Washi Tape Addicts Rejoice – Pre-Order Kits are BACK!

Are you a lover of all things washi tape? Do you like to collect rare and unique rolls of washi that you can’t find in your everyday craft stores? Then the Planner Squad Shoppe has just what you need!

Trying to figure out how to create Silhouette cut files for all those great free planner printables floating around? This post may help. Find more planner tutorials at www.plannersquad.com

I’m happy to announce that we have officially brought back our washi tape kit pre-orders! That’s right, once again you can pre-order a themed set of five washi tape kits for an extremely low price!

Washi Kit Pre-Order Details

How do our washi kit pre-orders work you ask? Every two weeks or so, we choose 5 rolls of washi that you can buy in a kit, centered around a fun theme. Squadettes (that’s you!) will be able to pre-order these kits and pay a low price of only $7.50 (plus shipping)! This averages to about $1.50 per roll of washi that you can’t find just anywhere, saving you about $1.00 per roll compared to our normal prices!

Only want a couple of the rolls? That’s okay! You can also order pre-order the rolls individually for about $2.00 each. While this isn’t the best deal, it is still a little bit cheaper than or normal prices.

Unique washi like these at this low of a price? What a steal! 

While sometimes we have extra rolls of washi to list for sale when we receive these kits, it’s not always a guarantee. The only way to guarantee you will receive this washi at the discounted price is to pre-order your kit today!

Current Washi Pre-order Theme: Vintage

This week we’re taking you back in time to give you blast from the past. That’s right, this week’s washi kit pre-order is a vintage theme! In this kit you will receive one roll each of the following styles:

  • Vintage Butterflies
  • Vintage Eiffel Tower
  • Vintage Technology
  • Vintage Landmarks
  • Vintage Advertisements

Vintage Washi Tape

Tune in for the Squadette Show on Friday at 9 pm EST in our Facebook group and I will show you these beauties “in person” 🙂 Trust me when I say that pictures never do our washi tape justice!

How to Order

To order your washi pre-order kit, click on the link at the bottom of the post to take you to the listing in the Planner Squad Shoppe. This listing with the discounted washi price will only be available for 2 weeks, ending February 28, 2017, and then will be taken down. Please note, all orders are final and non-refundable.

Sometimes our distributor runs out of supplies before we get a chance to order these kits ourselves. This is rare of course, but if for some reason this does happen, we will order a similar style washi tape to put in its place.

We ask you to please allow 4-6 weeks shipping and handling time once the preorder ends. This is only because our awesome supplier is located on the other side of the world, so sometimes it can take anywhere from 3 to 4 weeks for us to receive it ourselves.

As soon as we receive the order, we will package it up all nice and pretty, and send it on its way to you!

Now, what are you waiting for?! Go get this kit right now while you still can! While you’re at it, make sure you check out all of the other goodies we have in the Planner Squad Shoppe.

Click here to pre-order your vintage washi kit today!

For order updates, make sure you are a member of our Facebook group. We often post washi pre-order updates there!

Jenn Roberts, Planner Squad, Chaotic Bliss Homeschooling

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Tutorial: How to Cut Free Printable Stickers Using a Silhouette

Raise your hand if you hate fussy cutting! Yep, that’s me. I hate it so much that it’s one of many reasons I decided to purchase a Silhouette machine.

I know that I’m not alone in my hatred for fussy cutting. If you’re like me and have a Silhouette machine that you’re not very familiar with how to use, keep reading.

How to Cut Printable Files Using a Silhouette

I’ve had many Squadettes ask in our facebook group how to create cut files for the free printables they find online.  Today, I’m going to show you how I do it, step by step.

I would also like to note that the file I’m using in this tutorial is from the amazing Victoria Thatcher. I just love her printables!

Step 1: Convert PDF

Before you can import your file into your Silhouette software, you will have to convert it from a PDF to a JPG or PNG file.

While there may be free options for programs that will convert this for you, I personally use Photoshop since I already have that from my photography school days.

Step 2: Import File

Once you have your PDF converted to an image file, you can now open the image file with your Silhouette program. You can do this by dragging and dropping it into the software, or import through the library.

Step 3: Trace and Detach

At the top right-hand side of your Silhouette software, click on the trace button (it looks like a square with a little blue butterfly with yellow border).

Once you have selected the trace tool, you should see the following settings:

Click on “select trace area” and draw a box around what you want to trace. Notice I didn’t bother tracing the text along the top and bottom of the graphic, because I’m going to end up deleting that later, anyway.

Make sure to de-select “high pass filter”. Then turn the threshold up as high as it can go, and turn the scale down as low as it can go.

(Quick tip – if you’re having a hard time getting a clear trace, try doing it in sections, instead of all at once.)

Your image should turn yellow similar to the image below:

Once you have selected everything you would like to trace, select “trace and detach”. This will basically cut the images out of the background so you can move them around individually.

Step 4: Delete Background

Once you have detached all of the images, pull them off to the side out of the way. Then, select and delete the leftover background.

Step 5: Rearrange Graphics

Once the background image has been removed, rearrange your images where you want them on the document.

Step 6: Offset (Optional)

This step is only necessary if you want to have a bit of white edge around your stickers. If you don’t want the extra white space you can skip to the next step.

To create this white border, you will need to create an offset. Click on the image or images you want to offset. Then click on the offset tool along the top toolbar.

Adjust the settings so that it creates a red line border slightly from the edge of your images. I typically set my offset distance to .0125

It’s important to note that this red offset line is not your cut line. They look the same, but it’s only the line that will be traced whenever you make your cut lines in the next step.

Step 7: Trace Outer Edge

Once you have created your offset lines (if you choose to), you’re ready to trace your images again to create your cut lines.

Select the trace tool and highlight everything you want to cut. You’ll make your settings the exact same as you did in step 3, only this time you will select “trace outer edge”. This will create your cut lines.

Step 8: Print and cut

Once you have your cut lines made, you’re done! From here you’re ready to print and cut your stickers and start sticking them into your planners!

Tutorial: How to Print Free Printable Stickers Using a Silhouette Machine


Did this tutorial work for you? Comment below and let us know. Also if you think this post may help others, we hope that you will share it with them as well.

Happy cutting!

Jenn Roberts, Planner Squad, Chaotic Bliss Homeschooling

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Join us for the February 2017 Instagram Challenge!

I know all of you Squadettes love a good challenge. That’s why I’m excited to share this one with you today! One of the amazing admins of our Facebook group, Jaynelle, is helping us bring you a super fun monthly Instagram challenge.

Introducing the Instagram Challenge

So, what is the Instagram Challenge exactly? Well, basically, Jaynelle (aka @Sweetjaybaby on IG) is going to supply us with a daily photo challenge revolved around planning.

To participate in the challenge, all you have to do is take a picture that reflects that day’s prompt and then share it on Instagram for the rest of us to see.

What’s in it for Me?

We tried to host an Instagram challenge in the past but unfortunately didn’t get much participation with it. We decided to give it a try again, only this time we have a bit of an incentive for those who participate.

That’s right, we’ll be hosting monthly challenge giveaways! 

How do you enter? Simply use the hashtag #PSIGChallenge everytime you share your challenge post. Each photo you share using that hashtag will get you one entry in the giveaway.

This month we will be giving away a $15 gift card to the Planner Squad Shoppe

Shop Owners – We’re Looking for Challenge Sponsors!

That’s right, we’re looking for shops who would like to sponsor a monthly giveaway by supplying prizes.

Any shop who sponsors the giveaway will have their shop name and IG handle on the free challenge printables for that month. We will also shine a spotlight on your shop in the blog post for that month’s challenge.

This could be a great form of advertisement for you and your shop!

For more information on how to sponsor a giveaway, check out our advertisement page. When you fill out the form, let us know you would like to sponsor an IG Challenge.

February Challenge Prompts

Okay, now that you know how the challenge is going to work and how you can enter to win, it’s time to get your free challenge prompts printable.

 

 

This printable PDF includes a printable dashboard in letter, A5, and personal sizes (to print in HP classic size, reduce the size by 80%).

Click here to access your free printables!

Jenn Roberts, Planner Squad, Chaotic Bliss Homeschooling

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