If you are anything like me, you love decorating your planner. I am more of a functional planner, but I enjoy adding a few decorative pieces here and there. The easiest way to add pops of color or a happy little reminder, is to use stickers. I love buying stickers from Etsy, but my favorite thing to do is create my own stickers. That way I can choose exactly what I want and I get to be creative.
When creating planner stickers you can buy clip art, design your own digitally, or even hand draw your stickers. I have made them every way imaginable. One of my favorite ways is by using my Cricut or Silhouette. Using an electronic die cutting machine makes cutting stickers out really easy. Sometimes I don’t want to fuss with designing a theme, printing it out and then sending it to the machine to cut. I just want to cut and go. Well, that’s possible. Did you know that you can create cute and functional planner stickers without a printer?
All you need for this technique is sticker paper and an electronic die cutting machine. I use the Cricut Explore as well as the Silhouette Cameo.
Below you will find a video tutorial that will walk you through step-by-step on how I created these stickers. I will also leave a link to where I get my supplies.
Are you looking for a way to make custom planner stickers? Maybe you are wanting to open up your own Etsy shop or maybe you are just wanting to save some money and make your own planner stickers. In this blog post I will teach you how to make your own planner stickers with your Silhouette.
The first thing you want to do is to set you page settings to 8.5″ x 11″. The reason for this is that most sticker paper that you are going to use will be this size. Since you are using a smaller size, you do not need the Cameo for making planner stickers. You can use the Portrait, which is a smaller size and a bit more affordable.
Once you have your mat size set up, you need to add registration marks. This is what allows your Silhouette software to work with your printer. **TIP** Make sure you choose the correct style. Most likely you will be using registration marks for type 1 (cameo, portrait). To get the most out of your sticker paper, set the margins or inset numbers to the lowest possible number. In my case I set mine to 0.394
Now you are ready to start creating your cut file. Designing your stickers or finding clip art is the fun part. You can create your stickers in the Silhouette software or even in Photoshop or Illustrator. Once you have your image you are going to create the cut file. I think the most difficult step is tracing the image. This part is all about trial and error. I turn on the high pass filter, lower pass fitler, and I adjust the threshold and scale. The image doesn’t have to be completely filled. You want to try to get as close to a yellow solid line around the image as possible. **IMPORTANT** Make sure that you do not have any yellow in the background. After you are happy with your trace settings, you are going to select trace outer edge.
You can stop here if you want and cut the image out right on the edge, but if you want a nice white border around your image you will go to the offset screen. I choose offset, not internal offset. I like my image to have a rounded effect so I choose round and adjust the distance. This number does not have to be a specific number, just play around with it until you find what you like.
With the offset lines selected, I like to change to line color. The only reason I do this is so I can tell the difference between the offset line and the original trace line. Once the offset line color is changed, I delete my original (red) trace lines.
This step may not be necessary. but sometimes you will have extra cut lines that you do not want. To get rid of these you are going to select your cut lines, right click, and select release compound path. Now you are able to select the specific part that you want to delete.
With your cut lines selected, you are going to go to the cut settings menu. Make sure that you choose cut edge.
For the image itself, you want to select no cut.
Next, you want to line these two images up. With both images selected go to the align settings and select center. This will align the two images perfectly!!
When you have the two images aligned, select both, right click, and select group. This will keep you image and cut lines together, even if you move your image around. If you want to create multiple images on one sheet of paper, now is the time. You can easily copy and paste this image as many times as you would like and all the the cut settings will already be set.
You finally have your cut file created and it is time to print and cut. There are a few sticker papers that I recommend and use myself.
When you are setting up your cut settings it really is all about trial and error. Each Silhouette is different. What works for one person, may not work for another person. The same is true with sticker paper. One setting may work for a certain sticker paper, but not for another. So playing around with your settings is essential. To save on ink, I suggest cutting out basic shapes while finding what work best for you.
Here is a video tutorial for a walk through on this process.
I hope you found this tutorial helpful. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me through the comments or my contact section. Until next time, Happy Crafting!!
**This is a comparison between the Cricut Explore and the Silhouette Cameo In these videos I give information that I currently know about each machine. This review was filmed November 2014 so if there are new machines released since then, my review does not include updated information.**
There are many electronic die cutting machines out there on the market these days. The big debate seems to be on Cricut vs. Silhouette. Everyone has their preference. I have explained the pros and cons of each machine, as well ask revealed my personal preference. To view, just click on the video below.
I am usually a procrastinator when it comes to crafting and making cards for people, but this time I have made my card in advanced. My husband’s birthday in on July 14, so I’m almost a month early. If you know my husband, you know that he loves music. recently he has gotten into writing and recording his own songs. Maybe one day he will let me share them with you…
This week’s Krafty Girls challenge is Musically Inclined. Just make any paper craft with a music theme. Here is my card.
I designed and put this card together in about 45 minutes using my Silhouette. I think the Silhouette is quickly becoming my favorite die cutting machine (even more than my Cricut) *GASP*
Don’t forget to head on over to Krafty Girls to participate.