I managed to persuade my husband that I really needed a Silhouette Cameo for Christmas, but it has taken me this long to get around to using it! I thought I would start off with a simple project since I am a complete beginner. Valentina recently released her small diary cutting files which seemed perfect – not too complicated but easy to cut by hand if I made a complete mess using my Silhouette. Well, sometimes you just have to be prepared in case things go wrong! Take a look at the cutting files and you will see exactly what I mean:
Of course, you also need the perfect papers and embellishments to go with this, so I decided on two different versions, one using papers from Valentina’s Just a word kit:
The second one was made using Stampin’ Up! papers from my stash.
In order to make this small diary, you will need the following:
- Cutting machine or sharp scissors to cut by hand plus a hole punch;
- Cardstock, paper;
- Ribbons and other embellishments;
- Glue, double-sided tape.
I don’t propose to go into details of exactly how long it took me to work out how to use my Silhouette (let’s just say it was a while!!!!) nor the problems I had trying to figure out the settings for the cutting blade but I think I am finally getting the hang of it now ;). I did mention I was a complete beginner with a Cameo, right?!!
I started with the cover for the diary and, because I am new to this, I decided to cut the covers and pages for the first diary in cardstock and then print the kit papers and cut those out separately to cover the cardstock and pages. I know you can print the covers, etc. and then use the Silhouette to cut out the printed items, but I haven’t advanced that far yet in my Silhouette Cameo trials!
For the cover, it was a straightforward case of positioning the cutting file where I wanted it to be on the cutting mat using the on-screen guides, and then sending the file to the Silhouette for cutting:
This is the cover after printing:
Here is a close up of the cut lines:
As you can see from the above, I had some trouble setting the blade of my Silhouette at the correct setting….anyhow, you can just make out the cut lines on the above photo even though they do have rough edges. I think with practice, I will get the settings right, but different width papers have different blade settings and it is trial and error sometimes to get the setting right.
Once the covers have been cut, all you then need to do is peel them off the cutting mat as follows:
I thought I had also taken pictures of the cardstock cover and inner pages but cannot find the photos….unfortunately, since I have now completed the small diary, it is too late to go back and take pictures! The same principle applies though, just set the cutting blade (I think mine was on 6) and send the file to the Silhouette. I ended up cutting one cover and three inside pages which were later covered with the kit papers.
To make the inner pages, I created an A4 page in Photoshop and then used the guides to split it into three, then dragged three different papers into the page to fit the guides:
All I then had to do was adhere the printed pages and covers onto the cardstock cover:
I used ribbon to hold the pages and cover together, and then used some of the cutting files to decorate the diary. I fed the ribbon through from the outside first, then through the holes on the inside and finally tied it together on the outside of the front cover:
I added pearls to the butterfly for effect:
Included with the small diary files is the inside cover with the cut out heart you can see below. I used this to hold a couple of tags I made. The tags were made from an old 2013 calendar cut to 2″ width and the top was punched using the Stampin’ Up! scalloped tag punch:
You can see where I messed up the cutting of the scalloped square though, so please just blame that on my inexperience with my Silhouette.
Here is the completed album:
All in all, I was really pleased for a first attempt with my Silhouette Cameo and it is also something that could very easily be printed cut out by hand if you don’t have a cutting machine. In fact, I was so pleased with it (mistakes included!), I decided to have another go but this time using Stampin’ Up! papers (Gingham Garden DSP). This turned out to be much quicker as I only had to cut one cover. For the inside papers, I just printed the inner pages onto plain white copy paper and cut them out by hand (I really didn’t want to cut 30 pages out on my Silhouette!):
And the inside pages:
The inside back cover (and please note, I made a much better job of cutting out the scalloped square this time 😉 !):
I also used ribbon from my stash to bind the pages and cover together.
I’m planning on making more of these but next time around, I want to try printing and cutting from my Silhouette. There are some great cutting files in the shop and I know that once I get the hang of it, I will be cutting away like nobody’s business! Easter is nearly here and I have seen some great Easter files I am itching to get my hands on, so watch this space ;).
Why don’t you give this diary a try? It really is easy to use and you don’t even need a cutting machine as it is so straightforward to cut by hand. Just post your creations in the gallery so we can all admire them!
Other Articles by Lynn:
- Simply Sunday - quick and easy bookmarks - February 26th, 2017
- Simply Sunday - 2017 desktop calendar - January 1st, 2017
- Simply Sunday: basic album - September 4th, 2016
- Listen to the Music album - August 7th, 2016
- Fun in the sun album - June 28th, 2016