Monday, 22 January 2018

To Do | Print and Cut Travellers Notebook Spread



Hi there! Niki here today with a Print and Cut tutorial. I love the print and cut feature, it's totally awesome! If you buy designs from the store that are specifically Print and Cut files, then the hard work has already been done for you and it is super easy!

I started off by opening the two designs I wanted in my software. These are two separate files by Paige Evans.  You can see that they come with the design to print, AND there is already a red cut line around them, so I don't need to create that.

My printer is only A4 size so I need to change my page set up to A4. I did that in the Page Setup window. Simply go to the dropdown menu next to 'Size' and scroll down until you see A4. As soon as I clicked on A4 then my paper size changed and now I can see exactly what size I have to print in. I also find it helpful to click the 'show print border' box at the bottom which will put a grey box around the page so you can see where your design needs to sit within.

In order to use Print and Cut the Registration marks need to be turned on. So I've gone to View and then Registration Marks, which then opens up the Registration Marks Window on the right.  From the dropdown menu for Style, I selected 'Automatic Cameo' and this puts the Registration Marks onto my page.

 Here they are with the Registration Marks showing. I need the designs to fit within those lines, otherwise they won't cut properly so now it's time to re-size. I also need my cut files to fit within my Travellers Notebook, so I worked out what size I needed and I was able to fit both files onto one A4 page.

Here they are re-sized and ready to be printed. To print from my printer, I simply go to File, Print and the design, including the registration marks, prints out onto A4 card that I had loaded into my printer.

So this is the magic part. I have in my hand my A4 printed sheet. I put that onto my mat,  the same orientation as on screen (so up in the top left corner) and load it into my Silhouette. I then go to Send, change my cut settings to plain cardstock, and then hit 'Send' again. The Silhouette reads the Registration Marks that are on the paper and cuts out the designs perfectly - so easy and quick!

I then turned them into a spread for my Travellers Notebook, which I use as a bullet journal, ie a place for all my To Do lists. Even though the cut files were by Paige Evans, I used Shimelle Glitter Girl papers behind the cut files, and embellished using Glitter Girl stickers and embellishments.
 

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you like my Travellers Notebook spread (all ready for adding all my To-Do things to!) and that you will try out some Print and Cut files.

Happy scrapping xx 

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Sunday, 21 January 2018

Really a-peeling

Hello!

Welcome to the second episode of my trials and tribulations of getting to grips with my awesome new Silhouette Cameo machine.  I'm taking pigeon steps at the moment but if there is anything you fellow newbies would like me to give a go, I'll try my best to fit it into my blog post at some point in the future!

So this weeks instalment is about peeling paper off of your mat and it not looking like this, even after a week of sitting in-between something :'( :'(

I don't know about you, but I wasn't new to cut files when I received my machine.  I was very lucky to have some friends who would generously give me designs with beautiful shapes to decorate or add lettering to my scrapbooking pages. All of which would be lovely, flat pieces of paper.

So I knew that once I had set up my machine to cut a reasonably simple card for my besties birthday it would peel off like a dream and I would have a fine-looking card ready to back in some equally lovely paper, add a few sequins, a few splotches of water colour and "Hey Presto" a magnificent home made card for one's bestie.  Sadly this did not happen as planned - hmpfff!

Obviously, if I was being hyper organised I would have been making this a week before her birthday. As I like to live my life dangerously and as I was almost practically a pro with this machine (hahahahahahahahahahaha) I decided that there would be no problems running this off the morning of her special day. I mean, it was only going to take me half an hour to do it all (hahahahahahahahaha) it would be fine!!!  How wrong could I be!! 

So, with the words of Will Smith, me and my lovely baby sat down to work...."Just the two of us....we can make it if we try..." I used the Soul Sisters cut file that I had bought from the Silhouette Store, resized it slightly and moved it where I wanted to on the page and then sent it to the Silhouette to cut it which it did with no problems what so ever....I knew this would be dead easy.  I was dead wrong!!

As I was peeling back the card stock it didn't matter how gentle I was being the paper was curling.  Grrrrr.  I had come across this problem before but as I had previously used the smaller solid pieces of paper with the use of foam pads and glue the cut file had stuck down with no problems.  As this time I wanted to use the negative it was a little bit of a problem.  Unfortunately due to time constraints that I had imposed on myself I didn't have the luxury of cutting it again tomorrow I needed it now (ish!) I used the solid middle shapes and was delighted with the results as was my bestie Kelly!

 
 
Whilst making this little card I used quite a few sequins and beads.  I found the Pick Me Up implement and fell head over heals in love with this little beauty!  I'm not totally sure that was designed for picking up single beads and sequins, but it works a treat!  If you haven't got one - buy one and if you have you will know it has a small pen like end with a sticky substance in it (like poster tack) that can be "sharpened" by removing the in-tacky tack and twisting the plastic casing near the point. It was awesome and saved me a whole load of effort being able to pick individual tiny beads up with no problem and dropping them straight onto the glue!


Right now back to the problem in hand.  A few days later I had read a few things and they suggested desensitising the mat which sounded serious and might involve therapy after!?! Believe me though, it's quite safe and harmless to all.  All it involves is your lovely, new, very sticky mat, a clean cotton pillow case and a desk or a table to work from. 

I made sure that my desk was free of dogs hair (I promise my dogs are not allowed up on my desk :/ but their hairs get like everywhere even if this is a "Puppy free zone" which is what I tell them when I find them yet again lounging at the top of my stairs ignoring me completely!  Anyway I laid the pillow case onto my desk, removed the protective backing from my mat and laid it on top (sticky side to pillow....I know it's obvious but I work with five-year-olds so I am used to over explaining - sorry :\) gave it a good rub and peeled it off.  I done the same thing once more for good measure and then tested it out.  

I picked the Family Background once again from the Silhouette Design Store (I wanted to use something a bit fiddly as I didn't want to cheat myself thinking all was well on something nice and bold.  I sent it from my design page to the machine and it flawlessly cut the design, as I was learning to expect.  Once it had finished the fun was going to begin......

I had also been advised instead of peeling the paper from the mat.  Peel the mat from the paper and it only blinkin' worked!  I peeled a whole fiddly design (approximately 11' x 11') successfully away from the mat with very little curl at all!  





Whoop whoop success is sweet!  Now I haven't included this on a layout as of yet as after much messing about I have ran out of time. As soon as I do I will add it to my next available blog and if I'm feeling really clever* I'll add a link to this page.

*When I say this type of thing, what I actually mean is I will ask Mr Squires or one of the fabulous ladies on the Silhouette Design team how to do this!

Signing off for now with a wish from me that may your paper stay flawlessly flat, your mat retain just enough tack and your lettering peel without so much as a small wrinkle.

Steph x




Saturday, 20 January 2018

Polar Bear Luminary using Silhouette Glitter Sticker Paper



Hello,  Janet here with a neat project using Silhouette's new printable media – printable glitter sticker paper.  It is fabulous for stickers, of course, but today's project simply cuts the sheets to make a cute piece of home decor.  I used the Polar Bears Papercut Lantern by Nic Squirrell, and the Constellation Background by Sarah Hurley.  I think the glitter paper makes a very effective winter season luminary.  There are details about the sheets and lots of tips and tricks in my earlier post that includes a tutorial on using the sheets with the Print & Cut technique.


SUPPLIES REQUIRED:

Silhouette Glitter Printable Sticker Paper
Silhouette Vellum
Acetate Sheet
Burnishing Tool
Heavy-Duty Double Sided Tape
LED Pillar Candle
Silhouette Cameo® 3
Inkjet Printer


HOW TO MAKE THE LANTERN

The lantern is made in three layers. An exterior layer of adhesive glitter paper features the polar bears and is layered over a vellum layer printed with the night sky. Between the two is an acetate layer to which the polar bears are adhered and which gives shape, rigidity, and shine to the lantern.


Polar Bear Luminary made with Silhouette Printable Sticker Paper by Janet Packer for the Silhouette UK Blog. Designs by Nic Squirrell and Sarah Hurley from the Silhouette Design Store.



STEP 1: Size the Lantern to Fit Your Candle

Open the polar bear design in the Silhouette Studio® software and rotate it by 90° clock-wise. As the Silhouette Glitter Sticker Paper comes in letter-sized sheets, change the paper size and orientation in Page Design Settings to 'Letter' and 'Landscape'.

Measure the circumference of your LED candle and proportionately reduce the size of the design to fit the candle and have a reasonable overlap. My candle measured 245 mm; I adjusted the size to 257 mm.




STEP 2: Make the Exterior Glitter Layer

Cut the re-sized design from the glitter sticker paper. Reduce the cut settings so that the blade makes a 'kiss cut'; cutting though the glitter layer, but not the backing sheet. Carry out a test cut to ensure that it cuts correctly. I was able to reduce the force from ten to nine.

Polar Bear Luminary made with Silhouette Printable Sticker Paper by Janet Packer for the Silhouette UK Blog. Designs by Nic Squirrell and Sarah Hurley from the Silhouette Design Store.


(Optional) Add some of the stars from the constellation layer once they have been resized in Step 4.

Once cut, the unwanted interior pieces needed to be removed leaving the main part on the backing sheet.

Polar Bear Luminary made with Silhouette Printable Sticker Paper by Janet Packer for the Silhouette UK Blog. Designs by Nic Squirrell and Sarah Hurley from the Silhouette Design Store.




STEP 3: Make the Acetate Layer

Make an offset of the bear design of 1.5 mm.  Release the compound path and delete everything but the outline.  Draw a rectangle and weld it to the bear's outline with just the bear ears protruding as shown (ignore the tab on the bottom right as it turned out to be unnecessary). Cut the acetate. Cut settings will vary according to the thickness of the acetate. I used sheets that were 240 microns, and cut them using the setting for Shrink Plastic.

Polar Bear Luminary made with Silhouette Printable Sticker Paper by Janet Packer for the Silhouette UK Blog. Designs by Nic Squirrell and Sarah Hurley from the Silhouette Design Store.



STEP 4: Make the Interior Vellum Layer

Open the Constellation Background in a new tab. It is not a ready-to-print background and requires colouring first.

Ungroup the design, remaking the compound path on just the stars. Fill the stars with a very pale grey.

Fill the background with a dark blue and use a gradient fill with the lighter part at the base of the design.

Group the background and then copy it into the tab with the bear. Increase the size to the same width as the bear design. Cut off the bottom part of the design.

Print the background onto a sheet of vellum and trim it manually to fit the acetate layer (it is too large to fit within a Print & Cut window).

Polar Bear Luminary made with Silhouette Printable Sticker Paper by Janet Packer for the Silhouette UK Blog. Designs by Nic Squirrell and Sarah Hurley from the Silhouette Design Store.



STEP 5: Assembling the Lantern


Remove the backing paper and adhere the bears to the acetate.


Polar Bear Luminary made with Silhouette Printable Sticker Paper by Janet Packer for the Silhouette UK Blog. Designs by Nic Squirrell and Sarah Hurley from the Silhouette Design Store.


Flip it over and apply some heavy duty tape to the reverse of the bottom edge.

Polar Bear Luminary made with Silhouette Printable Sticker Paper by Janet Packer for the Silhouette UK Blog. Designs by Nic Squirrell and Sarah Hurley from the Silhouette Design Store.


Remove the protective layer from the tape and adhere it to the vellum layer.

Polar Bear Luminary made with Silhouette Printable Sticker Paper by Janet Packer for the Silhouette UK Blog. Designs by Nic Squirrell and Sarah Hurley from the Silhouette Design Store.


Add a strip of tape along one short edge between the vellum and the acetate layers. Adhere. Add a further line on the reverse of the vellum on the same edge.

Polar Bear Luminary made with Silhouette Printable Sticker Paper by Janet Packer for the Silhouette UK Blog. Designs by Nic Squirrell and Sarah Hurley from the Silhouette Design Store.



Roll a paper napkin or some other soft item around the candle to ensure there is sufficient space between to lantern and the candle to allow the lantern to slide off the candle.  Lightly roll the whole thing around the candle, overlapping the edge that has the tape on top.  Remove the protective layer from the tape and adhere, burnishing firmly.

Polar Bear Luminary made with Silhouette Printable Sticker Paper by Janet Packer for the Silhouette UK Blog. Designs by Nic Squirrell and Sarah Hurley from the Silhouette Design Store.


(Optional) Add cut stars to the outside aligning them with the printed ones on the vellum.

Polar Bear Luminary made with Silhouette Printable Sticker Paper by Janet Packer for the Silhouette UK Blog. Designs by Nic Squirrell and Sarah Hurley from the Silhouette Design Store.


The luminary is now complete.

Polar Bear Luminary made with Silhouette Printable Sticker Paper by Janet Packer for the Silhouette UK Blog. Designs by Nic Squirrell and Sarah Hurley from the Silhouette Design Store.


The bear design could be changed out for all kinds of images - penguins, swans, even fairies would look great.

I hope you'll try the glitter sticker sheets for cut projects too. Do share pictures of your make on the Silhouette UK Facebook page, we'd love to see them.

Bye for now,





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Friday, 19 January 2018

Place Cards using Glitter Sticker Paper.



Hello, hello - Karen here.  We went to stay with my daughter and her boyfriend after Christmas for a few days and I decided that it would be nice to make a lovely meal as a thank you for their hospitality.

As I had planned to do this on New Year's Eve I made some pretty place cards as a little extra special touch.

First I reduced this design



down to 3 ins wide and removed the text.


I then changed the lines that I wanted printed to blue.


Next I replicated it so that I centred the two shapes.



 I then replicated it so that I had four of the same shape.


Added the names using a sketch pen font and changed the colour to the same blue as used above.


I had forgotten that I needed to make the shapes into cards. To do this I added a rounded corner rectangle to the top of the design, used the rubber to remove the sections I didn't want.  I then changed the lines I wanted scored to green.



 I added a red heart into the centre of each of the hearts on the placecards.

Next,I printed the cards onto glitter sticker paper and then cut them out once from the glitter paper and once fro card.

 Finally, I stuck the sticker paper to the card shapes and I had four very cute place cards.