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CHA Mega Show 2015 | Electronic Diecutting News

The electronic diecutting segment of the scrapbooking industry has been growing rapidly in recent years. The CHA Mega Show 2015 was a chance to see the latest from many of the segment’s manufacturers.


A new version of the Sizzix Eclips 2 will hit stores this May, featuring Bluetooth technology. Electronic diecutting enthusiasts will be able to beam image files from tablets, smartphones, and other enabled devices right to the machine. The recently updated, cartridge-free Eclips 2 has an MSRP of $299, and the new Bluetooth version will retail for $349.

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Silhouette Promo | Vinyl Wall Art

Thanks for checking out part three of our Black Friday weekend Silhouette series!

Vinyl wall art – especially text – is all the rage right now in home decor. However, we live in a home that is new construction (well, a little over ten years old) and one of the modern shortcuts many builders use to save money is to put up texture on walls. The texture makes it impossible to stick things like vinyl wall art and other adhesives to the walls.

Framed Vinyl Wall Art

Even though I can’t stick vinyl directly to my wall surfaces, however, there is another way to use some of those beautiful text designs on my walls: frame them!

  • Kolette Hall for Silhouette Digital Cutting File (Bathroom Rules – Vinyl Phrase)
  • Silhouette Premium Vinyl (white)
  • Silhouette Transfer Paper
  • Heidi Swapp Paper Pad (Hello Today)
  • 12×12 Frame from Michaels Stores

Constructing this piece to put a pop of color and fun on the recently painted walls of our daughter’s bathroom was really simple. First, I let my 11 year old daughter choose a piece of paper from a Heidi Swapp paper pad. Predictably she chose the pink hearts design, which works well in the room against the pale blue walls. I put the paper in the frame and closed up the back. Then I cut out the text design from vinyl and adhered it to the outside front of the frame’s glass. This gave the design some dimension to stand out more from the busy paper.

The best part is that if we get sick of the design or redecorate the bathroom, it will be easy (and fast) to freshen the piece by swapping out the paper for a fresh design.

As part of making this piece, I played for the first time with Silhouette’s Roll Feeder that works with their vinyl. I’d never paid much attention to it because I thought of a roll feeder as something complicated and really only intended for high volume work. But the Silhouette roll feeder is simple and I had no trouble using it. Rolls of vinyl just drop right into the top of it onto the rollers. Attaching it to the machine is as simple as sliding the flat edge under the machine and aligning the holes with the machine’s feet.

The set of rollers and the bumper on the bottom right of the photo below slides to multiple positions to accommodate multiple widths of vinyl rolls. In this photo, it’s in the position to hold a 12″ roll of vinyl:


I was surprised to discover that the roll feeder was compatible with my Portrait machine, so I tried them out together. The rollers are set in this photo to hold a 9″ roll of vinyl, which works with the Portrait’s cutting width.


Here’s a close-up look at a 9″ roll of vinyl sitting on the rollers in the feeder: From the roll, the vinyl goes under the white guide and then into the machine’s feed, with no mat.

When you are done cutting, you can cut your work off of the roll using the cutter included with the roll feeder. It slides into a track at the front of the feeder to slice the vinyl off. (An identical system is used for the cutter on the new version of the Cameo machine, with the cutter track being at the rear of the machine.)


The cutter is a safety guarded blade like many of us have in our stash of gift wrap supplies to cut wrapping paper.
Overall, the roll feeder is a deceptively simple but effective way to use rolls of vinyl. Its simplicity in changing rolls – and even in setting up and taking down the feeder entirely – takes a lot of the hassle out of working with vinyl.

The Black Friday sales are turning into Cyber Monday at Silhouette – and even longer – these will be going on all week!

Don’t forget to use our promo code “UPDATE” to get all of these deals on the Black Friday Sale at

  • Silhouette Portrait Bundle: Portrait machine & 1 free year to Club Silhouette for $179.99
  • Cameo Bundle #1: CAMEO machine, Designer Edition software upgrade, Dust Cover, 4 Tools and $25 Download card to the Silhouette Design Store for $269.99
  • Cameo Bundle #2: CAMEO machine, Design Edition software upgrade and 1 free year to Club Silhouette for $299.99
  • Cameo & Portrait Bundle: CAMEO machine, Portrait machine and 2, $25 Download cards to the Silhouette Design Store for $299.99

Already a Silhouette user? Use my code “UPDATE” for 40% off at (*excluding machines, design downloads, download cards, subscriptions and gift cards) PLUS Free Shipping on orders over $25 for the lower 48 states

Also, get 50% off all designs at – no code needed!


Create Wearables with your Silhouette! [Giveaway Alert]

Heads up, Scrapbook Update readers! How would you like to win a Silhouette Portrait machine? If so…head on over to our sister site Craft Critique, where there is a giveaway going on!

You’ll also get a look at some ideas of what you can do with your Silhouette machine and the Silhouette iron-on materials to make some fun wearables for the littlest fashion plates in your life!

SIlhouette Baby Onesie

The giveaway is part of the latest great promotion from Silhouette! From now until April 30th, use our promo code “UPDATE” to get these great deals at the Silhouette Online Store:

Silhouette Cameo Package – $269.99:

1 Silhouette CAMEO
1 Heat Transfer Starter Kit
1 Printable Heat Transfer Material for Dark Fabrics
1 Printable Heat Transfer Material for Light Fabrics

Silhouette Portrait Package – $139.99
1 Silhouette Portrait
1 Heat Transfer Starter Kit
1 Printable Heat Transfer Material for Dark Fabrics
1 Printable Heat Transfer Material for Light Fabrics

Plus – if you have a machine already, get 30% off of all heat transfer materials!

And did I mention the free shipping on the bundles? That’s a huge savings!


And don’t forget – use our promo code “UPDATE” to get these great deals at the Silhouette Online Store!


Silhouette Promo | Easter Candy Bags & Boxes

Today I’m bringing you two of my favorite things together – Easter candy and a Silhouette promo – along with another favorite of mine, the Silhouette cut files of designer Lori Whitlock! She designed both of the candy container templates I used for these projects.

These fun containers make a great way to share a sweet treat with someone, and can be adapted for any holiday with themed supplies. I used my Silhouette’s Print & Cut feature, along with some themed print & cut files, to make these festive for Easter.

Easter Bags and Boxes SU

Besides a Silhouette machine – I used my Silhouette Portrait to make all of these – and a printer, all that is needed is a few simple supplies (pictured below). These are really quick and simple projects!

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Silhouette Giveaway & Promo: 30% off All Supplies

Silhouette Wedding Card

I recently needed to make a card for a friend’s wedding. I hadn’t yet tried the Silhouette Glitter Kit, so I decided this was the perfect occasion to try it out. After all, if you can’t glitter a wedding, what can you glitter?

Supplies – Patterned Paper: Pink Paislee (London Market 6×6). Ink: Ranger Tim Holtz Distress (Antique Linen). Pens: Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Pens (Black Soot, Warm Lipstick). Stamps: Lawn Fawn (Sophie’s Sentiments). Die Cutting Supplies: Silhouette Portrait Machine, Silhouette Glitter Kit, Silhouette Cut File (2 Wedding Icons by Lori Whitlock).

I used my Silhouette Portrait machine to cut the shape of the rings out of the double-sided adhesive paper that came in the kit. I peeled the first side and stuck the shape down and then peeled to reveal the adhesive for the glitter. I opened the glitter to shake it onto the adhesive and was absolutely blown away at how fine it was. The texture is beautiful and it stuck wonderfully with very full coverage.

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Promo | Silhouette Advent Calendar 40% Off!

Silhouette Advent Calendar

Silhouette is currently running a promotion through November 19th that will allow our readers to purchase their new Advent Calendars for 40% off if they click here and use our promo code “UPDATE“. The regular price is $39.99, but the price with the promo code is only $23.99! The calendar comes with a download card with 20 shapes to make the advent calendar with, as well as 36 of the clips to use on the wires.

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