Thursday, July 19, 2012

Thursday Craft 'n Chat - Save Paper Using Your Gypsy

Welcome to this week’s edition of Thursday Craft 'n Chat. Every Thursday will feature a different crafty tip/technique from one of the Made Especially For You design team members. Click here to view last weeks tutorial on how to create an altered coaster banner.
Hi everybody, Susie here from Susie Craft Happy! Welcome to another Craft n' Chat Thursday!! Okay, I'll admit I had my Gypsy by Provo Craft for at least a month before I attempted to use it.  Once I sat down with the handbook, I found that the gypsy is one of the best tools for getting the most out of each sheet of cardstock you cut.

I'm in a monthly card group so I create cards for 5-10 people every month and getting the most out of every sheet of paper is key.  Using my gypsy I'm usually able to cut all of the images I need with one 81/2 x 11 sheet of cardstock.  Here's how...

Number of cuts per sheet depends on desired image cut size.
Using my gypsy to turn images in different directions I'm able to add several more cuts to this 6x6 sheet of cardstock.  This saves time and money!  The rotate feature on the gypsy allows you to place your images at different angles which allows more cuts per sheet and saves cutting time. 
This allows me to get any mass production project I have done in no time at all. 

Using your Cricut alone requires time to rotate your mat or even use more paper just to get the same amount of cuts and you're left with odd-sized scraps.  I try to leave myself usable scraps. Made Especially For You Design Team member Eileen tells us how to make the most of our scraps in a previous Craft n' Chat Thursday, you can view it here.

Well, that's it for me today and I hope you found this useful and hope you will give the Gypsy rotating feature a try, you'll find it will save you both time and money.
Create a great day!!


  1. Fab tip and I love the cards you made Susie. TFS

  2. I love my gypsy...and I love being able to do this. When my gypsy broke I almost cried...but Provo Craft sent me a replacement quickly:)

    1. Hey, I have a Gypsy and mine broke. How long had you had your Gypsy when it broke? I'm having trouble getting them to replace mine, and I am trying to prove that they've replaced other people's Gypsys after the warranty is up.

  3. Thanks for this Great tip!!!Love your set of cards!!Fabulous!

  4. I love, love, love my saves time and money! Love the cards youve made too. Kathie

  5. Great tip and lovely cards! I may have to get a machine after all!


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