Until its time to unwrap your brand new diecutter, here are some productive ways to pass the time and get a head start.
1. Watch some videos. I don’t recommend the Official Silh videos as they are not very good (and sometimes downright wrong) but fortunately my pal Kelly has you covered with this great set of lessons for beginners.
Also highly recommended for beginners is my Tracing without Tears series to learn how to convert your own images into cut files.
3. Download and install Silhouette Studio. Go ahead and start familiarizing yourself with the software so you’ll be ready to hit the ground running when your machine arrives.
4. Begin collecting free files, but I recommend only stockpiling the ones that scroll off after a specific time period. Many more freebies can be found and downloaded any time you need them.
Here are five of my favorite time-sensitive freebie sites for Silhouette files (.studio, GSD or DXF for basic edition, SVG for Designer Edition. You can also use the png files for print and cut in any version.)
- Silhouette Design Store at least one free file per week, lots more for the holidays
- Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbons free file every Friday
- Kadoodlebug Designs free file every Monday
- MyScrapChick subscribe for a free file every Friday
- Little Scraps of Heaven free file every Monday
Haven’t decided which machine is right for you yet?
Check out my Cricut Explore vs. Silhouette Cameo analysis here.
My Cameo vs Curio comparison is here.