Tuesday Tutorial Journal with Your Cricut

Many of us avoid journalling because we do not like our handwriting.  We believe that the photos on the page and the cute little title will tell the story for us.  When I look at my grandfather’s stack of photos,  I honestly wish I had a story to go with it. Who’s car was that? Why is she wearing a peacock feathered hat? Is that their home in the background? Telling “Your Story” is extremely important. For this week’s Tuesday Tutorial, I am going to show an easy way for you to tell your story using your Cricut® machine.

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There are two ways that you can use Cricut Design Space™ to create a unique piece of storytelling on your page.  Ultimate Fine Point Pen Set 30This week, we are going to focus on the feature that uses a wondrous array of Pens that are a “must have” when using your Cricut®. There are many other options for pens out there, but I have found that these work beautifully for creating journal snip-its on my pages.  I especially like the Fine Point Black Pen pack and the Ultimate Fine Point Set that comes in a rainbow of colors.  Enough oohhing and ahhing about the pens…let’s move onto the tutorial.

Begin by inserting the SHAPE or IMAGE that you plan on “writing” onto.  On my July- Summer Picnic layout, I have some tag shapes that I intend to use to write the story, so I am going to insert the tag shape.  WritingJournals_ShapeInsert

Choose the TEXT option, and a “Text Box” will pop-up.

 

Type your story into the text box. Don’t worry about the text going off the page, or being large, or looking odd…we will fix it.

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When the Text Box is active, you will see the Text Edit Bar at the top. This is where you are going to EDIT your text.  First, make the text  little smaller by changing the font size to 14. (We can change it again later, but this will be a good start.)

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Select the FONT drop-down menu to see all of the Fonts available to you.  You can FILTER the fonts to “Writing” fonts and “My Fonts” (ones you own).  I chose to use the Your Are Here font.

 

Drag your Text over the image you inserted for the Text. Double-click the Text to have the Text Box pop-up.  Use the ENTER key between words to adjust the text to fit onto your image. You can also adjust the size of the font at this time, if needed.  Use the ALIGNMENT drop-down menu to align your Text.

 

Choose the ADVANCED feature UNGROUP TO LINES. When you choose this option, you will see each line of text show up as a separate image in your Layers Panel.

 

Here is where the fun begins! You can edit each individual line with a different font and a different pen color. Simply double-click on the line of text, then choose a fun writing font in the drop-down Font menu.  Choose your Pen color by clicking on the “Ink Blot” in the Layers Panel, and choose one of the Pen colors listed for each individual line of Text.  HOW FUN IS THAT!

 


Before you send it to the machine, make sure to ATTACH all the text to the image you are cutting out.  Once you choose MAKE IT, you will be prompted to add a Pen and change the Color of the Pen. DO NOT unload the Mat, just change out the Pen.  Now you have a unique journalling piece that tells your story.  I hope you take the time to try to create a wondrous piece of writing using DesignSpace™. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Tuesday Tutorial Uploading an Image

Many times I am looking for a specific project I want to make, but I cannot find it anywhere in Cricut Design Space™.  This is when the “Upload” feature comes in handy.  I can add just about any image I find online into my Canvas and create a cut image, write image, or a print-then-cut image. This past week, I really wanted a specific box that was not in my Images files, so I found an SVG file and uploaded into Design Space™. Today, I am going to show you how I did that.

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Design Space™ Instructions:
1. Using your favorite search engine, search “SVG Box File”.  I found one that I liked on The Craft Chop(Make sure the site you choose is reputable and that you have up-to-date antivirus software on your computer.)
2. Save the file onto your computer. Take note of where you saved the file so you can find it later.  I have a file called “SVG Files” in my Google Drive that I save all of mine to.
3. Open a New Project in Cricut Design Space™.
4. Choose UPLOAD, then choose UPLOAD IMAGE.


5. BROWSE to find the SVG image you saved earlier. Open the image and it will appear on the screen.

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6. NAME and TAG your image so that you can find it later.  Choose SAVE.

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7. You will see the image you uploaded in your “Recently uploaded images” files.  The image will remain in your files until you Delete it.  (You can delete the image by choose the (i)information button and choosing delete.)


8. Select the image you wish to load onto your Canvas and choose INSERT IMAGE.
9. As you can see, all of the lines are turned into cut lines once the image is uploaded. You will need to choose the “Scissors” image next to each line and change it to a “Score Line”.


10. SELECT ALL and ATTACH so that the Score Lines are attached to the image. Resize as needed and Make it.

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That’s it! Now you have the perfect box you need to your project.  Be sure you watch your inbox so that you can see the Father’s Day Card & Box project I created using this image. I can’t wait to see what you create in Design Space™.

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Craft Room Labels

Cricut Design Space™ has an amazing feature called “Print Then Cut” which it is wonderful to use when making labels.  As I move into my new crafty space, my OCD brain is finding the need to make sure everything has a label. I am also one who wanted all of this stuff moved and organized yesterday, so my labels need to be quick, easy, and of course, cute. Today, I am going to give you a quick tutorial on how to use the Print Then Cut feature in Design Space™ to create some labels.

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DESIGN SPACE INSTRUCTIONS: (Before you begin, Calibrate your Cricut® machine.)
1. Insert the label image you wish to use for your background. I chose Floral Label – #M4165FC from our Artistry Collection.
2. Design and Resize the Label as desired.
3. INSERT TEXT and type your description into the text box. Choose the FONT & RESIZE as needed onto the label.

 


4. If desired, insert any images you wish to use to decorate your label. I used a Dandelion Image from our Flower Market Collection. (The black lines around the image will disappear when turned into a print image.)
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5. SELECT ALL and choose FLATTEN. If you look at the layers panel, your images have turned into a Print Image.
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6. Choose MAKE IT. You will see a preview of the image with a rectangle outline added (cut sensor marking). Click CONTINUE.
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7. Choose CONTINUE and choose SEND TO PRINTER.  Choose your Printer then choose Print. (The image bleed is a small border around each image that allows for more precise cutting. It is recommended to leave this on for best cut results, but you can turn the bleed off. The bleed may make the printed image look fuzzy or distorted, but this border will be trimmed off in the cutting process.)

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8. After printing, place the paper onto the upper left corner of your mat making sure there are no wrinkles in the paper, then send through your Cricut® machine.

It’s this just AWESOME! I love that I could quickly make all the labels I needed for my embellishments and save the file for later use. (Make sure to save one image that is not Flattened to edit later.) If you have not used the Print Then Cut feature, I hope that you give it a try today. While you are at it, Shop and Save at this week’s Cricut Sale! Machines, Materials, Tools & More.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Tuesday Tutorial Paper Pansy

This is the time of year when my backyard starts to fill with color.  (If you follow me on Instagram, you will see a few postings of my “little” outdoor retreat.)  Pansies are one of my favorite flowers, and, being the crazy paper-crafter that I am,  I wanted to recreate them using my Cricut®.   This week, I figured out how to take a few images from our Flower Market collection and create some paper Pansies in a a variety of colors. I then placed them in an old pitcher, and now I have something to display all year long.

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Today, I am going to share with you how I was able to make these adorable little paper Pansies. A complete list of supplies I used can be found at the very bottom of this post.

Design Space™ Instructions:
1. Insert the Poppy – #MFADB88 image into your Canvas and UNGROUP the images.
2. DELETE the image with just the row of “Petals”.
3. DUPLICATE the image with the “Base & Petals” then use CONTOUR on one set of images to remove everything except the circular base.
4. Use CONTOUR on the second image to to remove everything except one of the “Petals”. (Make sure to keep the cut line in the one petal and remove the rest.)
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5. RESIZE the “Petal” to 1.5″ high and the “Base” to 1″ high.
6. DUPLICATE the “Petal” four times. (Five petals total) Change to desired colors.
&. Resize the “Stamen Center” to 1.25″ high and change to desired color.

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7. Insert the Dandelion – #MFAD571 image into your Canvas and DELETE all the “Dandelion Flower” images.
8. UNLOCK the image and RESIZE to 3″w x 3″h. (You can use CONTOUR to manipulate the individual images by following the same steps as you did in #2-#4.)

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9. Insert a CIRCLE Shape and RESIZE to .25″. Change to desired color.
10. SELECT ALL and GROUP the images.  Now you can resize all of the images proportionally to the size you desire.  (Mine are approximately 3″ when complete.)
11.. SAVE your project and cut out the images from cardstock.

Assembly™ Instructions:
1. Use a Bone Folder to shape each “Petal” then glue onto the base.
2. Adhere the “Stamens” onto the Flower using Foam Dots for Dimension.
3. Adhere the Dot onto the center of the Flower, then adhere the Sepal and the Leaves onto the back of the Flower.

 

I used a sponge to add ink to the center and edges of my Pansies, then used a Clear Shimmer Brush to add some shine. There a quite a variety of Pansies out there, so take some time to search for images and find ones that match your personal style and decor.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Tuesday Tutorial Crocus Flower

Our Flower Market Collection has some beautiful two dimensional and three-dimensional flowers, yet I could not find a Crocus to create for spring.  After playing with some of the images on the cartridge, I discovered a way to create one for this week’s tutorial. You can find a list of the supplies I used at the very bottom of this post.

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Cricut Design Space™ Instructions:
1. Insert the Lilac Flower (#MD38897) image into your canvas.
2. DUPLICATE two times, then resize two images to 3″h and one image to 2″h.
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3. Insert the Holly (#MFAE002) image into your canvas.
4. DELETE the Berries. Using CONTOUR, remove all images except the “Pine Needles”.
5. Resize the “Pine Needles” to 2.5″w x .66″h.
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6. Change all images to desired colors and cut out the images.

Assembly Instructions:
1. Using a sponge and ink of choice, ink the edges of each of the “Petals”.
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2. Use a Bone Folder to curl the tips of each of the “Petals” up, then layer the “Flowers” from largest to smallest, rotating each slightly.  If desired used 3D Foam Tape between each layer to add dimension. (DO NOT block the hole in the flowers.)
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3. To create the “Stamen” use a Quilling Tool to roll the “Pine Needles” from largest to smallest into a tube shape and glue in place.
4. Use the Quilling Tool to curl each of the “Pine Needles” down.


5. Insert the completed “Stamen” into the center of the completed Crocus Flower and glue into place.
6. If desired, use a Gold Shimmer Brush to add shimmer to each of the petals.

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Tuesday Tutorial

Graduation Money Holder (Part Two)

Last week, I created the first part of the tutorial to show you how to make a Graduation Money Holder envelope in Cricut Design Space™.  This week, I will show you how to create the money insert in Design Space™ and I have included the list of supplies used at the very bottom of this post.

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Design Space Instructions:
1. Insert a SQUARE SHAPE and resize to 3″w x 7″h.
2. Insert a SQUARE SHAPE and resize to 3″w x 4″h.
3. Insert a TRIANGLE SHAPE and resize to 4″w then ROTATE 30°. Position the Triangle over the top of the 3″ x 4″ rectangle.
4. Select the Triangle and the Small Rectangle and choose SLICE. DELETE the unwanted images.

 

5. Insert a Tag Image and resize to fit the top of the Money Holder Insert. (I used Luggage Tag – #M275FA92 from the You Are Here Collection.)

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6. Add stars and a square to write a sentiment onto the “Pocket”.

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Once the images are cut out, place adhesive ¹⁄ 8″ along the left side and the bottom to form a pocket. This will allow you to easily slide the gift in from the right side.  Adhere the remaining layers and stars, then add some matching ribbon to the tag to pull-out the insert, and you are ready to give this to the hard-working graduate.

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This Graduation Money Holder can be made from any cardstock color or patterned paper. I can’t wait to see what you create with this tutorial!

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Tuesday Tutorial

Graduation Money Holder (Part One)

This time of year, we receive quite a few graduation invitations and I am always trying to find a simple, yet, stylish way to congratulate the kids for all their hard work. If you are like me, you can’t just go purchase a card from the store, you need to make something fun and unique. This year, I found a pattern to create this money envelope which I replicated in Cricut Design Space™ so that I could make multiples without too much work. (All I have to do is change the cardstock color.) This week, I have created a Design Space™ tutorial for you and included the list of supplies used at the very bottom of this post.

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Design Space Instructions:
1. Insert a SQUARE SHAPE, resize to 7.25″w x 7″h, then POSITION shape at x=0 and y=0.
2. Insert a SCORE LINE and resize it to 7″h. POSITION the Score Line at x=2 and y=0.
3. DUPLICATE the Score Line and POSITION it at x=5.25 and y=0. (DO NOT ATTACH)
4. Insert a SQUARE SHAPE and resize to 2.75″w x 7″h. DUPLICATE the Rectangle and resize to 2.25″w x 7″h. SELECT all three Rectangle shapes and choose ALIGN CENTER.

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5. Insert a CIRCLE SHAPE and resize to 2.5″w x 1.5″h. DUPLICATE the shape two times (three ovals) then place one Oval at the base of the rectangle, centering it to create the cut-out on the envelope.
6. Select the smallest rectangle and the oval then choose SLICE. DELETE the unwanted images. Repeat with the remaining Ovals and Rectangles. (Some images will “move to front” when you slice. Just “move to back” as needed.)

7. Select the Largest Rectangle and the two Score Lines and choose ATTACH.
8. Add Star Shapes if desired and change the colors to the desired colors.

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Once the images are cut out, you can use the Color Your Life stamp set to add the “Celebrate” sentiment. Place adhesive ¼” along the side of the Base Cardstock, fold in the sides and adhere them to form a pocket. Adhere the remaining layers and stars, using Thin 3D Foam Dots as needed for dimension.

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You have now created the basic envelope for the Graduation Money Holder. Next week, I will continue with project to show you how to create the money insert. While you wait, you can cut out and assemble all of the envelopes you need for your hard working graduates. I can’t wait to see what you create with this tutorial!

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Tuesday Tutorial

As you know, most of my Tuesday Tutorials involve a Cricut Design Space™ project.  I truly enjoy using the Design Space™ program, but there are often features I wish were within the program to make my life a little easier.  Today, a few of my wishes came true.  Cricut® has released a new set of features in the Design Space™ program to make your crafting life a little simpler, and, today, I am going to give a you a short tutorial on each one of them.

Curved Text

You can now curve text on your Canvas.  HOW AWESOME IS THIS!!  When you type your Text, you will see “CURVE” in the Text Edit bar, between the Alignment and Advanced tools.  Drag the slider to the right to curve the text downward.

Here are a few ways you can use this feature.  I typed “Hello Friend” as one line in the first example, then curved the Text to form a single arc.  In the second example, I chose the “Ungroup to Lines” option, then used the Curve feature to curve each line separately to form the circle of letters.

Project Favoriting

If you are like me, you have browsed the Cricut® Designed Ready-to-Make projects, see one you like, and, when you finally have time to make it, you forget where you found it. Well, with the NEW Project Favoriting, you can create a list of your favorite projects then easily retrieve them under the Project Category menu.

When browsing the projects, all you have to do it click the “Favorite” star.  It will save the project into your “Favorites” list which you can access through the drop-down menu. How easy is that?!

If you are loving all of the Ready-to-Make projects in Design Space, you can have access to all of them by subscribing to Cricut Access ™ . When you sign-up for Cricut Access™, you not only have the ability to make most of the projects free of charge, but you have access to over 100,00 free images and fonts, and you get 50% off digital orders on Cricut.com and in Cricut Design Space™.

Project Sharing

I am ♥ LOVING ♥ this! When I create my Workshop Guides, many of them include a Cricut Design Space™ file which I share through a URL link.  There are times, though, that I wish I had a way to share my free files on Facebook or Pinterest.  Well…today that wish was granted.

Once you choose to “Share” a project, you add a description, additional photos, or supplies needed, then Share it with your community of friends. I can’t wait to use this feature more in the future.

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This has been designed for those of use who work on smaller screens and need access to all of our tools. If your screen size is too small, the “More” button(s) will appear allowing you to reveal more tools.

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Remember, Design Space™ only works with the Cricut Explore and Maker machines.  All of these new features are only available in the Computer based Design Space™ program.  I will be posting projects in the future showing you how to use these new features and more on your paper crafting projects. I hope you take the time to check out some of these features. I can’t wait to see what you create!

PS: Don’t forget to check out my Cricut Design Space™ Basics Class in May.

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Easter Candy Jar

As my children grow older, we have less baskets to fill and eggs to dye.  It can be a sad reminder of how fast time passes, but that doesn’t mean my children don’t still enjoy receiving gifts of some sort.  This year, I did not have a lot of time to create so you can imagine my excitement when Close to My Heart offered these amazing downloads on their blog.  I was able to upload these images into Cricut® Design Space and create a Print-Then-Cut image to make these adorable tags for my  jars. How cute is this?!

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Once I uploaded the image, I used my Slice tool to cut out the tag shape and added additional images from our Artistry collection.  This is what my image looked like on my Design Space Canvas before printing and cutting.

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These little Easter Candy Jars were so fast and simple to make using Cricut® Design Space and the Close to My Heart Spring images. If you would like to start making some of my Cricut® creations, right now is the perfect time to purchase a machine.  Cricut has some incredible deals on Cricut Explore™ machine bundles starting as low as $149.99! As you follow my weekly tutorials, you will find that I use many images from of our Cricut Collections. You can use the “Search” box to find each of the collections and how I used them in my projects.

I would love to see some of your Easter creations.  Feel free to share them on my Facebook page. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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Tuesday Tutorial

I simply adore shaker cards. They are the cutest little creations and so simple to make.  Today, I am going to show you how to create the frame for this Easter Shaker Card using the Slice and Weld features in Cricut® Design Space.

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Design Space Instructions:
1. Begin by inserting a 5″ Square and 6″ Circle shapes then ALIGN CENTER and WELD.


2. Insert a 4″ Square shape then ALIGN CENTER and SLICE.


3. Insert Hoppy easter pop up card – #M1067BD into your Canvas and DELETE everything except the Bunny image.
4. Align the Bunny image against the inner left side of the frame. SELECT ALL and WELD the images.


6. Resize the image to the size needed for the front of your card.

I chose to embellish my card with images from our Flower Market collection, Gimme Some Sugar papers, and Make Waves Sequins.  I also chose to add some shimmer using our Bashful Shimmer Brush on the flower and bow.

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I hope you take the time to try to create this shaker card frame in  Cricut® Design Space.  Many people avoid creating a shaker card because the can be difficult to mail. If you do not like the bulk of shaker cards, our Memory Protector Flip-Flaps are perfect for creating shaker cards without the bulk.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

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