Thursday, May 26, 2016

Cameo dust cover

When I ordered my Silhouette Cameo recently, I didn't buy a cover for it.  of course, after I hit 'purchase' I saw several owners recommending a dust cover be used. There's nowhere close to me that stocks Silhouette products, and I didn't want to wait until the next time I put in an online order somewhere, so I decided to make my own.

There are several free patterns available online - I used the one from Erin at Schlosser Designs which you can get here. They're pretty easy to make - you just need a rectangular piece of material and two end pieces. I managed to find some fabric in my stash.

Here are my pieces cut and ready.

And here's my finished cover.

It only took about 15 minutes and I saved myself a few dollars I can spend on something more exciting ;) So if you're short of a cover, give it a go!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Silhouette Cameo - cropping background shapes

I love the 12x12 cutting capabilities of my Cameo, but I mostly scrap A4 or 8 1/2 x 11 and was having a hard time finding background cutting files that would work well. Yes, there are a few available in the Silhouette Design Store, or from other sellers, but I also have a lot of 12x12 backgrounds and wasn't sure how to make them work.

Thanks to Vanessa's blog, I came across a great video tutorial on how to crop backgrounds in Silhouette Studio. The example involved making a PL card, but the technique is the same no matter what size you want to work with.

Check out the video here.

And here are a couple of screenshots of my crop in progress:

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Hello Florence

I've been to Florence three times and it' still one of my favourite destinations. Lots of fun memories redoing these old photos - it really was a trip of a lifetime, just as my journaling says ;)

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Let's be adventurous

Here's another layout from my travel album - reliving a journey through the Canadian Rockies and along the Icefields Parkway. Seems like another life!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Story kit layouts revisited

I've been a  bit slack using my Story Kits from Ali Edwards just recently - my excuse is that I've been concentrating on my travel album and lots of cards. But here's a layout from the 'Craft' kit a few months ago.

Going back and looking at these will hopefully get me motivated again. They are great kits if anyone is considering signing up!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Wonders of the Cameo

I've just taken delivery of a new Silhouette Cameo. My old Cricut was on the way out, and when I saw the Cameo on sale on Amazon, I didn't hesitate!

I'm getting to grips with all the machine can do, and have been on the hunt for cut files. Here's a great circle file posted by Geralyn Sy a while ago - perfect for my travel album and a page about Italy:

And here's a close up of the cut which I backed with patterned paper:

You can find the cut file at the end of Gernlyn's blog post here.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Tell a story

I've been subscribing to Ali Edwards' Story Kits this year, and trying to get better at telling the stories, rather than just minimising the journaling. Here's another layout from my European travel album - the story of a day trip with my favourite aunt.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The beginning

I've mentioned that I'm working on an album documenting my travels in the early 1990s. It's been a lot of fun reliving those days.  And I'm enjoying using product rather than hoarding it!

Here's a double spread from my Canada trip which started my love of travelling ;)

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Butterfly card

Here's a card using Papertrey Ink's Beautiful Butterflies inspired by one of Laura Bassen's creations. I cut an inch off the card base so the butterflies could overlap the lining paper. Love this design and think I'll be using it again.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Practice your pirate

As my niece will be off sailing this summer, I thought this would be the perfect card for her - using Studio Calico's kids' Valentines stamp set. Arrr me hearties!