Cricut Access

What is Cricut Access?

January 16th, 2018 • Contributor: Jessica Roe from Everyday Party Magazine

Hey there! It’s Jess from Everyday Party Magazine. I recently joined the Cricut Maker Facebook Group (you can join it here) as a co-administrator…and I am seeing just how many folks don’t have Cricut Access and aren’t even sure of what the benefits of having it are! Say what? I have had Cricut Access for several years now, and I cannot imagine not having it!

If you have a Cricut, you should have a Design Space account. This is free to set up and use, even without Cricut Access. You can upload your own fonts, images, and SVGs. You can even purchase cut files and fonts to use as needed for your projects. Images and fonts begin at just a couple dollars. You can also purchase digital cartridges. Cartridges have several cut files included. Finally, you can purchase fonts as needed as well.

However, Cricut Access has three subscription tiers.

The first subscription is for Cricut Access - Fonts. Cricut offers over 350 fonts, and this subscription costs as little as $4.99 a month when billed annually. (Or $6.99 per month if billed monthly) The monthly subscription can be canceled anytime.

The next tier is the Cricut Access - Standard. This subscription allows users access to the 350+ fonts, as well as 30,000+ images and cut files. Additionally, this subscription offers a 10% discount on images and fonts not included in the subscription. It also offers a 10% discount on product purchases, exclusions apply.

This subscription can also be billed monthly or annually. The monthly plan is just $9.99 (and can be canceled at any time), and the annual subscription is $95.88. Annual subscriptions save $24 on this plan!

The final tier (and best overall value) is Cricut Access - Premium. The Premium subscription is just that, premium! It includes all the fonts, all the images, but, it also offers a half off discount on images and text not included in the subscription. (Exclusions apply) This subscription also offers 10% off your purchase of product purchases (Exclusions apply).

While this subscription level has the most access and is the best overall deal, you can only purchase this subscription annually for just under $120.

All levels of Cricut Access allow you to upload your own designs and images. And Cricut Access automatically includes all of the fonts on your computer.


* 50% off does not include images, fonts, or cartridges from Walt Disney Company® (Disney Consumer Products, Inc.), Sesame Workshop™, Sanrio Hello Kitty®, Boys Scouts of America®, Anna Griffin®, Lia Griffith™, Simplicity®, and Riley Blake Designs licensors. Discount cannot be combined with other discounts, including Cricut Circle, promotions, and promotion codes and cannot be used for in-app purchases. Cricut reserves the right to add or remove content and to otherwise modify this offer at any time in the sole discretion of Cricut.

Which level of Cricut Access do you have? Let us know below!

Learn how to create a shadow in Cricut Design Space

Creating a Shadow in Cricut Design Space v3

November 7th, 2017 • Contributor: Cori George from Hey, Let's Make Stuff

Hello Cricut friends! It’s Cori from Hey, Let’s Make Stuff back with another tutorial about using fonts in the Cricut Design Space. You can see my first post here—it covers the basics of using fonts!

I recently went back to that post’s comments and saw that many people asked how to create a text shadow in Cricut Design Space, so I thought I’d share a few different ways to do this.

Multi-Layer Fonts

USe multi-layer fonts to create a shadow effect

When you are selecting a font in the Cricut Design Space, there is an option to filter your fonts by “multi-layer” fonts. This is the easiest way to make a shadow for your fonts since the shadow is built in!

Short Stuff font

Once you select a font, however, the shadow layer may be hidden, so you’ll have to click the eye next to the layer in the Layers panel to show it. Extreme Fonts – Short Stuff is a good example.

Country Life font

Note that some multi-layer fonts may not have a shadow layer—their additional layers may be other coordinating elements, like County Life, which has banner shapes instead of a shadow.

Offset Shadow

Offset shadow for fonts

I believe most readers wanted a shadow that encompasses the entire text, but I also wanted to share how to create a simple offset shadow. This is very easy. Using the text tool, write your selected text in whatever font you choose (this works for both Cricut fonts and System fonts). Weld your text if your letters are connected to create one shape.

Select your text box and copy it, creating an exact duplicate. Then offset the top layer over the bottom layer. I prefer the top layer to be slightly to the right and slightly down from the bottom layer—this creates a fun offset shadow. I used the Cricut Wildflower font here, one that I continually come back to.

Cricut Access Image Library

You might be able to find a nice image that already has a shadow

Before you go to all the hard work of creating your own shadow, take a peek in Cricut Access to see if there’s an image in there that will work! For example, there’s a great floral-y Mom with a shadow that could be so cute on so many projects. This is image #M43488 from the Mother’s Day 2010 set.

Print Then Cut Workaround

Use the Print then Cut feature to create a shadow

In the comments of my original post, a creative reader named Tina offered a workaround. I gave it a shot and it worked to create an outline around any Cricut or System font you want to use. It only works on desktop, because you need the ability to upload your own files to Cricut Design Space. It’s not a perfect solution and your shadow may be a little ragged, but hey, at least it gives you options!

Start by creating a text box, making sure there is a little extra letter spacing (using the letter spacing adjuster in the font toolbar) so that there’s room for your shadows. Make it black for the most contrast possible.

I’m using the Sesame Street Celebrations font here (which does not have a shadow option), with letter spacing of 1.3. I also made it as large as Print Then Cut will allow: 9.25”.

Make a duplicate of this image so you have two of them, and then hide one of them.

Print then Cut Workaround

Change the remaining visible layer a Print image, which will flatten it. Then hit Make It. This will bring up the Print then Cut screen. Continue until you get the Send to Printer dialogue box. Once this pops up, make sure “Bleed” is selected. Your text will show up vertically because it’s the largest size it will fit on a piece of paper, which will make the cleanest shadow.

Now you have two options. First is to right click and save the mat image to your desktop as a PNG (the file type should be automatic). Then cancel your project to bring your screen back to the main canvas. This is the easiest way to do it, but it often isn’t detailed enough when brought in as an image. You can give it a shot and if it gives you really rough edges, go with this next method.

Print then Cut Workaround

I like to zoom in my browser until my text is much larger. Then I use the Selected Screenshot Tool on a Mac (shift+cmd+4) or Snipping Tool on a PC to take a screenshot of just the text. Then cancel your project to bring your screen back to the main canvas.

Print then Cut Workaround

Then you’re going to use the Upload box on the left-hand menu to upload the PNG or screenshot you saved. Choose a Complex image and click continue. If needed, use the magic wand and the eraser to “erase” any negative space around your letters. You will also want to erase the black registration box around your text. Click continue.

Print then Cut Workaround

Then import it using Save as a Cut Image.

Print then Cut Workaround

Once it’s back into your Design Space canvas, delete your original text that you flattened into a printable image. Unhide the hidden text cut file. And then resize and recolor your new shadow piece behind your text piece and you’re good to go!

As you can see, the shadow layer is pretty clean, but not as clean as the text layer. Even so, it’s still a fun way to create a shadow layer if you really want one. Play around with the different settings as you go—you may be able to get an even cleaner shadow!

Hope you found these tips for creating a shadow helpful. If you have any additional methods, I’d love to hear them in the comments!

Some of the new fonts in Cricut Access

Meet Some of the New Fonts in Cricut Access!

September 27th, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

Fonts can make or break a project, so it's important to find just the right one. We've recently added SO many new fonts to our Cricut Access subscription plan to help you do just that! I'll be introducing 15 of them in this post, but the full list includes:

  • DiN 1451 Com EngSchrift
  • Diskus Std Bold
  • Dom Casual Std Regular
  • Drescher Grotesk BT Std Roman
  • Eagle Bold
  • Edwardian Com Medium
  • Enviro Com
  • Equinox Com
  • Farfel Pencil
  • Fling Std
  • Floridian Script Std Regular
  • Fraktur Std Regular
  • Frances Uncial Com
  • Galaxy Std Regular
  • Geometric 231 Std Roman
  • Ginko Regular
  • Grace
  • Grafiko Com Regular
  • Gravura Com
  • Hand Drawn Std
  • HighScript 40 Regular
  • Highlight Std
  • Huxley Vertical Std Regular
  • ITC fonts
  • Italia Std Book
  • Jacoby Extra Light
  • Kidprint Pro Regular
  • Koala Com Light
  • Lemonade Bold
  • Letter Gothic Std Regular
  • Liberty Regular
  • Liberty Script Std Regular
  • Libra Std Regular
  • Linotype fonts (all of them)
  • Mahogany Script Std Regular
  • Malibu Std
  • Masqualero Pro DemiBold
  • Mercurius Script Std Bold
  • Ophelia Std Italic
  • Pablo Std
  • Paddington Regular
  • Parisian Std Regular
  • Peignot Std Light
  • Pendry Script Std
  • Pepita Std Regular
  • Posterama Pro 1913 Light
  • Prague Std
  • Pritchard Com Regular
  • Quill Std Regular Quitador Sans Pro Regular
  • Reaper BT Std Roman
  • Rebekah Pro Italic
  • Reporter #2 Std Regular
  • Republik Serif 3 Alt
  • Rialto Regular
  • Richie Regular
  • Rockwell Std Roman
  • Rusticana Roman
  • Sackers Gothic Std Medium
  • Santa Fe Std
  • Saussa Pro Regular
  • Scotch Roman Std Roman
  • Seagull Std Light
  • Shamrock Regular
  • Sho Std Roman
  • Sinah Com Bold
  • Stilla Regular
  • Tango Regular
  • Teebrush Paint Std Regular
  • Terry Junior Basic
  • Typewriter Std Regular
  • Utah WGL Condensed
  • Vivaldi Com
  • Wade Sans Light Com
Eagle Bold is a new Cricut Access font

This bold font will certainly stand out for you! Use it when you want a crisp clear statement.

Fling Std Font

Fling Std is a beautiful script font that will work well for weddings, home decor and more! In the bottom version, I decreased the letter spacing and ungrouped to letters so I could attach it together.

Galaxy Std Regular Font

This futuristic font would look great on space birthday party invitations and other projects in a galaxy far away.

Ginko Regular Font

If you want a font with a bit of an Asian flair, try Ginko Regular for your next project.

Hand Drawn Std Font

Give your art a handmade look with the Hand Drawn Std font.

Kidprint Pro Regular Font

Kidprint Pro Regular would be perfect for a classroom, wouldn't it? You could also use this for projects like a baby book, growth chart, and anything else for kids.

Koala Com Light Font

Koala Com Light is a straightforward font with a modern touch.

Liberty Script Std Regular

Remember to use letter spacing and the Ungroup to Letters functions to make Liberty Script Std Regular look just the way you need for your project.

Ophelia Std Italic Font

Use Ophelia Std Italic to make it look like you hand-lettered your project using calligraphy without having to know how! Ungroup to letters and fix the spacing as you see fit.

Paddington Regular Font

This font does remind me of the cover of a book about a certain well-loved bear. Use it to add just a bit of curve to your design.

Pepita Std Regular Font

With fonts like Pepita Std Regular, you don't need to worry if your handwriting is up to par. Use this to add an elegant touch.

Rusticana Roman Font

If you want a font that is all upper case, try Rusticana Roman for your next crafting adventure.

Seagull Std Light Font

Seagull Std Light is a great font for many of your projects as the lettering is easy to read.

Shamrock Regular Font

Shamrock Standard is another way to add a calligraphy flair without the knowledge or effort. Try this one when you're addressing wedding invitations, for example.

Tango Regular Font

I love the rounded look of the letters in Tango Regular.

Vivaldi Com Font

Vivaldi Com will take your project to the next level with its artistic swishes. Do ungroup to letters and change spacing as needed.

Which font would be perfect for your next project? Tell us in the comments below!

You can manipulate fonts in several ways in the Cricut Design Space

Working with Fonts in Cricut Design Space

July 18, 2017 • Contributor: Cori George from Hey Let’s Make Stuff

Hey, crafty friends! I’m Cori from Hey Let’s Make Stuff and I’m here to share tips and tricks for working with fonts in the Cricut Design Space.

Some people are crazy cat ladies, but I am definitely a crazy font lady. I have hundreds (upon hundreds) of fonts and I can never say no when I see another font bundle with swirly swashes, adorable ampersands, and lovely ligatures (only crazy font ladies love ligatures!).

Needless to say, I’m thrilled to be talking fonts here on the Cricut blog! Today I’m going to take one simple word and show you how to manipulate the font in the Cricut Design Space.

Using the Type Tool

Creating text in the Cricut Design Space is easy. Just click on the Text tool in the left menu and start typing. I’m going to use the simple word “hello!” since it’s my first post here and I’m happy to be saying hello to all of you!

Using the Type Tool

Changing the Size

You can easily change the size of your text by using the drag and drop arrow in the corner of your text box, or by using the size panel at the top of your workspace. You can also select an actual font size in the same menu.

Changing Your Font

When you change your font using the drop-down menu, you can choose between Cricut fonts and your own system fonts. Cricut fonts will be denoted with a green “a.” There may be a small fee depending on your Cricut Access subscription. You can also sort by Cricut fonts vs. system fonts.

You can change your font

Cricut Fonts are designed to be cut on a Cricut, so they are always a great choice for your projects (the exception to this rule is Cricut fonts specifically designed as a writing style—I’ll get to that in a moment).

Using Cricut Fonts

Let’s choose a Cricut font and take a look at it more carefully. This called Quarter Note. It’s adorable.

This font is named Quarter Note

As is, it works. You could cut this file. But let’s manipulate it a bit.

The Cricut Design Space defaults to letter spacing of 1.2, but I want each letter closer together. I would love the letters to overlap so I can cut them as a single cut. So I decreased the letter spacing to -.5. You can play around with these numbers depending on the font you are using.

You can decrease the letter spacing of your font

I don’t, however, love how the exclamation point is oddly stuck to the end of “hello.” You can use the Advanced drop-down menu to ungroup to letters. Now you can see that each letter is separate so I can move the exclamation point on its own.

You can ungroup the letters for your font
Ungroup to letters

I’ll just nudge it over a bit so it’s not so cozy with my text.

Move your font over

Now we definitely don’t want to cut all these letters separately, so it’s time to weld!

Drag to select your entire text, and then hit Weld in the lower right-hand corner. Your word will be welded together into one cut file! Perfect.

Weld the text

You can then change the color the same way you would any other object in the Cricut Design Space.

You can change the text color

You’re ready to cut! Have any questions up to this point? Leave me a comment and I’ll try to help.

Using System Fonts

Using a system font that you have on your computer is no different than using a Cricut font as above, though there is one big pitfall I want to mention here.

The Cricut cuts mathematically simple files better than it does mathematically complicated files. Cricut fonts are designed to be mathematically simple, so they cut easily. Your system fonts, however, might not be as simple. Take a look at Anodyne. It’s a great grungy font. And there’s a good chance it will destroy your material.

Choose system fonts carefully

Look at all those little angles and cutouts! Every time, the Cricut has to adjust the blade and mat direction. The Cricut Explore is an amazing machine, but that’s impossible to cut out well.

The best fonts for cutting on the Cricut have smooth edges and have a relatively even weight (the thickness of the lines in each character). Keep this in mind when choosing one of your system fonts to cut on the Cricut!

Writing Styles

I mentioned writing styles above. As you probably know, the Cricut can do much more than cut. Using the Cricut to write is a fun way to add all sorts of text and embellishments to your projects.

When choosing a font to write with, I recommend choosing a Cricut font that specifically has a writing style. Select only Cricut Fonts and then click the little drop-down on the right side of the search bar and select Writing. This will narrow your choices down to the fonts that are specifically designed to be written with the Cricut.

Use a font that has a writing style

Check out how I addressed my boys’ birthday invitations using the Cricut.

Beyond Text

If you’re really stuck you can always check out the extensive library of files in Cricut Access. There are so many cool words and quotes in there to create any project you can imagine!

There are many word and quote files in Cricut Access

I hope you’ve found some helpful basic tips about working with fonts. I hope I get to share with you some more advanced font tutorials soon. Make sure to pin this post so that you’ll have it to refer to. Happy making!

5 Easy Steps To Make Your Iron-On Project Stick

May 17, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Marketing Manager Lauren Duletzke

If iron-on projects are your favorite, like mine, I know how frustrating it can be to cut your project, adhere it with an iron and something goes wrong… maybe one of your letters warps because your iron is too hot or worse, you wear your awesome DIY shirt and the design starts to peel off. Permanence with iron-on is possible (I promise!) and today I’m going to walk you through 5 easy steps to get the best results on your cotton t-shirts.

Before we get started I want to discuss a few things to get us prepped for a solid iron-on experience. I’ve learned the importance of two things to make my iron-on projects super permanent…

  • Know my fabric: Figure out what fabric you’re working with (if it has a tag, read it!), know the right temperature for the fabric (most irons have temperature settings), and wash instructions.
  • Know my iron-on material: When picking your iron-on make sure you know what you’re working with. At Cricut we have 3 different types of iron-on: iron-on lite, glitter iron-on, and foil iron-on. Here’s three quick things you should consider when using these iron-on materials:
  1. Iron-on lite: Be careful with too much heat.
  2. Glitter iron-on: Super strong and can take higher heat.
  3. Foil iron-on: Lower heat + longer time settings and make sure it’s fully cool before you remove the plastic.

OK, now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s make a t-shirt! I cut out this design for my t-shirt on the new Design Space (it’s amazing if you haven’t played around with it yet!). 

(Also, if anyone is interested in the design I created, I used Arial Black font for the “Weekend” and Opposites Attract font for the “I Love You.” You can find both fonts in Design Space. And some of you may be wondering why I didn't connect the letters... I actually prefer the style without connected letters 😉 ... I used a circle to help me curve my letters just slightly by lining up the bottom of the letter with the circle edge.)


DS Image


Make sure you wash your t-shirt first before you start applying your iron-on design.


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For cotton, make sure you’ve put your iron on the cotton setting (with this iron it’s setting 6) and warm up the part of your shirt where you’ll be placing the iron-on design.


Iron on shirt


Because I’m using iron-on lite and foil iron-on in my design, I am ironing them separately. I’m starting with my iron-on lite “Weekend” design in white.

Put down a thin cloth over your design and instead of ironing flat across the design, try the method of press and push (meaning you press down on the iron over a spot on your design for a few seconds and then move it to the next spot and repeat). After I hear my iron beep, I check my design by pulling the corner of the plastic back and slowly rolling it all the way off my design.


Iron on shirt

TIP: Keeping the plastic tightly rolled when you pull it off helps protect the design from coming up while it’s cooling.

Now I iron my foil-iron “I Love You” design in silver. I’m going to turn my heat down to 4 and press down a little longer before checking if it’s done. After I’ve checked the corner of the plastic and it seems finished, I let it fully cool (I know you just want to rip it off but wait, it’s worth it!). I peel of the plastic and voila!... my design came off the plastic perfectly.


iron on
iron on


Now remember this tutorial is about permanence, so don’t go putting on your t-shirt just yet. Put your thin cloth over your finished design again, turn down the heat a bit and press along your design for about 20-30 seconds. This steps makes sure that your design is completely flat (just in case you missed anything). Now take your cloth off and let the t-shirt cool… and you’re ready to go!


iron on


Make sure after wearing your shirt that you wash and dry it inside out to protect the iron-on material.

…And for a fun step 6, you can cut your shirt like I did to make it even more unique! I love to wear my DIY crop shirts to yoga or around town on a casual day. Super fun and people always ask me where I got it!



iron on

Now go out there and make some really cool t-shirts...


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This Galvanized Flower Bucket Is Everything For Your Backyard (Tutorial)

May 11, 2017 • Contributor: Jennifer Rizzo from Jennifer Rizzo Designs

Hi everyone! It’s Jennifer from with a galvanized flower bucket project for you.  I also wanted to share with you a few tips and tricks on customizing your project! 

I love the look of galvanized metal with big, beautiful blooms, especially hydrangeas, and I love typography and lettering, so I thought it was a perfect pairing.  It has a great industrial, modern, farmhouse style!


Flower Bucket

You'll need:

Measure your bucket. The size will determine the sizing on the text.

Tip: by pre-measuring the item you are going to design, it will save a step on how to size your fonts.

After you’ve measured your bucket, lay out your font.

Trick: You can change your fonts and even use ones you have on your computer or have purchased for a custom look!!!


Graphic Bucket


Go to the tabs in the upper right hand corner of your project page, and click on edit. Then click on fonts. You can use Cricut fonts, or you can use your own system fonts!  

Just click on system fonts and click the one you want to use.

Trick: You can use fonts you already have, purchase fonts from either Cricut, or a font site for a truly custom look.


DS Fonts


Tip :If you are going to send your project remotely from your phone app, make sure you have those fonts on your phone, or you may need to change them. To ensure you are able to use those fonts send them from your computer you designed your item on.

Place your white vinyl on your 12 x 12 mat and cut. Make sure each layer of lettering is set on cut on the upper right hand corner.




Once it’s cut, remove the excess with the weeder tool.




Use your transfer tape to move your lettering.

Tip :If you have ever struggled with transfer tape like I have, and found sometimes it seems to have a death grip on your lettering, I’ve found sticking it to your pants really quickly to pick up the extra lint, and then using it, makes it slightly less sticky, but still sticky enough to move your lettering.


Transfer vinyl


Press to adhere your lettering, then carefully peel away.

I hope you loved this galvanized flower bucket project as an inexpensive way to add beautiful flowers to your home!

If you love this project, you can also make these cute herb planters!

Visit me at for more creative home décor and design ideas!


Flower Bucket

The All-New Design Space!

May 3, 2017 • Contributor: Product Marketing Manager Cortney Haymond

Being a frequent Cricut Explore user, means by default I am a frequent Cricut Design Space User. I like the current Cricut Design Space. It is easy to use, which is good because I design with it a lot. However, I would be lying if I didn’t say I was excited for the new update and I know a lot of you are too. So, now that it is in public beta, I thought I would tell you the reasons why I am so thrilled, and why I know was worth the wait.

There is no place like home…

I know a home screen may not be something to necessarily jump up and down about, but I really like the redesign. Rather than seeing all the projects at once, I get to see the project by category. Vinyl, Iron-on, cards… It makes it easy to find a project based on the material I want to use. The other great thing is that all my projects are the first thing I see, which makes the process of finding them much simpler.


DS Tutorial

One Project, Two Project, Red Project, Blue Project…

You know you want to make a project, a t-shirt perhaps, but that’s as far as you’ve gotten. If only there was a way to search the pre-made Cricut projects for that criteria. Good news, in the newest update to design space, you will be able to do just that.


DS Tutorial


You will be able to search for t-shirt projects, vinyl projects, projects with stars, or projects with trees. Basically, if you can think of a search term, you can use it. This is a game changer and one of the main reasons for my excitement for the update.

Gone in a flash…

Or should I say “gone is the flash”, Adobe Flash that is. The new Design Space is more rebuild than update which allows Cricut to get rid of flash. This means no more annoying flash updates. Time to celebrate. Plus, it is also faster and more responsive.

Bigger and Better than ever…

The font menu, oh the font menu. This beautiful, bigger than life menu is just what you never knew you needed. Have you noticed that in a lot of the programs we use (i.e. Word, PowerPoint, Google Docs, etc…) the font menu is only 2 inches wide? Well, in the updated Design Space the font menu is the width of your screen, making picking a font much more enjoyable.


DS Tutorial


Another awesome feature is the ability to still change the font after you have ungrouped or isolated the letters. This means you can change your mind as many times as you want, without having to hit that undo button.

Everything all in one place…

In the current Design Space, everything is placed in tabs on the right of the screen. In the new Design Space, those tabs have disappeared and have been laid out for quick access.


DS Tutorial

Drag and Drop…

The ability to upload your own images is a pretty sweet feature. It has gotten just a bit sweeter in the updated Design Space. Instead of searching through your files for the right one, now all you need to do is drag and drop. It can’t get much easier than that.


DS Tutorial

These are just a couple of my favorite feature. Do any of these excite you? Tell me in the comments below which one excites you the most.

Also, don’t forget to keep checking back for more information on just how the new Design Space works. Tell us what your favorite feature in Design Space is below! #CricutMade

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.



True Monogram Letters

Letters that were designed specifically to be a monogram.



Layered Monograms

Monograms that have multiple layers to give them dimension.



Split Monograms

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



Rounded Monograms

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



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.



Shaped Monograms

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



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


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:

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 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.



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