhouette. I have an entire Pinterest board with inspiration projects and how to’s, and I love being able to chat with other Silhouette owners on my Facebook group (Clueless Cameo Club). By the way, the Cameo Club is public, so come and join us in the conversation.

Well, I love the Hello/Goodbye vinyl from Pinterest. While we were putting up holiday decorations today, I felt that the door just needed something else. After all, I had just taken down our monster from Halloween.

Well, it only took about 30 minutes to find the font that I wanted to use, make some adjustments using the Weld and Point Delete functions on the software, and I had my signs. I love how they turned out!



Mailbox Vinyl

Updated 11/17:

Yes, I have had more fun with my Silhouette and the premium vinyl: mailbox fun! Now, our mailbox has some great style!


Monograms with Vinyl


Monograms with Vinyl




I have been having so much fun with my Silhouette and vinyl. I decided to make some monograms and see how it went.

Once I used the software to design the monogram, there were some more steps than just peel and stick, especially with such small parts.


First, I peeled off the extra part of the vinyl that I wouldn’t need.


Next, I placed the monogram face-down on the sticky side of contact paper. The contact paper will act as a way to transfer the monogram to the item.




Then I used a card as a scraper to get out any air bubbles.



When you are ready to transfer the monogram onto the item, peel off the back of the vinyl.



Stick the contact paper/vinyl onto the item (for me, I was monogramming my Cameo).


Use the card/scraper to make it stick.


Carefully pull off the contact/transfer paper.


Put pressure on the monogram to make sure it stays down.




More Vinyl Stickers

Here are the mock-ups for more Virginia Vinyl Stickers:

“VT Virginia Map Vinyl”

“VT Corner Virginia Map Vinyl”

“UVA Virginia Map Vinyl”

“CVL Virginia Map Vinyl”

“RVA Virginia Map Vinyl”

If you want one, please let me know! I’m thinking that they will be $1.50 a piece, just to cover the cost of the vinyl.

RVA Vinyl Sticker GIVEAWAY

I’ve had quite a few busy weeks with teaching, but thanks to Hurricane Sandy, I have the day off of school today. We are still waiting for the 1-5 inches of rain and 50+mph winds to reach us, so while we have power, I decided to be crafty with my Silhouette.

The first week that I had my Silhouette Cameo, I made these two Virginia map crafts.


The colors in this are actually all wrong. The Virginia is in black, and the background is an aqua/turquoise color.


Virginia Love: all three cities in which we have lived.

Well, my neighbor was over at the house visiting (and I was showing off my new machine), and she recommended for me to make a Virginia RVA sticker for my car. What a terrific idea! These RVA stickers are huge right now, and after doing some investigating and Google searching, it seemed like the company that created the logo wants people to use it and spread it around (I love this RVA Generator site). Well, okay then! I’ll use it!

So, I took my map and the RVA logo, and I used my Silhouette software to create a RVA vinyl sticker for the car. Here it is! What do you think?

I’ve ordered the premium vinyl that allows for these items to be attached for indoor/outdoor use (currently I just have indoor vinyl). So, do you think I have something here? Is anyone interested in one of these?


Colors are off again. The map will be in white to stand out on cars.

Let’s make it a GIVEAWAY! If you want one for free, just comment “I’m in RVA!” The first 3 people that make a comment will get one in white for their car! I’m also going to work on one for Charlottesville, VT, and UVA!