I spend so much time figuring out how to make custom paper craft items that it never ceases to amaze me when I hear that people spend a ton of money on plain die cut images. The other week, I was showing my mother-in-law all the things she wouldn’t have to buy anymore if she had the Silhouette or a similar device. From titles to images cut in the perfect size and shape for her layout, she was really blown away by the idea that she could create her own titles and use it right away rather than waiting a week to receive an item after finding someone on etsy or ebay to customize it for her.
I know that the Silhouette software isn’t for everyone, but learning some of the most basic functions can save you so much money and create something very unique. For example, the card below is for one of my dearest friends. I’d created a mini-kit of papers and embellisgments and coordinated a color scheme for this card long before her special day. When I found the perfect font, I was able to whip this card up in less than 20 minutes from start to finish.
I also used my homemade kit to create a custom gift box for her gift, which was a necklace. I love these bows and save them for special occasions.
I love my Silhouette and I’m so happy I could introduce my MIL to it. Hopefully we can help her master basics that will help her customize her layouts AND save money!
on a tangent…
The ink for the “—THE BEST—” sentiment is Hero Arts’ new Ultra Pink. It’s my favorite ink pad from the entire Shadow line. I recently got some Epson Ultra-Premium paper and I can’t believe how different this ink will appear on different types of paper. The circle camera image and the “You+Me” bird were both stamped in the same ink but on different paper — the bird is on the Epson paper. The circle image is in a page protector but the color is just the same in real life. Isn’t that awesome?!