Paper and Webinar
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If you get a good clean cut, weeding is not a big problem on intricate cuts. On heavier paper, you may need to cut with two passes. I have seen Colormates and Doublemates by Worldwin at Scrapbooking conventions. I don't often see it in local stores. I purchase it wholesale and sell it locally, but shipping 12x12 paper is really expensive, so I usually don't do that. If you come up for a day of cutting fun, you can pick some Worldwin papers up here. I have all of the Treasures line and most of their DoubleMates. I don't have much of the color mates, as I really like cutting textured paper.
Coordinations paper usually cuts well. Do test cuts, though on something small, like Paulo's Easter egg files.
I use a picking tool to help the weeding process. I like the one in Pazzles' Toolkit, but even a darning needle would work for this.
I did watch the recording of Andy's Webinar. It was very good. I only wished that I could have attended to hear the last hour that wasn't recorded, because I understand that he covered some very interesting information. The link to the recording of the first 1.5 hours is posted in our Links section for those who missed it. He covered how to make a paper piecing design in Make the Cut using a coloring page. I learned some new things, and I thought I knew the program pretty well. If anyone wants to learn how to trace line drawings to make cutting files, be sure to watch the Webinar recording.
I hope to teach a Webinar as soon as I learn the technical details about how to do it. I am only available on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. Once I get started, I may be able to do them regularly to cover topics that those attending would like to cover.
Julie, craftymusician@... Flanagan Educational Services
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From: "Brenda Bonkowski"
To: "mtc tuts"
Sent: Saturday, March 27, 2010 8:59:46 AM GMT -08:00 US/Canada Pacific
Subject: RE: [MTC_Tuts] Cutting Paulo's files
I have LOTS of DCWV paper. I'm a sucker for a sale! I didn't think it would work well for Paulo's files tho. I've never used Bazzil paper. Have you cut much with coredinations paper? I have quite a bit of that now, as Joanns is now carrying it, and sometimes have 5 sheets for a $1 (I think today maybe), but haven't cut with it yet. I was guessing that slow speed would be better with his files. I bet some of them take forever to cut. Is weeding very hard? I never thought about storing paper in a ziplock bag, but I remember from before that you had said paper could change with exposure to moisture. I haven't seen Worldwin paper anywhere. We have a new owner at our LSS, and she is updating the stock they carry. Maybe I'll suggest she get some. There are a few women that come to the crops that have cricuts. They have a wide range of paper, but it is frequently a dollar a sheet, so you don't want to buy much, then find out it doesn't cut well. I bought a shiny silver paper once to cut a pegasus, and the top cut, but it had a white bottom that ripped in trying to get off mat. Probably should have cut 2x.
Did you get to watch Andy's webinar? I thought he covered the subject really well. I had watched a gotowebinar for PSP the week before, and they had a person manning the questions on the chat board. Andy was working alone, so he couldn't read questions and do the lesson at the same time. Have you decided if you will be doing a webinar? Will you be covering other cutters, or basic info too?
Thanx for the suggestions.
Brenda in WA
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I ended up staying with the webinar for 2 1/2 hours. A lot of the last things he covered were additions to the program almost ready to add, and longterm things he want to do. You can almost hear the wheels turning in his head while he is talking. He wants to be able to use lots of file types with MTC. I'm not sure what kind of graphics would be in cad? I think he is adding the scut/scut2 loader to the next version. He's still playing with node editting...he like's things pretty much perfect before releasing to the public. He opened up the next version, but I had trouble reading the small print to see what all he had on there.
As for doing the webinar. This is the second gotowebinar in 2 weeks that I've seen. The first was offered by Corel (PSP x3). It helps if you can have someone manning the chats, so they can pass on pertinent questions to the demonstrator. Andy was learning as he went. Originally he had planned on having mikes open so everyone could talk. With 160 people, that would have been a zoo, so he muted the mikes, and turned them on after most people had signed off. He also didn't know how to set the chat up so we could see each other's questions. This is a great way to learn things. I didn't know how to use the area delete function. I didn't think there was anything I could do within the program to clean up some of the files, but obviously there is more to do than I had thought.
Did you read the comments of all the women about Andy after the meeting let out. It was a riot. I bet Andy was red when he read some of them.
I would definitely like to come up and pick your brain. I could pick up some of the Worldwin papers then. I know you use the Funtime software...do you use others? I have so much software that I have no clue how to use. I just got Photoshop Elements with my new Wacom Bamboo Pen and Touch tablet. I also just ordered the Corel Draw something or other Suite..haven't taken out of box yet, just got it. There are various other programs I've gotten, and not used. I want to know which software would be best to work with the tablet and cleaning up files for MTC.
I'll email you later to see when would be good for you. I see you said you were available Monday, Tuesday and Friday for webinars, so would those be the best times for you.
I need to go see what is new on the forum.
Talk to you later,
Linda DuBois <lindadb@...>
I have to agree, the Webinar was wonderful. I was unable to attend but did watch it yesterday. I too wish that Andy would have re-started the recording in order for us to hear more. Central and west coast time zones certainly have the advantage. I was unable to run the webinar from my laptop, which is the computer that I have all my software installed on. I also am the the person that Design Studio has quit working on. My programer son said that a virus has probably gotten through, even though I run a full time program for virus protection. Anyway, I guess today, I will be getting everything on this computer re-installed. I am certain that he is correct because Live One did stop several viruses. I guess the problem is that it can corrupt just one thing, and cause others not to work correctly.
You mentioned if you come up for a day of cutting fun, where do you live if you don't mind my asking. It sounds like you have a scrapbooking shop. I guess I am showing my ignorance. I am a member of Scrap Savvy, and I know that you design for them. Wonderful files, by the way.
I have only managed to get through the cupcake wrapper but didn't post yet, so I do have some catching up to do. Maybe after my computer is running at full speed again, I will get caught up. Tuesday, I have my first cataract surgery, so I might even be able to see better.
Thanks for all you do for us.