Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Page Designed with Silhouette Software

The Silhouette Studio software is easy to learn and I have really enjoyed working with it.  While it is primarily intended for controlling the cutting of your designs, you can also make a digital page to print for your scrapbook.  I prefer using the Creative Memories StoryBook Creator 4.0 program because it gives you so many more options, but if you are in a pinch and want to put something together quickly, the Silhouette program will let you make a simple page.  The basic program is free and can be downloaded from the Silhouette site.

You just need to open the file where you have digital content (papers and embellishments) saved and then drag the item to the work area in the Silhouette Studio program.  You would add any photos in the same way - open the file and drag them onto the work area.  Then you can adjust the size, rotate, group items and put together a page that you will be able to print on your home printer directly from the Silhouette program.  There is not an option to save the result as a jpeg for printing elsewhere.

The papers and elements I used for this quick page are from the Cosmo Cricket "Hello Sunshine" collection.  The version above has the background paper reduced to 25% transparency.  I decided that it needed a little more green to coordinate with the green in the photos so I added another border strip from the collection.

I think it definitely looks more balanced with the green along the bottom.  One of my favorite things about working digitally is that you have the chance to try lots of variations.  You don't waste your "good" paper by cutting it and then changing the plan for your page.

This was just an experiment to see if I could make a page.  A few of the things that I missed from my StoryBook Creator 4.0 software are the drop shadows and the ability to apply effects to the edges of the photos.  It was fun to try this experiment and, if nothing else, you could use this just as a way to plan out a layout.  It is especially helpful if you have the digital versions of the paper but you can also approximate the colors to get an idea how your page would look.

I just found out about a talent search contest that and Echo Park are conducting.  If you have ever thought about trying to design your own papers and embellishments, this could be a great opportunity.  The winner will receive $1000, an Epson Picturemate photo printer and will have their mini theme printed and distributed by Echo Park.  You can get more details HERE.

I hope you have a wonderful crafty day!

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  1. Love my Cameo. I really would like to delve more in the storybook also.

  2. What a cute LO. So bright and cheery! Thanks for sharing your findings when you experiment. You always have such sound advice.


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