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Old 06-16-2013, 06:46 AM   #1
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Default Total Novice, needs SVG/Silhouette help!

My sister is giving me her silhouette. (she is downsizing her craft room, big time!)

I have a Cricut, love it.I bought the Expression back in 2007, then the Design Studio right after..... But I really want to enjoy the SVG files MDS has too! So ....I am so excited!

No clue how or what I need to do, never even gave any of this a thought.

Someone please tell me step by step, like you would a 10 year old, how do use this.
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Old 06-16-2013, 07:45 AM   #2
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Here's what I posted in the other thread:

The best place to start is at Under A Cherry Tree . She has tons of tutorials for the silhouette.

To start with though, if you want to use SVG files without having to convert them in a separate program like inkscape (works, but not without its glitches) you'll need to buy the designer edition of silhouette studio or one of the third party programs. I know of make the cut and scal. I happen to have all 3 programs but I use silhouette studio designer edition the most.
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I highly recommend getting the Designer Edition of Silhouette Studio if you're wanting to use a lot of SVG's. I used to use Inkscape before I got it and like Gale said it works but it's not ideal, with the DE it's super easy to open and use SVG's.
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If you aren't in a big hurry, they do have it on sale sometimes. I think mine was 25% off but I've seen it go on sale for less.
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you ladies are wonderful! I go pick it up tomorrow. She says it has software with it, but not sure if she understood my question of the Design Edition Software.

She is one to buy the coolest new things then never use them and passes them down to the younger sisters! YAY us!!
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A little birdie told me you might want to wait until the first week of July, Silhouette just might be having a sale on the DE software
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The best deal I've been able to find when researching this is: $32.88 and it includes a $10 gift card for svgcuts.com I didn't end up purchasing this as my bundle included the DE software upgrade for free.

Silhouette Studio Designer Edition (Digital Download): SVGTools.co - Sizzix eclips, Silhouette Cameo, Sure Cuts A Lot, Silhouette Studio Designer Edition and more!

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A little birdie told me you might want to wait until the first week of July, Silhouette just might be having a sale on the DE software
Give that little birdie a kiss for me! I can wait that long!!
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The best deal I've been able to find when researching this is: $32.88 and it includes a $10 gift card for svgcuts.com I didn't end up purchasing this as my bundle included the DE software upgrade for free.

Silhouette Studio Designer Edition (Digital Download): SVGTools.co - Sizzix eclips, Silhouette Cameo, Sure Cuts A Lot, Silhouette Studio Designer Edition and more!

Hope this helps!
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I got this email today. It always says not valid on downloads but I bought my copy of SSDE with a coupon that said the same thing.

Plus, through July 1st, you can save 25% on your entire purchase of materials and accessories from silhouetteamerica.com*. Just type in the promo code SUMMER during checkout.
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If you or anyone else hasn't bought it yet, this blog post has a deal on it.

Under A Cherry Tree: HOT! Silhouette Studio Designer Edtion for 50% off! (or $24.99)

(NOT my blog)
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YouTube Videos are best for learning to use your Silhouette. Try CleverSomeday. Excellent! Also Debbie H aka Doodlingdebbie, Underacherrytree and others including SilhouetteAmerica. 2Tinytreasures offers start to finish project tutorials. All so very helpful and much appreciated. I have had my machine for only a week and already feel fairly proficient. Machine and software can be quick to learn with YouTube. Downloading designs is a snap and will make first projects easy peasy. But the richness inherent in the machine and software is in modifying, print n cut and designing your own projects. BTW of the SilhouetteAmerica videos I like the ones with Jen best. She writes their blog as well. My hands down favorite video author/producer for understanding the Silhouette software is CleverSomeday. She helps one understand how the software thinks and "sees" which reduces frustration and error. Her series Tracing Without Tears is wonderful. Blessings,
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Lots of wonderful information. Thanks for all of it!!!

I've had my grandson visiting from MO so I have not had any crafty time.
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Hi Vikkijo, another great place for all sorts of help & info for your Silhouette is UKScrappers. This forum has sections devoted to the Craft Robo/ Wishblade/ Silhouettes. ( All the same machine, just different logos). The ladies on there are very knowledgeable about the machines, and always ready to help a new owner. The other thing is that if you join up to the forum(free), after one month, you get access to all the free cutting files the members post up! Another good resource for free SVG files is Pinterest.
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