Last year I had this great opportunity to work with Jessica Sprague to take and review one of their awesome classes. As a digital scrapper, I am familiar with the many digital design products they offer, but I'd never taken a class before. There were many to choose from, and I chose the Silhouette: Getting to Know You class.
Now, I have been a Silhouette owner for about 3 1/2 years. You think in that time, I would become an expert. Well, you'd be wrong. I tend to learn as I go, figure out how to do things as I need them, and since I tend towards laziness, I haven't really gotten in a deep relationship with my Silhouette.
In fact, when I first got my SD, I couldn't even figure out how to use the darn thing until my sister, on a surprise visit for my birthday, sat down with me and helped me figure it out. It was so helpful having her there.
Taking a Jessica Sprague class is like having someone sit right there with you. The class I took was self-paced, which meant I could watch the videos on my own schedule, and I could go back and re-watch things as I needed to. (And I needed to!) My teacher was Kerri Bradford, and she is AWESOME! I'd like to think we would be friends in real life :) Go check her out here.
Now I am a Cameo owner, and though I've learned how to do a lot of things with it, I was amazed how many simple, time-saving things I learned in this class! From how to manipulate text to how to design your own shapes, my eyes were definitely opened. I can't give away any class "secrets" here, but I did use my new skillz to design a new shape just for you!
This Christmas, why not attach this cute gift tag to your neighbor or teacher gifts? Depending on what materials you use to make it, it can even double as an ornament!
The file is available to download here. (Silhouette software required to open these files)
Now, here's how to put them together.
First, open the file you downloaded in Silhouette Studio. Click on the Joy to the World shape. Then, under the File Menu, find "Save to Library". Now this will be a permanent shape in your library instead of just a Studio file. Then go back to the Studio file and work with it as you would any other shape. Here's what they look like in the software (ignore the top one- that's a work in progress!)
The first thing I did was ungroup the shape so I could cut the circle out of one color of cardstock, and the circle with the words out of a different color.
Send your project to cut, following the directions for the paper you choose to use,
then remove the paper and weed it as necessary. Make sure to keep the insides of the letters.
Then, simply glue the word circle to the solid circle along with the insides of the letters.
Use baker's twine or pretty ribbon as a hanger, tying a knot at the top or a little bow. Attach it to your gift (or in my case, hang it on the tree!), and you're ready to go!
So- if you want to learn how to design cute things like this, I highly recommend taking the Sihouette classes at Jessica Sprague. I know I'll be returning for more.
*Disclaimer: I received a free class from Jessica Sprague in return for an honest review and creation of a project. I was not compensated in any other way.
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