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Cut@Home Blog - Scrapbooking & Card Making Ideas

“Toadally” Easy Layout Using Silhouette Cameo!

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

I love scrapbooking, but I must love taking pictures more, because I have literally HUNDREDS of photos still waiting to be put on pages, which makes this “Toadally” easy layout using the Silhouette Cameo wonderful, since I just don’t have the time to create fancy pages all of the time. I mean, who really does? Maybe a feature page once in a while, but heck, I would rather have my photos in books where the memories can be looked at instead of tucked away unnoticed in a box somewhere!

If you are in the same boat as I am, then I highly recommend getting together with some of your neighbors, friends or family to have a scrapbook exchange! I have mentioned this before, but I am telling you again, that it is very beneficial because you only have to come up with one idea, duplicate it times the number of people in your group. My group currently has 9, so when we exchange, I come away with 9 different ideas (including the one I did)! It’s great!

There have been a couple of women in our group who don’t really scrapbook, but they want to do their books, so their pages have been pretty simple. That is okay because I can always add embellishments if I want to spice them  up a little more! The whole point is to share ideas, layouts and each others company for a couple hours every 3 months!You can determine with your group how often you want to meet.

For my pages I used my Silhouette Cameo and purchased the Frog, Log and Dragonfly from the Silhouette Store. Total cost for those images was $2.97.  Not to shabby. I love that I can just purchase the images I want!

I purchased the pattern paper at our local Scrapbook Expo last month in packs of 25 from Doodlebug Design. I LOVED the frogs and had my layout epiphany when I spotted it. Unfortunately, I just did not have the time to do EVERYTHING I had planned for the layout, but that is just how life goes. I can add  to it later (if I remember). For the exchange, I don’t usually go all out anyway, because it’s a lot of work for that many pages.


I was so excited to receive my designer samples of the Die D-Lites from Spellbinders because low and behold, there were the S2-002 Cattails! PERFECT to use with my layout! I also used Spellbinders S4-385 Little Leaf Set on the log. Add a little ink, some eyes and red card stock behind the mouth as well as some photo mats to break up the pattern, and I called it good! In the end, all I really want is something fun to feature my “Toadally” cut grandkids!

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!




Amazingly Sleek, Smaller Silhouette Portrait!

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

We are very excited to announce the upcoming release of our newest electronic cutting tool—the amazingly sleek, smaller Silhouette Portrait™. The Portrait is a smaller, lighter version of the popular Silhouette CAMEO®. But, while it’s smaller in size, the Portrait is feature-rich.

The Silhouette Portrait™ has the same motor and cutting mechanism as the CAMEO, yet the entire unit weighs only 3.5 pounds. The Portrait can cut all the same types of materials that the CAMEO can (including all Silhouette branded materials) and includes a cutting mat that will accept Letter (8.5 in x 11 in) and A4 sized sheet goods. Like the CAMEO, the portrait has an optical scanner so it can be used with a home printer to create print & cut projects. Of course, the Portrait also includes our powerful Silhouette Studio® software—allowing users to create their own designs and cut the fonts already installed on their computers.

Perhaps the most appealing feature of the new Silhouette Portrait™ is the low cost. With an MSRP of just $199.99, the Portrait will appeal to customers who want a quality electronic cutting tool at an amazing price.

Both the Silhouette Portrait™ and the Silhouette CAMEO® will be offered concurrently. That way, consumers can choose between the extra features of the CAMEO (wider cutting surface, LCD display, SD card compatibility) or the lower price and portability of the Portrait.

The Portrait connects to your computer, allowing you the freedom to cut all your own fonts, download thousands of designs from the Silhouette Online Store, or design shapes of your own with the included software.

The Portrait is designed around the standard 8.5 x 11″ dimensions of sheet materials. All Silhouette products, including heat transfer vinyl, are available in a size compatible with the Portrait. The Portrait can handle 9″ media but has an 8″ cutting area. The Portrait also has the same motor as the Cameo. This means it has the same cutting capabilities as the Cameo, including the cutting speed, down force pressure, 10 feet cutting length, and contour cutting ability!

The Silhouette Portrait ships with the following important items:

  • Silhouette Portrait electronic die-cutting tool
  • USB cable
  • Instructional DVD
  • 8 x 12″ cutting mat
  • $10.00(USD) download card
  • A/C adapter and power cable
  • Silhouette Studio software.
  • Compatible with XP/Vista/7 and Mac OS X 10.5.8 and higher
  • Instruction manual
  • Adjustable blade with ratchet cap
  • 50 exclusive digital designs

Please note this is a special order item and cannot be returned or refunded.

Approximate size: 16.26 x 5.5 x 4.5″

If you have been searching for an affordable die cutting machine that will fit in a small space, with no need for cartridges or dies, which allows the freedom to cut your own images and fonts downloaded on your computer, this is the machine for you! This machine will enable you to create your scrapbook or card embellishments with minimal effort.

Available now for Pre-Order! You can pre-order the Silhouette Portrait HERE!

For more information about the Silhouett Portrait, please watch the following videos!

Here is a quick comparison between the Silhouette Cameo and Silhouette Portrait.

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


How To Use Spellbinders and Quickutz Dies In The Vagabond!

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Okay, so I have been asked many times if you can use wafer thin dies in the Sizzix Vagabond machine by Tim Holtz and the answer is YES! So we have two videos on how to use Spellbinders and Quickutz dies in the Vagabond along with other popular wafer thin dies!

You will need to purchase item #657160 Sizzix Solo Wafer Thin Die Adapter to be able to cut wafer thin dies in the Vagabond machine. You can find the Solo Platform & Shim HERE.

To emboss Spellbinders dies you will need either the #W-023 Spellbinders Tan Embossing Mats or #404 No More Shims Embossing Mat  to get that beautiful embossed die cut.

Cutting sandwich:

Solo Platform

Solo Shim

Solo Wafer Thin Die Adapter

Cutting Plate


Paper or Card stock

Cutting Plate

Embossing sandwich for Spellbinders dies will vary depending on which embossing mat you choose to use.

For use with the W-023 Spellbinders Tan Embossing Mats- Remove Solo Wafer Thin Die Adapter from your sandwich and lay the mat on top of your die with the paper still inside of it. Replace top cutting pad on top of mat.

For use with the No More Shims Embossing Mat- Remove only the bottom cutting plate from the sandwich, add the mat on top of the die and paper, and replace top cutting plate on top of the mat.

It is very easy, but I have included both videos so you can see exactly how it is done. I just hope you are having a better day than I did on the day I shot these. I kept forgetting the bottom cutting plate! DUH!

This first one shows Quickutz and the second video demonstrates Spellbinders.

Have fun with your Vagabond machine and those wafer thin dies!

Comon’ back tomorrow for more pics and videos from the CHA Show!

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!





Silhouette Cameo Die Cutting Machine Update!

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Wow! We have gotten an absolutely phenomenal response in pre-orders for the Silhouette Cameo! We have filled our first scheduled shipment coming in next week and are currently filling the second shipment scheduled for the first week in November! That is awesome!

I am so excited to get this machine in! I got to see it at CHA in July and I was really impressed with the size and its capabilities! It is really a fabulous machine! I was really impressed with the capability to make your own paper lace for scrapbooking as well as the larger size for vinyl decor. It was really exciting!

If you are wanting to order this machine in time for Christmas, now is the time to get your order in as Silhouette America is now giving us an ETA of the first week in November depending on the number of orders. It could soon be the second week in November and so on!

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


Silhouette Cameo For Paper Crafting And Vinyl Cutting!

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Are you ready for this? We are busy getting ready for our first shipment of Silhouette Cameo’s from Silhouette America to arrive! They will be shipping to us the end of this week-beginning of next. If you haven’t got your pre-order in, you will want to order right away because Pre-orders ship first!

We are so excited for this machine as it is an electronic cutting tool for personal use. Like a home printer, it plugs into your PC or Mac with a simple USB cable. However, instead of printing it uses a small blade to cut paper, cardstock, vinyl, fabric and more up to 12″ wide and 10 feet long. The machine also boasts a quiet motor and the ability to register and cut printed materials. Now, that is one handy machine!

It comes with the following items:

Silhouette electronic cutting tool
Silhouette Studio® software for Windows XP/Vista/7 and Mac OS X 10.5.8 and higher
51 exclusive cuttable designs
Power cable, USB cable
12″ cutting mat
Cutting blade
$10 gift card to the Silhouette Online Store
basic instruction guide

*Please note this is a special order item and cannot be returned or refunded.

I have friends who own the Silhouette SD and they love their machines, but the Cameo will be able to do so much more with the 12″ cutting surface! This is really an amazing machine and we offer it at an amazing price of $269.99! Need I say more?

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!



Making Memories Slice Machine Tips!

Monday, August 8th, 2011

I get a lot of questions about the Making Memories Slice Machines from customers, so I thought that it may be helpful for you if I put some of the most commonly asked questions and answers in the Blog today. I hope that this will be informative for those who are looking to buy one of these machines and for those who own one, but have questions!

The most frequently asked question comes from our wonderful International customers!  They want to know if they can buy the Slice Machines from the US even though there are machines made specifically for 220v that are available in their own country?

Answer: Making Memories does not recommend that you purchase the machines made for the US as the power sources are different.  Using a US machine made for 110v with a power adapter for 220v will void the warranty! We recommend that you purchase these particular machines in your own country so you will have the benefits of your warranty if something does go wrong!

Question: What is the difference between the Slice and Slice Elite Cordless Digital Design Cutter?

Answer: The Slice Elite has a hardware upgrade which allows the Elite to cut more precise, 40% faster and twice as deep. Cut textured cardstock, vellum, vinyl, acetate, foam sheets, thin metal sheets and photos up to 1mm thick. Cut 1 inch to 4 inch designs in 1/2 inch increments anywhere on any size media. Scroll through hundreds of designs with the push of a button; a large 2 inch window allows a preview of the shapes before cutting.

Question: Can the Slice Design Cards be used with all of the  Slice Design Cutters?

Answer: Yes! All of the Design Cards can be used in any of the Design Cutters, although some of the more intricate paper designs may not cut well with fabric.

Question: Can the Slice Elite cut Fabric or Felt?

Answer: Yes! You will want to use the Slice Fusible Web (sold separately) to hold the shape of the fabric while cutting.

Basically, the Slice Elite and Slice Fabrique Cordless Fabric Cutter are the same machine, but the Fabrique was designed for the Quilting market.

I hope this answers some of your questions about the different Slice Machines!

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


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