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Silhouette Pixscan is Awesome!

I purchased the Pixscan sheet from DesignsbyMiriam. She had a great price, shipping was super cheap, she threw in a free sketch pen, provided tracking information, and was super responsive. Thanks Miriam!

Calibration was easy; however, as a Studio v3 nube, it took me a second to find the calibration test card. To print the calibration sheet, click on “Camera Calibration” and then “Show Calibration Test Card.” Once the dots show up, click print. To finish setup, I took a photo of the test card and then uploaded it by pressing “+.” After thinking for a second, it was ready! For those seeking more directions, I’ve read that the instructions are on page 35 of the Help section in Silhouette Studio. I just followed the helpful directions that the blogger at Paper Pulse Blog posted — below is a screenshot of the menu sidebar so you can see the button that needs to be clicked to show the test card. 

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Diecuts for Stamped Images

For my first test, I used some stamps I would never want to fussy cut. I like white borders around my images and the Pixscan feature worked brilliantly! As others have noted, once you have taken a photo of the image, you can save the cut outline and create diecuts for future stamping. The Pixscan is going to bring new life to my scraps because I can use any sized paper to stamp an image.

Pixscan image

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Diecut stamped images

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Sketching on Paper Pieces

I was also very excited to try the sketching function on paper scraps and other assorted pieces. I’ve found some really neat fonts recently like La Chatte a Maman and have been looking for ways to incorporate them into my crafting. Recently, I purchased my first set of metal dies for thicker materials like the cotton paper I use for letterpress. I cut out a few too many the other day and have been wondering how I might use them. Using the sketch pen Miriam sent me, I typed out the word “laugh,” resized it for the shape, welded the letters, and then sent it to the Silhouette to sketch. I love how it turned out!

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Sketched piece

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Cutting out Embossed Images

There aren’t a ton of reviews out there yet but a few have mentioned that Silhouette Studio needs a relatively dark line for the Trace function to work effectively. I decided to experiment with an embossed image and to add to the challenge by stamping on top of a lightly patterned paper. I had to play with the trace function for a bit to get a clean cut and then offset it. The outcome though was awesome. My friend and I worked on some Christmas cards earlier this year and it was such a pain to take delicate vellum diecuts, stamp them with Versamark, put on powder, and then heat set each tiny piece. With the Pixscan, I can definitely see embossing first and then cutting the embossed sentiments out en masse.

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One note – some of you may notice that the offset on the sun was almost perfect, while the camera offset is slightly off. This is the result of user error — when I took the photo, the paper wasn’t pressed down firmly enough and had a few bubbles. I only noticed after I imported the photo into Silhouette Studio and smooshed the paper down before I sent the cut file to my Silhouette without thinking. This error though gives you a sense of how accurately PIxscan captures the position of the image on the scan. 

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Italy Summer Vacation Mini Travel Book

I just put the finishing touches on a minibook of our 11-day trip to Italy in May. Below are most of the supplies I used sans a few things like pens, sticker embellishments, and my hole punch; I also used my Canon Selphy to print out some of the photos towards the end after we got home. Everything fit into a 0.75 gallon ziplock bag which was super handy throughout the trip. It was so convenient to spread everything out and put it back in the bag that I even scrapped on the train!

I also brought my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher and Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue.

I also brought my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher and Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue.

Some notes for others planning to scrap on holiday.

  • I used two 6×6 acetate sheets that I bought off of ebay for the covers. The rings are 1.5 inches in diameter. The pink hole punch/brad attacher from WE R Memory Keepers made it easy to punch holes through the sheets.
  • I stored all my memorabilia in a slim pouch that was tucked into my backpack. Making sure that everything was stored carefully in order made assembling the book very easy.
  • Editing images to overcome the blown out look of the instax printer photos was a breeze with Snapseed. The “Ambience” setting led to some awesome print outs.
  • I love the instax printer. Although I wasn’t able to finish my travel album during the trip, I was able to capture highlights and little details. Best part of the printer is the sharing aspect. I was scrapping on the train from Rome to Florence and the ticket guy asked me to photography and print out pictures for his best friend. Although i don’t understand much Italian, I think he really liked the device because he came back and posed with another buddy. 🙂
  • Put everything back in the bag when you’re done in the evening so you stay organized and don’t lose anything!

This post is pic heavy. Hope you enjoy!

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Letterpress Class – Take Two

After a crummy experience with Paper Source’s letterpress class, I wanted to show my friend Wendy that paper crafting really can be fun. So we had a letterpress class at my house last weekend. I recently received a lot of Studio Calico’s letterpress plates but after looking through my supplies, Wendy decided she really loved the designs from my emboss folders so we used those instead.
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We tried the letterpress on different paper weights. Last year, my friend Eloise brought me to Ink and Paper, a paper store in LA that sells amazing scraps of heavy cotton paper. These scraps are left over from large letterpress orders. Though they may no longer work for the letterpress machines, they’re definitely large enough for paper crafters. You can learn more about the store from this really neat Vimeo video. The owner is so kind and you can tell he really loves paper. He also sold me so many scraps for a pittance. The paper is thicker, plusher, and cheaper than the thickest Lifestyle Crafts paper and I tried to pay him more for the supplies I purchased but he declined. IMG_0070

After our lunch break, we started assembling cards using the Studio Calico kits I got back in February. To avoid fussy cutting, I stamped all the stamps we liked in black versamark ink onto a white sheet of paper, scanned the sheet, and used the scanned images to create a cut file.

It’s probably super obvious to others but just in case, please note that this stamp-scan-cut method works easiest with see-through stamps. For example, it was not easy aligning the Amy Tangerine’s new Plus One woodblock Happy Place stamp on the die cut. Luckily, it still turned out pretty awesome.

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The design below is from my favorite lifestyle crafts emboss folder. I’m always so thrilled about how crisply it embosses – it makes even the simplest cards look amazing.
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Amy Tangerine Embroidery Stitch Kit Review – Yes Please!

I love seeing embroidery on scrapbook pages and cards but it never seemed like something I could get into because I really have no space for another large gadget. Twenty years ago, I begged my mom to buy me one of those handheld sewing machines and it sucked. I’m sure the technology has evolved but I dunno. I could probably be convinced if someone came out with a machine that is 9 inches tall and baby turquoise-colored. Until then, I’ve found a super rad way to add stitching to my pages – Amy Tangerine’s Stitch Kit!

I saw the kits while browsing at Paper Source a few weeks ago. I got the “Yes Please” kit which has clouds, arrows, a camera and other cute shapes. It’s a really simple idea and I probably could have made my own version but the kit makes everything so easy. I’m pretty terrible at sewing stuff but for some reason, this kit is awesome. It’s super relaxing and easy. Even though it’s somewhat time consuming for a newbie like me, it’s very relaxing. Thank youTube for teaching me about back stitches! This video from Amy Tangerine was really helpful for a complete sewing noob like me.

The kit comes with two transparent plastic stitch pattern sheets, a small mat and hole poker for poking holes, and a craft thread inserted into three large needles.

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Embroidery Hole Poker

Some examples of the handiwork:

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I’ve already run out of most of the craft thread that came with the kit and found some replacement thread at Walmart. I’ve been so thrilled by the results of using the stencils on my projects that I started making my own alphabet stencils. So fun!

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A faster way to put together a scrapbook page

I usually make cards and have been trying to break into scrapbook pages for a long time. However, it usually takes me months – with many pauses in between – to make a scrapbook page because I try to make all the embellishments with my Silhouette cutter. By the time I’ve made all the intricate embellishments, I have no energy left to actually put together the page. Pre-made embellishments are obviously the solution – most of these come from an Amy Tangerine set. Voila – two hours from start to finish.