Who needs a Cricut machine?
Whatever happened to pure creativity? Well, I’ll tell you. Technology killed the artistic star and turned us all into homogeneous clones, destined to churn out identical scrapbooking pages time and time again, all thanks to one supposedly helpful machine – the Cricut.
This is an electronic cutting gizmo that provides people with amazing, perfect lettering, shapes, designs and motifs for their scrapbooks, journals and card-making projects, all at the simple press of a tiny little seemingly innocuous button. But, I maintain that with each press of this harmless little button, your innate creativity is ever more closely circling the drain, about to be sucked down into the sewer of the uninspired.
Think for yourself, fellow crafters! Save yourself a few hundred quid and make your own designs from scratch. Don’t throw anything away EVER, it can all be used for your various projects – old magazines, shopping bags, clothing tags…anything can be turned into a work of art with a little bit of effort and ingenuity.
To help you on your way to greatness, here’s a quick how-to on making your own scrapbooking letters. Don’t say I never give you anything…
How to: Make your own scrapbook letters.
– Tracing paper
– Coloured paper
– Craft knife/scissors/sharp pencil
– Cutting board
– Alphabet printed off the computer in a font of your choice
- Trace the required letters of your chosen font – I went with Curlz MT, because it’s whimsical – onto the coloured paper
- Slowly and with care cut the letters out (it pays to trace them backwards onto the paper so that when you cut them out, the right side doesn’t have pencil marks on it)
- Stick them into your scrapbook with care – depending on the font and how big your typeface is, this could be quite fiddly but don’t give up!