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, over half 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 our files to make sure they import at the correct size at this time and also contain a complete file. This means we are slowly updating almost 500 files to help Cricut users only. 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 this post, 110 files of the over 500 SVG designs on our site are 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

Windows 10 How to Preview SVG Files in File Explorer

Windows 10 How to Preview SVG Files in File Explorer

Have you ever wondered how to preview SVG files in Windows 10 with File Explorer like this?

How to Preview SVG files Example

Unfortunately it is not a built-in feature, as it is with the MAC operating system.  To enable the ability to view SVG thumbnails in Windows 10 File Explorer, there is an extension you can install called the SVG Explorer Extension.  For those with a lot of SVGs, this makes it way easier to browse and preview their SVG files in Windows. In the video, I also demonstrate Adobe Bridge, which is a free tool to preview SVG files and other image files. You can watch video that explains everything you need to know below.

Here are the basics, as explained in the video.

  1. Click here to download the SVG Explorer Extension, renamed to SVGSee.   Note where you saved it.
  2. Close all applications and run the install.  If Windows Defender attempts to block the install, just click on “More info” to install.  This is shown in the video.
  3. Once installed, reboot your computer and you should now be able to view SVG thumbnail previews in File Explorer.

Troubleshooting (Things to try if it does not work)

  1. Check File Explorer options.  Under the View tab, make sure “Always show icons, never thumbnails” option is UNCHECKED.
    How to Preview SVG files File Options Window
  2. If you installed an application associated with an SVG file, you may have to re-associate the SVG file format to Internet Explorer. I have seen this happen to a few people. Both this and the previous issue is explained in the video.
  3. If steps 1 & 2 do not work, it is recommended to reach out to the developers on the download page to see if they can assist.

I hope a few found this helpful.  If you did, I would appreciate a LIKE on my video!  Now that you know how to do it,  Click here to shop for few new SVG files to your collection!

Sandy

How to Use the Wishlist on Simply Crafty SVGs

How to Use the Wishlist on Simply Crafty SVGs

We just added a wishlist option of our online store.  The following video explains the basics of using this simple wishlist feature.  It is best used when you are logged into your account, allowing you to save SVG files to your wishlist before you decide to purchase.  You can also easily move the saved SVG files to the cart at any time. This short video explains.

-Sandy

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!

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!