Cricut Stickers | Tutorial & Tips

Before I even received a Cricut machine all I wanted to do was create pretty, unique stickers for my planner. People who say they are too old for stickers I will never quite understand. Anyway, everyone made it look so easy on their tutorials so I thought it would be just as smooth for me. I watched multiple tutorials and thought I was overly prepared to say the least. After spending weeks creating designs for my first stickers the machine showed me who was really in charge. So, you want to make stickers? I am showing you ALL of my failures and how to fix them, so that when you create your own it will actually run smooth.

#1: Always Peel the Mat NOT the Material: This protects your project from curling up and getting into a jumbled mess.

#2: Do NOT Leave the Mat Uncovered: As soon as the material leaves the mat the clear plastic sheet should immediately be placed back on top of it. This protects the mat from losing its stickiness from dust and various things.

#3: Printing Sticker Paper: Yes, the simplest things can go wrong so take the extra time to figure out which side of the sheet is sticky and which is not. Some brands clearly mark the wrong side and some do not. Does the printer flip the paper over while printing? If so it needs to be sticky side down. If you are not sure do a test run by creating a tiny mark on the wrong side of the paper and print out a letter in white. This will ensure that you do not waste any precious sticker paper.

#4: Measure Twice Cut Once: Even if the project is only stickers it still applies to the golden rule of measure twice, cut once. Sticker planners need to be certain dimensions in order to not look weird. Plus, who wants a sticker they cannot read because it is too small. Just take a moment to think how large each needs to be in order to be legible and functional.

#5: Trim Off the Excess: Projects are bound to be doomed to the trash bin at some point when testing new materials. Take the time to trim off access pieces from sticker paper that is still usable, even if you cannot print and cut them they are still functional for something. Even if everything goes according to plan there will be scraps.  Place them in a scrap bin or organize them by time in folders/ drawers.

#6: Attach Vs. Flatten: The attach function in Design Space is just as it is shown on the button, a paperclip. It will move as one unit; however, all of the layers are still separated. Flatten on the other hand smashes all the layers into one, which is shown in the layers panel. For complex stickers made in Design Space with multiple layers Flatten is your best friend. I really wish that Cricut as a company would program Design Space to use blue lines to indicate exactly where the machine will cut, this would have saved so many of my projects.

#7: Bleed Option: When creating a print and cut there will be an option automatically turned on called bleed. Bleed does exactly what it sounds like, it bleeds the image over the indicated measurements. Test it out, from project to project it will vary on whether it is helpful or hurtful.

#8: Test Products: Even if the first or fourth sticker attempt totally sucks try them out, jot down issues with them. Take each test as an opportunity to learn what to fix in order to create better project results the next time. Try out the stickers on a planner to see if they are too large, too small, too thin or whatever it may be.

#9: Calibrating the Machine: Print and cut projects can be a headache as they may be off by a hair or by a lot. Proper alignment can make or break a project. If projects seem to be way off try recalibrating your Cricut.

#10: Material Settings: If you use Cricut materials it is pretty simple to select the proper material settings, however, if you purchase a third-party material it may be a little bit tricky. Anytime you try something new you need to test it out so try the Cricut sticker paper setting, for me it cut through both layers of the sticker paper, since it was too thin. My favorite sticker setting is called sticky note, it works well for third paper sticker papers. Don’t be afraid to test new settings and materials. Maybe one type of sticker paper really isn’t that great. Try another one before throwing in the towel and blaming yourself.

Watch the video below for examples and tutorials on all of the tips mentioned above.

XOXO Faith

Cricut Tote Review | HOMEST

Finally, the Cricut box has made it out of the house which means yes a bag review of course. After doing some research I realize that the Cricut branded storage option wasn’t the optimal one for me. Although the brand’s bag is heavily padded and appears to be of good quality there were two things that had me searching for alternative brands.

Price has to be highest on the list, nothing about this hobby has been cheap to say the least. It wasn’t a shock that Cricut’s totes carried a steep price, however, for less than a third of their price there are similar options on the market. So… what makes Cricut’s option “better”; to be frank their tote has optimal padding, it seems to be almost Otter Box status. Ha. While it is a nice perk, is it really necessary for such a large machine? Accidents happen yes, but I for one already have my radar on blast as it is my newborn baby.

Second on the list is storage, just like Ariel we’ve got gadgets and gismos a plenty but we want more. I am a sucker for some good pockets and the optimal storage tote has to have serious pockets for ALL THE THINGS!! Cricut’s brand sports two, compared to the brand I choose which had double. It’s all about what YOU want in a bag, what are the highest qualities on your list?

All of my needs were fulfilled by the brand Homest, at least per the description and well those lovely internet photos which are almost as wishy washy as hotel photos. Find out if I made the right choice for my Cricut storage in the full review video below. As a bonus, there is also a mini peak inside my craft nook.

XOXO Faith

Winter Style Book | 2020

First off happy new year! To kick this year of blogs off I wanted to highlight my favorite winter outfits. All of these looks are cozy, cute and affordable. I have provided the brands/ companies, however, there are no direct links since these styles are pretty popular. If you have any questions, leave a comment or send me a direct message.

Frilly Flirt

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Reusable Duster | Easy DIY

Eco friendly products have been around for a while and still I have yet to try any. Similar to other popular items, there always seems to be a settle label “tax”. For instance, items that never had any gluten are suddenly sporting a gluten free sticker and a shiny new price tag. All the fashion trends seem to follow a similar formation of how to raise prices when the demands rises to increase it’s business.

The Truth Behind | Fashion Hauls

Magazines, Pinterest, YouTube, and even the various people we cross paths with on the street spark inspiration for new trends, different styles and all things fashion. Recently, it has been brought to my attention that several famous youtubers and social media gurus spoke up about the fact that they buy items simply to use them as content. Fashion hauls are a huge part of this massive consumer issue of want, want, NEED. Titles such as “spending too much at Target” or “massive summer hauls” draw in a large crowd but why?

Costco Clothing |Review & Haul

Recently, I have been obsessed with shopping the clothing section at Costco. The deals are unbelievable but what about the quality overall? Whenever you shop no matter what the price tag says, there are a few things to check to make sure the tag matches the item’s quality worth. The type of material, origin it was made in, stitching and dying process all contribute to the actual garment’s quality rather than just paying for the brand itself.