Organizing Cricut Items, Die Cutting, & Tools

Welcome back to my craft space! I hope you enjoyed last week’s tour of my Desk Space showing where I work as a Maker, create projects, and record videos and live classes. If you missed it, you can view it onΒ My Craft SpaceΒ page.

This week, I am showing you how I organize my Cricut tools & materials, my die-cutting and embossing folder items, and where I store the tools within my space. Each week, I will be sharing an area of my craft space and how I organize the items within it.

My original plan was to create a single video showing a general overview of my space, but I know that many of you are wanting organization ideas so I decided to break it down into several videos. After you watch this week’s tour, make sure to continue reading so that you can learn more about each of the areas cricut crafting area.

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Seven years ago, I joined CTMH as a Maker because of the Cricut items they offered. Creating with my Cricut machines and showing others how to use theirs is how I spend most of my days in my craft space, so it only made sense that my second video would be about my Cricut Crafting area.

The large solid piece of wood furniture shown above was a salvaged find. It was originally designed to be a changing table for a nursery, but, the minute I saw it, I knew that it would be the perfect addition to my craft space.

It has a place for my Cricut Maker, my Cricut tools & materials, my idea books, my die-cutting and embossing folder items, and so much more. There is even room on top to add a few decorations representing my personality.

One of my favorite pieces in this area is the Cricut Tool holder my husband created from a salvaged piece of barn wood, some small pipes, and hooks. Not only is it beautiful and functional, but it also fits my space perfectly.

In the video, I talk about how I keep “like items” together. When I began organizing my craft space, I wanted a functional space where everything had a place.

On this large shelf, I keep all the items I need for my Cricut and die-cutting machine. One drawer holds all my Cricut mats, EasyPress Mats, and some tools. The other drawer contains all my Cricut materials.

I also keep all my die-cutting items nearby. In the drawer below the machine, I have my cutting plates and mats. Embossing folders sit on a shelf above, and metal dies are organized in small albums on the top shelf. Everything I need to create with my Cricut or Sizzix are kept in one space. By keeping like-items together, I don’t have to search for a cutting plate or Cricut mat in the middle of a project.


So many items in one little space! Before you go, I do need your opinion on something. For years, I have been debating if I should stain this piece of furniture or paint it a distressed black. I think it would update the piece, but it would also be A LOT of work. Let me know what you think I should do.

I hope that you enjoyed this week’s Craft Space tour and that it gave you a few ideas for organizing your own space. Next week, I will be sharing my paper and cardstock organization with you. If you have any questions about the items I have in my space, feel free to comment below.

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here is a list of some supplies I used today (View All My Supplies Here)

Take a Look at My Seasonal Favorites

Summertime has begun, my garden is growing, and I have some new favorites on my crafting desk. When I first saw the new catalog back in June, I immediately called my son and said, “Everything in here matches the items in your craft store!” I just love how Close to My Heart is always on-trend.

From outdoor sunsets, terracotta, and denim to old-world tile and magnolia flowers: the July August catalog is full of so many things to love. Today, I am sharing a few of my favorites with you, and a catalog walk-through video with an up-close look at our summer papers and stamp sets.

Let’s first take a look at the paper packs. You all know that Mix-Ins are my favorite, but I am quickly falling for the Wander collection. Those outdoor icons and deep tones are perfect for some of my boys’ pages and a few masculine cards. I can’t wait to start cutting into these patterns.


Accompanying each paper collection is a set of embellishments, coordinating cardstock, pocket cards, and a Cricut collection. Being able to make matching icons, titles, and pages in Design Space is a definite plus.

These Cricut collections are not available in Access or on the Cricut website. They can only be purchased using my affiliate link. Make sure to check out a few of the other collections available while you are there.


Each collection also has a set of coordinating scrapbooking kits and cardmaking kits. Each scrapbooking kit contains everything you need to create six full-size scrapbook pages and teaches you a new technique that you can use on your future projects.

I love that these two kits are going to teach me how to create sponged backgrounds. I can’t wait to try it.

If you are a cardmaker, then you are going to enjoy our new card kits. Each kit creates four of each card design and teaches you a new papercraft technique.

The cardmaking kits are amazing! I purchased the Wander kit just for those background dies.

Aren’t they awesome? I have a scrapbook page planned for those. If you love those landscape dies as much as I do, you will need to purchase the cardmaking kit. You cannot purchase them separately.


Along with paper, embellishments, kits, and Cricut collections, we have also added some new stamps and thin cut dies. Before I show you a few of my favorites, take a look at everything this catalog has to offer.


There are SO MANY stamps I fell in love with this season, so I am just going to share two of my personal favorites – At the Lake and I Woof You.

How cute are these! Can you picture my next project?? I love that they have matching thin cut dies to cut out all the images. This saves me so much time.

There is just so much to enjoy this season and VIPs get 15% back when they shop. BONUS!!

I can’t wait to start sharing more projects with you using all these remarkable new papercrafting products. Make sure you are subscribed to my newsletter, my blog, or my YoutUtbe channel so that you can learn a few new ways to create this summer.

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Use Cricut Contour to Create a Sunburst Layout

This past week, I shared my Fourth of July sunburst layout with you for the Here Comes the Sun blog bop. This red, white, and blue layout looked like a firework exploding on the Fourth of July. Did you happen to wonder how I created that background? Well, today you are being blessed, because I am going to show you how to make a sunburst background of your own in Cricut Design Space.

To make this background, I used an image from the Artbooking collection and altered it with the Cricut Contour Tool. The Contour tool allows you to hide a portion of an image by removing any unwanted cut lines or contours. In Windows or Mac, the Contour Tool is located on the right side of the Canvas below the Layers Panel. In the Android and iOS app, you can find Contour under Actions.

Before you start to Contour an image, you will need to select it. For my project, I duplicated the image twice. One image will create the Kraft background and the other two images are going to be used to create the red and blue sunburst rays.

To create the first set of sunburst rays, I selected one of the images and clicked on the Contour Tool. When the tool is selected, a Hide Contour window opens with a close-up view of the contours, or cuts, on the image. You will see the contours in the image photo and as a list on the right side of the window.

When you click on the cut line you wish to hide or select the contour to be hidden from the menu at the right of the window, the hidden contour will change to a lighter shade. This indicates that the portion of the image chosen will no longer show as part of the image and will not cut.

On my project, I removed the background image and selected every other sunburst to create the red striped rays. I repeated this process with the second image to create the blue star pattern rays.

Once all the contours had been hidden, I could cut out my project from the pattern papers in the Stars & Sparklers collection. The rays fit perfectly into the background design and could easily be added to my project.

After assembling the Sunburst background, I added my photo, some stickers and Cricut cut stars, and a few star-shaped wooden images.

If you would like to learn more about using the Contour Tool and watch this layout come together, I have created a simple tutorial and process video for you.

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For those who missed out on my original post showing the layout, here are a few photos of the embellishment clusters. You can learn more about how it all came together, here on my blog, and check out some other artwork showing you how to use sunbursts.

I hope that today’s project inspired you and taught you a few new tricks in Cricut Design Space. If you are wanting to learn how to use your Cricut machine and would like to create some projects in Cricut Design Space, I invite you to join my Cricut Classroom.

Each week, I teach an hour-long Live class which is recorded and uploaded to a classroom website. You are also provided with free project links and downloadable notes for your Cricut Classroom Notebook.

Make sure to check out a few of my other Cricut tutorials, here on my blog and my YouTube channel. My hope is that you dust off that Cricut machine and create something new.

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here is a list of some supplies I used today (View All My Supplies Here)