I am an affiliate with SVG Cuts and Amazon, so I do make a small percentage if you purchase from them, however, I am not pursuaded in any way by any company to post certain content. This is a personal blog, and when asked to share what supplies I use to make projects I share them all honestly.
SVG Files are a format of illustration file that stands for Scalable Vector Graphics. Basically, in plain English what this means is you can resize the file huge or tiny without losing the pixel details.
Lots of cutting machines come with software that can read .svg’s and there are TONS of resources online for collecting .svg’s should you be so inclined. Warning, finding them is addictive, and you’ll soon have a harddrive full of .svgs in your library.
For the purposes of this blog, I’ll be talking mostly about the Silhouette Cameo, since that’s what I use, and I have no experience with other machines, although I have done lots of research, mostly between the differences of the Cameo and a Cricut (Expression/Expression 2).
For my own personal use, I chose the Cameo since I did not want to be tied to any particular system, and I specifically wanted to cut my own shapes, because my husband and I run a photography business that I wanted to create my own marketing and packaging materials for. That’s how I convinced him to let me get the machine in the first place. 🙂
To get a good idea of what you can do with the Silhouette Cameo, I HIGHLY recommend checking out the banner up there for SVG Cuts. They were one of the first sites I found, and I immediately fell in love with their products.