Tutorial: How to Cut Free Printable Stickers Using a Silhouette

Raise your hand if you hate fussy cutting! Yep, that’s me. I hate it so much that it’s one of many reasons I decided to purchase a Silhouette machine.

I know that I’m not alone in my hatred for fussy cutting. If you’re like me and have a Silhouette machine that you’re not very familiar with how to use, keep reading.

How to Cut Printable Files Using a Silhouette

I’ve had many Squadettes ask in our facebook group how to create cut files for the free printables they find online.  Today, I’m going to show you how I do it, step by step.

I would also like to note that the file I’m using in this tutorial is from the amazing Victoria Thatcher. I just love her printables!

Step 1: Convert PDF

Before you can import your file into your Silhouette software, you will have to convert it from a PDF to a JPG or PNG file.

While there may be free options for programs that will convert this for you, I personally use Photoshop since I already have that from my photography school days.

Step 2: Import File

Once you have your PDF converted to an image file, you can now open the image file with your Silhouette program. You can do this by dragging and dropping it into the software, or import through the library.

Step 3: Trace and Detach

At the top right-hand side of your Silhouette software, click on the trace button (it looks like a square with a little blue butterfly with yellow border).

Once you have selected the trace tool, you should see the following settings:

Click on “select trace area” and draw a box around what you want to trace. Notice I didn’t bother tracing the text along the top and bottom of the graphic, because I’m going to end up deleting that later, anyway.

Make sure to de-select “high pass filter”. Then turn the threshold up as high as it can go, and turn the scale down as low as it can go.

(Quick tip – if you’re having a hard time getting a clear trace, try doing it in sections, instead of all at once.)

Your image should turn yellow similar to the image below:

Once you have selected everything you would like to trace, select “trace and detach”. This will basically cut the images out of the background so you can move them around individually.

Step 4: Delete Background

Once you have detached all of the images, pull them off to the side out of the way. Then, select and delete the leftover background.

Step 5: Rearrange Graphics

Once the background image has been removed, rearrange your images where you want them on the document.

Step 6: Offset (Optional)

This step is only necessary if you want to have a bit of white edge around your stickers. If you don’t want the extra white space you can skip to the next step.

To create this white border, you will need to create an offset. Click on the image or images you want to offset. Then click on the offset tool along the top toolbar.

Adjust the settings so that it creates a red line border slightly from the edge of your images. I typically set my offset distance to .0125

It’s important to note that this red offset line is not your cut line. They look the same, but it’s only the line that will be traced whenever you make your cut lines in the next step.

Step 7: Trace Outer Edge

Once you have created your offset lines (if you choose to), you’re ready to trace your images again to create your cut lines.

Select the trace tool and highlight everything you want to cut. You’ll make your settings the exact same as you did in step 3, only this time you will select “trace outer edge”. This will create your cut lines.

Step 8: Print and cut

Once you have your cut lines made, you’re done! From here you’re ready to print and cut your stickers and start sticking them into your planners!

Tutorial: How to Print Free Printable Stickers Using a Silhouette Machine

Did this tutorial work for you? Comment below and let us know. Also if you think this post may help others, we hope that you will share it with them as well.

Happy cutting!

Jenn Roberts, Planner Squad, Chaotic Bliss Homeschooling

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Join us for the February 2017 Instagram Challenge!

I know all of you Squadettes love a good challenge. That’s why I’m excited to share this one with you today! One of the amazing admins of our Facebook group, Jaynelle, is helping us bring you a super fun monthly Instagram challenge.

Introducing the Instagram Challenge

So, what is the Instagram Challenge exactly? Well, basically, Jaynelle (aka @Sweetjaybaby on IG) is going to supply us with a daily photo challenge revolved around planning.

To participate in the challenge, all you have to do is take a picture that reflects that day’s prompt and then share it on Instagram for the rest of us to see.

What’s in it for Me?

We tried to host an Instagram challenge in the past but unfortunately didn’t get much participation with it. We decided to give it a try again, only this time we have a bit of an incentive for those who participate.

That’s right, we’ll be hosting monthly challenge giveaways! 

How do you enter? Simply use the hashtag #PSIGChallenge everytime you share your challenge post. Each photo you share using that hashtag will get you one entry in the giveaway.

This month we will be giving away a $15 gift card to the Planner Squad Shoppe

Shop Owners – We’re Looking for Challenge Sponsors!

That’s right, we’re looking for shops who would like to sponsor a monthly giveaway by supplying prizes.

Any shop who sponsors the giveaway will have their shop name and IG handle on the free challenge printables for that month. We will also shine a spotlight on your shop in the blog post for that month’s challenge.

This could be a great form of advertisement for you and your shop!

For more information on how to sponsor a giveaway, check out our advertisement page. When you fill out the form, let us know you would like to sponsor an IG Challenge.

February Challenge Prompts

Okay, now that you know how the challenge is going to work and how you can enter to win, it’s time to get your free challenge prompts printable.



This printable PDF includes a printable dashboard in letter, A5, and personal sizes (to print in HP classic size, reduce the size by 80%).

Click here to access your free printables!

Jenn Roberts, Planner Squad, Chaotic Bliss Homeschooling

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