Saturday, April 18, 2015

How to Make Design Space work after the Google Chrome Update

On Thursday, April16, Google Chrome started rolling out a new version update. This new version from Google has dropped your Design Space plugin. Here are a few quick and easy steps to check your version and restore the plugin.
1. Open Google Chrome.
2. In the upper right corner, click on the menu icon (it looks like three horizontal bars).
3. Choose “About Google Chrome” from the drop-down menu.
4. Check your version.
a. If it is version 42.0.2311.90, continue with step 5.
b. If your version is lower than 42.0.2311.90, wait for the update to complete then move on to step 5. (Make sure to “allow” if your computer gives you a prompt. You may also need to refresh your browser to see the update.)
5. Copy and paste chrome://flags/‪#‎enable‬-npapi into your address bar.
6. You will see “Enable NPAPI” highlighted. Click “enable”.
7. Now you are ready to go back to Design Space. You will be prompted to reload your plugin.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Cricut Design Space Update!

Cricut has been listening to it's customers and has been working on Design Space to improve the performance issues and enhance the search function. Here are some screenshots to show you what is different. {remember, you can click on the photo to make it larger}

The Landing Page has slightly larger photos and when you choose a Make It Now project, it will go to the Cut Preview screen, bypassing loading the project onto the canvas first. If you want to customize the project, you can still click the Customize button and the project will load onto the canvas for you to make changes to the design.

Once on the canvas, the layout is a little different. Most noticeably is the Options Panel on the right. You can collapse this panel by clicking the arrow along the scroll bar.

Example of the canvas with the Options Panel collapsed.

When you click on Add Image, you will notice a BIG difference! You have the option to make the images bigger. You can search by cart through an alphabetical list. And, you can search within a cart!

This is where you change the sizeof the images.

This is where you search by cart.

This is where you search within a cart.

This is where I searched for "georgia" within the 50 States cart.

This shows the Filter Option for searches.

This shows when you search an image and select images to add to the canvas.

This shows how the images now look when added to the canvas and what the image handles now do.

 This is an example of the Color Sync panel.

This is the new Cut Preview screen.

And yes, you can still drag and move an image on the Cut Preview mat!

An example of the Add Text feature.

An example of the Upload Image screen with a little more info to help you choose the right upload option.

And this is the pop box you get when you click your name on the canvas.

Overall, the performance is greatly improved. The search options are wonderful! And if all goes as planned, Cricut can start working on design features that we've all been wishing for in Design Space!

Want more info? Need help with your Explore or Design Space? Want to see what other Design Space users are talking about? Or what projects they are making? Then come join me on Facebook in 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Yourself the Elf!

The Cricut Design Team has a totally adorable print then cut project in the Make It Now section of Design Space! It's called Yourself the Elf and you can make "anyone" an elf by uploading their photo, sizing the head to fit the elf suit then printing from Design Space and letting the Explore do the cutting. One slight problem, the file does not contain the holes needed to assemble the Elf using brads. Not a big deal if you are making only one or two, but if you want to make your entire family into dancing elves or maybe your child's entire class, you don't want to hand punch all those holes. I added them to the file so your Explore can cut them for you!

 If you want my file with the holes added, just be a follower of my blog and leave a comment on this post with your email address and I'll send you the file. Remember, even though you can open the file, you will still need to purchase the MIN project {if it's not still included in the subscription or if you don't have the subscription but it's only 99 cents} to be able to cut it!

Cricut has now updated the project and added the holes to the files! Click this link for the updated file: Yourself the Elf with added holes for easy assembly

Win a Cricut Explore!

Yes, that's right! You can win a Cricut Explore! You've heard me talk about it. You've seen my projects using it. And now, you can win one! Entering is easy ~ answer a simple question, follow my blog {if you're already a follower THANK YOU!}, visit Narelle's blog and find a secret word {hint. . .look to the right on her blog but don't tell her I told you!} and fill in the Rafflecopter gadget! That's it! In 6 days, someone will win a brand new Explore!

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Olaf + Warm Hugs + K Cup box!

Here's another version of the 2 K Cup box that I designed in Design Space {and am sharing the box file for Free in my facebook group Cricut Lovers Guide To Design Space }. For this box, I cut then folded all the score lines and then embossed the box using my Cuttlebug and snowflakes folder. I used the circles that cut out of the box for the K Cups and backed them with a slightly larger white circle fro the tops of the K cups. Then I used two Olaf images from the Frozen cart and the print then cut feature of the Explore. The phrase "warm hugs" is also from  the Frozen cart.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Disney's Frozen Meets Cricut's Design Space

The biggest news to hit the Cricut world since the Explore was released has just been announced! Cricut has a brand new image set based on the Disney movie Frozen! These images have been released in Design Space, the powerful software that runs the Cricut Explore. While they are currently exclusive to Design Space, they will be released in 2015 as a physical cartridge and added to Cricut Craft Room! Through Design Space, you can buy the cart or you can buy single images. There are 111 images and you can see them all in Design Space! Just search Frozen.

If you don't have an Explore yet, now is the perfect time to buy one since there are so many great deals for Black Friday!

Come join us over in Cricut Lovers Guide to Design Space for all the latest info!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Free File Friday ~ 2 K-Cup Box

It's Free File Friday over in my facebook group, Cricut Lovers Guide to Design Space! And today's free file is a cute little box that will hold 2 K-Cups. This would be a perfect little gift for co-workers or added to a gift basket for an extra special gift.

The box file was designed in Cricut Design Space using shapes from the free image set, Craft Room Basics. That means any Design Space user can cut this file! The cute little turkey is from Omar Toro's and he shares it for free! He designed the little turkey as an adorable place card holder for your Thanksgiving table. But I used the Print then Cut feature on the Explore and added it to the box front.

To get the box file, go join Cricut Lovers Guide to Design Space group! It's free to all the members! There are lots of free files, project sharing, inspiration, tips, tricks and troubleshooting for your Explore and Design Space.

Assembly Instructions:

The file will cut and score. Just fold along the score lines and use a bone folder to make them crisp. Use a little caution when folding along the edge of the circles. I placed the box on my desk and used the edge of the desk to start those folds. Your box should look like this:

Now lay your box, with the inside on your work table and apply your adhesive to the long edge {on the right and marked in black in the next photo} and the two outer flaps on each side {marked in black}. Turn the box over and carefully add adhesive to the center flap on each side {marked in red in the photo}. I embossed the box in the photo using an Anna Griffin embossing folder.

{For less "bulk" when assembled, I used my scissors and snipped the flaps along the long edge. I will adjust the file and remove those sections if I can save and reopen after using the Slice feature.}

Then, push the center flap out of the way and line up and adhere the other two flaps on one side. Your box should look like this:

Then repeat on the other side.

Now fold the remaining flaps up and adhere them to the sides.

Now push the remaining flaps inward and fold the box down onto the back. Reach into the holes and make sure the edges are firmly adhered.

That's it. . .except for the embellishments! For this box, I used the Print then Cut feature with my Explore and the gorgeous Anna Griffin Vintage Floral printables. And they were perfect!