Tuesday, January 7, 2020

SVG Files - What are they? Where do I get them?

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I get a lot of the topics for my blog post from questions I see being asked on Facebook Groups for Cricut.  I like to try to answer questions or solve problems that people are having with the information in on my blog.

So today, let's talk about svg files . . . what are they and where do you get them.

A svg file is a Scalable Vector Graphics is an XML-based vector image format for two-dimensional graphics. Basically, is a cutting file that can be used with your Cricut or other die cutting machine. To use this image, you download it to your computer.  It usually comes in a zipped folder, which you will have to unzip to get at the actual svg file.  For me, I right click on the zip folder and unzip it and then I can upload the svg file into Cricut Design Space.

Personally, I will always look in Cricut Design Space first to see if there is an image there that works for my needs before I go looking for a svg file.

If you are working with a svg file, there is no need to clean it up when you load it into Cricut Design Space.  It should already be cleaned up and divided into layers by color for you.  If you happen to get a bad svg, and it has way more layers than the number of colors you want to cut, check out THIS information on how you might be able to fix a bad svg.  

SVG files have to be made in a program outside of Design Space, like Inkscape.  You cannot save a design you created in Cricut Design Space as a svg file.

Below I am going to list some sites where you can get free svg files and are a good high quality images.  Just click on the name to be taken to the site to view their svg files.  If you are buying a svg from someone, please read the reviews.  Not everyone knows how to create a svg so that the colors are broken into layers for you.

Websites with FREE svg files


Craft Bundles

The Hungry JPEG

SVG and Me

Shop Craftables

SVG Cuts

SVG Cutting Files

Miss Kate Cuttables

Here is a video that will show you how to download a svg, unzip that downloaded folder so you can get to the svg file, and how to upload that svg to Cricut Design Space.

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Monday, December 30, 2019

Deleting Unwanted Images From Cricut Design Space

Have you ever uploaded a image/design to Cricut Design space just to find out that is not going to work for you project, and then you want to delete it?  Or uploaded an image and saved it as a Print the Cut when you wanted to save it as a Cut image?  Did you know you can go in and delete all of those "mistake" or unwanted images you have uploaded?  Here is how . . . 

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Let's Talk About Layers

If you are in any of the Cricut Facebook Groups you will see people asking about layers and layering images.  I am doing this post specifically to try to address everyone's questions and concerns on those topics.

If you are using an image from Cricut Design Space, each color in that image will already be separated into its own layer.  You then cut each one of those layers, out of cardstock or vinyl or whatever material you choose, and then you put all of the colored pieces back together to assembly the final image.  Sometimes it is like making a puzzle.

Here are examples of layered images, with more details below the images.

Layering is about cutting the colors and then putting them back together to make the image. I start with the background color and then build up. It is like a puzzle.
The first one of Lady and the Tramp is layered cardstock.  I started layering with cardstock first just to get the hang of the process. HERE is a tutorial with cardstock . .. the idea is the same with other materials.
The second one, of Mickey and Minnie on the laptop, are from vinyl.  HERE is the tutorial for that project.

The last two pictures are showing examples of layered HTV/iron on vinyl.  Same idea as working with cardstock or the vinyl on the laptop . . . start with the background color and then do a short press so that the vinyl sticks, and add the next color. Keep going until all colors are on the shirt.  For both of these I used a Multi Layered Font to type up the word.  Then I set each layer as a different color.  HERE is my tutorial on using the filter when choosing a font.  This will help you find Mulit Layered Fonts.  

The very last image also shows how you can combine using HTV/iron on vinyl along with a Print then Cut image on printable iron on vinyl.  The team mascot was created with printable iron on vinyl since he has so many colors . . . I did not want to try and layer all of those.  If you want to see my tips and tutorials on Print then Cut click HERE.

Now let's take a closer look at the layers panel in Cricut Design Space.  I think this might help a lot of people to really understand layering.  For this I am going to use images from my Donald Duck Larger than Mat project, which can be found HERE.

When I insert Donald Duck from Cricut Design Space this is how the canvas will look

We are going to really focus in on the layers panel on the right hand side.  This is where you see one layer for each color of this Donald Duck image.

If we look at each layer/line item in this list, the first one is the white of Donald's scarf.
The second layer/line item is the red of Donald's scarf.
The third layer/line item is white on the cuffs of Donald's sleeves and his buttons.
The forth layer/line item is Donald's had and shirt, which I changed to blue for the final project.
The fifth layer/line item is the white of Donald's body.
The sixth layer/line item is the yellow of Donald's feet and beak.
The seventh layer/line item is the black, which is a full image piece.  This would be your base layer and you set this down first and the build the other layers on top of this.
The eighth layer/line item is a second full image piece.  (I am not really sure why Cricut includes 2 background pieces with some images . . . maybe to give it more depth)
The ninth layer/line item is a shadow layer, so if you wanted to have this whole image outlined or shadowed in another color you could do that.  If you look to the right of this layer, you can see that I have they eyeball icon turned off.  The Cricut will not cut any layers where the eyeball icon is turned off.

When you click Make It for this image, Cricut Design Space will prompt you on the color of material you should have on the mat.  Load that in and let it cut.  Unload and remove from the mat and load the next color until you are done cutting all of the pieces.  Then piece them together to build your image.

Layers are a big reason that I recommend that people use images from Cricut Design Space or from other high quality svg companies.  If you are buying on a site like Etsy, read the reviews first.  If you see bad reviews or the store has only been in business for a short time, you might want to think twice.  I have helped people to fix a bad svg file, that was created with way too many layers.  If you would like to see the tutorial on how I fixed it, click HERE.  I knew it was a bad svg right away since the image only needed 8 colors, but there were over 100 layers in the image!

Another great site for svg files is LoveSVG

I have also had some people ask me how to make their own layers, in other words how to take an image and divide it up into layers for different colors.  If you have an image that has multiple colors in it, you can upload that image and clean it up once for each color you want to cut.  Here is an example of a mulit colored image.

I have a full tutorial on how upload a multi colored image for cutting HERE.

Another way to create layers is to upload a coloring book style image, and then use the Duplicate and Contour functions to create the various colored layers that you want for the image.  Using this method you can take an image like the one on the left and transform it into an image like the one on the right.  If you want to see the full tutorial for a Duplicate and Contour project, click HERE.

I also put together a video showing you an example of a two layered iron on vinyl project from start to finish

Here is another question I have been asked. What if you type up someone's name and then want to make every letter a different color or layer. How would you do that?  And how would you tell the Cricut to cut all of the red letters from the same mat of red cardstock?

 You would type up the name, and then use the Ungroup button to separate the letters so instead of being one word/name they are now separate individual letters.  Click on each letter and change it to the color you want it to be.  If two of the letters are red, the Cricut will sort out your letters for you by color when you click the Make It button.  It would then cut all of the red letters at the same time from the same piece of red material. Keep following me and join my Teach Me Cricut Design Space group on Facebook!

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Saturday, December 7, 2019

Crochet a Mickey Mouse Headband

As the weather gets cooler, make sure to stay warm and stylish by adding a touch of Disney to your outfit!  Weather you are planning a day at a Disney Park or just running errands around town, this headband will keep the chill out.

The band is made with a stitch that combines a single crochet stitch and a double crochet stitch, so if you can make those two stitches and a chain, you can make this headband.  These are perfect to wear when you have your hair in a bun or ponytail, but still want something to keep your ears warm from a cool wind.

How did I discover this stitch?  It is in the LeisureArts.com book One Skein Baby Projects, and is used to create the blanket in the Teddy Bear Lovely pattern.  I have actually used this stitch several times in the past year to create some full sized blankets.  I just adjusted the number of stitches I used. If you would like to see those projects you can find them HERE and HERE.

For the headbands, I start off with a chain of 55 stitches.  I found that this is a good size that fits most pre-teen to adult size heads, but you might find you need to adjust this number if your stitches are tighter or looser.  If you have to adjust, do it in multiples of 2.  Hold the chain of 55 around your head and make sure it goes all the way around.  If the ends don't touch, add 2 more stitches.  If they overlap too much, pull out two stitches. 

For the circles to make the Mickey Mouse icon made circles in two sizes using the pattern I learned from the LeisureArts.com Teach Me To Crochet book.  I originally used that book to create an Emoji Pillow from the circle pillow pattern, which you can check out HERE.

After making the circles, I just slip stitched them onto the headband.  I made all of these out of Red Heart with Love yarn.  I love how soft this yarn is!  It comes in a lot of amazing colors too.  I even found some color combinations that work great for Disney Inspired outfits, like this Disney Bound of Ariel.

I hope that this blog post showed you how you can take what you learn in one or two books from different patterns and combine them into a brand new project that is all your own.

If you are not up to the challenge of crocheting these yourself, you can purchase one from me on my Storenvy site and on a crafting Facebook group I have.  Come check them out!

LeisureArts.com books used included One Skein Baby Projects and Teach Me to Crochet

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Teach Me Cricut Design Space Classes at Michael's

If you have always wanted to take a Cricut Design Space class and have someone just show you how to work the software, and you live in Minnesota then you are in luck!  I will be teaching my Teach Me Cricut Design Space class on Sunday's from 11am - 1pm in November - January!

You will learn how to use text, shapes, weld, slice, attach and so much more!

 To sign up for the class go to https://www.michaels.com/classes-and-events/classroom#id=cricut-101-class-msp-bloomington-1

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Making Frames in Cricut Design Space

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Have you ever made frames or borders in Cricut Design Space?  It is really easy to do by using the basic shapes button along with the slice function.

Start off by making a shape like a square from the shape button on the left hand side of the screen.  Then unlock that square by clicking on the little padlock icon in the lower left corner of the image.  Adjust the square to make a rectangle by stretching it, or by entering the dimensions you want it to be in the tool bar on the top of the screen.

Next, right click on that rectangle and duplicate it.  Adjust the sizing for the second rectangle so it is slightly smaller than the first one.  

Now place one over the top of the other.  Make sure you now have both of the rectangles selected, and use the Align tool at the top of the screen to center the rectangles on top of each other.  Now Slice the smaller one out of the larger one.

Here is a quick video to show you how it all comes together.

You could also do this same technique with a circle to make a ring shape.  

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