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Curio Embossing | Silhouette Sunday

I’m in full Curio swing and decided to do some testing! One of the most exciting things about the Curio is it’s ability to emboss. Reading online, it seems people have been getting mixed results with the embossing mat and tools included. Silhouette makes their own paper, which I assume is a cotton based paper, to do embossing but it’s not available yet. 🙁 I dug through my stash looking for something that had decent embossing quality and stumbled upon some old Making Memories/SLICE colored vellum. It shows crease marks easily so I thought it was a good place to start!

I got mixed results with the papers I tried. Most of the card stock I own is thick so it doesn’t emboss well. The best advice I can give is to use papers that mark easily with modest pressure and your finger nail. I’m curious to see how the Silhouette specific embossing papers perform later this year.


Cameo vs Curio | What’s the Difference?

Now that I have my Curio unboxed and running, I have a good idea of what it can do and why it’s not a replacement for the Cameo. Many of us purchased our current Curio machines three or four years ago. In my “there’s-a-new-iPhone-every-year” mind it feels like we have been waiting an eternity for a new machine. But leave it to Silhouette to throw convention to the wind and say “suprise” this isn’t a replacment for you beloved Silhoutte Cameo. I can’t really say I blame them… “if it ain’t broke – don’t fix it!” right?!

Polaroid Fotobar

I’m always on the hunt for a well-printed picture. 🙂 It’s an obsession that started when I was in college. I always enjoyed photography and had the privilege of working in a photography studio (that actually printed IN-HOUSE) when I was a junior in college. Part of the gig was understanding the chemistry of a ginormous Kodak printer (and being able to roll/load photo paper and film blind, but that’s another topic all together…:)). The experience taught me a whole bunch of things about photography, chemistry and people but the most important thing it gave me is an appreciation for good, consistent print quality. This appreciation is what led me to give the Polaroid Fotobar a try.

Currently, the only brick-and-mortar locations are in Florida and Washington DC. (More locations are in the works, but they are all in Florida.) I grew up in south Florida and visit friends and family that still live there on a regular basis. On my last trip I swung into the Polaroid Fotobar that I had read about online. Their focus seems to be on printing from mobile devices (i.e.-instagram) but they can print any picture you load into your account in a “Polaroid” style picture. If you’re particularly fond a photo, they can print it on wood, canvas, metal, paper or bamboo in a bigger-than-my-livingroom size. Anyways, without further ado… the fotobar.


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A row of computers to load, crop and submit your photos.

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Complimentary water to keep you hydrated. Photo cropping is taxing, lol!

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Trinkets to buy while they print your polaroids. 🙂

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Some history. :p

Want to print your own pics? Visit the at www.polaroidfotobar.com! (They even have international shipping!) Thanks for stopping by! 🙂