Monogram styles

Monogram Styles: What’s The Right Monogram For You?

March 29, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Marketing Director Tiffany Isbell

Monograms are a great way to personalize almost anything from a lunch box to notebook and more. The best part about monograms are the variety of styles to choose from that honestly can fit any occasion. Let’s go through the bucket list of monograms to help you find the right fit for your next project – and stay tuned while I walk you through how to make all of these in just a few easy steps over the next few weeks!

Fancy Letter Monograms

Basically, it’s a Choose Your Own Adventure to find the perfect font to use.

 

Monograms

True Monogram Letters

Letters that were designed specifically to be a monogram.

 

Monograms

Layered Monograms

Monograms that have multiple layers to give them dimension.

 

Monograms

Split Monograms

An initial with a name in the middle … what more do you need to tell the whole story?

 

Monograms

Rounded Monograms

Large center anchored letter surrounding by a first and middle/second initials.

 

Monograms

Framed Monograms

Exactly what it sounds like: a monogram surrounded by a frame – sometimes a floral, sometimes a square, sometimes a round, always lots of potential.

 

Monograms

Shaped Monograms

An initial within an image. Quite easy and definitely fun!

 

Monograms

There are some very basic monogram rules (but I’m also a firm believer in breaking rules and designing to your own personality!) that I wanted to share for those planning out the perfect monogram for the perfect project:

  1. Single letters can represent either first name (modern) or last name (traditional)
  2. There are three main ways that are represented by three initials
    • If the letters are all the same size, it represents a person’s first initial, middle initial and last initial
    • If the center letter is larger, it represents a person’s first initial, last initial (large center), and middle or maiden name initial (for married women)
    • For a married couple, the center would be larger representing their joint married name. The order is usually the bride’s first initial, the married last initial, and the groom’s first initial

Which monogram style is your favorite? Do you have any others that you want to share with everyone? Let us know below, and tune in each week to figure out how to make your favorite style in Design Space

 

Maker Gonna Make Pillow

Celebrating International Women’s Day & Joining the Movement

March 8, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Marketing Director Tiffany Isbell

Photo Credit: Teacups & Things

I’ve grown up surrounded by truly amazing women. My mother was in education, and she taught me the value of education along with teaching me so many successful life skills. Whether we were canning plum jelly to hand out to people in the neighborhood or she was teaching me how to sew so I could join the 4H Club and put on a fashion show down the middle of the horse arena when I was 9, my mother was a true inspiration. The best part was that I also had a father who always encouraged me to not just get an education, but become an educated woman. He absolutely believed that I could be whatever I wanted – even President of the United States, which obviously didn’t happen. What did happen was that I grew up – surrounded by strong parents, teachers, and friends.

Now, I work with truly amazing women. From our VP of (developing amazing*) Product, Kim Kanarowski, to my partner-in-crime on product launches, the beloved Cortney Haymond. We have women peppered throughout our building who are strong, beautiful, inspiring people. They each have their own story, their own life journey. They have diverse backgrounds, and they sometimes even have similar experiences. They’re all unique and fabulous!

Also, I’m inspired by all of the amazing women in our Cricut community. We see your inspiring projects; we hear about your incredible life stories, and we are constantly in awe of what you do. I cannot express the number of times your beautiful moments have brought us tears of joy. We celebrate this throughout all of our offices. We love to hear your stories, and we love to be there for you.

In honor of all the amazing women in my life and yours, we want to celebrate International Women’s Day and #BeBoldForChange. Bold takes many steps and many forms, but at the end of the day, it takes a lot of courage. We announced Cricut’s Pretty Pillow Project, #SayItWithCricut, in January – where we are helping you learn how to work with fonts and phrases in Design Space. So far, we have made over 30 pillows. You’ll see fun phrases, inspiring phrases, hopeful phrases, determined phrases, kids’ phrases, and more! Our goal as a team is to make at least 100 pillows this year, have an amazing experience helping you learn Cricut Design Space, and give back to our local community at the end of the year.

We will be donating all of our pillows to local women’s shelters to help bring a moment of happiness to them and their children during a difficult time in their lives. We would love for you to participate with us. As a community of crafters and makers, we invite you to participate with us. Let’s make it a goal together to donate 1,000 pillows and help touch many lives at the moment that they are trying to #BeBoldForChange. 

We encourage you to get together with your friends and have a Crafternoon or a Girls’ Night In party, or stay in and use your fabulous creative skills to make pillows on your own. Make pillows or pillowcases for your own local women’s shelters. Even if it’s just 2 or 3, you can make a huge difference in a life. Together, we can be powerful and help impact 1,000 lives. Please join us and let us know what you’ve done in your community here: https://cricut.wishpond.com/pillowproject/

If you have a story to share, let us know. We welcome pictures about your fun pillow making event, stories of the impact made by your donation, and other experiences that really connected you to the women in your community. You can submit them to contest@cricut.com or post them on social media and tag us with #CricutPillows. 

I always end with a ‘Cheers’, and this has an even more powerful meaning to me today. Cheers to your creative life and the powerful impact your creativity has. Cheers to you and your families. Cheers to all the people who inspire you. Cheers to all the people who inspire me. And most importantly, Cheers to the Change that I know we are all empowered to make.

Cheers.

t

*This isn’t really a part of Kim’s title, BUT IT SHOULD BE! 

Chalkboard Lettering

Create Perfect Chalkboard Lettering

February 16, 2017 • Contributor: Lydi from Lydi Out Loud

Hi there! I’m Lydi from Lydi Out Loud and I’m so excited to share one of my favorite tricks with you today. I’m a big fan of chalkboard signs, however I’m not a big fan of my handwriting (neither are the unfortunate folks who have to (try to) read it). My chalkboard sign goals came to fruition when I realized I could fake perfect chalkboard lettering with my Cricut and I’ve been a crazy chalkboard sign lady ever since.

Here is how you can create your own perfect chalkboard sign:

Supplies:

Instructions

Cut chalkboard vinyl to desired size.

Upload your image in Design Space (or create your own). Feel free to grab my “Brunch so hard” image here if you’d like (hey it’s free!)

 

Upload Image

Erase all negative space by clicking in white areas.

 

Areas to Erase

Save as a cut file and cut. Weed negative space from the design, pick up lettering with transfer tape and apply to chalkboard.

Scribble chalk on chalkboard vinyl on and around the lettering; rub most of it off with a paper towel (this gives it a more authentic chalkboard look).

Prefer to use actual chalk for your lettering? Cut your chalkboard lettering design out of stencil vinyl and fill in the stencil with chalk or chalk marker.

 

Vertical Brunch Image

Well my secret is out… it’s that easy to create perfect chalkboard lettering with your Cricut!

 

Brunch Image

You are awesome remember that

#SayItWithCricut For Valentine’s With One-Cut Phrases

February 8, 2017 • Contributor: Marketing Director Tiffany Isbell

I’m back and ready to help you discover more fabulous things in Cricut Design Space! This week, let’s talk about how to uncomplicated images for a quick cut and complete project. We’re here to dissect the difference between a multi-layered image and a single layer image – and hey! What does this mean anyway?? What is a layer on an image? And how do I work with it?

For me, layered images were a little (ok maybe a LOT) tricky at first. I love to make things, and I love to make things frequently. BUT I need to make simple things. With limited time (like all of us!), I would either A) never get around to making anything or B) have hundreds of incomplete projects lying around until I found that elusive moment to finish. I think it’s safe to say that the several “mid-projects” I already have in my work room is enough.

A layered image is one that has multiple parts. The layers all fit together to give more depth and color variety to an image to really make it stand out. Sometimes, this is really beneficial for projects, and other times, a single part of the image can be used for great impact, which means you might find a perfect image for your project, but only want to use one part of it.

Let’s tackle single images quickly. When I first started using a Cricut, I only searched for images that were single layer. I recommend that for newbies for sure! Sometimes the layers get a little complicated to put together. To find single layer images, we’re going straight back to the filter again. YAY FOR FILTERS!

DS Image

Once my “Single Layer” filter has been selected, I can search for “Valentine” or whatever I might be trying to find at the moment.

 

DS Image

It’ll make for a quick cut and a fast project. This year, I wanted to tell my Valentine that I thought he was AWESOME. So, I searched for the word “Awesome” in the search bar. I gave you a sneak peek earlier in the year on that pillow.

 

You're Awesome Pillow

Would you believe it if I told that it came from a 3-layered image? Well, here it is.

 

DS Image

Getting from a triple layer image to a single layer was as easy as 4 clicks! All I did was delete the two other layers and narrow it down to just one layer.  It’s that simple. Something that originally seemed a little difficult to line up and piece together, can actually be fast and still make a really AWESOME (hehe) project! 

In the Layers panel, click on the layer that you want to delete and then click the trash can at the bottom. Quick and easy! Removing layers is the fastest way to get a quick cut image out of something more complicated. 

DS Image

I decided to make all my Valentine’s AWESOME pillows this year so I narrowed my “Awesome” search down to Single Layers and found these others too!

 

DS Image

Tell us in the comments what you’re making for your Valentine’s Day whether you’re celebrating with a special someone, having a Galentine’s Day, or on all the special people in your life. Cheers! - T 

 

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We’ve Got a Font Fetish

January 25, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Product Marketing Manager Cortney Haymond

One Font, Two Font, Red Font, Blue Font…

Okay, we all have that small secret thing that we obsess over. Something that we are constantly looking for or at. For instance, my husband’s is cars and car parts. For me, it’s fonts.

  • Small Fonts
  • Big Fonts
  • Plain Fonts
  • Fancy Fonts

I love them all. They each have their own personality and style. I can say the same thing several different ways depending on the font I use.

 

Hello Beautiful Font Image

See what I mean? You can say it softly, boldly, sassily, lovingly or many other ways. Hence why I am crazy about Cricut Design Space. No matter how I want to say something, they have a font to match and they are continually adding more.

Fabulous Fonts

My favorite fonts this month are:

  • Loop-Di-Loop, this one is kind of curly and sassy. It makes me think of ringlets and bubblegum (I never said it was a great combo, that’s just what I think of.)
  • Pen and Ink has a more sophisticated look. It seems like something you would use for special occasions or just because you want to be fancy.
  • Kyden reminds me of the handwriting I always wished I had and now I do. (Shh, don’t tell anyone. I just write everything via my Cricut.)
  • Confetti + Sprinkles is just downright crazy which is what makes it so awesome. It literally is a party in a font.

Last, but by no means least, our newest one…*Drumroll Please*

 

Neon Lights Font Image

Neon Lights is the newest addition to the Cricut Font Family and we couldn’t be happier. This boldly electric font is just the type of uniqueness you were looking for this New Year. But wait there’s more…

Neon Lights is the first in a long line of fonts that will be hitting Cricut Design Space this year. You will have to check back each month to see whether we have released one or many. All I can say right now is that they are going to be AMAZING!

Finding Fonts

I honestly can say I have never met a font I didn’t like, and that holds true for all of the Cricut fonts. One question I get asked a lot is “How do I change my fonts in Design Space?” I have got your answer right here.

It is actually pretty simple. After you have added your text by clicking “Add Text” on the left hand side of your screen, you will head over the right side and click edit.

 

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After you have clicked the edit tab (make sure your text is selected) you will see three drop down menus. The middle one has all the fonts your heart could desire.

 

Hello Beautiful Font Image 1

From there all you have to do is scroll through and select your favorite font.

 

Hello Beautiful Image 2

And there you have it. Pretty simple right?

Were any of my favorite fonts your favorite as well? I would love to hear what your favorite type of font is. Comment below and tell me how much of a font fetish you have.

Now go make something, you crazy craft animal you!

 

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Getting That Perfect Phrase Project in Design Space

January 18, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Marketing Director Tiffany Isbell

Whether it’s a cute phrase for a t-shirt, a motivational sign for your office wall or a funny saying for dad’s coffee mug, phrase projects seem to be high on everyone’s list. Design Space has countless (well, I’m sure we could count them, but we haven’t) phrases in the Image Library, but sometimes the task of finding one can seem a little daunting. I’m here to show you the ropes! Let’s navigate Design Space together and find some really great phrases to use on your next project.

I’m going to give you 3 easy ways to look for some great images, and then how you can use them when you’re making something. 

1) Filtering

Just one click to the filter and you can start to narrow down the choices.

Filtering

After I hit the filter in the top right and click the Phrases box, I scrolled down until I found these cute phrases. The range of styles is endless, from classic looks to the trendy hand-lettering. 

Filtering continued

And in less than an hour, I had cut, weeded, and ironed on all these phrases. The weeding was the longest part of the making process for these projects. Fast gifts are always fun. Now, I’m ready for baby showers, birthdays, mother’s day, housewarmings, and just about anything!

2) Searching

Sometimes, I have a better idea of what I want to make or say on a project. Let’s check on options for a phrase with “amazing” in it. Just go straight to the search bar and type it in! Here’s what came up for my word:

Searching

And I selected one, cut it out, weeded it, and ironed it on. Voila!

You're Amazing Image

3) Inspiring

If I am just looking for inspiration, my go-to thing is perusing the Make It Now Projects. The Cricut Design Team are master navigators for finding great images so I’ll scan through there to see what has been designed. I find the BEST phrases, saying, and even images I like. I don’t always make the project as I see it. For example, I found this awesome good morning wall vinyl and decided to put it on a mug instead:

Photo Credit: Rad & Happy

You can also just go into Insert Image and search for “phrases” too.  You never know what will appear that might inspire your next great project!

I love how inspiring creative people can be. Show me some of your favorite font & phrase projects below or share them on Instagram using #SayItWithCricut - we're always re-sharing our favorite phrase projects! Let’s learn again together soon. 

Hot Cocoa mugs

#SayItWithCricut – Celebrating Your Partners & Spouses

December 21, 2016 • Contributor: Lindi Haws with Love the Day

Hi there! My name is Lindi Haws from Love the Day and I’m thrilled to be contributing to the Cricut blog today. I’m obsessed with my new Cricut Explore Air 2 and am excited to show you what wonderful things you can make with it. My husband and I are celebrating our 12th anniversary this year and I decided to get cheesy and make us coordinating Holiday Mugs quoting our favorite Christmas love song, ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside.’ My hope is that we’ll get a chance to sit by the fire, drink hot chocolate from our adorable mugs and reminisce about our last twelve years together. The mugs were actually super easy to make and the white vinyl ended up looking amazing on the gold mugs! Here’s how I did it:

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Ho Ho Hot Cocoa

#SayItWithCricut – Ho Ho Hot Cocoa

December 20, 2016 • Contributor: Gillian Ellis of Coastal Bride

Hi everyone! My name is Gillian and I am the editor of the wedding lifestyle blog Coastal Bride based in Charleston, SC. I am so excited to be sharing this holiday DIY with all of you today! The holidays are a great time to spoil those you love and what better way than with a personalized gift that you can create in minutes thanks to your Cricut! Today I am going to be showing you how to create DIY hot cocoa bottles using my free printable.

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Canada Project

#SayItWithCricut – Sharing Global Traditions

November 7, 2016 • Contributor: Ariel Garneau

Hi! My name is Ariel and I'm the voice behind PMQ for two. I create accessible, affordable and colourful home decor and DIYs. I have a passion for creating and enjoy creating a home from each house we live in. As a military family, we move often, so my projects are transportable and my style gets to evolved with each new adventure. To visit my project gallery click here, and to read more about me click here.

 

Supplies

 

Materials

**This project is divided in two, making the poppies, and the wording for the shadow box.

 

Part 1: Making the poppies. For this box I made 24 poppies.

Step 1: Purchase this pattern #MA3E13 from 3D Floral Home Decor for 0.99$

Step 2: Cut out 24 poppies (in sets of 2) from the red velvet paper.

 

Cricut Machine Cutting

 

Step 3: Cut out the centre of the poppies on black cardstock, and then cut out another 24 centres using different shades of pink card stock.

The centre part is meant to be from one piece of paper, but I wanted to soften the look of the poppies with different shades of pink, so I cut them in half to have pink tendrils and a black pole core.

 

Paper Flower Step Out

 

Step 4: Cut the black pieces where the pattern changes.

Step 5: Fold the solid piece in half along the length, and then roll it into a ball. Using super glue, secure the open end to the rolled part.

 

Flower Center

 

Step 6: Affix the tendril part of one of the pink centres to the black part using super glue. Once it's dry, roll into around the black part and secure with super glue.

 

How to create a paper flower

 

Paper Flower Center

 

Step 8: Glue the completed core to the centre of the combined poppy.

 

Attach center of the poppy

 

Step 9: Open the pink tendrils on the now dry and assembled poppy.

 

Poppy

 

Step 10: Repeat 23 more times. This may take a while, especially with all the drying times, usually by the time you're done doing all of one step, the first piece is dry and ready to move onto the next step.

Once they're assembled, roll the edges of the leaves and crease the top layer by folding them in half. It will give the poppies more dimension.

 

Paper Flowers

 

Step 11: Cut-out a square piece of gold glitter card stock that is the size of the inside of the shadow box.

Step 12: Star super gluing the completed poppies haphazardly to the card stock. If you glue them too close to the edges you will have to trim the leaves in order to get the piece into the box.

Step 13: Once completed, insert the backing into the shadow box and seal it.

 

Part 2: Wording for the shadow box

Step 1: Ensure your shadow box is clean and dry. Remove any left-over stickiness from a price tag or other.

Step 2: Upload the following image to your Cricut Design Space account as a cut file.

 

In Flanders Fields Au Champ D'Honneur

 

Step 3: Size and cut the words out of white vinyl for the size of the glass on your shadow box. I used an 8x8" shadow box, so the text is sized accordingly.

 

Quote in Cricut Design Space

 

Step 4: Using your Cricut tools, remove the negative space around the words and weed-out any remaining pieces trapped in the loops of letters.

 

Step Out Quote

 

Step 5: Using transfer tape, transfer the wording from the cut mat, to the exterior side of the glass pane in the shadow box. I centered mine, but you could place it near the top or near the bottom.

 

Finished In Flanders Fields project

 

And voila! You've completed your poppy shadow box for Remembrance day.

To see the after and more beauty photos, click through PMQ for two here.

 

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