From Post-It Note to Pillow
(how to clean up traced handwriting)

. . . tracing handwriting and applying in heat transfer vinyl

How to trace handwriting and cut in HTV on the Silhouette machine!

I may have mentioned a few times how much I love personalizing things with my Silhouette. Cutting someone’s words in their own handwriting is about as personalized as it gets. Here’s a project to create a pillow by tracing a handwritten note—or doodle or drawing or whatever—and adding it to a cushion cover in heat transfer vinyl (HTV). These pillows are great smile inducers—just watch as you give one to a grandparent or a kid (especially if it’s the kid’s handwriting or drawing). And if the handwriting is that of someone no longer living, the pillow may become a cherished link to the past.

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Silly Go Jump in the Lake Pillow

…a heat transfer vinyl project.

Perfect hostess gift for when you're invited to someone's cottage at the lake. Free SVG & Silhouette files.

I made this pillow for our lakeside living room, but it would be just as at home in a bedroom or on the deck. It also makes a fabulous hostess gift if you’ve been invited to stay at a friend’s cabin/cottage/house at the lake. Let me tell ya, extra cushions (especially ones that can double as bed pillows when the sleeping bags come out), are always welcome at the lake. And if they’re cute and funny and start a conversation, all the better.

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5 Awesome Things You Should Know About Your Silhouette Mat

5 AWESOME THINGS you should know about your Silhouette mat to save time, save the mat, and make it easier to work with vinyl & cardstock.

Having worked with my Silhouette mat day in and day out for several years now—well, [grin], not the *same* mat for all that time…I’ve gone through a few, LOL—I’ve discovered some things about it that either save me time, save the mat, or make it easier to work with materials. So, in my ongoing effort to make Silhouetting easier for y’all, here are my top five things…nay, here are my top five *awesome* things about the Silhouette mat. Maybe some of them will be game changers for you as they were for me.

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“Does this Ring Make Me Look engaged?” Cup

…an adhesive vinyl project

Free Silhouette file for "Does this Ring make me look engaged?" cup.

Over Christmas, we had an engagement announced in our extended family. (Congratulations C & M!) So exciting! Since Valentine’s Day is also a prime time for engagements, I thought I’d share my “Does this ring make me look engaged?” travel mug in case some of you have a near and dear one pop the question (or answer it!) sometime soon.

After giving you long tutorials for the last two projects, this is a quickie project that you can cut and apply and away you go. “Away you go”… it’s a travel mug, get it? ;^)

On with the project…

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Valentine Hearts Doily (center of rotation tool)

FREE Silhouette cut files for SEVEN heart doilies.
One of my goals for this year is to explore a broader range of materials and Silhouette Studio tools. Today, I’m using a familiar material (cardstock), but the tutorial involves a tool you don’t hear about very much—the center of rotation tool. It’s pretty cool. It allows you to change the pivot point of an object and then duplicate and rotate it at the same time so the duplicates are positioned evenly around a circle. A couple of clicks and you can have a more complex—and beautiful—design.

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