My Life Scripture

Philippians 4:4-7 (ESV English Standard Version) Holy Bible
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let the reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds through Christ Jesus.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Brother Scan N Cut: Orientation and Pattern Cutting/Session 1

Brother Scan N Cut CM 100
This was a Christmas gift from my husband!  He and I plan to use this new crafting tool with our hobbies.  I make cards and he works with HO model trains.  It will be interesting to find ways to use this electronic cutting tool with my paper crafting and his model train layout!
My plans are to learn how to use the Scan N Cut and then share my knowledge on this blog.  Over the next several weeks, I want to discover all the ways the SnC can be used.  Today's post is about using the machine for the first time and learning how to find, cut, and use the patterns that are included in the machine.
The Scan N Cut came with several important pieces.  The Operation Manual is very informative and fairly easy to read and use.  I have been viewing YouTube videos about the machine, too.  The mats come in a variety of adhesive mats, from high tack to low tack.  There is a mat for every material that can be safely cut with the SnC.  This machine came with a low tack, standard mat, and a high tack adhesive fabric support sheet.  There is a booklet showing the patterns available on the machine and a booklet give basic instructions for making a quilt. A package of iron-on fabric applique contact sheets, too

The basic tool kit that came with the SnC include:  spatula, touch pen (stylus), standard cut blade holder (turquoise) (with blade installed), and deep cut blade holder (purple) (with blade installed), and accessory bag.
Opening Screen
3 buttons on left--top/power--middle/home--bottom/tools
2 buttons on right--top/load & unload mat--bottom/start and stop function
Installing blade holder
A blade came already installed in the holder.  I turned the blade dial to #5.  Notice the blade holder carriage.  The blade holder mechanism is in the up potition.
Slide the blade holder into the carriage as shown.  Press the blade holder mechanism down.  The blade holder is now installed and ready to be used.
I am using a standard mat.  Tip..Before removing the clear plastic cover, I used a permanent marker and labeled the outside of the cover.  After using the mat, I will replace the plastic cover as shown.  This will help to preserve the tacky surface of the mat.
Loading the mat
Place the mat between the guides.  Press the top right button and the mat will load.
The mat can be loaded from the top or the bottom.  I switch from top and bottom loading to help conserve the adhesive on the mat.
Selecting a pattern to cut
Use the Home button on the left to get this screen. Use the stylus to select the Pattern function.
Pattern index screen.  There are 6 categories of patterns available.
I will be using the top middle and top right groups for my project.
Use the stylus to select the desired group.
There is a large selection of images available, too!
I will be using the dress.
The image size can be altered at this screen.  When the desired size has been chosen, press the OK button and the image will appear on the screen already positioned on a mat.
I have chosen the dress, a flourish, and a word.  I plan to make multiples of this project. 
I will be cutting this mat 3 times on 3 different colors.
Use the stylus to position the images.
Before cutting, I use this screen to make adjustments on cut speed and pressure.
Use the Tool button on the left side of the control panel to select the screen.
Use stylus to change the speed and pressure.
I used the #3 cut speed and left the cut pressure at 0.
This combination cut cardstock...beautifully!!
Be sure to press OK!
Images are cut and extra paper removed.
Be sure to remove the images immediately!
The standard mat is very sticky! 
If the images are left for any length of time, they will be very difficult to remove.
More images!
Again, remove images quickly from mat!
Images ready to be used.
Notice the mat.  I have used it several times.  After each use, I used the spatula to clean the surface.  Then returned the plastic cover to protect the surface.  The mat shows the cut lines, but I haven't cut through the mat!! Yea, me!!  There is lots of adhesive left, too!!
Working on my project using the images!
Completed projects!
Close up!
5 x7 inch Card base--Martha Stewart
Patterned Paper--"Abrianna" K&Company
White paper--Colorbok
Flowers--Jolees Boutique
Double sided foam adhesive was used to give dimension.
Inside card!
Everything was cut using the ScanNCut!
There are numerous helpful videos, blogs, and facebook groups concerning the
Brother ScanNCut!
This is the a site that I recommend...
This site has written information...
Something Extra!
Here is a paper crafting tip that I recently used!
Using baby bottle nipples on bottles of glue!
For instructions, please visit...
I followed the directions and it works!!
Have a wonderful day!
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