Saturday, March 26, 2011

Cricut Craft Room April Launch

    I would just like to let everyone know what my blog is about. First and foremost about helping people love their Cricut and use it to its fullest legal potential. I LOVE my Cricut and ALL of my cartridges, yes I own them all :) It is my vice, I don't drink or smoke, but Cricut cartridges are where I spend all of my extra money. My blog is for Cricut lovers. If you do not love your Cricut and its cartridges and the other Provo-Craft items, you might not want to keep up with my blog. I have a Yudu and CuttleBug and I do own other company's products like Stampin' up, Slice, and Sizzix. On occasion you will see me use of a few of the other products here, BUT this is for Cricut Lovers, so at least one of my Cricut Machines will be used in all of my projects, videos, cards and layouts.
    So, I had surgery and have not worked on anything in about a week. My husband went away to work for the week and I promised I would not use my machines while he was gone. To make sure I wouldn't he took all of my power cords... I promised him i would not work in my studio, but I had to sneak up there, I missed it... I decided to work on some things with my new cartridges. The Ultimate Creativity bundle and the new 8 seasonals with the same ultimate creativity series.... low and behold, he took ALL of my power cords... I have 8 Expressions, Imagine, Personal, 4 sewing machines and 1 computerized embroidery machine. He took ALL of the power cords, some can work in other machines and he didn't know which went to what so he took them all with him.... That is SO wrong, I went to call him about it and told on myself, as soon as it came out of my mouth I realized I outed myself that I did what I said I wouldn't do. Gosh darn it!
    But I still have my computer. So on to Cricut Craft Room. The big announcement on Cricut Craft Room's official launch. It is scheduled to be launched at the end of April, I am thinking with the E2 (expression 2). That is my speculation. All they say is that they think it will be ready to launch at the end of April.
   So I am working my way through the cartridges and making files with all of the color codes and such. One of the great things about Cricut Craft Room is that even if you do not have the imagine, you can design in Imagine mode and see everything in color, then when you select your machine it will show it in the outlines or cut lines that will be cut on your machine.
   I unintentionally stirred up alot of controversy on the Cricut Message boards. I posted about Cricut Craft Room (CCR) and I said what I was doing about making files and such. Here is what I did not realize, I was posting on a non-Circle thread. The Circle for those of you who do not know what it is, it is the Cricut Circle, a paid membership where you get a new exclusive cartridge every3 months. You also get access to certain threads on the message boards and alot of people share their .gypsy and .cut files. After getting alot of negative flack, I decided to post things saying that I would only share with Cricut Circle members, again I posted that on a non-circle board, so it went public to everyone, boy did the nasty PM (private Messages) roll in. If you notice I am defining what the shorthand (PM and CCR) actually means. My grandma keeps asking what does TFS mean.... It took me the longest time to figure out that TFS means Thanks For Sharing. So for those of you who do not know what this short hand means, you will like my Postings, for those of you who already know I am sorry but I am going to define these things to help those who do not know. I was told in some of those nasty emails that EVERYONE knows what PM means, who do I think I am acting like people don't know this stuff, well guess what, there are a few people out there who do not know what this means, I am trying to help them. There is nothing like trying to read post and not knowing what PM, TFS, LOL, ROTFL,  nothing like trying to decode while you read. (PM- Private Message, TFS- Thanks for Sharing, LOL- Laughing Out Load, ROTFL-Rolling On The Floor Laughing.) I am from the texting generation, but I still have to stop and decode every once in a while.
   Back to the Cricut message boards. I received a few VERY nasty emails from people on there. Oh my! I did not mean to insult anyone or treat anyone like they were dumb. I received alot of flack from people saying even beginners know you can put multiple colors of paper and a mat and load it and have it cut from several colors at a time. Yes I know people know how to do this. But what I am doing is helping people who don't have TIME to figure all of this out. I am making files so anyone can go to Cricut Craft Room (Free on-line design software, similar but better than design studio) or use their gypsy. Also my 3 year old daughter and 75 Year old grandma do NOT know how to put multiple colors on the mat and cut all of the pieces to a character or die cut. If this insults your intelligence or creativity, then do not use them. I am not twisting anyone's arm to use my files. I have received ALOT of positive feedback on these so far. Basically if you do not know what I am talking about, here it is. I am putting these together based on what I THINK people want, based an thread on the Message Boards. I am making a file, as you can see on my earlier posts, where you will see the Imagine file, Cricut file and paper placement. This will in no way be used on any other software. These will be ONLY in .cut and .gypsy file formats. There for your have to have the cartridge to use my files. You still need to purchase the Cricut cartridges and load them to your gypsy or CCR. I will be providing a picture of a .jpeg of the paper placement. It will not have the items outlined on it, because clever people will just use one of those other software programs to get out of buying the cartridge. I am not here to enable those people I am here to help Cricut Lovers. Please do not bog down my site by commenting on the 3rd party software programs. If you use those other programs, you will not like my Blog, so please send the negativity about Cricut products to another site or sounding off board. I used one of those other programs before and found out that it voided the on warranty my machine. They sold it advertising the Cricut, so I ASSUMED it was make by Cricut. Now I know it is not. I will not mention those as I do not want to give them any business.
     So for those of you who do not have time to learn your cricut or don't want to spend time making your files, and just want to cut your stuff out then get working on your project, you will love my files. You will also have them forever, if you want to make an Ariel you will have everything ready to sit down and make one in less than 4 minutes, start to finish. I am here to help you!
    I still have between now an the end of April to finish getting through as many cartridges as I can before the official launch of CCR. (as for my abbreviations, if I have already defined an abbreviation earlier in the post, I will not define it each time it shows up in the same post)
   Cricut has asked us not to share the website where CCR is, BUT they want us to talk it up and build the hype. I have made a help guide, it is complied from the CCR help page. All I did is copy and paste items, the information belongs to Cricut so there is no permission to share as your own.
    I know they have extended the invitation to CCR with most of the Circle Members. I am sure people outside of the circle have been giving an email invite, but i have no idea for sure.
    Like always if there is something you would like me to try with it. I am more than willing to do so, just send me a message. Also if you would like the 27 page help guide for CCR email me and I will send it to you. I do not see anything wrong with sharing this. I would go online and read about a gypsy before I buy it and there is nothing wrong with that. So my guide is to help you learn HOW TO use it before you 'buy it' yes it is free but you get the picture. I will learn how to add a file soon. I am not new to graphic editing or Cricut stuff, blogging is what is new to me. I will try to attach the file to this.
   If anyone can help me how to post a PDF file on here it would be great then I can share it. In the meantime, email me and I will send it to you.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

.cut files and RGB codes for ALL images on all Cartridges

I am compiling the RGB codes for every image on every cartridge. I am first making a list of them, then I am inserting them onto the booklets in the PDF format. Then I am making a file with Cricut Craft Room for each item on each cartridge, so you can insert one mat and cut all of the peices to make an image on any Cricut machine in a 12x12 format. If you need smaller you can change the sizes in cricut Craft Room when it launches. See my last listing for a sample of the cutting mats

Cut files and RGB codes and cutting mat layouts for EVERY cartridge

This is a sample of the files I am creating with Cricut Craft Room
I will have a file for every item on every cartridge over the next few weeks. These will not be seen until Cricut Craft Room offically lanuches. The file will include a cricut file, once you choose your machine in CCR it will be the first one below if you have an Imagine machine or the second one if you have the traditional machine. CCR will convert it for you, and if you use an expression now and add an imagine later, the color codes will still be there later. The third picture is how to set up your mat with colored paper to load into a non-Imagine machine.

The first is a sample of the Imagine file with the correct RGB codes

The second is the file for the other Cricut machines

The third is how to set up the colors on your mat if you do not have an Imagine machine. You just place your paper on the mat, load, cut, unload and put together, no need to load the mat for each color.

These files will take several weeks to complete, and will be live with PC launches Cricut Craft Room, keep checking back as I am working on them for every image on every cartridge.
Yes, hundreds of thousands of images.

Cricut Plushie and Lori's Garden available to Circle members on

Log into your account and as a Circle member you can purchase the little green guy for $9.99 or the large one for $19.99. Also Lori's Garden is available NOW for under $50!!!

Cricut Craft Room Cheat Sheet & Help Guide

I am adding onto here a 27 page guide for the New CCR. I am also developing files so each item on each cartridge will have a .cut and a  .gypsy file. These will also include the correct color codes AND for the Legacy (regular) cricut cartridge, there will be a photo of a cutting mat to show you where to place each color so you can load all of the the colors on to a mat load the paper, cut and removed paper from the cutting mat and assemble your item, no need to cut each color of paper separate. These files and paper placement guides, and the files with RGB codes are in the works as we speak and will be available soon.
Below is a sample of how to set up a cutting mat for my file for Ariel. When the actual file is posted, it will also show the final product after each part is cut from below. Right now CCR is flash based, so I cannot copy and paste ANY images from it, I am sure to prevent people from copying and adding images to one of the 'Pirate' programs SC*L or M*C. I assume that is why it is flash based and we cannot use it on our Ipad... as of now. I will be adding the other 2 views of the mat tonight, so you will be able to see a picture of the finished Ariel, the layout design for the Imagine and below the cutting mat before and after. Check back in the morning for those...

Also please ask questions and appication information that I may be able to answer here

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Cricut Cartridge Kate's ABCs

    This cartridge is so adorable even for a boy, you can just change the colors to blues, browns and greens. With a little imagination you can use Nate's ABCs and Kate's ABCs for a boy or girl. I will be posted items that I have made one each. I will also give color codes and paper colors for each of these. I am still developing this blog and getting it all set up and ready to go. Sarah, thank you so much for all of your help with the Design part of my blog!
    So check back to see what great things I have made with Kate's ABCs and Nate's ABCs

Preview of Cricut Craft Room

   So today I got my e-mail from Cricut to try the Beta version of the new software, Cricut Craft Room. This is very funny to me because this is what my blog is about, the name Everything Cricut was taken. So I have decided that almost everything in my craft room is Cricut, what better can I name it than, Cricut Craft Room. I am so excited to try this program out. I got the e-mail as a member of the Cricut Circle. SO many people wonder what the perks are other than the 4 cartridges a year... Just wait and see, I will tell you all about the benefits in another post. I get to try the new software because I was randomly chosen as one of the Circle members to get to test out the program before it is officially launched. I would like to answer any one's questions that they have about the software. For example can you create files on your computer with Cricut Craft Room and send them to your Gypsy and visa-versa. YES you can. There is also only 2 computers that you will be able to cut from, but you can get into your account and create from ANY computer. You just have to save your files then from one of your 2 authorized to cut computers, cut them. Which means I can work on my designs and layouts from my sister's house, then I can come home and log back into my account and cut them from my computer that is linked to my Cricut Craft Room account. Hopefully this has answered a question about the 2 computer limit. It is 2 computers to cut from, but unlimited computers to create layouts and projects! Happy Cricuting!