As of February 2021, Cricut changed the way they upload SVG files within the Desktop version of Cricut Design Space. When this happened, about 350 of our Simply Crafty SVGs’ files no longer imported at the correct size. For Desktop app users, the files are mostly importing larger than intended. This only affected Cricut Design Space users. Although we discussed with the issue with Cricut support, they will have not reversed their import/upload methodology.
We started updating affected files in March so they would insert at the correct size. We are also adding a complete file on all updated files. Click here to read about the complete file. We will start with the first 350 with sizing issues and slowly update the rest. Our files still upload into other software at the correct size, such as Sure Cuts a Lot, CanvasWorkspace and Silhouette Studio Designer Edition. Click here for more information on using the complete file.
As of 5/2/2021, 310 files of the over 350 SVG files that do not load at the correct size in Design Space have been updated. You can find the updated files by browsing to the Updated category in the online store. If you previously purchased the file, you may log into your account to download the updated file. This following video shows how to check to see if the SVG files have been updated to import at the correct size.
As noted earlier, the updated file will contain the complete file with all SVG files to import only once into Design Space. Should Cricut make another change affecting file import size, you can import the complete file and only have to resize ONE file rather than multiple. Complete files can be also used in other software like Sure Cuts a Lot and Silhouette Studio.
IF FILE HAS NOT BEEN UPDATED, use the following video to resize the complete file or individual files to the correct size. This is very important, so the files cut out at the correct size to assemble the project.
We do encourage you to watch these videos should you be having sizing issues with our files. If you have any trouble, contact us and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Although you can use solid cardstock to cut and assemble, you can easily customize theses glitter pen boxes with the print and cut capabilities available with both Cricut Design Space and Silhouette Studio Designer Edition. The photos below show you how much more fun the customized boxes are! I had so much fun personalizing my little pen boxes, I made a few tutorials to show you how!
This first video shows you how to use Cricut Design Space and digital paper to customize a pen box. I even show you how to add an image or logo, using the print and cut within Cricut Design Space. You just need a printer and a Cricut die cutting machines like the Cricut Air and Cricut Maker.
Since many also use Silhouette Cameo die cutters, I also made this video to show you how to use Silhouette Studio Designer Edition or above to customize the pen box. As with the Cricut, you need a printer to print and cut using the Silhouette Cameo die cutting machines. I illustrate on Cameo 3, but same steps will work with Cameo 4.
Here are all the boxes I designed using techniques on both Cricut and Silhouette. I used Silhouette to cut out the 2-pen box, as Silhouette Studio allows for larger printing size than Cricut, as of this post. Aren’t they fun? My favorite is the rainbow one.
Essentially digital paper is a pattern or paper you can print out on a printer. You can use digital paper with Cricut Design Space, as long as you have a printer. There are a ton of digital papers online, free and paid, that you can download and use instead of buying paper packs. You can find any type or theme digital paper imaginable. Some refer to them as digital patterns, but mostly they are referred to as digital paper. If not free, most are reasonably priced, they just take up hard drive space and you have them forever. And it keeps your craft shelves free for other crafting goodies rather than stacks and stacks of paper!
So, how do you use all this digital paper with Cricut Design Space?
This following video explains 3 ways you can use digital paper with Cricut Design Space for Print and Cut. There are also a few places I mention where I purchase my digital paper, but there are many free resources. Just search for free digital paper and you will find a ton.
Watch the video which explains these 3 ways I use digital paper with Cricut Design Space.
Print full page of the digital paper on your printer, to use it with your Cricut like any other paper or cardstock. This is not print and cut.
Upload digital paper to patterns to use within the Cricut to add the pattern to a cut image. Then you can print and cut the image. Note: This method does not work in iPad/iPhone IOS Design Space or Android Design Space
Upload digital paper to images, rather than patterns, for more flexibility on how the pattern will display on your image. This method uses the slice option to cut the digital paper to the shape of the cut image. Note: This method works in iPad/iPhone IOS Design Space but currently Android Design Space does not support print and cut
Link to Print and Cut Help from Cricut: https://bit.ly/31GUYiJ
Starting May 2019, we now include a complete SVG file within our SVG files folder with each SVG design you purchase. This complete file contains all the individual SVG files for ease of importing one single file versus several. The single SVG files are still included for those that may find it more beneficial to use, such as Scan n Cut users.
Once you unzip the file, look for the Complete File folder within SVG Files folder with 2 versions of the complete file, one with dashed scorelines and one with solid scorelines (for machines that are capable of using solid scorelines). It takes a long time to update older files, so that this time we are not updating older SVG designs with the complete file. We may modify them in the future.
Cricut Design Space
For Cricut Design Space users, this means there will be a few steps needed to use the file properly. After uploading the complete file into Design Space, you have to ungroup the file to attach the scorelines. To help you, we created this brief tutorial on showing how to use the complete file.
IMPORTANT CRICUT DS UPDATE AS OF FEBRUARY 2021
If you use the browser-based Cricut Design Space, most of our SVG files will not import at the correct size. This video is not updated, as it reflects an issue from 2019 which was shrinking files to 11.5″. Files are now coming in a bit larger than they need to be. You can still use the complete file, but you will have to resize the width of the file once to the width shown in the PDF reference document included with all SVG files. Video addresses this change. Those using the iPad/iPhone app may have the files come in smaller, but can resize still within the app to the correct width shown in the PDF file.
Silhouette Studio Designer Edition and above
For Silhouette Studio Designer Edition and above users, it really only is a drag and drop into Silhouette Studio. Then all you have to do is ungroup the file, combine the cut files by color as desired and cut them out. We even have a tutorial on how to use the solid scoreline file versions with your Cameo 3, if you have never done so. Click here to view the tutorial on using solid scorelines with your Cameo. Most users still use the dashed scoreline version. Here is a quick video on using the complete file.
Other Die Cutting Software
The complete files can also be easily imported into Sure Cuts a Lot and eCAL using the standard import process. The individual SVG files will still be available for software that requires the smaller individual SVG files, like Scan n Cut and perhaps other die cutting software. If you ever need additional assistance, contact us and we will do our best to help!
If you’re reading this you are probably having a bit of difficulty with a design that requires attached score lines. Maybe you’re not quite sure what score lines are even for? Or you keep trying to use them and you wind up cutting them instead of scoring? Fortunately, this is a pretty common issue. Sandy has a great video tutorial that we’re going show you, so you can either follow along here or watch her video below and then stop back if you still need a hand.
Let’s do it!
What is scoring?
Scoring means putting a crease or indent on the paper, so it can fold easily and cleanly. For thick and heavy paper or cardstock, folding without scoring first can make the paper crack or rip, and you’ll get messy folds. So to get the cleanest, professional-looking folds, it’s important to score them first. On diagrams for paper crafts, score lines are marked as dashed or solid lines along which you’ll fold, instead of cut. You’ll see them on tabs and folded edges. We’ll go over exactly how Design Space marks them so you can always make sure to cut your cuts, and score your…scores!
How to attach score lines in Design Space: step-by-step
In order to score lines with your Cricut, you’ll need the scoring tool accessory. The Cricut Explore Air series and Cricut Maker both have dual heads to hold the scoring stylus and the regular cutting blade at the same time. But before you start scoring, you need to make sure to designate the dashed, dotted, or solid fold lines in your diagram as score lines in Cricut Design Space, and attach them to the layer that is being cut.
You can check out this video to see exactly how to do that!
That’s it! With what you know now you can easily make something like this medium tumbler box:
Many of you know I use multiple die cutting machines. In addition to the Cricut and Silhouette die cutters, I own a Sizzix eClips 2. The software I used with the eClips is eCAL 2, which is a specialized version of Sure Cuts A Lot for Sizzix eClips die cutting machines. I am one that likes to optimize my time, so I am a fan of keyboard shortcuts in software. I was unable to find a nice handy compact reference for keyboard shortcuts anywhere, so I made my own and I am sharing it.
Here is the link to the reference PDF file: Keyboard Shortcuts For Craft Edge eCAL 2. This is a one page reference only. There are other shortcuts, but these are the most common. They have helped me optimize my time within the eCAL 2 software and I hope others find it helpful too!
As of 4/11/2018, CraftEdge support confirmed the Windows software version 2.035 does not currently have the keyboard shortcuts active for loading/unloading the mat. This may be added in a future update.
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