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Silhouette CAMEO Beginners and Newbies: Start Here with My Best Advice

Were you lucky enough to get a Silhouette CAMEO or Portrait for Christmas? If so, don't be like some Silhouette owners and let it sit in the box (seriously more people than you'd believe do this!!) because you're too intimidated to use it. Instead, follow my best piece of advice for Silhouette CAMEO and Silhouette Portrait beginners.
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This is advice I give to so many Silhouette owners who say they're just so overwhelmed by everything that the machine can do.  And it's true..heck I've written a tutorial a day for the last (three) years..which means there is NO shortage of ways to use and explore your machine. But it all starts with baby steps and the first step is opening the box.

While I give the same advice to everyone, it's a little different for everyone and you'll see what I mean. 

Silhouette CAMEO Beginners...This is All You Need to Know!


My best piece of advice is: 

Find one project you'd like to do.  Just think about one reason you wanted your Silhouette CAMEO...was it to make customized shirts or cards or scrapbooking or sign making or to make gifts? 
  
Whatever it is, just focus on one project you want to tackle instead of the 10 million possibilities.  Picking your first project will help you focus and as you work your way through this first project, you'll begin to learn the Silhouette Studio software and the machine.  As you get familiar with the software you'll start to see how the icons and tools work and those techniques can be applied to future projects in a wide range of materials.

Once you have that project in mind, search Silhouette School blog using the search function on the right sidebar to find the 101 or beginner lesson.  I've included links to a few 101 lessons below to help you get started with some of the most common questions from Silhouette Beginners.

Also you'll notice that as often as possible within tutorials I link to related tutorials to help you work all the way through your project from start to finish.

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Silhouette CAMEO Guide Book (for Portrait too!)

UPDATE: The Ultimate Silhouette Guide is now what I would consider the best place for Silhouette newbies to begin.  I've jam packed it with more than 150 pages and more than 200 diagrams on everything you could possibly want to know about how to use the Silhouette. 

Update June 2017: The Ultimate Silhouette Guide Second Edition for V4 has now been released. It's completely updated for Silhouette Studio V4 and now includes 160 page ebook and Silhouette video lessons.


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