How to Cut Vinyl and Your Own SVG Files with Silhouette Studio 33

Hey Guys!

Happy Tuesday Tutorial Day!

I’m excited because I actually have a DOUBLE WHAMMY for you!  I filmed this first video about Cutting Vinyl using the Silhouette Cameo and how you don’t need to use a cutting mat with the Cameo and your Vinyl Sheets or Rolls!  I’m going to apply the vinyl right to the front of my Cameo using the phrase “enjoy” for enjoy the moments!  Did you know that I use Blue Painters tape as transfer material for my vinyl images?  This video I show one other little tip as well when you have one image to place on your wall or project!

This second video I’m excited to share because many people don’t know that you CAN trace images with the basic Silhouette Studio and for basic SVG shapes you do not have to purchase the Silhouette Studio Pro version! (Side note though I still recommend the Pro verion IF you plan on doing a lot of your own SVGs and other things you’ll want the ease of importing an SVG directly)  But this video shows you how to take the SVGs you find online like the ones we are now offering and use your basic Silhouette Software.  You will see just how easy it is step by step to grab your SVGS and cut them in your Silhouette machines the Cameo or the SD with ease!


What do you think?  Sound like something you can do and use?

Am I just making you want the Silhouette more now? I’m sorry! (hehe!)

Just so you know I’m working with MANY different machines all the time right now!  I am wanting to do a full review of all the machines I own and the pros and cons of each because I know many of you just want to know WHAT TO BUY!

I hope you ENJOY!


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33 thoughts on “How to Cut Vinyl and Your Own SVG Files with Silhouette Studio

  • Emilie Boyd

    I really don’t need another machine, I have Cricut, Cuttlebug,Big

    I really don’t want another machine and SVG’s unless I can transfer them to a hand cut out. I have everything but the Silouette.

  • Flo

    I am a cricut-a-holic and have all except the mini but wanting to do SVG files I also have the ecraft and the eclips. I learnt so much from you on the cricut and would love you to do the ecraft and the eclips. I have played with the eclips and scanned the pic of a stamp and saved it as a jpg file then Imported it into the ecal software and added a shadow, cut it out then stamped it. what I would like to do is stamp and be able to put the place marks onto the paper for any of my stamps. I am sure you will be able to figure this out.

  • Rebecca

    I only have a Cricut … for now. I love learning about the other machines for future reference, though. In fact, with your new SVG Freebies and after watching your older videos on SCAL, I actually was inspired to buy SCAL2 for my Cricut. I really love learning new things that are possible. Your emails with post updates are really the highlight of my day, including going to the actual post, of course! They are always interesting and inspirational! Thanks!!! 🙂

    • Rebecca

      SCAL2 is an acronym for the “Sure Cuts Lot, version 2” program. It only works on older Cricut machines such as the Expression with firmware version 2.34, so now I can’t update my firmware to keep this running. Craft Edge no longer sells the Cricut versions, so you have to get it from e-Bay or Amazon. I bought mine from the latter for $120. It’s pretty pricey, but compared to cartridges like Art Philosophy, I figured I’d give it a try. There are a lot of free SVGs online, and you can create your own on a free program called Inkscape. Megan has some great videos here, easy to find using the Search feature she has at the top of her site if you search for SCAL. Sorry to be so wordy, but I wanted to try to explain as well as possible. Feel free to e-mail me at pomtini at comcast dot net if you have any other questions.

  • Sophia

    Hi! I’m a new follower and love your teaching methods, so easy to follow. I have gotten the SVG files you have, but is there any way I can use with my Gypsy or E2?

  • Debby

    I have been looking at this machine for awhile. I have all the cricut machines the Create, The expression, The mini cake and the Imagine. I am planning to sell all but my imagine and use the money towards the Silhouette Cameo. I am very disappointed in Cricut’s law suit with SCAL program. I buy plenty of Cartridges from Provo Craft I have about 150 Cartridges and I think they are just being greedy. I like this machine because you don’t need a cutting mat and I was concerned about getting rid of the expression because I cut a lot of vinyl and i need the 12×24 sheet because I use that a lot, and with this machine I can cut even longer then the 24″ I love it. Thanks for showing us how to import svg’s I did not know you could do that with the Silhouette software. Thanks for sharing.

  • Sue Alg

    I own both a Cameo and Cricut Expressions and say I love the Cameo best. I’ve used both the Circut and Cameo basic software and then eventually purchased the Cameo design software and highly recommended it for importing your svg files and some other features. The Cameo does intricate cutting much better then the Cricut. I also like the fact that I can get thousands of svg files free. However, I do belong to the Silhouette monthly plan where for less then $20.00 per month I get almost $200.00 worth of images (these are .99 cents per image). I will never to have to purchase another cartridge again.

    I completely designed my granddaugher’s wedding invitations, table decorations, and wedding programs using my Cameo. The print and cut feature (using my own laser printer) is the best.

  • Linda W

    Please be aware that you can no longer use SCAL with Circut products. Unless you are one of the lucky ones who already used SCAL on an older Circut machine. Just don’t do any updates on your machine. Thus, you can’t use SVG files on the new Circut machines.

  • Irene Baker

    Thanks for the videos. But I’m a Cricut Gal, through and through. I have every machine, including the Mini, and truly do not need any additonal cutting tools like the Cameo. But your videos are always inspirational and I still love them. How about a tutorial on the Imagine? Perhaps the Greeting Cards Inside & Out. Some of the cartridges can be a bit tricky. Have a great day, Megan, and thanks again for all you do!!

  • Sarah

    Cricut please I was scared about using it when I first got it but you have encouraged and now I love it. I use Make The Cut software stuggle sometimes any tips?

  • Retta

    I use my cricut everyday for something or the other. I have the expressions. Do I have to get the program to use with the SVG’s? I also have a gypsy. Can I use it?

    • Shari Young

      Cricut fixed it so that you can no longer use third party software with the Cricut machines. To my knowledge, Provo Craft has no plans to allow cutting SVGs on the Cricuts. It would cut into their cartridge sales. I haven’t purchased another brand die cutting machine yet and am currently researching to see which one will work best for me. Good luck

      Shari Y

  • Jannie Bell

    Megan, for some reason lately I haven’t been able to view any of your videos. It keep saying its no longer available. I don’t know if its my pc or what, but some of theolder ones works fine, and I am able to view other videos. I tried all yor latest one, even today’s with no luck.

  • Mercedes

    Hi, I love my Cricut I have them all well except for the mini. I enjoy them but in my opinion the Silhouette is the best the cut is just amazing and all I have is the original one, I do want to buy the Cameo but haven’t yet to many machines and not using them to the max. I will love to see more videos on the Silhouette also in the Imagine especially using the regular cartridge the one that is not for the Imagine I want to learn how color them and cut them on one piece if you can. But please don’t stop the Silhouette videos they are great. Thanks for the help and inspiration.

  • Jill

    More Cricut/Cuttlebug videos! I have had my Cricut for 1 1/2 yrs now and about 30 cartridges. I really love my machine and really miss all the videos that bloggers used to do with the Cricut (there are so many different ones now). I have invested quite a bit into the Cricut and do not see any reason to switch to another, but I would definitely love to hear how you feel about each machine. I also love seeing videos on new products out there. Thanks!

  • Steph

    Thanks for the videos. Please do more on the silhouette and maybe compare it with the pazzle, by showing how each working at the same time. You said that you have tons of vinyl that you will never use have you ever thought of producing a line of vinyl on the same concept as your paper layers with 4×4 squares of different colors on one sheet.

  • Therese

    Hi Megan,
    I was very interested in how this machine works.
    I have the Cricut and the Ecutter.
    I have had the cricut for about 2 years and have not realy had the time to spend getting either machine.
    They scare me a bit.
    I am in the process of organising my craft room so I have easy axcess to both machines so I will be watching out for all information you can provide.
    Unfortunatly, I can’t afford another machine as I really should not have purchased the ecraft as there Is no way I will be able to use both enough to make it worth while.

  • Shari Young

    I really want a cutting machine that will work with SVG files. I am torn between the e-Craft, Silhouette Cameo, and BossKut Gazelle. There are obvious price differences but I believe all will cut from their own software and some with MTK and other software. The one advantage of the e-Craft is the Tim Holtz stamp/cut options, but I don’t think that would sway my decision as I don’t believe I would be purchasing any more cartridges. (I have a Cricut Expression and a Baby Bug). The ability to design, print and cut might be nice for my own designs but not necessary. What are your thoughts?


  • Shari Young

    Sorry, I get confused with the e-Craft and the Sizzix e-Clips machines. I have been looking at both of these. The Sizzix machine is the one with the Tim Holtz Print and Cut cartridges.

  • Tanya Flowers

    I have a cricut expression and would love to be able to cut my own designs. Showing how to import a png file was very helpful in helping me to decide on a new machine. I have also been looking at the ecraft because you can print in bulk as opposed to one at a time. Also thank you ladies for your comments very helpful. Wish I could send someone that has a machine one of my designs to see which machine cuts better before I make a purchase. On a budget.

  • Colleen B

    hi, thanks for all the work you do for us. Ive just recently bought a cameo and i realy love the job it does but the programs are hard for ME to figure out so any help you give me about the Cameo is very much appreciated.

  • Annette

    Hi Megan, I have had a Cricut Expression for a while and love using it. I bought an ecraft cutter because of the no cutting mat issue but I am not pleased with it. I have tried several times and the paper has torn every time. I am unsure of what I am doing so wrong. Maybe I have missed the videos for the ecraft. If so please let me know where I could find them. I love watching your tutorials.

  • Debbie Cooper

    Have you tried out the Zing? I am interested in buying either a silouette cameo or a zing and I would like other’s opionions on the Make the Cut software or the Silouette Studios.