DIY Office Organizers
Hello my crafty friends! I am SO excited to kick off Silhouette Saturdays here at By Dawn Nicole. Even if you’re not a Silhouette user, many of these ideas will be ones you can easily do with stickers, stencils, or other goodies from the craft store. This is a super simple project but I’m also going to show you how to take any clip art and create your own cut file from it. This is especially handy when you want something you can’t find in the Silhouette Design Store (like the binder clip in this project).
I’ll show you how I made the Organizers first and then we’ll get into Creating Your Own Shapes with the Trace feature.
What You’ll Need for This Project:
- 3 Small Metal Buckets. I found these adorable lace ones at Target for just $1 in the Dollar Bins this past week.
- Silhouette CAMEO
- Transfer Paper
- Hook & Scraper
- Gold Vinyl (or color of your choice)
- Silhouette Store Design: Push Pin & Paper Clip
- Free Cut File: Binder Clip
- Measure how big of a space you have on your organizers. I needed my shapes to be 1 ½” high.
- Cut shapes on vinyl.
- Weed with hook tool.
- Use Transfer Paper and Scraper to apply the shapes to the organizers.
- That’s it!
Ok, here is how I created the Binder Cut File using the Trace feature in the Silhouette Studio Software.
Step 1: Find an image online. For personal use, copyright isn’t as big of a deal but make sure to follow copyright laws for anything else! I found a binder clip image I liked online and opened it in the Silhouette Software.
Step 2: Open the trace window, select the trace area, and then move the high/low pass filers and threshold sliders around until most of your image is filled in with yellow, as shown below. Then click “Trace” (second arrow below).
Here’s how it looks now. Pretty good, but we need to clean it up a bit.
Step 3: First select the clip and then release the compound path, as shown below. Use the top arrow to select groups of points that need deleted.
Step 4: Select the second arrow down, as shown below, which will open up the point editing window. This will let you delete, break, and smooth individual points in the paths. I cleaned up the handles, the main clip and the bottom edge.
And then you have a finished cut file! This is the “after”. Pretty neat, right?
One more thing before I close, check out this tip I learned from my fellow Silhouette Design Team Members. Three years with my CAMEO and I still learn something new all the time! The machines have a built-in ratchet cap to adjust the blade! On the newer models, it doesn’t stick out like mine does. So handy!
I hope you enjoyed the first Silhouette Saturday! More to come next Saturday. 🙂
I hope you enjoyed the first of many Silhouette Saturdays!
If you’re a blogger with a Silhouette and are interested in guest posting on a future Silhouette Saturday, please email me with your blog URL and a few post ideas! 🙂