In my final Silhouette Challenge of this year, I wanted to test my skills a bit further. I knew I wanted to make labels and use sketch pens, but I also wanted to take it a step further. This project could have easily been done on my printer. It could have easily taken 5 minutes. But I wanted to learn, I wanted to challenge myself, which is what this monthly challenge as been all about anyway.
I used Avery labels instead of the Silhouette brand because that is what I had on hand. Of course, Silhouette doesn't have a setting for Avery brand labels, so I had to create it myself. I measured the sheet of labels and then drew lines in my file that represented where the label cuts were.
Then I typed out the names of each bin I was planning on labeling. Of course I had to take it a step further and put some pictures on too. This helps Lucy and the rest of the kids that come over since not all the kids can read yet.
Next, I had to determine what I was going to print in what colors.
The time consuming part, is that every color you want you use, you have to start this process over. So for all the pink, I had to select the pink, print, then reload. Then I had to unselect the pink and select what I wanted to be purple. Rinse, lather, repeat.
Also, you have to make sure when you go to cut, to change your settings from "cut" to "sketch pen."
Additionally, I used sharpies with the sketch pen holder instead of the Silhouette brand sketch pens. I am not sure what the difference is, I just had a bunch of Sharpies and thought it made more sense to have the pen holder since it was more versatile.
It posed to work out just fine too.
On the labels that I didn't sketch out a picture on, I hot glued an example. Puff balls for the puff ball box, a small card on the card box and then I used duct tape on the duct tape box and put Girl Scout stickers all over the Girl Scout box.
I really love how they turned out. Like I said before, I could have just run these through my printer, but I wanted to learn, really learn, the ins and the outs of my machine and this was a good test run for me. It will especially be helpful when I do the labels for some of my homemade Christmas presents this year!
Like in past months when I did these Silhouette Challenges, there are a bunch of other bloggers participating! This month is slightly different because we are hosting a giveaway for an Amazon gift card that can be applied in buying your own Silhouette machine!
Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!
- 2013 Snowman Christmas Card by Please Excuse My Craftermath...
- Christmas Hoop Art by Lil' Mrs. Tori
- Silhouette Nativity Advent Candle Box by One Tough Mother
- Christmas Party Photo Booth Props by unOriginal Mom
- Another Stenciled Tea Towel by Cutesy Crafts
- Silhouette Gift Tags by Rain on a Tin Roof
- Snowflake Pin / Ornament by Coley's Corner
- State Sign Couple Gift by It Happens in a Blink
- Mason Jar Christmas Ornaments by Vintage News Junkie
- Merry Christmas Wall Decor by One Artsy Mama
- Deer Head Holiday Banner...featuring Santa's Reindeer by The Thinking Closet
- Restore your UGGS (with PAINT) by From Wine to Whine
- Monogrammed Snowflake Ornaments by Architecture of a Mom
- Christmas Countdown Sign by The Girl Creative
- Elf Chalk Sign: "The Best Way to Spread Christmas" by Weekend Craft
- Glittery Christmas Subway Art by The Turquoise Home
- Sketch Pen Labels by Sowdering About in Seattle
- Snowflake NOEL Sign by My Favorite Finds
- DIY Holiday Hostess Gift by Everyday Paper
- Folding Nativity Backdrop by Chicken Scratch NY
- Recycled Glass Jar Advent Calendar by Nearly Handmade
- Reindeer Card: Double-Sided Print & Cut by GetSilvered
- Personalized Block Ornament by Suburble
- Paper Medallion Christmas Tree by Create & Babble
- Mini Mid-Century Homes by Tried & True
- Glitter and Vinyl Minecraft Christmas Ornament by A Tossed Salad Life
- DIY Countdown to Christmas Refrigerator Style by My Paper Craze
- Reversible Recipe Holder/Block Frame by The Sensory Emporium
- DIY: Lettered Christmas Pillows by The House on Hillbrook
- Simply Charming Christmas Ornaments by Life After Laundry
- No Glitter was Worn by GiveMeAPaintbrush
- Make Easy Ornaments from Paper Circles by Bringing Creativity to Life
- Cutting Machine Embroidery Applique by Terri Johnson Creates
- "Believe" Christmas Banner by Daily Dwelling
- DIY Christmas Nativity Card by Pitter and Glink
Do you have a Silhouette machine?Looking for Silhouette inspiration, support, trouble-shooting? Interested in joining us for our group posting event next month? Then, we'd love to have you join our Silhouette Challenge Facebook group. To join, simply fill out the new member request form, and Lauren from The Thinking Closet will get you squared away. FOR GIVEAWAY PARTICIPANTS:
$155 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!
- Giveaway runs from at 11:59p eastern.
- Giveaway is open to anyone 18 years of age and older, and this is an international-friendly giveaway!
- 31 different bloggers from our Silhouette Challenge FB Group made this giveaway possible, which means...
- There are 31 different potential entries per person! That's a lot of potential winning power.
- Giveaway prize = an Amazon Gift Card for $155 toward a Silhouette machine or supplies on their wish list...but in truth, can be spent on anything the winner's heart desires! Bonus.
- The winner will be contacted by Lauren from The Thinking Closet by email and will have 48 hours to respond; so, everyone should watch their spam folders.
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