The How-To Guide for Cricut Design Space
Now that you have a step-by-step guide to getting you started with your Cricut, here’s a detailed overview of the Cricut Design Space to help you creating!
If your new to Cricut, the Design Space is the software platform used to create all crafty projects.
Lucky for you they just completely redesigned the Cricut software. Thank goodness!
Let’s get started!
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Getting Started with Design Space
The first thing you want to do is open up your Cricut Design Space application.
Sign in to your account, if prompted.
Once you sign in, you’ll see a page similar to this.
Take a minute to familiarize yourself with this main login screen.
To create a new blank project, scroll down and click New Project (Middle Left).
This is the screen you will see.
Let’s take a minute to get acquainted with this new blank project.
The left column includes all of your elements to start a new projects.
Going right down the line,
- Templates – This allows you to select the type of project you will be creating. This is incredibly helpful in determining spacing & sizing for projects!
- Projects – The allows you to access and choose from the countless Make It Now projects Cricut offers. Some of them are pretty great!
- Shapes – Add various shapes to your projects. I use this quite often to add simple shapes to my projects.
- Images – Add an image to your project through this tab. Use the search bar to narrow down the choices to fit your needs.
- Text – Use this to enter writing to your project.
- Phrases- This will bring up all images with phrases included within the image.
- Upload – Use this tab to upload images or text of your choice to create your own personalized project!
- Monogram- This is a new feature that allows you to create a monogram really quick an easy!
Check out this awesome cheat-sheet printable with Cricut quick tips, plus a freebie list of awesome fonts to use!
Let’s Get Crafting
For this step-by-step tutorial, I’m going to make a simple t-shirt design, but these basic steps would work for nearly every project.
Designate your template. To create a t-shirt, I will select classic t-shirt.
Selecting classic t-shirts as your template will bring up this screen.
*Note the template is simply used as a guide. It will not print with your project.
Edit the size and color of your t-shirt by clicking on the template layer (very bottom of the layers section) and editing the measurements.
I’m going to make this for a Women’s Size Medium T-Shirt. The design will go on a gray shirt, so I’ve changed the template color to gray.
For this particular tutorial, I’m going to keep it simple and use a file I’ve already created and uploaded to my Cricut Design Space.
(Pssst this file and lots more are available over at my Etsy shop, Ellie’s Darling Designs.)
Adjust the size of your design to fit comfortably on your t-shirt template.
You can also adjust the color of your design, as desired.
Click ‘Select All’ in the top menu bar. Just as it says, this will select and highlight all elements on the screen.
Next. click ‘Attach’ in the bottom right tool bar. This will link everything into one image. Rather than cutting each piece individually, this will tell the Cricut to cut them all as one piece.
You’re ready to cut!
For safety sake, I always take a minute to save the project here. Go ahead and do that- top right corner.
After you save your project, click the green ‘Make It Now’ button in the top right to send the project to be cut.
Make It Now will bring you to this screen. Take a look, make sure everything looks good and click ‘continue’!
Now is time to turn on your machine, plug it in (if necessary) and get your mat & materials ready.
Luckily, Cricut makes it really easy – just follow the prompts.
Cricut has recently updated to allow projects with multiple mats to be created with a standard mat, a card mat or without a mat. Here is an example from another project of mine.
If given this option, select how you will load all of your materials and select continue.
You will then need to select your material. I have mine set for everyday iron-on (heat transfer vinyl).
Load your mat – push your mat flush with the silver roller bar and press the flashing double arrow. This will load your mat.
Press Go (flashing Cricut ‘C’ on your machine)!! Wooo- you did it!!
When your project has finished cutting, press the unload button (flashing double arrow) to remove your cutting mat.
Gently remove your product from your cutting mat and complete your project! Enjoy!
You’re well on your way to creating your own beautiful crafts with your Cricut machine!
Check out this awesome cheat-sheet printable with quick Cricut tips, plus a freebie list of awesome fonts to use!
I hope this gave you a better understanding how to use the Cricut Design Space!
What specific questions do you have? What tutorials would you like to see?
Let me know in the comments below!