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A few years ago, while scrolling through Pinterest, I got sucked into the whole Polaroid craze (who didn’t). I was just starting college and spending money on a camera wasn’t in the budget, so I decided to make my own. They turned out okay, but the pictures are outdated and I know I can do better. Luckily, Polaroids are still all the rage and I was able to go back and reinvent my Polaroid project using my Silhouette Portrait.
I recently went to Disney World (yes I’m one of those basic Disney obsessed Floridians) and no matter how many times I’ve been there, I take excessive amount of photos. So, making Disney Polaroids to display was a must for me.
I knew I wanted to make a few different sizes to give myself (and you) options. Exercising my creative muscles, I came up with a small, medium, and large size. I absolutely love how they turned out! My handwriting is not the most aesthetically pleasing, so the option to add text worked super well for me.
I also love that you can display them, save them, and share them as a gifts. My friend’s birthday is coming up, so taking old embarrassing photos of her and turning them into cute Polaroids is on my list of things to make next. Plus, if you have a Silhouette, it’s an easy DIY that only requires a few additional materials and steps. It’s a perfect beginners Silhouette project!
1. Download the cut files by signing up using the form above.
2. Open the files and adjust your settings to show the cut boarder and the the registration marks, if they aren’t already present. You can use all three sizes, or choose which sizes work best for you and just use those.
3. Upload the photos you want to use into your library. Go to File–> Import –> Import to Library
4. Open up your library (File–> Library). Then, click on the inner box of the Polaroid and select the photo you wish to use.
5. You can then click on Fill Pattern in the tool bar (pictured below) and, if you’d like, you can adjust the scale (using the Scale Pattern tool) or framing of the photo (using the Pan Pattern tool).
6. Delete or add text underneath the picture depending on your preference.
7. Double check to make sure you can see your registration marks and send to printer.
8. Verify that the outside boxes are the only things with cut lines and send to silhouette to cut. The cut settings will vary based on the paper you’re using, but the settings I used are indicated below. I would suggest using the Double Cut feature to make sure the Polaroids are cut out nicely.
9. Enjoy your Polaroids and display them to the world!
Comment below and email me (SydneyTaylor@optimisticamateur.com) with your experiences on the project. I would love to hear (and see) how it worked out for you!