Monday, August 29, 2011

My IMAGINE-ation Monday August 29, 2011

Each day this week I will be showing you a new tip or trick to use Cricut's CraftRoom Software...
feel free to ask questions in your comments....

Today is My IMAGINE-ation Monday.....
If you are a new follower you might be wondering what that is....
Well you do NOT need to have a Cricut Imagine to do some of our projects....
On Mondays myself and the design team use one of a few things... we either use papers that have been printed on the Cricut Imagine, OR we might use an Imagine ART cartridge and cut shapes from those cartridges, using regular printed paper that we have bought at the store.... Remember you do not have to print to cut with the Imagine.... I use my Imagine to make everything... I will put a regular cartridge (say Mickey and Friends)  in and load my printed paper and choose CUT ONLY....
Over the next few weeks I will be writing an 'editorial' per say on Mondays. I will show you some great things about the Imagine.
Over the weekend I know MANY people gained access to Cricut CraftRoom (CCR)
Today I want to talk about a GREAT feature of CCR.
I can insert a pattern into ANY shape from any cartridge. I can then decide what size I want the pattern to fill at. Here are a few pictures....

So I opened up this image from Baby Boutique.....
These were the patterns that it came in, I went to the image itself and click on it, then at the bottom of the box, it gave the option to edit group, then on the top right of this image you can see combine, separate. I click separate.... then i pick eah image on its own to fill.... Don't forget to pick the Imagine machine.... on the left go to options, then machine and you can pick IMAGINE, or whatever machine you are using.
Even if you do not have the Imagine, I recommend designing in 'IMAGINE mode' so you can see what the colors will look like together.




You can see here i filled the image on the right with a different pattern.



Then I put  different pattern in the image on the left...



Here is what it looked like after I clicked Combine on the top right... You can see there is a grey box that has two choices, WELD,     DO NOT WELD  It automatically wants to try to weld.... sometimes if you do not push the button DO NOT WELD, it will apply that pattern to both images.... It will not do this is you take part an Imagine image. but if you were to do this on the non-Imagine cartridges, and they touch it wants to automatically weld the images and what ever color or pattern is on them. You may have to click :Do not weld" and move them away from each other and then fill them with the pattern or color that you do want... Then after you click DO NOT WELD you  can then let them touch and they will keep their own patterns.



I then separated them again and decided that I wanted the pattern larger, Under the colors and patterns tab on the left choose colors and patterns. You will then see two boxes with an arrow in between them. If you click the box on the right it will make the pattern larger as shown below. If you want to make it smaller click the image on the left to make it smaller. You can also use the arrows right next to those boxes to move the pattern where you want.... For example if there is a word in a pattern i can move the pattern left or right to get the word where I want it...



Then I made the pattern larger on the left using the same process.




I then clicked combine and put my image back together. You do NOT have to put them back together you can leave them as two images and print and cut separately.


I hope you learned something new today. Here is what the Design team has made to share today.

Jenny R made this card with her Imagine and Nursery Tails.... Visit her blog to see how she did it.

Melissa made this with Best Friends and Her Imagine machine!

 
Dont forget I am having our Countdown to Christmas where I am giving away a cartridge a week from now until Christmas. The only way to win is to comment here in my blog. I will choose a winner at random from all of the comments that week.