Are you still feeling intimidated by your Cricut Explore machine? I admit I am (just 4 months into my learning project) … but with Mother’s Day approaching, I thought I’d teach myself how to make some paper flowers. There are some excellent tutorials available. I also found Lia Griffith! Talk about inspiration! But then I saw “view SVG files here.” Ummm… what’s that?
Technically speaking: “A file with the SVG file extension is most likely a Scalable Vector Graphics file. Files in this format use an XML-based text format to describe how the image should appear.
Since text is used to describe the graphic, an SVG file can be scaled to different sizes without losing quality – in other words, the format is resolution independent. This is why website graphics are often built in the SVG format, so they can be resized to fit different designs in the future.” Thank you, Lifewire!
Ok, so now we know WHAT it is, but how can I get it into Cricut Design Space?
- Log in to Design Space.
- Click on the green “New Project” button in the upper right-hand corner
- In the left grey menu bar, click on “Upload Image.”
- Click on the “Upload Image” button.
- Click “Browse” and locate the specific file you want and click “Open.”
- Name and tag your image, so it’s easier to find later.
- Click the “Save” button in the lower right hand corner.
Now, the sky’s the limit, right? Well, ok, maybe not, but at least it’s a start. Do a search on Pinterest or Google for “SVG files” or “free SVG files.” There are lots of fun ideas to explore!
Still confused? Join a Cricut Facebook group, where people help people with ideas and suggestions and answer any “newbie” questions (for people like me). It’s another resource you may want to consider if you’re just starting out!