Monthly Archives: June 2012

As Seen on TV…My Craft Channel

We spotted the very talented Lori Allred over on My Craft Channel today showing some fun ideas on how to repurpose old cabinet doors. What caught our eye were the great uses of Brookie Craft vinyl. 

Be sure to catch all of Lori’s Inspired by Pinterest Cabinet Door episode. But check out these close ups how cool vinyl can be with home decor!

You might recognize this from an earlier blog post. 

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New Take on old Cabinet Doors Recycled Project

Have you ever thought of takend reclaimed cabinet doors and giving them an entirely different look and purpose with a coat of paint and some vinyl?

This is going to be hung outside next to my front door, but I didn’t have any hooks at the time I took the photo. You get the idea, right? To learn more about how these were created, check out the newest episode of Inspired by Pinterest on My Craft Channel, airing Friday, June 29, 2012.

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Heat Transfer Vinyl Tutorial by Megan

The fun crafty Megan from Above Rubies Studio create a Tuesday Tutorial featuring Heat Transfer Vinyl. Did you know Brookie Craft manufactures this stuff! It’s awesome. Cut it just like vinyl, iron it on to any fabric surface and you have a great finished project like this awesome bag Megan created.

Megan said, “Once the image was cut (I didn’t even need a mat!  Just loaded the vinyl directly into the Silhouette!), I separated the vinyl from the clear backing.”

Love the silver!!

To see the full step-by-step tutorial visit Megan’s blog post.

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Get a Little Creative with House of Smiths

You might have seen us hanging out over on My Craft Channel. We’re big fans and we love the different show hosts that inspire us all to get crafty. One that stood out to us is one called “Get a Little Creative. ” Get a Little Creative is all about getting crafty with inspiration from the best creative blogs on the internet. Your hosts, Jennifer Hadfield of, Beckie Farrant of and Heather Mann of will spotlight their favorite projects by talented creative bloggers, as well as simple but high-impact tutorials designed to add some creativity to your life, from home to food to holidays and beyond.

In this episode below, the girls interview Shelley Smith from House of Smiths as they discuss her fun blog and the upcoming new DIY show with her husband. Their motto: “Taking it One Space at a Time” ring true to their style and projects. Shelley shares her beautiful take on Gallery Walls and offers tips on how to create your own. You’ll notice her gallery wall features a lot of great vinyl pieces.

Shelley has a great vinyl store and offers pre-cut vinyl designs that are amazing. Check them out here.

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No Cutting Mat, Yeah Silhouette!

Recently I purchased the Silhouette Cameo machine. I have an older Silhouette SD and have love it for the great detail you get from a Silhouette. Being a long time Cricut user I have to admit I wasn’t convinced I needed to invest in another 12″ electronic cutter. But the minute I heard you don’t have to use a cutting mat to cut vinyl. And since I use a lot of vinyl then this was a HUGE selling point for me.

It works great!!

Megan from Above Rubies Studio created a great video on how to cute vinyl on your Silhouette Cameo. (Only thing she should have used was the transfer tape, but we’ll forgive her this time!)

If you’re cutting one and two something that doesn’t fill the entire screen then you shouldn’t have any issues. I have noticed when filling an entire screen with my cut files that running vinyl through without a mat when it gets close to the edge it sometimes messes up. I would recommend using your mat if you’re doing a full sheet of cut images.

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Oops, I’m out of Transfer Tape

Sometimes you run out of that awesome Transfer Tape that helps you take your cut vinyl to a new surface. We loved this idea from Megan at Above Rubies Studio. She shares how to use blue painters tape when you’re in a bind.

For other great ideas from a pro, visit Above Rubies Studio.

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Brookie Seen at Snap! The Conference

We spotted the cute Amanda from Every Creative Endeavor blog showing off a flower made from vinyl and standing next to one of the Brookie Craft vinyl racks. Our retail partner, Vinyl Outlet was there at Snap! showing all the amazing DIY crafters about the great selection of colors and products created by Brookie Craft.

Snap! The Conference was held this past spring and it looked amazing. But no worries, you can follow the inspiring Snap Blog here. 

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Joann Fabric and Craft Stores

Joann Fabric and Craft Stores

Brookie Craft Vinyl is now available in 325 Joann Fabric and Craft Stores nationwide. You should be able to find a great selection of 30 colors to choose from.

If you don’t see it at your local Joann’s store, be sure to ask them about Brookie Vinyl.

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June 11, 2012 · 5:20 am

Introducing Above Rubies Studio

We are so excited to have the very talented Megan from Above Rubies Studio. She is a master with electronic cutters and using vinyl. We have invited Megan to share her fun videos and great tips with you our readers. You’ll see her popping up here on the Brookie Craft blog!

Now let’s take a minute to get to know Megan better…

My love for scrapbooking led me to the Cricut and then on to the wonderful online world of tutorials. My hope is to add value to this online community with my experience in Scrapbooking, Cardmaking and crafting. Since purchasing my Cricut over a year and a half ago, I have become obsessed with helping others learn the value of all that their Cricut can offer them. The Cricut offers so many options many users don’t know about, and I’m just the girl to show you how to get the most from your Cricut Machine.

I currently have a library of A to Z and 123 Educational DVDs which have helped thousands of people master their craft, machines and other things BETTER! So exited its been such a hugely popular success as teaching is nothing short of a HUGE passion for me. The Cricut Cutting Guide which shows over 500 settings for blade depth, speed and pressure was our very first product that started as (and still is) a free download on our website. We since have expanded to listen to user request and made the Cutting Guide a bound booklet, and iPhone App and Android App too! Paper Layerz is one of my latest creations and it is THE Paper for ALL Die Cutting Machine Users. One sheet of paper and it layers everything in a perfectly color coordinated fashion.

I have had the amazing honor in being asked to make guest appearances at several scrapbook stores, as well as instruct Cricut Classes all over PA. I love doing these things, I am also involved in different design teams both past and present. Above Rubies Studio is here to give you support in your daily life and in crafting. I am truly committed to giving you great resources for all of your scrapbooking, card making and Cricut projects. There is so much I want to say and I want to give you all at once, but one day at a time is where we have to start!

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Personalized Photo “Hangers”

Creating with vinyl will have you looking at everything with new eyes.

That’s what Lori Allred did when she saw her husbands dress
pants hangers sitting on the floor one day.

She explained, “I had seen some fun ideas using these pants hangers on Pinterest, but
thought it would be a lot more fun to personalize them with my kids’ names.” 

These are perfect for holding just about anything you can think of…here Lori used her hangers to hold a scrapbook layout with one and an 8×10 photograph with another. We also thought this would be a darling way to feature your kids’ art projects or school work.

We would love to hear what you items laying around your house you’re now looking at in a new way if you just had some Brookie Vinyl.

Share your ideas on what things you’re now thinking you’d like to add vinyl to that you may not have before. One lucky winner will receive a box of Brookie Vinyl ($36.00 value).

1. Pin one or all of these great photos to Pinterest and come back and tell us you did.

2. Leave the same comment on Facebook about what new, fresh ideas you have for adding vinyl.

Contest ends: Friday, June 8th at 1:00pm MST. Winner will be announced by this time next week.


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