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ok, this is not an original idea....I saw it elsewhere, BUT I think it is great idea! (thanks Jennie)

A thread for all tips and ideas and questions regarding your CRICUT (this way everything will be in one thread)

Here are some tips I pulled from where I got the idea for starters....
please add your tips and ideas
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Here is a pattern for a dust cover for your machine that I found on the internet...it is not my design.

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1. If you want letters smaller that 1 inch, I print it via a special feature and pop out the letter. Depending on the special feature you use (like the "sign" feature on George), you can get letters close to 1/4 inch.

2. Regarding the USB port on back - I went to a Cricut class which was run by a Provo Craft rep. The USB port is there for Provo Craft to run techinical issues. For example, they test it before shipment and if you had any problems and had to send your cricut in, then they could run troubleshooting with the port. Sorry to disappoint.

3. NO LONGER STICKY MATTS - DON"T throw it away when it is no longer sticky. Just use a small piece of masking tape, and tape down the corners of whatever size paper you're using. (If its a 12 inch piece, I also put a small piece along the long edges to keep it tight. ) I've used the same mat since Thanksgiving, and although I've got a new one, don't see the need to break it open.

4. LITTLE LETTERS - To make little letters:
On the George cassette there is a 'sign' option. I set the size to 1-1/2 " and put the letters for 'little' in each sign. Viola - small letters. They are really small if you set the sign size to 1".


5. A trick to making your mats last longer is, when it loses it's stickiness, just wash with soap and water and dry. It'll bring back some of it's tackiness.

6. One of my FAVORITE things to do with it is to make my own Ghost Letters and Ghost Flowers by cutting cheapo overhead transparencies

7. When you have the "real dial size" feature on, all your letters will be the same height. So basically, it makes all the letters unicase.

8.Since the Cricut cannot cut chipboard you can cut several (number depends on the thickness you want) of the same letter, shape etc, run them through a Xyron and stack them on top of each other then distress the edges by sanding or painting

9.by: JayAndXansMom
I have cut the really thin chipboard(I use old cereal boxes) with my Cricut. Just set the both dials on the left to 5 and cut. You may still have to "punch" them out a bit...but it works pretty well.

10.by: scrapbook girl
Another way to "revive" your mat when it becomes unsticky, is to run a lint roller over it a few times and it picks up all of the fuzzies, and hair and all other objects that should not be there. I use this a lot, I even have my lint roller on my desk. And I have been using the same one for 4 months!!!

11.by: denbeau
Another way to clean your mat is to use stamp cleaner. You simply put on a bit at a time and rub with a clean cloth and it does a great job in getting the stickiness back in the mat.

12.by: tina c
Using the arrow buttons to move your blade around the paper I cut out shapes...then using the scraper tool I gently peel off the paper. I have an overlay for my LO. I cut out random snowman and snowflakes out of winter scene paper, then placed on top of light blue sparkly paper.

13.by:Prettylolo
instead of using the cricut scraper, i have the pampered chef scrapers that you use to scrap their stoneware and/or burnt on food on your pans. they are little, square and i swiped one from my kitchen sink to keep in my cricut box, works just like the cricut scraper itself!

14.by:Jane
This is a handy little tip that I learned at my LSS about how to make it easier to glue the letters on your layout. I hope I explain this so that it makes sense. First off you need the Scotch Removable Tape. The packaging is blue. You lay you word out exactly how you want it on your layout. Tear off a piece of tape a little longer than the length of the word. Lay the tape down over the word. Pick it up and turn it over, add your glue, then turn it over and place it down on the layout, pressing fairly firmly, then peel off the tape..Viola!!! Your hands never come in contact with the glue!!! Doing titles is not near the pain as it used to be. I have just started working on a baby album for a co-workers son and daughter in law and it has made this so much easier.Usually I just print out the title but this looks a whole lot better.

15.by:tina c
If you cut sticky paper check your blade. Just like scissors it can get gummed up.

16.by:tina c
today I cut out vellum then used the negative space as a stencil.

17.by:Caroline
Here is the trick I used to line up my photos so the circle is cut where I want it to go:
I first used a scrap piece of paper that was the same size as the photo. I put it on the mat in the left rear corner and then moved the cutting edge to the top right corner and then hit the "set paper size" button. I then cut a circle on the scrap paper that matched my photo size. I then held up not the cirlce but the rest of the paper that had the circle cut out of it to my photo. I used this template to then determine where the cricut would cut the circle from the photo.
If I liked where the photo would be cut from the picture, then when I cut the picture I started the blade on the same spot on the right top corner of the photo when I pushed the "set paper size button.
If I wanted the circle to be cut down farther, then I started the blade farther down on the photo when I pushed the "set paper size" button.
If I wanted the circle to be cut higher on the photo, then I started the blade farther up then the edge of the paper before I pushed the "set paper size" button.
Once I got the hang of this method, it worked pretty well on detemining where the circle would be cut.
This method also could be used on pattern paper if you wanted to center a design on the paper in a cut out.

18.by:gg loves Matthew
Since Cricut does not cut chipboard I have read elsewhere that people are using cereal boxes and Cricut cuts that just fine. Here are the settings if you cut cereal boxes Blade: 6 Speed: 3 Pressure: 5

19.by:gg loves Matthew
go through your user manual and make a copy of all the setting charts and glue them all on to one piece of paper or cardboard and keep it next to your bug for easy reference.

20.by:MichelleSG
The Cricut dust covers that you can purchase on evilbay are made by several women on the Cricut message boards. They prefer that you buy directly from them and charge less because they don't have to pay the fees. You can also pick which colors and styles you want, even have a cuttlebug cover made to match. Bug fashion, gotta love it!!

21.by:tina c
Easy Blade Height Adjustment
One of our favorite tips is to make sure that the black arrow on the green blade assembly is visibly facing out when installed. If the assembly is already installed, just loosen the arm thumbscrew and gently turn the entire assembly to face the front, then tighten the screw back up. Once this faces forward you can easily reach in and twist the top of the assembly to change the blade height WITHOUT needing to remove the assembly itself. It's VERY simply and quick. Try it! So even though the book says to remove you do not have to.

22.by:Plumb Krazy
I go through mats like crazy and can't go out and buy a new set every week, so I used the taping method someone mentioned towards the beginning of the thread. I use very thin masking tape and tape down all four sides. I have about four older mats and when I start a new project I take a piece of each of the papers I will be working with and tape it to a mat. This way before I even start my project I have four mats with my selected papers ready for cutting. It is kind of a pain to tape the paper so I do it before I even get going, this way I don't have to stop in the middle of a project to tape and untape. Also, my most recent font purchase was bags, tags, boxes and more, alot of fun to work with, you can make the cutest little things. I don't have the tool kit either so I just use a wooden tooth pick to pop off hard to get cuts, like the dots on i's. and flower centers. One of these days I am going to get some Post it glue, I think it comes in a glue stick form and see how that works with keeping a mat in place, also would be useful for pre LO placement, my cats won't be able to knock everthing off when I'm not looking.

23.by:MichelleSG
Try cleaning your mat with a baby wipe. It doesn't void the warranty and it refreshes the sticky-ness of the mat.

24.by:amylashelle
Put your bug on the highest pressure setting (meaning 1) and cut letters of a word or a shape on vellum. It doesn't actually cut through the vellum, but it leaves a cool impression on it. You can then put the vellum on some colored CS and the impression shows up quite well!

25.by:tina c /LindaF
While watching the video of the Expression machine, they said that it would cut chipboard by cutting the same piece several times to get through the thick layers. I wondered if it would be possible to do the same with my Cricut, and it worked beautifully!!!!!
I placed my chipboard on my mat, and taped both edges using masking tape for added stability. Using a new blade, I used Base Camp cartridge, and pressed Load Paper. I chose the capital letter H at 5 and 1/2", pressure on 6 and pressed cut. Don't remove your mat from the machine! When it had completed I pressed Load Paper again and it went back to the start. I pressed repeat last and then Cut again. It cut the card in exactly the same spot as before, cutting a little deeper. I did this a total of three times altogether, and then removed the mat. I am impressed! Then someone shared that that is what they are doing with Shrink plastic.

26.by:Shari82199
I also use my Xyron for my smaller letters but recently ran out and haven't gotten more adhesive for it. I did on the other hand find a "glue pen" that is awesome for the small, thin letter. It's a Sakura Quickie Glue pen. It's a ball point pen with glue in it. It's awesome. I'm going to have to stock up next time I go to Michael's.

27.by:spend2much
I have placed my Cricut on top of a small shelf and placed it sideways so I can stand in front of the machine and type. I have enough space for the pad to move back and forth so there is no need to move my Cricut, it stays put. I have a dresser next to the shelf where I house all my Cricut supplies and can get to them easily and they are out of sight when not in use so my room always has a clean and organzied look to it. My sister's idea. I have posted a photo. I remove the fake flower thing u'll see in the photo before I use my Cricut. It is working out better than I expected and won't move it from where it's at. And it's not an eye sore sitting on the shelf. Who wants to turn sideways to type, what a pain in the neck.

28. by: theboydbunch
On the cricut website there is a thread that has a sample page from each cartridge (shows what cuts you can make, etc) I printed one out for each cartridge and keep it in a binder, with layout sketches I have collected and it makes it so easy to decide which cartridgte I want/need to use!


29. by: MissMoo214
Date the back of the mat with a Sharpie when you start using it to help with mat rotation. Then you can use your older mats for things like vellum or pattern paper and the newer mats for cardstock and Bazzil.

30. by: sheshie37
MAKE A SCALLOPED CIRCLE
Using the alphalicious cartridge Just set it on 5 1/2" for the largest circle with the little bug setting ...its the oval scalloped tag but if you push the short stack shadow feature along with shift lock then they would get the round scallop circle. I had to play with it a bit. On alphalicious its 2nd row from the bottom 3rd from the right
let me know how it works for you all!
ITs the ALPHALICIOUS cartridge



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Ooo thanks gg! I guess I really need to get around to reading that manual....


 
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8. Since the Cricut cannot cut chipboard you can cut several (number depends on the thickness you want) of the same letter, shape etc, run them through a Xyron and stack them on top of each other then distress the edges by sanding or painting


 
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9. I have cut the really thin chipboard(I use old cereal boxes) with my Cricut. Just set the both dials on the left to 5 and cut. You may still have to "punch" them out a bit...but it works pretty well.


 
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ooooh thanks for the tip Angie! I will have to try cereal boxes! Can you please number your tip #9....thanks!


 
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10. Another way to "revive" your mat when it becomes unsticky, is to run a lint roller over it a few times and it picks up all of the fuzzies, and hair and all other objects that should not be there. I use this a lot, I even have my lint roller on my desk. And I have been using the same one for 4 months!!!


 
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Thanks Angie for adding the number!

and thanks Deborah for your great tip!


 
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11. Another way to clean your mat is to use stamp cleaner. You simply put on a bit at a time and rub with a clean cloth and it does a great job in getting the stickiness back in the mat.


Edited by denbeau on 04-04-07 05:59 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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I jsut got mine, so I love all these tips


 
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thanks for the tips.


 
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  • Anonymous on 04-04-07 07:54 AM
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>>2. Regarding the USB port on back - I went to a Cricut class which was run by a Provo Craft rep. The USB port is there for Provo Craft to run techinical issues. For example, they test it before shipment and if you had any problems and had to send your cricut in, then they could run troubleshooting with the port. Sorry to disappoint.<<

Just an FYI...I spoke with someone from Provo Crafts about this myself and he said they are working on a way to connect the bug to your PC in the future through this port


 
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  • Anonymous on 04-04-07 07:56 AM
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Be careful when applying adhesive and/or tapes to the cutting mats to make them last longer; this will void the warranty on your bug!


 
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Thanks for the info just bought a bug


 
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Thanks for all the suggestions ladies. I have had my cricut for a few months but am always looking for new ideas to save time, effort, and $$!


 
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  • Anonymous on 04-04-07 03:52 PM
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I love my BUG!! I just got the new Disney carts on Monday and they rock


 
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12. Using the arrow buttons to move your blade around the paper I cut out shapes...then using the scraper tool I gently peel off the paper. I have an overlay for my LO.

I cut out random snowman and snowflakes out of winter scene paper, then placed on top of light blue sparkly paper.


 
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I have had my Cricut just a few days so thank you for this great thread GG.


 
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  • Anonymous on 04-05-07 08:09 AM
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The spatula tool is a MUST have!!! You can buy it on the cricut website for about $5


 
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How much is replacement blades and mats? And where can I get them besides online?


 
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  • IamSamScrapper Said:
How much is replacement blades and mats? And where can I get them besides online?


I got my mats and blades at Wal-Mart. I think the mats(pack of 2) were about $8 and the blades were about the $6 or so. Not very expensive. I bought my Cricut in early Feb and I bought 2 packs of mats and a pack of blades. I'm still on the same blade that came with the machine and I have used all the mats some, but I just wash them and they regain their 'stickiness' and I use them more!!


 
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just got my cricut this morning and i'm loving every second of it, so this thread is really cool and is helping me a great deal! thanks gg!

i even have a tip already....LOL

13. instead of using the cricut scraper, i have the pampered chef scrapers that you use to scrap their stoneware and/or burnt on food on your pans. they are little, square and i swiped one from my kitchen sink to keep in my cricut box, works just like the cricut scraper itself!


 
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that is what I use too! lol!


 
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cool!


 
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  • Anonymous on 04-07-07 12:08 PM
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Have you tried cutting a photo with your cricut? Use the pictures of snow to cut the word "snow",etc.


 
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hey that sounds like a fantastic idea! now, what number would you stick your needle on and the speed and pressure dials for a picture?


 
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  • Anonymous on 04-08-07 01:09 AM
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I think I read on the cricut message board that people do it on 3...all three dials.


 
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Wow! I am loving all the new ideas!!! Happy easter!!


 
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This is a great thread.
I love my Cricut more every day.


 
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thanks deb!


 
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this was posted by someone named Jane at another board..thanks Jane

14.This is a handy little tip that I learned at my LSS about how to make it easier to glue the letters on your layout. I hope I explain this so that it makes sense. First off you need the Scotch Removable Tape. The packaging is blue. You lay you word out exactly how you want it on your layout. Tear off a piece of tape a little longer than the length of the word. Lay the tape down over the word. Pick it up and turn it over, add your glue, then turn it over and place it down on the layout, pressing fairly firmly, then peel off the tape..Viola!!! Your hands never come in contact with the glue!!! Doing titles is not near the pain as it used to be. I have just started working on a baby album for a co-workers son and daughter in law and it has made this so much easier.Usually I just print out the title but this looks a whole lot better.


 
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hmmm, that's different. i'll have to try that. would work fantastic for all those teensy weensy letters that i fumble with LOL


 
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So have any of you actually been the ones to use the cricut to cut photos? That has been a question of mine since I got my cricut at christmas...


 
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Just an FYI...info I got from the Cricut message board:

select cartridges on sale for $39.99. I don't have the sale in front of me and I don't remember exactly which ones. My boss says most likely they will put them all on sale though. Check it out at your local M's. Sale starts Sunday, April 15ht.


 
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Marking my spot so that I can stay caught up on all the cool tips and tricks!

I myself use my Xyron X sticker maker for most small things. It makes layering a snap and titles come out clean. My baby bug saved my tooshie last week as the project I was attempting to make for my daughter's preK class was a miserable failure. I had one night to come up with something new. Two hours later I was done and the entire things cost all of $1.50!! I made the entire class a set of bookmarks (lamb and bunny) with a basket charm/tag with their names and a small bag of jelly beans. I whipped out all 24 that I needed in no time flat. Ali loved the idea when she saw them the next morning and she's been using her bookmarks in the new books she got from the Easter Bunny. I'll post a picture of them to my gallery once I find my brain again.


Edited by MissMoo214 on 04-09-07 08:18 PM. Reason for edit: Brain fell out-can't spell today!!


 
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Thank you for the tips it's very useful!


 
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Wow Jane! That is awesome! I never thought of doing that! You would probobly use repositionable tape, no?


 
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  • theboydbunch Said:
Just an FYI...info I got from the Cricut message board:

select cartridges on sale for $39.99. I don't have the sale in front of me and I don't remember exactly which ones. My boss says most likely they will put them all on sale though. Check it out at your local M's. Sale starts Sunday, April 15ht.



Woo hoo, thanks for the heads-up! I bought my bug at the last M's sale and am already itching for more cartridges.


 
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Many off our creative stores are talking about selling them cheep...That is because they want to entice people to buy...it has not been selling as well as they wanted them to. With the new machine out they think that if people have the cart. then they are more likely to buy the new machine. So for us keep your eyes on all the stores that sell Cricut.


 
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15

If you cut sticky paper check your blade. Just like scissors it can get gummed up.


***I cut thru pics and it worked ***
Place photo on lower corner set paper size...I made a tag. place all on 4 setting***


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although I'm not a huge fan of DCWV cardstock because of the white core, I do use the self-adhesive type with my bug when I need to cut a smaller size item. It makes it so easy to adhere!!


 
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  • theboydbunch Said:
although I'm not a huge fan of DCWV cardstock because of the white core, I do use the self-adhesive type with my bug when I need to cut a smaller size item. It makes it so easy to adhere!!

good point!


 
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Never even thought about cutting a photo! What a great idea!


 
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I'm thinking of buying a Cricut - I saw them at Walmart this morning for $125! I almost bought one on the spot, but my husband would kill me. (We've already had the talk about my scrapbook spending.)

I wanted to let everyone know, my Walmart had lots of Cricut cartridges for $39 on Clearance. I'm not sure of the names of the fonts (Sorry, I forgot to check.)


 
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  • Anonymous on 04-12-07 03:29 AM
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Buy it!! Now!! You wont regret it and carts for $39...that's a steal!! My WM doesn't have them on clearance yet I keep checking although there are very few carts I don't have right now


 
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16.

...today I cut out vellum then used the negative space as a stencil.


 
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  • theboydbunch Said:
Buy it!! Now!! You wont regret it and carts for $39...that's a steal!! My WM doesn't have them on clearance yet I keep checking although there are very few carts I don't have right now

i'm SOOOOOOOOOOOOO jealous


 
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My sister came over last night and saw the new "addition" to my addiction and is soooooo jealous....


 
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Oooo after reading all these tips I really want one. Walmart had one cheap and I resisted the other day. Hmmmmmmmm feel willpower fading.....


 
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now, as you may know, i got my cricut plus one extra cartridge all for $200 total at ACM on friday because my anniversary is today and dh said i could get one if i considered it a gift from him. (i'll consider it to be whatever you want it to be dear LOL).

anyhow, i tell him this morning about the sales you are mentioning and he says "you can get one a month" and i thought about it and that seems fair. so i said, "well, if i go out and buy three, can i just not buy any for the next three months then???" LOL!

he laughed. but he never answered. LOL


 
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sounds reasonable to me


 
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  • gg loves Matthew Said:
this was posted by someone named Jane at another board..thanks Jane

14.This is a handy little tip that I learned at my LSS about how to make it easier to glue the letters on your layout. I hope I explain this so that it makes sense. First off you need the Scotch Removable Tape. The packaging is blue. You lay you word out exactly how you want it on your layout. Tear off a piece of tape a little longer than the length of the word. Lay the tape down over the word. Pick it up and turn it over, add your glue, then turn it over and place it down on the layout, pressing fairly firmly, then peel off the tape..Viola!!! Your hands never come in contact with the glue!!! Doing titles is not near the pain as it used to be. I have just started working on a baby album for a co-workers son and daughter in law and it has made this so much easier.Usually I just print out the title but this looks a whole lot better.




I love this
Great tip
Thankyou!


 
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I am super excited because my HL got all the new cartridges in except the Disney (yet to arrive at store). They are all REGULARLY priced at 59.99!! My dearest hubby has let me get all of them so far and said I can get the last two once they arrive. He figures that after this i will only need to buy adhesive and paper. I "bargined" with him by listing all the other things we will no longer be spending money on: Gift bags, Gift tags, greeting cards, scrapbook alphas of all types, tag embellishments, stickers, photo mats, bookmarks, "treats/give away goodies" for school parties, hostess gifts for swaps.....etc. AND I told him he can use it to make himself stencils for his woodburning projects!! This list might help give some of you that need it some bargining power of your own!


 
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I have a Cricut but my sister is thinking of getting one. I saw that some of you said your Walmart had them, but St Joe does not.

I have 2 cartridges and am pretty satisfied with them for now.

Thanks for all the great ideas!


 
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Arrghgh my Walmart doesnt have them on sale yet, I keep checking, lol. I want to see them go down a little bit more cuz I really want a new cartridge...maybe I can snag one from Michaels when they go on sale.


 
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  • MissMoo214 Said:
I "bargined" with him by listing all the other things we will no longer be spending money on: Gift bags, Gift tags, greeting cards, scrapbook alphas of all types, tag embellishments, stickers, photo mats, bookmarks, "treats/give away goodies" for school parties, hostess gifts for swaps.....etc. AND I told him he can use it to make himself stencils for his woodburning projects!! This list might help give some of you that need it some bargining power of your own!




BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA WHAT A GREAT STRAGETY!!!




 
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You are welcome Scrappinpeach!


 
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I was wondering the same thing has anyone cut pictures with there Cricut yet? If so do you have any advice ?


 
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17. Someone named Caroline posted this elsewhere

Here is the trick I used to line up my photos so the circle is cut where I want it to go:
I first used a scrap piece of paper that was the same size as the photo. I put it on the mat in the left rear corner and then moved the cutting edge to the top right corner and then hit the "set paper size" button. I then cut a circle on the scrap paper that matched my photo size. I then held up not the cirlce but the rest of the paper that had the circle cut out of it to my photo. I used this template to then determine where the cricut would cut the circle from the photo.
If I liked where the photo would be cut from the picture, then when I cut the picture I started the blade on the same spot on the right top corner of the photo when I pushed the "set paper size button.
If I wanted the circle to be cut down farther, then I started the blade farther down on the photo when I pushed the "set paper size" button.
If I wanted the circle to be cut higher on the photo, then I started the blade farther up then the edge of the paper before I pushed the "set paper size" button.
Once I got the hang of this method, it worked pretty well on detemining where the circle would be cut.
This method also could be used on pattern paper if you wanted to center a design on the paper in a cut out.


 
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Did everyone see that Michael's have their cartridges on sale - 39.99. I am planning on going there today at about 12:30. I hope they still have some left!


 
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Note: Not ALL cartridges are on sale at Michael's... only select ones. Just FYI


 
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I found that out when I got there - thanks for correcting that!


 
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18. Since Cricut does not cut chipboard I have read elsewhere that people are using cereal boxes and Cricut cuts that just fine. Here are the settings if you cut cereal boxes Blade: 6 Speed: 3 Pressure: 5


 
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That # 18 is a great tip I need to try today...Thanks GG


 
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gg, i always love your avies, he IS hot and i enjoy looking at him. tfs! LOL!

when do you put the speed up high on your cricut? i cut through thick cardstock yesterday and it cut it but i think i may haev had the speed too high because some of the letters were still attached and i had to pop them out. i had the pressure on high and the needle on 6. what did i do wrong? or is my blade getting dull already? how do we know when our blade is getting dull? what signs do we look for?


 
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  • Prettylolo Said:

when do you put the speed up high on your cricut? i cut through thick cardstock yesterday and it cut it but i think i may haev had the speed too high because some of the letters were still attached and i had to pop them out. i had the pressure on high and the needle on 6. what did i do wrong? or is my blade getting dull already? how do we know when our blade is getting dull? what signs do we look for?



Yes the speed was to high I would say...The blades last a long time. But if the blade is moving to fast it does not have a chance to cut thru the entire CS.


 
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Good Morning Girls... I got 4 more cartridges this weekend... Now I have George, Tear Drop, Jasmine, Base Camp and All Mixed Up... I love them!


 
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  • Anonymous on 04-16-07 05:45 AM
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I always keep my blade speed at 5 unless I am cutting vellum and I usually only cut Bazzill cardstock with it and have no problems


 
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  • Anonymous on 04-16-07 05:46 AM
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  • proud_auntie Said:
Good Morning Girls... I got 4 more cartridges this weekend... Now I have George, Tear Drop, Jasmine, Base Camp and All Mixed Up... I love them!



Awesome! did you get them from Michael's, on sale? I have all of those carts and love them! All Mixed Up is my favorite font!


 
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  • Prettylolo Said:
gg, i always love your avies, he IS hot and i enjoy looking at him. tfs! LOL!

when do you put the speed up high on your cricut? i cut through thick cardstock yesterday and it cut it but i think i may haev had the speed too high because some of the letters were still attached and i had to pop them out. i had the pressure on high and the needle on 6. what did i do wrong? or is my blade getting dull already? how do we know when our blade is getting dull? what signs do we look for?



thanks I love lookin at my avi's too! I definately agree

ok if you look in your user manual page 14, there is a spped adjustment chart that explains what numbers to use for the type paper you are cutting

and here is the tip part...

19. go through your user manual and make a copy of all the setting charts and glue them all on to one piece of paper or cardboard and keep it next to your bug for easy reference.


 
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hey, that's a good tip gg! thanks! i'm gonna do that this evening since i'm feeling yucky and don't wana do anything anyway. i told my dh about the woodmaking "tip" earlier in this thread and he was wow'd by it, he never thought about that. neither did i and i explained to him about being able to make all tags, boxes, etc. and he's really excited i have that now. this is so cool. i am like the most humbled person on the face of the earth for having such an awesome piece of equipment! LOL i'm cheesey, i know LOL.


 
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HI


 
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i actually made my very own first card!
AND i got to use my cricut! wow, it was easy! check it out....

My first card!


 
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very nice


 
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  • Anonymous on 04-17-07 10:33 AM
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Your card looks great, Lolo! I have been making tons of cards since getting my bug! They are so easy with it!


 
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I got one today. I knew my willpower would fade. I love all these tips. I've done one title with shadow and cut a few flowers. It's pretty easy so far. Now I'm on the hunt for cheap carts.


 
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  • DMH on 04-17-07 05:49 PM
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Thanks for all the tips!


 
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Glad to know that the bargining is working for some of you. My hubby actually used my Cricut before I did and burned a dog tag, that he added USMC to the center of, onto his work bench. He wishes we would have bought one sooner as he did his own military scrapbook and now wants to change things after he saw the Base Camp cartridge. LOL!! I am so lucky as he's let me get all the cartridges so far. The only ones I'm missing are the new Disney as they are not in store yet out here. He's also trying to think of ways to use it for stencils for airbrushing onto his model cars. We/He loves classic cars and he builds models as a hobby. I got him a really top of the line airbrush set but he hasn't been able to use it yet. It's calling his name he says. If he comes up with any uses for the "Bug" and airbrushing, I'll let you all know.


 
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wow. airbrushing. who would've thunk it.


 
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um, i opened up a cricut letter/punctuation swap and a cricut shape swap if anyone is interested since we all own cricuts. gg, hope you don't mind me putting this in here. if so, delete it or tell me and i will. smooches.


Edited by Prettylolo on 04-18-07 08:44 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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Thanks for the tips!


 
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Thank you for all the tips. I have just gotton my Cricut so I am playing with it a lot but love it so far!!!


 
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One thing I have noticed with my Cricut is that you have to really change the settings to cut with the Jasmine font. I started out with George and cardstock and had no trouble. When I did the same with Jasmine I had to really turn down the speed and lower the blade pressure. I still had some issues with the paper tearing but playing with the settings helped. I have not had this problem with the other fonts I have. I guess it's all the curves in the letters. BUT IT'S MY FAVORITE FONT!!!


 
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i LOVE the jasmine font!


 
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Woo Hoo, I'm getting the Cricut for an early birthday present!!!!!!!!!!!! Ok, so I gave my mom the idea (she never knows what to get me) but still! I get to go buy it tomorrow - I called Walmart and they have tons! I still had one put on hold for me! FYI - the price at mine is now $139, it was $125 last week. Oh well, I'm still sooooo excited!!! My Walmart is open 24 hours and I'm really tempted to go now to buy it. I can't wait to play with it. I'm such a dork - I just watched the cricut training videos online.


 
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Oh just go buy it now! You'll stay up all night playing with it but it's Friday night, who cares!!


 
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LOL! Don't tell me that, I'm already trying to convince myself that I can wait a few more hours.


 
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No you cant... whats the point?? Just go get the dang thing!!! Life is too short to put off all the fun things!! I love my cricut!!!!!!!


 
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Haha! You'll get nothing but bad habits from being around us enablers!!! Once I made my decision to buy it I was there. Isn't that why Walmart is a 24 hr store? Pick up some dark chocolate while you're there, it'll help keep you up all night!!


 
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I am glad the closest WalMart to me is about 20 minutes away - and with the gas prices, I have to want that chocolate a lot!!


 
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I figured I'd make a day out of it tomorrow. It just so happens that Walmart is close to Archiver's and Joann's, and a mall. I decided to just have a few drinks tonight and scrapbook a little instead.


Edited by married05 on 04-20-07 08:18 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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Great tips,everyone! I just got my bug today and am in love:) I can see me using it for so much more than just sb. Thanks!


 
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  • Anonymous on 04-21-07 02:11 AM
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  • luv to scrap Said:
One thing I have noticed with my Cricut is that you have to really change the settings to cut with the Jasmine font. I started out with George and cardstock and had no trouble. When I did the same with Jasmine I had to really turn down the speed and lower the blade pressure. I still had some issues with the paper tearing but playing with the settings helped. I have not had this problem with the other fonts I have. I guess it's all the curves in the letters. BUT IT'S MY FAVORITE FONT!!!




Jasmine is my LEAST favorite font!! It is such apain to cut with! My favorite is All Mixed up!


 
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  • MissMoo214 Said:
Glad to know that the bargining is working for some of you. My hubby actually used my Cricut before I did and burned a dog tag, that he added USMC to the center of, onto his work bench. He wishes we would have bought one sooner as he did his own military scrapbook and now wants to change things after he saw the Base Camp cartridge. LOL!! I am so lucky as he's let me get all the cartridges so far. The only ones I'm missing are the new Disney as they are not in store yet out here. He's also trying to think of ways to use it for stencils for airbrushing onto his model cars. We/He loves classic cars and he builds models as a hobby. I got him a really top of the line airbrush set but he hasn't been able to use it yet. It's calling his name he says. If he comes up with any uses for the "Bug" and airbrushing, I'll let you all know.



Hi there! The Disney carts are in many stores now; ACMoore is one for sure!!


 
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  • married05 Said:
Woo Hoo, I'm getting the Cricut for an early birthday present!!!!!!!!!!!! Ok, so I gave my mom the idea (she never knows what to get me) but still! I get to go buy it tomorrow - I called Walmart and they have tons! I still had one put on hold for me! FYI - the price at mine is now $139, it was $125 last week. Oh well, I'm still sooooo excited!!! My Walmart is open 24 hours and I'm really tempted to go now to buy it. I can't wait to play with it. I'm such a dork - I just watched the cricut training videos online.



Ooooo you are going to have soooo much fun!!! Congratulations and Happy Birthday.


 
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LOL!! that is so funny!! I can't wait to get home and use mine!! I am in Mexico right now, and am helping my SIL open a LSS and we are making LO for display. I am sooooooo missing my cricut right now!!!! I am having a withdrawl!


 
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  • luv to scrap Said:
  • married05 Said:
Woo Hoo, I'm getting the Cricut for an early birthday present!!!!!!!!!!!! Ok, so I gave my mom the idea (she never knows what to get me) but still! I get to go buy it tomorrow - I called Walmart and they have tons! I still had one put on hold for me! FYI - the price at mine is now $139, it was $125 last week. Oh well, I'm still sooooo excited!!! My Walmart is open 24 hours and I'm really tempted to go now to buy it. I can't wait to play with it. I'm such a dork - I just watched the cricut training videos online.



Ooooo you are going to have soooo much fun!!! Congratulations and Happy Birthday.




Thanks - my birthday is in June, so I guess it's a REALLY early birthday present.


 
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Ok I have a question for you guys that have been using the Cricut for a while. Is it really necessary to but the Cricut tools to go with the machine? (The ones to get the letters off with)? Walmart had them for 19 bucks, and Joanns didn't have them at all. I just got the machine today and haven't had a chance to play with it yet.

What about paper - do you guys buy the special paper that's the right size?

Thanks!


 
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I haven't used their paper at all - I just keep an old cutter by my Cricut, so I cut paper down if I need to.

I didn't have the tools for quite a while and got by, but it is easier with them.


 
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I say buy the tools!! And as for the paper, only if you really like the design, otherwise, I just cut a 12x12 in half to make it 12x6 and it is the perfect size!!!!


 
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I haven't bought the tools. So far my exacto knife or CM multipurpose tool have done fine. I wouldn't bother with the paper since it's so easy to cut a regular 12x12 piece in half.

Hope you get to have some fun with your bug.


 
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