Scrapbook embellishments are an easy way to add extra detail to a scrapbook page, but they can be pricey and the selection is not always ideal. 

Silhouette Studio allows you to buy or create your own designs...but their choices are also somewhat limited. 

Here is a way to easily create your own elements using Paint.NET (Free to download, can substitute photoshop as well) and Silhouette studio (also should work with other die cutters or stop after step two, print, and cut out by hand). 


Picture of design you want


Silhouette and software

Step 1: Find a Design You Like

I'll be using this great silhouette from http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Hand-Cut-Paper-Gift/ 

Since I don't have a picture myself, I'll be taking a screenshot, which you can do by using ctrl+printscreen and then pasting into Paint.NET or another program. 

I'm going to crop it so that there's less in my image, which will make step two easier. For this step, rectangular select and crop to selection tools work fine. 
Wonderful Instructable!!! I can't wait to give it a try :-)
Awesome! Thanks for the tip on the High Pass Filter! I love to trace things in Silhouette, but I feel like I'm always fighting with it!
Thank you! I noticed in your "Halloween Cupcake Wrapper" instructable that you included the studio files. Did you just zip them and upload them like you would for a picture?
I usually zip them. But if you edit your Instructable and use the new editor to edit it, you should be able to just attach the Silhouette Studio files :)

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Bio: I spend most of my craft time cutting stencils and silhouettes out. May have a strange obsession with x-acto knives...
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