Silhouette Dilemma

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Posted 1/2/2013 by AllisonLP in General Scrappin'

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PeaNut 421,277
April 2009
Posts: 29
Layouts: 315
Loc: CT

Posted: 1/2/2013 6:03:47 PM
So, without me asking, my husband bought me a Silhouette Cameo from the kids for Christmas. I already have the Cricut and find I don't use it much anymore. I have a pretty good process for scrapbooking now, and incorporating a new machine (a machine with so much to learn) into my process is not something I really want to do, but obviously, I have to use it so I don't hurt his feelings. How do you incorporate die cut machines into your process?

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PeaNut 389,275
August 2008
Posts: 924
Layouts: 50
Loc: I'm an Alberta girl!

Posted: 1/2/2013 6:16:57 PM
I use mine for titles and die cuts but I also use them to cut out mini albums and gift boxes. For my son's teachers I found a gift box shape in the silhouette store in the shape of a book and made it into The Polar Express (my son is a train fanatic) and made a book mark with the silhouette as well and then tucked in a small bag of chocolates and a book store gift card. It was a big hit

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PeaNut 361,162
February 2008
Posts: 212
Layouts: 25

Posted: 1/2/2013 6:23:01 PM
Cut out a batch of basic shapes that you catch yourself using frequently, such as scalloped circles, regular circles, tabs, etc. Use a basic color that you use frequently too. You can just grab one when you need a little 'sumpthin'.

I cut out hearts, stars, scalloped circles and tags out of kraft, red, white, and black. They are my go to colors anyway. And once you start playing with your cameo, you may realize how easy it is and use it more.

Have with it though. It's a lot of fun.
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PeaNut 475,510
July 2010
Posts: 270
Layouts: 15
Loc: Cali

Posted: 1/2/2013 6:24:15 PM
I suggest giving it a chance. Use it with an open mind. I never used my cricut and really disliked it. I now have a silhouette and love it. I use it all the time. I think you're going into it already hating it. Try it out, you might be surprised. hth
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PeaNut 519,657
September 2011
Posts: 4
Layouts: 0

Posted: 1/2/2013 6:43:29 PM
I love using mine for frames around and behind photos!! So quick and easy!!

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PeaNut 156,343
July 2004
Posts: 5,250
Layouts: 46

Posted: 1/2/2013 7:10:59 PM
I lay out my layout in the software. Helps me visualize it, I can quickly fill the shapes with colors to get an idea of the paper I want to use and then it makes it super easy to size everything. Plus it is super quick and easy to create my title using all the fonts on my computer.

I like to use my Silhouette for borders, backgrounds, and titles. I do use more themes cuts than I used to, but hey, I have a toddler. I also use it quite a bit for cards and gift boxes.

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PeaNut 334,300
August 2007
Posts: 435
Layouts: 0

Posted: 1/2/2013 7:55:48 PM
Titles, titles and more titles! I, too, got my Silhouette as a complete surprise. I have a Cricut and I use it a little bit, but my husband surprised me for my birthday last year with a Cameo. I didn't really want it at first because I didn't want to be tied to the computer, but I found that I really like being able to use any font on my computer for titles or other lettering needs. I also like basic shapes like someone else suggested.

There are also a bunch of journaling cards in the Silhouette store. You can cut out some of them to have on hand. Try looking for projects by Lori Whitlock for mini books, cards and other kinds of things that you might be interested in embellishing.


PeaNut 478,947
August 2010
Posts: 1,062
Layouts: 2
Loc: Ohio

Posted: 1/2/2013 8:03:45 PM
I had a Cricut and hated it - I seldom used it. I got the Silhouette Portrait for Christmas and love it.

It has a learning curve to it, but I am learning at my own pace and using it on my layouts. I love that I can use the fonts on my computer to make titles and can just buy the cuts I want to use without spending a fortune.

I spent a couple of hours over a few days watching some youtube videos to learn some of the basics. I know there is a ton more I can do with my machine and will learn those things too.

Give the machine a try, with an open mind. You can use it as much or as little as you want, but I have found that having the letters I need for titles at my finger tips is wonderful. I also love being able to add a cute embellishment that pops into my head as the perfect touch without having to spend a bunch of money. I have cut tags, journaling cards, frames, library pockets and titles to match my layout perfectly.

I can design whatever I want or need on my laptop while watching tv with the family and cut them when I am ready to scrapbook.

I have found answers to any questions I have had either here at 2peas or on youtube with little effort. I think you might be surprised.

The Silhouette is 1000 times better than the Cricut and really is so much easier to use.


PeaNut 245,522
January 2006
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Layouts: 0

Posted: 1/2/2013 8:30:21 PM
I too have a cricut. I found I never used it maybe for a title or two but nothing major.

I got the Cameo for my birthday last year. OMG!!!! I love that thing. I use it all the time for titles and embellishments. I keep it next to me and when I scrapbook I bring my laptop down. It has been wonderful! I hope you get some use out of yours. I've gotten so much use 5 of my friends bought one too.

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PeaNut 220,508
August 2005
Posts: 5,593
Layouts: 54
Loc: IL

Posted: 1/2/2013 8:53:16 PM
I had a cricut and got a cameo last year around this time! LOVE it! Since my computer is in my scrap area it's sitting right next to it and I use it more than the cricut. I use it a lot for titles, creating journaling spots and little accents. I love what I can do with it. I've also gotten into the sketching ability to sketch a title or accent on the paper for something different.

I never used my cricut once the cameo came in the door.

You might want to check out Kerri Bradford's site. She has some amazing designs and several classes to learn how to use your cameo. They are reasonably priced especially when you factor in all the cut files you get.

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PeaNut 286,365
December 2006
Posts: 46
Layouts: 0
Loc: Arkansas

Posted: 1/2/2013 9:24:35 PM
I just got my mine for Christmas, too! Kerri Bradford's classes are great! You can get them on her website or at Jessica Sprague's - and there are a lot of other tutorials on YouTube. Just dive in and have fun! Oh, the things you can do! Better put a dust cover on that Cricut!

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PeaNut 509,811
May 2011
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Layouts: 27

Posted: 1/2/2013 9:26:00 PM
I use my cameo way more than I did my Cricut. It's so easy to use, cuts even tiny details perfectly, and can use any font or shape out there

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