Hello everyone and HAPPY MONDAY! Or happy “MINC IT” Monday I should say!
A brand new week lies ahead…and today I am here to share a brand new way you may (or may not have) thought of to use your MINC.
There are SO many amazing brand new MINC items gracing select Jo-Ann store locations right now, that you may not know what to do with all these exciting pieces. You know, those questions we all when we see new products like…how do they work? What can they do? Can be used together? Yep….all that stuff. So today I hope to answer some of those questions for you.
I want to share with you all a very fun DIY tutorial on how to use the MINC Acetate papers and MINC lamination sheets in your MINC machine to create customized planner/dashboard folders that are transparent! Trust me on this….they are SO cute!!!
OK, so right now at select JoAnn store locations you will be able to find an array of MINC products.
These lamination sheets and acetate papers are part of this collection.
I love transparent pieces in my projects and I thought to myself….hmmm….these papers are really cool! They are clear and transparent…plus they can run through the Minc! This is awesome. Wouldn’t these be perfect to create something fun and customized…which I could then foil for my Memory Planner? Yes! Let’s #foilallthethings .
To begin I wanted to create a customized phrase/quote in Photoshop Elements.
To do this I opened a blank 6×8 document in PSE.
Voila! A blank 6×8 document. I chose 6×8 size because that is the size of my Memory Planner.
Once my blank document was opened, I simply chose a font that I liked and typed in my text.
Next up, print.
Now remember that the MINC heat reactive foil will ONLY work with ink that has been either laser printed, or toner printed. You MUST print out using a laser printer for the MINC foil to adhere to your text. If you try use an Ink Jet printer, it will not work with the MINC. It HAS to be a laser/toner ink. The printer I am using (and recommend) is an HP LaserJet P1102w and it works amazing. I simply fed the acetate paper through my printer and it worked perfectly.
Once my acetate paper ran through my laser printer, this is what resulted:
Our next step is to foil our text.
Place a piece of MINC foil atop the text. I am using the blue ombre.
Place inside a carrier/transfer folder and run through your MINC on heat setting 2.
Once it has completely ran through the MINC simply remove your foil revealing a gorgeous foiled image.
Now, we could create a folder simply with the acetate paper. However, by laminating it we will obtain a much thicker and sturdier page for the Memory Planner…which I prefer.
So on to our next step….lamination.
All we simply are doing here is placing our acetate paper into the lamination folder.
Voila! Gorgeously laminated and brilliantly shiny. Love.
So to complete our file folder, I simply took the file folder for the month of September out of my Memory Planner so I could use it as a “template”.
I placed it behind my laminated page and adhered it gently with a piece of washi tape so it does not move when I am cutting.
Once you have cut out your file folder, punch holes to fit inside your planner.
There you have it! A gorgeously customized transparent folder/dashboard for your Memory Planner!
Here is another file folder I created using the Champagne foil
Below you will find links to both of these designs I created so you can create your very own dividers for your Memory Planner. Just print, foil, laminate, cut and punch!
I hope you love them in your Memory Planner as much as I do in mine! Not gonna lie…once you start making them, they are kinda addicting! 😉
Happy “MINC IT MONDAY” everyone!