Cricut and Silhouette Cutting Machines Make Scrapbooking Fun and Easy
Posted on 6th August 2017
Whether you are a novice or avid scrapbooker, you probably have heard about the cutting machines, the Cricut and the Silhouette. These amazing machines cut both preset and custom images on dozens of different materials, such as paper, cardstock, vinyl, leather, felt and fabric. Since they are so easy to use, durable and very versatile, these cutting machines can turn any scrapbooking project into a fun adventure.
Making Scrapbooking Fun and Easy
One of the best benefits of using the Cricut or the Silhouette cutting machine is the ability to create perfect lettering. You will have access to all the different fonts on your home computer, as well as fonts from various scrapbooking or other programs you use. Both cutting machines will cut out perfect letters according to the size and style you select. In addition to cutting, the Cricut also prints, which means you can print your wording directly on various types of material, including fabric, paper and more.
Chances are that you have spent hours searching for the right graphic for your next scrapbooking project, only to come up empty-handed. The Cricut and Silhouette help you overcome this barrier by allowing you to create and cut out detailed custom graphics. Rather than wasting your time cutting you shape after shape or spending hours searching for perfect graphics for your next project, both the Cricut and the Silhouette allow you to make the images that are ideal for your next project.
Have you ever purchased a pack of borders and realized later that they all pretty much look the same? You will never have this problem again when using the Cricut or Silhouette. Since you can create custom designs, you can have a unique border with every page of your scrapbook. These cutting machines also have the power to cut materials longer than two feet, which means you can create a border than spans over two scrapbook pages.
Stencils are great for scrapbooking, but even using the same stencil repeatedly cannot provide the cutting precision of these cutting machines. You won't have to rely on your own cutting skills anymore, and most importantly, you won't have to spend hours cutting out 20 daisies for your next project. With the Cricut and Silhouette cutting machines, you could cut these 20 daisies in just a matter of minutes, and they would all be identical. How great is that?
Tips for Using Cutting Machines
Here's a look at several tips for using the Cricut or Silhouette cutting machines.
Scrapbooking materials can be quite expensive, so you want to keep mistakes to a minimum. Before putting your fancy scrapbook paper, fabric, leather or other material into the machine, run practice test first. Just use plain white paper to make sure the graphic looks exactly how you want it.
Always Check Blade Setting
The blade of the cutting machine should be set to match the type of materials being used. You should always double-check the blade's setting to make sure it matches your material before cutting. Otherwise, it may not cut properly or you may damage the cutting mat underneath the material.
Peel Away from Paper
You always should pull the cutting mat away from the material versus pulling the material away from the mat. This will prevent your materials, especially paper and other thin materials, curling up on the corners.
If you love scrapbooking and you have been looking for a way to create unique, fun and exciting scrapbook project, then the Cricut and/or Silhouette is the ideal solution for you. Purchasing these machines is quite an investment, but they more than pay for themselves, considering the amount of time and money you will save from shopping for manufactured graphics.
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