I made the square in the silhouette software and as I was dragging the text to see if it would fit, I happened upon the super-cool trick of wrapping the text around a shape, then you can weld it and it cuts it out as one shape. Did that just blow your mind like it did mine? The fighter planes are a silhouette download. Take a look at an extreme close-up and notice (a) the beautiful cuts and (b) the text background-I printed the glossary of an old flight manual (thanks to Lindsey of Bashful Blogging for the excellent Google Books idea).
I'm sure right about now you're thinking, "Man, Meg has really let herself go over summer vacation. I mean, what do planes have to do with 'woof'? And I'm pretty sure Jerry Maguire said 'hello,' not 'woof.'" Ok, I'll give you that Jerry said "hello" but that's probably because he didn't have the cutest corgi in the whole wide world. (You know, someone should make a crafting romantic comedy. Maybe the meet-cute could be fighting over the last clearance pack of paper. Oh, no, wait, maybe she's in the hardware store buying magnetic vent covers for nestie storage and he's in the hardware store buying magnetic vent covers to actual vent coverage and then the pottery scene from "Ghost" is redone with ink and stamps. And it could be titled "Squeeze, Pull, Jerk") Anyway, all that to introduce my next card:
To answer your questions:
1) From a sign I bought at Homegoods.
2) From the fact that I was planning on using Hawaiian Shores scrunched ribbon for the collar, which ended up not working, but I still liked the color scheme.
3) Transfer paper. I cut out the letters, then peeled away all the paper from the carrier sheet, leaving the letters on it. Use the transfer paper to lift them up all at once, apply glue using quickie glue pen, then adhere the letters and peel away the transfer sheet. There was still some wiggling, but much closer to perfect than I could have done without the transfer paper.
4) Yes, that is a silhouette of Addison. I made the silhouette in GIMP, then imported it into the silhouette software and used the trace feature.
5) Yes, it does seem heavy on the lower right, but I had no idea what to add to the top left to balance it. Any suggestions?
So there you have it. Let me know if you have questions I didn't answer.
referencing how to use the ATG, of course.