Cricut Air 2 – Setup and Test Project

Sequin Pillow Tutorial

Part 1

Part 2

Stay tuned for part 3!!

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Cricut Basics Mini Series: Group


Group banner
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Hi there! In continuing with our Cricut Basics Mini Series, today we are going to tackle the next installment to Design Space 3’s creative functions: Group. Now, Our first mini series entry was Attach and ways/where/where to use it. Group, though similar in it’s actions, is slightly different. Confused? Don’t worry! We are here to give you a quick breakdown so you’ll be running Design Space like a pro within no time!

Group essentially and easily put is just that – grouping two objects together and pinning them together so you may move them around the canvas without losing your spacing or placement. Sounds EXACTLY like attach, right? The difference with Group is it does not tack together your items until you tell it not to. When you go to the “Make it” screen, you’ll quickly find the difference between the two. While ATTACH will hold your entire design together through cutting (which is SUPER helpful when working with multiple elements you don’t want to weld together), group simply holds them together on the CANVAS. Once “Make it” is selected, all those elements that were held snugly together transform back into their own pieces, often jumbling up on your preview mat (cue frustration and tears!)

Take a look below at just how Group works:

In this short pictorial, we are going to use the triangle and square from our SHAPES, located on the left side of your Canvas. If you wish to follow along, click on both shapes to bring them to your canvas.

group - pre action with layers panel


Once you have a triangle and a square on your canvas, take a look at your layers panel ( located on the RIGHT side of your canvas). Both items display as separate items. They each are a LAYER on their own.




group - two objects selected final

The GROUP option should become available after you click and drag your mouse to select all the pieces you would like to group together! In this case, it’s only our triangle and square. Once they are selected, select the GROUP button, joining the two items together in one item that can be selected and moved together around your canvas while designing as needed. It won’t ungroup unless you tell it to so no worries!

group - grouped together final

Now that the GROUP button has been hit, you will see on your Layers panel every action that you have taken. Instead of the triangle and square being two SEPARATE objects and layers they are now a GROUP in the panel, with a drop down arrow showing exactly what the group consists of! Pretty easy, huh?

group - make it page

When you send the grouped items to your “Make it screen”, instead of them remaining grouped together like you had them, they revert back to being individual objects. Therefore, group is only a tool you may want to use on the main canvas/design screen. If you want your items to stay as you have them when they get to the Make it screen – attach is going to do the job for you! If you forgot how to use Attach, you can find the post here on our blog 🙂

Group is a great way to temporarily hold items together like fonts or images so you can get a better idea of how they may look together, without the commitment of weld (more on that later!) or the constant attach/dettach fight. We hope you found this quick little run down helpful!

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How do I find my special font characters?

This video explains how to find all the special characters that come along with most any of the fonts you purchase online! It is very easy to find all the special characters and once you get the hang of it you will not stop!

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Glitter Ornament Tutorial Pt.1 – Working in Design Space


Cricut Basics Mini Series: Attach

So you’ve purchased a Cricut die cutting machine. You did the research and watched so many videos on YouTube that your eyes are going to fall out. You finally get your machine set up – and you’re completely lost. Fear not! Tri-Coastal Crafting is here to save some of your time (and sanity). We will be doing a Basics Mini series, explaining in detail all of Design Space 3’s basic functions. If you aren’t a new user but new to the Explore and Maker models, Design Space will be new to you after using Cricut Craft Room for so long. Let’s dive right in with out first basic function: Attach!

Basic Function #1: Attach

Imagine your project is tangible, in your hands in front of you. You want to bind two pieces together, you use a staple to keep things in place and right where you want them. This is essentially what Attach does in Design Space 3 (DS3 going forward in this post). Attach allows you to combine two or more layers together, pinning them in place so when you hit “Make It” they are exactly where you want them. DS3 has a habit of moving projects on the cut screen out of alignment to save space, ignoring your hard work and planning! Attach allows DS3 to see it is ONE piece, ONE design, and keeps it together as you have it.

Shapes from toolbarIn this basic screen by screen tutorial, I will show you how to attach two basic elements: a shape, and some text. The image to the left is the LEFT side of your DS3 canvas. Select the Shapes tab to see all the preset shapes available in DS3.  I’ve selected a square for this tutorial.

You can click and drag on the square to enlarge it to what you need, or you can click the LOCK icon on the bottom LEFT of the square to unlock its proportions, dragging it into a rectangle. You can also type in your size on the top bar under “Size” if you wish.


text over square not attachedUsing my text tool (located above the shapes tool) I typed out some basic text and layered it over the square that we have already on our mat. At this point, the two objects are separate design elements and DS3 see it as such, so when you send them to the cutting mat, they will jumble up to save space. This is where the attach feature comes into play. By attaching the text to this square, we are going to PIN the text to it, keeping it in place.

Layers Panel showing 2 layers pre attach


When you have these two items on your canvas, stop and take a look to your right on the screen. This panel is called your Layers panel. It shows you every element of your design, and how it is associated on the canvas. In this example (left, image) the layers tab has the square as one layer and the text as another.


both layers with SELECT ALL seen


Okay! we now have all our elements on the canvas, ready to attach them to make them ONE layer. In the upper left of the image, you will see a “select all” button. Using this button will do just that, highlight everything on your screen. Alternatively, you can click and drag over everything you wish to select OR use Control + A as a keyboard shortcut (windows, not sure about Mac systems).


attach button highlighted


Now they should all be selected, making the “ATTACH” button on the bottom RIGHT under your LAYERS panel become an option.

After you press Attach, the following will occur. (Left Image) your Layers panel will reflect the change, now showing your two items under an “Attach” header with drop down arrows so you can see all the details for each. Because attach does just that, attaches two layers together, both the text and the square are both editable.

Now that the two are attached, DS3 will turn your image one color to show the union. (right image) Because they are now attached, the image shows that the text is going to cut out of the square. This is especially helpful when you get into weeding boxes and alignment for cards, but that’s another post for another day. 😉

When and Why to Use the Attach Feature

  • When you are working on a design with two or more colors, you can attach all LIKE colors and then attach overall to keep the colors in their exact spot and all like colors on their appropriate mats. It gives you more bang for your vinyl or paper buck and makes layering a breeze!
  • Sometimes you don’t want to slice, so attaching (like I did in this tutorial) will give you the same results! If it’s something as simple as text, you can do as I have shown you, and weed out either the box around it, OR the words and make it a reverse for a stencil for painting or etching. Bonus? The straight lines of the box around it make aligning your project simple and quick, as opposed to spending countless hours fussing over 1/16″ (what? just me?)
  • When using the writing feature in DS3, you want to have the machine WRITE your text, but CUT the shape around it. Attaching your text (make sure it’s set to write) to your square let’s DS3 know to do just that! If it isn’t attached it will cut through every individual letter, making your project a bust.
  • If you are using PRINT THEN CUT, you MUST attach your print design AND flatten in order for DS3 to cut the outer shape and NOT all the individual design elements. I see this happen OFTEN, and it’s frustrating for sure! Attach let’s DS3 know it’s not a part of the bottom layer and should not cut with it. (Flatten will be discussed in another post!)

What other ways can you think of using Attach when using DS? Leave a comment below to share your creative genius! I hope this tutorial has helped explain the Attach feature and how to use it successfully.


Happy Crafting!

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