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Posted 5/7/2013 by rosedotson in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 425,734
June 2009
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Loc: virginia

Posted: 5/7/2013 1:57:31 PM
need some feedback. I have been sitting here with a cameo in my shopping basket for half the morning and cant make up my mind I have the expression 2 but this was going to be my mothers day gift. My problem is i do ok with just picking an image from a cartridge and hitting cut but the silhouette scares me because it looks like you have to be more computer savvy, reason i am considering it is i am tired of buying cartridges and they havent even come out with one i would want in ages

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PeaNut 180,263
December 2004
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Loc: Arkansas

Posted: 5/7/2013 2:14:04 PM
Do NOT be scared of it. I have the Portrait, not the Cameo but still the same idea. I also have a baby bug and CE. I will never look back! I love picking just 1 shape. I also love grabbing the free shape every week. AND just last week, they had a 50% off sale. So with a sub you went twice as far picking out images. It has just a slight bit of a learning curve but go cruise out the videos on youtube. Excellent stuff out there.

I have only had a bit of an issue with my Portrait and mat not seeming to line up. It doesn't normally matter except I was trying to cram as much on a mat as possible on Saturday and it didn't seem to load the mat correctly. I am sure it was operator issues. The machine itself is a wonderful thing!!

mom to 3 great kiddos - 21, 19, 16

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PeaNut 7,042
October 2000
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Posted: 5/7/2013 2:20:31 PM
I've had a Cameo for a couple of weeks now. I LOVE it! I can't imagine going back to the Cricut! The cut file options are limitless & don't break the bank, also so many free files out there.
I've been using SCAL for a few years so I kinda had an idea how to use the software. It didn't take long to adjust. There are all kinds of videos out there on any Cameo subject that will help you learn anything about it. Cameo users love to share & help you out, too.


PeaNut 70,498
February 2003
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Loc: Ontario, Canada

Posted: 5/7/2013 2:22:49 PM
You will not be disappointed. It is very user friendly and the possbilities are endless with what you can do. I use it for titles all the time.


PeaNut 225,620
October 2005
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Posted: 5/7/2013 2:29:08 PM
They are really not hard at all. It might seem overwhelming at first .. but start with something simple and progress from there.

SO many user groups on Facebook! You can get almost instant help from them.

I can't begin to say how much I love the Print & Cut. It took just a few times to figure it out, but once I mastered it... It is amazing!

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PeaNut 120,686
December 2003
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Loc: Isanti, MN

Posted: 5/7/2013 2:42:26 PM
My cameo should be arriving tomorrow. I've watched the videos and ready to go. Someone posted a review and said that if you have used Publisher you should have no problems. I use publisher daily to document activities in my preschool classroom. I hope I am set up tomorrow night and cutting away.

Sylvia in MN


PeaNut 551,978
April 2012
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Loc: Canada

Posted: 5/7/2013 5:17:14 PM
The software is free to download, and there are free shapes... Why not download the software and play around with it... Try making your own shapes, tracing an image, using the text feature... It'll give you a sense of what the computer side of it is like... I'm not computer savvy either - don't do Photoshop, any computer design stuff, or digital scrapbooking, and I found it really easy to use right off the bat... Plus there's lots of great tutorials and videos on Silhouette's website, Youtube, and here, that if you want to start doing more complicated things with it there's lots of guidance...

It's a bit of gateway drug though - now I use digital stamps, use printables, and am even starting to learn about photo editing


PeaNut 425,734
June 2009
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Loc: virginia

Posted: 5/8/2013 12:40:30 AM
thanks for the feedback guys i think i am going to get it from hallmark scrapbooks it is $229. They had a bundle deal today on scrapbook but i missed it they did still have the portrait though
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