Hi there! I am so excited to finally be sharing this with you. Excited because I finally got my printer to cooperate with my Silhouette. Excited because now I am able to design my own personalized sticker designs to include in my planner or wherever. Really the possibilities are endless. So, today I am going to share with you exactly how to make your own stickers as well. Your planner will thank me. 🙂
Okay, so I knew that my Silhouette was capable of doing a print and cut design. This means you can create a design in the software, print it on a printer, and then feed it through my Silhouette to have the design cut. You can do this with paper, vinyl, and now, sticker paper!
To start this process you will need some sticker paper. Now you can order it from Silhouette or buy some at your local office supply store; however, I prefer to order Amazon ~ because Prime, right? I saw several reviews for this sticker paper that were all good. I decided it would be a good (and inexpensive) way to go. Especially since I was learning how to do this. You can find them here.
Now, you’re ready to start designing. It’s so simple. Open up your Silhouette software. You’re going to design your page to be 8.5 z 11″. Make sure you have the registration marks set to show on your page. Next, you will begin creating your design, making sure that it fits within the registration marks on the screen.
For this project, I “drew” a rectangle with rounded corners. I made it so that it would fit into the day squares in my planner. I then filled the box with a color and then copied and pasted a present design into the box. This gives me a sticker to add to my planner for birthdays I want to remember and a space to write a name. With my final sticker set, all I have to do is use the replicate tool to make as many rows as I want.
Since I didn’t want an entire page of birthday stickers in the same design, I also create small 3/4 inch circles, filled them with color, and then added a small light bulb icon to it. Again, once I have the basic design ready, I just replicate it to fill the page with as many as I want. Now, I have a full-page filled with individual stickers.
For the next part of this process, you just need to print your design using your printer. However, you must make sure that the registration marks print at the top and bottom. That is how your Silhouette will “read” the paper and know here to make each cut. Here you can see another page of stickers that I printed along with the registration marks ~ they’re those black marks near the corners.
With your design printed, you’re ready to send it through the Silhouette. Make sure to line the sticker paper up with the top of the cut mat and also with the blue guide lines on the machine. If your Silhouette has trouble reading the registration marks, you probably try to realign the paper and mat and try again. I battled that a couple of times.
Another thing to keep in mind is that you probably want this to be cut with a “kiss cut.” That means the blade cuts the sticker, but not all the way through the waxy backing page. To do this, you’ll need to adjust the cut settings. I put the blade at a 2 and lowered the thickness setting to a 3. Here you can see my stickers with the extra paper removed. All that’s left are the stickers on the backing page. Easy peasy!
Guys, I am so excited. I am now designing and making all kinds of stickers. #I’maGeek For those of you out there who shape young minds, you can personalize the stickers in your classroom. Or how about making larger sized stickers to use as reminders ON the kids i.e. Tomorrow is picture day! If you have your own creative business, you can design labels for the products you sell. When I was much younger, I was in a sticker club. #quitlauging #seriouslyquitlaughing Can you even imagine how exciting this is for me?
So, what new skills have you been working on lately? What kind of stickers would you love to have for your planner? I’d love to hear your ideas. Comment below and let me know. Also, you can sign up for my email here if you haven’t already done that so you are alerted when I make a post.
Until next time~This post was shared on Lisa’s Creative Designs.