I always love getting a “toy” on Christmas morning, and this year I got just about the greatest toy a crafty mom could ask for! A few people have asked me to explain this thing of wonder, known as the Silhouette, so I thought I would write a few blog posts about what I’ve been doing with my new electronic pet.
If you aren’t into being crafty or organization or labeling things, then you might not have heard about the wonders of the Silhouette. Personally, I didn’t even know it had been invented a year ago. But the more I heard about it, the more I wanted one. And when I saw a big Black Friday deal on a Silhouette, I asked my husband if it could be my Christmas gift.
The Silhouette is a die-cutting machine that connects to your computer like a printer. It perfectly and precisely cuts anything you design, and it works with lots of materials. I’ve mainly been using mine so far with adhesive vinyl, but it also can cut out iron-on transfers, chip board, cardstock and pretty much anything you can think of.
One of my first projects for the Silhouette was to add labels to one of my favorite organization projects in this house. I’m sure you’ve all heard the news that leaving your toothbrushes on the counter isn’t such a great idea. Supposedly, each time you flush the toilet, it sends particles into the air that get on your tooth brush. (I actually heard a news story recently that this ISN’T true, but the mere possibility has been haunting me for a while now!)
I have tried to come up with a good method of storing our toothbrushes somewhere other than on the bathroom counter. I put them in cups inside the cabinet, but they would tip over. I tried putting them in a closet, but no one could ever find them and they would end up lying next to the sink.
One day I was at IKEA and I discovered the PLUGGIS storage system. I wasn’t sure how I would attach them to a wall or cabinet, but I brought them home knowing CapableDad could figure it out. Sure enough. He was able to saw the end off a screw so it would attach to the inside of the cabinet door without going all the way through the door.
Now, I have a great way to store our toothbrushes and toothpaste inside the door. I used the other containers on the other door to store my facial cleansers and other small items like band-aids and pony tail holders. This has been a small project, but it makes me hugely happy because now I am able to have a clutter-free counter!
Creating labels for my storage containers was one of my first projects with my Silhouette. It was as simple as writing the words in a font I like (Honey Script) and then printing them out on adhesive vinyl. Peel and stick, and my project is complete! (You can see that I still have my round labels on the drawers inside the cabinet. I’m sure I’ll be changing those out soon!)
I have lots of other die-cut projects I’ve been working on that I hope to write about on my blog. But I’m wondering… any other Silhouette users out there? I would love to hear about your favorite projects!