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Posted 2/9/2014 by scrapgal123 in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 411,006
February 2009
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Loc: South Florida

Posted: 2/9/2014 7:04:09 AM
I just received my machine, where should I start? Any recommendations on videos/sites to start?


PeaNut 3,602
April 2000
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Loc: Massachusetts

Posted: 2/9/2014 7:29:52 AM
Go to Kerri Bradford's site and take her beginner class. It is the best for teaching you everything you need in a progressive way. It is so worth the money. Easier than chasing videos and blogs all over the place.

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PeaNut 272,954
August 2006
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Posted: 2/9/2014 7:35:54 AM
YouTube videos would probably be a good place to start.

Take a little time to read all instructions carefully. Do NOT throw away anything plastic. Money the foam packing things get thrown away. If it is blue plastic, it stays on the machine.

Spend some time playing with your machine and become familiar with the tools.

If you want to buy any designs from the Silhouette store, go through the software. That way anything you download should download right to your library. Build a wish list of designs you like, but don't download them all at once, even if you get a subscription. It can be easy to run out of funds quickly. Once you find designs you like and put them on your wish list instead of in your cart, you can download as you need something, and you don't have to go hunting for it again. It also helps to search for specific things, not just search categories. I spent an unreal amount of time going through the entire Silhouette library and thought I had downloaded everything worth getting. When I went back and searched for something specific, I was surprised at how many designs I had no recollection of ever seeing. So when I want to work on a project, I search for specific things related to that project, then add things I like to my wish list. I can always delete them from the wish list, but it is easier to review the possibilities from the wish list, then add the ones I want to my cart.

Above all, make sure you can leave your Cameo set up and ready to go at all times. You will use it a lot more!

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PeaNut 263,742
June 2006
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Loc: Over by the shredder, of course.

Posted: 2/9/2014 8:22:32 AM
I took the Kerri Bradford Getting to Know You class. It was helpful to me.

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PeaNut 594,816
September 2013
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Loc: British Columbia Canada
Posted: 2/9/2014 10:43:03 AM
There is a learning curve for sure. I came from the cricut which is a bit simpler but now that I have a grasp on the silhouette and software I find it much simpler than the cricut actually! Here are some links that I found helpful. I also found pinterest very helpful and added a link to my silhouette board with tutorials I found.

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Have fun


PeaNut 553,072
May 2012
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Posted: 2/9/2014 3:52:30 PM
I used underacherrytree a lot when I first got started. Clever someday was great to learn to trace.


PeaNut 465,906
April 2010
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Loc: Northern Virginia

Posted: 2/9/2014 4:09:38 PM
Underacherrytree has good tutorials, but I would start with the KB classes. They are all organized into 7-10 minute segments and it's nice to be able to go back and watch a video for a specific lesson. I found the YouTube videos to be organized more by projects than actual machine lessons.

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