Monday, September 22, 2014

Using Your Digital Kits to Print Then Cut with the Cricut Explore and Design Space


Do you have lots of digital scrapbooking kits that you have collected over the years?  The new Print Then Cut feature for the Cricut Explore will open up a whole new way to use these kits for your projects.


These images are all from a kit that I purchased about a year ago.  They are from Echo Park's Apothecary Halloween collection and you can find the set I used for this tutorial HERE. (not an affiliate link - I buy lots of kits from SnapClickSupply!).


Most embellishments in digital scrapbooking kits are in PNG format.  This is one of the formats accepted for uploading images to Design Space.  Click on the "Upload Images" icon (second from the top at the left of the screen) and choose "Basic Upload."


Click on the button that says "Browse" and then locate the image in the folder on your computer where you saved it.  The image will appear just below the "Browse" box.  Then choose "Simple Image" because a PNG file will already be "cleaned up" with the background removed.  Then click "Continue to Step 2" at the lower right.


The image will appear in the next screen (the "Clean" step).  You will see the details of the image in the work area.  The Design Space program will add the cutting lines around the edges of the shape.


Click on the eyeball at the top right to hide the detailed image and show the cutting lines in red.  You do not need to "clean" the image since the PNG file already has the background removed.  CLcik "Continue to Step 3" at the lower right.


There is a box that must be checked to upload the detailed printed image instead of just the shape of the image.  If this box is not checked, only the shape will be uploaded.


When you check the box, you will see all of the details of the image to print.  This is the version you want to upload for Print Then Cut.  You should fill in the image name and tags so that you can locate the image again.  I would recommend adding the name of the designer and the digital kit along with any other descriptive words to help you find the file later.


Here are some of the items I printed and cut out with the Explore .  The cuts are very precise with lots of detail from the original PNG files in the digital scrapping kit.  These can be printed on cardstock, vinyl, vellum - whatever material you want to use for your project that will print nicely in your home printer.


Here is the clock showing the intricate details around the top.


I flipped it over so you can see the cuts more clearly.  You could also just cut this shape from solid cardstock (use the upload option that does not preserve the interior design within the shape).


The only place where I ran into a tiny problem was with one of the tendrils on the pumpkin.  When curves are this small it can be challenging to get them to cut.


I just snipped off the lower tendril with some scissors.  I think it is amazing that the top tendril (which is about the same thickness as the one I snipped off) cut neatly and cleanly as you can see here.


I experimented with turning off the "bleed" in the printing of this label image.  There was no bleed on the top image and I left the default bleed on for the bottom image.  They are nearly identical.  I would recommend leaving the bleed in the default "on" position unless there is a special reason to turn it off.


I was worried that there was something wrong when the Explore was cutting this tag because the machine was not just cutting a straight line around the simple tag shape.  It turned out that the tag was designed with a rough deckle edge and the Explore cut it exactly as it was designed.  You can see all of the tiny zigs and zags clearly when the tag is flipped over on a contrasting color.

There are so many possibilities when you expand your ideas about what you can print and cut - I'll show you how to combine more digital files with Cricut shapes in another post.  Can you tell I am having a lot of fun with this?!

 
DON'T FORGET:  The Cricut site and the Craft Room and Design Space will be undergoing updates and may be unavailable from 7:00 p.m. Monday, September 22nd through 7 a.m. Tuesday, September 23rd (Mountain Time).  Plan your crafting accordingly - get any cuts made before the servers go down and then you can assemble projects (or sleep!) while the updates are happening.  I promise you - it will be worth the wait once you see the new features!

Take a look at any digital kits you own - wouldn't you love to print and cut out some of the items in these kits?  If you don't have already have an Explore the new features coming with the update may convince you that you "need" to upgrade.  If you want to shop for a new machine you can find all of the bundles on the Cricut site HERE 

The red links in this post are affiliate links and I appreciate your support when you shop using these links.  Your price does not change and I may receive a commission payment that helps me to keep this blog going. 

Don't forget to use the code FREESHIP35 for free standard shipping within the continental US for orders over $35.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Disney Characters Print Then Cut with Cricut Explore - Step by Step Directions


When the Print Then Cut feature for the Cricut Explore becomes available sometime during the week of September 22nd, one of the first things you might want to try is printing and cutting out one of the complex layered Disney images.  I shared some of the images I have printed and cut in a post yesterday (click HERE to see that post) and today I have some screenshots from the Design Space program that show you exactly how to do this.


I chose this image of Aladdin and Jasmine as an example because it has many layers and would be very difficult to cut and piece together at a small size. 


The image has ten different color and many tiny individual pieces.  I wanted to size the image at 5 inches wide for a card.  It would be extremely time consuming and probably very frustrating to try to cut all of these pieces from colored cardstock and assemble them.


Once you have chosen and sized the image, click on it to select it and then click on the new icon that says "Flatten" at the top of the layers menu.  Just one click turns this into an image that can be printed as a whole.  No worries about finding just the right shade of cardstock - the colors will be the "correct" colors from the original Disney image.


You can see that the image is flattened because the heavy black lines showing the individual layers have disappeared, leaving only the lines that show the details of the image. All of the layers that were in individual spaces on the layers panel have been consolidated into one printable image.

You could print and then cut this image as is but you might want to add the shadow layer to create an outline around the image.  The shadow layers are usually present but not showing - just click the eyeball by the shadow image to make it show.


Click on the shadow layer image in the layers panel and then change the color to white.


Select the image and the white shadow layer and click "Flatten" again to create an image that will cut with an even white border around the edges.


The image will now look like this and you are ready to print and then cut it out.


The mat preview will show the image with registration marks.  Click "Print and Continue" in the lower right corner to send the image to your printer.  You can do this through a wired or a wireless connection.

After the image has printed, you simply load it on the mat, set the dial for the type of material you used to print the image (cardstock, printable vinyl, etc) and then press GO, just as you do to cut colored cardstock layers for an image.  The Explore machine will first read the registration marks using the light and the optical eye and then will cut out the printed image.


You might want to use images like this for cupcake toppers or in a 3D box card.  Design Space makes it very easy to create a mirror image of the design.  First you need to duplicate the original image.



With the newly duplicated image selected, open the Edit panel and click on the icon to mirror the image horizontally.  One click and you now have a perfect fit for the back of the first image.


Click GO and the mat preview screen will show both images within one set of registration marks, ready to print and then cut.


The two images will line up perfectly (they are offset here so you can see that there are two) and you can adhere them with a popsicle stick or piece of acetate between them to put the image on a cake or in a card.


If you don't want a border around the image, simply leave the shadow layers hidden and do not flatten them with the character image.


If you don't add the white shadow border to the flattened image, the software will automatically add a "bleed" of color around the edges to insure a perfect cut with no white showing.


If you want to print and cut more than one copy of the image, simply increase the number of projects in the Mat Preview screen.  The images will be placed within the one set of registration marks per mat and you can print and then cut multiple images.


IMPORTANT NOTE:  The Cricut site and the Craft Room and Design Space will be undergoing updates and may be unavailable from 7:00 p.m. Monday, September 22nd through 7 a.m. Tuesday, September 23rd (Mountain Time).  Plan your crafting accordingly - get any cuts made before the servers go down and then you can assemble projects (or sleep!) while the updates are happening.  I promise you - it will be worth the wait once you see the new features!

If you don't have already have an Explore the new features coming with the update may convince you that you "need" to upgrade.  If you want to shop for a new machine you can find all of the bundles on the Cricut site HERE 

The red links in this post are affiliate links and I appreciate your support when you shop using these links.  Your price does not change and I may receive a commission payment that helps me to keep this blog going. 

Don't forget to use the code FREESHIP35 for free standard shipping within the continental US for orders over $35.

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Free eBook and Free Scrapinar - Time Sensitive!


I've been busy sharing lots of information about the new update coming for the Cricut Explore and Design Space but I wanted to quickly let you know about a couple of free offers that are time sensitive.

For the rest of the day today (Sunday, September 21, 2014) you can get a free Kindle eBook featuring the instructors for True Scrap 6.

The book is called Profiles in Scrapbooking 
and here is a description of the book from Lain Ehmann:

Looking for inspiration from professional scrapbookers? Wondering
what the "pros" do when they hit a creative block? Want to know
more about some of your favorite designers? This volume has it all!
With short, informational profiles from nine of your favorite
scrapbooking instructors and designers, "Profiles in Scrapbooking"
will give you ideas for busting through your own scrapper's block,
for simplifying your creative process, and for falling in love with
memory-keeping and scrapbooking all over again. Perfect for newer
and more experienced scrapbookers, "Profiles in Scrapbooking" is a
jolt of creative caffeine for crafty souls.

You can find the eBook on the Amazon site HERE  - but be quick because it will be at the regular price of $2.99 tomorrow!

If the book inspires you to join the fun at True Scrap 6, please use my affiliate link by clicking HERE to register for True Scrap 6.  I posted about this event a few days ago - you can see more details in that blog post HERE which also has the special code that you can use to save $20 when you register before October 10th.

September Free Scrapinar

https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?ii=1358778&c=ib&aff=230427&cl=100873

The Free Scrapinar for September is Monday, September 22nd - tomorrow

Here is the description of the Scrapinar, featuring Tiffany Tillman

Digital stamps are one of the easiest and versatile ways to add a little somethin'-somethin' to your digi and hybrid projects. Whether you want to add a repeating motif to create a custom background, or jazz up a photo, digi stamps can take your page from hum-drum to HOO-HAW in just seconds! In this interactive session with digital artist, designer and instructor Tiffany Tillman, you'll learn:

* What digital stamps are
* How to quickly and easily add them to your digital projects and photos
* Creative ways to incorporate them into your crafting
*...And more!

If you can't attend the Scrapinar live, you will be able to see the recorded version but only if you REGISTER HERE in advance.

I always enjoy Lain's events and have learned a lot from a wide variety of instructors.  I hope to "see" some of you at the Scrapinar and at True Scrap 6.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Disney Characters with Cricut Explore Print Then Cut


If you are a Disney fan, the Print Then Cut feature for the Cricut Explore (available very soon through the update to Cricut Design Space) will make your crafting so much easier.


One of the most frustrating things about assembling the multi-layered Disney images at small sizes is trying to get the faces to look "normal."  The teeny tiny eyes and lips often are just too small to assemble from cut pieces to achieve a realistic look.  With the new Print Then Cut feature, you will be able to flatten an entire image to print with your regular home printer and then have the Explore cut out the shape for you.


With just a few clicks of the mouse you can select a character, size it to suit your project, flatten it for printing, and then print it and cut it out.  The Design Space program will add a bleed around the edges of the image to insure that the cut image is perfect.  When the image is printed, registration marks are printed on the same page - two at the top corners and one at the lower left corner.  The optical eye on the Explore machine will read these marks to determine the exact placement for the cut.  All you have to do is load the printed page, set the dial for the material you are cutting and press GO - the Explore does the rest.


This cut of Cinderella dancing with her Prince is only 3 1/2 inches tall.  I would never attempt this if I was cutting all of the layers for the characters - it is just too small!  It is a great size for a card and a real time saver since you will only need a few pieces to finish the card.


Most, if not all of the Disney character images on the cartridges have a shadow layer.  You can fill this shadow layer with white to create an even white edge around the cut image or use another color that coordinates with the character or the background of your project.


You don't have to use the shadow but it can be very helpful for images like this one where there is a tiny swirl at the end of Jasmine's hair.


Adding the shadow layer for a border makes the curve a little easier for the blade to follow.  This image is only 3 1/2 inches tall so you can imagine how tiny that curl is!


Remarkably, I was able to get the machine to cut the curl on one sample but there were several attempts before this one where it snagged a little.  I decided to let the printed image dry for several hours before cutting.  The solid black printed area might have had too much moisture from the inkjet which softened the paper.  This was the best cut I was able to make.  I actually prefer the look of the characters with the border to make them stand out a bit against a background.


Creating a mirror image is easily done with one click and then you can use these characters as cupcake toppers or put them in a three dimensional box card and they will look nice from all sides.

You don't have to flatten the entire image - you can also remove a few layers (perhaps a dress or the hair?) and cut them from colored cardstock to add on top of the printed image - there are so many possibilities with that option!

If you don't have already have an Explore are you getting tempted?  If you want to shop for a new machine you can find all of the bundles on the Cricut site HERE 

The red links in this post are affiliate links and I appreciate your support when you shop using these links.  Your price does not change and I may receive a commission payment that helps me to keep this blog going. 

Don't forget to use the code FREESHIP35 for free standard shipping within the continental US for orders over $35.

There are so many things you can do with the new Print Then Cut feature - I'll have some more ideas and some step by step directions to share later tonight!

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Friday, September 19, 2014

True Scrap 6 in October - Special Discount!


Fall is in the air and October is just around the corner.  October brings fall leaves, pumpkins and True Scrap 6 on October 17 and 18th.  My friend Lain Ehmann, of Layout A Day, produces and hosts this live virtual paper crafting event where you can learn from some fabulous instructors from the comfort of your own home.  There is no need to dress up or travel and you can chat with other participants live throughout the day.  You log in to the virtual classroom from your computer and if you miss anything during the day you have full access to the recordings to replay at your convenience.

This is the fourth year for True Scrap and the format has been shortened from 2 days to 1 for this session.  There will be 8 classes all on Saturday, the 18th, with a pre-event pajama party including short videos and virtual make-and-takes on Friday night (October 17th).

I have participated in several True Scrap events and they have been a lot of fun.  The instructors prepare their class on video and everyone watches the video together with the option to chat.  Then there is time to ask each instructor questions live and get answers about the class or other topics that come up.

Here are the details about the classes that are included - you can find more information about the event and register to attend HERELain gave me a coupon code to share with you that will take $20 off the price making the classes less than $10 each, you'll find it at the end of this post, after the class descriptions.

https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?ii=1378100&c=ib&aff=230427&cl=100873

Tracy Banks: Layering: Punch It, Roll It, Make It Yours

You may know her as Mercy Tiara, the pioneer process video YouTuber. This year, Tracy Banks returns to True Scrap to teach you everything she knows about layering with punched and die cut shapes. Layering: Punch It! Roll It! will show you how to incorporate design principles in your selection, creation, and placement of die-cut pieces. With a focus on punched and manually die-cut shapes, this class will inspire you to get punching, and rolling those dies, to create (and use!) perfect shapes for all your layering needs.


https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?ii=1378100&c=ib&aff=230427&cl=100873

Kelli Crowe – Class Description: Saw This, Made That: Bringing Ideas to Life

Do you an affinity for Pinterest? Are you always dog-earing pages in magazines to come back to later? Are you inspired by things you see? What do you do with that inspiration? In “Saw This, Made That,” Kelli Crowe will show you how to take elements of home decor, clothing and other crafts you see and like and use them as inspiration for scrapbook pages.

https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?ii=1378100&c=ib&aff=230427&cl=100873

Jennifer Gallacher – Mood-Based Scrapbooking: An Inspirational Guide

Lost your creative mojo? Not in the mood to document your favorite memories? You need new inspiration! How about using a mood board? In this course titled “Mood-Based Scrapbooking,” designer Jen Gallacher will show you how to find inspirational boards you’ll love, how to curate your own, and then how to shop your own stash to create dynamic layout designs. These incredible boards can inspire new ideas for sophisticated pattern combinations, beautiful color schemes, exciting textural elements, and perfect embellishment choices. Rediscover your creative spark in this course designed to set the mood for ongoing inspiration.

https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?ii=1378100&c=ib&aff=230427&cl=100873

Noell Hyman – Small Details, Big Picture

Are you trying to figure out what you’ll put in your Project Life album, and what you’ll scrapbook traditionally? Do you ever feel like you’re neglecting one for the other? Or maybe that decision of what goes where actually locks you up and prevents you from moving forward at all. In “Small Details, Big Picture” we’ll tackle a whole month of life and stories, looking at a process for noticing the small details and the big picture, and sharing them both with a heathy balance of Project Life, themed story-album documenting, and traditional scrapbooking.

https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?ii=1378100&c=ib&aff=230427&cl=100873

Katrina Kennedy: Capture Your Celebrations: Photographing Food, Family, and Fu

Celebrations are filled with activity, excitement, photo opportunities, and frustration. How do you get the photographs you want when everything (and everyone) is moving quickly? In “Capturing Celebrations – Photographing Food, Family, and Fun,” Katrina shares steps for finding light, framing beautiful images, and choosing settings for success. If you are ready to move away from lined up groups with cheesy grins, Katrina is ready to help you create photographs you’ll love!
 
https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?ii=1378100&c=ib&aff=230427&cl=100873

Layle Koncar – Flip It, Score It, Make It, Shake It!: Innovative, Interactive Mini Book Techniques

From flips that lift and tabs that pull to peek-a-boos and see-throughs, mini books can open up a whole new world when it comes to innovative elements for your reader to interact with. Join Layle Koncar in this “Flip It, Score It, Make It, Shake It!: Innovative, Interactive Mini Book Techniques” class as she shares 12 of her favorite interactive techniques for spicing up your mini books, many of which can also be incorporated into your traditional and pocket page scrapbooking projects!

https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?ii=1378100&c=ib&aff=230427&cl=100873

Nichol Magouirk – From Pocket to Page: Pocket Cards for 12×12 Layouts

Join “traditional” scrapbooker Nichol Magouirk as she shows you how to take pocket scrapbooking style cards and use them in fresh, fun and creative ways on traditional layouts in her class, “Pocket Style Cards for 12×12 Layouts.” Learn tips and tricks for creating everything from pages entirely made up of pocket style cards to inventive ways to crop, cut and embellish these pocket-style cards to make them your own. If you love the look of pocket cards but aren’t a pocket scrapbooker, this class is for you. And if you are an experienced pocket scrapbooker who likes to dabble in all styles of scrapbooking you will still find plenty of inspiring ideas, no matter what method of memory keeping you prefer. Be prepared to look at pocket cards in a whole new way!

https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?ii=1378100&c=ib&aff=230427&cl=100873

Donna Salazar – Mixed Media Masterpieces Using Crafty Supplies

The “Mixed Media Maven”, Donna Salazar, is going to take you on an inky-painty-glitzy-grungy adventure. Donna will be helping you make your own mixed media masterpieces. You’ll learn how to use craft supplies that you probably already have on hand in ways that you may never have imagined, mixing and combining them to get some AMAZING textures and effects. Donna will demonstrate these fun and artsy techniques on a canvas, but she will also show you how to use the same processes and products to create journal covers, treasure boxes, home decor, etc… You won’t want to miss this totally fun, jam packed, and technique-filled class.


Which class sounds the most interesting to you?  I love the variety that Lain provides in the selection of classes and I always learn some great new techniques and tips.

Sign up by October 10 and SAVE $20 with the code HERO - that means you'll get access to all eight classes, PLUS three virtual make-and-take short projects, PLUS a pre-event PJ party on Friday night, October 17, PLUS full replays, plus extra goodies, for only $79. 

If you would like to join me and hundreds of other crafty people at True Scrap 6, be sure to sign up HERE right away - the web room holds 500 people and it may fill up before October 10th.  I hope to "see" you in class.

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