Cricut Explore™ Machine and its Print and Cut Feature
Now, Cut it Out!!


My own review & experience with the Print and Cut feature

My own screenshots showing How I used the Print then Cut feature
Cricut Explore FAQs
Facebook Groups for Explore Owners
Other links of Interest

See Page 2 > more of my experience with the Print & Cut feature of the Cricut Explore
See Page 3 > more of my experience with the Print & Cut feature of the Cricut Explore

new page created March 2015, Making Cards using features of my offline
 software programs and cutting with my Cricut Explore
http://sippingtea.com/tuts/cardscutwithcricutexplore.html


New page created 2016 >> How I Printed and Cut elements/images from a Digital Scrapbook Kit
http://sippingtea.com/tuts/printncutdigielements.html


New page April 2017 >> How I made a set of Pl
acecards

NOTE:  Cricut will hopefully release Design Space 3 - either late April or early May 2017
But I imagine the basics of using the Print then Cut feature will remain the same, only the Design Space
screens may look different.  I don't anticipate that the Print then Cut printable area allowance will
get much bigger than the current sizes.  Watch for product specialists like Debbie O'Neal and
Melody Lane, etc. to post new youtube videos explaining all the new features of Design Space when it is released.

NOTES
Printers I own and use for my Print then Cut projects:
HP Photosmart 7510 - this is an older model that I had when I bought my Explore in Oct. 2014
and my newer machine that I currently use
HP Envy 7640 -  - I got mine from HSN in late 2015,
and I participate in the HP Instant Ink program that the Printer qualifies for.

I use white 110lb white cardstock for most of my print then cut images
For sticker paper I use Avery - white full sheet label paper,  or
a glossy photo type full sheet sticker paper I found on Amazon
For stickers, I use the Custom setting of 3m Post-It notes on the Explore custom dial setting
For printing on Magnet sheets I use either Cricut brand Magnet material, or I use the
Avery brand of Magnet sheets on my older HP Photosmart 7510 printer that seems to handle
the Avery brand better than my Envy printer. I put the setting at poster board on the dial for magnet sheets.

I don't have as much experience printing on Printable Vinyl or Printable Fabric or Printable Heat Transfer Vinyl
or the printable iron on sheets like those sold in craft stores for ironing on tshirts etc.






*NOTE: many of the links here were gathered and posted on this page in Oct 2014.
There have been improvements and enhancements to Design Space since that time
and many new articles and youtube videos
can be found online showing the how-to's etc. for using Design Space
and opinions and comparisons for the Cricut Explore line of machines.

Note too, that my screen shots on these pages
are from the version of Design Space that was available in Oct 2014.
The process of using the Print then Cut feature is still using the same
 or similar steps that I show on this page, only the Design Space screens
 may be different in the current (2016) version of Design Space.

Update:  at some point in 2017 a new version of Design Space will be released
Design Space 3, that version will NOT rely on using the
Adobe Flash Plugin and will have other feature additions and improvements.


 
Bluetooth built in model the Cricut Explore "Air"
released first in Feb 2015 

 and a single carriage
model the Explore ONE released in Spring 2015
and
the Cricut Explore Air *2* released Oct 2016
visit Cricut.com  for all "current" model information
the model that I own is no longer made or sold by Cricut
but it can do everything any other Cricut can do, except for
cut faster on some materials or write faster, that is a feature offered
on the new machine the Cricut Explore Air*2* model which has
a Fast Mode option.

What are the Differences in the Cricut Explore models
http://help.cricut.com/help/cricut-explore-difference




My own review and personal experience with the New
Cricut Explore™ cutting machine

I bought the Cricut Explore in October of 2014 when it was the Special of the Day on HSN.com. I paid $249.00 (plus sales tax, shipping was free)
The machine came with some extras that made it a better value than if I had bought it at other online sources. 
Plus I liked that buying it via HSN, I had until Jan 31st 2015 to return it. So that would give me lots of time to test out its features.

I was mainly interested in cutting out my own vast stash of Clip-art via the print and cut feature that is offered on this machine. 
So this review and experience will focus on just that feature.

But first some background history for my fellow Hugsisters from PC Crafter.
Once upon a time, I belonged to a community message board on the former pccrafter.com website. PC Crafter sold the most wonderful downloadable Clip Art sets, done by some of the most talented artists around.  Laurie Furnell, Carolee Jones, Tammy DeYoung, Debbie Mumm, Carolyn Shores Wright, Shelly Comiskey, Gina Jane (Johnson), Tricia Santry and many more, who created 30 piece sets, called "Creatables".  The motto for pccrafter was "We put the ART in Clip Art"  - and they did.

I bought hundreds of dollars worth of clip art sets over the years 2002 to 2010.  The website stopped producing new clipart sets at the end of 2010 and closed its doors to selling clip art and shut down its message board by 2012.

Around 2006 to 2008 there were discussions on the message board about new software programs made by Sure Cuts A Lot and Make the Cut, that when used with the Cricut Expression machine (which used Cartridges with images on them that you could cut using the Cricut machine) - you could bypass the use of the Cartridges and following some steps, open your "Clip Art" images within the software and then print out on your computer and then get the Cricut Expression to cut that image out.

Now anyone who had bought a Cricut Expression during that time was thrilled with this prospect.  And the makers of those software programs touted the fact that you didn't need to buy those "expensive" cartridges anymore, you could print and cut out your "very own" images.  And so the message boards and the message boards over at Cricut buzzed with excitment over this.  But of course Cricut (whose life blood was selling the Cartridges) wasn't happy about all this talking going on.  So eventually they began a lawsuit against Sure Cuts A Lot and Make the Cut. Both companies agreed to stop promoting their software, used on a Cricut Expression, and said they would remove that feature for the Cricut Expression from their software. 

Both Sure Cuts A Lot (SCAL) and Make the Cut (MTC) - still make their software, but they support other Cutting Machines on the Market , such as the Silhouette Cameo, and others.  But the software no longer works with new Cricut Expressions.  (You can design using MTC or SCAL, and save things in the SVG format and upload those svgs to Cricut Design Space and cut with your Explore.) 

In early 2014 - Cricut made the announcement of a new machine, The Cricut Explore. Now the machine previous to this one, was the Cricut Imagine. The Imagine was a machine that partnered Cricut with Hewlett Packard. You were supposed to be able to use all of your Cricut Cartridges and ones designed just for the Imagine, and be able to design and change colors, etc etc right on the machine. Then the Imagine would print and cut all in one step.  The Imagine had its issues and critics right from the beginning, and wasn't very successful in the marketplace.  So Cricut "FINALLY" went back to the drawing board, and FINALLY listened to all those voices - that said - We WANT TO CUT OUR OWN DESIGNS and CLIP ART just like other cutting machines can do - the Silhouette CD and Silhouette Cameo, KNK Zing, Boss Cut Gazelle, etc.
Over the years, Cricut has been bashed online for poor customer service, for machines that didn't work as advertised. and about its handling of the Make The Cut and Sure Cuts A Lot manufacturers. All crafters wanted was for Cricut to figure out what other cutting machines and software makers had already. The having to buy Cartridges, which were usually $20 and UP!!, was irritating to Cricut owners, making owning their machines expensive and totally "Cartridge" based. Many Cricut owners love their machines, and don't mind buying and using Cartridges. My daughter has a Cricut Expression and has enjoyed using and creating projects with it. She owns several cartridges.

Well, I watched the launch of the Cricut Explore back in March of 2014 on HSN.com , and they briefly touched on the new feature of  Print and Cut - BUT, that feature was not available YET, maybe by Fall!!  So close and yet so far, LOL.  I waited until it was offered again in Oct 2014, and with the ability to return in Jan 2015, and 5 easy payments, I took the plunge to purchase this machine, and take it for a test "print and cut" run.  And I wanted to know how easy using the online Cricut Design Space was for doing all of this (you may have to register on the Cricut website to sample or use the Cricut Design Space).  Cricut Design Space is a Free online work canvas that you can assemble your projects on.
                                                                   
For info on Design Spage see>
Cricut Design Space Reference Guide & Glossary  

OK - so I get the machine, and found it easy to set up, I also watched this >  You Tube video, which shows basically what I did >
(the gal in video also bought her machine from HSN **note this is a video from spring 2014
See this Kens Kreations 2015 youtube showing Unboxing and Setting up a Cricut Explore Air https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDtsqZMrl4k

and from Cricut.com > http://us.cricut.com/home/support/faq%27s


Unbox, Set up and First Cut

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqnlWf9_5Cc

The only thing I didn't do, as the girl in the video did, I didn't make the Thank You Card that was meant to help you make your 1st cut and also help Calibrate the machine.
See this Kens Kreations 2015 youtube showing Unboxing and Setting up a Cricut Explore Air https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDtsqZMrl4k

What I did was first go for cutting an image from my Clip Art stash as my first project - I still had to follow all the steps for getting the machine set up, and calibrate it for cutting (Note: the Cricut Explore AIR model does not or shouldn't require Calibrating the Machine to use the Print then Cut feature). Those steps weren't that hard, I just followed the Prompts on my Computer Screen.  All in All the set up was fairly easy.  I did watch videos on You Tube to help me, but once I got into the actual steps > Open a New Project, Upload an Image from my computer, press GO, follow the prompts to Print the image using my own Printer, then insert the printout into my Cricut Explore, load, and Cut >> that was all it took.  I was a Happy Camper. I didn't really have to learn any software programs, the steps to follow were pretty straight forward.  All I wanted to accomplish was the cutting out of a clip art image.  **I currently own 2 HP printers and am very happy with the quality of my printed images, I own an older HP Photosmart 7510, and a newer HP Envy 7640 model - that I also have subscribed to the  instant ink program available for that model See information on the HP instant ink program and the models eligible at > http://store.hp.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ContentView?storeId=10151&eSpotName=InstantInk&catalogId=10051&langId=-1 or http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c03760650 . All of my images are at least 300 dpi, and uploaded as PNG image format, to cut with the Explore.

My own experience of using the Print then Cut feature
Here are some screen shots with notes, and photos of my very first attempt(s)


1. I opened Cricut's Design Space webpage and logged in with my email and password
Then chose > Create New Project which takes me to a new Canvas.
**Note: For info on Design Spage see>
Cricut Design Space Reference Guide & Glossary

my first cut using cricut
                  explore

On the workspace Canvas, there is an option to "Upload Image",
so I clicked on Upload Image and chose Basic Upload -
In this particular screen shot

I had already uploaded 3 images using Basic Upload, to the Design Space,
and all I have to do is Click on the image I want,

and insert it to my workspace canvas. 
see >Cricut Design Space Reference Guide & Glossary
for more information about the online application.

upload image to design space
2. Next I sized and arranged the image on the Canvas
when done, I clicked on GO icon in upper right, and followed the prompts to print
image using my printer, and then place that printed sheet (I used 8.5x11 White Card Stock)
onto the Cricut Explore sticky mat (the mat included with machine is 12x12)
and load it to the machine, and follow on screen prompts and cut the image.
place image on canvas
**image used is from the NitWit Collections - Great White North collection**
The image is in PNG format. It is Important to Note > there are SIZE limitations to how big you can make your image on the online canvas,
the software assumes you are printing from a printer that handles 8.5x11 material.
 And there has to be room to apply all the registration marks.
Here are the sizing measurements that show how large a printed image can be:
 Excerpt quoted from online
 Manual for the Cricut Explore >

Maximum image sizes for Print then Cut
Each web browser has different settings for printable area size,
which means that
Print then Cut images have different maximum sizes
depending on the browser you use.
If you save a project
in one browser and later open it another,
you may need to adjust the image’s size according
to the browser’s printable area settings.
Below is a guideline for maximum Print then Cut image
sizes in each browser.
Chrome: 5.5" x 8"
Firefox: 6" x 8.5"
Safari: 6" x 8.5"
Internet Explorer: 6" x 8.5" note in Dec 2016, Cricut no longer supports IE

Microsoft Edge available on Windows 10 computers: 6"x8.5
for those who use the Design Space App
on an iPad or iPhone: 6.5"x9
"


Here is photo of the printed image from my printer
(I used an HP Photosmart 7510 for this and other images on this webpage) -
the clip art printout ,has the registration marks

needed to aid the Cricut Explore in cutting the image. Note: you may on some images see
a blurry edge surrounding the printed image, that is the Bleed Line. The Bleed lines
are necessary for the Explore to follow and cut as close to the edge of the images to get a clean cut.
So don't be alarmed if your image's edges seem fuzzy or blurry when printed.
  The screen prompts me to

Load the printed image to the Cricut Explore (after putting it on the mat)
printout of image from
                  printer

I loaded it to the machine and pressed the Cut button when it blinked
load to cricut explore

Taa-daa, I removed the cardstock from the mat and here it is all Cutout- YEA!!!
Successful beginning with my very First attempt at cutting a clip art image using my
Cricut Explore.

taa-daa it is cut

first image cut

I did another cut, to see if I was just "Lucky" on that first one,
This time I used a bit more complicated image with small inside areas that
the machine would hopefully cut out. I used an image by Laurie Furnell, from
her PCCrafter creatable "A Christmas Sampler"
(this particular clipart set and image of the Hobby Horse is no longer offered for sale). 
Note: I first created a PNG image

from the original jpg format image,
by using my Microsoft Digital Image software. I used my magic wand

tool to select and remove the white areas surrounding the original JPG image. I then
saved the image in PNG format to retain its transparency. I used the PNG image to
upload to Cricut Design Space.
 I usually will prepare all of my images using my own offline graphic/photo editing software programs,
before uploading to
Cricut Design Space,
and I prefer to upload clip art that are already or saved in PNG format
.
Note: Cricut Explore Design Space has a magic wand tool built in,
so that if you upload a JPG image,
you can remove the white areas before inserting it onto your Canvas
,
upload image from computer
Note: I purchased  each of the Images that I am using to cut out on my Cricut Explore machine.
Please respect all Artists Terms of Use and Copyrights
I have purchased images from the former pccrafter.com website (pccrafter is no longer online)
Even though pcCrafter is no longer online,
all Terms of Use and Artist Copyrights remain in effect
 for all clip art collections you may have purchased and
downloaded and installed to your computers.
Online stores I have purchased clip art from include:
 Nitwit Collections,
DAISIE Company,
and DigiWeb Studio,
along with many others over the years.
Do NOT automatically assume that images you find online
 are free for you to use in any manner you choose.
There are many illegally shared clip art images online, please do not engage in illegal file sharing
 or disregard Terms of Use or the Artists Copyrights.
Do NOT upload any of your owned images to websites such as Picasa Albums, Pinterest Boards, etc.
Most FREE images found on Digital Scrapbooking or Digital Clipart sites are for Personal Use Only.
Read all Terms of Use before you purchase or download clip art from reputable web stores

I uploaded the image using Basic Upload and chose "Complex images"

use basic upload

I sized and arranged the image, and then pressed GO button and followed the prompts
as I did for the Penguin image
inserted to canvas

Printed it out via my HP Printer on white cardstock
printed image out on hp
                  printer

placed image on the mat for the Cricut Explore, and loaded to the Machine, and pressed Cut
(the cut button looks like the Cricut logo)
load image to machine

When done I removed the paper from around the image, and then the small inner pieces, when
I lifted the Hobby Horse image from the mat completely
remove paper around image
lifted from mat, the main hobby horse image, leaving small pieces on mat
(for this photo, I had already removed the small parts, but put back on mat for you to
see each of the very small parts that the Cricut Explore cut out.
remove small pieces

Taa-Daa -Success Again!!
hobby horse cut out

I am a Happy Camper and I continued to cut out 4 more clip art images

Image Credits : Upper left to right
Bear with Hearts from pccrafter creatable: My Honey by Rebecca Carter (no longer available for sale)
Punkin Time from Nitwit Collections : Lil Bits Punkins
Camping word from Nitwit Collections : FQB Gone Camping
Girl with cut out hearts from pccrafter creatable Welcome Winter by Tricia Santry
(no longer available for sale)

Lower left to right
Penguin from Nitwit Collections: FQB Great White North
Hobby Horse with Bear from pccrafter creatable: A Christmas Sampler by Laurie Furnell
(no longer available for sale)

Note: Laurie does have a clip art set available in her Etsy store named "Christmas Sampler", but it contains images
that were in her former pccrafter creatable "A Christmas Sampler 3" .
Note: she names sets that may have previously sold at pccrafter.com
 as "Classic" Clip art, new sets are labeled Laurie Furnell Designs
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I found the set up of the Cricut Explore machine, hooking it up to my computer via a USB cord** and using Cricut's online Design Space to upload images from my own computer, and printing and cutting out these images to be fairly easy.


**Update: in Dec 2014, I did purchase the Cricut Bluetooth adapter so that I could pair it with my other laptops. As of Nov. 2016 I personally own and use 4 laptops. One with Widows 7, 1 with Windows 8.1, and 2 with Windows 10. I am able to use Design Space on each of them and able to use the Print then Cut feature on each. I still have my Win 7 laptop connected to the Explore via the USB cord.  For my Win 8.1 that computer did not come with Bluetooth, so I purchased an inexpensive USB Bluetooth Dongle, that I placed in a usb port on that machine and I was able to pair it with my Explore. The Windows 10 laptops do have Bluetooth, and I paired each with my Explore.  To pair the 2 devices use the code 0000  (4 zeros) Note too: the model I own is no longer sold or made by Cricut.  The models with AIR in the title have Bluetooth built in and only need to be paired with a Bluetooth enabled computer or iPhone or iPad. The Cricut Explore ONE model does require the purchase of the Cricut Bluetooth Adapter if you choose to pair it with any Bluetooth enabled computer or the iPad or iPhone.  For iPad or iPhone users you need to have the Cricut Design Space free app on your devices.  There is an App for Android device owners but as of Jan 2017, it is in Beta, and does NOT have all the features that iPad or iPhone users enjoy, and it may never have all of the same features. It is more difficult to develop apps for Android (or so says the folks at Cricut) All Cricut Explore machine models come with a USB cord if you choose to hook up your Explore to your computer that way.



It is Important to Note >
there are SIZE limitations to how big you can make your image on the online canvas,
the software assumes you are printing from a printer that handles white 8.5x11 material.
 And there has to be room to apply all the registration marks.
Here are the sizing measurements that show how large a printed image can be:
 
Excerpt quoted from online

  https://home.cricut.com/print-then-cut
Maximum image sizes for Print then Cut
Each web browser has different settings for printable area size,
which means that Print then
Cut images have different maximum sizes depending
 on the browser you use. If you save a project
in one browser and later open it another,
you may need to adjust the image’s size according
to the browser’s printable area settings.
Below is a guideline for maximum
Print then Cut image sizes in each browser.
Chrome: 5.5" x 8"
Firefox: 6" x 8.5"
Safari: 6" x 8.5"
Internet Explorer: 6" x 8.5" note that as of Dec 2016 Cricut no longer supports the use of Internet Explorer.
Microsoft Edge (available on Windows 10 computers) 6"x8.5"
For those who use the iPad or iPhone Design Space app > 6.5"x9"

See Page 2 > more of my experience with the Print & Cut feature of the Cricut Explore
See Page 3 > more of my experience with the Print & Cut feature of the Cricut Explore

Making Cards using features of my software programs and cutting with my Cricut Explore
http://sippingtea.com/tuts/cardscutwithcricutexplore.html

How I Printed and Cut elements/images from a Digital Scrapbook Kit
http://sippingtea.com/tuts/printncutdigielements.html



Cricut Explore FAQs

from Cricut.com > http://help.cricut.com/top-answers


Cricut Design Space Reference Guide & Glossary

Cricut Explore user manual https://help.cricut.com/manual/cricut-explore
Design Space User Manual : https://help.cricut.com/manual/cricut-design-space-desktop

The Help Page of Cricut has lots of helpful information, FAQs, user manuals, short videos and contact information for Cricut.
https://help.cricut.com


If you are just now considering purchasing an Explore, please note that you will need to use an ONLINE ONLY Software program "Cricut Design Space" and your computer and internet connection should meet or exceed the system requirements suggested by Cricut.
Exceeding the requirements is better, than meeting the minimum.  Design Space is a computer system resource hog, and to have the best user experience using the many features of the program requires a computer processor that is fast, a system that is always up to date and a very fast and reliable internet connection, enough RAM (it is suggested to have 4 gigs of RAM but more is better if you can afford a system with more) and an up to date version of the Adobe Flash plugin. Design Space is a FREE program to use, and there is no charge for uploading your own images or svg files. 
current as of Sept. 2016 system requirements (Note: remember the system requirements are always subject to change, the online program is a resource hog on your system and as Cricut adds features etc. - your current system may not be able to keep up and/or provide a positive user experience)
https://help.cricut.com/help/system-requirements-design-space
 


Bluetooth connectivity and The Cricut Explores>
The Cricut Explore AIR has Bluetooth connectivity built into the machine, but to connect via Bluetooth and your computer, your computer will also need to be Bluetooth capable. If your computer does not have Bluetooth connectivity, you can purchase a usb bluetooth dongle for your computer.
If you purchase an Explore ONE model, you can purchase the Cricut Explore Bluetooth adapter, which would be inserted into the port on the machine. Then all you need to do is "pair" your computer and the Explore Air or the Explore One with Bluetooth. 
 **I bought a Bluetooth adapter for my own Explore, and also needed to purchase a usb bluetooth dongle for my computers that did not have bluetooth builtin to the system, I bought both on Amazon.**  I personally own 4 computers, one running Windows 7, 1 running Windows 8.1 and 2 running Windows 10, and I have Design Space installed on each of them. My Windows 7 computer is connected to my Explore via the included USB cord. On my other 3 computers, I can connect to the Explore wirelessly using the Bluetooth pairing.   I do NOT own any iPhone or iPad devices.

The difference between the Explore AIR and the Explore ONE is that the ONE has a single (one) carriage, and the AIR has a dual carriage. With the dual carriage you can either write when a pen is inserted into the one holder carriage OR score when the Score stylus is inserted into the holder carriage" and "Cut" with the other blade carriage at the same time. Using the Explore ONE, requires that you switch out for a pen or scoring stylus tool using a separately purchased adapter.  The Adapters needed, such as the Scoring Stylus, or pen/score adapters, or bluetooth adapters - may be included in some Bundles or you may have to purchase separately.  Most items are available for sale on the Cricut website or other retailers (Online or in stores)

All Explore machines use Design Space & its features, All cut the same materials, All use the same blades. There are only 2 differences > the Air has 2 carriages and has Bluetooth capability built in, the Explore ONE has one carriage, and requires a Bluetooth adapter if you want it to be bluetooth enabled and to connect with Bluetooth enabled computers or iPad or iPhone devices.  But both machines can be connected to any computer using the included usb cord.  It is NOT a requirement that you must be connected using Bluetooth - it is your choice.  **Note too that Bluetooth does have distance limitations, so the distance between your computers or iPad or iPhone and your Explore machines, may vary depending on the signal limitations in your own homes. And to cut anything will require for you to place materials on your Cricut cutting mats and actually go to the physical machine in your home and place those materials in the machine for cutting.  

The Cricut Explore Air *2* was released in Oct 2016, the one difference in this model is that it has a "Fast Mode" that can be used on some cut projects and for writing.  It is supposed to be able to write or cut (on some projects & materials) up to 2x faster than the other Explore models. 

What are the differences in the Cricut Explore Models
https://help.cricut.com/help/cricut-explore-difference

See: Debbie O'Neal's videos dated Oct. 7, 2016 (she is the Admin and moderator of the Facebook's group >> Lets Learn Cricut Explore )
Cricut Explore Air 2 vs Cricut Explore Air Overview by Debbie O'Neal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JGUgLM4eQY 

Cricut Explore Air 2 vs Cricut Explore Air >> Cutting and Writing Comparison https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHosmBBrVIM

See also:
Setting Up Cricut iOS App with Cricut Explore Air 2 (for those who have an iPad or iPhone)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qjk5jMUATP8  


Troy Young has several good Cricut Explore related youtube videos, consider subscribing to his channel and following him so that you are emailed when he uploads new videos. TroyTube
  Troy Young's youtube channel for some good videos. 
See this one on the best computer specs to purchase to work with Design Space.  (published Dec 2015)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4x04AP638tc

other Helpful videos
Cricut Explore Newbies > Mistakes & Advice
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFHhwDkFZRs   

Troy's Definitive Guide to Adobe Flash Plugin Errors
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiKeHRwPJqQ
 
Troy's channel has several other helpful videos - be sure to Subscribe

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEMNq-kllgO3Z-YQA2QVz-w
 
Read also his article regarding Adobe Flash/Shockwave issues and more

How to fix shockwave errors in Cricut Design Space (or not connecting on the cut screen)

https://www.651vinyl.com/how-to-fix-shockwave-errors-in-cricut-design-space.html


For Cricut Explore owners

The Complete Guide to Cricut Design Space by Melody Lane - published Nov. 2015.
 
5 things to do while you wait for your new Cricut Explore to arrive
by Kay Hall - Clever Someday blog - Dec. 2015 post
https://cleversomeday.wordpress.com/2015/12/14/explorewait/  

Cricut Cartridge handbooks  http://us.cricut.com/home/handbooks
Online learning classes > payfor classes by Cara Miller http://www.caramiller.com
Debbie O'Neal >> Learning the Basics of Design Space and more tips for Newbies
http://www.scrapmequickdesigns.com/6280-2/

Lots of YouTube channels to subscribe to>
Stacey Williams, Debbie ONeal, Troy Young (troytube), Kens Kreations, Melody Lane, Crafts by Two, Sissi's Scrapbooking, and more
Cricut Library Access Subscriptions:  http://us.cricut.com/home/learn/image-library/subscriptions
Note: Cricut does offer a pay for subscription program that allows Access to the extensive Cricut Cartridge library of images that are NOT licensed. Licensed image content such as images from Disney, Pixar, Sesame Street, Anna Griffin, Lia Griffith, Close to My Heart etc. - are NOT included in any subscriptions. Images can be purchased as single images and once purchased they are yours to keep and use over and over with no further payment. You also can purchase digital versions or physical cartridges of most Cricut Cartridges and those images are yours to use over and over with no further payment. With the subscription program the images are only free to use as long as you are a subscriber, if you decide to discontinue your monthly or yearly subscription plan, any projects created with any of the subscription images, will require payment if you decide to cut those images when not subscribed. When purchasing an Explore - your purchase might include a "free time period, where you can use the Cricut Access Library to cut projects" but once that specific time period is up, you would have to either subscribe and "pay" the monthly or yearly fee, if you choose not to, then any projects saved using images from the Free time, will require payment to complete those projects again - but remember too: once you purchase an image or a complete Cartridge - it is yours to use with no further payment. So consider purchasing outright, any Cartridges that you think you will use over and over and don't want to worry about having the subscription or not or if the Cartridge is by a Licensed company or designer. Some Explore purchasers may also see that they are entitled to specific content or project images - those images or content is yours to use over and over with no further payment. When your machines arrive, you should find details on accessing any specific content included with your purchase of your specific machine bundle.   Note too: All "Close to My Heart" Cricut cartridges, can only be purchased via a customer rep for CTMH and they currently are available only as physical cartridges. You would need to link them to your online Cricut Account, using the Cartridge port available in the Cricut Explore, once linked you don't need to use any physical cartridges in the Explore machines.   Read more about the Subcription option > http://help.cricut.com/help/cricut-access

FACEBOOK GROUPS - I have included some quoted excerpts from these groups, but before joining, please read complete Group details.

Cricut Lovers Guide to Design Space
https://www.facebook.com/groups/CricutLoversGuide/ For Cricut Explore and Cricut Design Space lovers. We do welcome members who don't yet have an Explore. Paulette and I have been blogging about Cricut machines since 2007. So we're bound to be able to help you if you have a problem. And we always love seeing the projects that our members make regardless of which Cricut they used! ☺ Our main focus though is helping members with Design Space and the Explore.

This group is to learn, share and inspire each other as we use our Cricut Explore and Design Space. Feel free to post and answer questions and post your projects and share your Design Space files.

Let's Learn Cricut Explore
https://www.facebook.com/groups/LetsLearnCricutExplore/  A place for Cricut Explore fans to share news, learn about the machine and inspire others with projects using the new Cricut Explore

Let's Learn Cricut
https://www.facebook.com/groups/LetsLearnCricut/ Let's chat about Cricut here! Post and share your creations, questions and Cricut love. From Explore and Design Space to Original Cricut and cartridges, all are welcome! I love my Cricuts and want to share that with you.
Explore and Design Space help while still celebrating Cricut Craft Room!

Cricut Newbies and Pros
https://www.facebook.com/groups/515248328525857/
We are a welcoming group with emphasis on learning how to use our machines to create beautiful things! We encourage questions and love to share. We love to learn new things, too!

I Luv My Cricut
https://www.facebook.com/groups/luvmycricut/
A place to learn how to use your Cricut products, ask for help with your Cricut products, share Cricut projects and tell others how much you LUV your Cricut.
Note that any discussions about using 3rd party software to cut designs with older machines will be removed.

I Luv My Cricut > Admins YouTube channels
Karin's YouTube channel is at https://www.youtube.com/user/homevidka
Lorrie's YouTube channel is at https://www.youtube.com/user/LONU2008
Melody's YouTube channel is at https://www.youtube.com/user/MelodyLane815

Cutter Software
https://www.facebook.com/groups/CutterSoftware/ The purpose of this friendly group is to provide free support for software that is used with electronic cutters, including but not limited to Make The Cut, Sure Cuts A Lot, Cricut Design Space, Pazzles InVue, Pazzles Pro, Funtime, Silhouette Studio, Funtime, Inkscape, Illustrator, Wishblade, Robomaster, etc.

Cricut the Official page, this is NOT a Group, but more a Cricut news and announcements, and promotions page, you can Like the page, but you don't need to Join it.
https://www.facebook.com/OfficialCricut?fref=ts Welcome to the official fan page of Cricut. Get ready to go from inspiration to creation in just a few clicks! www.Cricut.com
Sign up if not already to Cricut's Mailing list
http://us.cricut.com/home/mailing-list

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Other links of Interest:


*note many of these links were gathered and posted on this page in Oct - early Dec 2014. There have been improvements and enhancements to Design Space since that time and many new articles and youtube videos can be found online showing the how-to's etc. for using Design Space.

Unbox the Cricut Explore , Set up and first cut

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqnlWf9_5Cc

Another out of the box (note: this video shows the handy tools set -
my machine did not come with those, they can be purchased separately,
or if you already have the tools that you used on other Cricut Machines, you are good to go) > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lv5ZAJTYoro

Comparisons with Silhouette Cameo - most of these were posted in 2014 when the Explore was first introduced

Cricut Explore vs Silhouette Cameo

https://cleversomeday.wordpress.com/2014/12/02/whichisright/

cricut explore versus silhouette cameo

http://www.lorriesstory.com/2014/09/silhouette-cameo-vs-cricut-explore.html#.VDbkYRbU2M8

The Silhouette Cameo vs. The Cricut Explore https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5gllQ7l5c0

Silhouette Cameo VS Cricut Explore (An Unbiased Comparison and Overview)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lx99aN10z7c

also > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aox_OHb-d8o

Cricut Explore vs. Silhouette Cameo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aox_OHb-d8o&list=UU6a8c7f3876fe77ca

and see too: http://www.allthingsthrifty.com/2014/09/cricut-vs-silhouette-which-one-is-better-an-unsponsored-opinion.html

Silhouette Vs. Explore - Design Space/Silhouette Designer Software

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPPfuK9HPBQ&list=UU48f3dfb8af473c14

Cricut Explore versus Silhouette Cameo - thick materials https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DrS_ouC-80

See also > http://www.kgdcraftermath.com/2014/03/cricut-explore-conclusions/

Cricut Explore Vs. Cricut Expression 2  > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXgy519Qjqk


How to Link Cricut Cartridges to Cricut Explore Design Space https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZShMGJqdFTo

and / or  > Linking cartridges to Design Space https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtACAK3uI3o

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How to Cut & Print images using Paint.net and the Cricut Explore - Tutorial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsQLCviLkFk

Cutting your own rubber stamps with the Cricut Explore  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMAjJWXHhqc

Print and Cut on colored paper http://scrapalette.blogspot.com/2014/09/card-matching-game-with-print-then-cut.html


I am not affiliated with Cricut, and all opinions and photos and screen shots on this page are mine.
Please DO NOT COPY content or photos to use them
 on any other website or blog
or Pin to a Pinterest Board.
Thank You.
 Please Honor all Terms of Use and Artist Copyrights
for any clip art images you use with your Cric
ut Explore

Remember just because you may use Google to find an image online,
the image may NOT be copyright free or be allowed to be used or
downloaded if the original designer or artist has not granted such rights.
Please be careful with images downloaded free before placing them on items you might
consider selling.  Make sure you have read all Terms of Use for images you are considering using.
Also be careful before displaying projects online that might be using Copyright
or Licensed images that you personally have not received explicit permission to use from the
artist, designer or website store, facebook group, or online blog or pinterest pins,
that you obtained the images from.
When posting photos of projects using images online,
you should post information giving credit to the Artist or Designers,
and
or locations of where you obtained the images from.
Do NOT share images that you purchased or even obtained for free from legitimate sources.
You can Share the
link to the images or website locations or stores etc. -
so that others can read and understand usage of such images.

I am not responsible for content on Linked websites or videos.
The external links are provided as Informational only links
 related to the Cricut Explore machine

this page created Oct. 2014 & updated June 2015, February 2016, Jan 2017, April 2017


*NOTE: many of these links were gathered and posted on this page in Oct 2014. There have been improvements and enhancements to Design Space since that time and many new articles and youtube videos can be found online showing the how-to's etc. for using Design Space
and opinions and comparisons for the Cricut Explore line of machines.
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Online Support for Cricut Explore Users
https://help.cricut.com



See Page 2 > more of my experience with the Print & Cut feature of the Cricut Explore
See Page 3 > more of my experience with the Print & Cut feature of the Cricut Explore
new page created March 2015, Making Cards using features of my software programs and cutting with my Cricut Explore
http://sippingtea.com/tuts/cardscutwithcricutexplore.html

New page created 2016 >> How I Printed and Cut elements/images from a Digital Scrapbook Kit
http://sippingtea.com/tuts/printncutdigielements.html


New page April 2017 >> How I made a set of Pl
acecards



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