My New Silhouette

Silhouette cut headlineI bought myself a new toy for my birthday a few weeks back:  a Silhouette SD.  I don’t invest in new paper or supplies that often and I’m determined to make the most of what I have.  This was a huge scrapbooking purchase so I thought I’d share with you!

Lately have been cutting a lot more headlines.  As in, I would cut them by handWith an x-acto knife.  It would take forever, my hand would get sore, and I couldn’t do a perfect job.  The little nicks and hard corners in some of my letters really bothered me.  I thought about the wedding scrapbook coming up and how I would probably want cut headlines for all of those pages.  Plus, I do a lot of paper crafting and would definitely use it for more than scrapbooking.

Scrapbook headline cut by handThe Silhouette SD is a digital cutting machine that hooks up to your computer.  I chose the Silhouette as opposed to other cutters because I can cut fonts I already have, design my own patterns and won’t need to buy expensive cartridges*.  Always one to embrace a trend late in the game**, I bought the Silhouette SD on sale because Silhouette is introducing a newer, larger machine.  I talked with their customer service and confirmed that they will still be selling parts and supporting the SD.

Scrapbook headline cut with Silhouette SDI’m excited to be able to share my trials and tribulations with you!  I am not affiliated with Silhouette and they are not paying me to post about the machine.  Therefore, you can expect my uncensored opinion.  I’m already BFF’s with their customer service department because I had some issues with the cutting mats and they sent me some new ones.

Back to the scrapbook!

Silhouette SD*Ah yes, doesn’t Silhouette have an online store where you can buy new shapes?  Isn’t it a slippery slope just like buying cartridges?  I don’t think so.  I can import my own images into the program and cut my own shapes.  I received a $10 download gift card with the machine and haven’t touched it yet.

**As in, I never watched the Sopranos until the show was cancelled.  Then I watched it all on DVD and couldn’t wait to discuss plotlines with my coworkers by the watercooler the next day.  Oh wait.

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14 thoughts on “My New Silhouette

  1. oooh!!! how exciting! I hope you continue to be happy with your decision– I chose the Silhouette for the same reasons as you!

    • I got my machine for Christmas in 2009, and I still haven’t purchased any shapes from the store!! (though they do give away a free file — cut/sketch/rhinestone/print-and-cut in the store each week)… I either design my own or use dingbats-type fonts when I want shapes. Oh, and check out Kerri Bradford’s blog– she occasionally has simple shapes as free downloads that are really nice.

      • Thanks for the suggestions! I usually check out the free shape of the week but haven’t seen anything I really need yet. I’ll check out Kerri’s blog!

  2. I love my silhouette! So totally worth the money. I had a subscription to the online store and would get stuff just to use up my credit each month. I don’t use half of what I have picked up so you’re not really missing much.And I’ve never bought any of Kerri’s stuff but I love her stuff. Her stuff always inspires me to create my own stuff. :) Well, I haven’t designed my own shapes so much, but I do love to create my own titles. :)

    • I think it is going to pay for itself in terms of time and money very shortly. As far as doing my own shapes, I’ve been importing jpg files into the Studio and tracing them, it’s worked really well!

  3. I can’t wait to see what you make with it. I decided if I buy an electronic die-cutting machine, it would be Silhouette. I still don’t think I would use one enough to justify the cost, but then I don’t hand-cut a lot of things for my scrapbook pages.

    • I will definitely let you know! I don’t buy packages of letters, so I think I’ll be leaning on it heavily along with a combination of lettering with a pen directly on the page and printing captions.

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