I can’t believe it’s What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday again. The last week has gone by in a busy whirl with no time to work on the handmade book I mentioned last week. Not my favourite way to live. I had so much on my mind and so much going on I’ve been feeling very disconnected. I’m not good at busy!

There were nice bits in amongst it of course, some of which I’ve already written about but I was disappointed too.

Christening Cameo Fail


I’ve been working on a Christening present for weeks and finally got round to trying to cut it out on Friday.

This picture shows the result. A big fat failure.

I was trying to cut out a heart with my Silhouette Cameo containing the details of the Christening. I spent all day Friday trying different settings and different card combinations but couldn’t get anything to work.

I thought about trying to attach some tissue paper to some plain paper and then using the Cameo to draw it out with a pen but I lost heart and ran out of time. In the end I went into town and bought a gift. Very disappointing!

There were a few lessons learned though:

1. Don’t leave things until the last minute
I kept putting off trying to do the cutting, thinking I had bags of time and then suddenly I didn’t.

2. If you’re worried about failing – fail fast!
I put off doing the cutting because I was nervous I wouldn’t be able to do it. I was right but then there was no time to work out something different. If I’d just gotten on with it and failed faster I could have moved on to the next idea.

3. Test complicated designs as you go along
Christening Cameo Fail Close Up
If I tried this again I would design the smallest part of the shape first and make sure that I could cut that out before I spent weeks perfecting the rest of it. If I’d done this I could have made adjustments or done the smallest bit with the pen whilst cutting out the rest or something else. By completing the whole design first I didn’t really have anywhere to go when it didn’t work. Especially with the time constraints.

On the plus side, apart from the lessons learned (?)  I’ve taken my knowledge of Silhouette Studio to a new level so designs will take less time in future.

Now I’m going to have a nice relaxing day in the attic. Think I’m going to get out the paints. I’ve haven’t played with them for a long while . . .

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