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Things I Wish I’d Known Starting Out With My Cricut

Like many of you, there are things I wish I’d known when starting out with my Cricut. Years ago when I first got started with the Cricut, I had a lot of questions that I wasn’t sure where to find the answers to.

It was before Facebook was a thing, so I didn’t have access to all of these wonderful groups you can find today. There wasn’t a lot of information on the internet about the Cricut (I’m showing my age – HA!!), so it was a little challenging starting out.

Someone asked the question not too long ago in one of the Cricut Facebook groups I’m in, “What are some things you wish you had known when you were starting out?” I thought this was a great question, therefore, I felt like it would be helpful to share some of their answers with those of you just getting started.

Here Are Some of Their Answers

  1. Plan for projects to take longer than expected.
  2. Be patient.
  3. Double and triple check your settings (Did I mirror that image).
  4. YouTube is your friend.
  5. HTV stands for heat transfer vinyl or iron on vinyl.
  6. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.
  7. Just do it! You won’t break anything.
  8. Keep practicing.
  9. Never give up. Mistakes are how you learn.
  10. Jump in with both feet and have fun.
  11. Ask questions.
  12. Just start, it only gets better.
  13. That I would need a bigger bank account.
  14. How much stuff I would end up buying.
  15. Collecting supplies and crafting are two completely separate hobbies.

This past week when I was having some trouble coming up with post ideas, a woman in another Facebook group I’m in shared with me some of the questions she would like to have answered about the Cricut.

Here Are Her Questions

  1. How do you find what you are looking for in Cricut Design Space.?
  • Create a New Project.
  • From the canvas click on Images.
  • You can browse “All Images” (top of screen) for whatever kind of design you are looking for.
  • You can look under “Highlighted Categories” for featured designs. These are designs that are being featured at that time.
  • You can look under “Recently Added Designs” for new designs that have been recently added to Design Space.
  • You can look in “Free This Week” designs for images that are “Free” for that week. When the week is up, you will have to pay for the designs.

You Can Also

You can also search for designs in Cricut Access, by Type, Art Type, Image Complexity, Layers, Ownership (where you can find uploaded, purchased, free and downloaded images), Brand, Material and Language. Each of these categories has + signs you can open for more options.

2. What are the pros and cons of being an Access member?

  • Pros – You get thousands of free designs
  • You can create your own designs with the large variety of designs in Design Space.
  • Reasonably priced
  • Cons – You have to pay for Licensed images and that’s not exactly a con.
  • I can’t think of any cons to being an Access member. It has so much to offer.

3. How and where do you find SVG’s?

These are just a few of the places you can find SVG’s.

4. Aside from vinyl what else is my Cricut good for?

5. How do you weed a huge project.

  • I have found that weeding a project while it’s still on the mat to be very helpful.

I hope you found this information helpful.

Leave me a comment and tell me what are some things you wish you’d known starting out. In addition, what good advice have you been given when learning about your Cricut.


P.S. If you are thinking about buying a Cricut but can’t decide between the Cricut Explore Air 2 and the Cricut Maker, check out this comparison post, The Cricut Maker vs. The Cricut Explore, for some helpful information.

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  1. Jessica

    Great post. Lots of helpful information. Thank you

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