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Review: Silhouette

I’d like to start off by saying Silhouette didn’t send me the machine, offer me anything, and the thoughts are all my own.

My journey to the Silhouette began 3 months ago. I was really getting back into the grove of scrapbooking and realized I owned about 10 cartridges for my Cricut that I had owned for 5 years. I loved it for titles and shortly after I sold my Quickutz shapes and fonts. (A decision at times I wish I didn’t make) I went to look at buying a couple more font cartridges only to find they didn’t really release any that were good and basic recently. I then thought about selling my Cricut and buying the Silhouette, but decided to buy Sure Cuts A Lot 2. While it opened up fonts on my computer I never really loved it. It felt like a lot of work and things still didn’t cut as well as I wanted.  Then recently when Provo Craft started suing SCAL2 and MTC. I knew I was done owning the Cricut.  I put my cartrdiges and Expression on Ebay (the Expression w/ 4 cartridges is still up for auction/sale if you’d like to own one)

I bought the Silhouette after a week of online comparing the other choices.I looked at 3 choices, The Pazzles, E-Craft, and Silhouette. The price on Amazon and the online store sold me, and reviews and opinions from 2peasinabucket helped even more.

I ordereed on Monday afternoon and so excited to get it in my hands I paid $4 to have it the next day (Thanks to Amazon Prime) I spent most of Tuesday waiting for my wonderful UPS man and then I installed it made one cut and was in love. The cuts were so much smoother then the Cricut with SCAL2 or even with a cartridge.  Then I spent the evening watching tv and spending time with my husband. Then yesterday I got to creating. I created this layout:

The title, Polaroid type frames and that scalloped border all cut with the Silhouette. Everything cut so smoothly. I’m still learning all the pressure settings, but it was wonderful. The border and frame both came from the online store. In fact that frame is only .50cents this week. I think I’ve downloaded all the free shapes and I’ve got over 100 on my wishlist.

My overall review: It’s a great powerful machine. The software was easy to figure out and there are tons of youtube videos that can help.

The Pros:  The detail it cuts. The Cricut could never cut the “Mini Golfer” letters without ripping. I can use any true type font from my computer (I’ve downloaded a bunch in the past couple days). It can print and then cut for digital elements. I want to try this out later this week. It has a small footprint so it doesn’t take up too much space in your craft area.

The Cons: There are 2 different sized mats. It’s hard sometimes to know which one to use. There are also a lot of pressure settings (30) and while there are some pre-set already programed I spent some time adjusting them to not wear my balde and mat out too quickly. I found and read online that with Bazzill if you lower the pressure to about 12-15 and do a double cut you’ll get a cleaner cut and it worked wonderfully. Also it can by nosiy. I’m not sure if it’s louder then my Cricut but I’m not bothered by it, but it may effect those close you if you’re a late night cropper.

The Others: It only cuts 8 inches wide. While this doesn’t bother me. I can’t say I’ve cut anything bigger then 6 inches in a very long time. It might be a factor some.

One reason I wanted to get my review up today is that StitchSteals has the Silhouette for only $179 and with shipping it’s only $194. Which is less then Amazon. They also have smooth and flocked vinyl, fabric interface, and rhinestones.

Thanks for reading & Happy Crafting! ~Ann

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Clean & Simple

When asked what my style is I sometimes have a hard time with it. I normally joke to myself that it’s “flat” I’ve never used that many 3-D embellishments, but I think it’s a I have a hard time spending 1/4 of my budget on a package of cute embellishments. When for that same price I could buy 5 sheets of patterned paper. (I love paper) I’ve always loved paper and playing with mixing and matching colors, patterns, and styles.  I spent a bit of time this past week looking at the layouts I created this year. Almost all of them had a running theme they were clean and simple. It was a layout that I could look at and everything seemed to focus on the photo or the story that it was supposed to tell. That’s why I scrapbook to share my photos with the next generation, and well I need to do something with the 20gb of photos I take per trip.

This layout for example. Which might be my favorite layout I’ve done (but I think that changes every few weeks, but this one is top 5 all time for sure) It’s simple, it showcases the amazing photo taken by Matt at Dim Horizon Studio and expresses my style.

Thanks for reading & Happy Crafting!

Products used: Bazzill Lily White (cardstock), Echo Park Be Mine (Patterned Paper), Arctic Frog (Rubon Title), Cosmo Cricket (Button), American Crafts (Ribbon), Adirondack Snow Cap (Paint), Dim Horizon Studio (Photo)

 

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Struggles

This layout, well I should say photo has been sitting on my desk begging to be scrapped for the past week. My DH and his brother laughing about something. I wasn’t there and he doesn’t remember. I had tried to scrap it several times and every time I didn’t feel it looked right.  Well today I installed photoshop and started to learn to use it, thinking that would solve my problem maybe I could print it in a different size or effect. Well My plan was print it in 4×8 and then some primary colored pp in stripes under it and call it Laugh (because no one remembers why) Well I came across the sheet of We R Memory Keepers paper with tons of words and it just seemed to work and the border sheet and quote seems so much like them Who knows maybe that’s what they were saying when they started laughing, but I’d guess not. It didn’t look finished. So I cut a 2×8 strip of pp from the collection put 1.5 on top and .5 at the bottom to finish it off. Added a few brads to a few of the words and finally after a week of it sitting on my desk I can file it away.

 

Do you ever find some photos harder to scrapbook then others? What do you do to overcome it?

 

Thanks for reading & Happy Crafting! ~Ann

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Trends: Butterflies

I’m not one that goes with trends. I love my clean and simple style and I’m not a girly girl so I had stayed away from butterflies. Well I’ve had this wedding photo of me in the Butterfly Garden and figured it might be cute to add a few. (I went a little crazy) I found the image for the Martha Stewart Classic Butterfly punch and imported it into SCAL2. I cut a lot of butterflies more then you see here. Each of these butterflies are 2 layers with a solid under them and , but my scanner squished them all. As did my page protector so I didn’t really think about that when making it, but I think it still turned out quite cute. Not what I had planned when I started it, but I think it still turned out nicely for my first butterfly layout.

I used Basic Grey’s Lemonade 6×6 pad for all the pp and Doodlebug letters.  Of course my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher to put the butterflies together.

Are there any trends you like, dislike, or would love to see me feature?

Thanks for reading and Happy Crafting!

~Ann

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March Goals

Him LayoutWow It’s March already. My goals for March are to complete 20 layouts and start to figure out how I want to scrap or put into print my Disney Photo a Day Blog.  Maybe even work on another mini album I photos printed for.

I did this layout Monday night. As part of the free online class from 2Peas using 2 4×6 photos It was pretty simple, but for me it was about showcasing some photos of my brother and journaling.

Products used: Echo Park, Jillibean, Autuam Leaves, Close to my Heart,  Bazzill.

 

Do you have any crafting goals for March?

 

Thanks for reading & Happy Crafting,

Ann

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