Print and cut stickers:
There are lots of project life printables out there on the net for free, you don't have to buy them, I have a Pinterest board of Project Life ideas I have amassed if you want to check them out, but how do you make that file into a print and cut on your machine? This is how I do it.
You will need to have Photoshop elements or a printer with a scanner, as well as your Silhouette software.
I bought this printable from the Studio Calico site but you can use any free printable and complete the same steps here to turn it into a print and cut, saving you time.
The first step is to get the design you want into the Silhouette software. Silhouette does not recognise a PDF file so if the printable you have downloaded is in this format, you need to change it to jpg or png.
With Photoshop Elements - you can open the pdf and save the file as a png for greater detail and clarity.
With a printer scanner - print out the PDF file
and then scan it as a photograph into your computer at 300 dpi and save the image as a jpg.
Whichever way you choose you can now open your Silhouette software and get the jpg or png image on to the blank document by clicking file-open and then you will have to alter the file type so you can see your new document. Unfortunately the Silhouette always defaults to looking for studio files, but if you click in the dropdown you can get it to see either jpg, png or all files.
So, locate where you saved it on your pc.
If you have a regular printer, your first job is to resize the mat down to A4 or letter size, by clicking the page icon top right and then selecting A4 as I did here.
Now we need to trace the outlines, so we can make cutting lines.
Now we need to add registration marks to the design so the cutter can work out where to cut on the printing.
Click on the registration marks icon on the top right hand side and then tick 'show registration marks' and some grey shaded areas will appear on your design. It is important that non of your printed area is under these marks or they will not be printed and cut, so you will have to click on the corner of the design to re-size it smaller, until all the design is within the white, open area. Now we can go ahead and do the printing, by clicking on the printer icon on the top left.
You have a choice of materials to print on, I did these on Silhouette sticker paper, but you can do it on presentation paper (takes less ink) or cardstock if they are for journaling.
Once out of the printer, place the printed paper on the cutting mat aligning the top left hand corner with the grid. Feed the mat into your Cameo.
You need to start the cutting process next by getting the Silhouette to automatically detect the registration marks. So go to the 'cut' icon next to the printer icon and click on skip printing and then on detect registration marks automatically. The machine will whirr into action looking for the three black marks it printed, two at the top and one at the bottom left. Once this is done you are ready to cut, but make sure you choose the correct type of paper, see what is defaulted to and then click 'change settings' and adjust to whatever you have chosen - I chose Silhouette adhesive sticker paper, then press cut.
Voila, your own stickers print and cut!
NOTE - Make sure you adjust your blade depth to whatever it recommends for each type of paper. If you cut too deeply through sticker paper instead of just the top layer peeling off the backing paper, the whole sticker gets cut out through both layers!!! (I found out personally!) TFLx