Drawing Shapes in Cricut Design Space™

Each Close To My Heart Cricut® collection has hundreds of shapes that you can adapt for any project. We’ve shown you some ways you can use Design Space to cut shapes for your scrapbook pages, and today we have another tutorial to expand your creative options with your Cricut® images by changing images from cut to DRAW. This allows you to use the same fonts and shapes to draw a title, journaling, or a background!

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Switching an image from cut to draw in Design Space is very simple. You just click on your shape and change Cut to Draw in the Edit bar above your canvas. Today we are going to walk you through how to make the multicolor triangle background that you see in the page above by using the tools in Design Space to draw, rather than cut, this design.

Keep in mind, to use the same image we did, you must own the You Are Here Cricut® collection. You will also need a Cricut® machine that is Design Space compatible (any of the Explore or the new Maker machines) and allows you to draw with pens. The steps below show you how to work in Design Space from a desktop or laptop computer. If you use the app on a mobile device, the buttons and tools will be located in slightly different places on your screen, but the same features are available on any device.

1. Sign in to Cricut Design Space™ at design.cricut.com.

Log in with your Cricut ID and password, and then select the green New Project button in the top right corner.

2. Insert and resize a basic square shape. Then color the square.

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To make the base for the design, you will first insert a square by clicking on Shapes on the left side of your screen. Then add a square to your canvas. You can easily resize this square to 11 by adjusting the width. Make sure to leave the lock icon locked so that the height automatically resizes when you change the width.

In the Edit bar, next to Linetype, select the colored square and change the material color to white. We decided to work with white since we know we’re going to use White Daisy cardstock as the base for the design, and it makes the pattern easier to see as you build it on your canvas.

3. Insert and ungroup the triangle flag. Then delete the extra shape.

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The background uses a triangle flag shape from the You Are Here collection. Click Images to add new image to the canvas. Search for the image using #M282C66F and add it to your canvas. Then click on the flag and select UnGroup in the Layers panel on the right. Once you have separated the shape into two images, you can delete the purple flag. We’re only going to use the triangle shape.

4. Resize, duplicate, and flip the triangle.

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Resize both the width and height of the triangle to 1. Make sure to unlock the image size so that Design Space lets you modify both. Just click on the lock above the measurements. Then select the triangle and then click Duplicate in the Layers panel. To flip the shape, select the second triangle, and under Flip in the Edit bar, select Flip Vertically.

5. Arrange and group both triangles together.

Now that you have two triangles. Line them up vertically, with a small space in between. Then click the first triangle, hold down the shift key on your keyboard, and click the second triangle. Then select Group in the Layers panel.

 6. Duplicate the triangles and arrange in a row, centering horizontally.

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Duplicate the grouped triangles five times and arrange them in a row. You can center these shapes by first selecting all five set of triangles. Just like in step 6, you can do this by holding down the shift key on your keyboard. Then select Center Horizontally under Align in the Edit bar.

7. Duplicate the triangle row eight times.

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When you have one row of triangles, duplicate the row and arrange as shown above. You’ll need eight rows, with a small amount of space in between each one.

8. Even out the top and bottom rows of triangles.

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Once you have your rows arranged, you might notice that part of the design isn’t going to fit on the white square. To fix this, you’ll use the UnGroup button in the Layers panel to separate the bottom set of triangles, and move the last triangle from the bottom of the design to the top. This will give you straight edges along the top and bottom, just like you see in the screenshot above.

9. Change cut to draw and add pen color.

With your first set of triangles ready to go, you can now change the Linetype in the Edit bar from Cut to Draw. Then click on the box next to Draw. This is where you can choose the pen size and color.

We used the Cricut® Sorbet fine point pen set for this project. The pen color for the triangles in the first two rows is Cactus Pink. The third row is Adobe. The fourth row is Yellow. The fifth and sixth rows are Light Green, and the seventh and eighth are Light Turquoise. We’ve found that it’s easiest to use Cricut® pens since they are designed to work especially with their machines.

10. Group nine rows of colored triangles together and duplicate.

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To make the remaining half of the background, all you have to do now is click and drag your cursor over the rows. Then group the rows together and duplicate. Just move this new group of triangles next to the first one, keeping them evenly spaced.

11. Group all rows of colored triangles together. Then align and attach to the white square.

Make sure to group all the triangles together, and then select both the grouped triangles and the white square. Under Align, click Center. This will center the triangles on the square. Then select Attach at the bottom of the Layers panel. This ensures the shapes will draw exactly as you’ve arranged them on the square.

12. Cut AND draw your project!

When you’re ready to draw the design and cut the White Daisy cardstock, click the green Make It button in the top right corner and follow the prompts. You’ll need to load the correct pen color in Clamp A of your machine. Design Space will tell you which pen to use first, and then as your machine draws the design, it will prompt you to switch to the next color. When you’re done, you’ll have a bright multicolor background for your page.

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Changing your Close To My Heart shapes from cut to draw will give your scrapbook pages a different look and feel then using cut shapes. You could even use this concept to draw a background or write a personalized sentiment on a card. Take some time to try this out with your favorite Close To My Heart Cricut® collections. The possibilities are endless!


Recipe:

12″ × 12″ Love Page
X7241B So Much Happy Paper Packet, X7242B I Heart Us Paper Packet, X6007 Lagoon Cardstock, X5986 Mint Cardstock, X6016 Pixie Cardstock, X6027 White Daisy Cardstock, X7242C I Heart Us Complements, Z4270 I Heart Us Sequins, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z3502 Cricut® You Are Here Digital Collection, Cricut® Fine Point Pen Set—Sorbet, Sewing Machine

Cricut® Shapes:
You Are Here
1″, #M282C66F

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Custom Banners in Cricut Design Space™

As we celebrate National Scrapbooking Month, why not combine the vacation vibes of the Postcard Perfect paper packet with the endless possibilities available with our Cricut® collections and Cricut Design Space™? Using the variety of banners in the Artistry Cricut® collection, you can cut personalized text using the Slice tool. This gives you unlimited flexibility to create titles for your scrapbook pages that perfectly capture what you love about your photos and memories.Custom Banners in Cricut Design Space™ #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhpostcardperfect #postcardperfect #nationalscrapbookingmonth #nsm #ctmhnsm #scrapbooking #scrapbook #cricut #cricutdesignspace #designspace #ctmhdesignspace #ctmhcricut #slicetool #slice #banners #banner #sunshine #summer #vacation #youarehere #ctmhyouarehere #artistry #ctmhartistryWe made this scrapbook page by slicing text in a banner image from the Artistry Cricut® collection. This allowed us to create a unique title to match the sunny, happy moment captured in this family vacation photo. Today we are going to give you step-by-step instructions to create a banner title just like the one you see here using a banner, font, and the Slice tool in Design Space™.Custom Banners in Cricut Design Space™ #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhpostcardperfect #postcardperfect #nationalscrapbookingmonth #nsm #ctmhnsm #scrapbooking #scrapbook #cricut #cricutdesignspace #designspace #ctmhdesignspace #ctmhcricut #slicetool #slice #banners #banner #sunshine #summer #vacation #youarehere #ctmhyouarehere #artistry #ctmhartistryBefore getting started, make sure you own the Artistry and You Are Here Cricut® collections to use the same banner and font that we did in this project. You will also need a Cricut® machine that is Design Space™ compatible (any of the Explore models or the new Maker) to link your collections to your account. (If you do not know how to do this, click here.)

The steps below show how to work in Design Space™ from a desktop or laptop computer. If you use the app on a mobile device, the buttons and tools will be located in slightly different places on your screen, but the same features are available on any device.

1. Sign in to Cricut Design Space™ at design.cricut.com.

Custom Banners in Cricut Design Space™ #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhpostcardperfect #postcardperfect #nationalscrapbookingmonth #nsm #ctmhnsm #scrapbooking #scrapbook #cricut #cricutdesignspace #designspace #ctmhdesignspace #ctmhcricut #slicetool #slice #banners #banner #sunshine #summer #vacation #youarehere #ctmhyouarehere #artistry #ctmhartistryLog in with your Cricut ID and password, and then select the green New Project button in the top right corner.

2. Insert the banner image.

Custom Banners in Cricut Design Space™ #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhpostcardperfect #postcardperfect #nationalscrapbookingmonth #nsm #ctmhnsm #scrapbooking #scrapbook #cricut #cricutdesignspace #designspace #ctmhdesignspace #ctmhcricut #slicetool #slice #banners #banner #sunshine #summer #vacation #youarehere #ctmhyouarehere #artistry #ctmhartistryTo add the banner from the Artistry collection to your canvas, click Images on the left side of your screen. Then, search for image #M418562 in the search box at the top. This is the exact banner you need to recreate our example. Just select it and click Insert Images in the bottom right corner to add it to your canvas.

3. Resize and ungroup the banner image.

Custom Banners in Cricut Design Space™ #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhpostcardperfect #postcardperfect #nationalscrapbookingmonth #nsm #ctmhnsm #scrapbooking #scrapbook #cricut #cricutdesignspace #designspace #ctmhdesignspace #ctmhcricut #slicetool #slice #banners #banner #sunshine #summer #vacation #youarehere #ctmhyouarehere #artistry #ctmhartistryAfter inserting the banner, adjust the size to make it slightly larger for the scrapbook page. Change the height, only, to 3.5″. Design Space™ automatically resizes the width to the correct proportions as long as the lock icon above the size is locked. Then, ungroup the banner by selecting the image and clicking UnGroup in the Layers panel in the top right. This will leave one solid banner and one outline banner.

4. Duplicate the solid banner.

Custom Banners in Cricut Design Space™ #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhpostcardperfect #postcardperfect #nationalscrapbookingmonth #nsm #ctmhnsm #scrapbooking #scrapbook #cricut #cricutdesignspace #designspace #ctmhdesignspace #ctmhcricut #slicetool #slice #banners #banner #sunshine #summer #vacation #youarehere #ctmhyouarehere #artistry #ctmhartistryTo create this banner title, you will need three separate pieces: one solid image for the bottom, a second solid image to slice the title, and the third outline image. To create a second solid banner, duplicate the image by selecting it and then clicking Duplicate in the Layers panel.

5. Insert first line of text, “LET THE,” and resize.

Custom Banners in Cricut Design Space™ #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhpostcardperfect #postcardperfect #nationalscrapbookingmonth #nsm #ctmhnsm #scrapbooking #scrapbook #cricut #cricutdesignspace #designspace #ctmhdesignspace #ctmhcricut #slicetool #slice #banners #banner #sunshine #summer #vacation #youarehere #ctmhyouarehere #artistry #ctmhartistryTo slice the title, you have to work with each line of text individually. To add the first line, click on the Text icon on the left side of your screen. Then click Fonts in the Text Edit bar and search in the search box for “You Are Here.” Select the font, type your text, and then resize the font height in the Text Edit bar to 0.5″.

6. Move and rotate the text over the banner.

Custom Banners in Cricut Design Space™ #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhpostcardperfect #postcardperfect #nationalscrapbookingmonth #nsm #ctmhnsm #scrapbooking #scrapbook #cricut #cricutdesignspace #designspace #ctmhdesignspace #ctmhcricut #slicetool #slice #banners #banner #sunshine #summer #vacation #youarehere #ctmhyouarehere #artistry #ctmhartistryMove the text over the banner and rotate the text by clicking the arrow on the top right corner of the image.

7. Check text placement before slicing.

Custom Banners in Cricut Design Space™ #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhpostcardperfect #postcardperfect #nationalscrapbookingmonth #nsm #ctmhnsm #scrapbooking #scrapbook #cricut #cricutdesignspace #designspace #ctmhdesignspace #ctmhcricut #slicetool #slice #banners #banner #sunshine #summer #vacation #youarehere #ctmhyouarehere #artistry #ctmhartistryBefore slicing your first line of text in the banner, you can check the placement of the text by moving the banner outline image over the solid one with the text. Select the banner outline, and then click Arrange in the Tools panel. Select Move To Front to make sure the outline will move over the top of the solid piece, rather than behind it. If your text needs to be adjusted, move or rotate as needed, and then check placement again.

8. Use Slice to cut text into the banner.

Custom Banners in Cricut Design Space™ #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhpostcardperfect #postcardperfect #nationalscrapbookingmonth #nsm #ctmhnsm #scrapbooking #scrapbook #cricut #cricutdesignspace #designspace #ctmhdesignspace #ctmhcricut #slicetool #slice #banners #banner #sunshine #summer #vacation #youarehere #ctmhyouarehere #artistry #ctmhartistryTo cut the text into the banner, click and drag your mouse over the banner and text to highlight both images. This will allow the Slice option to become available in the bottom right corner. Then, click Slice.

9. Delete extra text.

Custom Banners in Cricut Design Space™ #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhpostcardperfect #postcardperfect #nationalscrapbookingmonth #nsm #ctmhnsm #scrapbooking #scrapbook #cricut #cricutdesignspace #designspace #ctmhdesignspace #ctmhcricut #slicetool #slice #banners #banner #sunshine #summer #vacation #youarehere #ctmhyouarehere #artistry #ctmhartistryWhen you slice text into an image, you’ll have two lines of text remaining, one that you used to slice and then a duplicate line of text that was sliced out of the solid banner. Both lines of text can be deleted by selecting the text and clicking the red x.

10. Repeat with second line of text, “SUNSHINE IN.”

Custom Banners in Cricut Design Space™ #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhpostcardperfect #postcardperfect #nationalscrapbookingmonth #nsm #ctmhnsm #scrapbooking #scrapbook #cricut #cricutdesignspace #designspace #ctmhdesignspace #ctmhcricut #slicetool #slice #banners #banner #sunshine #summer #vacation #youarehere #ctmhyouarehere #artistry #ctmhartistryRepeat the same process to slice the second line of text for “SUNSHINE IN” on the banner to complete your title. Keep in mind, if you feel like the text is too tight on the banner, you can adjust the height to make it slightly smaller.

11. Cut your project!

Custom Banners in Cricut Design Space™ #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhpostcardperfect #postcardperfect #nationalscrapbookingmonth #nsm #ctmhnsm #scrapbooking #scrapbook #cricut #cricutdesignspace #designspace #ctmhdesignspace #ctmhcricut #slicetool #slice #banners #banner #sunshine #summer #vacation #youarehere #ctmhyouarehere #artistry #ctmhartistryFor our page, we used our Lagoon and Lemon cardstock. Keep in mind our cardstock is two-toned. One side has the full strength color, and the other side is a lighter hue. Use the light side of Lagoon for the banner with text and the dark side of Lagoon for the banner outline. If you like, you can also assign colors to your project pieces before cutting the project. This makes it easy to see what cardstock to use as you cut. When you’re ready, click the green Make It button in the top right corner and follow the prompts. Then, insert your cardstock, and you’ll have all the pieces you need to create this project on your own!

You can use this same process to create your own titles from banners found in the Artistry collection. With so many options, you can customize your titles to match any scrapbooking project! And don’t forget to take advantage of this month’s National Scrapbooking Month special with the Postcard Perfect paper packet and other coordinating products to make a page just like ours.


Recipe:

12″ × 12″ Let the Sunshine In Page
D1780 My Acrylix® Aloha Spirit Stamp Set, D1775 My Acrylix® Central Park—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, CC5181 Postcard Perfect Paper Packet, X5968 Lagoon Cardstock, X5971 Lemon Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2805 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2895 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2807 Willow Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4178 Central Park Sequins, Z3216 White Twine, Z4181 Thin Cuts—Stitched Circles, Z3318 Thin Cuts—Basic Circles, Z2027 Mini Stapler, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z3387 Cricut® You Are Here Collection, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Sewing Machine, Die-cutting Machine

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
3½” Banner <x> (p. 32, #M418562)
3½” Shift+Banner <x> (p. 32, #M418562)

You Are Here
½” font “LET THE SUNSHINE IN”

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