Thursday, October 17, 2013

A Silhouette Video Tutorial & Fall Reflections Card

Are you like me?  Do you have a growing collection of SVG files which you've acquired from outside the Silhouette store?  While it is fairly easy to import them into your Silhouette library, I found myself really missing the color thumbnails that come with the shapes purchased directly from the Silhouette store.

I'm happy to say that with a little creativity I was able to find a couple different ways around this which have solved this problem and made a huge difference for me when I'm searching for the perfect shape from within my personal library!  Today I thought I would share my little tricks with you... (make sure to click on the gear in the bottom right-hand corner and select 1080p to view the video at the highest resolution).

And no blog post seems complete without a project to share so I decided to create a card with the cutting files used in today's video.

This card was created with the beautiful Reflections: Fall collection which Lori designed for Echo Park.  For my pocket, I used Lori's folder cutting file by stitching down the sides and inserting a journaling card from the collection for a fun interactive element.

As a last minute addition, I've received a recent question about how I organize my library so I thought I would share my system.  I went ahead and took some screen shots to show you the categories I created for sorting.  While I frequently use the search bar to search for my cutting files, it's also super nice to have one big folder where all of my Christmas themed shapes are stored (or any other theme, season or holiday).

Several years ago I had an unlimited download subscription to the Silhouette store so I acquired a ton of files and it definitely took some time to organize, but it's a great thing to do while enjoying TV (or even catching up on episodes on the net at the same time).  One trick I've learned to speed up the process is scrolling through a long list of shapes and holding down the CTRL key while selecting the shapes for a specific category (and then hovering your cursor over to the folder and dropping them all in at once or in small groups). As another note, some of my folders that show a "+" sign have additional sub-folders within that are revealed when you click on the folder.  You can see by my number of "recent downloads" from the past 1-1/2 years that I haven't caught up on organizing my files for awhile.  Maybe it's time I catch up on this.  ;)

You can be notified of my future video tutorials by subscribing to my You-Tube channel or following me on my blog.  I hope you've found the tutorial helpful and I appreciate you stopping by.

1 comment:

  1. You always have the best tips to share! And I adore those gorgeous cards!!!


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