Tuesday Tutorial: Using Templates in Design Space™

If you haven’t discovered the “Template” feature in Cricut Design Space™, you are missing out on using a wonderfully designed, underused feature in the program. The Templates feature helps you visualize your project and, as I will show you, is especially helpful when designing 12″ x 12″ layouts with your Cricut Explore™ or Maker™ machine.

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Where do I find Templates?

The Templates tool is in the Design Panel and allows you to choose the “Template” you are designing on. As you scroll through the different templates, you can select a category to filter the templates or use the search field to search for a specific type of template.

How do I customize my Template?

Once your template has appeared on your Canvas, the Template Edit bar will appear and allow you to choose the type, size, and a version of the template that resembles your project. As you can see here, I choose a T-Shirt and I can customize the size, color, and type of the shirt I am designing.

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Quick Tip: Templates are for reference only and will not be saved with the project. It is best to create a text box containing information about the template you used, the type, size, and color, then save it with your project so that you can add the template the next time you work with that project.

How do I create a layout using the Template feature?

This is a fun part of the tutorial. Often when I am creating a layout in Design Space™, I know that I will not be cutting out the 12″ background pages, but I need them for reference. I could go in an add some 12″ squares then hide or delete before cutting, but I am all about working smarter, not harder.  Instead, I go to the Basic Canvas template choose “Custom”, and adjust my size and color to match my background pages. Here I have chosen a single 12″ page, but you can chose to make your template a 12″ x 24″ template for a two page layout.

Once I have the template in place, I can design my layout. On this layout, I used quite a few images from our Flower Market collection. By having a Template to work with, I don’t have to “guess” on the size of my images.

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I hope you take the time this week to give the Templates feature a try. Not only can you use it for layouts, but it is a great feature to use when designing other projects in Design Space.™ I will be posting a short video in my Facebook group this week that will show you how I created this layout using the Template feature and images from our Flower Market collection. I hope you take the time to view it and see how helpful this feature is.

I can’t wait to see what you create! 

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Design Space™ is a program that is used with the Cricut Explore™ and Cricut Maker™ machines. If you have been considering upgrading your machine, I suggest you check out this week’s machine sales to see all the possible colors, bundles, and savings available to you. 

 

Tuesday Tutorial ~ Layering Flowers in Design Space™

Close to My Heart has an amazing Cricut™ Collection called Flower Market and, often, I get asked how to make sure that each of the flowers in this collection are properly layered and sized when creating a bouquet or wreath in Design Space™.  Today, I am going to show you a quick and easy way to manipulate these three-dimensional flowers and insure that each image is properly sized when creating your projects.

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You will want make sure that you own the Flower Market Cricut™ Collection. This is a beautiful collection of over 700 images (not just flowers) that you can use on your cards, scrapbook pages, and home decor projects. You can view the full shape index here.

Let’s begin with the Daisy image. As you can see, when you insert the image into your Canvas, it appears as a grouped image with all the layers shown. As you resize the group, it will resize each layer proportionately. This is a great feature when you want to use all the layers and you are creating a single flower. What if I decide I want to add another flower image on my project and I need to make sure each flower image is sized proportional to the other?

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Let me show you you a simple way to layer your flowers for a project. You will want to begin by Ungrouping your Daisy image. Once they are ungrouped, you will see them listed as individual images in the Layers panel.

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Now you will want to Select All and Align Center. (You may need to bring some images to the front to view them all.) Group all of the images again. By grouping the images, you can see the image as a single image on your Canvas and resize all layers proportionately.

Let’s add another flower to our project. I chose to add a Hibiscus. Once again, after inserting the image, I will Ungroup the images. With the Hibiscus, you will see that you cannot ungroup the two stamens, but you can copy the image, use Contour, and create two images to see each stamen as an individual layer. (I will be showing how to do this in my upcoming Cricut™ classes.)

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Again you will Select All and Align Center and Group the images.  (You may need to bring some images to the front to view them all.) Now you have two separate flower images that you can manipulate and layer to see how they would look together on a project.

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Let me show how I used these techniques to create a wreath in Design Space.™ As you can see in the photo below, I was able to take images from our Flower Market collection and manipulate the flowers to fit the wreath I was creating. By layering those flowers as one image, I could resize them and see how they would fit onto my wreath.

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So simple, yet so effective when creating with our Flower Market flowers.   If you don’t own the Flower Market Cricut™ Collection, you can purchase it on my website. You will receive three stamp sets (valued at $56.85) along with your Digital Code for adding the collection to Design Space™.  That means you get the Collection of over 700 images for about $12.00. What a steal! I hope that you take a few minutes this week to try this technique and I can’t wait to see what you create!

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You Are My Sunshine Shadowbox

If you have ever spent time with me in my craft-room, you will learn quickly how much I enjoy using my Cricut® machine. I not only use it for scrapbook pages and cards, but I often use it to create some home decor items for family and friends.  You may recognize this week’s project from a Cricut® class that I taught last fall.  This You Are My Sunshine shadowbox was designed specifically for my daughter, at her request, after she saw the class sample I made.

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This home decor piece began with a simple 10-inch shadowbox I purchased from a craft store.  My daughter had already chosen the sentiment. I uploaded the quote into Design Space™, resized it, mirrored it, cut it from vinyl, and applied it directly to the inside of the glass.  She had requested that the flowers be made from Saffron, White, and Black cardstock so I chose to create the background using a beautiful leaf paper from our Fresh Air pack.  I love the contrast of the Juniper and Glacier against the Saffron flowers.  The Wreath image was cut from our Flower Market collection at 8.5″, inked, and added to the background paper using Foam Dots, then the completed flowers were applied to the wreath. (You can find a tutorial of the flowers here.)

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I was delighted with the way it turned out and elated to find out that my daughter immediately hung this onto her wall.  You can easily replicate this design using any sentiment or vinyl color of your choice.  You could even choose to use another type of flower from our Flower Market collection. There are so many to choose from. If you haven’t had the chance to take a look at this Cricut® collection, you can view the entire shape index HERE on my website.  There are some beautiful floral images and wreaths that you could use on this project. I can’t wait to see what you create!

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