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No naked planners! I know that so many of you are like me and love, love, love your day planner. And the array of planner accessories out there is just incredible! It didn’t take me long to jump on that bus and start accessorizing my planner, and with a Silhouette, you know the possibilities are completely endless! I could get lost in my studio for days on end with that fun! However, I’m turning into such a time management junkie (and I hope I’m turning you into one as well!) that there just isn’t time to sit in there playing for days on end.
So today I’m sharing an Easy DIY Planner Stickers tutorial to get you going quickly and show you the endless possibilities with your accessories! Oh heck, what do you say I even throw in a Free Cut File as a bonus? Well, let’s get started!
For this tutorial, I’m going to be using some elements from the Free Watercolor Bundle from Design Bundles. It’s, typically, $168 for this entire set but is free for a short while longer, so be sure to head over and pick it up now!
Since I just finished reviewing my 1st quarter goals and have been planning out my 2nd quarter, I wanted to make some fun stickers for our upcoming anniversary trip to the beach. I’ll be using the coconut from the Watercolor Beach Set.
Let’s get started!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Design element of your choice
- Sticker Paper – there are so many different types of sticker paper available. For this project, I used Avery Sticker Paper. (Just make sure that you get the whole 8.5 x 11 sheets.)
Designing the stickers:
- Once you’ve downloaded your design bundle, open up Silhouette Studio.
- Change your paper size to 8.5 x 11 by opening the “page settings” window in the upper right toolbar and then adjust the paper size.
- To bring the element into Design Studio, click “file” in the upper left-hand corner, “merge” and then choose the coconut (or whatever element is your favorite).
Important Tip: If you hit “file”, “open” the element will open on a whole new mat.
- You can’t see it now, but there is a white background on the element, so we need to remove it. Open the “trace” window in the upper right toolbar, “select trace area” and draw a box around the coconut. Uncheck “high pass filter” and move the threshold over to about 97% so that the entire coconut fills in yellow.
- Notice in the picture above that the very bottom of the coconut did not trace. This is an easy fix – click on the scale button and move it over until the entire coconut is traced.
- Click “trace and detach,” and it will detach the coconut from the white background.
- Now you’ll have what I call “gobbelty gook.” It’s just a light outline left over from the coconut. Highlight the area and hit delete.
- In order for the sticker to cut, we need to create a slight offset of the coconut. Open the “offset” window in the upper right toolbar, draw a box around the coconut and hit “offset.” I don’t like the larger offset that is automatically created, so I adjusted mine to “.075.”
- I like to have a dark line around my stickers so that I can see them more clearly when I go to peel them off the sticker sheet. To do this, open the “line color window,” in the upper right toolbar and select the color you want. I chose black. Now draw a box around both the offset line and the coconut, “right click” and choose “group.” It is now one design and you can size it to meet your needs.
Printing your stickers:
- In order to print your stickers, you have to add registration marks so that your Silhouette knows where to cut. You can do this by opening the “registration marks” window in the upper right toolbar.
- Choose the correct machine in the drop-down menu.
- To maximize the space on your paper, adjust the “left inset,” “top inset,” and “right inset” to the far left. Do not change the bottom inset. See how it increases your cut and print space? I know it isn’t by much, but every little bit helps!
- If you haven’t already, resize your design to fit your needs. Open the “replicate” window in the upper right toolbar. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “fill page.” After you fill the page, check the top row and make sure it’s within the print and cut window. If not, just highlight that top row by drawing a box around it and move it down slightly.
- Now you’re ready to print! Select the “printer” icon on the upper left toolbar. You may want to adjust your print settings to “best.”
- Load your paper into the printer. Make sure you have it loaded correctly. For mine (and I think most others), the bottom up the paper is loaded facing up.
Cutting your stickers:
- It’s time to cut those adorable little coconuts! Open the “cut settings” window on the upper right toolbar.
- Highlight all the coconuts (you could even “right click” and “group” them if you’d like) and choose “cut edge.”
- Choose “white sticker paper.”
- Place your sticker paper on your cutting mat so that the box lines up with the top left corner of the mat.
- Here is where you will need to test it out for yourself. For the Avery sticker paper, my machine cut best with a blade depth of “2,” speed of “4,” and as with most of my cuts, I “double cut.” I highly recommend you do a test cut first. The goal is to cut through the top part of the sticker sheet without cutting through the backing.
- Select “send to Silhouette” and watch the magic happen!
Isn’t that fun? I know it’s a lot of steps, but they are really easy and once you work through it once or twice, you’ll be printing and cutting like a pro!
To really go in-depth with your planner stickers and any other print and cut project, I highly recommend
by Melissa Viscount,
owner of Silhouette School Blog.
I purchased this book to help me get started with planner stickers and it’s incredible! Melissa is a genius at walking you step by step through everything you need to know about print and cut designs. She includes troubleshooting, recommended supplies and a whole lot of other must-have goodness in her book…..including a free set of planner stickers and a sticker template! Seriously, guys, it’s a must-have for every Silhouette user!
Now I promised you a free cut file, so here is a set of month stickers for you to enjoy! Click on the link below to download.
You can use this file for personal and commercial use, but please don’t sell the file itself.
Download your free Month Planner Stickers here.
So there you have it, my friend! An Easy DIY Planner Sticker tutorial. I can’t wait to see pictures of your planners, so be sure and post them to my Facebook page or social media using #foicreativestudio!
If you have any questions, just comment below and I’ll be happy to answer them for you.
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Until next time, my friend…..
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