As a Silhouette Cameo novice, I have slowly been learning how to use my Cameo so these bookmark cutting files looked like an ideal project. As an added bonus, I knew I would end up with several bookmarks (after all, you can’t just make one, right?!!!) and since I normally have several books on the go at any one time, this would ensure I kept track of where I was in each book. A definite win-win situation!
This is what the files look like:
And this is the example in the store:
This is what you will need for this project:
- Cardstock for the bookmarks;
- Glue, sticky tape, 3d foam pads/dimensionals;
- Patterned paper;
- Embellishments – ribbon, lace, flowers, buttons, brads, etc.; and
- Scissors, craft mat.
Ideally, you will also need a cutting machine although it would be possible to cut the bookmarks out manually. You would need to use a sharp craft knife for the text at the top though or just ignore the text and leave that part of the bookmark as solid card stock.
The bookmarks come in several different file formats: dxf, jpg, png and svg. I used the svg files in my Silhouette Cameo, but you could just as easily print out one of the png or jpg files to manually cut out and use as a template.
I started by selecting the cutting files for the bookmarks I wanted to make and opened these in the Silhouette Design Studio software. I then created a new file (File>New) and in Page Settings, changed the size to A4 landscape. I then copied and pasted one of the bookmarks onto the new file (right click on the bookmark, select copy from the drop down menu, go to the new file, right click and select paste from the drop down menu).
However, this copied bookmark actually extended below the A4 page so I needed to reduce it in size. To do this, select Object from the menu bar, then Scale. This brings up the scale options on the right hand side of the screen:
You can then play around with the settings to get the bookmark to fit:
Alternatively, you can use the boxes (I am sure there is probably a more correct technical name!) as shown here:
If you click and drag the corner boxes, you can increase or decrease the size keeping everything in proportion. However, using the side or bottom boxes will increase the width or height only.
Once you have the first bookmark sized to fit, make a note of the proportion (I used 85% for mine) so you can just repeat it for the other bookmarks (assuming you are making more than one, of course 😉 ). I managed to fit four bookmarks onto one sheet of A4 cardstock by reducing the size of each bookmark.
Then go to Silhouette>Cut Settings on the file menu at the top to bring up the cut settings on the right of the screen:
You can see the settings I used above although I now see that I successfully managed to place the Hybrid Chick watermark over part of the settings….apologies for that but I used a blade setting of 4 or 3 depending on the cardstock I was using with a speed of 20-25 (I played around with several different weights of cardstock and found that the Stampin’ Up! Whisper White cardstock needed a blade setting of 4, whereas the lighter cardstock only needed a setting of 3). I think the settings are often a case of trial and error as chances are, each machine will be slightly different.
When you click on “cut edge”, the outline of each bookmark is highlighted in red to show where the Silhouette cutting machine will cut.
Here is one of the bookmarks before decoration:
You can clearly see that the middle of the bookmark is cut out so that it fits over a page in a book. The cutting files also contain an insert for the middle of the bookmark but really, that is not essential as it is simple enough just to measure and cut out any covering you want.
You can leave the bookmarks like this and just decorate them and if you used patterned paper or cardstock, you may not even need to do any embellishing. However, I felt that due to the light weight of the cardstock I had used, the text part of the bookmark would end up getting crumpled and torn. I decided to adhere each bookmark onto coloured cardstock which was ¼” larger than the bookmarks. This gave a ⅛” border around the bookmark and also made it more solid. Only the edges of each bookmark were adhered to the cardstock backing as the middle part of the bookmark is actually a flap to fit over a page in the book (see the last photo for how this works).
All I had to do then was decorate each one:
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- 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