Back to School with a Cut File & Pocket Cards

It’s time to be inspired by the Creative Design Team! This month, we are showing you a variety of projects with a Back to School theme. We are so excited to share all the designs with you, and teach a few new techniques you can use on your own creations.

At this stage of my life, I do not have many Back to School themed projects. My kids are grown and almost all gone, so this month’s video collab project was a challenge.

Thank goodness I have a daughter who enjoys posting photos of her milestones. I loved this photo of her and am so proud of all her accomplishments these past five years.

My inspiration for this page came from a PageMaps Sketch and a Cut File design on the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog. When I saw that adorable little backpack created by Paige Evans, I knew that I needed to use it on this page.

I love how Erica Thompson used the backpack image with patterned paper and chose to dig through my scrap stash of mix-ins and seasonal patterns.

To create the backpack, I uploaded the cut file into Cricut Design Space and used the Contour Tool to create the various patterned images. At the end of my video, I have a quick tutorial showing you how to use Contour on your SVG images.

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The pattern papers I chose for the backpack match the designs in the As You Grow collection. The papers and pocket cards in this collection appear to be baby-themed, but they matched my photo, well, so I chose to use them.

I really liked how versatile this collection is. All the patterns, florals, and images can be used for so many projects that are not baby-related. On my page, the background gingham paper, the charcoal woodgrain, and the plaid paper are all from that As You Grow paper pack.

I also added a few pocket cards to the page to create the look of patterned paper. Pocket cards are great for photo mats and allow you to expand your product collection when you are on a budget. I use them for card fronts, photo mats, scrapbook page strips, journaling, and so much more.

All of the elements on this page came together beautifully. The flowers, the die cuts, and the charming backpack complement the photo so well and allowed me to share the story of our daughter’s first day of school.

I hope that today’s project inspired you and that you enjoy all the projects in this month’s Creative Design Team video collab.

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Create a Vintage Valentine Sign using the Cricut Contour Tool

Last week, while creating a Valentine Coffee Treat Holder, I briefly showed you the Contour Tool in Cricut® Design Space.  If you are someone who rarely uses this tool, or someone who wishes they knew a little bit more about the Contour feature, then you will enjoy today’s tutorial. I am going to share with you how the Contour tool works and how I used it to create my Vintage Valentine sign. 

SIDE NOTE for those of you who saw a teaser of this post yesterday: I typed the original post while waiting in the airport and it did not update correctly before we boarded. Our plans to fly quickly to Chicago ended in a nine hour flight and I forgot to double check the posting once we arrived. I hope that you enjoy today’s completed post.

Before showing you how I created this Vintage Valentine sign using the Hide Contour feature, I want to explain a little more about this amazing tool.  Let’s take a look at what Hide Contour does for you in Design Space and where you can find it on your device. 

CONTOUR DEFINED: The Contour tool allows you to hide a portion of an image layer by removing any unwanted cut lines.

In other words, when you use the Hide Contour feature, you are able to remove the cut lines you do not want in an image. When you view my video, you will be able to see how this tool works. I started out with a dog image from our Artistry Collection, and was able to remove the heart image using the Hide Contour Tool. 


If you are using the Desktop Version of Design Space on your Windows or Mac Computer or Laptop, you can find the Hide Contour Tool in the lower right corner of the Layers Panel.  When using an iOS or Android Device, you can locate the Hide Contour Tool under the Actions Menu.


  • An image needs to be selected to use the Hide Contour Tool
  • You must UNGROUP an image before selecting Hide Contour
  • Not all images will allow you to use the Hide Contour Tool

Are you ready to learn a little more about the Hide Contour feature in Cricut Design Space? In my video I am going to show you how this tool works, where to find it on your device, and show you how I used it to create this Vintage Valentine sign.  

This video does not walk you through the entire sign making project, but it does give you a little more insight to using the Hide Contour tool.  In my opinion, this is one of the most useful tools in Cricut Design Space. It expands your image library two-fold and allows you to manipulate your images to fit your design.

Let’s take a look at how the Hide Contour Feature works in Cricut Design Space.

If you are interested in learning how to make a sign using an SVG file like this one and how to weed, layer, and apply adhesive vinyl, you can sign up for my local or online Cricut class

I hope that today’s project and tutorial has helped you learn a little more about the Hide Contour Tool in Cricut Design Space and has inspired you to dust off your Cricut machine and give this a try.  

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Here is a List of Supplies Used on this Project