Username Post: whats the cheapest way to get letters in every font.        (Topic#1598205)
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Ok, so I started scrapping determined not to have to buy any tools. But now that I've seen how professional and awesome letters cut from diecut machines, I'm realizing that I really do need one at least for letters and words.

So that leads me to the question do I invest in a cameo sillhoutte so that I can hook it up to my computer and download the fonts, or do I look for an older used cricut and SCAL software. Which is cheaper?


 
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  • Vae on 08-25-14 09:08 PM
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As far as I know, you can't really get the SCAL software anymore for a cricut, even if it's an older cricut. I tried for a long time with my cricut to find a version online anywhere and never could get it to work.

I eventually got the cameo and have never looked back. It's SO easy to get any font you want online. You just install it on your computer the same way you would to use it in a word processor, and there it is in the silhouette software, all ready to go. I get most of my fonts for free on various font sites, but there have been one or two I've paid for because they were perfect for what I needed.

Also with the silhouette, you can import regular images and trace them, or design your own. I confess that I buy a lot of images through the cameo site (just for sheer convenience) but you don't have to in order to get a lot of use out of it. No cartridges needed, and you don't have to pay anything monthly unless you want a subscription for images.

You can download the silhouette software from their site for free (for the regular version) and play with it and see how you like it before you invest in the machine. I highly recommend doing that, and watch a few youtube videos as well to see the basics.


 
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You already know that I would go with the Silhouette every time!


 
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Cameo! I agree with Vae, you can download any font you need free from the Internet. Plus, you can easily manipulate them to fit your project.

But that's not nearly all the Cameo has to offer. The possibilities are endless and such fun to play with. In fact, I have my Cricut Expression and about 100 cartridges for sale right now, because I haven't touched it since the Cameo came into my life, LOL.


 
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I'm with Red Squirrel---I will always and forever recommend a Cameo (unless someone doesn't own a computer...). Being able to cut almost any TTF is fabulous, along with the other benefits fo Print & Cuts, importing and tracing designs, etc.


 
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I'm with Red Squirrel---I will always and forever recommend a Cameo
I just got mine in June my mom bought it for me. I am still get use to it.


 
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I am a happy Cameo user too..:) you might as well take the plunge:)


 
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  • Vae on 08-26-14 09:06 AM
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Another thing to mention about the silhouette is the customer service. I'm not sure how cricut's newest product handles fonts, but I know that in the past, I've heard so many more issues that people have had dealing with cricut. With silhouette, when there are issues, seems like all I hear are good stories about how wonderful and helpful the people were. I've only ever had one issue with my cameo (bad blade) and they made it right immediately. In my book, that's worth quite a lot.


 
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I have the cricut explore and I love it it does fonts beautifully. I do agree that their customer service is not he best though.


 
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Cameo all the way. Even if it isn't the cheapest way (I have no idea), it is certainly less convoluted and time consuming.


 
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I agree with everyone so far- get the Cameo!!
I have the Cameo, Cricut Expression and Cricut Explore.
The Explore is by the the best of all the Cricuts.
But if you don't already own any of the cartridges to use with the Cricut cutters, I'd go the other direction and get the Cameo.
Had the Cameo been around ( or if I had known about it) I would of went for the Cameo from the get go. You won't be disappointed with the Cameo! Good luck with your decision.


 
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I don't know the answer to your question about which system is cheaper. But I do want to say that my Silhouette Cameo is the only die cutting system I've ever had, and I absolutely love it. I always recommend it to anyone considering buying a cutting system!


 
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Not to enable or anything, but the cameo and portrait bundles are on sale right now.


 
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Hey, I'm all for enabling. LOL! I guess I was trying to see if there was a way around getting a cameo. It would be my birthday/Christmas/scrapb ook budget for a year. So I was thinking if I could get a used cricut with some SCAL software from ebay, and then maybe one of these
http://store.scrapbook.com/fisshap.html
so I don't have to buy all those expensive cartridges.
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Edited by preraphaelitess on 08-27-14 07:40 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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Yeah, I really think you'll come out ahead with a Silhouette instead. It wouldn't have to be the Cameo, it could be the Portrait, which is smaller but also cheaper.


 
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ooh! Checking out portrait right now!


 
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In response to preraphaelitess

Thank you, aquabunny! I think that is the perfect solution. It's a much better price for me and still will execute the main functions I need it to peform.


 
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Imho, that fiskars shape cutter is a waste of money...you can have mine if u feel u must have it!! Very Low Mileage!!


 
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I'd suggest a manual die cut machine like a Cuttlebug and some alphabet dies, bc it seems like a reasonable starting point, which is what I did. However, being a new Cameo owner...I'm wondering why I didn't get the Cameo a LOT earlier!!! I've spent a LOT of $$ on stuff that can approximate what the Cameo can do, Thickers, journal cards, borders, die cuts, punches...and in hindsight I wish I'd been ballsy enuff to just make the initial investment earlier. BUUUT, then I wouldn't have as many toys....


 
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LOL Juansmom. I'm just curious why you think the cutter is a waste of money. Are you having trouble getting it to work propperly? A lot of the negative comments on the product seem to be from people who had a hard time getting it to work. Or do you just think it doesn't have a lot of use, especially when pitted against things like the cameo?


 
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Price-wise the Portrait is a good option, but if you normally do 12x12 scrapbooking then I would really suggest just waiting until you can get the Cameo. I had the SD model that was about the same size as the Portrait because that's all that was offered at the time...I was jumping for joy the day the Cameo was announced (at a decent price) because I was so tired of having to cut down a lot of my paper to fit the mat. It is so great being able to cut 12" both ways at the same time...just something to think about...
  • preraphaelitess Said:
Thank you, aquabunny! I think that is the perfect solution. It's a much better price for me and still will execute the main functions I need it to peform.




 
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I disagree - the only Cricut I've ever had is the original one with the 6x12 mat, and I never felt the need to upgrade because of size. I do basically nothing but 12x12 scrapbooking, and that Cricut has served me well for over four years - I got my Cameo not because of its size, but because of the software capabilities and the amazing holiday season price I found it for (cheaper than the usual price for the Portrait).


 
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I still have my original Silhouette which is the same size mat as the Portrait. Like Aquabunny, I've never had the need for a 12x12 cutter.


 
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The Fiskars cutter referenced above was difficult to use, bounced, shredded paper, didn't work without a template (which were limited in scope), the blade wouldn't swivel properly n cut around the template but DID cut INTO the template...all around not a great investment for me. I thought about selling at a yard sale or even giving it away, but feel guilty towards the new owner! Compared to other shape makers, manual (creative memories) or mechanical (Cuttlebug, Sizzix, Silhouette)....Fiskars cutter ranks lowest for me. The $$ I spent on the Fiskars cutter system could have been better spent, imho. But other people have had better luck I suppose.

And yes, since the Silhouette can cut literally anything...had I bought one a long time ago I'd have *saved* money by not purchasing punches, dies n die cuts I could make on my own. Live n learn...but I love my scrapbook hoard still...


Edited by Juansmom on 08-29-14 05:03 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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Agreed, I didn't like that Fiskars system either. I also bought their oval cutter (not template-based) and hated it.

I still have the EK Success Curvy Cutter system (still template-based, but in a different way than the Fiskars system... It was okay, though I confess I've never even used one of my three template sets (the rounded squares). I used the circle one a few months ago and it was fine, but I only use it when trying to get a specific part of a photo or patterned paper; I'll probably give it up entirely if I ever get the Silhouette PixScan mat.


 
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I'm reading about the Cricut Explore which is the one I really really really want - cuts everything form wood to tissue paper and does really tiny intricate work.

It says you can use carts, buy on line, or upload anything you want to cut. I would take that to mean that I can upload fonts I want to use.

I need to check it some more but this one just looks like it does it all, and since I have so many carts and can use anything online that I download, this sounds like it makes the most sense for me.


 
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Wow! So much great info! The main purpose I want this type of machine is to make letters and paper piecing embellishments (butterflies, flowers, or anything that you'd use a punch for) so I "think" (where's the italics on this forum?), repeat "think" a smaller size will work for me.

Very curious, though Henri, when you use the what do you cut that is 12 x 12? Do you do borders all around the page with your cameo or something like that? Or did you just get tired of cutting down the 12 x 12 to fit in there? Honestly, the 100 buck + difference is huge to me. I'm in the market for a new camera (just using my cell phone now). But, I'd like to know all the pros and cons.

Oh, and is the pix can matt a different thing than what comes with the machine? Is that the only way to cut out patterns on photos? What else can you do with it?

Again, thanks for all the great info on here. You guys are pros!


 
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Henri, etes vous de la France, au Canada?


 
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