Getting to Know: Terri Johnson

Today I’m rounding out my interview posts with none other than Terri Johnson of Terri Johnson Creates! Terri comes to the Silhouette world by way of her love for sewing and machine embroidery. As a teacher, she shares her knowledge and creativity through the wildly popular All Things Silhouette Conferences, hands-on retreats, instructor licensing courses, blog tutorials, a Craftsy class, and her own online educational platform – Terri Johnson Academy.

Terri and her husband have lived all over the United States and as far away as Japan, thanks to his career in the Navy, but now make their home just outside of Washington, DC. Their family includes Continue reading →

Getting to Know: Cindy Eckhoff

I’m back this week with the third installment in our “Getting to Know” series and talking with Cindy Eckhoff! Cindy grew up in Texas where she studied Music Education at the University of North Texas, but now lives in Utah with her husband and two dogs. They are the proud parents of four adult children.

Cindy is a five-time presenter at the All Things Silhouette Conferences having taught such classes as I Did It My Way – Expanding Your Design Potential with Tracing Tips & Tricks, Exploring the Mysteries of the Modify Window, Why, Oh, Why Doesn’t My Print & Cut Work Right?, When Good Cuts Go Bad, What Are All Those Little Black Dots?: Fine Tuning Your Designs With Point Editing, and Nailed It! Using Your Silhouette Cameo for Nail Art Designs.

I’ve been a student in several of Cindy’s classes and loved each and every one of them. She possesses an in-depth knowledge of the Silhouette Studio software that I can only hope to emulate. Her former position as a Customer Support Rep for Silhouette America has provided her with extensive troubleshooting experience that serves her well as a Silhouette instructor. It was an absolute delight for me to spend some time talking with her and getting to know her better. Continue reading →

Creating Design Elements from Basic Shapes in Silhouette Studio

Taking a break this week from the interview posts to bring you this tutorial which I hope you find fun and informative.  Come back next week to see who I’m chatting with in my “Getting to Know” series!

Each year I serve as volunteer director for a week-long day camp here in my community. The goal of the camp is to introduce local youth to some of the projects available through our county 4-H program. Cooking and sewing activities are always part of the fun along with other subjects such as health & safety, bird watching, photography, etc. This summer our plans include gardening and puppet play.

In addition to their projects, all campers receive a t-shirt to commemorate the week. In the past, we’ve outsourced the shirts but thought it would be fun this year to let each camper decorate their own. I considered the idea of screen printing but quickly decided that the logistics of having that many campers trying to screen print at once would be a nightmare…um,  impractical, to say the least. Since my daughter has had great results painting shirts with freezer paper stencils, I decided to give it a try!

Step 1: Create your design

When approaching a project such as this, copyright issues are always a consideration. While technically this could be classified as a “personal use” project, Continue reading →