Brother Scan n Cut – Fussy Cutting

January 10, 2014 — 61 Comments

After the last two amazing features, the fussy cutting might seem a little tame however don’t underestimate this amazing helping hand! I can see many uses for this one.

The “Fussy Cutting” function which helps you cut exactly the area of the cardstock or material that you want by providing you with a preview of your cardstock on the screen of the machine.

Here is a quick breakdown of the process.

Turn the machine on and press the home button.

Brother Scan N Cut - Scan To Cut Data - 2Choose the PATTERN icon.

Brother Scan N Cut - Fussy Cutting - 2Lots of options here! I’m just going to go for one of the basic shapes though.

Brother Scan N Cut - Fussy Cutting - 3I chose a rectangle.

Brother Scan N Cut - Fussy Cutting - 5

Now, at this point I should show you that I had already placed a sheet of sentiment toppers onto my cutting mat and was choosing a rectangle as I wanted to cut just one of those out.

Here is the mat ready loaded.

Brother Scan N Cut - Fussy Cutting - 1But how on earth was I going to get that rectangle to cut in the right place?

Remember the screen that had the cutting mat on? It had a little icon that looked like a blue square with a line through it?

Well when I hit that, the machine scanned the sheet through and gave me a preview on my screen.

Brother Scan N Cut - Fussy Cutting - 6I could then move the shape around and access other edit screens to make sure that it was the right size and in the right place.

Brother Scan N Cut - Fussy Cutting - 7

It’s then just the same cut (or draw) process as in the last two features that I have described.

Here is what I ended up with.

Brother Scan N Cut - Fussy Cutting - 8

I have used this in a variety of ways for my projects.

This card shows how I used it to cut an unusual shape around a sentiment.

Brother Scan N Cut Project Gallery - 10And this example shows how I used it to cut the individually stamped letters out to spell the word “friends”.

Brother Scan N Cut Project Gallery - 5Anyway, I hope that you are all looking forward to the launch show at 2pm with Mel Heaton tomorrow (Saturday 11th Jan 2014).

I’ll be picking up the reigns on Sunday and having a go at demonstrating this myself – wish me luck! Lol.

As ever, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to list them below.

See you again soon.

J :)

61 responses to Brother Scan n Cut – Fussy Cutting

  1. 
    Christine Matthews April 21, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Hi John, please can you help? I purchased the 12×24 cutting mat and am unable to scan the mat in to allow me to cut multiple card at one time. This issue may have been covered previously, I can confirn that I changed the mat setting. but this is not the problem. Are you able to use the larger mat for all functions? Many thanks Chris

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    Just bought my brother and were can I download more patterns?

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      You don’t need to. There are 600 built in and you can scan your own. Brother have no plans to create a download store based on the fact that you can create your own.

      You can, if you wish to, purchase SVG files and convert these in the Scan N Cut Canvas online software if you have access to a PC.

      J :)

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    Hi John just wondering if you could help me I bought the scan n cut on the 2nd feb and the machine will not except the high tack mat I have phoned create and craft customer services every week since then they tell me they will email brother to ring me but no one has bothered last week when i phoned custer services i asked to speak to the manager when he finaly got back to me i expained to him what was wrong and he said he would get a new mat sent out, I received a package yesturday and they sent me the high tack backing paper not a mat what can I do

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    John, can you help me? Should I be able to put an SVG cutting file on to my USB and use it directly on the Scan n Cut or do I have to convert it to FCM first? If I do, what’s the easiest way to do that? I’m not very good with computers! I tried with the SVG file on the USB but couldn’t open the file on my SnC.

    I love the machine and appreciate all the help you and Mel are giving us. Thanks!

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    Hi John. I have the brother scan and cut machine. I printed out a image from serif craft artist. It was one of the digit ones in black and white followed the instruction on the machine i wanted it to cut it out for me so selected the outline cut but when it was scanned it only scaned the lips and a mark on the costume i tried changing the contrast and even drew around the image in black pen to make it even more prominent and still it will not recognise it please help if you can i am getting frustrated as this is why i bought the machine was to save time cutting out all these images i did direct cut not saving to machine to stick to the copy right rules. many thanks ~Sue Foote Hope this make some sense .

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    hi John, still pondering whether to buy the scan n cut, at the moment I am doing a lot of decoupage, it takes a moment to print then maybe I spend hours cutting them out, I have a slight problem with my hand so cutting out a lot can be very painful. I work from cd roms I get from c&c. do you think this machine will help me and also would the machine be able to cut it out, Ann Wallace nottingham

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      Ann, the machine will definitely help cutting the shapes in the machine or your own designs from a variety of card stocks and fabrics. Decoupage and cd prints are not guaranteed as there are so many factors involved.

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    hi John. I use a lot of g45 papers so can I scan in and fussy cut the elements from these papers? Jannette

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  8. 

    This may seem a strange question John but do you think that in the future Brother might consider bringing out an embossing pen to draw an image so that embossing powder could be added and embossed with a heat gun.

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  9. 

    Couple of questions-
    Q1. For us less fortunate crafters that have to save up for this machine will the price stay until end of year?
    Q2. Confused about copyrights.. See it, Scan it, Cut it??? Can you use images from Serif, and other CD images I already have purchased?
    Q3. Is it possible to use cutting files like SGV, GSD. with this machine if so how?
    Thanks Julia

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      Hello Julia,
      1. I am afraid that have no idea how long the current price will last. The buying team worked hard and long to secure a great bundle at a great price at this time, but of course prices change over time.
      2. Ownership of this machine does not change the copyright, terms of use or angel policy of any other products that you choose to use in conjunction with this machine. The intention really is that you can now design your own and use the machine to scan and convert them so that you can cut them from what you want.
      3. You can use the online software to convert JPG, JPEG, GIF, PNG and SVG files into the proper file type for this machine. The native format for the machine is FCM so you wouldn’t be able to use GSD which was designed for cutting with the Craft Robo machine.

      Hope this helps.

      J :)

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    Thanks for your info on this machine. I am on the C&C website but I cannot see what exactly comes with the machine and what else I might need. I am in France so postage is more and want to order all at one time if there is extras I should need. I am only interested in scanning in designs for fabric cutting, maybe decorator vinyl/oil cloth and some soft supple leather if that’s possible, as well as quilting fabrics. Could you advise what else I should order?

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      There are a couple of things depending on your requirements.

      1. Sounds like you are planning to scan a lot. I would therefore recommend the scanning mat.
      2. If you would like the machine to mark seam allowances you may also like the pen holder and fabric marking pens (I think that these are currently out of stock though).

      The bundle comes with both sticky mats and both types of blade and blade holder so you should be sorted with that and the suggested extras.

      Hope this helps.

      J :)

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        Thank you so much for taking the time to help me here.

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        Hi again John,

        1) I went ahead and ordered the ScanNcut plus extras, (thanks for your help with that) however, I was watching a demo on C&C at same time and messed up my order. Called Customer Service and they were unable to fix up my quantities and suggested I cancel this order with them and re-order, which I did (was a bit nervous that in doing it all again that item(s) would be out of stock). Seems ok, however, on the original order they had applied my C&C Club Membership £10 voucher but it did not appear on my re-order. Have emailed the C&C Cust. Service so hopefully they will credit to my order ‘after-the-fact’ as I would like to reduce the credit card charge as much as possible.

        2) Fussy Cutting: Really enjoying your demos and Mel’s but one thing I am curious about. After you cut out a large shape, e.g. circle or square, you then scan that sheet back in to show available cutting area, but … does the large previously cut ‘exposed’ sticky area not gum up the innards of the machine? Hope I have explained my question clearly.

        Regards,
        Mo

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        No. The sticky mats are designed to go through the machine with small pieces of card in so this is not a problem.

        J :)

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        Thanks again John, really looking forward to crafting with this machine. Cheers..

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  11. 

    Hi John, I have just joined your blog and just…………………………ordered a Scan n Cut!!!!! Took a lot of justification to hubby. Now need to sort my craft room out to make space. Mel mentioned on one of her shows that there was a site where you could turn other cutting files into ones that would work on the SnC, I was wondering if you knew what the site was called. John thank you for all of your clear, concise demos you have given so far.

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    Hi john
    After my last message I went ahead and ordered my scan and cut machine, along with a few extras. Thank you for being so prompt in answering my question.
    When I ordered it the separate scan and cut mat was out of stock but when watching the show this morning I found it is back in stock. Do you know if I can get this added to my original order.
    I have emailed c+c but not sure how long it will take for a response in which time it may sell out again and I don’t want to miss out.
    Kindest regards Sonia

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    Hi John. Bet you are glad the week is coming to an end! Just a thought – what I like about my Cricut is that I can cut and layer the designs in different colours and types of paper thus adding depth to the design. Can I do this with the Cut N Scan? Simple example-: cut out a present in one colour, add different coloured spots in another and add a red bow on the top. I’m sure you will know what I mean when you think of the Cricut cartridges. By the way, have ordered my machine!! Sue

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      Some of the pre-installed are layered shapes and you will be able to cut each part separately. If you are designing your own you might want to draw or print each layer separately, unify them and then save the cutting mat area. (Will be doing all of these as tutorials in the near future).

      Hope this helps.

      J :)

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      Thanks very much for your quick response John – will look out for tutorials in the future.
      Sue

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  14. 
    InkyDink Designs January 16, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Hi John I have sent an email to the gallery to pass this onto you but to be sure you see it I thought I’d post it here for you. It is a great get around for fussy cutting where background and foreground are very similar in colour as well as a lot going on on the page. It’s a youtube video I found hope you like it.

    Kind regards Vicky in Dublin

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      Vicky,

      Fabulous! That was exactly the technique that Mel and I were thinking about for decoupage designs that don’t have any landlocked areas also.

      Thank you for sharing it.

      J :)

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    Hi John
    I been thinking about buying this machine but just one question. Do I need to purchase the separate scan mat available to use the scan feature properly or can I use ALL the features on the machine with the mats included with the machine.
    Regards Sonia.

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      The scan mat is the ideal solution however as I’ve been showing on air you can also use the sticky mats to do the scanning with.

      J :)

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      You can use all of the scanning features of the machine with the sticky mats however as they collect cut lines and “leftovers” you will need to crop your scans more and more. It would be better to have the scan mat if you want clean scans each time.

      J :)

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  16. 

    I have loved all of the demos and not having an electronic cutting machine this is the one I would now choose. However, it is so out of me league price wise. Maybe next birthday (Oct) and Christmas if I ask for pennies instead of gifts I may get a bit closer to affording one. On that note, as I’m an occasional card maker and scrapper could there be a portrait version at a later date that would be nearer my price range?

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  17. 

    John, thank you very much for these wonderful demos and for your enthusiastic (but not hysterical) presentations. As a multi media crafter like yourself I feel you have conveyed the massive potential of this machine across the wide spectrum of applications in a very clear, calm and logical way. I can’t wait for mine to arrive and I have your TV demos saved to replay when I get to have a play.

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  18. 

    Hi John. Its your Perth, Australia fan club again – this time about the Scan N Cut. Am very tempted but like others have already spent a lot of money on my Cricut and Gypsy and am having to think very seriously about buying yet another machine.. The gypsy still seems to be more versatile in that you can play around with sizing different elements together on screen but it doesn’t look like you can do that on the Scan N Cut. Also, I’m not that good at estimating which blade, pressure and speed settings to use and often end up cutting two or three times more on the Cricut. Can I do this on your machine? Have been watching your shows via my laptop during these extremely hot days we are experiencing over here at the moment – but you really don’t want to know that do you?!! Regards. Sue

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      Hello again Sue :)

      Obviously jealous re the weather but putting that aside I can say that you can do all of things you describe on the Scan N Cut.

      Will be trying I cover more of this in today’s shows.

      Thank you for watching all the way from the other side of the planet!

      J :)

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  19. 

    I have a little craft robo and this machine looks like it could be a useful addition rather than a replacement but unfortunately it’s just out of reach. Hints to the other half have fallen on deaf ears so I will just have to save up – boo hoo!! lol xx

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  20. 
    Rosemary Hartfield January 11, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Hi John, I bought the Sillhouette Portrait last year and I must say I am very disappointed with it. It’s cut is not as clean as it is supposed to be. I have tried just about everything I have been told to do. Please can you tell me if this new Brother Machine is better than the Portrait? I do not want to spend another shedload and still not be pleased. Help, pleadse.
    Rosemary

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      Rosemary Hartfield March 23, 2014 at 4:13 pm

      Hi John. Since the above remark I have bought a S&C from C&C – just eagerly awaiting its arrival. You and Mel are so good describing the various questions you get asked – I am an avid watcher (and listener). Cant wait to get started. Rosemary

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  21. 

    Mr. Bloodworth….. I am trying hard to resist this fabulous machine as I have spent hundreds and hundreds of pounds on my Cricut (I’m on my third machine) Gypsy, tonnes of cartridges and Cricut Cake. What is a girl to do????? Looking forward to the shows :) xxx

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  22. 

    Hi again. I called back and I’ve placed order with discount now. Roll on Feb 10. Am VERY excited. Thanks for your help & swift response.

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      Congratulations!!! I’ll be sharing my cutting file designs and projects nearer to the despatch dates so I hope you’ll check back on the blog in the future.

      J :)

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        I will. I’ve already subscribed 2 ur blog. I’ll be recording all the shows too. All the best for tomorrow. Thanks again – very happy bunny now :-)

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  23. 

    Hi John. Can you help please. I tried to order today and customer services said there is no club discount (I am a member) on the machine. ie only full price of £449. They said there was nothing they could do & that I’d have to write a letter to explain. Could you please advise how I can get the club price you said of £399. Sorry to trouble you – but have tried with C&C direct with no joy. Thanks.

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  24. 

    The previous girls are saying exactly what I think. It’s so very tempting. Many thanks for your posts. They have tipped the scales towards getting one. Jan C

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  25. 

    Good luck for Sunday ,you can do it

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  26. 

    Hi John! Looks better each time I read your blog.

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  27. 

    This machine just gets more amazing with each post! Looking forward to Mel’s show. Pat

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