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Posted 11/17/2011 by devildog in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 11/17/2011 8:38:14 AM
I know there's a couple of threads re: the subscriptions right now, but I didn't want to hijack those, so I wanted to start a new thread.

I toyed with getting a subscription, but for me, I just don't think I could pick that many designs every month to use. I love my machine, but I cut onsey, twosie (are those words?) here and there, so I like being able to just pick something every once in a while.

I understand lots of people use their machine more than I do, and in a lot of different ways than I do, so I can see the justification for a lot of people. But if there's anyone that sounds like they use their machine like me, and bought a subscription, did you regret it?

Also, I see lots of posts with people with thousands of images. How do you begin to keep track of all of that? I get easily overwhelmed when I have too many choices and can't see ever having that many; I know...never say never, right? But how do you begin to filter through, and choose, when you have so many choices? Do you really use all of them?



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Posted: 11/17/2011 8:56:41 AM
Let me just say that I have 10,000 designs. That means that there are well over 10,000 designs in the store to choose from, you don't just have to get the new releases every month.
My excuse was when I first got the Silhouette, they had an unlimited download subscription!
Now you don't have to get the $20 a month for $150 in designs. But there are smaller subscriptions where it maybe cheaper for you then getting the downloads seperately.


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Posted: 11/17/2011 9:01:40 AM
Natalie, I don't have a subscription, but I seem to use my sill like you do. I purchase a specific shape for a certain project (though I do get the free shape every week - never miss a freebie, right?)

I also try to get images I may actually use again. Thousands of shapes? Doesn't make sense to me either. But, as you say, others use theirs differently to us. Though I do use mine for almost every LO, it is mostly for titles.

I don't see a subscription being cost-effective for me. But I DO see the attraction of being able to buy whatever catches your eye
Maybe become a hoarder of sill shapes?




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Posted: 11/17/2011 9:28:40 AM
I just started with a subscription. I do sort of regret it, but I do enjoy being able to go through and get any that I might be able to use. Plus, when my sister and friends come down to scrap, I can let them pick out any that they want and they won't feel guilty. I figure that within the year of the subscription, I will download almost anything I might use, then I will cancel the subscription, or go to a lower level and just get a few here and there.

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Posted: 11/17/2011 9:35:54 AM
Well, I don't think I am necessarily in the same boat....I love having lots of options . However, you might be able to use the same mentality as me with a subscription. I decided that I would sign up to stock up on the basic shapes/borders....things that I can use over and over again. Although I will miss it when I end my subscription, I only plan to keep it for the year.

However, it sounds like the smaller subscription might be the best route for you (if you decide to subscribe). I went with the largest and love being able to go nuts in the Silhouette store .

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Posted: 11/17/2011 9:38:11 AM
I had a Silhouette for years without a subscription. It was only in 2010 that I noticed I was downloading more than one or two shapes every few months. I kept track of my purchases for the last part of 2010 and realized I would benefit from the entry level subscription. The next time a sale was on, I upgraded to the next level. The nice thing about the subscription is that I don't mind buying some shapes that I will use only once.

I'm not sure how many shapes I have currently. The Studio software allows you to create folders to organize your shapes. That really helps me find things easier.

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Posted: 11/17/2011 9:44:16 AM

However, you might be able to use the same mentality as me with a subscription. I decided that I would sign up to stock up on the basic shapes/borders....things that I can use over and over again.


Is there a penalty for ending the subscription early, or is that even an option?

One big reason for my hesitation is that I learned long ago, when I first started scrapping, for me the best route to is buy things as I go; i.e., with upcoming specific projects in mind. When I first started scrapping I was buying anything and everything that I loved and caught my eye, but had no idea what I was going to use it for. And in the end, I ended up with tons of supplies that I never ended up using, kwim? I can see finding myself in that same spot with these designs. I see so many designs I love, but can't even imagine what I'd use them for, or maybe "some day" I'll use it, and I don't want to use credits because I have to on designs I might use.

Just thinking out loud here, I guess.

Thanks for sharing.


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Posted: 11/17/2011 10:20:52 AM
Is it possible for me to purchase a subscription and us it on two different computers? I bought a original silhouette that I will donate to my daughters school and I am now looking to buy a SD for myself. Can I allow the school, where I do crafts weekly with the 2 classes, use my subscription?

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Posted: 11/17/2011 10:30:44 AM
I have over 8000 designs. I have the premium sub which is $150 a month.

Right now, I have $400+ worth of designs on my wish list.

Within my library, I make my own folders. Obviously there I can also use the search function but I have about 20 folders made and every time I download or make my own design, I store it away.

Will I ever use that many designs, who knows! I have had my Sil since they first came out. I can tell you that I use it a lot.

On my DD pages alone between designing my pages and printing embellishments, I used probably 30-40 different designs.

I have learned how to get the most of my designs by turning regular cutting files into modified print and cut files. Plus, I have become quite good at welding several different designs together and making one new design.

Such as, my holiday cards, I used a plain card base and then added a decorative border along the edge. I then took a regular cut file of ornaments and colored it and turned it into a print and cut file. I made a smaller rectangle (smaller than my card base for dimension) and colored it in with a contrasting pattern and then layered the ornaments on top of that and then added a sentiment.

The card base will be cut and the whole decorative part will be printed together as one piece and then cut to adhere on the card.

Anyway, I have kids so I use it a lot to make treat boxes and bags, banners, cards, invitations, etc. Both of my kids have also used it and a few friends of mine come over here and there and use it.

I very rarely if ever purchase premade embellishments anymore and haven't really for years. I think the only thing I have really purchased are buttons which I love and I know I have saved a ton by making my own items with supplies I already have on hand.


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Posted: 11/17/2011 10:45:40 AM

Is it possible for me to purchase a subscription and us it on two different computers? I bought a original silhouette that I will donate to my daughters school and I am now looking to buy a SD for myself. Can I allow the school, where I do crafts weekly with the 2 classes, use my subscription?



hi! if they are both your own computers you can do a "recover images" and put them on both computers. i have an iMac and a MBP so I want to access all my images on both of them and that's how i do it. as far as the school using it, I think that would be against the store policy and might cause you a problem down the road. maybe someone else has thoughts on this?


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Posted: 11/17/2011 10:47:23 AM
mebarnet: it sounds like you've really learned to use your machine to the fullest. And when I hear what you do with your machine, and using 30-40 designs for LO's, I can definitely see where a subscription would be the way to go.

For me, for now at least, I'm a simple nelly and will cut maybe a title and a tag, or something like that, for a page. And if I only do 1, maybe 2 LO's a week if I'm lucky, I couldn't even see using that many.

I think it's wonderful there are options for all of us out there though. I love the fact that we can buy only the shapes we want and if we buy a lot, get a discount, but if we only buy a little, it's very affordable.

Gawd, I really love this machine, the store and it's software.


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Posted: 11/17/2011 10:52:36 AM
I really don't regret my subscription at all. I signed up for the lowest plan and am very happy. For less than $8.00 a month(I signed up during a sale), I get $25.00 worth of designs. When there's a 75 cent sale, my dollar goes even further.

For me...it's quite easy to spend my design dollars...but I really wouldn't need more.

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Posted: 11/17/2011 10:54:44 AM
Natalie......I hear ya, and wish i had your restraint! I still shop mostly on a whim, and I'm fine with it. I belong to one kit club and do some other online shopping and try to keep it in check. I don't buy Coach or other designer bags anymore......plus I don't work, so I pick and choose carefully! Anyway, I got my SD in april, so I don't have that many images, but I got the middle sub on a 20% discount, so it's a really great deal. I actually run out of credits every month since I'm trying to build my library.
As far as managing a large library.....it's super easy. You don't even need folders if you don't want. The search feature in the library is AMAZINGLY BRILLIANT!!! Type in anything and all the shapes pop up to view! I took a Silhouette 101 class at MCC and the instructor who has 9000 images doesn't even use but a couple folders. It just takes a lot of extra time to separate the images. I do have folders....lots of them, and have been putting them in folders from the start, but now I find it's mostly a waste of time since I took the class and started using "search".
Since the sub gives you images for about $.14-.$.20 and you pay $.99 with "cash", it would be easy to figure out if it's worth it to get a sub. I'm pretty sure there will be a sub deal coming soon and you can start with the lowest sub and see how it goes. You can always upgrade if you want, but you can't downgrade. As far as a penalty for ending it early, I don't think you can. I think you are agreeing to a full year regardless if you use it or not.
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Posted: 11/17/2011 11:54:36 AM
Thanks everyone for sharing. I'll continue to think about it and wait for a sale to make up my mind.



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Posted: 11/17/2011 12:21:26 PM
I am one who kind of regrets getting a subscription. I have the smallest one, got it when it was on sale, and I still have to remember to go in there once a month and use it. I think it all depends on how you use your Silhouette and how often. I don't use it for every layout. I can go a long time without using it, but when I do, I cut a lot of stuff. I already know I won't renew my sub when it expires. I don't think you can get out of it early.

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Posted: 11/17/2011 1:35:01 PM
I've never had a subscription. I think I've only ever paid for about 4 files from the Silhouette site. Why pay for files when you can get very similar ones offered free on various websites.
These are ones designed by individuals who offer them for free.

I have ... errr don't know how many but it must be in the thousands. I have so many I forget what I have and most I haven't used.

I've decided to remove many and just download ones I want to use for specific projects or I know I'm going to use regularly.


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Posted: 11/17/2011 1:44:33 PM
I have two questions for you guys. I just ordered the cameo and cannot wait for it to get here.

1. Is there a certain time when the subscriptions go on sale?

2. Where do you store all your files?


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Posted: 11/17/2011 3:20:33 PM
Subscriptions tend to go on sale at least 4 times a year. Same with shapes. The past two years, subscriptions AND shapes have been on sale the weekend of Black Friday and last year, the SD was also on sale.

Very rarely do subs and shapes go on sale at the same time though I have noticed, it is generally one of the other plus a discount off on some of the accessories.

The shapes are stored on your computer and they are accessed through the "My Library" feature in your software. If you have designs you have downloaded from other places or designed yourself with other software, simply open Studio, go to File - Open and find the file and open it up. Then you can go back to File - Save to Library and it will show up there with all of your other files.

Honestly with as nuts as I am now, I went 18 months WITHOUT a subscription. I had an unlimited so I had pretty much everything that was out there. Then took 18 months off. Then in June of this year when their 4th of July sale was going on I renewed and went nuts downloading all of the designs I had missed.

That was a promise I made to myself when I got the subscription again, that I was going to use it more. Now, it sits right on my desk behind my laptop but where it can be seen!

One of my goals this year not only was to get scrapping and get caught up but to actually use what I have and start using through my stash and the Silhouette is a great help with that!


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Posted: 11/17/2011 3:57:33 PM
No way do I regret getting my premium subscription! I use my credits every month and have a wish list with shapes I think I want. I love the shapes in the store-I haven't been able to find freebies that I like as much so the subscription works for me!


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Posted: 11/17/2011 4:29:42 PM
I have to admit that I kind of regret the subscription. I don't use my silhouette all that frequently because I just don't have time to scrapbook right now. I got the lowest one when it was on sale for like 20% off, and I plan to only keep it for the year. I do like going through an finding things I think I will use, but I sometimes forget to go download stuff. I actually had some credits expire because I forgot to go in and use them one month.


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Posted: 11/17/2011 8:08:38 PM
I have the cheapest sub (and I paid 8.00 for it) and I think it is worth it. I get 25 shapes a month (or more, when I buy on clearance or sale)- and I figure I would at least be buying 8 shapes a month anyway- so why not just get a sub? I like that you can roll it over and save for months when you feel like spending more.

As for the poster that said there are many for free- my problem with that is that I got a terrible virus (and I have good virus protection on my computer) from a free site linked here. Also, I have tried to find free shapes and it just takes so much time- the Silhouette store is so easy to use and find what I am looking for. I figure my time is worth something. And I haven't found any free shapes better than what is in the store. I love that the store has shapes that match so many paper lines too- and I am sure they will keep adding designers as the Cameo takes over the scrapping world!

Everyone has to decide what is best for them though.



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Posted: 11/17/2011 8:23:32 PM
My year long subscription ended in July and I haven't renewed it. I've been out of a job since August, so I cut out my "fun" expenses and this was one of them. I don't use my SD a ton, but I love it. I currently have 1,400+ designs and I usually see about 5-10 each week of new releases that I want to get, but don't (at least not yet!)

I do craft shows in the fall/winter months and have a shop on Etsy, and I definitely use my SD in creating projects for these. My favorites are the different tag shapes!


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Posted: 11/17/2011 9:47:06 PM
I don't regret having the subscription. Mine just expired and I've decided to not renew it for now. We'll see what I decide though when a good sale comes along!

I found that I used the Sil mostly for doing titles and not much for doing images or shapes.

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Posted: 11/17/2011 10:06:09 PM
I have had my Silhouette for years and had an unlimited sub for one year (doesn't exist anymore) and then the smallest/ cheapest one for one year. Both times I paid up front for the year and made sure I got my $ worth! I think if it's new to you it's totally worth it to build up your collection, then you can switch to paying as you go after that. No regrets, have fun!


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