September Silhouette Portrait GIVEAWAY!

FREE daily entry to win a Silhouette Portrait on unOriginalMom.com!  September 19-26 #silhouette #giveaway

 

So, in case you haven’t heard, I LOVE my Silhouette Portrait :-)

 

In fact, earlier this week I wrote a whole post about the 3 reasons why I decided to purchase a Portrait…it’s a great read if you’re thinking about buying a craft cutting machine yourself but not sure what you want/need out of one.

 

A great list of the features of a Silhouette Portrait and its differences from a Cameo

And if you are thinking about buying your own Silhouette Portrait, now is the perfect time to do it, because Silhouette is having a fantastic deal on Portraits right now!  Save over $100 on this amazing bundle when you use the code UNORIGINAL!

 

Silhouette Portrait Fall Fabric Bundle for just $149.99 when you use the code UNORIGINAL!

 

Portrait Bundle:

                     just $149.99!

AND Adhesive Cardstock is also 40% off with the code UNORIGINAL – it’s such a fun and versatile medium!  Time to stock up!  You can snag these deals through September 30.

 

I am thrilled to be able to give one of you lucky readers a Silhouette Portrait of your very own!  And there’s one free entry for everyone, every day, so be sure to stop back again tomorrow for an extra chance to win.

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Enter now through 11:59 pm on Friday, September 26.  Good luck!!

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Leftover Inventory White Board

A simple way to help keep the fridge organized (and to know what's in it) - a leftover inventory white board!

Even though I don’t have any school-aged kiddos, I still feel like fall is a time to get back into a daily routine and try to get a little more organized after the slower pace of summertime.  I’ve got a quick and easy project for you today that will do just that – help you get a little more organized!  And every little bit helps, right?

 

The problem:  leftovers getting lost in the back of the fridge.  We use post-it tape to label all of our leftovers with the date so there’s no need to play the “sniff-to-estimate-just-how-old-this-is” game, but we still end up forgetting about things until they’re too far gone.  Especially because my husband often comes home for lunch, we both could be better about eating up leftovers at lunch time…but many times, we’re too rushed to dig through the fridge and end up just making a sandwich or heating up a frozen pizza instead.

 

The solution:  a “leftover inventory” board to help keep track of what’s in the fridge!

 

It was so simple to make – I started with a plain rectangular white board.

 

A simple way to help keep the fridge organized (and to know what's in it) - a leftover inventory white board!

 

Then I designed my lettering in Silhouette Studio, cut it out of vinyl with my Silhouette Portrait, and used transfer tape to adhere the vinyl to a plain old white board.

(Psst – there’s a great Silhouette promo going on now through September 30 with a fantastic price on a new Silhouette Portrait, hop over HERE to see the details!)

 

A simple way to help keep the fridge organized (and to know what's in it) - a leftover inventory white board!

 

Want the free cut file to use yourself?  You can download it HERE!

Fine print:  This design is for personal use only.  I’d love for you to follow me via FacebookPinterest, orTwitter in exchange for the download…of course, it’s not mandatory, but very much appreciated!

 

Now it’s on the side of our fridge – super easy to write a note when we put some leftovers away, or erase it once it’s finished or gone bad.  And it’s all in one place to glance at when we are trying to answer the “what is there for lunch?” question!

 

It’s nothing earth shattering or life changing, but it is definitely helpful!  Here’s to a slightly more organized life, one white board at a time…

 

A simple way to help keep the fridge organized (and to know what's in it) - a leftover inventory white board!

 

What’s something you’ve implemented in your house that has helped to make life just a bit more organized?

 


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12 Quick & Easy Fall Projects {Guest Post}

I’m excited to introduce you to my friend Jessi from Practically Functional!  I love her blog’s byline – “real projects for real people.”  She always makes such great projects with tutorials that are truly accessible to everyone.  She’s here today sharing some fun and inspirational fall crafts and projects!

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Are you ready for fall yet?! I am! I know I’ll be sad to put the flip flops and shorts away, but it means I get to pull out my boots and sweaters, which is just as good! I’m super excited to be here sharing 12 quick and easy ways to get yourself and your home ready for fall.

12 Quick & Easy Fall Projects

 

But first, let me introduce myself! I’m Jessi, and I blog at Practically Functional, a blog about real projects that real people can actually do! You don’t have to be a pro in order to craft or do DIY projects; Practically Functional is full of projects for everyday life that anyone can do, regardless of skill or experience! Whether you’re looking for fun crafts, DIY projects both big and small, gardening advice, cleaning tips, or quick and easy recipes, you’ll find them there! I hope you’ll stop by for a visit one day, but first, check out these awesome fall projects!

 

12 Easy Fall Projects {Guest Post}

Simple Fall Leaves Decor

 

 

12 Easy Fall Projects {Guest Post}

DIY Mini Pumpkin Candle Holders

 

 

12 Easy Fall Projects {Guest Post}

Stenciled Fall Welcome Mat

 

 

12 Easy Fall Projects {Guest Post}

Decoupage Fall Leaves Lamp Shade

 

 

12 Easy Fall Projects {Guest Post}

Hanging Fall Chandelier Wreath

 

 

12 Easy Fall Projects {Guest Post}

Holiday Stove Top Potpourri

 

 

12 Easy Fall Projects {Guest Post}

Fall Monogram Wreath

 

 

12 Easy Fall Projects {Guest Post}

Homemade Wassail In The Slow Cooker

 

 

12 Easy Fall Projects {Guest Post}

DIY Paper Mache Harry Potter Sorting Hat

 

 

12 Easy Fall Projects {Guest Post}

Starbucks Copycat: Caramel Apple Spice In The Slow Cooker

 

 

12 Easy Fall Projects {Guest Post}

Fall-Scented Pumpkins

 

 

12 Easy Fall Projects {Guest Post}

Apple French Onion Soup

 

 

Thanks a ton to Meredith for letting me share this with you guys today! If you liked the project ideas, make sure you stop by Practically Functional for a visit! I’d love to see you there!

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3 Reasons Why I Chose a Silhouette Portrait

A great list of the features of a Silhouette Portrait and its differences from a Cameo - must-read for anyone thinking about buying a Silhouette or Cricut!

 

I have had my Silhouette Portrait for a year and a half now and I can honestly say that is has completely transformed my crafting life.  I know that sounds melodramatic, but it is the complete and honest truth!  I didn’t even comprehend the depth and breadth of crafting possibilities I would have at my fingertips when my little bundle of joy arrived on my doorstep in May of 2013, (happy Mother’s Day to ME!) but I was excited nonetheless.  And ever since then, I’ve continued to discover more and more amazing things that I can do with my machine – the sky is the limit!

 

DIY Paper Rosette Wreath - includes free cut file for Silhouette users, but can also be made easily by hand! | #valentines #wreath #rosettes

Paper Rosette Wreath

 

If you’re considering purchasing a Silhouette of your own, the biggest question you probably have is “should I get a Cameo or a Portrait?”  I think Cameos are much more common to see, especially in blog world, and I had the same struggle when I decided to buy one of my own.

 

I have never actually used a Cameo, so I can’t speak specifically to the characteristics of that machine…but I have grown to know my Portrait pretty darn well, so I can tell you about the 3 major characteristics of the Portrait that make it different than the Cameo.

 

COMPACT DESIGN.

 

This was a HUGE plus for me when purchasing the Portrait, since we were living in a 2 bedroom townhouse at the time and I didn’t have a dedicated craft area.  The Portrait has a sleek, compact design and is only about 16 inches wide and weighs 3.5 pounds.  The Cameo weighs about 6.5 pounds and  is 21 inches wide.  If you have limited flat space to spare or will be constantly getting out and putting away your machine each time you use it, the Portrait may be a better choice for you.  It’s also much easier to pack up and take along with you for a crafternoon with a friend or even to take along to a craft fair for on-site personalization of items.  (Though Silhouette makes a Portrait tote and a rolling Cameo tote for much easier mobility of both machines!)

 

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SMALLER CUTTING WIDTH.

 

This is, by far, the biggest and most substantial physical difference between the Cameo and the Portrait.  The Portrait can cut designs up to 8 inches wide, versus the Cameo’s 12 inch cutting width.  The Portrait cutting mat has a cut area of 8 in x 12 in, but you can put an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper or card stock on the mat with no problem (it even has little hash marks to help you line it up!).  When cutting with a roll of vinyl, you can cut something up to 10 feet long (the new roll feeder should really help with this) so you’re really not limited in length.  I didn’t purchase this because of the smaller cutting width, persay, but because I didn’t think I would be limited by it.  Honestly, I can probably count on one hand the number of times I’ve been limited by the cutting area of the machine.  The majority of the time the material that I’m cutting is 8.5 x 11 already, so it fits on the mat with no trouble at all.  12 x 12 scrapbook paper just requires the extra step of trimming it down so it will fit on your mat.

 

Add a little fun and personality to your return address labels with your Silhouette!

All of the Silhouette Specialty Media (like the printable foil, adhesive kraft paper, and printable sticker paper I used to make these unique Return Address Labels) comes in 8.5 x 11, so it’s super easy to use with your Portrait! 

 

You are limited a bit in card sizes – the biggest size you can easily do is an A2 (4.5 x 5.5) and making envelopes to fit those cards can be tricky.  But I find the standard A2 size to be plenty big enough for me whenever I make cards.

 

Easy Geometric Cards with Gold Foil - so easy to create with your Silhouette!

These Easy Geometric Cards with Gold Foil are just one of the many different kinds of cards I’ve made with my Portrait!

 

Now, if you are a scrapbooker working with 12 x 12 size paper or layouts a lot, you probably want to consider springing for the Cameo.  Or if you’re looking to make items to sell with your Silhouette (especially larger vinyl decals or mass quantities of items), the Cameo might be better for you, too.  Though don’t think you’ll be limited in wall decal size for yourself – it’s easy to piece together cuts into larger designs.

Step by step guide to create a command center that works for your family.

I made a large vinyl wall decal as part of our family’s Command Center

 

PRICE.

 

Ultimately, this is the reason I bought a Portrait instead of a Cameo.  I was still a newbie blogger (only 3 months in) and pretty new to crafting in general – this was really my first big craft purchase.  I was excited about all the possibilities of a Silhouette, but wasn’t entirely sure what the learning curve would be like, and once I got it, how much I would use it.  The lower price point was much more appealing to me at the time, and I knew I wasn’t going to be cutting large designs AND I had very limited flat space to keep the machine, the Portrait won out for me without much internal debate.

 

GETTING TECHNICAL:  CAMEO VS. PORTRAIT

 

The cutting capability of both machines is exactly the same – they use the same blades, the same software, and can cut the same materials.  The technology for both machines is identical.

However, beyond the big 3 differences that I listed above, there are a few less significant differences that are worth noting (though they don’t really change what you can or can’t do.)  The Cameo has an LCD display with options to load cutting mat/load media, pause, load, and unload.  There are also arrow buttons to position your blade to an exact spot on your media.  The Portrait does not have an LCD display but has a load mat, load media, unload, and pause button directly on the machine.  You can position your blade to a specific spot on your material by using the arrows in the software.  The Cameo also as an SD card to take designs with you when you’re not hooked up to a computer – though to edit anything you need to be hooked up to a computer with Silhouette Studio software anyway.  You can see more of a side-by-side comparison of the two machines HERE.

 

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Honestly, once you decide to buy a Silhouette, you can’t go wrong with either machine!  If you’re ready to take the plunge and make the best craft-purchase of your life, Silhouette is having a fantastic deal on Portraits right now!  Save over $100 on this amazing bundle when you use the code UNORIGINAL!

 

Silhouette Portrait Fall Fabric Bundle for just $149.99 when you use the code UNORIGINAL!

 

Portrait Bundle:

                     just $149.99!

You can snag this deal through September 30…and you’ll have it in time to do some epic holiday crafting!  Speaking of which, here are some of my favorite Christmas projects I created last year with my Portrait that may inspire you:

 

Decorating a China Cabinet for Christmas Rose Petal Keepsake Ornament Christmas Photo Booth Props Christmas Card Ornament House Key Keepsake Ornament Baby-Made Bows Image Map

1.  DIY Christmas Card Ornaments | 2. Christmas Photobooth Props | 3. House Key Keepsake Ornament | 4. Baby-Made Bows for Christmas | 5. Rose Petal Keepsake Ornament | 6. China Cabinet Decorations

 

I’d be happy to answer any questions you have about the Portrait, just leave a comment or click on the “Contact” tab at the top of the page to get in touch with me directly.  Or, for some more Silhouette Portrait inspiration, click on the “Winner’s Circle” and scroll down to find a gallery devoted entirely to my Silhouette projects!

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