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Old 07-02-2013, 11:02 AM   #1
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Cool Silhouette Portrait or something else?

I have been researching for getting a Silhouette Portrait. I currently have a spellbinder that I use for cutting shapes. Its very simple to use, and I have quite a few die sets.

I feel like I am living in the dark ages of scrap booking, and I see all these awesome layouts in the gallery. I just finished my first scrapbook (with the help of We R Memory Keeper Pocket Pages) so I am happy with the way it turned out, but for the future I want a little bit more flexibility.... and I wouldn't mind if it looked cutier without having to buy stickers.

I want to be able to cut out Letters and Numbers.

I am pretty good with a computer, so I don't mind using my laptop at all. I never wanted the cricut because each set was too expensive for me. However, since I am a basic user and my scrapbook took a long time to create, I am wondering this product is too much for me and I should get something else...? or it should work.

I typically use purchased items to make my pages. Like 4x6 single layer cards, and flat stickers. I hand write pretty much everything, so if I don't have stickers its handwritten (like titles), and I don't have the best hand writing.

I'd like to be able to do something like this:
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HSN has the the Silhouette Cameo on Flex pay right now. This the 12 inch version and you could do alot with it. I have been waiting on them to be back in stock to get mine, it will be here next week.
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Price isnt really a factor for me. I think portrait versus cameo, i only need the portrait size. I typically do 4X6 's with my pocket holders.
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I purchased the Silhouette Portrait around last Thanksgiving at a really good price. I never really had a chance to spend time with it for months -- and wondered just a little bit if it would be confusing. I'm computer savvy but sometimes software is just not that intuitive for me.

Well, I decided it was now or never a few weeks ago when I needed some Old English style lettering for a theater prop. It was SO easy to cut out those letters! I already have a lot of free fonts loaded on my laptop and it was SIMPLE to use.

My next project was to try the stamp and cut feature. I learned to create cut files for stamped images and also to cut out prestamped images. Again, it was not difficult. I found a couple of videos on You Tube for this part and they were tremendously helpful, and in the process I found a few blogs for future reference, too.

My next project was to make vinyl wall art also for the theater and I was very happy with that, too.

The Portrait version is small enough that it sits right on top of my scanner/printer when not in use. I highly recommend it! I am not sure I'll ever buy a die again.

I think you will be very happy with it for cutting out text!
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Check the Silhouette America website, they have had the Portrait for 129.00 for the package with the designer edition software.
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Well I went ahead and ordered the portrait and a large pack of the sketch pens! Cant wait for it to come!
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