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

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.  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

Tumbler Box Size Guide

Tumbler Box Size Guide

Here is a guide showing you the different Tumbler Box SVG files we currently sell and the common tumbler sizes that fit within them. Just for clarification, these boxes are great for displaying personalized tumbler creations, but are not a shipping box. Make sure you check the dimensions of our boxes ensure your tumbler will fit prior to purchasing the files. Click here to view all our packaging SVG files…for wine glasses, mugs, mason jars and more!

Cardstock Recommendation for Tumbler Boxes

It is recommended to use 80 LB or greater weight cardstock or cover. Most refutable brands will contain this information on their packaging. Two of the brands I regularly use are 80 LB American Crafts Textured Paper from American Crafts and 110 LB Neenah cover cardstock for designs that are sized to cut on letter-size.  See product details for each SVG file for size compatibility.  The panels are optional but do strengthen the box, if added.

Tumbler Box Sizes

Small Tumbler Box
The Small Tumbler Box SVG file is sized to hold a 10 ounce Ozark or other similar insulated tumbler no larger than 3.6″ diameter and 4.75″ tall. The box itself is 4.85″ tall by 3.75″ square. Insert is included to hold the tumbler in place.

Small Tumbler Box SVG File

Click here to buy the Small Tumbler Box SVG file

Small Tumbler Box 12 oz Mini
The Small Tumbler box SVG file for for the 12 oz mini tumbler is sized to hold a 12 ounce insulated tumbler no larger than 3.5″ diameter and 5.4″ tall. The box itself is 5.5″ tall by 3.55″ square. Insert is included to hold the tumbler in place.

Small Tumbler Box 12 oz Mini

Click here to buy the Small Tumbler Box 12 oz Mini SVG file

Medium Tumbler Box
The Medium Tumbler box SVG file is sized to hold a 20 ounce Yeti, Ozark or other similar insulated tumbler no larger than 3.6″ diameter and 6.9″ tall. The box itself is 7.1″ tall by 3.75″ square. Insert is included to hold the tumbler in place.

Medium Tumbler Box SVG File

Click here to buy the Medium Tumbler Box SVG file

Medium Tumbler Fliptop Box
The Medium Tumbler Fliptop Box SVG file is sized to hold a 20 ounce Yeti, Ozark or other similar insulated tumbler no larger than 3.6″ diameter and 6.9″ tall. Instead of a separated lid, the lid is attached.  In addition to the display opening in the front of the box, it also has additional windows on right and left. The box itself is 7.1″ tall by 3.75″ square. Insert is included to hold the tumbler in place.

Medium Tumbler Fliptop Box

Click here to buy the Medium Tumbler Fliptop Box SVG file

Medium Tumbler Explosion Box
The Medium Tumbler Explosion Box SVG file is sized to hold a 20 ounce Yeti, Ozark or other similar insulated tumbler no larger than 3.6″ diameter and 6.9″ tall. The box itself is 7.1″ tall by 3.75″ square. When you lift the lid, the top portion of the box sides fall down to reveal the tumbler. Click here to see this in action in the assembly tutorial video.

Click here to buy the Medium Tumbler Explosion Box SVG file

Medium Tumbler Explosion Box SVG File

Large Tumbler Box
The Large Tumbler Box SVG file is sized to hold a 30 ounce Yeti, Ozark or other similar insulated tumbler no larger than 4.1″ diameter and 7.9″ tall. The box itself is 8″ tall by 4.15″ square. Insert is included to hold the tumbler in place.

Large Tumbler Box SVG File

Click here to buy the Large Tumbler Box SVG file

Large Tumbler Fliptop Box
The Large Tumbler Fliptop Box SVG file is sized to hold a 30 ounce Yeti, Ozark or other similar insulated tumbler no larger than 4.1″ diameter and 7.9″ tall. The box itself is 8″ tall by 4.15″ square. Instead of a separated lid, the lid is attached.  In addition to the display opening in the front of the box, it also has additional windows on right and left. Insert is included to hold the tumbler in place.

Large Tumbler Fliptop Box

Click here to buy the Large Tumbler Fliptop Box SVG file

Large Tumbler Explosion Box
The box is sized to hold a 30 ounce Yeti, Ozark or other similar insulated tumbler no larger than 4.1″ diameter and 7.9″ tall. The box itself is 8″ tall by 4.15″ square. Insert is included to hold the tumbler in place. As with the Medium Tumbler Explosion Box, when you lift the lid, the top portion of the box sides fall down to reveal the tumbler. Click here to see this in action in the assembly tutorial video.

Large Tumbler Explosion Box SVG File

Click here to buy the Large Tumbler Explosion Box SVG file

Skinny Tumbler Box
The Skinny Tumbler Box SVG file is sized to hold a 20 ounce Built Skinny insulated tumbler. It also fits thinner skinny 20’s tumblers or other similar insulated tumbler no larger than 2.8″ diameter and 8.25″ tall. The box itself is 8.3″ tall by 3.7″ square. Insert is included to hold the tumbler in place.

Skinny Tumbler Box SVG File

Click here to buy the Skinny Tumbler Box SVG file

Tall Skinny Tumbler Box
The Tall Skinny Tumbler Box SVG file is sized to hold a 30 ounce Hogg brand or other similar taller skinny insulated tumbler no larger than 2.8.” diameter at the bottom, 3.25″ diameter at the top, and 9.75″ tall. Finished box size is 3.3” square and 9.8” high.

Tall Skinny Tumbler Box SVG File

Click here to buy the Tall Skinny Tumbler Box SVG file

Tumbler Holder (Holder for 16 ounce plastic tumbler or 20 ounce insulated tumbler)
Prior to creating any other of the tumbler boxes, we designed this Tumbler Holder SVG file that will hold a 20 ounce Yeti, Ozark or other similar steel insulated tumbler no larger than 3.6″ diameter and about 7″ tall. It will also hold a standard 16 ounce acrylic insulated tumbler with straw. Insert is included to hold the tumblers in place. It is not strong enough for a 30 ounce insulated tumbler.

Tumbler Holder SVG File Tumbler Holder SVG File

Click here to buy the Tumbler Holder SVG file

Click here to shop our entire selection of Tumbler Box SVG Files.

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.

Dashed Scorelines Be Gone!  (at least for some folks)

Dashed Scorelines Be Gone! (at least for some folks)

For years, consumer SVG cutting files for boxes, bags, and cards included dashed scorelines only. This is because earlier die cutting machines had the capability to cut the dashed line to allow folding.  With technology advancements, the consumer die cutters continue to get better and better.  Some now even have the capability of scoring solid lines!  This is the reason we are now are including two different scorelines versions in all our new Simply Crafty SVG files.  One will be in the traditional dashed format AND the other a solid scoreline version.

What does that mean to me and should I really care?

If you are using a machine capable of using solid scorelines, you might care.  Using the files located in the solid_scorelines folder will allow those with Cricut Explore and Sizzix eClips2 to score a solid line, instead of dashed lines. Many people prefer this, as it is a cleaner look.  If you do have a compatible machine, we have included these files to use instead of the files with dashed scorelines. So, when you see a file with a dashed scoreline, check the solid_scorelines folder and import that version instead of the dashed version.

Cricut Users:

Cricut Design Space users, this means you still have to attach and change the solid scorelines to “Score” within Design Space to use with your score tool.  You can will use the dashed scorelines version, if you prefer.  Some people still like to “cut” their scorelines instead of using the score tool, which is sometimes preferable for 3D type projects. Click here for additional Cricut help.  We have some more scoring tips here.

Sizzix eClips2 Users:

For Sizzix eClips2 users, change the Cut Line Type of the solid scorelines lines to “Score” instead of cut within eCal2.  If you prefer cutting the scorelines, go ahead and use the dashed scorelines version. Click here for addition eCAL help.

Why do you still include the dashed scorelines?  

We still include the dashed scorelines is to make sure our files are compatible with most die cutters that use SVG file, even if they do not have the capability to use the solid scorelines. We are not into exclusion.  We love all technology!

What if I have a Silhouette Cameo?  Is there a way I can cut solid lines?

Great news!  We created this video tutorial to show you how you can use the second tool with a ratchet blade to easily score using a light kiss cut. Click here to view the video. I use it all the time and it works great! For more Silhouette help, click here.

I hope this was helpful to you all!  Happy Crafting!

-Sandy-

 

Cricut Design Space – Save Paper Using Mat Preview

Cricut Design Space – Save Paper Using Mat Preview

Here is another Cricut Design Space tip for my Cricut Explore users.  For this video, I will show you how to move and rotate images on the mat preview within the Desktop version of Design space, so you can easily use different size papers and scraps.  If you take the default layout from Design Space, it often does not arrange the images optimally on the mat for paper usage.

For iPad Cricut Design Space users, you can also move and rotate images within the mat preview with your finger or stylus.  There is also a lot of Material Size options within the iPad IOS App.  There is also a feature called SnapMat that allows you to take a picture of your mat to optimize scraps.  Click here to view Cricut’s SnapMat FAQ.  

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