Try It Tuesday: SVG for the Cameo

SVGs are Scalable Vector Graphics which can be used with the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition. (This is an upgrade you need to purchase and doesn’t come with the Silhouette Studio download. I’ve heard of people getting their version from anywhere from $4.99 to about $50 – shop around you can probably find it in the $30 range)

You can make your own SVGs using the “Trace” tool in the Silhouette Studio software or you can use Inkscape (I made a tutorial a few years back on how to make custom shapes using Inkscape)  Alternately there are a lot of places on the internet where you can buy SVGs or if you find the right place, maybe even find some for free.

This post I am only showing files that I have purchased from PPBN Designs which is personally my favorite spot to get SVGs from – but I do use several other sites as well and am dabbling in creating more complicated designs myself. (Look for some posts of me explaining how I did them in the new year – provided it works out!)

Since my next big trip to scrap is Disney – that has been the items I have focused on, but with my membership to PPBN I am developing quite the collection of cute designs – just have  to find the right time to use them!

To cut them, I sort out all the pieces by color and then find a matching (or close to it) color from my paper stash.  One day I cut out 30 different Disney related images and then sorted out all the tiny pieces on the big reading chair in my room and then over the next few days pieced them all together (those are the ones featured in the photo album below).  Sometimes I will cut out just 1 character though I find it is best to do it in multiples (or cut out multiples of the same character for cards, etc.) so that you don’t have as much paper waste.

I have been using the Xyron Sticker Maker to put them together, but recently got a Zig pen to help out with any smaller pieces. Look for a post on that and the pros and cons soon 🙂

Product Review: Rear View Monitor Mirror

Recently I found myself in a new office, where the coffee and water were right behind me.  This led to a lot of people “sneaking up behind me” whether they meant to or not. I have a tendency of getting really wrapped up in things and being oblivious to what is going on around me and often find myself jumping out of my skin when someone stops by to say “hello”.  I decided that one of the best ways to combat this was to get a Rear View Mirror for my computer monitor! The monitor worked great and it was easy to see who was behind my and might be approaching my desk.  It is small and light weight so if I wanted to transport it to and from work each day (in case someone would want to steal it!) I could.  It sat without problem on top of my monitor and would fit on a laptop as well.  If you work in an office setting where people are going behind you – you certainly need this in your life.  If you have a home office and need “eyes on the back of your head” to keep an eye on your kids or pets – this will help with that as well!

My Dad has a different rear view mirror for his monitor at work and has said that this one is much better because it gives you a larger area of mirror than the tiny one that he has – which he has positioned in such a way in order to be able to see that it actually blocks the small “x” in the corner of his windows.  With this rear view mirror propped on top of the monitor you will not have those problems!

Think that this is the office product that you’ve been looking for? Be sure to buy yourself one on Amazon: Rear View Monitor Mirror

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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