This past week we did our annual girls camp. Love this time. Love spending some QT with my daughters and my dear friends–Lisa Bearnson + Kristy Banks–and their daughters.
It’s always an adventure and we never seem to have enough time. Games, food, laughing, crafting . . . it’s all good fun up in the mountains getting away from the cares of it all.
Of course we don’t rough it. Yes, there are 5th wheels with kitchens, showers, tvs and plenty of beds. But all that just adds to the glamping experience of it all. And how on earth would we be able to make these fun sweatshirts without my trusty Silhouette, heat transfer and an iron.
Everyone had black sweatshirts and a good chunk of them wanted the designs with The Deathly Hallows on the front and the ‘I solemnly swear I am up to no good’ on the back–thanks to Jordan’s original request (she’s been waiting for it for a while too). It was a simple enough task for me to design and I think they turned out rather fun. I would share a photo of them wearing them, but considering we didn’t get to do them until late last night and I know that they won’t want me to post their ‘I just woke up and have been camping all week’ photo for thousands of people to see, we’ll just go with these. :)
(like i said, it was night when i was ironing.)
That phrase goes across the bottom of the backside of the sweatshirt and it looks so danged cute! Then they placed the Deathly Hallows symbol about 9″ wide on front. Lisa, who isn’t considered a Harry Potter fan, was seriously thinking about having one because they were just so danged fun!
I also designed these shirts for Kristy’s daughter and her little friend.
The phrase (that Kristy wanted) says, ‘My favorite number of the alphabet is purple.’ And the quirkiness of the whole thing was topped off by the fact that I only had white and green heat transfer, so we put ‘purple’ in green. (ha ha) And then we added their names on the back side.
So the whole time I was cutting these out, all I kept thinking was, ‘My readers will want this once I show it.’ :) Therefore, I bring you today’s Friday Freebie!
While the handwritten words work pretty darn well because Silhouette cuts so beautifully, occasionally you may want to cut them smaller or on something more paper-like where it will require them to be thicker.
One question I get asked a-plenty is “How do you get such clean cuts?” Some of those smaller, more detailed cuts with This+That can be tricky.
Here are my answers to the questions in the order of which I deem important–for me anyway. :)
Double-cut the image.
Use a newer mat.
Use a newer blade.
The blade solution doesn’t seem to make as much of a difference as often for me. I find that the mat and the double-cut will always make the difference.
And of course, I love using American Crafts cardstock with Bazzill as my second choice. AC cardstock is the best with Silhouette
But what if you’re doing all those things and it’s still not giving you a clean cut?
This is a question that has plagued me because I haven’t had that problem. I just assumed it was always the product or cardstock being used on the user end.
Well, one of my readers–Miss Stephanie–saw something within a Silhouette user group and found another solution! (I believe that person got the answer from Silhouette.) She shared it with me because she was so gosh darned excited that it worked for her, so of course I HAD to share it with you all!
Go into File (or Silhouette Studio on Mac) and then into Preferences/Advanced. It’s the Packet Size you want to change.
It’s currently set to 3000 bytes, but try changing it to 500 bytes. This determines how much information is sent at a time from your computer to your Silhouette. Stephanie did this and it worked for her!
Oh happy day!
Of course, this may not be as big of an issue on the Cameo, because I hear that you don’t even need to double-cut anymore. But if you are using either of the other Silhouette models, this may be the ticket for you! And if it does work? I would love to hear about it!
You might remember this page I made quite some time ago.
Did you know that you can make your own lace paper with your single-image shapes?
If you didn’t know, wanna see how?
You know that’s a rhetorical question, right? ;)
Open any shape into your cutting software.
For my example, I’m using the flower that came in the Every Little Thing kit.
Resize it in whatever sizes you need, copy the shapes, and rotate and place them so that the edges of the petals overlap a little. (I chose three sizes to have some kind of consistency.)
Once you have all your flowers laid out (let them go over the edge), select them all (Ctrl-A), choose Object/Modify/Weld. For SCAL, choose Object/Merge. For MTC, choose Edit/Shape Magic/Weld.
For whatever reason in my example, there was one petal that lost its little insides. If that occurs, simply choose another petal, copy and paste it where you need it. Rotate it a tiny bit, if necessary, by clicking on the little green dot of the selected image (in Silhouette Studio).
Voila! You’re done! You’ve made your very own lace paper!
If you want, you can draw a square or rectangle around the area that you need or, just let it cut it out as you see it and trim it however you need it.
I thought perhaps today would be a good day for a quick tutorial on how to add your purchased GSD/STUDIO files into the Silhouette Studio.
Open your Silhouette Studio and click on the Show Library icon on the left.
Expand your My Library and highlight My Own Designs.
Or, right click on My Library and create a new folder with a new name.
Click on File/Import to My Library
Pull up the directory where your GSD/STUDIO files have been saved and select the needed file.
From here you can choose Keywords to search by, add a Description, and even name the Artist!
You can also specify what kind of shape it is–a regular cut, a sketch design, etc.
The shape will now be in your directory.
Now you when you click on My Library, you can enter in any search terms needed to find the shape you’re looking for. For example, say you’re looking for Christmas shapes, if you enter the word “christmas”, it will come up with ALL shapes–Silhouette or other shapes–into the Library window.
And be sure to check out this You Tube video tutorial on how to import multiple files at one time:
In light of a little thread going on over at Two Peas, I thought perhaps I might share a little step-by-step on how to access the Silhouette GSD files from me or any other GSD source–not purchased through Silhouette.
One note to remember, the GSD files that outside sources make to use with Silhouette cannot be used in the My Library software that comes with Silhouette. The GST files that Silhouette sells are proprietary in that they can only be used with their software–through My Library.
To easily peruse and access GSD files that you have purchased via outside sources (like me ;) ), open a new document in Robomaster and click File/Thumbnail Browser.
Then you’ll see this screen (below). Choose the directory where your GSD files are located and the thumbnails of all the GSD images in the directory will display. I would keep all my GSD files in one directory. However, you could also sort the files by creating additional directories. For example, create directories called Nature, Birthday, Travel, Phrases, etc. (In my example I have them separated the way I need them for what I do with selling them–so don’t go by that.)
Next, click on the needed image and voila! You are good to go!
So the new SideNote kit I put up this week not only comes with four color choices, but, you can also customize them even more if you want!
Take a look at this page (which I photographed in the early morning sunlight . . . can ya tell?).
If you notice, the heart is white. But in the file I made, the heart is red. I decided I didn’t want a splash of red with such a monochromatic color scheme. Of course, if you talk to my college daughter, a splash of red is just what any outfit (page) needs. Remember those red pumps she won’t let her sister borrow? ;)
Changing the color is so simple too! All you need to do is open the image, choose the needed color, click on the Paint Bucket tool and “pour” the new color onto the shape. I’m assuming this would apply to Photoshop Elements as well as PS. As for other programs, check your manual or Help screen for info on how to do it.
And apparently I can’t get enough of that ruler from the Educationish kit. ;) Printed it on a transparency and trimmed it. The lace is a shape I made when I first started working for QuicKutz like a year and a half ago (doily_1499). The cardstock, this time, is from Chatterbox. That’s one of those things I can never give up . . . I don’t care how old the paper is, I just love it! And since you can’t really get it anymore, when you make a mistake trimming it down like I did, you just have to go with it. I only wanted to cut a half inch off the width and height. But I first trimmed from 8.5″ to 8″, then went from 11″ to 10″–you know, moving to the even number like I’d just done before. Duh. I guess it’s a good thing I don’t cut hair. ;)
Now on another note, my college daughter just got a job with Borders last night. Yahoo! She loves to read, and while this job is in the cafe, she’s still in a bookstore. She’s wanted this job for a loooong time. She’d applied there this spring, but couldn’t take on the time schedule they needed while she was a high school student. The lady was impressed that she came back.
She’s way excited! She’s been looking at used XTerras too. What? The 1998 green minivan just doesn’t cut it for a college student? We bought that baby brand new and it was the best investment ever. It works great when you want to haul all your friends too. ;)
And I think I’m going to officially discontinue the “What To Use” Wednesday theme because while yes, this is Wednesday and I did get a page up today, it just isn’t jiving with how my blog life is going these days. Okay, so maybe not just “these days” but more like for the past year. lol Of course I will continue to share pages–hopefully at least one a week. That’s my goal anyway. It just may not be a Wednesday.
Hey! I'm Kerri Bradford--wife and mother of three. Been in the business in some fashion since 1999--working with Lisa Bearnson doing QVC, designing kits for Creating Keepsakes' Kit of the Month program, creating Cricut Cartridges, working for QK/Silhouette and designing Becky Higgins' Project Life kits.
I love spending time with my family, traveling and photography. Life couldn't be any better when I can do all three at the same time!
I'm so happy doin' 'my thing' creating art for digital craft cutters and digital scrapbooking and getting to know all you fabulous people all over the world!