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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Wondering how to connect your Cricut to your computer?

In order to be able to cut your Make the Cut! designs on your Cricut, there needs to be a connection between your computer and your Cricut. If you don't already have one, you will need to purchase an A/B type USB cable.  These are inexpensive and very easy to find at any store that sells computers and software (I picked mine up at Walmart for about $14).

The two ends of the cable look like this:


To plug the cable into your Cricut, locate the connection port on the back of your Cricut right beside the power connection and plug the square end of the cable into it as shown below.


Next, locate the USB port on your computer (most computers have several, some on the front and some on the back of the computer) and plug the other end of the cable in. The ports are in different places on different computers, but they look like this:


That's all there is to it!  Once your Cricut and your computer are connected, you will be able to send cutting files directly from Make the Cut! to your Cricut.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

What is an SVG Graphic?

If you read about Make the Cut!, you'll hear about svg files, and that any svg file can be cut with Make the Cut!  But what is an SVG?  The acronym stands for Scaleable Vector Graphic, or, in simplest terms, a graphic image that can be made as large as you like without losing quality.

Unlike jpg files which are made up of pixels or little dots of color (if you have a digital camera, your photos download as jpg files), vector graphics are made up of lines and curves, which means they can be scaled up or down and they will still be nice and crisp.

So what this mean is, any SVG file that you find on the internet can be imported into Make the Cut! and cut on your Cricut with great results.

Where can you find SVG files? There are lots of free resources out there, here's a great one to get you started:   Open Clip Art Library

Welcome to Cre8ive Cutz!

I am very excited to be bringing you tutorials and information about cutting with your Cricut electronic cutter, as well as cutting files that can be used with Make the Cut or Sure Cuts a Lot software.

Would you like to know a little bit about me?  I am a paper turned digital scrapbooker.  When I decided to take up digital scrapbooking (which I love for a lot of reasons) I missed the hands-on aspect of paper scrapping.  I was invited to a Stampin' Up party a friend was having, and discovered the wonderful world of cardmaking.  Since then, I've tried all kinds of cardmaking techniques, and recently purchased a Cricut machine to expand the possibilities of what I can do. I also love making mini-albums, and my Cricut is the perfect companion for that as well.

Here's a photo of a cute little greeting card I created using my Cricut and Make the Cut.


I plan to share some of my projects with you, as well as lots of other fun stuff.  Stay tuned!

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