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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How to Use Attach in Cricut Design Space

Teaching people how to use their Cricut machines is one of my passions, and I know how little time many of you have to learn how to use those wonderful machines you invested in. That is why I have decided to start teaching Five Minute Cricut Classes.

I know that your time is valuable and I also know how much you want to dust off those Cricut machines and start using them, so I have decided to create some short little classes you can watch over your lunch break.


Today, we are going to talk about the Attach Function. Attach is located in the Layers Panel in the lower right corner of your Desktop screen. In the Android and iOS App, it can be found in Actions.

When you are creating a project, there are two major functions of Attach you will need to be aware of. Attach is used to hold objects in place and to attach, or fasten, linetypes to an object.

After you watch the five minute video, let’s take a look at these in more detail.


Using Attach to Hold Objects in Place

This feature is most commonly used to create stencils and when designing with iron-on and adhesive vinyl. When you create a project, the images you want to cut out are placed onto your mat randomly to save material. There are times, like when you create a stencil, that you want the objects to stay where you placed them onto your canvas. This is where Attach comes into play.

To create my snowflake stencil, I have added some images to my canvas and placed them where I want them to stay. When I chose “Make It”, the snowflakes are placed randomly on each mat to save material.

To keep my objects in the position where I have placed them, I need to select all the images and choose Attach. The images in the Layers Panel are shown as an attached group and all the images are one color.

When I chose “Make It”, all the images are placed on the mat and spaced exactly how I placed them on my Canvas.


Using Attach to Fasten Linetype

Each machine has different Linetype capabilities which tell your machine how to interact with materials. When an image is added to your canvas, the linetype is usually a “Cut” which means that it will cut out the image. We will talk more about linetype in another Five Minute Class.

In my last Cricut Classroom class, I shared how to draw on an image. To change a cut design into an image that is drawn, you need to first change the linetype. After choosing your pen type and color, you can move the object onto the image it will be drawn onto.

If I leave this as is and choose “Make It”, the drawn image and the cut image are placed onto separate mats. I have not told Design Space where I want the heart to be drawn.

For the heart to be drawn onto the circle I need to attach the two images. Like before, I select both images, chose attach, and now the heart is gong to be drawn onto the circle.


In my Cricut Classroom, we recently used attach to create a foiled background, journaling, and HTV iron-on images. These are just a few ways that you can also use the Attach feature.

If you enjoyed learning how to use your Cricut today, I encourage you to join my Cricut Classroom. Each week, I teach an hour-long class live, on facebook, and upload the video to a private classroom website along with notes and project instructions.

I would love for you to join us!!

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Day 28| A Christmas Cricut Card Tutorial

October is soon coming to an end, which means that I am posting my final 31 Days of Christmas Card project.  To be honest, I debated dividing this week’s video into two separate tutorials, but, instead, chose to gift you with a full-length Cricut class tutorial showing how to engrave our Shaker Acetate windows with your Cricut Maker.  I have also added a bonus tutorial, but, before I get into that, I want to remind you to check out all of the Creative Design Team’s 31 Days of Christmas Cards projects. 

Throughout the month of October, our team has been posting a variety of Christmas card projects for you to enjoy.  If you have missed any of this month’s video collab, you can view the entire collection here.


Like I said, this week’s project is basically just one big Cricut class. Teaching people how to use their Cricut machines is a passion of mine. My weekly Cricut classes bring me such joy and being able to share a few techniques on my YouTube channel allows me to share my love of all things Cricut with you, too.  Today, I am sharing a few ways to dress up your shaker cards using the engraving tool and the foil transfer tool.

two shaker christmas cards with cricut engraved acetate

I honestly wish you could see these two cards up-close and in-person. The engraved acetate turned out simply beautiful.  To create those etched images, I used the Engraving Tool on my Maker machine to etch onto our Rectangle Acetate windows. 

The Rectangle Windows are new to our line of shaker products. We now carry rectangle, square, heart, and star shapes in both the thin cut dies and shaker windows to allow you to create all sorts of fun shaker cards.  Now that you know that these can be etched with the engraving tool, the possibilities are endless. 

In the photo above, you can see a bit of the etching that was engraved onto that acetate window. I also used the new Foil Transfer tool to add some silver snowflakes onto the Pearl Paper frame. 

In the video, I show you how to create both of the cards in Cricut Design Space and how to assemble each one.  After you have watched the video, you can continue to read about both of these cards that I created. 

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Let’s take a look at each of the cards in a little more detail.  The Tidings and Joy card was created using Pearl paper, some CTMH Cricut images, a sweet Scarlet Glitter bow, and a large acetate rectangle with engraved snowflakes. 

After engraving the acetate, I cut the rectangle frame from Pearl paper, attached all the pieces together and filled the shaker with white glitter and White Bitty Beads. 

The images on the front of the card were cut from Scarlet & Evergreen cardstock using images from our Season of Joy collection. This image was cut out multiple times so that I make the sentiment thicker and layer more pine boughs being the words. 

Not only did I experiment with engraving on acetate, I learned how to use Liquid Pearls for the first time.  Where have these been all my life?! I have been hesitant to try them because I was told that they were difficult to use and took forever to dry.  My crafts are usually created last-minute, so I don’t always have time to spare. 

I am so glad I chose to give them a try. They were so much easier to use than I had thought they would be and they were dry within 20 minutes.  As I was adding the Carnation Red berries, I was remined of my cake decorating days when I would spend hours adding little pearls of frosting to flowers and cake tiers. 

The bow at the top of the card was cut from Scarlet Glitter paper using our Small Bow thin cut die.  After assembling the bow, I attached a little white pearl in the center and the card was complete. 

On the second card, I decided to add a little bonus tutorial.  Not only did I etch the acetate window, I decided to show you how to use the new Cricut Foil Transfer Tool.  This new tool can be used with the Explore and Maker machines and it works just like most foil transfer systems except that there is no heat required. 

The Foil Transfer system is used more like a score tool or engraving tool with three interchangeable tips – fine, medium, and bold – which are used with the Cricut Foil Transfer sheets.  When you are creating your project in Design Space, you will need to change your Line Type to “FOIL” then select the tip(s) you are using and choose your color of foil. 

On my Peace on Earth Card, I used the Fine Tip with Silver Foil to create snowflakes on our Pearl paper. I just love how simple and subtle this pattern is. 

Once I had added the silver snowflakes, I knew that I needed to use our new Blue Belle color.  I am a bit partial to blue at Christmas time, so being able to create a beautiful blue and silver card just make my heart happy.

The flower on the card was created using the thin cut dies in our Comfort & Joy stamp set along with the stamen die in our 3D Flower thin cut bundle. I cut the images from Pearl Paper and Vellum, then layered it all together to create a beautiful white poinsettia. 

Both cards turned out so much better than I had hoped and the etched images add so much to each of the cards.  I wish the photos were able to show off that amazing detail. I plan on posting a little mini-video on Facebook and Instagram to show them up-close. 


I hope that today’s project inspired you to dust off that Cricut machine and create something new.  We still have four more Christmas Card projects for you, so make sure that you are subscribed to each of the Creative Design Team channels so that you don’t miss out on a single one. 

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