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.


A Funeral for My Scissors

Let’s take a moment today to remember a dearly departed tool from my craft table: my favorite scissors. My only scissors. I’m not kidding. These are the only scissors I use.

I didn’t even buy these. My mom bought them for herself and used them for a couple of years before giving them to me. That was over 14 years ago. I’ve been using them ever since. The same pair. Now you can see why I’m sad.

What’s so great about them? They are spring-loaded. They are comfortable to hold in your hand and the spring lets the scissors do the work for you. Scissor-induced hand cramps are non-existent for me! Fiskars makes these with longer blades which are great for cutting fabric. I prefer the smaller set. Most of my work is paper-related and I have to make intricate cuts.

I’ve been in denial for quite some time. The spring came undone once. I fixed it. The spring broke in one place but was still usable and I hardly noticed. I finally admitted defeat when the spring broke in a second place.

Busted spring. Not bad for 14 years.

Let’s pause and observe a moment of silence.


What’s a girl to do? You think I would branch out and try something new. Nope, I took an always-available 40% off coupon to Michael’s and got myself a new pair. Aren’t they lovely?

Brand new pair!

They have made some improvements in the 14 or so years since my original set came out. But they are generally the same thing.

And would you look at that: they are endorsed by the Arthritis Foundation.

I love them!


These scissors can be found here at Fiskars, Amazon, or at your favorite craft/fabric store.