When you first looked at this layout, did you think that I used 2 sheets of each piece of patterned paper to cut the large hearts that I used behind my photos? Well, guess what? I only used one of each sheet of paper and today I want to share with you how to offset an image in Silhouette Studio and get the most from your scrapbook paper. I am always looking for ways to get the most from my products and I'm confident that this easy tip will help you too!
Begin by opening a heart shaped cut file image in your Silhouette Studio software and make sure it is centered. This heart is about 9 inches wide by 8.25 inches tall.
To Offset the image open the Offset Option. Select your heart image, click on Offset, set Distance to 0.25 inches, select Corner and then hit Apply. It will then offset the heart by 0.25 inches.
Next, select the offset heart and repeat this offset process until you have a total of 4 heart. Remember to select the new heart each time you are ready to offset.
Tada! You now have four offset hearts!
Now that you understand how to offset images, I'm going to share with you the trick I used that allowed me to only use two sheets of paper. To make it easier for you to understand, I have colored the hearts with two different colors to mimic the two patterns of paper that I used for my layout. As you can see the colors and/or patterns alternate just like in my layout.
Before you begin cutting, select the two hearts that are the light pink in color and move them off of the cutting area. To select two images together, click on one of the images, hit the shift key and while holding down shift click on the other image. They will now both be selected and you can move them together off of the mat. It is important to keep the images together like this for this technique.
Now, you are ready to cut the two dark pink hearts from one sheet of paper. As you will see after you are finished cutting, one shape will be a solid heart shape and the other shape with be an outline of the heart. Remove the cut hearts from the cutting mat and set them to the side.
Next, place the other color or pattern of paper that you are going to use onto your cutting mat. Move the image (the dark pink hearts) you just cut off of the cutting area in the Silhouette Software and replace it with the other light pink hearts. Cut this image and remove it from your cutting mat.
Once you have all four hearts cut, layer the hearts starting with the largest shape to the smallest shape. You will see that the images overlap perfectly and that you have just cut four hearts from only 2 pieces of paper! Way to go!!!
Before I adhered my hearts together and onto my layout, I added some machine stitching along the edges of each heart and then I inked the edges too. This is an easy way to add texture and dimension without added bulk.
I then added some fun embellishments including die cuts, wood veneers, and hearts.
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope this little tutorial taught you some new things that you can do to help you save paper as well as more ways to use your Silhouette and cut files!
Patterned Paper, Die Cuts, Wood Veneer: Elle's Studio | Cienna Collection
Enamel Hearts: Pebbles Inc
Pen: LePen by Marvy | Black
Sewing Machine: Kenmore
Electronic Cutting Machine: Silhouette Cameo