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Posted 7/26/2013 by JamieMN in General Scrappin'
 

JamieMN
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Posted: 7/26/2013 7:05:01 AM
I've literally had it for 5 days and just took my first cut last night. I was cutting a piece that had multiple layers, and instead of having to delete everything off the page and make multiple diff cuts, how do I get the "ruler" so I can see where to place my paper on the mat?

Also, how can I "stack" the item together so I can resize it and know it's all going to be correct? I could stack them, but when I tried to resize, it would only take one of the pieces versus the whole image.

What am I doing wrong.

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Posted: 7/26/2013 7:38:27 AM

how do I get the "ruler" so I can see where to place my paper on the mat?



There are two different grids that you can get. The first is that it will show grid on your paper, but then you can also get it to show your cutting mat (which has a grid on it)

To show the grid on the paper go to "View" and click "Show Grid Options"
The options will come up on the right make sure "Show Grid" is checked.

I keep my grid at the default 1 inch spacing and 1 division

To show the cutting mat all the time, go to "File" then "Preferences"

Click the "Defaults" tab, and under "When using cutting mat" select "show always"



Also, how can I "stack" the item together so I can resize it and know it's all going to be correct? I could stack them, but when I tried to resize, it would only take one of the pieces versus the whole image.

What am I doing wrong.


In the main cutting window, select all the shapes you want to resize together right click and click "group". Then you can resize them together right click and "ungroup" them when you're done with the resize.

If there are shapes that need to move together after you ungroup, you can tell the software that they are part of the same shape by selecting them, right clicking, and selecting "make compound path"

Likewise, if there are shapes that you want to separate that don't want to move separately, select them, right click, and select "release compound path". That will separate all the parts of the cut image.

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JamieMN
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Posted: 7/26/2013 7:47:19 AM
Thank you so much!

I spent so much time last night having to recut because I couldn't figure it out. Hopefully tonight goes much smoother!

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Posted: 7/26/2013 8:16:39 AM
There are some great online classes available for the Silhouette Cameo. I took one at Online Card Classes that was sooooo helpful. I've also heard that Kerri Bradshaw has great classes.

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Posted: 7/26/2013 8:23:19 AM
If you feel you need a little help learning your machine I would recommend Kerri Bradford's Getting to Know You class. I took it because it was so highly recommended by the Peas. I learned so much. Enjoy your new toy.


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Posted: 7/26/2013 8:58:34 AM
Seriously, the Kerri Bradford classes are so worth it! She will get you up and running. I was pretty good with the machine and still started with the first class and worked through her series of classes and I picked up valuable tips in the first one, even though I pretty much "knew" what she taught. Also, the cut files included in the class are pretty good and multi-purpose. At this point, I design almost all my own cuts, can build 3-d items, and edit any other files I either pull from the web or buy fro silhouette. . . although I rarely by a file.

Enjoy the Cameo - I love mine.

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Posted: 7/26/2013 1:10:30 PM
Ditto on the Kerri Bradford classes. Worth every penny and you get some awesome shapes of hers as part of the class. You'll be an expert in no time.




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Posted: 7/26/2013 1:14:23 PM
I also highly recommend Kerri Bradford's classes. I had some experience with the type of commands used in the Sil software from other software I've used and I still learned a lot. I love that they are a combo of videos, PDFs and projects to give you practice. The print and cut feature is my favorite thing ever!


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Posted: 7/26/2013 1:36:55 PM
Jamie... are you in MN? I ask because several of us get together and crop often and many (myself included) have the Cameo and could help you out!

JamieMN
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Posted: 7/26/2013 2:36:54 PM
rhiansmom - I am. I'm in New Hope and actually work about 3 blocks from the Roseville A's.

I would love to be able to take a class to learn it all, just can't afford it right now so I will be watching a lot of youtube vids I have a feeling.

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Posted: 7/26/2013 4:07:24 PM
How awesome... we usually meet at that A's because it is pretty central for all of us. Come join us on the MN Peas thread... we don't have a August date set but a couple of us are meeting at the SB Expo tomorrow to shop

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Posted: 7/26/2013 9:40:03 PM
I think the Woodbury Archivers is offering Cameo classes now

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Posted: 7/27/2013 9:59:07 AM
With the print and cut feature, do you need to print it out on a separate printer or does the Silhouette print and cut?



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Posted: 7/27/2013 6:13:39 PM
You need a printer to use print and cut. It's pretty slick.
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