Updated Files for Cricut Design Space Users (To fix sizing issues)

Updated Files for Cricut Design Space Users (To fix sizing issues)

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.

IOS iPad/iPhone Design Space users: Sizing issues have been an issue with our files since 2019. See this video: https://youtu.be/9x3yGx6yf-w

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.

-Sandy

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

New Complete File (All SVG files in a single file)

New Complete File (All SVG files in a single file)

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!

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!

Examples

That’s it! With what you know now you can easily make something like this medium tumbler box:

or this graduation explosion box:

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!

Camping Sticky Notepad Holder with Cricut Design Space

Camping Sticky Notepad Holder with Cricut Design Space

Today, I decided to do something a little different. We used the Bonus Basic Sticky Notepad Holder from the Decorative Sticky Notepads SVG File to make this Camping Sticky Notepad holder with a Camping Trailer on it.  I could have easily used any of the notepad designs from this set…the only difference is the front of the holder.  For most of our designs, it is simple to modify the designs to customize it to a specific theme. Often, you are looking for a gift and cannot find a completed project that fits your needs.  This is when it is helpful to utilize some of your software’s tools to get it done.  For this project, I used Cricut Design Space 3.

Here is the completed holder with a 3″ x 3″ notepad.  I love these holders, as they are so easy to customize and make. AND they are a great gift for anyone that works in an office. You can make them any theme.

Camping Sticky Notepad Holder

Watch this video that shows how I combined our SVG file with a Cricut camping trailer image within Cricut Design Space 3 to create the final project.

We have an assembly video for the Decorative Sticky Notepads on our YouTube Channel for help with the assembly.  However, here are the basic steps.

I pieced together the trailer from Campin’ Critters Cricut image set.

Camping Sticky Notepad Holder

Then folded front of the holder as shown, folding the little front piece of the holder up. Prior to assembly, I added the trailer and panel sections.

Camping Sticky Notepad Holder

Then added the back piece of the holder to stand it up.  Basically, this completes the holder. I also added a pre-printed die cut “Happy Camper” sentiment that I had on hand in my craft room.

Camping Sticky Notepad Holder

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Happy Crafting!