Motivational Quotes and Phrases For Your Wall

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Everyone goes through tough times, and moments of uncertainty, where negativity clouds our train of thoughts. At times like these, motivational quotes and phrases are the quickest effective way to lift your spirits. We have lots of these on our site, and we’ve put some together, just for you.

10 Motivational Quotes and Phrases | Cut Files

We also made a few changes here and there in the design of the cut file, which you can too!

1. Start Somewhere

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Start Somewhere‘ today. This little quote is perfect for telling yourself that you should always make the first move no matter how small it is. In our version, we made the flag green, just like how green on a traffic light means ‘go’, you should start today!


2. Be Creative

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Be Creative‘ when trying to come up with something. Sometimes, we forget to think outside the box, which usually leads us coming to a dead end.  In our version of this little phrase, we made the bulb stand out with the yellow, signifying the little ‘ding’ you get when you have an eureka moment.


3. Be You

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Here’s a little reminder to stay true to yourself, and ‘Be YOU‘  whenever facing challenges, as you are your best self. For us, we decided to tweak it a little and point the arrows towards the word ‘you’ to emphasize it a little more.


4. Aim High

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Just because things aren’t going the way we like, does not mean we give up on aiming high. For our version of the cut file, we decided to center the cute rocket between the words, making it look like it’s pushing the word ‘Aim‘ higher.


5. Invest In Yourself

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Sometimes, you need to remember to ‘Invest In Yourself”. Just pushing yourself to achieve more will tire you out, and affect your progress. This would be a sweet little reminder to let yourself know it is okay to spoil yourself sometimes, be it on a course that you are interested in, or just a day off to rest.


6. Do Not Give Up

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Okay, we do fall into the trap of wanting to take the easy way out when things go south. This phrase, is probably the most persistent one of the lot. Definitely a necessity in your workplace.


7. Keep Moving Forward

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This is one phrase that would help you keep your head up, reminding you to stay focused. We decided to add some gold in there because, why not? But then again, the colours you use are up to you :)


8. Stay Positive

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Don’t let negativity eat into your thoughts and progress. Always try to ‘Stay Positive‘, as with a positive mindset you will find it easier to work better.


9. Prove Them Wrong

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Go ahead and prove everyone who said you couldn’t that you actually can. Rebel against the negativity that you receive from those who pull you down with their words. ‘Prove them wrong‘ is a very inspiring quote and we believe it should be in everybody’s workplace or study room!


10. Take It Easy

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If all else fails, remember to ‘Take It Easy‘. There isn’t a point in getting all worked up over an issue that’s just going to make you feel unhappy. We felt that blue and purple carried a more calming feel, hence using them in our version.


And, that concludes our list of 10 Phrases! Feel free to check out our other posts, like this simple tutorial on making a customized mug. Or maybe this post on graphic cut files for your cushion at home!

To end this post on a jovial note, here’s a fresh freebie just for you;


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Customized Cactus Mug by Aubrey C | Craftbundles

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Hey everyone! I absolutely love collecting fun cups, and customizing your own is a way to keep the cost down but still have cute items in your cupboards! Here’s how you can customize your own mug using a fun design from Craft Bundles and adhesive vinyl. So let’s get started!

Supplies needed:
  • Cactus Design from The Dazzling Craft Bundle
  • Adhesive Vinyl (permanent glossy)
  • A Blank Mug
  • Cutting Machine (I used a Silhouette Cameo)
  • Weeding Tool
  • Transfer Tape


STEP ONE: Create your design

Open up your software and import the SVG cactus design. What’s great is these designs come ready to cut! Yay :)! Click the corner of the design and size it accordingly so that it will fit on your mug.

Next, go to your cut settings panel and select vinyl, glossy. Place your vinyl onto your cutting mat, right side up. Change your blade depth accordingly and let your machine get to work!

Pro tip: When putting vinyl onto a material that you want to stay for a long time (like a mug, or car decal, etc.) you want to always use permanent glossy vinyl. It has a stronger adhesive and can withstand a lot more wear than your typical vinyl.


STEP TWO: Weed design

Now you want to peel off the vinyl that you won’t be using. Grab a corner and gently peel it. Check out those awesome cut lines!

Take a pair of craft tweezers or a weeding tool and take out the little insides of the letters, leaving just the design.

Now our design is all weeded and ready to apply!


STEP THREE: Apply design onto mug

Take a piece of transfer tape and stick it over your vinyl design. Use a scraper tool to smooth out any wrinkles.

Pro tip: When working with curved surfaces like this mug, I love using grid line transfer tape. We only have one shot at placing the vinyl onto the mug, so grid lines helps me center it as I apply the design.

Next, peel off the backing paper of the vinyl. This will expose the adhesive side of your vinyl.

Now carefully place your design onto your mug. Since we are using permanent vinyl, we only have one shot at placement! Start in the middle of your design and gently rub it outwards.

Pro tip: When applying vinyl to a curved surface, cut slits into your transfer tape before placing the design onto your mug. That way, you can move parts of the design a bit to prevent bubbles and wrinkles.

Now peel off the transfer tape and you have a fun customized mug!


Tips on how to care for your mug:


  • Since vinyl is a thin plastic, avoid the microwave. It will cause the vinyl to melt!
  • Many people have had success with their mugs in the dishwasher on the top rack. If you do, turn the water temperature down. But to be safe, stick with hand washing it.
  • If you use permanent glossy vinyl, and take care of your mug, it should hold up for a long time!

Now what cups and mugs are you going to customize using the fun Dazzling Craft Bundle??


A guest post by Audrey C, of Project Silhouette

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About me
My name is Aubrey and I am currently from Kaysville, Utah. I’m married to a wonderful husband and we have three silly, energetic kids. I love anything creative, including refinishing furniture, interior design, making fun party favors, holiday decor, and of course all things made with my Silhouette machine. I enjoy using my creativity as part of my every-day life, and I love inspiring others to do the same!

Follow me on Instagram: @projectsilhouette


Featured Interview with Kenna Sato Designs | Craftbundles

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Meet our very first featured designer McKenna, the amazing one woman show behind Kenna Sato Designs. You would have probably seen a lot of her work online, and she is especially known for her unique clip arts and vinyl decals. She is also the first to be in a featured designer bundle on our site, The Nifty Clipart Pack .

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Read on as she sheds some light on her journey as a designer;

How long have you been a designer? 

I started designing about 10 years ago as a hobby, but it wasn’t until 2-3 years ago that I was able to make designing my full-time job.

Featured product: Hello Autumn by KennaSato Design
Featured product: Hello Autumn

What is the one item you cannot live without? 

This is pretty old-fashioned, but when it comes to designing, I can’t live without my pencil and notebook! I have tried sketching on art tablets and other devices, but in my opinion, nothing beats a plain ol’ piece of paper.

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Featured product: Pumpkins and Banners 

Do you have any pets? 

I have two horrible cockatiels that I love very much, their favourite thing to do is bite the keys off my keyboard whenever I am trying to get work done.

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Featured product: Alpaca and Cactus

What’s a fun fact that people would like to know about you? 

One time, I tripped over Lindsay Lohan at the mall 😀

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Featured product: Watercolor Sweet Christmas

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? 

I’ve sort of been obsessed with Iceland recently. I’d say it’s currently at the top of my list of places I would like to visit.

Space Doodles Kenna Sato
Featured product: Space Doodles

What would your superhero name be ? 

It’s between Captain Clip Art or Design-O

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Featured product: Halloween Characters

If you weren’t a designer, what would you be doing ? 

I’m currently getting my degree in information technology, so I would most likely be doing something in that field.

North Pole Kenna Sato
Featured product: North Pole

What’s your No.1 hobby after design?

Watching TV!

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Featured product: Potted Succulents

How would you describe your design style? 

Whimsical :)

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Featured product: Hipster Animals

Lastly, what advice would you give your fellow designers? 

As cliche as this sounds, my advice is to be patient when it comes to learning new techniques and programs. I remember how frustrating and overwhelming it was to learn the design programs, but I’m glad I stuck with it!


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Featured product: Let It Snow


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