Page planning using the Silhouette software

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


PeaNut 471,601
June 2010
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Posted: 2/9/2014 3:24:22 PM
Does anybody do this and does it help you? It's something I'd like to try particularly as I'd like to use my Silhouette to cut page elements this year and I thought that planning the page would help with dimensions etc. Are there any good video tutorials that you can recommend?

Thanks in advance!

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PeaNut 220,508
August 2005
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Loc: IL

Posted: 2/9/2014 3:41:21 PM
Kerri Bradford does this. She explained how she goes about planning a page in the software in one of her classes. It takes to much time for me to be effective, but I can see it working for others.

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PeaNut 344,239
October 2007
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Posted: 2/9/2014 3:41:36 PM
I do it when I plan cards, or if i see a card somewhere and not sure on the measurements or proportions, I copy a picture of the card into silhouette-software, size it as I think the end result will be and take measurements of the elements from there


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July 2004
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Posted: 2/9/2014 4:33:03 PM
I do this but with my Pazzles software. I think it helps a lot, especially for the layouts I do for work because pretty much everything I'm doing is custom for that page design. I basically use the software to make a sketch of the layout including all of the mats for photos, journaling blocks, titles and paper piecings and can tweak the sizes of things. I know before I ever cut a single piece of paper that everything will fit and look the way I think it will. It's pretty slick, actually. I've been doing things like that for so long that now I kind of feel a little lost when I have a pile of ready made stuff to scrap with!


PeaNut 476,557
July 2010
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Loc: Minneapolis, MN

Posted: 2/9/2014 9:19:59 PM
I also do this for cards every so often. It's nice to visualize proportions before cutting into the paper.
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September 2013
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Posted: 2/9/2014 9:38:14 PM
I do this a lot, probably why it takes me so long to do a page!
I will plan out, even use some patterns to fill in and get a better visual of what I am doing. I will even save a page if I really like it and it is detailed with a lot of print and cut pieces. I have a lot of layouts saved so then later if I need to I can go back and do it again really quickly.
Also handy if you are planning on putting in multiple pics so you can really see how they fit. I print most pics at home so this helps me figure out what size I want.

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October 2001
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Posted: 2/9/2014 10:06:07 PM
I do this so I can makes my cuts the size i need. It's so much easier for me. I'll bring my photos or rectangles into the sil canvas at their correct size and then size my other cuts around them. It's pretty easy for me. I don't really plan all the other embellies and things on the canvas, just the photos and cuts.


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October 2004
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Posted: 2/10/2014 8:24:08 AM
Hand Waving! Jumping up and down! while hand waving!!!

I just started doing this. I use my silhouette A LOT in my layouts and cards. While I was working on my PL card swaps, I'd cut things and then not use them. So I used the fill colors and pp buttons to make approximate color shades or patterns to what I was using. Then I could size all of the silhouette items or digital items that I was using for embellishment or something of similar size if it's a piece in my stash. OMGosh!!! It took me less time to put everything together. And I knew exactly what size everything should be. Easy Peasy!!

I just designed the first layout the same way last night. I'll be starting the 2nd one today.

I'm just so dang excited by this!! So much so that I even had to tell my husband while he was trying to sleep last night.

Sorry I don't know about any video's for it. But it is SO very easy if you just approximate shades and pattern color/scale. You'll get a general look and then when it all comes together with the real stuff, you'll be amazed!

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PeaNut 474,516
July 2010
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Posted: 2/10/2014 10:27:05 AM
If I'm using mostly shapes on my Silhouette to create my layout, then I LOVE designing it in the software. I like to be able to see the size of things in relation to the rest of the embellishments on the page. Takes the guesswork out of sizing because I know exactly how big I need things.

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PeaNut 251,919
March 2006
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Posted: 2/10/2014 12:27:57 PM
As the poster above mentioned, Kerri Bradford does this, and after taking a couple of her classes, I started to do it too. I am a painfully slow scrapper (by choice) but doing this actually helps speed up my process. Now I don't cut and recut and wonder if something will look right on the page because I see it on the screen within the software. For me this is a great way to scrap!

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