How to Weld Words in a Frame

My mom gave me some canisters she didn't want anymore when cleaning out her kitchen last week. They're kind of plain, so I decided I would add some labels to them!

The only problem was, I had no idea how to do this. Two hours of playing around in Silhouette Studio later, I figured it out!

I thought I would post a little tutorial to show you guys the process of how to do this because I figure I can't be the only one who was totally lost!

To start, you need a basic shape. I chose a circle since my canisters are cylindrical. I needed them to be 3.75 inches from side to side, so to do this easily, I opened up my Scale tab, set the size, and hit Apply.

Now to get that outer circle (or square, or whatever shape you have), hit the Offset button. It's the last button on the bottom toolbar and looks like a target. You can adjust the distance between your original shape and the new one and for shapes other than circles, you can choose to have round or sharp corners. I chose the distance for my circles to be 1 inch. Make sure to hit Apply to save your changes.

As of now the two shapes are separate. We need them to be one shape. To do this, select both circles and hit Make under Compound Paths in the Modify Window. This allows the two circles to become one shape and the center to be a hole.

Now it's time to decide what our labels say! I wanted the four canisters to hold sugar, powdered sugar, brown sugar, and flour. I typed all of the words in separate text boxes using the font Lavanderia.

I zoomed in real close so you could see these next few steps. When you use a cursive font, sometimes the letters overlap instead of looking like a continuous line. To change this, click on the Modify button on the upper right side of the window and hit Weld.

Can you see the difference? All the letters look like one continuous line instead of separate letters overlapped on top of one another. This means they will cut as one shape.

We're almost done!

Making sure the the word is overlapped on the circle, select all of the shapes and hit Group to group everything together into one single shape.

To get rid of those little ends of the letters that overlap the circle (see picture above this one), we need to select the shape and hit Weld. This will make those lines disappear and make the word flow right into the frame!

I colored in the shape to help you guys see what I mean. The whole thing, the frame and the word are one shape!

Just repeat the same steps for all of your labels and then it's time to cut!

I hope that tutorial made sense and helped you guys! Let me know if you have any questions or if I can do anything in future tutorials to help be more clear! I'm a visual learner, so I need lots of pictures, which I try to provide for you guys!

Stay tuned to see the finished project!

UPDATE: Check out the finished product here!

Canister Labels

DIY Monogram on Silhouette Studio

Like any Southern girl, I love monograms. If I could monogram everything I owned, I would be one happy girl.

After discovering the weld tool in Silhouette Studio, I realized I could make my own!

First things first, we have to choose a font. Maybe it's just me, but finding a font was kind of hard! Actually, that's not true. There were tons of beautiful fonts out there! But finding a free font was hard!

After an hour of Google searching, I stumbled across a website with cool free fonts at Their lavanderia font is perfect for monograms!

I made myself a separate text box for each letter, making the W the biggest since it's the initial for my last name.

I found it easier to clearly see the letter and overlap them when they were filled in, so I suggest filling in the letter and the line color. The color won't effect the cutting, so you don't have to change it back.

Now it's time to layer them. You may need to change the size or rotate them a little. My A looked crooked layered on top of the W so it needed a little adjusting.

It's also a good idea to measure them against a gridline to make sure they're as straight as possible.

After you've adjusted the letters and have them looking like you want, open the modify window on the right side of the top bar. Select all your letters and hit weld. This makes them all become one shape.

Now when you click on any part of it, one box will surround all the letters and you can move it anywhere you want!

I can't wait to add my monogram to so many things! Tumblers, my laptop case, my binder! The list goes on and on!

Creating Chalkboard Labels Using Silhouette Studio

I decided to do a little organizing this week. I have a few tupperware for cereal storage and I thought it would be cute to create chalkboard labels for them! Now when we buy new cereal, we can write what's inside on the label! Who knew cereal was so exciting? :)

The labels were so simple to make using Silhouette Studio - it seriously took me 5 minutes tops to make them, cut them, and put them on!

I used this label set from Lori Whitlock's shop. I thought the long blue one would fit nicely on the side of the tupperware.

After clicking on the shape in the library, click the ungroup button. This separates all the shapes in the pack.

I turned my square sideways and brought it to the top so I wouldn't waste as much vinyl. Next, I measured my tupperware and adjusted the size of the shape in the scale window. If you know the exact measurements needed for your shape, the scale window makes it so much easier!

Now it's time to cut! Make sure you're set to vinyl in the cut window and your blade is at 2. Sometimes I put my blade on 3, but when it's on 2 I check double cut, just to be sure it's cut all the way through.

Now you just peel back the excess vinyl, stick on some transfer tape, and then put it on the tupperware! All that's left to do now is label! After taking this picture I decided to add the date that we opened it as well. Now our cereal stays fresh and we can easily see what's what!

Thanks for stopping by!

Here's a list of supplies used for this project!

Belated Christmas Ornament Tutorial

I know it's January 16, but I couldn't post about this until now because I still hadn't given these out as presents. My friend and I made some cute Christmas ornaments as presents for the members in Sigma Tau Delta, and due to the weather being bad, the party kept getting postponed. We finally had it today, so now I can finally post about them!

These were so easy to make and everyone loved them which made us so happy!

You could get red ornaments, but we decided to get clear ones and paint the inside red with acrylic paint to achieve the bright, glossy color we wanted. Next, I cut strips of vinyl with my Silhouette machine and placed them around the center of the ornament. Then, I used my two new favorite Silhouette products - double sided adhesive paper and glitter! I found the buckle shape here. After cutting it out, I centered it in the middle of the buckle, then dipped it in this gold glitter. I used a cheap old paintbrush to remove the excess glitter.

You could stop there, but we decided they needed a little bow on top! I attached it with hot glue to the top of the ornament and viola! Simple and cute!

Once they were painted and dry, the whole process only took around an hour to an hour and a half to make 14. I don't think that's too bad considering how cute they turned out!

Have you used the double sided adhesive paper yet? You should definitely give it a try! It's so fun!

Edit: I decided to take some screenshots showing the process after rereading my post. I always hate when bloggers don't have pictures showing the process because I'm a visual learner! So here's some pictures with better details of how I made the ornaments! If you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments!

I started by measuring around the ornaments. After doing so, I made a long strip about .25 inches wide. Then I copied and pasted the shape 14 times because I was making a total of 15 ornaments.

I cut the strips in black vinyl. I didn't bother with transfer tape. I just put them on by hand by eyeballing them. You may have to unstick them and reapply if they're off center. Don't worry though, they'll keep their sticky and stay in place.

Next, I needed a buckle. I found one here on Alaa' K's shop.

When you click on the shape, all 3 appear grouped together. Click on the shapes to highlight them, and click the ungroup button down on the bottom bar. Now you can delete the ones you don't want and use the one you do. I chose the one on top.

I didn't really measure the buckle, I just placed it over one of the strips and sized it until it looked right.

After getting the right size, copy and paste 14 more buckles just like the strips and cut them out of double sided adhesive paper. Make sure you put the adhesive paper on the cutting mat. I almost forget that part and would have had a disaster on my hands!

When they're cut, peel back one layer of the paper and place the sticky part on the ornament. Press down hard to ensure it sticks. I even used my scraper just to be sure. Then peel off the top layer of paper and sprinkle glitter on the adhesive. With a paintbrush, dust the excess back into the container.

I hope that was more clear with pictures! If you have any questions, let me know!

Here's a list of supplies for this project!

A Long Time Coming

You may have noticed I went radio silent for like a month. That is because I was locked out of my account. Talk about a headache!

This left me some time to work on a few projects around the house though! 

Sorry in advance for the picture quality - I took these at midnight on my camera phone the other night so they aren't the clearest.

I got a few packages from Silhouette last week and boy am I excited!

I got some new vinyl, glitter, pen holder, printable silver foil paper, and their new light hold cutting mat! So far I've tried everything but the glitter and foil paper. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with those yet, but I couldn't pass them up!

First things first, I wanted to dress my Silhouette up a little!

I bought vinyl in my two favorite colors - turquoise and coral (technically strawberry pink). I knew I wanted a design on the front to go along with the word create I had already put on there a few months ago. After shopping around the Silhouette store I found this bird. I cut it out, peeled off the excess, put transfer paper over it, and put it on the machine. I also used my new scraper tool which is awesome at getting bubbles out which is sometimes a problem for me.

After decorating the front, I realized that half the time I use it, I have the lid up so I might as well decorate the inside too! I found this quote here along with these clouds and these hummingbirds.

After going through my scrapbook stash I found this paper with colorful dahlias in the same color as my vinyl and it was too perfect not to use!

I love how my Silhouette looks now that it's decorated and colorful!

Do you have a Silhouette? Is it decorated? I'd love to see it in the comments below!
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