As of 8/9/2021, over 375 SVG files have been updated to fix sizing issue with the Desktop version of Design Space, make minor improvements to the files, and in some cases a minor design change. (See history section below regarding Design Space issue).
Regardless of whether you use Cricut, these updates benefit everybody.
In February 2021, Cricut changed the way they uploaded SVG files within the Desktop version of Cricut Design Space. It had to do with how their app technically read the code of the SVG file, which changed the size of the files. When this happened, a large number of our SVG files (over 340 files!) no longer imported at the correct size when using the Desktop Design Space app. The files were mostly inserting too large, as it was based on how the SVG file was saved. Nobody wants to read the details, but sizing was all over the place! I reported this to Cricut and provided detailed information on why it was happening, as I was not the only SVG designer affected. As of May 2021, Cricut still has not reversed their import/upload methodology, so I had to make mass changes, which takes a long time.
As noted earlier, the updated file contains 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. Again, CLICK HERE for a list of updated files, to verify you have the most current version.
If you have any other questions or if you need assistance downloading an updated file, 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
Designs created after May 2019 automatically 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 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 (for machines that are capable of using solid scorelines).
In 2021, we started updating older SVG files to include the complete file, mainly due to Cricut Design Space sizing issues. Due to this issue, many older files have been updated and updated files may be available to download from Your Account. See Updated Files for Cricut Design Space Users for more information and the most current list of updated files with Complete files.
Using the Complete file in 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.
Using the Complete File in Silhouette Studio Designer Edition and above
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.
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, like Brother ScanNCut 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:
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.
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.
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