My experience with the Silhouette Cameo 3 and a free cut file!

Working with the Silhouette Cameo 3 is SUCH FUN! Read on to hear my experiences with it during this first week of ownership and to get the FREE cut file for your own first aid kit!

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Silhouette Cameo: A Wishlist Item

Ever since I saw the projects that the original Silhouette Cameo could do (years ago) on Pinterest, I’ve wanted one. But it wasn’t quite high enough on the priority list. Until now!

A few weeks ago I found a Silhouette Cameo 3 for sale on Facebook Marketplace with some extras and vinyl. I tried to ignore it for a week or two, but finally, after talking with my Hubby, we decided to get it. I’m so happy I did! My main concern was that I wouldn’t have enough projects to make it worthwhile, but the more I do with it, the more ideas I have! Granted, I’ve only been using it for a week, but I get really excited to use it!

Some Tips (I’ve learned the hard way!)

I’ve done a few projects to get the hang of my Cameo 3—and really enjoy it. I’ve learned a few things along the way:

  1. Cricut Stronggrip Transfer Tape is NOT for regular vinyl. It’s great for glitter and (I think) holographic vinyl, but not the standard vinyl. It makes transferring standard vinyl an absolute pain!
  2. Contact Paper works great for transferring standard vinyl, but it doesn’t stick well to holographic vinyl.

The supplies that came with my Silhouette included the Cricut Stronggrip Transfer Tape and Contact Paper. Initially, I was trying to transfer designs with the Cricut Stronggrip, but it was so difficult I thought I was doing something wrong. It wasn’t until I heard someone mention that it’s really only good for glitter vinyl that I realized what was going on.

Today, I decided to put together a First Aid design for my first aid kits—and share them with you as a FREE cut file!

My First Aid Kits: Easy & Essential

First Aid Kit examples using the FREE cut file

I put together our big first aid kit last year and love the convenience of it. I’ve purchased a few of these Sterilite Layer Stack and Carry Box and love them, with one exception. It’s too easy to grab the edge, unlock it, and have everything fall out! I fixed that with a simple clip and strap (upcycled from an old bike helmet, but you can get something similar here: Webbing and Buckles) If we’re going on a road trip, I just grab the first aid kit and go! I also have a smaller on-the-go first aid kit in a waterproof container that I can clip to my purse or belt loop—a must have for a toddler mom! (Find a similar one here: Waterproof Small First Aid Kit) Both kits are great, but have been missing that ‘extra touch’ to make them ‘official.’ Today, I fixed that with the Silhouette!

First Aid Kit example using the FREE cut file
I’m still new at this — hence the bubbles under the red cross on top!

If you’re new to the Silhouette or cutting machines, I encourage you to look up some tutorials on YouTube or, if you’re the reading kind (like me), do a quick web search. There’s so much to learn! I decided to just start somewhere and try some projects without worrying about understanding everything. I am learning to let myself do that and accept that I’ll learn through silly mistakes (like using StrongGrip transfer paper for regular vinyl!).

If you’re interested in having your own Silhouette Cameo, you can find a Silhouette Cameo 4 Starter Bundle here. The Silhouette Cameo 4 has some features that I’m eyeing for the future … when/if I ever upgrade. 🙂 It can handle a special rotary cutter blade for cutting any fabrics! As a seamstress, that excites me!

First Aid FREE Cut File

This is usually where you would see a sign-up form for some email list so you can get your files. But honestly, at the moment I am over email lists and subscriptions because my email inbox is overflowing with stuff I don’t even remember signing up for. I want to spare you that.

If you enjoy what you see here and want to follow me for the latest, I’d love to see you over on Instagram. If you’re only here for the cut files, download and enjoy! 🙂 I’d love to see pics if you use them! So feel free to tag me over on IG.

Below you’ll find the download buttons for the First Aid cut files. 🙂 I was unable to load the .STUDIO3 file directly to my website, so it’s in a .ZIP file that will open through Google Drive. You’ll be able to download it from there. The other two links should automatically download the JPG and PNG files to your computer.

Please note: These files are for personal use only. If you want to use them commercially, please drop me a message on Instagram. Enjoy!

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