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.

42 comments:

KAT said...

i'm thinking i need an imagination. all these contests, and i'm gonna start entering. lovin the projects.

KAT said...

make that...an 'imagine'....lol

tremblayfam said...

makes me wish I had a imagine! Cool!

Trina said...

Too cute. This is the first time I have wanted an Imagine. Nice job on the tutorial.

Anonymous said...

OMG!!! Erica, Thanks sooo much for this tip! I was going crazy using the CCR and the patterns kept changing on me I thought it was a bug and about to report it. I also didn't know I could change the size of the patterns!!! Yay, I am sooo excited!!! Thanks again looking forward to all your tips ont he CCR!!!!

Maria
mdel64@bellsouth/net

Laurie said...

Yep, if you play in Imagine mode it fills the color in both images. Hopefully that is something they plan to fix.

Barb O. said...

Your teaching is well-done. I, however, do not have that software or the IMAGINE machine. I only have the original Cricut Personal Cutter. This info will help, though, if I ever get the software and IMAGINE machine. I love the cards your DT have made. Really inspires me and teaches me the different things I can put on a card. Thanks for posting and teaching!
Barb O.

Suzys Crafts said...

Thanks for the information ERica. I am going to try this out tonight. So Excited! And of course, lets not forget the fabulous projects the ladies made. They are awesome!

Amy E said...

Such cute projects! I don't even own an Imagine, but I still like to come here and see what's going on!!

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scrapthissavethat.blogspot.com

Gaylynn said...

Oooh, this is just what I needed. Imagine info AND the CCR combination. Thanks!

http://blog.neatthings-boutique.com

Linda Harris said...

I have not tried the room yet. Got the invite at beginning,but my machine is in another room and scared to try it. LOL Will watch the ustream tonight if you do it and try maybe.

Connie Gail said...

It is always exciting for me to see the latest in technology with Cricuts ~ looks like we have come a looooong way since the Baby Bug. I enjoy learning right along with you. You do a great job of making complicated stuff seem so simple! Thanks Erica....:O)

gshrader said...

Thanks for the CCR tips! And great projects today!

Creative Mine by Maria said...

Thanks fof the tips! Makes projects easier to complete...thanks again!

Sam Pirkle said...
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Sam Pirkle said...

Thanks Erica, you do a great job explainin the ends and outs of CCR. The projects are really cute that your design team made. Love the pop open box. Great job ladies...

grammiej said...

nice tips IF you have an imagine, which I do not

Hope you will do some more tips using the expression or e2 machines, please!!

thx

Kim. said...

I just got access to the craftroom today and as yet have not tried it but hope to have a play tomorrow.
Kim xXx

Connie Layman said...

The Imagine has moved to the top of my wish list! I look forward to learning all I can in the mean time, please keep the tips coming! Great projects today!

EnjoliCollums said...

Thanks for the tips love the cards

Doris P. said...

teach me oh crafty one... :) sure hope you will file these in a area that keeps it all together for easy reference for me later :) THANK YOU!!! I am new to Imagine and I want to learn it ALL Doris
parkernana5@cox.net
http://mybugandmecreate.blogspot.com

sweetpea1077 said...

love the projects ladies! Have not made it into CCR (yet), and all I have is a regular old Cricut from when they first came out. But, Christmas is only a few months away.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great tips. I have so much to learn. Keep it coming.
plepoma@aol.com

Josie0602 said...

I love seeing the Imagine projects. They all are wonderful!!

Geri said...

GREAT info... I didn't know you could enlarge or move the paper inside the image. This is a GREAT tutorial!!!

Mad Crafter said...

Great info and awesome projects today. Time to go check out the blogs:)
~Madison funkycards.blogspot.com

Patricia said...

Thanks Erica --- look like it's time to check CCR!!

Pink Polka Dot Scrapping said...

great job Jenny! Erica Great information but i am more of a hands on learner! So guess who will be coming over MEEEE!!

Southern Scrapper said...

I am in love with the dragon flies!! BEAUTIFUL!! Good job & Thanks for sharing!

ocm said...

Very nice tutorial, though I'm beginning to wonder if Craft Room is ever going to go live!

: )

TeacherMom said...

Thanks!! That is so cool! I knew about the patterns on differnt cut but didn't know you could change the size of the pattern. Going to play now!!!!!
TeacherMom
gaudet5 at rogers dot com

Mayra said...

What cute cards, love the butterfly and dragon fly. Funny I was singing that song today "You make me so very happy" when I saw that it made me smile.

Jenny R said...

Great tips with the CCR...I love that you can change the size of the patterns. I love the pop out box...great job Melissa!

lmkindell1 said...

Wow some great tips and wonderful projects.

Linda

lmkindell1@verizon.net
lindashappyplace.blogspot.com

Angie said...

The DT did a great job on their projects. I do not have an imagine but the directions and tips are done very well.

Claire -ThreeWatersCreations said...

Thanks for the tutorial on CCR. I love the projects, TFS! I have a quick question, how do you get invited to use CCR?
Thanks for all you do
Claire
http://threewaterscreations.blogspot.com/

Kris Dietz said...

Thank you for this tutorial. I will have to try this out. Thank you so much for sharing it.

Kris
dietzrobles at yahoo dot com

Alisha said...

Great ideas!!! That machine is amazing. I might have to ask Santa for one.
thanks for sharing.

alisha.moorenielsen@gmail.com
http://scrappin-happens.blogspot.com/

cema1cema said...

Great job! I don't have an imagine but it sure looks fun! Christina ccapps35@gmail.com

Janeen said...

I always enjoy the creations on Imagine-ation Monday! I love to learn more things I can do with my new Imagine! Love all the examples, great job ladies! Thanks for the tutorial Erica! :)

sweetlilscrapper said...

love it!

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sweetlilscrapper at hotmail dot ca

Denise Gifford said...

Thanks for the tutorial Erica! I was able to listen to you and use my cricut craft room at the same time, so it was very helpful.

Great project today girls.