Common Questions and Answers to Them

Basic Questions

Where do I find beginner tutorials?

The “Design Space – There is nothing to be scared of” tutorials cover beginner and advanced topics and they are free.  Find them here

How do I load a font into Design Space?

 To load a font into Design Space, first you have to unzip it.  Then install the font on your computer.  (To do this right click the name of the font and on the menu that appears click install)  Open Design Space and it will be in your font list.

My project doesn’t cut the first time.

Check your cut settings.  Is it set to the right type of paper or vinyl?  If that doesn’t help, cut the project a second time.  Do not unload the mat first.  Then press the C on your machine.  It will cut again over the same lines.

My machine stopped in the middle of a cut.  What happened?

This happens when your wifi or bluetooth cuts out for just a second.  Reload the mat and cut again.  It SHOULD cut the exact same line.

How do I load an SVG?

First you need to unzip the file.  Then go to Design Space.  Click the upload button and brose to where the SVG is located.  Double clickl the file name and click save.that appears

How do I copy a design from Design Space to share with someone else?

There is no way to copy a design directly.  You can share the project link if the person has design space and you did’t use any outside SVGs or you can take a screenshot of the Design Space project and share that file.  (To take a screen shot use the snipping tool app that comes with Windows)

What is the biggest size for  Print/Cut?

The maximum print area size for Print Then Cut images is 9.25″ x 6.75″ even if you printer can do larger.

Vinyl Questions

Where do I buy vinyl?
JoAnns or Michaels have good sales sometimes but if you shop online the best place is 651 Vinyl.
 
I can’t see the lines to weed.
If you are not using a Brightpad (or other light source) under your project, try that.  If you are or that doesn’t help, Rub baby powder over the cuts.  This should help you see them.  Be sure to wipe the baby powder off when you are done weeding.
 
Can I use other brands of shirt with Infusible ink?
Yes as long as they are 60% polyester
 
What is the best vinyl for car windows?
If you are putting it on the outside use permanent vinyl.  If you are putting it on the inside use either type.
 
How do you remove permanent vinyl?
You can catch an edge with a pick then pull it off. (permanent just means is sticks better, it really isn’t permanent).  Any residue can be taken off with alcohol.
 

What transfer tape works best?

People use contact paper, masking or painters tape, even Glad Press and Seal.  They all work fine, many as well as the  Cricut brand and are cheaper.  Press and Seal works best on small projects.  It is just too flexible for large projects.

Which side of the HTV do I cut?

If you only knew how many times I have cut the wrong side of HTV. LOL.  I use a pick to separate a very small part of the HTV in a space I am going to weed anyway.  It is easy to tell which side is the HTV and which side is the “paper”.  Put the “paper” side down.  BTW if you ever cut the wrong side, just turn it over and re-cut. Most brands the backing is thick enough that you didn’t cut all the way through it anyway.  It makes weeding a little more difficult because you now have two images, one reversed on the wrong side, but at least the vinyl isn’t wasted.

Computer and Printer Questions

What Printer do I need?

Pretty much any ink jet printer will work with Design Space.  Some of the nicer ones will print 12 X 12 but this doesn’t change the print then cut sizes you can cut.  Laser printers do not work with vinyl(they “melt” vinyl) but they work with Design Space.

What computer is NOT compatible with Design Space?

Design Space will not work on chromebooks. Also design space does ny work with internet explorer.

Can my Expression connect to Design Space?

No.  The expression only works with cartridges.  Cricut Craft Room will connect with your expression if you can find a copy, but Cricut does not support that software anymore.

Things I am Tired of Seeing Everyday

There are just some Cricut posts I am tired of seeing everyday.  This rant may make some of you mad because you do it and may make some of you mad because you are tired too.  It is just my opinion.  Comment below either way.  I’d like to see how many have either opinion.

My Facebook timeline is mostly Cricut posts because I have joined many Cricut groups.  It’s my line of work.  However I see the same posts EVERY DAY.

Which Computer /Printer should I buy?

I am really tired of seeing this one!  Printers and computers almost always work with DesignSpace.  If you don’t know which to buy look at the previous posts in the group.  I bet 6 people have posted that question in the group and they all got answers.  And everyone, of course, likes their computer or printer so they tell you that.  

We. for the most part, are not computer experts.

Complainnts about Design Space Updating

OK so lately it has been updating alot, but it takes a minute and you spend at least an hour on the software.  Percentage wise the update doesn’t mean much.  And updating means at least they are trying to make it better.  They could just forget about it and it would never change.

Do you remember the days when you had to cut everything by hand?  I don’t want to go back to those days!  DesignSpace is FREE. Those other programs cost $50 or more and don’t work with your Cricut.  And when they update their software they charge you for the update.

You spent a good deal of money for your Cricut and lots on cartridges and images.  You lose access to all those images if you start using another software product.

Asking if Design Space is Having Problems
I get real tired of seeinng this one too.   I use DesignSpace everyday for several hours a day.  99% of the problems I have (and I don’t have many)are because my wifi signal is weak in my basement.  Did you check your internet connection?  I bet that is the problem.
 
Why do you think those of use on Facebook can help?  Contact cricut.  They at least have a chance of helping.
 
Asking Where to buy Vinyl or Blanks or some other thing

Again, about 6 people in every group has already asked that question.  Look through the other posts in the group.  Every post has the same answers.

Maybe I’m just cranky lately but I counted one day.  There were at least 4 people asking where to buy vinyl in the same group.  Come on folks.

I understand people need help and  to gripe but before you post look and see if someone else posted the same question.

Is Access for Cricut Design Space Really Worth it?

ABSOLUTELY!

I would recommend it to anyone who uses Design Space. At last count Access had over 75,000 images and a whole lot of fonts.  And they are always adding more. As you already know, I am a fontaholic. That means whatever graphic or font you are looking for, Access probably has something close to what you want.

The Plans

At the present there are 3 plans. The first bills monthly at $9.99. If nothing else you can try it for a month or two and see just how terrific it is. The second plan is $95.88 per year billed annually. Totally worth it. The third plan is $119.88 billed annually. It has several additional perks like 50% off savings on licensed fonts, images, and ready‑to‑make projects. Also free economy shipping on orders over $50. If you plan to buy supplies from Cricut this plan pay for itself quickly. Have you priced shipping lately?

When I am starting a new project is makes it so easy to tell which graphics and fonts are included. Cricut puts a little green flag on the corner of whatever is included. And one of the filters lets you select access included graphics when you search.  So it won’t show you graphic you have to pay extra for.

Who uses Access

Designers like myself, Melody Lane and others, who create projects for others and share them through the Design Space link. They know that their designs are available and usable by everyone who has Access. If you don’t have access they will charge you to make the project for each graphic you don’t own. But it is a small amount (usually about $1) however at least you can look at the project.