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Change: New Year, New Start 2021

Technique Guide: Welcome to 2021, now is time to build on the lessons we learnt on the fly in 2020. It’s all change but with a few familiar elements and a tad more organisation…

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Change around in your studio layout can really help to make creating easier. Photo shows vertical pad storage, and ink shelves.
Firstly, reworked studio to make life easier

So the first change to tackle is a few ways to make our lives easier. Starting with organisation, we have totally reworked our storage and it should make things easier to get to on the hop. We’ve also invested in a new camera mount so we can permanently use two cameras entirely independently. This all means that now we can easily stream not just ScanNCut content, but also a wide range of subjects. This is important as we have decided to put the changes we made for Covid as part of our permanent business plan.

We’ve already been asked if we will be doing a studio tour, and the answer is yes we will for our YouTube channel.

So what’s the plan?

You’ll notice when classes restart on Tuesday (11am UK time on the main Plannercraft facebook page), that there are going to be a few small changes besides cameras. Firstly, we have a cunning plan… common content (and by that read simple how-to lessons) will be hosted on the main page. On Tuesday, we will be starting with creating a layered design using just the machine.

On Wednesdays, we will be live in our group ONLY as a trial for January. These private lives will feature techniques you won’t see anywhere else until they come out in our books. As such, the tutorials and techniques must stay in the group only. Given some of the issues that arose over the Christmas break, this is only a trial and we may decide to pull these down and switch them over to Buy Me a Coffee. As this is a public post, I won’t be teasing what we are doing.

Thursdays will be back on the main page for another common ScanNCut technique.

Fridays will be a regular Your Votes Count slot which could be anything from Mixed Media to 3D through to scrapbooking.

Mondays throughout January will be our days off as we have had such a fabulous take up to our courses throughout the month.

The biggest change…

So, regular viewers will know I usually finish each stream with a completed project – whether that’s a card, a gift, a scrapbook layout etc… and the truth is we are drowning in them. While we’ve listed a few for sale, we are also aware that you don’t all try the tutorials we put up. We want this to change, and so… {drum roll please}…

You are all going to be creating a technique manual. Now with each technique project, you will be able to create a card/layout/project if you wish (take a photo and add it to your manual) BUT for most projects you can just create the technique page. This will make more sense as you see how its going to build. Each page is going to have a reference and this is going to link to Book 2 🙂 Eventually, we will release the index for the manual but there is going to be enough scope for you to create each page in your own style. Even our workshops will work the same way so you can include those projects too if you wish.

So for a warm up project for intermediate users, as I know we will be doing a lot of the basics this month…

The Technique Manual Cover

The layout of my Technique Manual Cover. You can change papers used to your taste or craft area decor.

The cover is going to get you practicing alignment, welding and selecting shapes, starting with the fluted layer first.

The Fluted Layer

Start by selecting the fluted scallop border (BO-A004) that is in the border section on your machine (you can do all of this in Canvas if you wish to). You are going to size it to a width of 6″/15cm and change the Number to 4. This puts you 4 identical copies on the mat. The machine will automatically put these in the top left hand corner, but you need to move all of them to the centre. The easier way at this point is to just drag them to the middle. You can then use [Object Edit] (DX) or [Canvas Edit]-[Resize] to access rotation. You are then going to use the [Rotate] button and 90º degrees to create a scallop for each side. Move these to around the edge of your canvas.

Now, you are going to go to [Add]-[Basic Shapes] and select the plain edge square. Size this to 6″/15cm and add to your mat. Move it to the centre of your mat and roughly position your borders around the outside. Now you are going to use the multi-select button (three red squares) and work in set of three either horizontally or vertically. So you want to select one border, then the square, and then the opposite border. You can then use align to make sure your borders line up to your square. You want to make sure you have a small amount of overlap where your border and square meets. So your horizontal selection (left edge, square, right edge) will align to the top; and your vertical (top edge, square, bottom edge) will align to the left.

Again, use the multi select button and select all. Then you can go to [Object Edit]-[Weld] (DX series) or [Weld] (CM series). This forms your 5 shapes into one decorative panel.

The In-between Layers

The next two layers are really simple, a 5.75″ square and a 5.6″ scalloped square. To help remove that flat look of having used an electronic cutter, you can blend the edges with ink. I used Distress Stain in Antique Linen and Wild Honey applied to just the scallop square. All 3 layers in my example are cut from Vintage Rose Garden by Paper Boutique, but you could change this to any patterned paper pad that compliments your chosen topper.

The top layer is a pre-made topper from Paper Boutique’s Moonlight Song Topper Pad. The pad itself has been discontinued, but the range is still available for you to print at home via USB. Print the topper at 5″ square if you don’t already have the pad.

The base layer is just an 8×8″ sheet from the same pattern paper pad used in the layers and applied to Vaessen Creative Florence Craft Board 2mm. Trim the board so you leave a little extra border to one edge; this is where you will punch using a Cropadile and add rings so that we can add extra pages. You could also use a disc system instead.

To finish off the cover, I added a transparent sticker quote and a Stix 2 mini calendar so you can all mark off the days you have done.

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