Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Turn any shape into patterns using the Replicate tool - Designer Edition tutorial

Hey there, it's Sara. I love creating my own patterns using the silhouette programme as it's so easy, but will still need to have the designer edition to be able to use those patterns in future projects.

Here's a very short video to show you where you find the replicate future and what the basic and advanced options.




For the reindeer pattern, I used the Mirroring tool. Its very easy to use and makes a nice pattern effect. 


Row replicating:

I used the tree design on this one. As you can see in the start, I like to remove the line colors so I can see the real colors of my shape. Again, this option is very easy to use.


Fill option:

The fill option is so easy and fast as well. I made a simple design to show you how easily to create a pattern with it. 



Custom position:

First start with choosing how many copies of your shape you would like to have and then choose the custom options. This one needs a bit of testing, so first I tried 6 cm but found it was to close to the first shape so I adjusted it to 7 cm. But once you learn how to use it, you'll love using this option all the time!


Saving your patterns in Silhouette programme. First you will need to save the patterns to jpeg files.
On MAC, the easiest way to choose File > Print > Open PDF in Preview, once the pattern opens in preview choose   File > Export JPEG (or PNG) the resolution on 300 ppi or above.


On Windows: Select File > Print > print to PDF choose print an option will come up to "save it as" with the option of png.  If this doesnt work for you, try saving it as PDF and then importing it to JPEG or PNG file.

Install your patterns into your Silhouette Programme.



Once you've saved the patterns to your library, you can use the fill pattern option to add your pattern to your shapes. On this short video, I have used the free bauble shape that comes free with the Silhouette library.





Monday, 24 October 2016

Print and Cut Margins Tip

Hey there, Niki here again today with a quick tip for the using the Print and Cut feature. I have always found the margins of the registration marks to be quite restrictive when using the print and cut in the past, but the other day I noticed that under the Registration Marks window there is an option to change the margins! Just slide them down to make them as small as they will go and hey presto your Print and Cut area is quite a bit bigger - gamechanger!

I was able to fit more shapes into this larger area when printing onto my A4 sheets. So fab.

Here is the layout I made with those shapes. Those painted print and cut files are gorgeous and are all linked below.

Enjoy! Happy scrapping xx

Designs used:
Painted Floral Heart
Painted Multicoloured Swashes
Painted Purple Bouquet


Sunday, 23 October 2016

One cut file - two layouts!

One cut file - two layouts!

Hiiiii Caroline here with a double share. I don't know about you but I like to make the most of any cut file that I purchase - so I have to be creative on how I use it.

I have created two layouts using this cut file...

I have a bit of a thing for maps so I was totally chuffed when this cut file appeared YAY!

Here is the first layout I made...

To do this I deleted all the other countries and kept the UK, however I did remove the names as I felt they got in the way of my story. I also loved the look of the waves so I kept them but just made them larger and moved them around the design.

For this one I wanted to document the local cafe that we HAVE to visit on a regular basis for their hot fresh made scones, jam and cream! Plus the building is right next to the river so the twins get to play. It's basically a win win situation HA!

I used the silhouette to make the stitched holes by using the following settings and it always works like a dream - just remember that before you go to cut you need to make sure that your design is selected!

Here are some more close ups of this layout...

The close ups help you to see how neat the stitching looks, this is the benefit of using the silhouette to make the holes, my fave thing to do!

Now for the second layout using the very same cut file...

You remember how I said the cafe was right by the river - well here is the proof. The twins just love collecting driftwood here - I have the proof in the back garden!!!!

For this layout I kept it just as it is as I love the details on it. I used a black sketch pen and kept it super simple. This is the setting...

Honestly you can't beat the sketch pen for intricate designs, you can then add photo's and embellishments to tell your story - perfect!

Here are some close ups of this layout...

I am lucky as I record memories for twins so I get to easily use one cut file twice, so these will be popped in to their albums for them to look back on in the future.

I hope you enjoyed looking at this and that it inspires you to get more from your silhouette.

'Til next time

C x

Products Used:


Light hold cutting mat for Cameo

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Spooky Halloween Paperclips

Hi! Bev here with another tutorial, using the gorgeous designs by Doodlebug Design Inc from the Silhouette Design Store.  They are completely adorable and I loved creating these paperclips from them.

What you will need
  • Silhouette Cameo/Portrait
  • Printer
  • Cardstock
  • Laminator or covering film
  • Paperclips
  • Glue gun/ glue dots
Step One

Open a new page in your Silhouette studio, and set the page up with registration marks for your machine and page size.  I used A4 cardstock.

Import your designs from your library, and move one off of the mat whilst you work on the first one.

Ungroup the design and begin to build the character by layering the images on top of one another.  As I was not going to be cutting the actual individual parts, I changed the outlines to transparent and selected no cut to the design.

You can zoom in on the page to ensure you get the elements lined up as accurately as possible.

Once the design as how you would like it to be, select the entire design, right click and select 'group'.
I resized to a height of 2 inches, however after printing the first sheet, I decided that slightly smaller would work best so I adjusted to a height of 1 inch.

The first image is now ready and can be set aside while you work on the other designs and repeat the above steps.

Step Two

The next stage is to use the offset tool to create a cut line around the outside of the design.  Select the design and click on the offset tool in the bar at the top of the page.

I chose to use an offset of 0.050 and repeated this for the rest of the designs on the page.  Once the designs are offset, you can select cut edge in the cut settings.  This will mean the outline of the designs will be cut but not the actual design itself (it acts in part as a buffer)

Step Three

Print your design onto cardstock and load into your Silhouette machine.  Ensure that the blade is set at the correct number and cut!

Step Five

Choose a laminating pouch that fits the elements in and send through your laminator. Alternatively you can use covering film or clear packing tape to protect and strengthen them.  Once laminated, cut around with a small pair of scissors.

Step Six

Attach the freshly covered designs to the paperclips with a hot glue gun.  Once the glue dries, your new paperclips are finished and ready to add into your calendar, diary, planner or notebook ready to mark Halloween.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial, I have enjoyed sharing with you and look forward to seeing your paperclip makes in the future!

Designs Used:

Frankenstein Boos and Brews by Doodlebug Design Inc Design ID#154768
Frankenstein Bride Boos and Brews by Doodlebug Designs Inc Design ID#154765
Carved Pumpkins Boos and Brews by Doodlebug Design Inc Design ID#154720


Light hold cutting mat for Cameo