Updated Files with Complete Files

Updated Files with Complete Files

As of January 2024, the majority of our SVG files include a complete file, solidline scoreline versions of the SVG files for those that use score tools and improvements. We highly recommend using the complete file, which contains all the files within a SVG design. It requires one upload only. CLICK HERE for more information on using the complete file.

These updates were originally completed to fix a sizing issue due to Desktop Design Space software update in March 2021. When we update each file, we do our best to improve the design and in some cases record a video assembly to replace an older written assembly.

Regardless of whether you use Cricut, these updates benefit everybody.

If you purchased a file prior to 2021, I would highly recommend that you download the most current version of the SVG File from Your Account. If you have any trouble, Contact us.

IOS iPad/iPhone Design Space users: Sizing issues have been an issue with our files since 2019. Cricut support was notified. Please reference the following video if are experiencing sizing issues with the IOS app.

Cricut Design Space IOS How to Use SVG files on an iPad or iPhone

Thank you!


Customize Pen Boxes using Cricut or Silhouette

Customize Pen Boxes using Cricut or Silhouette

I recently designed two pen box SVG files, the Glitter Pen Box Single SVG File to hold one pen and the Glitter Pen Box Double SVG File to hold two pens. They were sized and designed specifically for the personalized epoxy glitter pens using Paper Mate InkJoy gel pens.

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.

Are you ready to make one now?

Give it a try….it was super easy!

Cricut Design Space How to Use Digital Paper

Cricut Design Space How to Use Digital Paper

What is digital paper? 

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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

Complete File (All SVG files in a single file)

Complete File (All SVG files in a single file)

The complete file contains all the individual SVG files so you can easily upload or import one single file versus several.  The single SVG files are still included for those that may still need them, such as ScanNCut users. Once you unzip the file, look for the Complete File folder within SVG Files folder. Within the folder, there are 2 versions of the complete file, one with dashed scorelines and one with solid scorelines. The solid scorelines are for machines or software that have scoring tools and options, like the Cricut machines.

In 2021, we started updating older SVG files to include the complete file. As of February 2023, there are less than 20 files without complete files. If you file does not contain a complete file, it could have been updated. See Updated Files for Cricut Design Space Users for more information and the most current list of updated files with Complete files.

How To Use Complete File in CanvasWorkspace Desktop for ScanNCut

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.

This following video (Updated in February) shows you how to use the complete file.  It is a portion of our updated How to Use SVG files 2023 video. 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. Reference Cricut Design Space IOS How to Use SVG files on an iPad or iPhone.

How To Use Complete File in CanvasWorkspace Desktop for ScanNCut

For Silhouette Studio Designer Edition and above users, you really only have to drag and drop a complete file into a project.  Most times, 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 , 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.

How To Use Complete File in CanvasWorkspace Desktop for ScanNCut

Although the smaller individual SVG files are sized to fit on the CanvasWorkspace mat, some may have it handy to use the complete file. This video that explains how to resize the complete file to original size after it is resized to the mat size. It also shows you how to organize and save files as individual FCM files and/or send the design to cut directly.

Other Die Cutting Software

The complete files can also be easily imported into Sure Cuts a Lot using the standard import process. The individual SVG files will still be available for software that requires the smaller individual SVG files. If you ever need additional assistance, contact us and we will do our best to help!

Tips for Scoring in Cricut Design Space

Tips for Scoring in Cricut Design Space

Today I have Ali from Cut, Cut, Craft! joining the blog. Cut, Cut Craft! has a lot of great resources for Cricut and Silhouette users, including but not limited to reviews, tutorials and info on where to get a lot of SVG freebies.  We are honored to be listed as one of 23 Best Sites for Free SVG Files.  Read on!

Hi guys!

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:

Medium Tumbler Box SVG

or this graduation explosion box:

Graduation Explosion Box SVG

For more, super informative video tutorials, check out the Simply Crafty SVGs YouTube channel!

Don’t forget to check out all the great content from Ali at Cut, Cut, Craft!

eCAL 2 Keyboard Shortcut Reference for Sizzix eClips

eCAL 2 Keyboard Shortcut Reference for Sizzix eClips

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.

We also have a few helpful tutorials for eCAL 2 on our Youtube channel.  Here is the link to the playlist, which will grow over time.