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Tips & Tricks: 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. 

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#SayItWithCricut: Our Secret Obsession for DIY Pillows!

January 4, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Marketing Director Tiffany Isbell

We’re declaring 2017, the year of the pillow. Last year, we had a little “pillow talk” showing you beautiful pillow inspiration. They’re so simple to make, and they can instantly transform a room or a life. I know what you might be thinking – yeah, nothing is really that easy. (This really can be.) BUT, we also know how scary or hard some DIY projects can look. Pillows can be made from iron-on, stencil, paint, fabric, felts, and more. We’re here to help you learn all the secrets, and give you Pillow Super Powers! Join us as we walk you through the how-tos of everything from picking the right pillow, designing your project, and tips & tricks of cutting your materials. 
 

Say I Love You

We’ll be making pillows throughout the year to inspire you and people in your life. Pillows are such a great way to express yourself, say something meaningful, and a really easy DIY way to make something special. You can tell people you love them:

This pillow uses fabric paint and stencils. The scariest part about this pillow might be picking and sizing fonts.  We know how intimidating that can be. We’ll take you through how to match fonts, build your design, and add it to your pillow. Don’t fret – whether you’re new to the world of making with Cricut or a seasoned veteran, get ready to learn something or share advice!  We’re all in this awesome journey together.

Photo courtesy The Idea Room

Celebrate Life

Whether it’s a holiday or a beautiful moment these types of pillows are made with Cricut Iron-On and are easy one-cut pre-designed phrases. Pre-designed phrases can be one simple way to make a quick, yet meaningful pillow. We’ll take you through the world of finding and using phrases in Cricut Design Space as well as making your own!

Texture Made Easy

This beautiful Ranunculus pillow can be one of those projects you might shy away from, but stay tuned and we’ll walk you through a wide variety from the simple one-cut to more complicated pieces like this one. You’ll be a pillow-making rock star by the end of the year. 

Our first step is going to be learning how to find and use phrases to make this great “You’re Amazing” pillow (because we truly think you’re amazing!):

You're amazing Pillow

Next, we’ll be walking through how to narrow down layered phrases to get a simple one-cut like this:

Awesome Pillow

Never fear! Because you are awesome! Together, we are ready to learn and grow. We’ll also share tips on how to pick the right color iron-on for your project and using iron-on easily. 

Lastly, we’ll be finding and sizing fonts together to make this:

 

Be Adventerous

... and celebrate the beginning of our adventures together. Every couple of weeks, we’ll have a new set of pillows to learn new techniques, tips & tricks, and the ins-and-outs of Design Space. Don’t forget to subscribe to the blog so that you can get in on all the fun!

Here’s a quick sneak peek of our next few pillows:

Sneak Peek Pillows

Let’s be adventurous, awesome, and amazing as we head into 2017, and let’s #SayItWithCricut every week! Tell us in the comments below what tips, tricks, and techniques that you'd like to learn along the way, and we’ll work to get you tutorials and answers. Make sure you also follow our #SayItWithCricut Pinterest board to see all of our amazing pillow and phrase projects. Cheers - Tiffany!