I don’t know what’s gotten into me lately; I’ve been very keen on using my Silhouette Portrait more than usual for the past week or so. Perhaps Pinterest has had something to do with it, or the fabulous scrapbook blogs I’ve been perusing lately. I once had the original Silhouette SD which I bought not long after it first came out, and during the time I had it, I used it quite a bit until the cutting blade wore out, and to my dismay I discovered that it is no longer available because that Silhouette had since become obsolete. This was not long after the Cameo came into the picture, and when it did, it seems to me that digital cutting exploded everywhere I looked in scrapbook land. In my wildest dreams I couldn’t afford a Cameo, but I really wanted to continue to cut out shapes digitally, so when the Portrait debuted– at a lower price, I jumped for the chance. I saved until I could get one, and then I used it only now and then….until I began to notice more and more digital templates designed especially for the Silhouette which are really nice. Not cutesy, I mean cool, trendy and many meant for Project Life as well as cards and layouts. So to cut to the chase, last weekend was my mother’s birthday, and I contemplated cutting out a nice image or two for a card and this time really noticed the fact that the newer Silhouettes really cut better, easier and faster than my old SD. I actually enjoyed the process so much, and became so curious as to what else it could do, that I started cutting shape after shape after shape, all night long! The Silhouette store really has some great templates by brands such as Echo Park, Hero Arts, Glitz, Jenni Bowlin, House of 3, Jillibean Soup and more. I was really impressed, and you can’t beat the price: $0.99 each! So, I went a little crazy, and decided that my mom needed some die-cuts for her scrapbooking stash, and this is what I made her:
If you are a fan of Studio Calico (like me) and have taken some of their classes, you may recognize some of the die cuts. It also helped that I know what kind of things my mom likes and would use, as well as colors that would make her happy. She has also found the love of her life and documents a lot about the two of them in her Project Life album. The stars above came in a Studio Calico class kit (Cut It Out) and to make things a little more “twinkly”, I embossed them with sparkly gold embossing powder. I didn’t have any gold or silver sparkly POW paper, or I would have used that instead.
Stepdad is a big football fan, and Mom often puts game photos and stats in her PL album….and yes, he has a moustache! The whale is in honor of my late maternal grandfather. He would have been thrilled (he was a Marine and was known for his love of whales).
I’m so happy my mom has finally found her soul mate, and they do like to travel, so I thought the postal die-cuts would be appropriate for their next trip. And the nice thing about the Silhouette? All images can be resized, as seen in the photo frames; I couldn’t figure out what size would be best, so I gave several to choose from!
And I couldn’t forget myself. Just yesterday and the day before I decided I wanted something new and fun, and I was lucky enough to find this awesome glitter paper that I had forgotten about; it came with the kit for Cut It Out, which I ended not having time to participate in. So glad I got the goodies for it, though!
So, if you’re tossing around the idea of investing in a die-cutting machine, I highly recommend the Silhouette Portrait, or even better, the Cameo. I still wish I could have gotten the Cameo only because it can accommodate 12×12″ size paper, and there are some really nice backgrounds I would love to cut for a layout. Now, here is my official disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with or being paid by the Silhouette company, nor do they even know I am writing this blog post. These are strictly personal opinions in which I express here on my blog. I suppose some people may say I just want to show off. I won’t deny it; I’m having fun and just want to share! I don’t claim to know everything about my Portrait, in fact I’m still learning things, but if you are reading this and have any questions, please feel free to contact me and if I don’t know the answer, I will certainly direct to you to some great tutorial videos which exist out there. Happy scrapping!