Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Never Give Up

Two years ago, my husband surprised me with a Silhouette electronic cutting system.  I was convinced that I had arrived in Crafter's Paradise.  I vowed to monogram and personalize everything within reach.  I plugged in the machine, downloaded the software and read the pamphlet with directions (something I never do).  Within the first few months, after pinning Silhouette projects and watching tutorials, I attempted my first project.  

It was such an epic fail, I don't even remember what it was.  Over the course of the next year, every single attempt to cut anything was futile.  I re-read the directions, watched more tutorials, and even phoned a friend.  Nothing.  Nada.  At a certain point, Alivia looked on and declared it "scribble scrabble".  

One day, the Lord himself must have decided he'd watched me flounder enough.  I was in my usual troubleshooting mode when I discovered that I'd somehow missed one very important detail.  I had failed to lock one of the components of the machine that helps guide the media and hold it in place during the design process.

Figuring that out was the biggest hurdle.  I am not very tech saavy, so the technology component still throws me off, but I am VERY proud of my first completed Silhouette project.  I finished it just in time for Alivia to wear to her brother's first football game.

Lessons Learned:
Don't Give Up  
Pay Attention to Details
Always buy extra vinyl

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