Friday, September 28, 2012

Headed to Provo-Craft to hopefully bring this to you soon!!

How great of a Cartridge Handbook would this be????
(This was one of my other pitches in July) 

Well I am headed to Provo Craft now for this below. My proposal for the handbooks. I have many of them done. Wouldn't you LOVE to see all handbooks done like this so you know EXACTLY how to make each image? Wouldn't you use your Cricut more?
Wouldn't you buy more cartridges if they were all this easy to see HOW to put it together???
Please comment on this post as this post is going to Provo- Craft and they can see your feedback!!!
This shows you which color of paper to use and which buttons to press.




74 comments:

Karen Bahit said...

This is wonderful, Erica... So so helpful - will Provo-Craft be doing this...

Jodie R said...

This would be a dream come true. I get confused sometimes, myself. I can just imagine what the new kids on the block think. Even if they just did this in a digital handbook, it would be awesome!! Thanks, Erica!

Melissa Slifko said...

That would make my life much easier!!!!

Denise Lankford said...

Oh my gosh, I LOVE it. As a newbie, I always have the hardest time trying to figure it out. I think it would save me a lot of time and frustration. I hope that Provo Craft approves of your idea.

Cora Ford said...

Wow that would make it so much easier....would it show up like that in the handbook library also?

Mary said...

This would be fantastic! I love the color coding. It would make life soooo much easier!

[Melissa] said...

Yes please! That would take a lot of guess work/time out of it for me. Sometimes I have to sit and decode the cuts and by the time I do, my head is swimming and I no longer want to create anything. This would be wonderful!

kim said...

I would love to see this. I have a few friends that I help with there cricut and this handbook is so much easier for them to understand and follow. LOVE IT

kim
k1i2m3@cox.net

Anonymous said...

Great Idea!! And could you tell them we need a Barbie Cartridge also!!

Rhonda Miller said...

What a great idea. I admit, I would do a LOT more with my Cricut if this was included. I always get stuck on how to do some of it and get everything the right size to match up all the layers correctly.

Anonymous said...

Excellent idea Erica. Here's hoping Provo Craft is receptive to it. I hope if they do it that it is in book form as I don't use the craft room.

Kathy Salido said...

This would be fabulous. So many times I am confused, especially with the older books on how to cut a multi layered image and how to recreate the samples in the books. This is especially frustrating with the cartridges that do not come with a full book.
Kathy
Salido99 at msn dot com
http://3spoileddogs.blogspot.com/

TeresaK said...

I would LOVE for this to happen! I have been VERY frustrated with the most recent little folders that PC has given with some of the newest, smaller cartridges. We need more direction and information! Crafting should BE FUN, not stressful ...and when you have to try to figure it all out... takes the fun out of it.
PLEASE PROVO CRAFT...do something just like Erica is showing!
THANK YOU!
Teresa K
www.createenjoyshare.blogspot.com

Jamie M. said...

I would love tho have this added to the cartridges. Sometimes it is frustrating to sit there and try to figure out how to get it to come out the same as the picture. This would save time and with all of us having such a limited time to craft every second counts.

Melissa said...

I would love this! I've often wondered why they didn't do something like this to make it easier to understand how layers go together, especially with more detailed images.

CCfromoz said...

I would love something like this, those handbooks are very confusing

divinecrone said...

What a fabulous idea!! While they're at it, maybe they could redo the graphics on the older digital handbooks, very poor image quality on some.

ScrapMyWay said...

sounds perfect!

Ruby Taylor said...

This would be amazing!

Anonymous said...

Love Love Love tis.... it would make it soooo easy. come on Provo Craft you could do it !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lisa said...

This is awesome...too many times I struggle with this issue.

Ildi-The craftin mama said...

This would make life a lot easier!!! For sure!!

Anonymous said...

This would be great !! I totally would buy more, if they were all like this.

Pattie Mcginnis said...

Looks great. They look just like you said they would.
Would love to have them for my cartridges.
Are you going to do CCR too?

tremblayfam said...

wow, that would be very useful!

Jenscrapstoo said...

Erica, What a Fantastic idea, Yes it would make it SO much easier to decifer the layers and I know I would use my Cricut much more, especially for the "Older" carts!! Thanks for doing this!! Cheers Jennie

Ava Fernandez said...

Awesome, this would be great addition, how many newbies would actually be able to figure it out.
Woukld sure be of great help with some of the newer ones they are coming out with.

Nicole H. said...

This is awesome Erica! I know a lot of people that would be more interested in using the cricut if they had more instruction.

scrapbookingforfun said...

Great Idea Erica and I shared on my wall too!!!!

MomCleo said...

What a great idea! Thanks so much for suggesting this.

Nadja said...

Good Luck Erica, I hope this will happen! I am all about crafting smarter not harder... :)

Kris Dietz said...

Great idea! Hope they like the idea too.

Natasha said...

There are definitely some cartridges that I need something like the for. I know 2 off the top of my head that I love, but never use because I cannot get the layers to work. Great Idea!!

tina said...

This is such a awesome ideal alot of times I give up and just don't make some items because they are just to hard to figure out. And sometimes I think provocraft left out the secret decoder ring. Old age has slowed me down. But I'm a fairly intelligent person. It's nice to know I'm not the only one.!

ClaireR said...

Wonderful idea Erica. It would def make life easier for us.

ClaireR said...

Wonderful idea Erica. It would def make life easier for us.

Scrappin' Robin said...

Great idea. It would make it more user friendly.

HeatherLynn said...

LOVE THIS IDEA!! I don't know how many times I have had to help some of my friends cut out images with the Cricut! Every once in a while, I have problems trying to figure out what color to use for a layer..This would make crafting life easier for all!

Heather Lynn

Deanne Gutierrez said...

Love it, Love it, Love it! I am so hoping that this comes to be. Come on Provocraft, such a great idea :)

Deanne Gutierrez

Gabriela Sandoval said...

This would be awesome! Much easier to figure out. Great idea.

Gabriela

suzyQ2 said...

That would be wonderful! There are so many times I can't make sense of how they are intended to go together and get vey frustrated!

Josie0602 said...

Oh Erica! I love this idea!! It would be perfect as a "helper" when it is difficult to see how things fit together! Thanks for being a voice for us Cricuteers!!

Lyd's Creations said...

I would LOVE to have this with my cartridges, I have so many images I haven't even touched yet and so many cartridges not used enough- it would definitely make me buy more cartridges, YEAH !

Clayful Imagination said...

This layout would make using the cricut much simpler! Great job Erica!

kdgdi said...

Yes! Yes! Yes! This is a very clear and helpful way to help cricut users. I know it would help me and encourage me to make more with my cricut. I often feel overwhelmed with some of cuts with layers.

Lin said...

THANK YOU!! I am using a magnifying glass and an inordinate amount of time struggling with SEEING the layers in their pale colors/getting all the parts...jumping through all the experimental hoops to accomplish a single item. My young granddaughter is counting on me to be her cricut mentor, this would make it sweet for both of us.

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh this would be wonderful!!!!!
It would make seeing the cuts we need so much easier!
I have my cartridge handbooks downloaded to my 7 in tablet and this would make seeing them so much better there, too!
I love the section you have that shows the cuts we need and the order to push the buttons to get that cut. the colors help a lot, too!
I think if the handbooks were set up this way PC would get some of those customers that maybe a little nervous about how to get started.
I always have to sketch out the cut, its button location, the feature buttons I'll need etc and this would save me a lot of time.
My wish would be that they redo the older cart handbooks as well as the new ones.

dmcardmaker (at aol.com)
(email follower)

Nana's Paper Things said...

What a GREAT idea! I would love, love, love to see this type of handbook. I don't know how much time and material I have wasted trying to cut some of the more detailed pieces, not to mention all of the stress that goes along with it!! I hope they listen!!
LizW in TX

azivy said...

What a wonderful idea... Wow wouldn't It be great to actually get a project finished without all the unnecessary cutting and finish with just s few steps....., love this idea!
Amy
azdrojewski.blogspot.com

Jessica S said...

Yes, this would be perfect! To have the actual button pic(s) next to the cut that will be made....a lot easier! And, yes, I would definitely use my Cricut more! LOL
:O)
Jessica S

Debbie said...

This is a lovely idea, this type of handbook would be so much more useful and help me a lot of people. This would make the Cricut machine user friendly. I also think it would help a person design more detail scrapbook pages etc, which then they would use their machine more and probably in turn buy more cartridge if a person used what they already have
upnurse at aol dot com

Sarah said...

This is a great idea Erica. I think that it would be so helpful to new cricut user and helpful on some of those cuts that we just aren't sure about which cut is which. I hope that PC will go with your idea.
Sarah
craftingwithsarah.blogspot.com
MCCR DT

Anonymous said...

I love this idea, I think it would be helpful!
Deb

Marianne said...

Oh my word...i would love LOVE to have an handbook like this. it would save so much on paper, as i sometimes forget which button needs to be pressed first! i really hope this happens.

marianneDOTwanhamATgmailDOTcom

studioclaysculpter said...

OMG..... Just what is needed to make it so much easier. The books this way, kids would be able to use with such ease.

Rose said...

Wonderful idea..my Granddaughter loves the cricut and this would definetly make it much easier for her and yes me too!

missstamper said...

Very cool!

Craftmom said...

This would be great! Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Yes yes yes please and when you go to Provo Craft show them all the positive comments you have received on this and they would be crazy not to listen to us. Good Luck Erica!!!!!

Tammy Powers
tpowers71@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Would be so nice. I agree can be so confusing at times. This would be nice!

Carol said...

I agree with everyone else, this would be great. I think it's terrific that they want you to come back again

Cathy said...

I think this is a great idea:)..I thought I already commented here??? guess not:)
cathyplus5.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

What a great Idea.I know this would more helpful to use and people would use their Cricut more.

Anita Braddock said...

What an Awesome Idea always wondered why the didn't include it like this. would love all to be this way so many different was to use the images and the way to lay them out. thanks

caccie said...

I would love this!! Could spend more time crafting instead of trying to figure out which buttons I need to use...

Jessica S said...

Back to chime in with my opinion again....
I am really liking this idea after playing with the Sweet Treats cartridge and losing my mind up until 2:30 a.m. last night...LOL
I had a horrible time trying to figure out if one of the cuts (I am assuming candle and flame) were to go on top of the first layer, under the first layer, or in the middle somewhere. I opted to leave it out!!!

Anonymous said...

I agree that this would be a great help! I definitely would buy more cartridges that way as I would have a better idea of how to make the items.

Anonymous said...

What a great idea! Would save time and for sure will use images a lot more.

Nina said...

Yes! Who designs their handbooks anyway? A Man!!!

Diane Angell said...

If they don't run with your idea they will be fools! This is awesome and I for one would definitely buy all new handbooks and tons more cartridges if these were the books!

Scrapperdee said...

If your idea makes the printed images on the handbook smaller...or adds more pages..or makes the handbook page size larger, then I don't like it one bit.

I think the handbooks are pretty self explanatory as they are.

Scrapperdee said...

I think PC should spend more time on:

- proofreading cartridges (seems to be 1 spelling mistake/cartridge)
- making sure updates to cricut sync don't kill gypsies, imagines etc
- updating content on cricut sync on a more timely basis
- improving CCR so its easier to use (and doesn't kill imagines) and doesn't require internet access

Jessica S said...

Again, giddy with enthusiasm that you are being our "Middle Man Voice" to Provo Craft and your ideas are always amazing!
:O)
Jessica S

AJoy said...

I like the idea but I believe it would make the hand books much larger and/or the print smaller to fit it all in! That part concerns me. I like it that they put the individual images as their own color but I think the problem is that they are all too small! (And I have better than 20/20 eyesight)

I am MUCH more excited about your idea for CCR. Other machines and software already do this. So, it would be a definite improvement.

I wish we could use CCR to make, draw our own shapes! What do you think about that... I don't think this would decrease sales, I think it might INCREASE sales because they would be "free" to make any image AND use their artwork! It takes a lot of time and talent to make your own images. I think a lot of people don't have the time to do this.

Also, you could SELL an upgrade to CCR that would allow you to make your own shapes. $$$

April
nginerd at gmail dot com