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I’m absolutely terrible about keeping and storing the sweet little mementos from my kids’ childhood. I don’t know if it’s because we’re too busy making memories or if I’m just terrible at putting things away (my husband would attest to the latter!) but I’m seriously the worst at documenting these special little moments. I’ve decided that if I have a dedicated space for storing these sweet little drawings, pictures, and objects, I may be able to improve. I made this My Sunshine Memory Box as the final tutorial in my introduction to the Cricut Explore Air 2 and absolutely love how it came out! Don’t forget to check out Part 1: First Impressions of Cricut and Part 2: Customizable Eyeglass Case in this series.
Feel free to grab the free My Sunshine Memory Box file below!
The supply list for this tutorial is crazy easy! All you need is a small square box (I found this one in the dollar section of Target), various Cricut Vinyl, and the free My Sunshine Memory Box file below. My box measured 7″ x 7″ but feel free to get any size and just adjust the image to fit. Since I’m still pretty new to the Cricut system, let me know if you can’t adjust my file and I’ll upload another size for you.
Last week I shared how I customized my eyeglass case with an image I found in the Cricut Library but for this project, I wanted to see how well the Cricut Design Studio worked with a completely original design. I’ve been designing with other programs for years now and I was super worried about starting with another platform but I was pleasantly surprised! Granted, this was a pretty simple design but laying out the words and creating the sun could have been difficult with a less well-designed system.
After the design was done, I sent it to my Cricut Explore Air 2 via WiFi and proceeded to cut out all the shapes. I’m pretty much in love with the way Cricut Design Studio makes it really simple to know which color of vinyl you need to apply to the mat and then just walks you through each of the steps. Almost impossible to mess it up!
After cutting and weeding, I used the Cricut Design Studio to place the words first and then the sun. The clear tape plus the grid lines really helped with centering the image.
And there you have it! Now that I have this cute little box dedicated to storing all those sweet childhood memories, I’m really hopeful that I’ll actually put it to good use. Remember, feel free to use the My Sunshine Memory Box Free Cricut File to make your own (for personal use only, please!) You could even cut this design out of Iron On Vinyl and apply to a kid’s t-shirt. How sweet would that be?!
This tutorial concludes my 3 part Introduction to Cricut series and, I’ve got to tell you, I’ve been pretty impressed with the Cricut Explore Air 2, the supplies, and Cricut Design Studio. I was able to just figure most things out intuitively but found the Cricut Help Center useful for those more difficult questions. Please keep in mind that I’ve been working with cutting machines and cut files for over 5 years now so if you’re brand new to this craft form, the learning curve might be a bit steeper but I have no doubt even the most novice of crafters can get the hang of it. You can definitely assume that I’ll be doing more Cricut based tutorials and free files in the future!
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