Those of you who have met me personally, know that I am more than honest when you ask me about a new product. I never tell you what to purchase, but I will lay out the good, the bad, and the ugly, and be frank about everything I sell. Today, I am going to talk to you about our new Complete Creativity Cricut™ Collection. This new Close to My Heart Cricut™ collection is only available through my affiliate link and is not available in Access or directly through cricut.com. The Complete Creativity Collection has become a new favorite of mine, and I know that you will enjoy it, too.
♥Let’s Start with the Perks
Beautifully Designed & Ready-to-Assemble Projects
When you open Complete Creativity, you will see that it states that there are 24 images included in the collection. That means there are twenty-four COMPLETED projects, not 24 images. I counted all of the images and there are, in fact, over 500 images♥ included in this collection.
Customize-able Scrapbook Pages & Cards
As you can see in the photo above, there are multiple card and scrapbook page projects designed just for you. All of the cards can be resized to a 5½”x 4¼” or you can make it into a larger 5″ x 7″ card AND every card has a matching envelope♥ you can also cut and size as needed.
The scrapbook pages range in size from 6″ x 8″ to 12″ x 12″, but that doesn’t mean you can’t change a scrapbook page to the size you need. This Fall page is sized at 8½” x 11″, but with a few changes, I can easily turn it into a 12″ page.♥
If you delight in adding layers to your projects, you will adore the additions of three-dimensional accents in Compete Creativity™. There are layered elements, stencil images, and adorable backgrounds♥ like these trees and bats that can be folded to reveal a patterned paper below.
You Can Use Any of the Pieces Individually
Just because it shows this nativity on a card, doesn’t mean I can’t create a scrapbook page or a shadowbox from it. All I have to do is remove the images♥ I won’t use, and cut out the scene I want for my shadowbox, scrapbook title, or iron-on piece.
Speaking of removing unwanted images, this is where we will now talk about the odd characteristics of the Complete Creativity™ Collection.
♥The Quirks of Complete Creativity
Removing Unwanted Images Requires Some Design Space™ Knowledge
Some of the images in this collection are grouped together or have multiple cuts in one image. You will have to use the UNGROUP or CONTOUR feature to cut any individual images you may want to use. (I will be showing a LIVE video in my VIP group & posting a tutorial later this week showing you how to do this.)
Resizing Background Images is Often Required
When you insert a few of the 12″ scrapbook layouts, you will probably end up with a warning message just like this.
Your Cricut machine cannot cut any images that are larger than 11½” wide,♥ and when you insert some of the layouts, they are larger than the maximum width. All you will need to do is change the size to 11½” wide.
You Need to Know What Images are Included in the Collection
This is an issue with quite a few Cricut™ collections – not just Complete Creativity™. Unfortunately, the images are just not tagged well. You know that you own a pine tree, but the pine tree image you know you have doesn’t show up in your image library and you find it later under a “camping” or “outdoors” search. The same rings true for the Complete Creativity™ collection. When I search “halloween”, I see two of the layouts from the collection.
When I search “pumpkin” or “bat”, neither one shows up. Unfortunately, this is not just a Complete Creativity™ issue, this is just an issue in Design Space™♥ and how images are tagged by the creators and Cricut™ personnel.
I would suggest creating a simple printout of the images in the Collection. Cricut™ has a site for printing some of the handbooks, but Complete Creativity™ has not been listed, yet. You could take a quick snapshot of the images, like I did above, or create an Excel file list for yourself.
I hope that my candor hasn’t deterred you from using this amazingly designed Cricut™ collection. There are defiantly MORE PERKS than quirks♥ when it comes to using the New Complete Creativity™ and I have only touched the surface of what you can create. Recently, I have been playing with our NEW HTV and Iron-On Vinyl and am starting the learn about the new Infusible Ink. Later this week, I will show you what I created with these welded pumpkin images.
Make sure you have signed up for my newsletter or that you are following me online to see the finished product. (HINT: It doesn’t involve any paper.) Please feel free to comment below if you have any questions or would like more information about the new Complete Creativity™ Collection.
♥I can’t wait to see what you create!!
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3 thoughts on “The Perks & Quirks of the Complete Creativity™ Collection”
Carrie, What a detailed and complete critique of the Complete Creativity Cricut collection. You have given so many helpful tips and info to using it. Thank You for sharing the time and info you put into creating these informational emails.
Thank you, Coelle. I hope it has helped you. I will be posting a tutorial later this week to show a few ways to get around the little quirks. Let me know if you need any help using Design Space or creating with Complete Creativity.