The How-To Guide for Cricut Design Space

How To Guide To Cricut Design Space for Beginner's
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.

How To Guide to Getting Started with Cricut Design Space.

Once you sign in, you’ll see a page similar to this.

How To Guide to Getting Started with Cricut Design Space.

Click New Project (Middle Left) to open a new blank project.

 

This is the screen you will see.

How To Guide to Getting Started with Cricut Design Space.

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,

  1. Templates – This allows you to select the type of project you will be creating. This is incredibly helpful in determining spacing & sizing for projects!
  2. Projects – The allows you to access and choose from the countless Make It Now projects Cricut offers. Some of them are pretty great!
  3. Images – Add an image to your project through this tab. Use the search bar to narrow down the choices to fit your needs.
  4. Text – Use this to enter writing to your project.
  5. Shapes – Add various shapes to your projects. I use this quite often to add simple hearts to my projects. This is also where you add a score line, when necessary.
  6. Upload – Use this tab to upload images or text of your choice to create your own personalized project!

Check out this awesome cheat-sheet printable with Cricut quick tips, plus a freebie list of awesome fonts to use!

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Let’s Get Crafting

For this step-by-step tutorial, I’m going to make a simple coffee mug design, but these basic steps would work for nearly every project.

Step One:

Designate your template. To create a coffee mug, I will select mugs.

Step by Step Guide to Cricut Design Space fro Beginners.

Step Two:

Selecting mugs 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 of your mug by clicking on the template layer (very bottom of the layers section) and editing the measurements.

I’m just going to make this for a standard coffee mug, which is the default setting.

Step by Step Guide to Cricut Design Space fro Beginners.

Step Three:

Start creating!

For this particular tutorial, I’m going to make a simple heart with cutout design.

Select and add a heart to your project (under shapes- far left side 🙂 ).

Adjust the size of the heart to fit comfortably on your coffee mug template.

Step by Step Guide to Cricut Design Space for Beginners.

I went ahead and adjusted the color. This isn’t necessary, but helps me visually.

Step by Step Guide to Cricut Design Space for Beginners.

Step Four:

Let’s add some text!

This is a great place to tell you about Cricut Access Fonts monthly subscription offered by Cricut. It allows you access to hundreds of fonts for a really low cost! I use and love Cricut Access!

Click on text. This will open a text box – start typing!

Once your text is entered, you can edit the font, size and appearance in the top toolbar.

I’m using CG Symphony Regular and Emiline.

Step by Step Guide to Cricut Design Space for Beginners.

Step Five:

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.

Step by Step Guide to Cricut Design Space for Beginners.

Step Six:

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.

Step by Step Guide to Cricut Design Space for Beginners.

Step Seven:

Make It Now will bring you to this screen. Take a look, make sure everything looks good and click ‘continue’!

Step by Step Guide to Cricut Design Space for Beginners.

Step Eight:

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.

Set your material. I have mine set for regular vinyl.

Load your mat – push your mat flush with the silver roller bar and press the flashing double arrow. This will load your mat.

Step by Step Guide to Cricut Design Space for Beginners.

Step Nine:

Press Go (flashing Cricut ‘C’ on your machine)!! Wooo- you did it!!

Step by Step Guide to Cricut Design Space for Beginners.

Step Ten:

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! 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!

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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!

 

9 thoughts on “The How-To Guide for Cricut Design Space

  1. Thanks so much for this Guide! I received the Cricut Maker for my birthday this year and have yet to create anything with it. I know that I need some tools but not sure which are essential. If possible could you provide some feedback. Thanks again, Sandrs

    1. Hi Sandra! You’re welcome! So glad the guide was helpful for you! The Cricut Maker is the newest awesome machine released by Cricut. The type of tools you will need really depends on what projects you plan to create with your machine. I do have a post that details some great tools to get started crafting. You can check it out here… –> https://stayathomecrafter.com/2017/10/22/the-ultimate-guide-to-your-cricut-for-beginners/

      Good luck, happy crafting!!

      xo,
      Desiree

  2. Thanks so much for your prompt response! I will probably work more with vinyl that I can transfer to hard surface objects and with fabric that I can use for quilting projects. At least that’s the plan at this time. A friend of mine make me thermal tumbler with my monogram that she created. She made it look so easy and so fun! Thanks again, Sandra

    1. Hi Vikki!

      I’m sorry to hear you’re having difficulties with your cricut machine!
      Unfortunately, I am not as well versed with the Cricut Expressions line, but to my knowledge I do not think they link with Cricut Design Space. I know Cricut used to offer Cricut Craft Room as an option for these machines, but I’m not sure if that software is still supported.
      I would try to contact Cricut’s customer service (they even have a super convenient chat option) to pinpoint why your cricut is giving you problems when completing projects.
      Here’s a quick link for cricut customer support – https://help.cricut.com/help/machines/cricut-expression-2
      Good luck!:)

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