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Monday, February 28, 2011

{frosted vinyl mirrors + silhouette faq}

I know you've all heard about the Silhouette. If you read my blog on a regular basis, you know I have one, use it often, and love it. After receiving several e-mails and questions about it, today I'm going to give you my take on it, and go through some of the questions I've received...a Silhouette FAQ.

First of all, I crafted and made projects for a really long time without a Silhouette, and I was able to make everything that I wanted to. Having one might make things a lot easier and faster, but not having one certainly doesn't limit you. If I didn't have one now, I would still be doing all the same projects--and you can too!

The vast majority of my Silhouette projects can still be made using other techniques, and I will state those in my post. If you ever need a clarification, I hope you'll let me know. I want my projects to be accessible to anyone--whether or not you have a Silhouette.

Silhouette FAQ

1. Can you use the fonts on your computer?

YES!!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this about it, and honestly, it's probably my favorite aspect. I love fonts, and I use a lot of different ones in my projects, so being able to utilize them all makes me happy.

2. Do you think it saves you money?

I have ordered a lot of vinyl in my life. (I probably still will, i.e. really large projects, etc.) With the money that I spent on ordering vinyl alone, I definitely spend less now. The Silhouette vinyl is reasonably priced, and it goes a long way. Whether or not it's worth it to you depends on how much you would use it, and what you would use it for.

3. What can it cut?

It cuts out vinyl, paper, heat transfer, and now fabric!

4. How do you store it?

It's small, easy to move, and easy to store, which is super nice. It doesn't take up a lot of space, and it's easily stored on a shelf in my craft closet.

5. Does it save you time?

Absolutely. In fact, next to the fact that I can use all my fonts, this is the best thing about it. I used to cut out a lot of things by hand, especially when working with fabric projects (for heat 'n bond, etc.). Now I don't have to, so the projects do go much more quickly.

6. Where do you get all the graphics and images?

Silhouette has an online store, where there are literally thousands and thousands of images to choose from. They vary in price--around 99 cents each, and once you buy them, they are yours forever. There are also monthly subscriptions available that are nice to have if you plan on downloading a lot of them. Combine them with the fonts and unlimited text, and there are a lot of options.

7. Is it easy to use?

I do think it's pretty user-friendly. There is a learning curve, and I'm learning new things all the time, but I felt like I could start creating things as soon as I got it.

8. How does it work?

It comes with software that you download to your computer, and this is where you create all of your projects. You connect it to your computer through a USB port.

9. What do you use it for the most?

Labeling things. :) Really, I do use it for vinyl quite a bit, because a lot of my projects use it. I'm also getting ready to do a few stenciling projects, and I will be able to use the negative vinyl space as a stencil--which will be fabulous. LOVE the heat transfer. I am also really looking forward to using it with fabric as well. I have a long list of things I want to do, and they really incorporate all of it--heat transfer, vinyl, paper, and fabric.

10. Is it worth the cost?

Honestly, this is where it depends totally on you, and it will vary from person to person. I use mine all.the.time, and with the time it saves alone, it has been worth it.

Final thoughts? If it fits into your budget, or if you want to start saving up for one, I highly recommend it. Silhouette has regular promotions that you can take advantage of if you're ready.


For their February promo, Silhouette sent me some of the frosted glass vinyl that I've been dying to try. I thought it would be fun to add a little to our master bathroom mirror. My husband hasn't seen it yet, and I can't wait to see what he says about vinyl being on his mirror. :)

I apologize ahead of time about the pictures. Not much natural light + me trying to avoid being in the picture + frosted glass vinyl being hard to photograph = not the greatest pictures, but hopefully you'll get the idea. It really is so much cuter in person! And yes, adding molding to our builders' grade mirrors has literally been on our list before we even moved in...almost three years ago! Seeing these pictures inspired me to move that project up on the list!

How fun would this be in a kids' bath? With a cute quote running across the top or bottom of the mirror? Or just above the sink? I think I'm going to try that next!


February Promo:

Silhouette SD machine, 1 roll black premium vinyl, 1 roll frosted vinyl, 1 roll transfer paper, Home D├ęcor CD, all for $225!!

Just use the promo code "BPP"! All premium vinyl is also 25% off! (same code)


Have a great day!



Blogger Graydens Mama said...

You said that it cuts fabric... do all of them cut fabric? Or is there a newer model out that does? I just got one for christmas and I would REALLY love to use mine for that purpose... but I don't think it does. :(

February 28, 2011 at 10:12 AM  
Blogger Randi said...

LOVE the his and hers! I just did a vinyl project on a mirror as well:

I agree that you could live without a Silhouette, but given the option, I definitely prefer life with it! :)

February 28, 2011 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger Mel said...

Great info for those with a Silhouette, but for those of us that use a Cricut, purchasing and using the Sure Cuts A Lot software will give you the same results. Don't throw out your Cricut just yet :)

February 28, 2011 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger kierste @ brown paper packages said...

Grayden's Mama--

Yours should cut fabric too! You need to purchase the fabric interfacing through Silhouette, and it will allow you to cut fabric.

Mel--That's good to know about the Cricut!

February 28, 2011 at 11:30 AM  
Blogger the nayz said...

This is so cute. I love that there is no soap on the "his" side ;)

February 28, 2011 at 12:18 PM  
Blogger PootleFlump said...

Love your mirrors and love your Q and A. I would love to have a silhouette but they are sooo expensive in the UK. Id probably be cheaper getting a flight to the US, buying one and coming back again!

February 28, 2011 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger Lei said...

Love it!

February 28, 2011 at 1:43 PM  
Blogger Team Roy said...

I got a Silhouette for Christmas and haven't gotten around to teaching myself how to use it yet. Would love if a blog did weekly tutorial classes or something (cough, cough, hint, hint)! I would love to get crackin on some crafts but I'm a bit overwhelmed with it at this point.

February 28, 2011 at 4:05 PM  
Blogger Lauren @ YoungNester said...

Love this post! I have wanted one forever! I also love the Winter Cranberry foam soap from BBW :)

February 28, 2011 at 4:15 PM  

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