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      Wednesday, July 27, 2016

04:21 PM - 07/27/2016

The topic: This’ll do


This may seem silly, but I feel such a sense of accomplishment when I learn something about the Silhouette Design software that makes things so much easier.

I mentioned earlier that I wanted to make frames for my photos. This is the frame I snagged from the Silhouette Design Store.

I have some 13" x 19" proof photo paper that I've had for a long time. A couple of days ago, I printed this photo:

And I realized that this could be my first photo on my photo wall. And I'd like it framed, but no way in hell do I want to spend a lot of money on frames. And that's when I checked out the Silhouette store.

I could have sworn I had some 24" x 12" paper, but I do not. What I do have is 18" x 12". Not big enough. I shopped around at different websites and found where I could get two hundred and fifty sheets of 100lb card stock for a fairly reasonable price. I could have gotten it cheaper, but it needed to be inkjet usable because I want to be able to print on it before cutting. Lot of ideas rolling around in my head.

But I know that practice is a big thing for me, even though I love to just jump in before testing the waters, I know what a mistake than can be. I decided to do a test frame, with plain white paper.

I'm spoiled by the files I buy from SVGCuts.com and 3DSVG.com. They come ready to work with. Not so the files from Silhouette. All pieces are in the same file. This one needed to be split into five different sections. Not a problem, it's easy to do. But then there are the score marks, the marks where the paper will need to be folded. They're actually nothing more than perforation marks.

But I'm not fond of having the perf marks show in my work and the SDS software has a way to work with that. You can cut by layers or colors. I'm familiar with cutting by color. This file has everything the same color, so it will all get cut at the same depth. I don't want that. For the score line, I just want the paper lightly cut, so I can use that as a guide to actually use my score tool.

Well, waddya know? All I had to do was to highlight the part that needed the color change, then change it! And adjust the machine settings to match what I needed.  So, the machine cut the score marks first, then went on to the heavy cutting.




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lisaviolet is sixty something, married with no kids, takes care of lots of cats, likes taking photographs, loves Southern California weather and spends altogether too much time avoiding her responsibilities.

In her spare time, she makes pretty things to sell in her store.

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