Mojo Monday – Apr.13/15 – Tech Time – WIN!

Happy Monday! Happy Mojo Monday!!

This week’s challenge is to use technology in the creation of a project.

We use our cameras, upload photos and then print them before we start a scrapbook layout. Our cameras, computers, and printers are pivotal in how we create, both in convenience and creativity.

This week, think about something you use, or could use, in the creation of a project, other than your camera and printing a photo.

I love to use my Silhouette Cameo to cut out shapes, titles, etc. but this weekend, was so pleasantly surprised with my first attempt with the Pix Scan mat.

PixScan™ technology allows you to cut precisely around any printed image or position cut lines in a specific location on your material using a camera or scanner. PixScan™ is perfect for digitizing a stamp collection or turning a hand-drawn sketch into a cut job.

I am making a number of paper created items for the upcoming fundraising auction for our school. One of the items, is these favour boxes for the guests.


The boxes themselves were cut on the Accu-Cut at the store. I stamped out 205 fortune cookie images with this Lawn Fawn “Good Fortune” set. With Saturday afternoon plans of lots of fussy cutting, I got a text from Wendy. Thank god for Wendy and her awesome ideas. 🙂 “You should try the Pix Scan mat to cut them all out for you.”

One of our customers, Trina Ralph, has a video posted on YouTube of how to use the Pix Scan for the first time. Thanks Trina!

I was so happy and amazed that this technology, along with my phone, was able to reduce so much “fussy cutting” time.



Rae Lynn O’Keefe, one of our Paperie Instructors, was having fun with her Silhouette Cameo this weekend as well. She made a cut file of her signature and handwriting in different sizes.




Rae Lynn was kind enough to share the how-to on this project too! She used an app on her iPad called Skitch.

(1) Open blank page in Skitch and write something.
(2) Send Skitch file to yourself in an email.
(3) Open email and save file to your computer as .jpg or .png file.
(4) Start Silhouette software and open up your .jpg or .png file.
(5) Select Object > Trace.
(6) Click Select Trace Area and select area around your image.
(7) Increase High Pass Filter too 100%. Keep bumping up HPF until the entire image turns yellow.
(8) Click Trace.
(9) When you see red/black lines, drag your original .jpg/.png image off the mat and delete it. This leaves you with a cut file of only red lines.
(10) Save cut file as a .studio file.

Voila you are ready to cut it now.

Thanks Rae Lynn!

We would love for you to share the projects you made with us!!

AND… for something cool this week – if you’ve created something with your Silhouette, and you share it with us this week, your name gets entered into a draw to WIN a Silhouette replacement blade for your Cameo!!!

Here’s how you can;

  • Upload your  project to the Mojo Monday Gallery on our Facebook page.
  • Tweet your project using our Twitter handle
  • Email us a photo of your project to

Have fun!


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