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silhouette | getting cleaner cuts

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. […]

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Carla - December 29, 2011 - 8:59 am

Hey Kerri! Thanks for this information! I had the SD until Christimas and right before I got my cameo, I replaced my SD mats…they were the newer clear ones. The older mats with the green edges did do the job as well.
I just got my cameo and it cut a lace paper so nice but the middle didn’t cut. Do you know anything about that?

Pam - December 29, 2011 - 9:01 am

Thanks for the tip. I just purchased the printer’s tray and plan to purchase some of your This and That kits. I have the original Silhouette (which I LOVE) and I know I will need to fine tune it for some clean cuts on those mini-detailed images.

{dawn} - December 29, 2011 - 9:47 am

Thanks for the tip, Kerri and Stephanie! This has not been such an issue with me since I discovered the “paste on top” button. But, that swirly tree on the Christmas Past T&T gave me some problems! I think I cut 6 times (various papers, various speeds). Of course, I am now making up three sets (for my daughter, my sister, and myself), so I am not complaining!… I will be checking out this tip, though!

Barb - December 29, 2011 - 10:34 am

Thank you! I have had this problem and it was quite frustrating at times. I will definitely try this!

Amber B - December 29, 2011 - 10:42 am

ahhhhhh thank you for this I am sooooo going to try it! that is the one thing that was super frusterating! will post back on how it works!!! THANKS!

PaulaJean - December 30, 2011 - 11:12 am

Thanks so much for posting this. I’ve tried all the other things and still had problems. Thought it was just me cuz that’s usually just my luck!!! I’m going to try this! Thanks again.

Ellie A. - December 30, 2011 - 5:17 pm

IT worked IT WORKED!! Oh I was doing a HAPPY Dance IIIIIITTT worked! MMMMMWWAAHH to Stephanie & you OH HAPPY DAY!!

Kerri - December 30, 2011 - 7:04 pm

That is absolutely FABULOUS!!!!! I LOOOOVE hearing that! It’s great news and a happy day indeed!
Now, go play some more. ;)

Amber B - December 30, 2011 - 9:47 pm

It worked It worked it worked!! Loving you right now girl!

Kerri - December 31, 2011 - 9:12 am

I LOOOOVE it! I’m so happy! :)

Calli Saltmarsh - January 2, 2012 - 12:52 am

Awesome tips! I love the AC cardstock too! I’m glad I was able to stock up at the warehouse sale!

Do you take requests? Please say yes?? Could you please, pretty, pretty please do some missionary sets?? Would be so awesome!!

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ansie terblanche - August 21, 2012 - 11:40 pm

Thank you so much for the info will definitelaty try got my cameo in June had to replace blade 3 times already Was to scared to use the machine because its was getting to expensive


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Alejandra Quiroz - September 9, 2012 - 9:47 pm

I can’t wait to try this tip! I’ve owned my Silhouette SD for over a year and absolutely love it, I got it to make my wedding invites and they turned out lovely, but the design was really intricate, so I ended up wasting a lot of paper… Anything that helps getting cleaner cuts is more than welcome! :D

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Sherry Shapiro - December 1, 2012 - 7:34 pm

Hi there! I’m trying to cut an intricate snowflake on white construction paper. The paper is like something kids use for crafts – it’s not thick or that textured. Can you please tell me the settings to get clean cut lines? I’m so frustrated :(
Thank you in advance!!!

Kerri - December 3, 2012 - 10:15 am

Hey Sherry!
Unfortunately I haven’t ever used that, so I’m not sure what the best setting would be. I did a quick search online and while some have done it successfully, some have not. And some said that cutting construction paper leaves fibrous stuff on their mat. One person recommended adhering it to some cardstock first too. Sorry I’m not much help there, but perhaps reading some of those other posts that I’d searched for (cameo construction paper) would maybe get ya headed in the right direction.

Joe - February 19, 2013 - 2:13 am

I’m having few problems with it. It keep saying ( Cut page was successful), which it doesn’t started yet.
Anyone got any ideas,pls??

Diana - March 22, 2013 - 8:02 pm

This WORKED!!!!! I was getting really frustrated because I had tried a new blade, a new mat, and was still getting ragged cuts. This seems to have done the trick. Whew…thought I was going to have to send my machine in for servicing or return it altogether.

Rhonda - May 17, 2013 - 3:51 am

Hi, I have a silhouette SD and I don’t have a Mac computer, so am totally lot what to do, so can you help as I have a windows running computer…

Thanks in advance, and am sorry if it’s a dumb question…

Rhonda A

BornInaZoo (Bonnie K.) - July 2, 2013 - 5:15 pm

I haven’t used my Cameo much, but this problem is most frustrating. Hopefully this is the solution. I’ll try it tomorrow because I had to put it away before I threw the machine in the garbage!

The first thing I cut with my cameo was vinyl so I could etch glass. It worked great! Then I tried cutting both paper & cardstock. Very frustrating. It only cuts well on the left side (about 2″) of the machine. I’ve tried a new blade & cutting mat. Same issue. Tried cutting through vinyl again & still same issue.

Looked for any jambed paper, fuzz, etc. The mat & any media feed through fine. It’s just the weird cutting issue.

Laurie - November 10, 2013 - 9:16 am

I just came across this post. I tired changing that setting and it certainly helped! I was getting so frustrated with the torn papers, jagged cuts, and general sloppy messes I was ending up with, and I was starting to regret the money invested in this machine, not to mention all of the materials that I’ve wasted. Thanks so much for this tip!

Marian Pena - November 22, 2013 - 2:56 pm

Oh my guess is it happens with the Cameo as well, because the cutting problems on a Cameo are still imho bad. While this is the only cutter I’ve owned it amazes me to see how many people still have problems.

I to am going to try it, I do believe that if it is sending information more slowly to the cutter it just might cut better, it would also not vibrate as much and move the fabric (for me, I’m cutting fabric), so I will give it a try, thanks for the tip.

Jane Hollon - December 8, 2013 - 7:36 pm

Just wanted to let you know that I tried this with my new cameo that I was having trouble with really slim slim font and it worked like a dream.

Kerri - December 10, 2013 - 6:47 pm

Love it Jane!

Melinda Greer - April 7, 2014 - 1:41 pm

I would to try this but just updated to the newest design studio and there is no packet size option in the advanced settings. Even preferences is moved to the edit tab. Any help with the newest software download would be great.

Ulrika from Sweden - May 10, 2014 - 5:56 am

Go to Edit-Preferences-Advanced. You will find the packet size at the bottom.

Lois - May 21, 2014 - 9:16 am

When I click on Advanced in the new software (v.3) nothing happens! I will contact Silhouette about this and let you know.

Nancy Heater - May 23, 2014 - 8:34 pm

I wanted to see if you had any additional tips for trying to get “clean” cuts from a Cameo. I have adjusted every setting I can think of. I’ve cleaned blades, replaced blades, tried cutting with a mat and without a mat … and I am still getting inconsistent cuts from my machine. It doesn’t complete lines or close loops. I always have to go over my vinyl with an X-acto knife before weeding to make sure all the lines are cut & connected.

At first it appeared as if it was always happening in the upper left corner of whatever I was cutting. But now it happens all over the place.


Kerri - May 23, 2014 - 10:19 pm

Hey Nancy!
Unfortunately I don’t have much more info than that. I would suggest contacting Silhouette and see what they can do. It sounds like a bigger troubleshooting problem than what I have the skills for. :) They are really awesome and would be able to help ya out better. Sometimes it can just be a bad machine.


Vicki Johnson - June 9, 2014 - 2:44 pm

Hello, I am a newbie to all this svg…silhouette stuff. Actually have never made a cut or downloaded a file.
I read your tips on making delicate cuts and you said “Pull the negative space from below so that you rip a layer of cardstock, it’ll be on the underside and not on top.” What does that mean?

Kerri - June 9, 2014 - 4:49 pm

So say you have a a capital R that you’ve cut and the center part of the R (the part you don’t need) didn’t quite cut away from the R itself. If you take that center piece and pull it away from the R–push it out under the R…on the backside, then if it were to tear, then it won’t show as opposed to if you pull the center piece forward towards you–from the front face of the R–then it could tear the front side.

Does that make sense?

Vicki Johnson - June 10, 2014 - 8:15 am

Kerri, yes, I thought it had something to do with that…
Thanks so much! This blog is very informative, even for a beginner.

making a lace paper

I loooove lacey papers.  And I looooove tone-on-tone backgrounds. 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 […]

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susies1955 - February 11, 2011 - 10:34 pm

Cool. Thanks for the tutorial. :)

kkrewtea - February 11, 2011 - 10:52 pm

WOWZA! How cool. Thanks for the info!

jackiestamps4fun - February 12, 2011 - 12:30 am

Hey, thanks! I actually went and tried this and I DID IT! Yea! I didn't get the whole "inside of the petal missing" thing, but that's ok. I actually learned something and I'm super happy! This one – I could follow. Thanks again!

Kerri - February 12, 2011 - 12:47 am

Cool Jackie! I LOVE hearing that!

Stephanie - February 12, 2011 - 8:51 am

thank you. very cool…so many possibilities. :)

Issy - February 12, 2011 - 9:07 pm

Love ALL your tutorials Kerri! Love from Scotland xoxo

Calene - February 13, 2011 - 2:56 am

Well, look at you being so awesome! Thank you!!

Michelle - February 13, 2011 - 4:41 pm

You are so awesome! :)

luvmysilhouette - February 13, 2011 - 5:49 pm

Great Tip Kerri You Are Awesome…Thanks so much…xoxoxo

Kelly and Dan Gengler - February 16, 2011 - 4:12 am

I am so missing you at the SIL blog! thanks for the great tutorial!

Kerri - February 16, 2011 - 1:02 pm

Thanks Kelly! You are very sweet! :) And thanks to everyone for the support here. You are all wonderful and amazing!

ljritchie - February 18, 2011 - 6:22 am

Wow! That's just beautiful!!! I am pretty sure mine would not turn out that way…

Sandra - February 21, 2011 - 7:56 am

Thanks Kerri, for the great tutorial.
With these kind of tutorials I get to learn to do more and more with my silhouette.


Kerri - February 21, 2011 - 2:31 pm

That's great Sandra! Love it! :)

Tania - April 26, 2011 - 7:34 pm

Kerri, this tutorial is so awesome! I use these types of pre-bought papers all the time so when I saw this I immediately tried to make it work with my "other" machine but it failed miserably. Everything looked perfect on the screen, but it just wouldn't print. So after wishing for a Silhouette forever (and not having my machine cut this), I hit the buy button and it is now on its way! I am so looking forward to learning more and your blog is a great place for information! Thank you so much!

Kerri - April 27, 2011 - 1:08 pm

Congratulations on your new purchase Tania! You will LOVE it…really, there's nothing that cuts like a Silhouette.

Happy cutting! :)

Debora Bergamo Rocha - July 9, 2013 - 8:40 pm

Por favor eu tenho um papel rendado e dele preciso fazer recortes formas triangulo, quadrado para inserir em caixas em vários lados para que fique vazado, como posso fazer desse papel rendado formas para inserir em caixas para compor conjuntos com convites> Pode por favor me explicar? Pois recortar o papel 12 x 12 mas eu quero deste papel apenas um retangulo e um quadrado para colocar na caixa e na hora de cortar ela saia com as rendas do papel. Compreende? Por favor aguardo uma resposta, obrigado!

Kerri - July 10, 2013 - 7:21 am

I’m sorry, Google translator isn’t translating accurately enough for me to really understand what you need. Do you have another message board that speaks your language that could help answer your question? I’m so sorry I can’t help you.

importing GSD/STUDIO files into silhouette

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 […]

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vegetablog - January 4, 2011 - 5:22 pm

This is so fabulous! I had no idea that I could do this. Thanks so much for the tutorial… now I'll be spending lots of time today organizing my designs, haha!

Issy - January 5, 2011 - 1:40 am

Thanks for this tutorial Kerri! I'm battling with a new computer with a different OS to what I was used to. I'm trying to cope with the new Silhouette studio, which is GREAT,..BUT new and scary and I haven't really had time to play with it because my old computer couldn't import it…..So ohh! It's fabulous to have new toys, but I need all the help I can get to "drive" them! Happy New Year and Love from Scotland!

Kerri - January 5, 2011 - 2:06 am

Issy, I get ya on the new OS….went from PC to Mac myself. It's nice now that I've got the hang of it. Can't imagine ever switching back!

And I just have to tell you we (well, hubby had it on)were watching American Choppers and they went to Scotland, England, Ireland and I'm just loooonging to go back! Hubby said he really wants to go to your neck of the woods because it looked so beautiful there. Ahhhhh, maybe someday….

(i'm dying i want to go so bad. ;) )

dawnelaine - January 5, 2011 - 2:24 pm

Thanks so much for the tutorial, Kerri! I have been feeling somewhat "out of the loop" since the new Sil software has been released. Cannot wait to get home and try this on my home computer where I have my Silhouette and YOUR files!

Thanks again! Love your designs!!

Amy Rohl - January 5, 2011 - 4:28 pm

You are the bestest, Kerri! Thank you so much for the tute…would love to see more of these as I'm such a newbie!

Anonymous - January 5, 2011 - 10:40 pm

Kerri – I was wondering if you could tell me how to get my files from the old ROBO software to the new software

Kerri - January 5, 2011 - 11:29 pm

If you're talking about the files that you've purchased from Silhouette directly, here's what you'll need to do:

1. Click on File/Purchase Online
2. Click on My Account in the upper right and then you'll have an option to Recover Downloaded Files.
3. When you click on that you'll be prompted for your password and it should begin the download of those images that you've purchased.

That's more or less the process. :)

carilackner - January 8, 2011 - 8:48 pm

THANK YOU for this tutorial!!! I am currently putting in all your files and I am so thankful to be able to access them directly in Studio instead of having to remember all the great shapes I have of yours! You rock!

pianomama - January 13, 2011 - 11:57 pm

So – after I've imported the GSD – how do I get the correct image to show up on the library icon – right now it's random – the title is correct, but the thumbnail is not. Hmmmm – learning curve.

Charlie - February 5, 2011 - 11:38 pm

Thanks so very much! just wondering…can we import more than one file at a time?

Kerri - February 6, 2011 - 2:12 pm

Charlie, I'm not seeing a way to import multiple files at one time. You can only select one file at a time this way. If I find something else out along the way, I'll be sure to add it.


Scrapthat - March 4, 2011 - 8:14 pm

Thanks for the Tutorial Kerri!
I've been avoiding doing this because I knew I would have to relearn everything…the new Studio program looks so different! Every little bit helps with the tutorials! Thank you!

MrsMarch - March 5, 2011 - 9:27 pm

Thank you for the tutorial, although I'm following the instructions and are simple enough they are not showing up in my library in any of the folders. under my files there is an empty space but nothing appears, i even tried re-indexing my files and nothing? Any suggestions?

Kerri - March 6, 2011 - 2:57 pm

I just want to make sure you are using the most recent version of Silhouette Studio. To check, go up to the toolbar and click on either Silhouette Studio or Help and then About. It should be version 1.5. I think the one prior to that release is the one I used for this example here, so it should work.

Sadly, I'm just not that great of a troubleshooter–I leave that to the experts there at Silhouette. They have an amazing support team and could help you with your question. I'd just send them an email. They are really good at getting back to you. Their email is:

Keep me posted though. I'd kind of like to know what the issue was too. :)

Mendi - March 12, 2011 - 6:33 am

This is an awesome tutorial! Thanks so much! :)

Lisa Cutler - May 5, 2011 - 5:47 pm

Is there a way to import folders of files at once or do we have to go one at a time? PIA!! (pain in the 'tush').

Thanks for a great tutorial!

Celia - May 19, 2011 - 4:22 am

Hi All
I see most of you wanted to know how to import more than one file at a time.

I copied all my GSD files into my Robo master Templates directory. Open Sil Stud and just say import from Robo Craft (some times it will freeze due to the age of the file) – just take the file out and individually import it

Trust me – it works

Anonymous - June 21, 2011 - 5:22 pm

Please advise – I love these kits – so many cute shapes…..but I have a Cricut and also Sure-Cuts-Alot program. Would I be able to cut these shapes with these or do you need a Silhouette.

Kerri - June 21, 2011 - 5:39 pm

Hey Sally! As long as your SCAL and Cricut still communicate (after Provo Craft putting the nix on updates of SCAL), you are good to go! The kits include SVG files that you can use with SCAL.

Hope that helps! :)

Suz D. - July 7, 2011 - 10:16 pm

Any updates on importing more than one file at a time? I just got a silhouette and have a lot of files to import. It is so time consuming one by one!

Kerri - July 8, 2011 - 1:21 am

Ohhhh how I wish it could! But as far as I know, it's still just Ugh. Maybe that's a program enhancement that everyone should email Silhouette about and maybe they can get it added to the software. :)

Carla Crosby - September 6, 2011 - 7:11 am

thank you sooooo much….love my silhouette!

Judy - September 7, 2011 - 9:28 am

Thank you!! With you help I’ve downloaded my first images in my library.

Ronda - September 8, 2011 - 11:14 pm


I don’t use SVG files. I have Cricut Design Studios and the Cricut Gypsy. Can your files be converted to this type of file? Thanks for your help.

Kerri - September 9, 2011 - 7:48 am

Hey Ronda!
It used to be that you could use SCAL (Sure Cuts A Lot) or MTC (Make The Cut) with your Cricut. However, Provo Craft sued both companies this spring to ban them from making their programs work with Cricut. So unless you have one of those older versions, you can’t use it with Cricut. Or unless PC comes out with something that can handle SVG files…. Cricut users can wish, right? :)

Adriana Noleto - September 13, 2011 - 6:15 am

Well, it’s been 2 years since I’ve got my silhouette, but I have never used it, can you believe it?LOL
Once I’ve tried to install and use the machine but pointless, so I’ve decided to forget about it!
I’ll try once more!Let’s see the results!
Thank you for helping us!

Kerri - September 13, 2011 - 9:39 am

Okay Adriana! What are you waiting for?! :) Once you start, you won’t be able to stop!
Oh, and if you’re having issues getting it hooked up and working, contact Silhouette. The guys there are amazing to work with and will get you set up in no time!
Have fun!

Eveline van Heijst - September 22, 2011 - 7:20 am

Thank you.

Lidiya - September 24, 2011 - 12:17 am

Hi Kerri! Thanks so much for the helpful tutorial! Many thanks for the freebies as well!



Colleen - December 6, 2011 - 5:39 pm

As a new Silhouette Cameo owner, can you please tell me if I purchase you Christmas kit with shapes and printable designs, which format do I choose? Will this import in to my Silhouette library with the capability to do both print and cut? Thanks!

Karen - February 11, 2012 - 9:46 am

IT WORKED!!!!! Thanks so much!!!!

Zima - July 7, 2012 - 4:42 am

Thank you so much for this tutorial!

Kim Davis - September 16, 2012 - 7:27 pm

HEY EVERYONE>> I FOUND OUT HOW TO IMPORT MULTIPLE FILES AT THE SAME TIME!!!!! Woo Hoo!. Ok: You make Studio software box smaller so you can see where your file you want to import are. DO NOT click import file to my library. Make sure the file you want them to go to is highlighted in your library. Then go to your files list (on your desktop or where ever) and click on the first one, hold down shift key and click on the last one (this will work since you didn’t click import) the hold down mouse and drag files over to the large window to the right of the library files….NOT TO THE FILE SYMBOL but to the screen where it displays the contents of your file. Woo Hoo! It works!!!! Lovin it!! Good luck everyone! I am glad we finally have a solution to this!!

Rita Schildknecht - February 15, 2013 - 10:51 am

Thank you Kim Davis! You just made my day with the multiple importing of files. It was taking me forever.

Lisa O'Donoghue - February 24, 2013 - 12:24 pm


I am perplexed as to why I can’t import/drag multiple files over to the Silhouette Studio program. I have tried and tried and yet nothing happens! I am selecting two or more images in Windows, dragging them to the large square to the right of the folders list in SS and yet nothing! It doesn’t matter what file type I’m trying; jpg, bmp, gif, jif (only kidding on the jif!) it’s so FRUSTRATING because I will be here all year importing images one by one.

I have also tried “importing portfolio cd” and that doesn’t work, my program didn’t come pre-loaded with any images (is this normal?) and the free image from Silhouette’s own website also fails to download/install into the program….I’m going insane trying to get this to work and I haven’t even begun cutting and I’ve had the machine for 4 days lol!

I’m using the most up-to-date software (v.2.7.6) on Windows 7 (64bit), I have tried using the program from an earlier version of Windows, but that doesn’t work any better, I have spent days looking for help and advice and I’m really hitting a dead-end, can anyone offer some advice please?

Thanks in advance,


Kim Davis - February 24, 2013 - 12:43 pm

Lisa- Do you have Silhouette Designer Edition? That is what I have. But let me tell you something that I have learned since the last TWO updates to the regular silhouette software. The best thing to do is make a file on your desktop of the non-silhouette store files you have. Then when you want to use one of those files, open your silhouette software and click open (file icon) then go to that file on your desktop-select which one you want and double click it.
Here is why you don’t need to import multiple files anymore….if you import them into your library and then open them, they won’t have the cuts (red lines). I have NO IDEA why but I called Silhouette and complained about that after an update or two ago. They said if you don’t put them in your library, and just open them from your file the cut lines will be there. WEIRD I know!!! I am on computer all day so if you still have problems, let me know!!

Kim Davis - February 24, 2013 - 12:49 pm

I meant I am on the computer all day TODAY (Sun., Feb 24).

Lisa O'Donoghue - February 24, 2013 - 6:14 pm

Hi Kim,

I have the standard program of SS, which came free with my Portrait machine – does this make a difference as to why mine had no free images?

Tomorrow I shall have a look to see if the red cut lines are on some flowers I just put along the edge of an A5 document in SS, unfortunately my eyes are dropping as it’s just gone 1am so I darn’t open the prog again to check as I’ll never get to bed!

Without looking at the A5 doc I’m working on I’m just guessing, but I’m sure the lines around the flowers I copied and pasted had the red (cut) lines you mentioned, which is odd because they are in ‘my library’ aka I had imported them across from my PC to the program itself one by one (they came from a DVD sent by the company I purchased the machine from). So you saying that images I have in my library won’t have the cut lines is something I’ll have to check in the morning!

Am I right in thinking your in a different time zone to me? I just need to be aware when posting as I might be waiting hours for any help lol!

Thanks so far Kim, you have been very helpful and I will check the cut lines tomorrow and get back to you and I might even get around to actually cutting something ;)

Best wishes,


Kerri - February 25, 2013 - 12:51 pm

Hey Lisa!
So it sounds like you are trying to import graphics (JPG/PNG)–and peanut butter (ha ha)–into Studio. This is something that can only be done in the Designer Edition. If you have DXF files, you can import them using the drag+drop found in the tutorial here:

Maybe let’s start with that and see where we go from there.

Lisa O'Donoghue - March 2, 2013 - 10:42 am

Hi Kerri,

So even though I have the option in the ‘File/Import Portfolio CD’ this isn’t available in the standard Studio? Sounds a bit stupid having it there if it’s unavailable!

Some good news – I worked out why my program seemed empty of any free images, the mistake I was making was installing the program and then having a play with the software ‘before’ plugging in my Silhouette machine. Once I plugged in the machine and turned it on, (I had to manually install the driver which is on the CD anyway, so just keep the CD in your laptop), I registered the machine and bobs your uncle, my program started installing the free graphics that were obviously on the CD but hidden away!

I was also having problems downloading the free image from Silhouette’s website, I placed the order and got the “thank you, your image will be downloaded when you run Silhouette Studio” or words to that effect, but nothing – no images were sitting in my ‘recent downloads’ folder. The mistake I was making with this one, was actually going to Silhouette’s website via my Chrome browser – how I got it to work was going to their website via the Studio program, logging into my account, going into my account history and re-downloading them, this then installed them into the correct ‘recent downloads’ folder!

What a pain but sorted!

So, I’m still stuck with importing any files one at a blinkin’ time as I can’t mass import or drag and drop, so that’s a pain and I don’t see why drag and drop is SO standard across many computer interfaces now, yet not with this Studio program?

Thanks for your link, it didn’t help really as the files I wanted to mass import are jpg/svg type and not DXF but thank you anyway :)

Best wishes,


Joanne - January 19, 2014 - 11:24 am

can you tell me what it means when i tfr files to S Studio it said I was out of video memory then it closes the program

Sally - February 15, 2014 - 6:57 am

Thanks for this video! I wanted to copy my GSD files from the Craft Robo into my Silhouette library, but NOT one at a time. This is great!

darkan9el - March 15, 2014 - 12:45 pm

Please title your video correctly, it should state that this is for Mac, even if you can do the same thing in windows.

The fact you are using mac to do this is misleading to windows users because mac can do things windows can’t and you don’t state this in the video title.


accessing your GSD files

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 […]

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Carrie - September 7, 2010 - 7:31 pm

This is great! For some reason, I never even noticed this menu item – it will definitely come in handy :)

vegetablog - September 7, 2010 - 7:32 pm

this is super helpful–thank you!

p.s. i used a modification of your filmstrip freebie on a recent layout– it was perfect!

Cassie - September 7, 2010 - 7:38 pm

Thank you so much! I never even realized that there was that menu option. It inspired me to try it and then I cleaned out my designs that I keep there too. Perfect!

Scrapthat - September 7, 2010 - 8:10 pm

that is THE most fabulous tip!! I love it! TFS!

Rhadonda - September 7, 2010 - 9:29 pm

Thank you. Very helpful. I wondered if there is a way you can have a preview picture of each kit so that we can easily see what was in the kit w/o opening the file. Does that make sense? I know as you sell more and more designs that would be helpful. Previews are something i have learned and love from the digital world of kits. But i don't have a clue how hard design-wise that would be to accomplish. Just wondering because you needed something else to do right? ( :

luvmysilhouette - September 7, 2010 - 10:40 pm

Thanks Sooooooooooooo much Kerri, between You and Nichol mabe I will learn all the neat little things this Silhouette can do…

Amy - September 7, 2010 - 11:16 pm

Thank you so so much!! This helps a ton!!!

Darlene Melvin - September 8, 2010 - 4:26 am

OMG!! i had a wishblade for years..all those files i never go to because it was just too time consuming.. THIS ROCKS! Thank you so much for this tip. It has made my week!

dawnelaine - September 8, 2010 - 1:46 pm

Thanks for tips, Kerri. They are always so helpful! I actually PRINTED OUT your instructions for making a P&C out of a regular design, the one with the two birds on the tank top – 17 pages!! (I know – LAME!! What can I say – I do not retain well!!) I can't tell you how many times I have used that information! Thanks so much!!

Kathy - September 9, 2010 - 12:53 pm

You make being creative so much simpler!! Thanks a bunch, Girl:)

Luv2stamp - September 10, 2010 - 4:44 pm

Good Gosh that is one awesome tip..TX so much it will come in handy, since I have loads of other GDS images from other sources.Thanks once again for sharing!!

ColoradoCropper - September 12, 2010 - 4:37 am

Well, heck. I followed the directions and it didn't work for me. None of the files will open up. Is because they're zipped and I have to unzip them? As you can probably tell, I'm not very tech savy. HELP! The little icon next to each file is a stack of books if that helps.

Kerri - September 12, 2010 - 1:07 pm

Hey ColoradoCropper!
Yes, you need to Unzip the files first. You need to use something like WinZip or StuffIt to do that.

Usually when I double click on the ZIP file (or even right-click on it), I will get an option of what to Unzip it with. I use StuffIt because that's what I had on my computer when I bought it. It will ask for a Destination folder–where you want to Unzip the files to–and I just specify where I want it at that point. Then once it does its little Unzip magic, you'll see the GSD/SVG/DXF/JPG/PNG directories as each type of file is sorted into their own directories so you can use the ones as you need.

I hope that helps. :)

Angela - September 15, 2010 - 2:24 pm

That is way cool, I have a ton of GSD files that I down loaded a long time ago and never used them because I hated opening them to see what they where.

Thanks a bunch

Sandra Correale - October 8, 2010 - 2:30 am

How do I access them now with Silhouette Studio? There is no thumbnail browser.

Kerri - October 8, 2010 - 3:08 am

Hey Sandra!
I'm waiting to get my new Mac before downloading Silhouette Studio. Then I'll be able to work through all those details. In the interim, I did find this information on how to open GSD files in the new Studio program.

This is what it said on Silhouette's FAQs:

"Silhouette Studio does allow for the opening of GSD files. When using the "Open" feature, make sure you click on the "File Type" at the bottom of the window that looks for files to open and set to "GSD" rather than "Studio". This should enable you to open your GSD file."

I'm hoping to get my Mac here in the next few days…so stay tuned… :)

Sandra Correale - October 8, 2010 - 3:05 pm

Thanks so much Kerri! I appreciate your quick response. I just ordered your Halloween kit – so excited to play with it. Have a great day ;)

Cutiephinphin - November 16, 2010 - 11:32 am

Hi Kerri

I'm contemplating on getting a Silhouette SD but I'm really wondering how it's gonna work together with my Mac. I do see that there is a Mac version of the Silhouette Studio but I'm worried about being able to use the digital shapes from outside sources. Would love to have your insight on that.

P.S Pls do update once you've worked on the Silhouette with your Mac. Thanks!

Penny - May 9, 2011 - 4:44 pm


Thank you so much for the information, but when I tried this I get an error message that says, this is a new version of file and cannot be opened by this software. Any insight?

Kerri - May 9, 2011 - 5:03 pm

Hey Penny! What version of Studio are you using? On the Mac you can find the version by going to Silhouette Studio/About Silhouette Studio (above the Toolbar). On a PC it may be under Help. I'm not sure.

The current version I have is 1.5 and I know that if your version of the software is lower than what the file has been saved in (from Silhouette or anyone), then there's usually a compatibility issue.

Maybe check that out and see if that might be what's going on and let me know.

Penny - May 10, 2011 - 4:41 pm

Thanks Kerri. I've downloaded two other versions. I'll let you know if it works this time. Thanks again.


Penny - May 10, 2011 - 5:04 pm

Okay, I have downloaded 2.4, 4.0 and 5.1. I still can't get the files to open. I don't have any idea what I'm doing wrong.

Penny - May 10, 2011 - 5:17 pm

I figured it out, Kerri. Thanks anyway. The files I downloaded from you were not GSD files.


"love always"

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. […]

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Domna - September 1, 2010 - 2:43 pm

LOVE it!

dawnelaine - September 1, 2010 - 3:20 pm

What a beautiful page! And timely, too – I am currently putting together my daughter's wedding album and she has given me "free reign". I love the monochromatic theme of this page, and I love how you used the "doily" cut! So cool!!

Thanks for showing samples of your work. They are ALWAYS an inspiration!

sharin - September 1, 2010 - 3:23 pm

That is just Gorgeous!

And you know, we'd never have known there was a "mistake" if you hadn't told us. It's a lovely wedding page.

I hope you can continue to share with us, too! Any day of the week works for me. ;-)

Rhadonda - September 1, 2010 - 3:35 pm

I agree with all the above. Any day, any time. Congrats to your daughter. Having 3 in college the reality of life is hitting them pretty good. I get it that old clunkers are great but i guess they will have to learn just like i did. My dad always said i had a cadillac desire on a model T budget. Now i just want to "live simply so i can simply live". Great job!

Kathy Martin - September 1, 2010 - 3:49 pm

What a beautiful page! So gorgeous! Love that die cut! :)

Kathy - September 1, 2010 - 4:19 pm

Your page is stunning, Kerri. I love that doily…I have that doily… but I can never think how to use it. Thanks for the inspiration and please do share your pages with us. Your style, by far, is my favorite style!

Nichol Magouirk - September 1, 2010 - 6:53 pm

This is STUNNING, Kerri. Simply stunning!
I love when you share a new "Kerri Page". Makes me happy!

Nancy W - September 1, 2010 - 9:14 pm

Love it! I'm off to tweet the post ;)

Issy - September 1, 2010 - 11:46 pm

Always love your pages for inspiration. Just keep doing Everything that you do Kerri, cos it's all good! Love, as always, from Scotland xo

Kerri - September 5, 2010 - 1:55 pm

You guys are all so great! Thanks for the kudos.

dawnelaine, I hope you have a great time making that wedding album!

SueB - September 6, 2010 - 8:34 pm

Beautiful page, and I'm lovin' that ruler too – TFS! And you know, we just enjoy that you post … you post whatever you like, whenever you like, girl!

Kenzie - October 6, 2010 - 8:13 am

You do beautiful work and are such a talented photographer. I wish I could learn to take such amazing shots!

Kerri - October 6, 2010 - 12:27 pm

Thanks so much Kenzie! Miss chatting with you from time to time at Silhouette. :)

SHUT . . . . UP!!!

This is a term of endearment and great excitement, not me being rude. :) RUN go see what Nichol Magouirk did with the brand new kit from yesterday! OH MY FREAKIN’ HECK! It is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Here’s a little sneak peek.  Okay, I can’t stop using uppercase letters and exclamation points!!! :) And you need […]

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susy - August 5, 2010 - 11:19 pm

You and Nichol…what an awesome team, it's kinda jaw dropping stuff.

luvmysilhouette - August 6, 2010 - 12:02 am

We will just call You and Nichol the dynamic duo, awesome awesome stuff I just adore both of You Girls…

Nancy W - August 6, 2010 - 4:55 am

Amazing!! OK, got my laptop up and running and I'm going to buy your diecut right now! *hugs from conroe, tx!

Kerri - August 6, 2010 - 12:26 pm

Well, I get to be Batman because that suit will make me look better than tights…Nichol can be Robin. ;)

You guys are all awesome!

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Nichol Magouirk - August 8, 2010 - 4:11 am

You guys are the BEST!
Thanks so much for the shout out Kerri!
love you girl!

excitement is in the air!

Okay, so my day started of at 5 a.m. this morning. It had been storming through the night, heard it raining from time to time, but then the thunder started rolling in. It got louder…. and louder… and louder… Dan gets up and shuts the window and two minutes later . . . the BIGGEST […]

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Nichol Magouirk - August 4, 2010 - 10:40 pm

WOW! Kerri! These ROCK, girl.
Simply amazing…off to make something with them RIGHT NOW!

Kerri - August 4, 2010 - 10:44 pm

Thanks dear friend! By the way, I totally stole your photo grouping style for this baby! :)

pj4572 - August 4, 2010 - 11:36 pm

So very cool!!! Love your designs!! Just gotta figure out how to get em' and get em into my silhouette library!!! Looking forward to see what you come out with!! Thanks!

Rhadonda - August 5, 2010 - 12:53 am

Awesome. I always love your stuff!! I was like pj4572 not sure how to load it to Silhouette but i played. Go under File, Thumbnail browser and then find the file where you put it when you download. I have a file i keep on my desktop for designer downloads. Then you just double click on it and it brings it to your screen for Silhouette. There may be an easier way that Kerri can share but give that a try and just play with it. Hope that helps.

Rhadonda - August 5, 2010 - 12:55 am

One more thing, you do file, thumbnail etc in silhouette under "file" top left. Sorry to mess up your beautiful blog Kerri. Just trying to help.

caroline - August 5, 2010 - 1:59 am

Ummmm. I thought you said "No." :P

Julie - August 5, 2010 - 2:53 am

Hi there… pretty new to your blog, I have a question… are the notebook parts of this kit print and cuts? I am trying to wrap my head around how they could be anything but?


Jan - August 5, 2010 - 3:13 am

Oh Kerri I love, love, love, your layout. So dang cute! You are the best! So happy for you and excited to see what's coming.

Kerri - August 5, 2010 - 3:49 am

Hey all! Sorry, the day turned into a MUCH longer day than anticipated and therefore I just didn't think of everything that needed to be said.

So first off, Julie, yes the notebook papers are print & cuts, however, anyone could run off the JPG version, trim all sides and round the bottom corners. Then, you could use a hole punch to manually punch the holes out and scissors to make the lines. Then rough it up a a bit, just for good looks. ;) Also, the JPG/PNG version can be used as a digital scrapbook element or any graphic element you may need. Same with the composite image.

Not all my kits will be like this. It just depends on my mood that week and what ideas are floating in my head to make all work together.

And then Rhodonda, you are so awesome! Thanks so much for helping out with the answer…that is a perfect way of doing it!

One important thing to remember, these are .GSD files and not .GST files, which are the proprietary Silhouette format that you use in your My Library. Therefore, they need to be accessed by opening them like you would a document or by using the Browser as Rhodonda suggested.

In addition, I would make a directory for any digital cut files that you get from outside sources. Put them all in one spot, organize as needed. That way they you can find them easily over time.

I will be providing more and more information over the next little bit. I appreciate your patience with me.

We are all embarking on a fun new adventure together! :)

Kerri - August 5, 2010 - 4:18 am

Oh, and Caroline…what do you mean? lol

susy - August 5, 2010 - 8:37 am

Kerri Bradford, you are AWESOME…

Deneen - August 5, 2010 - 3:12 pm

So very excited for you and about this my friend. My unlimited subscription to silhouette ran out July 2nd and I have been so sad. And then I heard you were not with them any more and I was sad about that too. But being on your own has it's advantages and I thing you will do very well with this new venture and I think your the best!!! Hugs to you

Kynda - August 5, 2010 - 4:13 pm

This is a stupid question, but what software would I need to use these with my cricut?

Kerri - August 5, 2010 - 4:20 pm

Hey Kynda! Not a stupid question at all! The only two that I've heard of is Sure Cuts A Lot (SCAL) and Make the Cut (MTC). I am actually considering purchasing one of these programs myself so I can play with my 12" Cricut as well. I've got something FABulous I'm working on and want to see about cutting it full-size-ish.

If anyone has any advice over which one is better, I'm sure there are a few of us that would love to hear about it. :)

Kerri - August 5, 2010 - 4:23 pm

P.S. If anyone knows of an Adobe Illustrator Plug-in that I can use with my Cricut…I would LOOOOOOVE to know about that one even more! :)

Julie - August 5, 2010 - 4:34 pm

Kerri, Thanks for answering my question. As for which one is better of SCAL or MTC… I have both for my cricut and I think by far MTC is the way to go. It is so much more user friendly. At least that's my opinion! Can't wait to see what other projects you have up your sleeve!

Kerri - August 5, 2010 - 4:55 pm

Thanks for your advice Julie! MTC is what I had on my brain. And unless I can figure out a way to cut directly from Illustrator…I believe that will be my next purchase. :)

Kathy - August 5, 2010 - 6:05 pm

Awesome! Yay! And…it's about time Girlie!! Love it, bought it, it's mine now!!! Cannot wait to get some time to play. Thank you Kerri, for setting up shop:)

hiscrappergirl - August 5, 2010 - 9:06 pm

fantastic designs and good for you to start selling your amazing designs! Congrats!

Kathy - August 5, 2010 - 9:19 pm

So I bought the design at 12:00 noon my time but haven't received the download yet…Kerri,how long does it usually take?

Kerri - August 5, 2010 - 9:34 pm

Hey Kathy! I e-mailed you almost immediately. That's really weird. Let me go try again…

Kerri - August 5, 2010 - 9:39 pm

Kathy, I sent it again, but e-mail me at just to make sure I have the right e-mail address on your end.

Kathy - August 5, 2010 - 9:51 pm

Yay! got it. It's probably not you, Kerri-I do believe yahoo can be slower than snail mail at times!:)

Kerri - August 5, 2010 - 10:03 pm

Yay! Good to hear! Have fun! :)

Tasha - August 5, 2010 - 10:21 pm

Woohoo! Can't wait till my main computer is fixed and I can download this!

Melissa - August 5, 2010 - 10:42 pm

Kerri – I am so excited to see you designing again! This kit alone makes me want to buy MTC for my Cricut. I am going to seriously consider this once the school year starts and I start receiving paychecks again.

Darlene Melvin - August 6, 2010 - 3:29 am

so buying this!!! my sub runs out at Silhouette too this much and i'm not loving the designs the past few weeks.. sad but true.. so I'd rather spend here. Can't wait to see what you offer up!

cindy - August 6, 2010 - 6:43 pm

Way to go Kerri! I'm excited for your new venture and know that a lot of other people will be too. Your talent and creativity continues to amaze and inspire me, I love your work! Awesome job girl!

Katie {choc0holic} - August 7, 2010 - 3:36 am

Awesome!!! Now if only my Silhouette would get here!!!

marilyn - August 10, 2010 - 3:57 pm

You are a very talented lady!

jbuffan - August 11, 2010 - 12:49 pm

Finally, after almost 10 years of scrapping I have figured out what "my style" is….and you nailed it ! Your layout is exactly how I scrap.

When I look at the layouts I have created (and finished) they are always CS, a little bit of PP,and DIE CUTS of some kind ! Once in a while I will add a few small embellies such as twine, ribbon,sewing or a small button here or there.

Now, I am in desperate need of learning how to use my Silhouette. I have owned it for over a year and still dont know how to do the basics such as "ungroup" I have only cut ONE thing!!

Where can I go for help???
Love what you do, Beth

Kerri - August 11, 2010 - 2:52 pm

Hey Beth! I'm glad you've found "your style"! That's a great feeling, isn't it?

There are a couple of great resources for learning how to use Silhouette. One is the Silhouette blog ( and one is my old Typepad blog…which you can link to over on the right here. I'll eventually be bringing over all the old posts, but it takes some time.

Hopefully you can find some new ways to use your Silhouette because there are LOTS of things you can do with it!

As for the rest of you? Thanks so much for all your support. I think this is going to be a fun adventure to have with y'all!

Givens Family - August 13, 2010 - 9:04 pm

New to your site but I love your designs. What is even greater is that you can cut them out on the Silhouetee. I definely will be watching for more from you in the future. Keep up the good work, love it!

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"father’s day"

Okay, let’s all let out a collective gasp. *GASP* I know, I’m doing the same thing . . . right there with ya. It’s been weeks since I’ve scrapbooked anything. Yesterday I thought to myself, “I’m going to scrap a page!” However, this morning when I woke up (at 5:30 to get my daughter off […]

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Rhadonda - July 8, 2010 - 1:54 am

Ahhhh… your page is so sweet and beautiful. You creative people are amazing even when you are not feeling creative. Question? I think it has been addressed somewhere but how do you adhere the word titles easily? Xyron? Spray adhesive? What is your method? Thanks for sharing.

Kerri - July 8, 2010 - 2:08 am

Thanks Rhadonda. ;) I When I'm adhering something that's very fine in detail, I use a Zig glue pen. Love those! Otherwise, I still have quite a stash of Hermafix squares and dots from my old QVC days. BUT, a couple months ago I got some American Crafts adhesive runners and those work pretty great too! On that decorative border and "DAY", I happened to use the Herma dots. The "Father's" is actually printed onto a transparency.

caroline - July 9, 2010 - 4:07 am

Kerri, have you considered still creating designs for the Silhouette? Maybe make your own website or sell them through 2Peas? I've always liked your designs the best – graphic, a little grungy, really real…very usable. I know I'd be able to make room in the budget for some Kerri Bradford originals.

Nice to see a layout from you, and as always it awesome.

susy - July 9, 2010 - 4:49 am

Oh yes, I'd like to see more of your GSD files for the silhouette too, love your style. Gorgeous layout.

Nichol - July 11, 2010 - 3:27 pm

oh gosh….happiness seeing our fabulous page and design. LOVE it. Love you!