Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Silhouette Studio Grid

I do love my new Silhouette Cameo.  It cuts so precisely and there are tons of great images to choose from in the Silhouette store.  The software has tons of features.  There is one thing missing though that has had me wondering from the beginning.  Why?

There are no indications on the Studio software for measurements.  I want to match up where my elements are to cut with where the paper is on the mat as I often use several small pieces of papers and cut several items at the same time.  There are marks on the actual cutting mat but not the one on the screen.

I understand the designer addition has a ruler but I don't want to upgrade at this time.  I'm using the free software anyone can download from the Silhouette site.

So I created my own grid markings and I'm sharing them with you.  (ETA: These are the numbers going around the outside.  The lines are part of the Grid option on the software.) The numbers are in a Studio file.  They will not print or cut on the Cameo.  They are just to help us see where we are on the mat.  Here is what the file looks like when loaded.


Download the file here:

Silhouette Studio File - Grid Markings

This video has instructions on downloading and adding the file to Studio.


For the video, I'm doing a trial of SnagIt software which allowed me to capture my work on the computer for video.  I combined it with some images in Movie Maker.  There is a little volume drop I'll have to work on.  There are a few other issues so I'm still shopping for a good, inexpensive software for this type of thing.

So I hope you find this helpful.  If you haven't already, be sure to put your name in for a chance at the giveaway in yesterday's blog post.  Some fun summer product for a lucky winner.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Summer Goodie Giveaway

I have a pack of scrapbooking goodness for one lucky randomly drawn blog commenter.  Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win the prize pack in this video:

Watch at YouTube:


Comments must be left on this blog post. YouTube comments don't count as there is some sort of scam being perpetuated on YouTube giveaways.  So check back here to see if you won.  I'll attempt to e-mail the winner if I can find an e-mail address.  Regardless, the winner's name will appear here on Sunday, July 27.  (The winner will have one week to get in touch with me.)

Comments must be in by midnight ET July 26 - this Saturday.  International entries are welcome.

Thank you all for your support of my classes, e-books and all your lovely comments on my videos and posts.  I appreciate the scrapbooking/cardmaking community so much!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Pinwheel Background (video)






We see little changes each year to our favorite vacation spot - Hilton Head Island.  Stores open or close.  A new restaurant is a hot ticket.  They pave more bicycle trails.  I captured some of these this year including one we question.  They are adding a guard checkpoint just off the highway to where we stay.  The normal checkpoints are about a mile in.  This one is sure to back up traffic leaving us scratching our head at the idea.  Anyway, we love the new bike paths.

For the background of this page, I used a pinwheel pattern.  I thought I'd like to turn the photos on their edge a little and this led me to the triangles and finally the pinwheel design.  It's really easy to do as shown in the video and it really uses a lot of patterns from a 6x6 pad.



The papers are My Mind's Eye Collectible and match the papers from the bicycle page I did a few days ago.  The word Changes was cut on the Silhouette.  "Coming" is from a Simple Stories Sticker sheet.  I got in a few more of those stickers in my quest to work through some stash.  I'd better get busy as there is new stuff being released already and you know I'll want some new papers :-)

Video at YouTube:


Here's the sketch for the page:



Coming up this week, I have a summer giveaway here on the blog so be sure to check back midweek for your chance to enter.

Friday, July 18, 2014

What's new this fall?

CHA, Craft and Hobby Association, traditionally did both a summer and winter trade show.  It was at this show that all the new scrapbooking goodies were unveiled.  However, they have paired down to one show per year in January.

So how do we find out about the new stuff coming out for fall?

Here is what I'm doing.  ACherryOnTop.com (ACOT) which sells scrapbooking supplies has a preorder option.  So you can see many of the new products coming up via their website.  I'm not personally interested in preordering but I can get a peek at what I'd like to have.  Their regular newsletter gives you an idea of when each of the companies' releases will be coming out.  This is not a complete list of everything coming but gives you some idea.

ACOT has also started doing some product videos.   They are very well done with lots of closeups.  I used to love the CHA ones from Two Peas and I'm glad someone is picking this up.

Here is a link to their YouTube channel.

I've had a busy week and haven't had a chance to look at all the new lines that are buzzing on message boards but I'm hoping to get to that this weekend.  The best part of shopping for me is browsing and planning what I might use for what.  Looking is free.

While I'm still working through my stash, I know I'll want a little influx of new items as we get closer to fall.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Test Post for Studio File

Just a test post to see if I can make this file available for download

Grid Markings for Silhouette Studio

See this accompanying video for how to use the file.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

See the Alligator?


Alligators are common sights on Hilton Head Island and I guess in all of the Low Country.  They crawl out of the lagoons and sun themselves on the bank.  We give them plenty of room.  It's a big island, lots of space for man and beast - especially one that can run faster than me and has way more teeth!

In the video, I refer sometimes to the alligator as a crocodile.  I do know the difference but I still get it mixed up in saying.  When we were in Australia years ago, we had the best time one day on a tour of the rain forest with our own guide.  The other couple, unknown to us, who had booked the guide backed out at the last minute so we got to ask as many questions as we liked and take our time.  Lenny loved that day more than any and that is saying something in such a beautiful and interesting country.

The only part I didn't love, other than parking in Melbourne, was when we were out on this boat in the rain forest trying to spot a croc.  The mosquitoes had certainly spotted us and I was their lunch. The guide and Lenny saw a crocodile in the tall grass near the bank and pointed it out to me.

Finally I said, "Oh, there he isn't, isn't that something?" They were satisfied but I didn't see that crocodile anymore than anything.  I just wanted to get off that boat and away from those mosquitoes.

Later on when we got our pictures back, I was going through them and found one with tall grass and asked Lenny about it.

"Oh, there is the crocodile peeking through the grass.  Remember?"

"Sure, honey, whatever you say."

For the page, I wanted to emphasize the 'Stop and Look' theme as we were stopped when biking into this particular condo development.  I thought we would be told not to enter though we have biked through there before.  Instead he resident was just pointing out the alligator knowing we tourist like to get a photo.


For "Look,"  I used a Silhouette cut bicycle for the 'oo'.  I picked a pretty detailed bike but the machine cut it like a charm.  I'm still getting the hang of assembling things or rather figuring out what pieces go where when I'm cutting things.  I cut the main part of the bike from Stampin' Up!'s silver cardstock.  I LOVE their silver and gold cardstock.  It is so pretty and not the least bit delicate.  You can use it just like any other cardstock.  Look how the Silhouette even cut out the bicycle basket. Amazing!

Here's the process video:


And here's the sketch:

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

2 Pager with Spice Market


I used to be a BasicGrey girl.  Then for a couple of years, I bought very little.  The collections just didn't speak to me and they weren't colors I used.  Well, they are back!  This past year, I've loved everything BasicGrey made and bought some of just about every collection from January's CHA.

For this page, I used quite a bit of Spice Market.  I didn't have a gold paper I wanted to use for the mat but found one from last fall's Persimmon collection that worked perfectly.  The paper cutting had to get a bit creative to stretch single papers across the two pages.

I cover several techniques for this in my Two Page Terrific class - a self-paced class.  More info here.


This collection came with some delicate metal cutouts.  The red one balances all the detail on the right hand page.  I chose the black background because it is one of my Mother's favorite colors and the layout is about her birthday.  The dark color seems to help create balance on the left hand page, I think.


More details on putting this page together are in the Process Video:


And here is the sketch:



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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Mist and Perfect Pearls Techniques

On one of my layouts earlier in the year, I experimented with mists and perfect pearls and was really pleased with the results.  The technique was part of a larger process video but I liked it so much I thought it deserved its own video.

All you need are a bottle of any spray mist, water and a little of Ranger's Perfect Pearls.  This is a great way to get more out of Perfect Pearls if you already have them.  I think all the craft stores now carry them in the scrapbooking section.  They usually come in some color groupings.  I like the white or ivory and the pewter and gold the most.

Also I wanted to remind you about the July Scrapinar coming up on Monday.  Kerri Bradford is going to help us get more out of die cuts.  I'm really excited about this one!  Here is how to register for he free event.


And I noticed that Lain has a new event she promoted on her blog called Jet Energy Pack.  It's a 5 week course on getting motivated. Just learned of this yesterday and I wanted to pass it along as the discount of $20 off (corrected from 20% off as originally posted here) is good through the 18th.  Use code BLAST.  Lain is definitely a every motivational person!



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