I live in the world of grandbabies. My world revolves around my babies. I am so blessed that 3 of the grandbabies (oh ya and their parents too ..lol) live on the opposite end of our house. They give Nana a reason to get out of bed in the morning! My other grandbabies come and visit too, and Nana loves having them visit too! Everyone that said grandbabies are more fun than your own children were right. All this time I thought they were crazy, until I got my first grandbaby. I am still in awe over how much you can love a child that you didn't give birth to. Of course I love my daughters too, but not near as much as my grandbabies! lol Nana loves you Kaylee, Allan, Clayton, Isabel, and Keegan!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

How I Paper Piece with a jpeg file

Sometimes I just don't feel like setting up the file to cut and cutting out all the pieces.  Also, I am doing this little tutorial for beginners to paper piecing that don't have the option to cut individual pieces with an electronic cutter, or that do not want to print the pdf (Adobe file) and hand cut all the pieces. This is what the pdf (Adobe) file looks like.  You simply print it out, cut out the pieces, then cut them out of colored cardstock the color you want them.  I do think that some Adobe files are in color so you could print them out and just cut those pieces out and glue them together to make your project, but I'm not positive on that.  I apologize for the print quality I forgot to print this out so I just took a pic of the computer screen.

 Okay, back to the jpeg file.  I'm using the Cute As Can Be File from KaDoodle Bug Designs, and the file can be found here: http://kadoodlebugdesigns.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=3&products_id=374

Step 1:  I print out 2 pics of the jpeg file I want to use the same size.  Always check the file description when you buy a file to be sure that it comes with a printable file.  Some files do not come with a printable file.  Always save all the other files as well because you never know when you will get a new cutter and need a different type of file for a new machine! :)

Step 2:  Cut out one of the pics.  Sometimes the pics have a lot of intricate cuts like the first page, so I just cut around the outside and leave some of the white show.  Other times they are a lot simpler to cut out such as pic two.  However, I always seem to need my xacto/craft/hobby knife to get in to the tight spots!

Step 3:  Cut out the pieces from the second pic that you want to attach to the first one you cut out with pop dots.  Select as many or as few as you want.  It's all about what you like.  There is no right or wrong in scrapbooking and card making!  After you get them cut out, if you choose to, add all your little white gel pen or black acid free pen marks on the pieces where you want them.  It's easier to do them now than to do them once they are sitting on a pop dot! :)  Also you can add any gems, googley eyes, etc to them as well.

Step 4:  Attach your cut out piece to your project.  This is optional of course, and if I'm doing a layout I don't attach the pieces until I have them all done.  For cards I find it easier to just go ahead and attach it now.

Step 5: Attach the pieces to the top of the same piece on first pic you cut out with pop dots. They will add dimension to your project.  I used black pen a lot of places I would normally use white so that the lines showed up.  This is also a more intricate pic, but it doesn't have to be.  I could have just pop dotted the planter, heart flowers, bees, heart antenneas, and the arm and hand.  It still would have been cute with only a few things popped up!

Step 6:  Mail the card to someone to give them a smile!

Here are a couple made with the simpler pic.  The pink one has just 7 things popped up, and the green one doesn't have any popped up.  I have a slight addiction to bling! lol  I hope this tutorial helps!


  1. I stopped by for the hop above but I had to tell you what a great tutorial you have here. I must come back to you page.