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They say “count your blessings” and I say it’s true. For me, 2020 is all about taking time to appreciate the little things in life, being mindful of my actions and to be grateful for my family and customers. In order to help my family slow down and appreciate the same thing, I’ve created a Grateful Jar with my new Cricut Maker.
Happy mail from Cricut
Today is one of those days when I was glad to have been home. I got 16 boxes delivered to my front door with lots of Cricut goodies. Oh, I wish I didn’t have to work so I could just play with all these Cricut goodies 🙂 This is all brand new to me and I’m eager to learn everything I can to get making tutorials for you! Here goes, let’s open the boxes!!
Shown above are the following Cricut goodies (mentioned clockwise) – OH my, I have no idea what some of this stuff is for. This is going to be a big learning curve for me and you can follow allow as I learn…and you learn too.
- Metallic Iron-on Silver and Gold
- Patterned Plaid Iron-on
- Holographic Iron-on
- Everyday Iron-on
- Cricut Maker machine
- Essential Tool Set
- Easy Press 2
- Vinyl Starter kit (using in this tutorial)
- Infusible ink Transfer sheets
- Transfer tape (my new BFF)
- Holographic Iron-on
- Coasters blank, round
- Deluxe paper
- True brushed paper
- Variety pack of mats
- Easy press mat
First things first
I’m not going to lie, this bundle of goodies is a tad overwhelming.
There are thousands of things that can be done with this Cricut Maker beauty and all these treats. So where do I begin?
Cricut knows that you might be having these feelings, they are prepared and guess what? Within about an hour of opening the boxes and plugging my machine in I had made my first project. By the way, you know what is the BEST part of Cricut? They have a toll free number and guess what? I used it. There was a place I kept getting stuck. The wait time to talk to an actual human was 3 mins. Wow!! It made all the difference.
In fact, I went ahead and made a second right away to make sure I understood the basics of the machine. Check out the little Smile card below. In fact, Cricut even included the materials for the white/blue on the left.
Ok, now it’s my turn to get in there and make something. I’ve wanted to design a Grateful Jar for a very long time. The idea is you have this jar in your living space. Each time (hopefully every day) that something good happens or you just are thankful for something someone did or something that happened, you write it down. Some call them, Blessing Jars, others call them Thankful Jars. We decided as a family to call it the Grateful Jar. If you are having a bad day, you go to the Grateful Jar and pull one or more cards to read. Then you will absolutely feel better. Then, on the last day of the year, you look at everyone one of them with the family all gathered around.
The best part, I’m going to share the steps with you below.
Here are the steps on how to make the Grateful Jar.
- Vinyl Starter kit
- Glass jar – I got mine at Amazon
- Get my Grateful Jar Cut file HERE (you will need a Cricut membership)
Make sure you use the Cricut Design Space desktop version (the online version will be going away soon) and you can still make your files public if you choose. I created this Grateful Jar image by using an already stock Image – “Grateful”.
Add text and type out “Jar”.
Insert the fine point blade. Place the vinyl of your choice (this teal came from the Vinyl Starter kit) with the color right side up on the mat (blue mat came with my Cricut Maker machine, in the upper corner exactly as shown on your computer screen. Follow the prompts, insert your mat.
Once cutting is finished, use the Weeding tool that came with your Cricut Maker machine and remove the vinyl. *Pro-tip: start in the upper corner and with the very tip of the weeding tool gently pull down the vinyl and take your time the lettering pieces all remain on the foundation paper.
Cut a piece of Transfer tape just slightly larger than the vinyl area. Peel away the paper side of the Transfer tape and place directly over the vinyl area (Grateful Jar) and press firmly removing all bubbles.
Clean the jar of any dust or dirt. Place the vinyl lettering where you’d like on the jar.
Get some colorful index cards. Cut them in half and punch a hole in the top. Place a 3M hook on the wall next to your jar. Keep a cute fun pen handy. Now here is how the Grateful jar works! Every day or as often as you can, write something good that happened. Add a date to it. then if you are having a bad day and feeling down, open the jar, mix it up and pull one out. Read it and savor the fact you many things to be grateful for. Encourage the family to participate. Reward your kiddos if they do. If something happens you think is a particularly nice thing to be grateful for that perhaps your family didn’t write down, gently nudge them to do so. They will be glad they did down the road. On the last day of the year, open the jar (now full of cards) and read them allowed as a family. You’ll be surprised how much good has happened.
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