IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

Ok so I have thought long and hard about posting this video…but I’m going to do it. As you know, I love to help out other people with their ScanNCut, and am very community minded, and make videos in my free time to help others out as well as doing Facebook Lives for free.

It’s important that you all watch this short video https://youtu.be/XHmuoXfBa5U

I still have all my YouTube videos (I keep them backed up in several places) and am still deciding on the best place to re upload them to….so I’ll keep you updated on that.

I have several new tutorials coming out shortly, so I’ll keep you updated on those as well. As soon as I’ve decided on the appropriate platform (I still have full access to YouTube, so may upload them there), I’ll post links πŸ™‚

I’ve uploaded the video as Create and Craft are still misleading customers over the ScanNCut (Dean Wilson claimed on today’s weekender show the CM900 is still being updated when in fact the CM900 was discontinued by Brother in September 2020..if you want to check with Brother, I highly suggest you do that because as you know, I am passionate about making sure we all have the most accurate information..

I don’t like Create and Craft misleading customers, and getting my YouTube channel deleted just shows them in a very unpleasant light. This isn’t the only unpleasant thing they have done…they have attacked other people in the past – see this article..before anyone says it’s a coincidence…it isn’t….I’ve had to make crosswords for magazines in the past, and the software prevents any offensive or swear words from appearing in the article.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6826271/Sedate-world-crafts-rocked-apparent-crude-insult-rival-magazine-wordsearch.html

FREE ScanNCut Facebook live class tomorrow 25th August 2021!


A little heads up that Makers Superstore have a Bank Holiday special price on the SDX135 tomorrow – it’s normally Β£499 but the special Bank Holiday price will be Β£399 so Β£100 off! How amazing is that!


As I have the SDX135, I thought I could do a free class for everyone – as you know I don’t mind helping other people out and answering their questions on using the machine.



The SDX135 is the model above the SDX900 in the entire ScanNCut SDX range – it has a couple more fonts than the SDX900 AND has that all important large 5″ screen (I’ll attach a photo so you can see just what a difference the bigger screen makes), as well as the updated mat feed roller system.

I have a SDX135 (as well as my SDX2200) and I love it as I couldn’t do without that large 5″ screen!

It’s been a busy time but as I have some spare time now and my SDX135 is out on my desk and I have some projects to do so I thought I may as well do a FREE Facebook live class tomorrow at 1PM (UK BST)

Makers Superstore have very kindly agreed to let me take over their Facebook page again (so I don’t annoy my friends and family! lol) – hope you can join me!

https://www.facebook.com/Makers-Superstore-104804484280818

So hope you can join me, we could have a look at the machine and do some questions and answers and I also have a heat transfer vinyl design to cut out, so maybe I could go through that on the live as well. πŸ™‚

Hope to see you at 1pm tomorrow! (If you can’t make that time, then once the live stream has ended, it will be available to watch at anytime). πŸ™‚

Unboxing the amazing ScanNCut SDX135!

I know a lot of people still have their machine in the box – so with that in mind, to show you how quick and easy it is to get going, I recorded an unboxing video opening my new amazing SDX135 – the best of the mid range machines on the UK ScanNCut market.
https://youtu.be/12Jh4Miyxbc

I am loving using the SDX135, very happy with it, uses all the new SDX kits and it has the large 5″ screen, has the amazing autoblade feature etc – what’s not to love!

There is a fantastic free pattern for the dust cover on Canvas Workspace, so after recording the video, I cut the pattern out of self adhesive vinyl and decorated my new machine! Quick, easy and so much fun!

Hopefully it will encourage some of you open those boxes and get playing with your machines! πŸ™‚


In the UK the SDX135 is only sold by Makers Superstore – which is *the* place to get the best ScanNCut machines, and all the accessories and kits you could wish for! Their site can be found at http://makerssuperstore.com

To see why I always recommend Makers Superstore, see their independent reviews page here:
https://www.reviews.co.uk/company-reviews/store/www-makerssuperstore-com

Happy crafting!

SCANNCUT STICKER MAKE-YOU-A-MASTER-CLASS

I hope you will all be able to join me for my next FREE Facebook Live over on the Makers Superstore Facebook page this coming Thursday 27th May at 7PM UK time:

ALL ABOUT STICKERS MAKE-YOU-A-MASTERCLASS – FOR ALL CM SERIES MACHINES AND ALL SDX MACHINES – learn how to make and cut stickers on multiple types of sticker paper, and more!

Come and make stickers with me here! https://www.facebook.com/Makers-Superstore-104804484280818

This class will definitely be suitable for every CM user – you can easily create stickers on your machine, and I want to share how to do that! πŸ™‚ Stickers are great for personalisation, small businesses, or adding a personal touch to your projects!

I like my students to be able to get started making as soon as my class ends, so there will be FREE FREE FREE! DOWNLOABLE GIVEAWAYS worth Β£10 (approximately $15) FOR EVERY PARTICIPANT (strictly time limited as I want to thank everyone who joins me for the live class)

To access the free downloads, you will need to sign up for a FREE Dropbox account here:

https://www.dropbox.com/en_GB/basic

Once you are signed up, you will be able to click on the link which will be provided at the end of class, then download from there – here’s some help on how to do that if you are new to Dropbox:
https://help.dropbox.com/installs-integrations/sync-uploads/download-entire-folders

Don’t worry if you’re in another timezone etc or can’t make it – the full class will be available to watch again at time to suit you once the live stream has ended! (Please be aware though that the free downloads will be strictly time limited).

If you want to get materials ahead of my class in order to get started straight away, these are the items I will be using in my class:

SCANNCUT PRODUCTS AND LINKS

The machine I use is the SCANNCUT SDX2200D – https://www.makerssuperstore.com/item/Brother/ScanNCut-SDX2200D-DisneyTM-Machine/1J – PLEASE NOTE YOU WILL BE ABLE TO USE ANY MODEL OR SERIES OF SCANNCUT πŸ™‚

To make the stickers, you will definitely need if you are a CM user:


Brother ScanNCut Printable Sticker Starter Kit – https://www.makerssuperstore.com/item/Brother/ScanNCut-Printable-Sticker-Starter-Kit/3H (works on both the CM series and SDX series machines)

For SDX users who want to make stickers, I recommend the PRINT TO CUT activation card (check with Makers Superstore for stock status).

See my video here on the Print to Cut activation card – https://youtu.be/BiL3CCVxntw – use self adhesive sticker sheets and use the half cut setting (always test cut first)

THIS IS A LIST OF STICKER SHEETS I PERSONALLY USE AND LOVE
Evergreen Goods A4 White GLOSSY Self Adhesive Sticky Back Label Sheet, Inkjet and Laser Printing, 50 Sheets per Pack – https://amzn.to/3bMCu5j

Evergreen Goods – 50 Sheets of Quality A4 White MATTE Self Adhesive/Sticky Back Label Printing Paper Sheet – https://amzn.to/3vemWPt

Premium A4 Holographic Self Adhesive Laser Printable PP Film Sticker Sheets – 10 Sheets – https://amzn.to/3uahcFc

BENECREAT 30 Sheets Transparent Self Adhesive Sticker Waterproof A4 Blank Clear PET Film Label Sticker for Laser Printer Office Supplies – https://amzn.to/3hXJHnd

Paper Piercing Facebook Live Class

Thanks to everyone who came to my Facebook live for Makers Superstore last night!

Here are some of the wonderful patterns I pierced out last night on my ScanNCut SDX2200D with the paper piercing kit, which I absolutely love for the beautiful texture it gives to projects!

I’ve had the kit since September 2019 and I have made so many lovely projects with it – it is my favourite add on kit πŸ˜€

It works on ALL models of the SDX ScanNCut family, so in the UK that’s model numbers SDX900, SDX135PRO, SDX1200 and SDX2200D.


It’s available to buy through the Makers Superstore website – http://www.makerssuperstore.com

If you missed out on the live, then it’s now available to watch at anytime at your convenience over on the Makers Superstore Facebook live page here –

https://www.facebook.com/104804484280818/videos/490886561935311

Hope you enjoyed my free class and happy piercing! πŸ™‚

Eclipse Card Tutorial

To create this fun, colourful card, I used the following materials:

Pattern AR-0133 which is a fantastic chameleon design on my SSDX2200D, available in the UK exclusively from Makers Superstore –

www.makerssuperstore.com

You can also use any other pattern of your choice πŸ™‚


Makers A4 Super Smooth Extra White Cardstock 50 Sheets 300gsm (super smooth card is fantastic for ink blending!

https://www.makerssuperstore.com/item/Makers/A4-Super-Smooth-Extra-White-Cardstock-50-Sheets-300gsm/108

Ink blending tools:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Woodware-Blending-Rubber-Stamping-Scrapbooking/dp/B076551BKM/ref=sr_1_6?crid=2E08REZS8MTH&dchild=1&keywords=ink+blending+tools&qid=1599759149&sprefix=ink+blending+%2Caps%2C182&sr=8-6

Tim Holtz Distress Oxides (I highly recommend that you use google to find the best prices)

Warm colours: Picked Raspberry, Candied Apple, Abandoned Coral, Wild Honey.

Cool colours: Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Twisted Citron.


Cut a piece of the super smooth cardstock in half so you have an A5 sized piece.

Ink up your cardstock in your preferred style and colours. For my projects, I’ve used linear ink blending (used a ruler) and overlapped the colours.

Chose the chameleon pattern on the machine – I resized my chameleon to fit the A5 piece of cardstock – in inches – 7.38″ wide by 4.91″ high (mm measurements are 187.5mm wide by 124.7mm high).

From the machine, send the file across to Canvas Workspace – to do this tap “save” and then tap the icon that with a laptop and wifi icon.

In Canvas Workspace, open up the file you just sent across. (On the web based version of Canvas Workspace, you’ll find your file in the “My Projects” tab. If you’re using the offline/downloadable version of Canvas Workspace, then go to FILE, EDIT, IMPORT FROM YOUR CUTTING MACHINE, FCM IMAGE.


Select the Chameleon and now UNGROUP it. This will separate the outline from the inner elements. Select the INNER ELEMENTS ONLY (so leave the outline unselected) and change these to DRAW lines. Leave the outline as a CUT file. Now select everything (so both the inner element shapes, and the outline) and GROUP these back together.

Now EXPORT/TRANSFER the chameleon file back to your machine.

Scan in your inked card stock, and drag the chameleon over the top of the cardstock until your happy with the placement.

Next, insert a pen into the universal pen holder (I’ve used a glitter pen from the Scribbalicious range available from The Works). Select the “fill shape” function on the machine (shaped like a pen nib). Select DRAW, and you will find only the inner elements appear on the machine’s screen filled in with blue – this is what the machine is going to draw out.

Once the machine has drawn out and filled in the inner elements, WITHOUT DELETING ANYTHING OFF THE SCREEN OR UNLOADING THE MAT, take the universal pen holder out of the machine, and swap the pen to a different one – I’ve used a metallic pen again from the Scribbalicious range available from The Works).

Put the metallic pen/universal pen holder back in the machine. Deselect the fill function by clicking on the pen nib icon again. Select DRAW once again to draw and the machine will draw an outline around those filled shapes! Magic!

Once the machine has finished drawing the outlines, take out the universal pen holder from the machine, and replace with the blade holder. Select CUT to cut the chameleon outline.


Once the machine has finished, take everything off the mat. πŸ™‚

I’ve cut three more chameleon outlines out of black cardstock and glued them together then offsetting the inked/drawn chameleon slightly glued to those to create a bit of contrast and to help the chameleon “pop” up from the card base a tiny bit.

To create the finished card, simply fold an A4 piece of cardstock in half and burnish down the fold to create your card base. Glue the outer inked piece to the card base first, then glue the chameleon into the opening and you have your eclipse card!

Add any sentiment you like to finish πŸ™‚

Makers Superstore Facebook Live – postponed :-(

Sorry everyone, sadly I’m going to have to postpone tonight’s Facebook live for Makers Superstore as I have a family issue I have to deal with….apologies but I will be rescheduling the live free class as soon as I can!

I will let you know the new date for the free class as soon as I can, it will be held over on the Makers Superstore Facebook page here –

https://www.facebook.com/Makers-Superstore-104804484280818/live_videos/


The stream will be available to watch anytime once the livestream has ended, so no need to miss out if you’re in a different timezone! πŸ™‚

I’ll be covering how to get gorgeous CLEAN CUTS with your machine…lots of troubleshooting tips, tricks and machine demos to help you get the best cut possible from a variety of materials – this is a FREE CLASS for all models of ScanNCut!

I’ll do my best to help you all as much as I can!

Scan N Cut Educational Videos and tutorials

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If you’re new to the ScanNCut or want to learn more about using the machine, then whether you use a CM series or SDX series machine, you’re in luck!

There are so many FREE educational videos, resources and tutorials out there, on EVERY aspect on using the ScanNCut – over the last six years, many talented ScanNCut users have put free tutorials out there – to save you having to trawl through Youtube or google, I’ve put a list together of the most helpful resources and Youtube channels – remember – the ones I mention are just a *few* of the hundreds of resources out there – everything you need to know about the ScanNCut is out there! πŸ™‚

First of all – READ THE MANUAL! πŸ™‚ In your box, you will have a quick start guide which will get you started – but did you know an indepth manual for your machine and ALL the kits πŸ™‚ can be found on the Brother Solutions Centre website?

Go to the website below: choose your country – product search – cutting machines – select your ScanNCut model – manuals – select “operation manual”

https://support.brother.com/g/b/index.aspx?noautojudge=true


I highly recommend printing the manual off and keeping it in a folder next to your machine for easy reference. I also store all the manuals on a USB for backup.


I have my own YouTube channel – Independent ScanNcutter –
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXXWfTUsfRcMXImk17cQxxQ

And I do regular Facebook lives for Makers Superstore – previous Facebook live videos can be found here:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/Makers-Superstore-104804484280818/videos/

FACEBOOK:

There is a LOT of help from other users on Facebook – here are some recommended groups that have free educational content for beginners, intermediate and advanced users.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/CreateWithSue/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/SNCwJennifer/

To find the educational content for these groups, first of all join the group, then head over to the “units” section.

Also there are dozens of other ScanNCut user groups out there with literally tens of thousands of fellow users who will happily help you and give you some advice πŸ™‚

YOUTUBE

Brother Crafts have over six years of educational videos on their channel, covering dozens and dozens of techniques, tips and tips:

https://www.youtube.com/user/BrotherCrafter/

For beginners, I HIGHLY recommend Julie Fei Fan Balzers videos – they are extremely clear and easy to follow:

https://www.youtube.com/user/milkcannyc

For all aspects of using Canvas Workspace – see the following excellent channels:

Every Canvas Workspace project has a free video showing you how to cut and put the projects together:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGh4jSF_Og6AKNcLD4gpK_Q

Brother’s official Canvas Workspace channel (suitable for beginners) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPeOOvP1z5VGaPzb6_hQvKQ

Gentleman Crafter also has superb, very easy to follow videos on how to use both the machine and Canvas Workspace:
https://www.youtube.com/user/GentlemanCrafterUK/playlists

Applelover53 has dozens of excellent videos on all aspects of using Canvas Workspace to edit, and to create your own projects – videos are suitable from beginners upwards:
https://www.youtube.com/user/applelover53

Beverleigh’s Crafty Chaos HQ channel also has lots of Canvas Workspace tutorials where she teaches you how to create projects from scratch:

https://www.youtube.com/user/beverleigh1965

Papered Chef – again, lots of excellent videos, particularly helpful for cutting stamped images and for fussy cutting patterned papers.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjhFhblp_H3I-kaMfP_116A/playlists