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Silhouette Hack: How to Print and Cut on Scraps (Without Registration Marks)

We've all been there - you print on a piece of printable material (sticker paper, printable htv/vinyl, or transparency) and then you end up throwing the rest of the piece out. Today Silhouette School weekly contributor Becky is here with a clever trick for maximizing scraps after you print and cut on them!

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Today I'm sharing a Silhouette tip rather than a full blown tutorial. Many of you may have already figured this out but for me it was one of those "ah ha" moments. I love being able to put together a quick last minute gift using printable media. I've used printable vinyl, white and clear sticker sheets, transparencies and heat transfer material but I'm sure there are a gazillion more materials that I haven't discovered yet. 

My only hang up is that once I print my full sheet with the registration marks it can't be put through the printer again because the registration marks won't line up. This means I have to fill up the page with designs or all the blank space on the sheet is wasted. At that point my quick last minute gift turns into a huge time guzzler.

Getting back to my tip, I wanted to place a personalized wine label on a bottle of champagne for an anniversary gift only to discover that I had no full sheets of printable vinyl or sticker paper left. {UGH} But I did have some scraps that for whatever reason I was
hoardingsaving for a rainy day. And that's when it hit me. My printer settings adjust to accommodate various paper sizes including 4" x 6" (and other various sizes!).

That's when it hit me - cut the scrap to size, print on it and then use Pixscan to cut it! And that means no registration marks are required!

I pulled out my handy dandy paper cutter and cut the scrape of printable vinyl to 4" x 6". I adjusted by printer settings to accommodate the smaller size material and then printed my image.  

I then followed Melissa's post Silhouette PixScan Tutorial for Beginners. And yes, I confess, I had never used my PixScan mat before this (yikes!). Her step by step instructions made this so easy.

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The short of it is: I placed by printed image directly onto the Pixscan mat and took a picture of the entire mat. The image was imported it into Silhouette Studio using the Pixscana tool in Silhouette Studio. I simply traced the outer edge of the design, since I was working with a simple rectangle, in this case. Without moving my image on the mat I loaded the PixScan mat into the Silhouette CAMEO and got the perfect cut.

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Excited by my first successful experiment, I tried it again with a small piece of transparency I had left from making Floating Christmas Ornaments. Even the transparency printed perfectly at this size. I can't tell you how many times I cut one template for an ornament and threw out the rest of the sheet -  and these transparencies can be expensive!

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So now you really have a reason to save your scraps - and some money!  When you can't print registration marks, you can always print and use Pixscan for scraps! 

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