Tutorial Thursday: Vagabond

Okay, it's Thursday, and you know what that means, tutorial time!!!  I'm so excited to give you a little tutorial on my new toy, a Sizzix Vagabond inspired by Tim Holtz!  This may sound crazy, but after I opened my little box of diecutting joy, I realized I had to figure out how the heck to use it.  Yeah, yeah, you're probably thinking how hard could it be, but without consulting the manual (which by the way was easy to read, but I thought I'd give you the abbreviated version) it was kinda like trying to get into Fort Knox.

Step #1- Opening the bad boy

Vagabond (1 of 1) The machine looks like a suitcase, and to use it you must open it up.  I tried, "Open Sesame!!" but that didn't work.  Just under the handle is a slider that you push to one side and….

Vagabond (1 of 1)-2 VIOLA!!!

Step #2-Finding the freakin' power cord

Vagabond (1 of 1)-3 Call it a stroke of genius, or a game of hide 'n seek, but the power cord is tucked safely away in a little secret compartment at the end of the machine.  Push the little metal slide button thingy down, and it opens to reveal the power cord. 

Vagabond (1 of 1)-4 The cord plugs into the opposite end of the machine.  FYI, this is the US version, and apparently if you try to use it in a European outlet it will almost instantly implode and your head will simultaneously fall off…okay, that was a little dramatic, but you really can't use it in an European outlet or it will destroy it.

Step #3-Make a sammy, and get ready

Vagabond (1 of 1)-5 The machine comes with a nice plateform and 2 acrylic plates/mats.  Follow the directions printed on the platform for determining the correct combination for your particular die.

Vagabond (1 of 1)-6 I'm using the new Tim Holtz Alterations Bigz Tiny Tabs & Tags die.  I'm going to make a sandwich using the 2 acrylic mats, a piece of chipboard, and the die.  The order is: acrylic mat, die cutting side up, chipboard, and acyrlic mat.

Vagabond (1 of 1)-7 Insert your sammy into the machine (that's the "get ready" part).

Step #4-Which way?  And, go!

Vagabond (1 of 1)-8 On the top of the machine, set the arrow to the direction the die is going, and press & hold down the "on" button beside the arrow button.  Then, like magic, it smoothly glides through one side and out the other.

Vagabond (1 of 1)-9
Vagabond (1 of 1)-10 Look at these perfect little chipboard pieces perfect for painting, misting, or inking!!!

I can't wait to play with it more!!  I've got some glitter and foil sheets I'm dying to send through.

If you'd like your own, you can visit  my online store.  I'm having a promo until the end of the month for flat rate $5 shipping, and the Vagabond qualifies.

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5 responses

  1. Oh my gosh i love mine, I get it just before I got to inspired. i have had so much fun with it, and have bought several of tim’s dies for it.

  2. Very exciting! My friend just bought one of these bad boys a few days ago! She got hers at Michael’s and they let her use a 50% off coupon! She only paid $113.00…lucky girl:)

    ~Vanessa W

  3. Oh you lucky girl! This is such a fabulous machine- I hope one day to add one to my supplies of favorite tools.
    For some strange reason I seem to be very hungry after reading your post! LOL

  4. Great Tutorial Melissa! :)
    Wish I had seen this when my Vagabond arrived, would have
    saved me a ton of time figuring it all out, as it turned out to
    be easier than I first thought:)
    And I second the motion on the next tutorial about the
    movers and shapers! I’m still trying to get the hang of
    that with my machine:)

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