How to Trace an Image in Silhouette Studio

If you're like me, sometimes you can't find the image you're wanting in the Silhouette Online Store. Or maybe you've found a cute image on Pinterest or another blog. Either way, you want to use it for print and cut but can't figure out how. Well that's what I'm going to be showing you today on the blog!

First thing - find an image that you want to trace. I found these cute birthday candles on Pinterest and saved the image to my desktop. To open it in Silhouette Studio, I went to File and clicked Open and selected the image from my desktop.

To trace the image, open the Trace window. It's in the top right corner. Click Select Trace Area and draw a box around the image.

For my image, I needed both High Pass Filter and Low Pass Filter unchecked and I left the Threshold and Scale alone. Depending on your image, you may need to play around with these four settings. Don't worry about not getting it the way you want it on the first try - it took me a while to figure out where my settings needed to be.

I wanted the outline as well as the cutouts in the numbers (like the circle in the middle of the 0) so I clicked Trace after choosing my settings. If you only want an outline, meaning no inside details will appear, choose Trace Outer Edge. 

The last option, Trace and Detach, removes the objects from the image. I took a picture of this above to show you how this option works.

To be able to work with these numbers separately, we must first Release the compound path. To do this, go to the Modify window. It is the last button. This allows the holes in the numbers to become shapes of their own, making the numbers editable.

Now you can save your image to your library. To do this, click File, then Save to Library. This will bring up this window where you can name your shape, type in keywords, a description, the artist, and pick it's category.

Every time you add a new shape to your library, they will be filed under My Own Designs. From here, you can move them around and organize them.

And that is how you trace images in Silhouette Studio! That wasn't so bad, was it? :)

Initial Wreath

I had originally planned on making a Valentine's wreath this year, but time just got away from me. So instead, I decided to make an initial wreath that I can put up during those in-between seasons when I don't have a holiday wreath up!

From my Instagram
This was so simple, literally anyone can do it! Even those people who say they're not crafty (but I know you secretly are!) can do this!

All you need is what you see above! I got the initial at Hobby Lobby for about $4 with a coupon. The paint that I used was FolkArt Metallic Acrylic Silver paint. I also picked up a pink hydrangea, although I didn't end up using it. Instead, I went with a smaller white hydrangea which you can see in the first picture.

After painting the bronze letter with a few coats of metallic silver, it was exactly the color I wanted!

Here's a closer look! I love that you can see the brush strokes and a little bit of bronze underneath!

Once the paint was dry, I hot glued my hydrangea on the initial.

That's honestly how simple it was!

Thanks for stopping by!

Organize, Don't Agonize

This holiday season it really came to my attention how much I despised how my wrapping paper and boxes were organized. The main problem was they weren't organized!

But thanks to these two Sterilite containers and my Silhouette Cameo my stash is now organized!

I divided them between Christmas and Birthday since those are the two main types of wrapping paper I have.

To make my Christmas Wrapping label, I used this shape for the word Christmas by Sophie Gallo. Then, I wrote "wrapping" in a Serif font in a text box (can't remember which one - sorry!) and placed it slightly off center so it looked more aesthetically pleasing. Now you just cut it and put it on the container!

To make the Birthday Wrapping label, I simply wrote "birthday wrapping" in a text box in Janda Stylish Script. That's all there is to it! I'm thinking about going back and adding some flowers or something to jazz it up a bit!

Here's a look inside my Christmas one! I have all my wrapping paper (I like candy stripes in case you can't tell!) and I even put my Christmas shirt boxes and gift bags in there too! That way, when it's time to wrap all the Christmas presents next year, everything is in one spot and I know just where to look!

My birthday wrapping organizer has a really cool feature - it has a little compartment on top that is great for storing a pair of scissors, tape, and a pen so you can address your gifts! This compartment is the main reason why I chose this organizer for my birthday and other generic wrapping paper, since I use it most often.

Just like in my Christmas one, I have shirt boxes and gift bags in this organizer as well!

Do you guys organize your wrapping supplies? Now that I've done it, I can't ever see myself going back!

Things Get Personal

I made my own monogram a week or so ago and I was really itching to put it on everything I owned. I really wanted to put it on my laptop case, but because of the material it just wouldn't stick.

It would have looked so cute on my new pink case! But it just would not go on! :(

So, I put it on my laptop instead!

I actually like the placement of it. Now I can see it every time I use my computer!

Here's a closer look below!

Are you monogram crazy like me? I think I might have an actual addiction! :)

Interested in making your own monogram? Check out my tutorial here to see how I did it!

Why So Serious?

Okay, I'm going to take a minute to use my blog for something I haven't done before - to talk about something on the serious side.

I've been thinking about this for a while and can't hold my tongue any longer and what better place to let it all out than on my blog?

I'm sure many of you have seen the new campaign Aerie (American Eagle's store for women's sleepwear and lingerie) has released. It's tagline, "The Real You Is Sexy."

At first glance, this seems like a brilliant and revolutionary idea. Upon further inspection though, you realize these girls are still size 2 supermodels who look amazing in skimpy underwear and still make me feel like a stuff sausage in my cotton briefs and demi bra.

While the premise of their advertising campaign does deserve some credit, the end result is somewhat insulting to this size 8 girl who has struggled with body image for most of her adolescent and adult life.

First of all, for girls who supposedly are not supermodels, they sure do look like them! These girls are beyond beautiful with little to no makeup, no Photoshop (although I'm still skeptical about that), and are a model-like size (as in, probably around size 0-4).

The only girl who even looks remotely like me is the girl above. Like me, she's probably around a size D. Which brings me to my next point. After hearing about their new campaign, I visited their store. I have never been able to fit into their bras before - they run at least a size or two too small. I figured after this campaign was released, maybe they changed this since they were marketing their products to "real" girls. 

Well, they didn't. 

Their D cup bras still fit like a B and their DD cup fits like a small C.

This was definitely a spirit breaker.

I am a REAL girl. And yet, why can I not even fit into their bras?

After being ushered out of the store by the salesgirl since she knew I wouldn't be buying anything, I wanted to cry. It is extremely frustrating to be bombarded with ad campaigns that scream what beauty is or should be, and then feel like you don't fit that mold. And that's the thing - there shouldn't be a mold. Everyone is different and everyone is beautiful and that is what we should be celebrating.

If Aerie want's to promote "real" then they should have real, everyday girls from across America model their lines. If we want to enforce good body image and self-esteem, don't show me a girl whose 4 sizes smaller than me and then tell me she's not Photoshopped. That just cements the fact that I can never look like that. At least before, I could say "Oh she doesn't really look that way! She probably looks closer to me when they haven't retouched her." If using a size 2 model and not covering up her tattoo is supposed to be groundbreaking, then I think they're missing the mark here.

If we want to change the way the world and the media sees beauty, we can't do the same things but call it something different. We have to actually change. If Aerie want's to show change, if they want to show that everyday, real-life girls are beautiful in their own way, then show us everyday girls. Sign a size 6 model. Let a size 8 girl model your line. Let girls who actually look like me into your ads and then I can take this ad campaign seriously.

Oh, and start selling stuff I can actually fit in to.

Canister Labels

Remember the labels I made last week? Well I put them on the canisters and they look awesome!

Check them out in the pictures below!

I made four separate labels - flour, sugar, powdered sugar, and brown sugar!

Don't they look cute on the circular top of the canisters? I love how they turned out!

What do you think? Are you planning on making any labels or doing any organizing soon?

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