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Using the Silhouette to stitch a scrapbook title

Using the Silhouette to stitch a scrapbook title // scrapbook page by Heather Leopard

Not to let Go Now Go take all the fun today, I’m excited to share this brilliant technique from Heather Leopard, complete with a step-by-step tutorial. I hope it inspires you to get stitching!

When I think of summer, the things that come to mind are bright cheerful colors and sandy beaches so naturally, I made that the focus of my layout. I didn’t just want to include a nod to summer, I wanted to scream SUMMER! I knew I had to go with a big, bold title so I went to my trusting die cutting tool and pulled out 6 bold colors that coordinated with Shimelle’s Starshine collection and went to work.

To get started, I created the entire design for my layout in the CAMEO software, including my photo and layering around my photo. I created the letters using Franklin Gothic font in varying sizes between 460 – 525. I simply enlarged the letters, overlapped them and scaled them up and down until I liked the look.

For this next step you have many options for practically perfect holes for stitching but I’m going to talk about two of my favorites. The first one is to draw the design onto your paper using your CAMEO and sketch pens, then poking the holes yourself. The second option is a little more complicated but well worth it if you ask me. Take a look at how I added dots onto my letters in the image below.

Using the Silhouette to stitch a scrapbook title// scrapbook page by Heather Leopard

Usually when I want to stitch a cut file, I skip steps 1 – 3 but you have to do steps 1 – 3 this time because you can’t add text to text. So 1st step is to create a png or jpeg of each of your letters. Separate your letters and use your favorite snipping to to do a screen capture.

Import the png or jpeg back into your Silhouette designer. This turns it into a “shape” instead of editable text.
Trace each letter and release the compound path / ungroup them.

Using the Silhouette to stitch a scrapbook title // scrapbook page by Heather Leopard

4. This is where you’d normally start if you were using a cut file. Using a text box and Times New Roman or some similar font, type in dot after dot after dot until you’ve filled up an entire row or two of dots. I prefer using a period for my dots but others use an “o”. The actual number doesn’t matter because you can add more dots to an image in step 6.

5. Change the font size to 24 or 36.

Using the Silhouette to stitch a scrapbook title // scrapbook page by Heather Leopard

6. Click the “Select” Arrow in Silhouette and then double click the text box.

Using the Silhouette to stitch a scrapbook title // scrapbook page by Heather Leopard

7. The text box turns to a green outline and you will see circle with a plus sign inside. Click the circle and hold it down while dragging it to the cut file. In my case, that’s the “S”.

Using the Silhouette to stitch a scrapbook title // scrapbook page by Heather Leopard

8. Your image will look similar to this. If there aren’t enough dots to cover the entire image, just click in the text box and add more. It’s as easy as that.

]Using the Silhouette to stitch a scrapbook title // scrapbook page by Heather Leopard

9. Repeat until everything you want to stitch has dots for holes.

10. Cut your files as you normally would. A few of my holes were just barely hanging on so I’ll be using the double cut option next time and recommend you do that as well.

Using the Silhouette to stitch a scrapbook title // scrapbook page by Heather Leopard

11. Put a good movie on and stitch away!

Using the Silhouette to stitch a scrapbook title // scrapbook page by Heather Leopard

08 July 2016



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7 Comments for Using the Silhouette to stitch a scrapbook title

  1. Jackie A xxx Says:

    Fab tutorial, and lovely layout.

  2. Lana Bisson Says:

    this is absolutely adorable. I love the open letter stitched title. so fresh. I dont have a sillouette… :(

  3. Lisa Zepponi Says:

    Love this!! What a great “Title” or “End’ page layout!

  4. Kelly Says:

    I would have never thought to do this. Thanks for a great tutorial.

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