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  1. Hi Megan, thanks for sharing this blog post! I have a project I printed with complex graphics. I just want to have cut the outer
    part and crease other parts. When I try to perform the cut via cricut 2 Scan and Cut, it cuts the outer, but then proceeds to cut the complex lines inside of the printout. I tried another method that almost worked better. I printed my project from the software I used, aligned the print to the cricut cutting matt, then uploaded just the cutting and folding lines to design space. The cuts and folds did not perfectly align to how my print was aligned. I would prefer to use the Scan and Cut method, but during the scan, cricut somehow reads the complex graphics as cuts. Is there a way to disable the complex graphics inside my print using the layers option in cricut design space and just enable the cuts and folds?

    • Hi Marizol,

      When you say “Scan and Cut” do you mean that you Upload an image and then use it as a Print Then Cut design? If yes, that is what you mean…then you should be able to edit which lines are cut and which ones aren’t by using the Eraser tool as part of the Upload process. I don’t want to type out lengthy directions here if I am misunderstanding, so please let me know if you are Uploading an image and then trying to cut it out…and then I think I know how to help.


      • Hi Megan, to answer, I tried two methods: 1st Method: Uploaded SVG file. Issues: Graphic elements appeared thicker in design space/no option to erase elements after upload.

        2nd Method: Print then Cut: Converted graphics into an image on my program. I uploaded the image (no eraser tool used afterwards as I wanted to print directly from canvas), and I uploaded the cut lines. Result: poor image quality, unaligned cuts.

        I prefer the Scan n’ Cut method: I can print my non-image graphic files from my software for better quality prints, then scan my print with cricut. My challenge with this method cricut cutting out lines I wish to not have cut.

  2. My new maker does not list heavy chipboard 2.00 ml how can I get to cut it. Bought knife blade and the chipboard and right mat but can not find the right material. I am connecting via Bluetooth I pad. Everything else seems fine.

    • Hi Gill!

      Hmmmm…that sounds curious. Some readers have told me that the iPad version of Design Space isn’t an exact replica of the desktop version. I personally haven’t used the app, so I can’t say for sure.

      A few things to try:
      Look again…”Heavy Chipboard – 2.0 mm” is under the very first menu “Art Board”
      Another thing to try is to pick something else/close and then adjust the settings (down on the bottom of the Custom Materials menu in green letters is an option to select Material Settings). The specific settings for Heavy Chipboard are:
      Pressure: 650
      MultiCut: 20x
      Blade: Knife Blade
      Finally, make sure the app doesn’t need to be updated 🙂
      Hope that helps a bit! Good luck!

  3. What is the easiest way to may seam allowances on my cricuit maker?Thanks for all your help. Looking forward to using the info maybe it wont be so confusing anymore.

    • Hi Margrett,

      Thanks for writing and I am so sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Without knowing exactly what you’re trying to make/sew, I will do my best to help.

      First, any sewing project that is already uploaded to the Cricut Design Space library SHOULD have seam allowances already built in.

      If you are trying to create your own sewing pattern using (non-sewing) designs in Cricut Design Space, you may run into more problems. In general, you need to add an additional margin 1/4-5/8″ bigger than the current outline, but Design Space does not make that easy to do. If you are dealing with a straight line or perfect circle, you can try adding an additional rectangle/curve and weld to your original object. But if your design is more complicated than that, then I am unsure how you’d add a consistent seam allowance since Design Space doesn’t have an “offset” tool or function.

      I am sorry I can’t be of more help here – if you have some specific examples you want to send along, I can look at it and see what I can figure out!

      Good luck,

  4. Thank you for your post. I’ve been using the Cricut Maker since April but still have so much to learn. Your post was very helpful.

  5. Hi Megan!

    Great Tips! Thank you! I especially appreciate the fonts found on your computer. Other sources have advise to buy the $5 fonts available through the DS. My daughter made some Christmas cards and wasn’t real happy with uploading an image of the text. SOOOO glad we found this post!

    Thank you!

  6. Megan, as a new user I have subscribed to a few different teachers. However, I can now confidently say and without hesitation, that you are THE BEST. you answer many questions that others dont even mention. Your advice is comprehensive and illustrated. All I can say is THANK YOU because I am addicted to my Cricut machine but it is not the easiest toy in the world! Thanks again and keep up the great work!!!

    • HI Deborah-Kay!

      Well, thank you! This is one of the nicest comments I’ve received in a while, so thank you for taking the time to write it! I am thrilled to hear you find my content helpful – that’s my #1 goal!

      Have fun working with your machine and I’ve got lots in store for 2020…lots more tutorials to come!

  7. I just recently started re-reading your posts. Thanks for the detail…. Question: I am struggling with the selection of an item, then trying to right click on it. It keeps unselecting my selections. Am I clicking too quickly? In the wrong spot? It is especially difficult on laptop without an extra mouse plugged in… I have even tried getting way far down in the lower right corner with no luck. Suggestions?

    • Hi Elle!
      I am so sorry I am just now getting to your email. I’m not what kind of computer you’re on, but I know on my Mac, I have to hold down the “Control” key while I select in order to bring up the “right click” options. Have you tried that? Keep in mind though, that most of the features in the “right click” menu are also along the toolbar.
      Hope this helps a bit! Megan

  8. Megan,
    Thank God I found you! When I upgraded to a Cricut Explore Air last year, it sat until now because I was too intimidated to use it. Your tutorials are wonderful and now i am really excited to get started. Thanks again!

    • You are MOST welcome! I know the machine can feel really overwhelming, but I promise you once you get going, you’ll be amazing at how easy it really is!
      Don’t hesitate to reach out with questions as you get up and running!Megan

  9. These tips were VERY helpful! I appreciate you taking the time to so thoroughly describe and illustrate. Thank you!

    • Hi Brenda,
      I am so glad you found this post helpful! Design Space can be overwhelming, but you’ll get the hang of it in no time!Megan

  10. Very helpful! In one minute of reading I found exactly the answer I needed. You hit the nail on the head when you said it is not as intuitive as it should be! I have endless frustration at the lack of common sense in the designers of this program. But when I finally do get it to work out, it works well. Thanks for sharing your tips. I could come up with a long checklist of things I would have them do if I were Queen of Cricut. But that is not today.

  11. Hello Megan,
    I just purchased a Cricut Maker and am very anxious to figure out how to use it. I downloaded your cheat sheets and find them very helpful. The problem I am having is that the machine will not cut my felt flower pattern. It just stays in the same place and does not actually cut the pattern. I am not sure if it is something I am doing or the machine itself. Probably me LOL. Could you guide me please.

  12. Megan- I can’t thank you enough for your instructions. For a newbie like me this has saved me tons of time. I get so frustrated with each project I work on because I just don’t understand the Cricut language. Your shortcuts and tips will make my designs so much easier. I was doing things the hard way. Maybe now I can sail through a project.

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