How to Upload Simple JPEGs into Cricut Design Space and Turn Them into Cut Files

JPEG files are saved with a solid background, instead of a transparent background. Therefore, they require a little additional cleanup when importing them into Cricut Design Space and turning them into cut files. Keep reading for a step-by-step guide for uploading and cleaning up Simple JPEG Files or scroll to the bottom for a step-by-step video tutorial.

Once you have opened and logged into Cricut Design Space, either start with a new canvas or with the design you want to add the JPEG image to. In the left, vertical toolbar, select the bottom option, UPLOAD. This brings you to a screen in which you can Upload an Image, Upload a Pattern or select from a Recent Upload. We are uploading a new image, so select UPLOAD IMAGE.

To upload a file, select UPLOAD from the left menu bar and then UPLOAD IMAGE.

Once you select Upload Image, the next screen will allow you to either drag and drop your file or browse and navigate your computer to find the file. If you have the file readily accessible, you can drag and drop and move on. Most of the time, I select BROWSE and navigate my computer to get to the proper folder and file.

Select BROWSE and you will be able to navigate your computer files to find the file you want to upload.

Once you have double-clicked on the file, double-click on it to select it. You will now see a preview of the file on the left with 3 Image Type options on the right. The options are Simple, Moderately Complex, and Complex. Other posts will get into the Moderately Complex and Complex images, however, they are beyond the scope of this post. In this blog post, we are sticking with a simple image which has high contrast colors (black type) on a monochrome background (white background). Therefore, select SIMPLE and Continue.

This file is a simple image with high contrast colors and a solid background. Select SIMPLE and CONTINUE.

At this point, the file looks fine. There are not any glaring errors or noticeable problems. To avoid this assumption in the future, I’m going to show what would happen if you selected continue at this point and then I will show you a couple simple clean up steps needed to turn these words into cut files.

The JPEG file without any cleanup or removal of the solid background.

If continue was selected at this point, you would only have the option of a Print Then Cut image as the JPEG image is one solid block because the background has not been removed.

Without removing the background, your option is Print Then Cut. The Cut image would be a solid square.

OK, so we now realize that this isn’t ready quite yet. There is one simple clean up step we need to do in order to make it a cut file and a second, optional, step.

First, the optional step. For the project, we only need the words Christmas and Morning, therefore, we don’t need to worry about cleaning up Day or Eve. Use the CROP tool in the upper left and click and drag it over the words Christmas and Morning and release. What’s left is only the words Christmas and Morning, Day and Eve have been removed. Note: If you did not select an area big enough to cover Christmas and Morning and accidentally cut off part of the words, simply hit the Undo button in the top right corner and try again. It does not matter how close or wide you get to the words as we will remove the background in the next step. While it saves time at this point to remove the parts of the file we aren’t using for this project, this is optional and if you plan on using the file again, you may want to clean up all of the words and save the file in your Cricut Design Space account.

Now, the required clean up step to turn this JPEG file into a cut file. The image still has a solid white background. To remove the background, select the Select and Erase tool (looks like a magic wand) in the upper left corner. Move the cursor anywhere on the white and right-click with the mouse. All of the white, except for areas enclosed in letters, will disappear and you will have a blue and white checked background which signifies a transparent background. To remove the remaining white that is inside the letters, click on the magnifying glass with + sign in the upper right corner to zoom. Move the mouse to a white area inside a letter and click to remove it. Don’t worry if you miss and part of your design is deleted. Simply use the Undo button in the top right to restore it. Once the background has been removed and the image cleaned up, select CONTINUE.

The following screen provides two options: Save as Print Then Cut or Save a Cut Image. It defaults to Save as a Print Then Cut, so simply select the box on the right to save it as a Cut Image. The image name will automatically populate, but you can change it at this point. Also, if you wish, you can add some tags to the image to make it easier to find later. Select SAVE in the bottom right to continue.

Select the image on the right to save it as a Cut Image. You can also edit the name and add tags on this screen.

Now the file will show up as the top left image under Recent Downloads. Select the image and INSERT IMAGE.

Select the image under Recent Uploads and select INSERT IMAGE.

Now you have your image uploaded to Cricut Design Space as a cut file. Two more quick steps and you’re ready to hit the MAKE IT button.

First, make sure to resize the image to what you need for your project. For the sample project, I need the word Christmas to be about 3 1/4″ wide. With the words selected, click and drag on the circle on the bottom right corner (has two arrows pointed in opposite directions) to resize the words. This step is easiest to do at this point when both words are connected in the same layer.

Click and drag the circle in the bottom right corner to resize your image.

The file could be cut at this point, but you would waste paper. The two words are still linked together in the same layer and would be cut with the spacing shown on the screen. We are going to use the Slice tool to turn this image into two separate layers. To begin, we need a shape larger than one of the words. Go to the Shapes tool in the left menu and select the square. Resize the square so it completely covers the word Morning. Next, select the square and the words and then select Slice in the bottom right tool bar. You can then delete the grey box, the grey word “Morning” and you will be left with two layers and two words independent of each other. At this point, if you project called for it, you could resize either or both words independently of each other.

To separate the image into 2 independent words, select a square from the Shapes tool Resize it to completely cover one of the words. Select the words and the square and then Slice in the bottom right corner.

At this point, you are ready to hit MAKE IT! Congrats – you did it! Here is the sample file on a completed layout.

Completed layout using the Christmas and Morning cut files. Layout completed with the PhotoPlay Christmas Cheer collection. Layout is part of the Christmas Cheer Starry Night Kit.

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Please watch the following video for a step-by-step video tutorial. Enjoy and Happy Creating!

From the Dollar Spot to a Creative Tool Tote

Turn a $3 Target Dollar Spot Makeup Organizer into a Creative Tool Tote for Your Craft and Scrapbook Supplies – And Get Organized!

With the help of a Cricut or any cutting machine, you can turn this $3 makeup organizer, found in the Target dollar spot, into a creatively fun organizer to keep all of your favorite crafting supplies together and at hand for when you need them. Now, I realize this plastic organizer isn’t going to hold all of your tools, but think of the tools that you use most – your favorite scissors, adhesives, mini–ink pads, rulers… Have you ever gone to a scrap or craft event and realized you forgot your scissors or extra cutting blades at home? I have and it was a loooong day! What tools are you always looking for? What do you always grab when you start crafting? Yep, those. Wouldn’t it be great to keep them corralled so you stop wasting time looking for them, or have to pack them when you head out to craft and then unpack them when you get back home? Now you can grab this organizer and get crafting!

Getting your tools together

One thing I always tell my son when he starts cleaning his room is to keep like things together and to have a reason for where he puts things – make it convenient and keep the stuff you use the most handy. With that in mind, you probably have different types of tools that you use depending on the type of project you’re working on – whether you’re scrapbooking a layout, crafting a card, making jewelry, being creative with the kids, or creating vinyl projects with the Cricut. Think about the types of projects you create and the different types of tools you use for each. Here are 3 versions of the same tote – a tool organizer for the scrapbooking and crafting tools you use regularly, a Cricut Cubby to hold the blades and tools that are helpful when using the Cricut or any electronic die cutting machine – and, yep, it sits next to my Cricut, and a Mixed Media center for the tools needed for stenciling, inking and using glitter gels – because I’m always looking for a palette knife!

Gather all of your supplies. Don’t think too hard about it. Just grab them and put them in a bin.

To determine the type of tool totes you need, start with this Marie Kondoish organizing exercise. First, gather all of your tools and adhesives you have. Yep, all. Don’t think too hard. Make a quick lap around your craft area and grab the tools and adhesives and throw them in a bin and then make a second lap to make sure you grabbed them all. Next, sort them by type: pens, scissors, tweezers, adhesives, and so on. As you are sorting them, toss into the garbage the ones that are broken, used up, or, otherwise, at the end of their useful life. Once you have them sorted into groups, you can now see what you actually have. This would be the point that I close the door so my husband doesn’t see how many pairs of tweezers and different types of adhesives I actually have! But, seriously, now that you know what you have, think about how you use them. Are there tools you only pull out when the kids are around? What about when you make cards or scrapbook? Do you make projects with vinyl? What tools do you use? Begin sorting the tools into piles based on how you use them and which tools you use together. For instance, I use the weeding tools when I use the Cricut. Along with weeding tools, I also need the Cricut cutting blades, the Cricut pens and a scissors. Duplicates and refills can go back into the bin. Having backups is fine, but you don’t need them at hand when crafting. Instead, store them in a drawer or in the closet so you know where they are when you run out. But be honest when you come to the tools you forgot you had, haven’t used in the longest time and honestly can’t see yourself using now or in the future. Set these aside and decide if you want to donate them, throw them or gather them in a box so you know where to look if you do happen to need them. You get the idea. Get going!

Sort supplies by type and then by how you use them.

So, what do you have left? How are they grouped? Does it make sense to group them this way and to have separate tool organizers for them? You know how you craft, so the answer will be different for everyone. But stick to the general rule, keep the tools you use the most handy and convenient. Also, it is ok to have the same type of tool in multiple piles. I have scissors in my general tool tote and also with my Cricut tools. While I keep my mini ink pads in the Mixed Media organizer, I do have a couple brown and black inks with my every day scrapping tools because I use them often on page layouts. The idea is to keep the supplies you use together, well, together! So what themed organizers are you going to make to keep your tools corralled?

Creating the organizer – with the help of a video tutorial

For the three organizers I made, the Tools and Mixed Media titles and the tool table insert for the Cricut cutting blades are free SVG files downloaded from www.ScrapnTime.com. Please note that these files are copyrighted and available for personal use only. The other images were found in Cricut’s Design Space and, based on your subscription, may be free or available for a fee. The following tutorial video shows you how to download the SVG files, open them in Design Space, cut and apply the vinyl.

Tutorial video to show you how to download SVG files, import into Design Space and apply the vinyl

A note about the Cricut Cubby

The insert on the Cricut Cubby is also a free SVG file downloaded from ScrapnTime.com. It was cut using a thin sheet of basswood and painted white. Within the file is a strip with 3 holes. This strip is adhered underneath along with the same-sized solid strip to create the holder for the tools. To make the space deeper and more secure, duplicate the strip with holes and cut 2 or 3 of them, then adhere them together, aligning the holes. Attach the solid strip on the bottom. Now you have a place for your quick change cutting tips to rest.

A handy tool table to keep your Cricut cutting blades and tips at the ready

I love organizers. I’m weird that way. But I’ve steered clear of most organizers that serve one specific purpose because, as your style and needs change, the organizer becomes outdated and takes up space. But not with this organizer. As your crafting style and needs change, you can change the purpose of the organizer. What are you going to use it for?

Happy crafting and remember, don’t run with scissors, but keep them convenient and handy!

New: Sports Papers

Now in stock – sports papers. More than 20 single sheet sports papers are now available in sports ranging from lacrosse, cross country, football, baseball, soccer, golf, rugby and more!

Calling all Minnesota sports fans – team paper packs are now in stock. Now available – Twins, Vikings, Wild, Timberwolves and Minnesota Soccer paper packs.

What sports are your scrapbooking? Let me know and let me know which of the sports papers you like.

Introducing: MollyQCreates.com

I’m a wife, mom of 2 polar opposite teenagers and scrapbooker at heart. I’m sure I’m like most of you whose life revolves around their family. I think that’s why scrapbooking became my passion. I can preserve the memories and relive them while scrapbooking. Someone once asked me if my kids mind being featured on the layouts I publish on my website and highlight at scrapbook events. Hmm, I never asked and they never complained.

I’ve always had a love of crafting. I started sewing when I was 10 and asked Santa for a sewing machine. I remember making latch hook rugs, ornaments with beads and sewing doll clothes. I still do some quilting and cardmaking, but scrapbooking is my favorite.

My passion for scrapbooking has grown. I’ve worked at a retail scrapbook store. Then progressed into hosting scrapbook events with friends. It became difficult finding stores who wanted to bring product to sell during the events, so I started stocking supplies for the events. My inventory grew and I brought it online. I also create a club kit – well, you don’t need to join and there is no commitment, so it’s not really a club, but it’s a kit! It features coordinating products and is paired with 3 coordinating layout ideas – two 2-page layouts and one 12×12 layout. Instructions are included, but nothing is pre-cut so you can use the ideas as is, add your twist to them or ignore them all together – it’s up to you. Also, there is typically 2 of each patterned paper in the kit. I hate it when you get 1 sheet, love both sides and trying to create a 2-page layout.

My style is simple – I like to embellish, but not lose sight of the photos. Photos always take center stage, but I love to make the papers enhance the story. I tend to do more 2-page layouts then 1-page layouts. But I’ve also been know to create 6-page layouts with the panoramic page protectors – great for vacations.

Join me on this scrapbook journey. I hope you’ll find useful ideas that you incorporate into your scrapbook and crafting journey.