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Maximize Your Cutting Material with Silhouette Studio®


Hi everyone!

Today I’m sharing with you two projects and tips on how to maximize your cutting material so that you can get the most use out of it.

I’m the type of person who doesn’t like to waste cardstock. I will save the smallest pieces (well within reason, of course). But I also like to get the most out of a sheet of paper and there are a few simple ways to do this.

Here are two layouts that I created using some Adhesive Backed Cardstock, Vellum, Printable Kraft Paper and Printable Gold Foil.

“Scatter Sunshine”



“Find Wonder In All Things”



Now let me share with you a few tips on how to get the most out of your materials so that you can use them for more than just one project.



TIP 1: In Silhouette Studio, place the design near edge of cardstock/vellum not right in the middle of the sheet.

This simple tip helps you save your paper for other projects.



You’ll notice on this vellum sheet that I had cut out an arrow earlier.  So before I cut out the feathers (above) I measured out how much room there was on the left side of the vellum. Then moved the feathers into place and cut them out.








Using the tip above, you can now cut out more shapes, even ones that may not seem to fit.

On this Turquoise coloured cardstock you’ll notice that I had already cut out a title and a camera shaped design.  I still had room on the cardstock to cut out more designs.





I placed the cardstock on the cutting mat and made note of the areas where there was no space to cut (basically the upper left section). I then enlarged the star banner design.  Once it was enlarged I realized that it wouldn’t fit on the scrap paper that I was using.



Ungroup the design and move the shapes closer together.

In order for the banner to fit across the cardtsock I needed to ungroup the design first. By ungrouping the design I could move the 3 sections of the banner closer together.

Basically, if you have a design that you can ungroup and separate in order to fit it on your paper (especially if it’s a design that is in separate pieces when you adhere it to your project) then this is a great solution to maximize your materials.





Changing the angle of a shape can also help to save space.

I realized that the strings of stars still weren’t as close together as they could be so I clicked on each image separately and then placed my cursor on the green circle at the top of the highlighted box. Keeping the cursor on that green dot you can then change the angle of the shape.

As you can see below I was able to squeeze the string of stars fairly close together and use the lower portion of the turquoise cardstock.







Another great way to maximize your material is to use the negative parts of a design.

You’ll notice that in my layout titled ” Scatter Sunshine” I used the Printable Gold Foil to cut out a circular shape.







I then used the inside of the same shape (the negative part) for my other layout.  Keeping the negative parts of a shape is a fun way to reuse a great design.







Use small pieces of cardstock or other materials to place behind a cut out design.

I often use smaller, leftover pieces of cardstock to adhere behind a cut out design.  As you can see I did this on the camera design by placing a small piece of red cardstock behind the cut out heart shape. This just gives a fun pop of color.




I hope that I’ve given you some helpful tips on how to get the most out of your materials!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Cari Locken

HI there! I’m Cari Locken from Langley, BC, Canada. I’m a wife and mother of 3 amazing kids! I have been crafting since I was a child and love the creative outlet that this hobby brings to me. My formal training is in the area of music as I have a Masters degree in Music and I am currently teaching Band (to Grades 5, 6 & &) as well as private piano lessons. However I always find time to dig out my scrappy supplies and work on a few projects here & there. I love creating scrapbook layouts, preserving the everyday moments and special memories of our family life as well as creating cards & home decor items . Other than scrapbooking I enjoy spending time watching my children play sports, reading, knitting, photography and cooking. I’m thrilled to be a part of the Silhouette Team!

Designs Used:

scatter sunshine

starburst frame

star swag banners

wild bird feathers

echo park arrows

memories 4x6 life card

4x6 'camera snap happy' life card

find wonder

Products Used:

New Silhouette CAMEO®


adhesive cardstock

essentials 12 in. x 12 in. adhesive cardstock 16-pack


printable gold foil

printable adhesive kraft paper

metallic 16ss rhinestones (approx. 350 pcs)

mint adhesive-backed cardstock


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  1. I recently purchased a cameo 3, so I guess I’m considered a “newbie”. I have had problems cutting through heavy cardstock and vinyl. I set the machine at the at the cut levels recommended. I’m sure this is a user issue. What advise can you offer.

  2. Hi, thanks for the tips! What font is the “Find Wonder in All Things” title? Thanks!

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