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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Cricut Craft Room: My newest favorite tool, especially for the CTMH Advent Calendar.

From day 1 of Cricut ownership I’ve owned a program to help me get the most from my cardstock when cutting on my Cricut.  First it was Design Studio.  Then it was a Gypsy (which I still love) but now it’s Cricut Craft Room (CCR) because it’s faster and I can easily share my projects with you. 
Last month I shared my beautiful Advent Calendar with you which is only available as a workshop with purchase.  Today’s a freebie! 
If you are getting ready to cut out the Advent Calendar Workshop on the Go, this is for you!
CTMH Advent Calendar Workshop on the Go WOTG with Artiste Cricut
If you cut two boxes without Cricut Craft Room, it’s going to look like this and you’re going to be left with 2 scraps that are approximately 2.5 x 8.5.”  That’s not much useable paper.  You may end up tossing the whole scrap if you don’t have the time to salvage the scraps. 
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Here’s Cricut Craft Room to the Rescue!
(Edited:  Cricut Design Space too!)

By flipping one of the boxes, you’ll have a beautiful piece of paper with.  It’s about 5.5 x 9” long.  So it can be either a large scrap of paper or an A2 sized card base!  It’s also cut along with your boxes so your scrap is pre-cut!  How wonderful is that????

advent with rectangle on Cricut Craft room Artiste CTMH Cricut
How about a swing card?  It’s found on the keypad under the letter “S” and fits right between the two boxes.   That’s like getting a free card with every sheet you cut for the Advent Calendar! 
CTMH Artiste Swing Card with Pear and Partridge B&T with Merry and Bright Acrylix Stamp set
Wondering what this swing card is all about?  See my post here.  They make up beautifully and are a lot of fun!   I’ve also rotated the boxes so that the repeated cutting doesn’t ruin your mat.  You’ll be cutting 15 sheets to make the Advent calendar, this is a great way to keep your mat in good condition. 
advent with swing card on Cricut Craft Room CCR Artiste CTMH Cricut

So that’s my little Cricut Craft Room tutorial for today.  The best part is Cricut Craft Room is 100% free.  You still have to own the Cricut Cartridge you’re cutting with.  (You can purchase Artiste here.).
The Cricut Craft Room file that I’ve described today is free too! 
Click here to download the Cricut Craft Room file. 

Click here to access the Design Space file

Please leave a comment if you appreciate free files.  Smile

P.S.  Here's a peek at the Advent Calendar Workshop I created.  (That file & workshop instructions are just $8!)

29 comments:

  1. This is absolutely fantastic! I never would have thought to even think of using CCR to cut the boxes with! I so appreciate your tip!!

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  2. Oh my dear, you have impeccable timing. I was going to start working on my Advent calendar today (which will be completely inspired by yours)! And I've had "learn CCR" on my to-do list, so it looks like today is the day to check that one off ;) Thanks! Your idea to add the swing card is so fantastic! I just made my first swing card last week and just might be hooked.

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  3. What a great tip. Thanks for sharing.Your advent calendar is beautiful too!! Might just have to add this project to my to-do list.

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  4. What a wonderful tool. Thank you!

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  5. Wow. Thanks so much for the info!! Wish I would have read it a week ago!!

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  6. Wow thank you so much for the tip!!! Wish I would have read it a week ago, before I cut out all my boxes!!! ;)

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  7. What a wonderful tip. TFS. I see now, that I have to make an effort to learn the Cricut Craft Room! Thanks also for the file!

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  8. Thanks so much for this tip!! Sad to say, I have not ventured into the Craft Room yet...knowing I need to, but haven't taken the time to learn :) BUT- I NEED to get in there now!!! I love to save paper :) (who doesn't?) and I LOVE this information! Thanks so much for taking time to share!!!!!

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  9. Thank you! I'm about to try these now :)

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  10. Thank you so much for your generous giving of the CCR file and taking the time to create them. I'm having a class the next 2 weeks and you have saved me so much time! Blessings to you.
    Sharon

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  11. Thanks for giving me the push to learn how to use CCR! I'm having fun creating files now!

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  12. WOW! I tried to cut my boxes the other night & was having a HORRIBLE time of it! My first problem is that I have the personal cutter and have to do them one at a time. But having it set on the 2.5 inch it's cutting them teeny tiny! Luckily I'm using my Colonial White that I have a gazillion sheets of. I don't understand what the problem is!! LOVE your blog though!

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  13. Victoria~ I'm thinking that you may have the "Real Dial Size" button turned "on" when you're cutting these boxes. Try cutting them again with it off. With Real Dial Size on, your boxes would be only about 1 1/8" inches tall when assembled.

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  14. You are an angel! I jumped here from the ctmh board. Because of you sharing this file, I have finally ventured into the Cricut Craft Room, and am wondering why it took me so long. Thank you for sharing and inspiring! BTW I love how you created your advent calendar, just beautiful.

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  15. WOW this is beautiful, and the swing card idea is brilliant. thank you for sharing :) I dont have artiste yet, but I have some other carts that might work, if not scal should prove useful. Thanks again, Im very inspired to create a similar project.

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    1. Thank you! I'm sure you could create something similar with SCAL if you know how to make SVG's. Or come back and order Artiste from me. I'll give you free shipping & a new Idea Book too!

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  16. Lalia,

    Wow this is wonderful! Love how you use all of the paper!

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  17. The 3 R's:Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
    Could you please send me the CCR file??
    Thanks.

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    1. I'll need your address so I can send you the file.

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  18. I would like to have the CCR file if you still have it. You always have such neat ideas.

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  19. Hi! Glad I saw your post on CTMH Sisters Chat. Would you please send me the CCR file? Thanks so much!

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  20. Laila,
    I would also love to have your CCR file - I'm just now learning CCR and would love work with this! Thank you so much! Mary

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  21. If possible I would LOVE the cut file..

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    1. I would love to, but I didn't get your email address. Can you leave it in a comment? I moderate them so nobody else will see it. ;-)

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  22. Hi, not sure if my last comment went thru. I just found this thru pinterest and was wondering if you were still sharing the file. I am new to cricut and have a ccf.
    Thanks

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    1. Hi Katie! Can you leave a second comment with your email address so I can send you the file you requested? I moderate all blog comments and I won't publish any comments containing your email address. Or... you can hop on over to my Facebook page and leave me a private message. https://www.facebook.com/CraftyLalia

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  23. Thank you so much! I am so glad I found this. You saved me so much money and time. The boxes are being discontinued but one of my customers got one on the "While Supplies Remain" clearance. She bought paper and asked me to cut the boxes. I wasn't sure about the Cricut designation of "cut at 2.5"". What is 2.5? The whole image? The box itself? Thanks again for clearing up the mystery and alerting me to the ways to be efficient with scaps!

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  24. Thank you beyond words how much I appreciate this cut file. I have been trying to figure out those boxes for a year. Now my granddaughter will have her advent wreath next year!!!

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