Wednesday, 7 May 2014


good morning from warm sunny Scotland, and yes i said sunny and warm in the same sentence as Scotland !!

this is a long blog for me today. so before you start grab a cuppa and a choccie biscuit, sit back and relax and have a read. if your not interested in the scan n cut please dont switch off scroll to the bottom i promise there is a card there....honest!

A discovery on the scan and cut,

i just want to mention i had a break through with the machine last night yeah ! and wanted to share it with all those that have no idea about svg files etc.

now im not very good at crafting on the computer. i have never done it, i had no interest in creating a card on the laptop to me thats not crafting. but i am slowly converting i think.

now on the brother scan n cut from what i under stood i could bring in svg and j peg  files and convert them to fcm files which was needed for the brother canvas site .
this site is for you to make designs transfer on to usb stick and then transfer on to your scan n cut machine. are you keeping up?

well after 4 weeks i have sussed it. hallelujah!!! and it was a hallelujah moment for me. as i had search everywhere online to see how you did this but could not find it. yes there are instructions but if your like me words mean nothing and they fell on deaf ears.
i even found out that i could put a photo yes a photo on my canvas site, you properly knew this already but for me i was like whoa this is great.
i knew you could scan a photo on to the machine but not through the canvas site.

its really easy as 1,2,3

1.go to your scan n cut canvas site sign in .
2. click new

now on this page on the left hand side you have a space to write your project name then moving right you have 7 little buttons 1st is create new project 2nd is overwrite this project 3rd is image tracing 4th is import svg 5th is select this has arrow on it 6th is path and 7th is freehand paths.

3. press the 3rd button which says image tracing this will open a box saying choose file press that which should open where you have your j peg images click one and it should go in to the right side of the that box then all i do is click outline then colour then if you happy click ok the image will then go onto your canvas blank for you to play with.

now im still working out hows on this page but if your copying a black solid image then thats all you need to do. but for a more detailed one im still playing as when the image goes on to canvas they are doubled so i need to get rid of the double image then make the second image my cut file .

i transferred a photo on to the canvas site it took forever to download and i really didn't need it on there but i just wanted to see if that was possible and it was. i wouldn't press the colour or outline buttons for this but take it straight to the blank page and you can cut out certain parts of picture etc i wouldn't use this feature as i don't do scrap booking but it would be great for that.

once you have played with your image and your happy with it just click download follow instructions to transfer on to your usb and then put your usb in to the scan n cut machine and you image will be on there ready to cut resize play even more.

im starting to learn more and more about this machine and its features. and when you do make a break through you think wow thats another thing i can do.
i love the fact that i can now take any image and use it for crafting
 (please check copyright first on the image)
i love that i can make faux nesties for all my spellbinder dies, without having to draw round and cut out free hand (so time consuming) i can stamp an image and fuzzy cut so easily. no scissors required.
i can draw my images.
i can prepare any sentiment i want, i can personalise anything i want. i can make home decals up to 2 foot in length.
i can do want ever i want now without having to think about it.
this machine is a considered purchase but when you think about how much you can do with it, and how it can work with you not against then that price is minimal.
and really ive only just scratched the surface.
what i love most about this machine is that its not heavy its not huge and take minimal space.

i brought a cricut imagine 2 yrs ago i have used it twice why you ask, because its heavy no room to have it out all the time.and i have to buy cartridges for it which are expensive.
i cant bring in my own designs in.
this machine is now for sale....

i would really like if anyone else has a machine what have you discovered, and what do you use the machine for.

i cant wait to start playing with the quilting patterns as that is my next big project a quilt for my bed lol

This is a card i made using one of the quilting patterns and spellbinder dies.

i just picked two coloured pieces of card
picked a quilt pattern from the machine and cut out the pieces
i glued them all together on plain white card
draw some stitches added some buttons and from one of my spellbinding sets i have the sewing dies.
now i didnt use the grand calibra to cut these out i scanned them all in to the scan n cut.
highlighted and cut out the bits i wanted.
this was an experiment as i didnt know whether that would work but hey presto it did . clever little machine lol.
 i wrapped some bakers twine around my  cotton spool
apart from the spool, stitches and buttons the whole card was made using brother scan n cut

what do you think?
im fairly impressed.


i would love to have some comments on either the card or the scan n cut.
it would be nice to know someone is looking at the blog getting help hints tips and inspiration.
and if they is anything you would like to know ask im always here.

but for now i am going back to gardening today. i have a new garden to plant up. i will put some pictures on the blog of the garden start to finish when its done. its been back breaking at times a lot of sweat and tears especially as last yr i really couldnt do anything due to my op. but im getting here and although i should not be doing what i am in the garden. along with crafting gardening is a passion and never a chore so just try and keep me away from it.

thanks for reading take care and have a wonderful day

ttfn xxx

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