The ultimate Cricut how-to book that covers everything you need to know to purchase a Cricut and use it like a pro!
Are you new to Cricut crafting? Returning after a hiatus and desperate for a refresher? Perhaps you're an old pro looking for brand-new ideas, tips, and tricks for your crafts? Look no further than The Unofficial Book of Cricut Crafts.
Throughout the more than 300 pages of this book, author Crystal Allen will not only present you with craft ideas that embrace every awesome element of this popular cutting machine, but, perhaps most importantly, she'll start you at the very beginning of your Cricut journey with loads of information about the different Cricut machines (Cricut Explore Air 2, Cricut Maker, and Cricut Joy) so you can determine which is best for you before you buy.
After you unbox your Cricut and have a general understanding of the parts of your machine, Crystal will teach you how to use Cricut Design Space and get images from Cricut Access, and then you'll be presented with projects that use the most popular materials your Cricut can cut. These include fabric (cotton, felt, and fleece); basswood and chipboard; leather; vinyl; paper; and heat transfer vinyl. Crystal even tackles infusible ink!
Projects meant to inspire you will include step-by-step instructions and photos. They include:
Personalized leather keychains
Etched wine glasses
Engraved quote bracelets
Felt coffee cozies
Inspirational quote pillowcases
Leather headphone keepers
Infusible Ink coasters
A rag quilt
The Unofficial Book of Cricut Crafts is perfect for the first-time Cricut user, the small business owner who has been using Cricut for years, and everyone in between!
About the Author
Crystal Allen is the owner and creative director of Hello Creative Family, a website for families looking to ignite their creativity with simple, playful, and fun crafts, DIYs, and recipes. Raised by two creative parents, Crystal is a firm believer that creative parents raise creative kids. With an emphasis on projects that take sixty minutes or less to make, Hello Creative Family’s goal is to inspire families everywhere to carve out a bit of time to get creative and create a handmade, homemade, heart-made home. She is the author of Caticorn Crafts. Crystal resides in British Columbia, Canada.
"They could have named this 'Everything you could ever need to know about your Cricut'! From choosing a machine to getting started in Design Space to tips and tricks for every material you could dream of—this will be your go-to resource for information and inspiration. A must for all Cricut owners!" —Beth Kingston, On-Air Craft Expert for the Home Shopping Network and host of Hometalk TV
"Whether you are brand new to the Cricut or an advanced Cricut crafter, you will love The Unofficial Book of Cricut Crafts! It is an easy to understand, comprehensive guide to all things Cricut… from how to use Cricut’s Design Space software, to the workings of each machine, to the materials they can cut and everything in between. It’s also filled with so many creative project ideas that are simple to recreate with clear, detailed instructions and step by step photos for each tutorial. With her book, Crystal will inspire you to take your Cricut crafting to the next level (or to finally take that Cricut machine out of the box and get to creating!)." —Lydia Nordhoff, of Lydi Out Loud
"The Unofficial Book of Cricut Crafts is the how-to guide we all wished came in the box. Crystal Allen shares her expertise with each Cricut model as well as project ideas with the files to make them yourself. My favorite way to learn something is with a best friend at my side while sharing a computer screen, and Cricut Crafts provides just that. Crystal is the Cricut best friend you always wanted, sharing instructions for the Design Space software, helpful craft tips, and great resources to have you feeling confident and crafty in no time. This is a must read for anyone who wants or already has a Cricut." —Brooklyn Berry, of BrooklynBerryDesigns.com
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