Why Silhouette Cameo has my Heart

I first heard about Silhouette Cameo in 2012 and I was so excited for all the possibilities! At that time, Cricut had also been selling a vinyl cutting machine, so I wanted to do my research to see which one was best for me.

The major reason I picked the Silhouette Cameo was I would be able to use my own images on my computer or ones I found on the internet. With a Cricut, you had to purchase cartridges for any images you wanted to use. The cartridges came with a bunch of designs that you paid for in a bundle… so you paid for the design bundle even if you didn’t want or use them all. The machine did come with a few basic designs but if you wanted something for a special project you had to pay for the cartridge. Hopefully they had the design you wanted because, if they didn’t, you were out of luck!

With Silhouette, I could search the internet, save an image, and use it in my project. It was much more convenient and inexpensive, especially since I spend a couple hundred dollars on the machine in the first place. Silhouette also had the options of buying shapes, but you only pay for the ones you want or need. Instead of paying $25+ for a kit, you pay $0.99 for the ones you want to use.

Silhouette also allowed you to use any font you had on your computer which was a HUGE bonus to me! I loved it because I could download a lot of free fonts off of the internet, instead of buying fonts through Cricut. I was sold! Silhouette was the one for me!

The information I shared on Cricut is now outdated because they do have newer models. It is worth noting that I’m still using the same Silhouette Cameo I bought in 2012. The software still works the same even though there have been newer models that have come out since! I absolutely LOVE it and I’m so glad I made the choice I did. Silhouette will always have my heart!


Why did I buy my machine?

In the middle of wedding prep, we decided to make almost everything… including invitations. We printed them all then we had to cut them out with an X-Acto Knife… well my (then) fiance had to do that ūüėČ and I glue them all together. They looked how I wanted but it was very tedious.

Once I heard out about a Silhouette Cameo I knew it would be so helpful to make other things for our wedding like the Mr & Mrs signs for the back of our chairs, the favor/seating chart and our guestbook.

Guestbook

I wanted our guestbook to be something usable that I could display. I cut out little hearts and lined them up with a the purple heart says:

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I made the entire guestbook with my machine. After our wedding I fell in love with all the possibilities!

Then I found I could make shirts by making stencils and using fabric paint. The ‘My 1st Presidents Day’ t-shirt for my nephew was the first project I made this way.

Using stencils was fun (and messy) until I came across iron-on decals. I could cut a design and simply iron it on the shirt instead of making a big mess with the stencil.

Once I discovered the iron-on decals, baby bodysuits became my favorite! At the time all of my friends started having babies and I love to make homemade presents for shower gifts, so it was perfect timing!

I started getting a few requests from people to make things then I decided to open my Etsy shop on the side. And once I had my daughter and became a stay at home mom, I decided to make it more full time!

I’ve learned a lot from those wedding decorating days! Lots of tricks and tips that I will share with you soon! So stay tuned, my friend!

Dear Customer,

First of all, thank you so much for all of support. It really means the world that you trust me with your vision & designs, gifts to friends and things for you and your family.

So, can I start from the beginning? Why I started my business in the first place, honestly was to help with the mountain of school loans my husband and I have accrued over 5 years of college. We can look back in regret of what school we went to and wishing we went to community college for the first two years to save money but here we are… learning from what we didn’t know back then. At that time it sounded great to make some extra money on the side to help.

But trying to make some extra money started to turn into the joy of helping people… you, my customer. I find so much joy in making what you want. When you send me a request to make something I get giddy. I’m so excited to help put a smile on your face. When I hear back from you saying, “oh, my friends love their new shirts!” or “my kids love the decals in the room!”, it really makes my day!

Then the joy of helping you turned into helping me feel better. After I had both of my kids, my anxiety sky rocketed. Being responsible for the lives of two humans, completely in my hands as a stay-at-home mom, can really be daunting task. But I have found when I work on my business you give me something to focus on other than that anxiety. Which I can’t thank you enough for.

Speaking of being a stay at home mom, you allow me to do that. It is hard and demanding job but it means a lot to me to be with them while they are young. I will forever be grateful for you because I get to watch my kids grow every day.

While some may think this is just me trying to make money, I’d be lying if it wasn’t part of it but it’s so much bigger than that. You allow me to stretch my creative muscles and truly make me excited to work on new projects. I’m not sure I can really thank you for what you’ve done for me but I’m sure gonna try!


Your new BFF,

Lacie


What is Vinyl?

When you hear the word ‘vinyl’ what do you think of? A phonograph record you listen to music on? Frankly, that way of listening to music is a little before my time, although I know a lot of people still enjoy listening this way.

The vinyl I work with is basically a very sticky sticker. These vinyl decals make it so easy to apply even the most intricate designs to any surface!

When I first saw a picture of a vinyl decal, I thought someone had painted on the wall. I was amazed at how detailed and precise it was! Then I found out there is a machine with a little blade that cuts sheets of vinyl to make the design! You can get a sheet of vinyl in a specific color, if you want multiple colors you’ll layer them on top of one another (like in this project) to get the look you want.

Once I cut my very first design to place on my cutting machine I was hooked! I love all of the possibilities and it’s a huge bonus it can be applied to pretty much any hard surface!

Are you interested in a vinyl decal for your wall or surface? Head over to my Etsy Shop and check out my designs or you can create one of your own!


Finding Your Creative Side

Paint and paint brushes

Do you remember when you were little and creativity flowed from your brain without any restriction? You could think up the coolest thing and it never seemed like it was completely crazy. Man, I miss those days! As we grow our creative muscles seem to disappear and rational thoughts come in stronger. I love the creativity and imagination we have as children. It’s so fun to see my daughter coming into that season.

Have you ever heard of Odyssey of the Mind? It’s a creative competition for students, from kindergarten to college, where a team of 5-7 kids make a play (including script, backdrops, props & costumes) to solve a number of problems. It’s a great way for kids to think out of the box.

Well, I competed in Odyssey of the Mind almost my entire elementary, middle and high school life. It was so much fun for me and it really made me appreciate creativity. I’m so thankful for my parents who were involved the whole time my sisters and I competed. They encouraged us to think out of the box constantly especially when we came across something that stumped us. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used my problem solving skills that I’ve obtained while I was involved in Odyssey of the Mind.¬†I can’t wait for my kids to give it a try and I would love to be a coach like my parents were.

We can use creativity everywhere in life. Just being a mom, I’m always trying to create fun new games to play or even ways to get them to eat their dinner. I use it in my business too, creating blog posts or posting on social media. But I use creativity the most when I’m making new designs for my Etsy shop. When I think through a lot of different designs, fonts and layouts, it’s so helpful for me to think outside of the box.

Sometimes creativity doesn’t come easy so I wrote a few tips that may help you get creative:

  1. Do some coloring – Just a simple child’s coloring book or even a fun adult coloring book can help!
  2. Go for a walk outside- Clearing out your head and allows you to think of new ideas.
  3. Write down your thoughts – Getting pen to paper and just write anything and everything you can think of can help unload your brain to allow the creative juices flowing.
  4. Unplug your electronics – Turn your phone off, put it in airplane mode or even in another room to allow you to focus.
  5. Do something you love – None of these work for you? Pick something YOU do to relax and clear your head!

The biggest thing with creativity is not to give up, sometimes it takes a while to get going but I can guarantee once you get there you’ll be happy you stuck with it!

How do you use your creative muscles?

Finding Your Creative Side

 

How it all started…

Back in 2012, I was a bridesmaid in the wedding of one of my best friends from college. I was searching Pinterest for a personalized wedding gift and came upon something that was super cute. I thought to myself, “I could totally make that!”. This is my downfall: when I find something I like, I always want to make it myself.

I wanted to try a floating frame with the couple’s last name in one color and then ‘EST’ with the wedding date below it in another color. I thought I could just print it out on a piece of paper and use an X-Acto knife to cut out the letters carefully. BAM! it would be done! Well… that’s not exactly how it worked out.¬† I printed it out on thin printer paper then tried the first letter of their last name. It was a DISASTER! The paper kept ripping and the parts I was able to cut showed white and it looked so crooked. I couldn’t give this to my friend! I was so sad because I wanted to make her a special gift but I didn’t have the right tools to get it done.

Months later, I saw a Facebook post about a Silhouette Cameo. I decided to look it up and I instantly fell in love! I begged my fiance (now husband) to buy it! We decided it would help our wedding a lot if I could make my own decorations, especially the invitations.

Unfortunatly, the Cameo came at a significant price (especially when you’re not far out of college and planning a wedding) but I could imagine making a bunch of things with it. I waited until Cyber Monday came around and got a great deal!

I was so excited when it arrived in the mail! I opened it up and it was so pretty. But how in the world do I make anything with it? Sure, it looked great and I could make a ton of things, but I was new at it and had no clue how it worked. I tried making a few things and after a while I started to become more confident. I made A LOT of mistakes. At times I would give up and try again in a few days (I’ve learned so much in the six years I’ve had my machine).

I made shirts for my nephew and posted a few pictures on Facebook and got a few people interested in what I was making. I decided to set up an Etsy shop if other people were interested in what I was making.  At this point, I was married and had a full time job. I was doing my business on the side.

When I was pregnant with our first child, my husband and I decided I would quit my full time job once our little girl arrived in 2015. I was excited that I could focus on more on my business. I wanted to go full-on legit. I registered my business and opened a business account; I’ve been working on it full time ever since.

Now with two kids, it can be difficult to find the time but I thoroughly enjoy being creative. I have always been a creative person, but since becoming a mom my priorities have changed. I think I need that time to help with me feel like myself.

I love working with customers who have their own ideas and making it come to life! They can come to me with a small idea or a big idea and we work together to make it the best as we can.

My goal is to help you create projects and gifts without having to buy the expensive vinyl cutter and spending months (and years) learning how to use it. I want you to be creative and allow me to help you make your ideal project. You will be able to take pride in the fact you created it yourself. And when someone asks, “where did you get that?”, you can smile and say, “I made it!”

Can I help you with a project or gift? Check out my Etsy shop or email me. I’d love to help you!