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Silhouette Cameo vs Silhouette Portrait

Today instead of posting the next giveaway for the big Scrapbook Update anniversary, I am going to take an opportunity to answer a recent comment from a reader about the Silhouette Portrait machine that I use.

Scrapbook Update reader Michelle commented on my last Silhouette article that “I’m having a hard time figuring out the distinction between the two,” meaning the Portrait and the Cameo machines.

This seems a good time to discuss the differences between the two machines because a new Silhouette promotion is launching today that focuses on the Portrait machine. (Details on that awesome deal coming at the end!) Despite my personal love of the Portrait machine, it is most definitely the wallflower of the Silhouette line, with most Silhouette fans using (or coveting) the larger Cameo machine as their machine of choice.

portrait_with_cameoThe Silhouette Portrait machine was announced nearly two years ago in October 2012. I bought mine a few months later. For some of those locked out of the Cameo by the $299 MSRP, the $179 MSRP on the Portrait machine is much more reachable (and the frequent Silhouette promotions make it even more affordable). But what are you giving up for the discount in price on the Portrait? Continue Reading →

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Silhouette | School Calendar Magnets (and Promo!)

Last week, I showed you the dry erase whiteboard that I decorated with my Silhouette Portrait for us to keep track of my daughter’s new virtual school calendar. It now hangs on the wall above the side of her desk, conveniently showing us her week at a glance.

Weekly Dry Erase BoardIn addition to being a whiteboard, the board I used is magnetic. I decided to use that property – and my Silhouette and printable magnet paper – to keep the board more organized, easier to read and change, and looking neater. Continue Reading →

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Silhouette | Back to School with a DIY Weekly Dry Erase Board

It’s time for back to school at our house next week, and so we are in full preparation mode! This year, preparation is a bit different as we are planning to enroll our daughter for the first time in virtual school as she goes into 6th grade. So instead of buying backpacks and school uniforms, we are worrying about turning her computer desk into a full-time school area at home for her.

One important part of virtual school will be keeping track of when her lessons are, to make sure that she doesn’t miss attending one and that she gets all of her hours in. So after some research I have come up with the idea of a dry erase board that can be refreshed weekly with a schedule of her lessons and activities. Regular weekly schedules are designed for office cubicles so they are expensive, small and boring. We wanted something fun, large and affordable for our new “classroom”. So I decided to make a DIY weekly dry erase board with the help of my Silhouette Portrait machine!

Weekly Dry Erase BoardThe blank dry erase board is from Walmart, and cost about $8. It’s 17″ x 23″ in size, and came with a pen and two colorful magnets (it’s also a magnetic surface). Continue Reading →

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Project | Travel Album: Going Places

In my usual efficient (not) scrappy way, I am finally getting around to putting together a travel album for the trip that I took in January to Germany for the CreativeWorld trade show. It’s a daunting task, since I took about 900 photos over 7 days (two of which were travel days spent on planes, of course).

With that many photos, and the speed at which I create (molasses) I know the only hope I have of getting all of them in an album is to use a Project Life type pocket scrapbook. I’m starting the album by creating my first page, a layout about my prep and flight over. Later, when the album is complete and I see what it ends up looking like, I’ll make a title page for it that ties together the style of the whole thing.

I bought several kits of journal cards to use in the album because I have a lot of different types of photos to scrap: ultra modern convention center, historic tourist pictures, and random travel stuff. For this starter layout, I primarily used the very graphic designs of the Urban Traveler collection by Simple Stories, but there are also several other designs worked in as well.

Going-Places-Spread Continue Reading →

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Gift Wrap with Your Silhouette! [Promo]

I’m a major fan of gift bags for wrapping presents. They are my favorite gift wrap cheat. You don’t have to worry about finding a box for something that is a weird shape, or the shape of the box giving away your gift. Then, of course, there is the added benefit that they don’t make a mess to clean up when they are opened, and they can be recycled, too!

The downside of gift bags is how expensive they can be, running $5-$7 or more for a medium sized bag. Plain solid colored bags are available for much less but they look like you wrapping your gift was an afterthought. I found the solution in my Silhouette Portrait machine!

Silhouette Custom Gift BagWith a custom cut to decorate the bag, a print and cut tag, and a few embellishments, my solid color bag went from frumpy to fabulous! Continue Reading →

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