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My artist dreams have come true!! I got the Glowforge Aura :)

Updated: Nov 8, 2023

**This DIY blog post is sponsored by Glowforge and contains *affiliate links. All thoughts, opinions, ideas, and content creation are my own. Thank you Glowforge for sponsoring these Fall-themed projects + how-to tutorial.**


Yayy! I still cannot believe I finally got a laser cutting machine and it’s not just any machine.. it’s the Glowforge Aura— the 1st ever craft laser ahhh :) So.. I thought it would be fun to create a video where I share some behind the scenes from brainstorming, sketching and finalizing my designs, creating SVG files, using the Glowforge app— basically my entire process from start to finish. In this video, I also created multiple Fall-themed projects like place cards, coasters, banners and notebooks! 🍂🍁

various crafting projects created using the glowforge aura

Yayy! Let’s get started! Click the play button below to watch the video tutorial :)

Also sharing some tips and my fave tools when creating projects using the Glowforge Aura :)

Tip 1 - I love starting my brainstorming/sketching process in my journal.

brainstorming process featuring journal

Tip 2 - Then I’ll finalize my designs using the vector brushes inside the Adobe Fresco App on my iPad.

sketching on the iPad using the Adobe Fresco App

Tip 3 - Afterwards, I’ll export my file and open it up in Adobe Illustrator to edit/add additional illustrations and then I’ll export my designs in SVG format.

Creating SVG files using Adobe Illustrator

Tip 4 - When I upload my designs to the Glowforge App, I like to ungroup everything and then I’ll rearrange my designs to save as much wood as possible hehe.

My process using the Glowforge App

Tip 5 - I love using the Glowforge Aura’s camera! It’s been super helpful to visually see everything and I love using it when creating my notebooks. It also makes it super simple to identify Glowforge’s Proofgrade materials which preload the settings for cutting, engraving, and printing!

using the glowforge aura camera pt 1

I’ll use it to create the binding holes in order to make sure everything lines up :)

using the glowforge aura camera pt 2

Tip 6 - To add a pop of color to my wood creations, I like using POSCA paint markers!

using posca markers

Yayy! I hope you enjoyed my Fall-themed projects and my tips! :) Thank you for taking the time to create with me! 😊 If you recreate these Fall-themed projects, please tag us on social media at @lettersbyshells and @glowforge! We would love to see your beautiful creations and don’t forget to use the hashtag #GlowforgeAura :) Check out the Glowforge Aura here! 💖

Remember, you are amazing, awesome and the BEST! Sending you all the love and positive vibes! :)


*Affiliate Link Disclaimer- This means if you use the above product links, I’ll receive a small commission. This is not an additional cost to you, but helps small businesses like me continue to do what I love and create these fun tutorials. Thank you for your love and support! :)

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