Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Early Bird Layout: Just for Fun



Hey again, Niki here today. You probably know me fairly well by now and that I love to put big bold elements onto my layouts. For this layout I wanted to tell a story about my daughter and how she was so excited for her school trip, that she got up at 11pm thinking it was morning already and got herself dressed and ready for school! An alarm clock was the ideal element for this layout so I picked out my favourite from the Design Store and opened it up on my mat.

I simply re-sized and separated out the designs so I could cut them onto my chosen papers. For the large clock I wanted to use the same piece of paper for the clock as for the outline around my background (the other side of it) so I cut it directly out of the middle. I also cut the hands from here too. The other two circles needed to be cut from two more papers so I positioned them onto my mat and cut those too.

Once all the pieces were cut, I layered the clock together. I poked a brad through the hands and assembled the rest of the layout using the Shimelle Glitter Girl collection.


Thank you so much for joining me today - what bold elements do you think you might use on your next layout?

Happy scrapping xx

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Alarm Clock


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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

DOTW - Winter Stag



Hello, hello it's Karen here with not one, but two projects made with this week's Design Of The Week - Winter Stag!



First I was inspired to make a coffee mug featuring the design



Recently, I have been sorting out photos to use with a winter/Christmas themed kit and remembered a photo from a couple of years ago with Gracia pretending to be scared by the offer of feeding Father Christmas' reindeer some tasty moss (our surname is Moss)!  I thought the stags head would be perfect for this photo.

I replicated it several times and welded them together to make a border strip for my scrapbook page.  I also used single stags heads as little features in two of the corners.  I thought it would be cute to add a sparkly nose to the larger ones and then used Nuvo Drops to give the smaller ones red noses too.


I think that this shape has endless possibilities and think that my Christmas cards will feature it complete with a red sparkly nose - simple, quick but stylish!




Monday, 20 November 2017

How to add a custom material type in Silhouette Studio 4.1

TUTORIAL - Add new material or media to the Silhouette Studio cutting list by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine) for Silhouette UK.

Hello again, Janet here with a post to show how to add custom media to your list of cutting materials in the Silhouette Studio® software.

It doesn't sound very exciting, but adding custom settings can really be a HUGE time saver. I'm ashamed to say that I avoided doing this for ages because it didn't seem to work quite the way I expected. Now I think I've got it sorted (I couldn't find up-to-date instructions anywhere at the time of writing). I'm hoping this will help you, so that you don't have to spend time figuring it out.

TUTORIAL - Add new material or media to the Silhouette Studio cutting list by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine) for Silhouette UK.

The media I'm adding today is glitter wallpaper; NOT a Silhouette product, and obviously NOT in the list of media when you activate the Send panel.


TUTORIAL - Add new material or media to the Silhouette Studio cutting list by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine) for Silhouette UK.


Here is my step-by-step guide (I'm using version 4.1 of the Silhouette Studio® software).


1: Click the 'send' tab.

TUTORIAL - Add new material or media to the Silhouette Studio cutting list by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine) for Silhouette UK.

2: In the material list, click the down arrow to the right to reveal the list of material cut types.

TUTORIAL - Add new material or media to the Silhouette Studio cutting list by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine) for Silhouette UK.



3. Select and Click on the grey 'New Material' listing near to the bottom of the list (below 'User Defined') and Click on the '+' sign. Then type in a suitable material name (avoid duplicating existing names, or if you need to, add something before the word, such a new, my, or your initials). I typed 'Glitter Wallpaper' as it didn't already exist.

TUTORIAL - Add new material or media to the Silhouette Studio cutting list by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine) for Silhouette UK.


If there is no New Material heading in the list click on the blue '+Add New Material Type' button.

TUTORIAL - Add new material or media to the Silhouette Studio cutting list by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine) for Silhouette UK.



4.  Adjust the cut settings to suit your media. I set the blade to 2, speed to 5, force to 15, and passes to 2 (settings I had previously used).  Ensure that the symbol above the blade settings wheel is set to cut. Then click the small red 'save' button.

TUTORIAL - Add new material or media to the Silhouette Studio cutting list by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine) for Silhouette UK.



5. The new material type will now display under 'User Defined' in the list.  You can also adjust other settings if necessary:

Line Segment Overcut This makes straight corners cut with a slight overcut. Use for thicker materials or regular materials when cutting small things with lots of straight lines (has no effect on curved lines). Once ticked, the start and finish positions of the overcut can be adjusted.

Track Enhancing This moves the mat back and forth prior to cutting to make a track. Use for thicker materials where the material slips during the cutting or a second cut is misaligned.

Platform is applicable only to the Silhouette® Curio.


6. Click the 'X' at the top of the Material Settings panel to return to the regular send panel.

TUTORIAL - Add new material or media to the Silhouette Studio cutting list by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine) for Silhouette UK.


7. To choose the new media scroll down the material list and click on it.

The default cut setting is 'No Cut' so ensure you change this to 'Cut' or Cut Edge' before cutting. Check also that the Action is set to Cut and that the correct type of blade is selected. You can turn Overcut on or off here, and access the previous panel by clicking on the row of three dots.

TUTORIAL - Add new material or media to the Silhouette Studio cutting list by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine) for Silhouette UK.


8. You may need to fine-tune your settings depending on the age and condition of your mat and blade.  Test you settings once the material is loaded by clicking on the 'Test' button.  If you want to make these temporary changes available the next time you turn on your machine, click 'save'.

TUTORIAL - Add new material or media to the Silhouette Studio cutting list by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine) for Silhouette UK.


A successful test cut should look something like this (here the outer square has been removed to show the test cut).

TUTORIAL - Add new material or media to the Silhouette Studio cutting list by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine) for Silhouette UK.


9. If you have made extra unwanted 'New Material' headings, you can delete them by clicking on the '-' sign and then click the underlined red 'delete'.

TUTORIAL - Add new material or media to the Silhouette Studio cutting list by Janet Packer (Crafting Quine) for Silhouette UK.


I hope you find this a useful time-saver.  Do leave comments if you have discovered anything extra about adding new cut settings.


Bye for now,





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Saturday, 18 November 2017

Cutting very small font. Point editing.

following on from my last post, as promised here are further details on point editing.
Using the same letter in the same font as before I have made a copy to show how moving the points will affect the shape of your cut line.

Don't forget you need to ungroup letters to edit points.

once again I have used the simplify button as in the previous post to reduce the number of points along my cut path.
if I lay my simplified S over the original there is a loss of definition. This can be seen by dragging the simplified letter over the top of the original.
The blue showing behind the yellow is the original although there isn't a noticeable difference when cutting at a very small size it is nice to keep the original shape of the font.


When the point editing mode is activated, there are a number of options that will appear in the top toolbar.


click on a few of the edit points and watch how different buttons will be active depending on the lines either side of it.


 selecting button 1 will delete whichever point you have selected and move the next point in the path. Button 2 will break the path, anywhere there is a break in the cut path will be displayed as a red circle instead of a square much like a full stop. Button 3 is the corner editor. By selecting this option you can manipulate the lines on either side of any point into two independent curves.when a line is bold it indicates that that line is active and you will be making changes to it.

Button 4 will allow you to create a smooth curve through the point you have selected.You can alter the path either side of the point by clicking and dragging the blue box to a new location. 


Button 5 is the straighten make flat tool in point editing if the button is clicked the active line will automatically become a straight line. 


The next button in line button 6 is the option that allows you to make a curve you can adjust either side of the point by clicking on the blue squares that are active when a point is selected in this mode. 
If at any point you feel that it is necessary to add another point back into the path simply click on the path while in the point editing mode and a new point will be automatical be added you can then edit this new point as you would any of the original points on the path. 


The aim of point editing is to keep the shape but with as few point along the way as posable. 
Please have a practice moving the points around using this method. I always make myself a copy of my shape before I start point editing to ensure I have something to refer back to. Taking a little time to carry out this point editing will ensure you get the best cut possible. Remember if you don't like what you've just done simply press the undo button! 

Happy Crafting 





Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Unicorn Processo: Tackling a Multi Pieced Design



Hey there! Niki here today with a fun layout using one of those fabulous Unicorn Faces that I've had my eye on for ages. As usual with these fun looking multicoloured designs, they can be slightly daunting becuase they need cutting from multiple colours.

I started off by opening the design onto my mat and it appeared like this:

Then I had to work out what was what and how all the pieces fit together. I started off by using the Fill option and coloured each of the individual pieces with different colours .

Now that all the pieces are coloured, it is much easier to see how all the pieces fit together.

I arranged the design on my mat. This helped me choose the colours of the patterned paper I was going to cut all the pieces from.

Once decided, I could then separate out all the pieces onto different parts of my mat. I loaded my physical mat with several different papers and then cut the whole thing all in one go.

And this is the finished layout. My unicorn colours were inspired by the piece of paper I have around the background and I went for glitter card for the horn - of course. I built the rest of the layout using embellishments from the Shimelle Glitter Girl collection.


Thank you so much for joining me today - give this a try, you'll love the results
Happy scrapping x 


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