|Posted: 12/9/2013 11:05:44 PM|
Fellow peas, I need your help.
I have a Cricut expression and about 20 cartridges. I bought all these carts pretty much instantly before ever using any of them. I love the images and thought this would be such a great tool for my scrapbooking. But alas, I rarely use it. I think my carts are all relatively useful (lol since my complaint is I don't 'use' them).
What are some of your favorite cuts or uses for your cricut (for scrapping)- aside from titles.
Just Me the Pea
|Posted: 12/9/2013 11:25:33 PM|
I use 'Elegant Edges' a lot. Great for title blocks, frames, page backgrounds.
Will I ever get to Buckethead?!
Loc: Aberdeen, UK
|Posted: 12/10/2013 5:30:05 AM|
My favourite cartridge are Storybook (font, tags,...), Elegant edges (great for shaping papers), Flower shoppe, Art Nouveau (sooo in love with this one).
PEAring through my camera lens
|Posted: 12/10/2013 6:23:16 AM|
It depends on my layout.
But in general, I like tags, borders, backgrounds, overlays, etc. The three CTMH carts and the Lacy Labels cart are among my favorites, along with Elegant Edges and the two Paper Lace cartridges.
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Photographers are violent people. First they frame you, then they shoot you, then they hang you on the wall; but if you're real good, they will scrapbook you!
|Posted: 12/10/2013 9:41:28 AM|
check out the art philosophy cart by close to my heart I think I could get by with just it. I have a cameo and still use that cart because I love it so much.
Loc: MoCo Maryland
|Posted: 12/10/2013 11:32:28 AM|
If you really want to get more use out of your cricut, I encourage the titles. I love the fonts. My new fave is Extreme Fonts.
But you should also look to see which of your carts have borders. Life's a Beach, Mickey & Friends, and Sports Mania are 3 carts I own that have a border option. Quick and easy to add something to your layout.
What kind of things do you usually scrapbook? If we knew your favorite themes, it might help us suggest some ideas.
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 12/10/2013 11:53:06 AM|
Oh, man I can't say which cuts really because I use mine almost daily and I have over 250 carts. I really love cricut. I make a lot of 3D embellishments and find it a big help for that. I cut a lot of title welded together with my Gyspy. I reach for a Child's Year a lot, Locker Talk, Cuttin Up, today I'm using DreamsCome true for a Christmas tag, Animal Kingdom ( Chihuahua), Christmas Cheer,Suburia, Beyond Birthdays etc.. I would suggest picking up the carts and reviewing the booklets, I find I use my carts for the little known images that come on them, rather than the obvious cuts. Good luck.
Loc: Queens NYC
|Posted: 12/10/2013 12:06:45 PM|
i prefer fonts
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Half Way There!
|Posted: 12/10/2013 12:16:11 PM|
If you like the large die cut papers that are ridiculously expensive, you can use the 'fit to page' button on the Expression to make any design into a full page die cut. I also like using the fonts so that I never run out of letters. Other than that, I cannot think of a specific favorite.
|Posted: 12/10/2013 12:48:11 PM|
I like the tags on the Art Philosophy cart. I used the ones that looked like a card last year for my christmas gifts. I also like the cake carts b/c the layering for images is pretty simple. They come out really nice.
|Posted: 12/10/2013 1:00:27 PM|
oh, and i just wanted to second the idea of looking through your cartridge booklets. I have found so many hidden gems!
Half Way There!
|Posted: 12/10/2013 1:06:35 PM|
I love using the cricut to make tags and frames. I use my gypsy to weld diecut shapes to make custom frames. I also use it for titles and words on layouts.
Loc: Washington State
|Posted: 12/10/2013 3:09:11 PM|
What cartridges do you have?
I have close to 200 cartridges so favorite cuts and uses from my cartridges might be different that what yours would be.
I/we use mine for 4-H a lot - probably more so than I do for scrapbooking right now. Last time I used my Cricut I made dogs with a balloon for the kids birthday baggies. We use the Cricut for poster titles, poster images and fair displays a lot too. This year the fair had a midway theme, we used the Carnival cartridge to make our display. My dd did her public presentation on Music through the Decades and used several cartridges for the differnt images.
I also use layered shapes and layered designs in mini books or on cards. I'm making some PL journaling cards and will be using a lot of banners and ribbons from my cartridges. I think my friend has my CTMH cartridge so I will need to find shapes on other cartridges.
Oh I will also use my Cricut to make the cuts for my co-workers mini Christmas cards. Last year I did the little post it note pad covers but put a Ghirardelli chocolate square in it instead of a post it pad. I decorated the cover with either a snowman, reindeer, mittens, Christmas tree, penquin, etc. from different cartridges.
I look through my books all the time just to find new images I forgot about. I think that helps me a lot since I do have so many cartridges.
~ Dori ~
|Posted: 12/10/2013 4:58:18 PM|
There is a site called mycutsearch.com and it has helped me use my cricut so much more than I did in the past. For example, for my nephew's bday I searched dinosaur and it came up with all the cartridges with that image. It even gives page numbers for easy reference. Finding an image more easy means my machine is getti g more use!
|Posted: 12/10/2013 5:50:27 PM|I find that looking through my books (PDF files) helps to inspire me.
The main way I use my Cricut cartridges now is to create journaling spots to use in Project Life, and to cut some decorative elements for Project Life. The Close To My Heart Cartridges are my go-to cartridges right now. The newest one has some great cuts (and all 3 sets have stamps that coordinate with the cuts to include the size to cut the paper to match the stamp).
I have two photos in the gallery (so far) and if like, I will walk you through what Cricut cuts I used in them.
The top row, the red tab in the second card is from the Art Philosophy Cartridge. On the second row, the blank journaling spot (third card from the left) is from Tie The Knot, and the Fleur de lis is from Art Philosophy. The pointed banner (second row - fourth card from the right) is from the Artiste cartridge and the circle cut from grid paper is just a 2-1/4" circle (I think I used George). The rounded banner (2R, 2nd card from right) is from Art Philosophy as is the fishtail banner on the bottom row (beside the tree photo).
I cut those journaling spots from the back of "ugly" paper. Now, I most often print a a grid pattern on the back of the paper first, and then load up the Cricut and hit "Auto Fill" and cut most of these at either 3-3/4" or 3-1/2" so that they fit on a 3"x4" card for me.
Oh yeah, in that photo, the font for October 2013 is the Artbooking cartridge (the newest one).
The yellow ribbon (far left, second row) is from Artbooking, as is the font for "September 2013." The double notched banners are from Artiste (four of them - 2 of which are on the second row with the date stamped on them). The "My Life" stamp came with the Artbooking Cartridge. The Flourish (top row, second from the right)is from Art Philosophy, and to the right of that is one of those 2-1/4" circles. There is a Geotag in Artbooking (but not the one on this page - I made it using Cricut Design Studio). Also, I used that fish-tail banner journaling spot again (it's my favorite). And finally, one of my favorite cuts (and has the matching stamp that comes in the Artbooking bundle) is that arrow shape (bottom row, second card from the left)with the words "This Month." I cut a ton of these and use them in many ways, to include stamping the date, as arrows.
I hope this helps. I hope to put my November spread up as soon as I complete it.
Loc: The OC
|Posted: 12/10/2013 6:27:58 PM|
There's a Yahoo group called 'Cricut Cheat Sheets' that shows the various shapes and alphas by cartridge. You might want to check that out.
|Kylie's and Misty's KittyMom|
|Posted: 12/12/2013 1:22:45 PM|
Checkout the cricut message boards, they have a seperate page for each cartridge that might give you some good ideas.