a very Cricut Christmas!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Alright alright alright! Christmas is almost here and it is time to finish up those DIY presents you thought were a really good idea about a month ago. For my work friends, I’m making personalized tumblers using my Cricut Explore Air 2!

Here’s what you need:

IMG_7351 2

Here we go:

First, get your design ready in Cricut’s Design Space. When it’s cut out, cut a piece of transfer tape to approximately the same size as your design.

IMG_7352 2

Remove the transfer tape and smooth it over the top of your vinyl design. Use the scraper that comes with your Cricut to help adhere the transfer tape to the vinyl.

Peel the excess vinyl away from the transfer tape, making sure that the design stays attached to the transfer tape. This can be done with your hands when you have a simple design but might need the weeding tools if the design is more complex.

IMG_7356

Your design will be the only thing left on the transfer tape!

IMG_7357 2

Carefully place your design on the tumbler and make sure that it is where you want it to be. When you have it in the correct place, smooth the design down with the scraper. Slowly peel the transfer paper back – the design should remain attached to the tumbler.

IMG_7358

For a fun extra touch, I add confetti to the inside of the tumbler and then tie a tulle bow around it. I’ll probably also put a hand cream or gift card in the tumbler too! It turned out super cute and was so easy!!

IMG_7361

Good luck!

xo, Rachel

 

Stocking stuffers!

Hey y’all!

Here’s a quick guide for stocking stuffers! Be sure to order soon so it’ll get here in time. And mom, if you’re reading this, I won’t hate the pearl headbands if they appear in my stocking 😉

 

xo, Rachel

 

Dear 2009 me…

So it’s been popular lately to post a before/after of the last decade as we round out the 2010’s (that feels weird to type!). There’s something so striking about these images and the transformation that can occur over a decade, but it also had me wondering about how these people had changed mentally, emotionally, and/or spiritually over the last ten years. You know, it’s on the inside that counts and so on and so forth, yada yada.

Well I can’t ask everyone that because people tend to think it’s too personal, so I did some self reflecting. At this point in 2009, I was a senior in high school. My hair was bigger, my waist was smaller, and I would say that I was only moderately satisfied with my life. There was a lot I was about to embark on and what a wild ride it’s been. So here goes…

Dear 2009 me, 

High school sucks. Mom was right when she told you not to peak yet (you haven’t, don’t worry). The rumors, the friendships, the betrayals – they feel like a lot now but soon they won’t matter. In ten years, everyone will be on the same playing field and no one will care anymore about who partied and who didn’t and who was “cool” and who wasn’t. It’s pretty nice, actually. You’ll discover that for the most part, everyone turns out to be a pretty decent human being.

I’ve got a secret though… pay special attention to the cute red head that is about to waltz into your life. Well, I already know that you DO pay special attention to him, but enjoy the moment. He’s going to set your life on a completely different trajectory. Hint, hint: you aren’t going to study theater in college and you will end up living down the street from mom and dad. As much as you think you’d like to live as far away from them as possible, this is much better.

These next ten years are going to be really difficult. Long distance relationships, ministry, loss, heartache. But it will change you. You will no longer care about things that you don’t need to care about. Your perspective will be eternal and that will be difficult at times but amazing at others. You will be angry at God (often) and He will always be with you. You’ll learn that He does give you more than you can handle and sometimes things don’t happen for any reason other than we live in a broken world.

The road to becoming a mom will look different than you want it to. Even after you have two precious girls in your home, your heart will ache for the babies who aren’t with you. You’ll learn about things like infertility, miscarriage, prematurity, and the NICU – words that I don’t think have every really crossed your mind.

Like I said, these next ten years will be one hard thing after another. But you’ll also learn what true unconditional, sacrificial love looks like. You’ll find amazing friends who rally around you. You’ll gain a husband that spoils you by doing things like cooking and cleaning the house. One day, ten years from now, your miracle two year old will grab your face, look you in the eyes, murmur a bunch of nonsense and give you a big sloppy kiss. And the rest of the world will melt away. Oh how wonderful these last ten years have been.

Here’s to the next ten.

xo, Rachel

P.S. Here’s my ten year comparison – oy!

14BA3826-7F96-4147-9EB5-DDF4792AAA86.JPG

Tis the Season for DIY!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Y’all. I discovered Cricut machines last year and I was ob.sessed. All those cute DIY projects you see on Pinterest but thought you could never recreate?? YOU CAN! And you don’t have to have a creative bone in your body!

So naturally, I needed one of my own! I just received the most beautiful Cricut Explore Air 2 and started playing as soon as it came in. Here are five things I love about it so far!

1. Easy to use!

This machine is super simple. Turn a dial to indicate which material you are using, load the machine, and viola! It also has a fast mode which makes DIY projects 2x faster! I was a little intimidated at first but it truly does all of the work for you.

2. The variety of materials you can use.

This machine cuts over 100 materials! I most frequently use vinyl but I’m so excited to experiment with other materials for future projects! I think my next project will be personalized cardstock gift tags for Christmas…

3. Design Space

The Cricut Design Space makes it so simple to create designs from your computer OR an app on your phone or iPad. Design Space organizes your projects into mats and printing your design is as easy as plugging into the Explore Air 2.

4. The color!

It might seem silly to love the color of a machine but my Explore Air 2 is a beautiful emerald color that goes perfectly with other decor in the room. The color choices make your machine feel like it was made just for you!

5. The writing tool

Not only does the Explore Air 2 cut different materials, you can also attach a pen and it will WRITE FOR YOU! No more attempting pretty handwriting – all you need to do is load the pen and it will write in any font you select. This was a game changer for me.

Moral of the story, this machine is fantastic and you absolutely need one for yourself!

Do you have a Cricut?? Leave your favorite projects in the comments below!

Comments submitted may be displayed on other websites owned by the sponsoring brand.