How to create an organised home – Aisha from Hobbycraft shares her top tips

Do you dream of an organised home? We caught up with one super-organised Cricut fan to share her top tips for staying organised at home.

Hobbycraft fans or followers may recognise Aisha from her posts, tutorials and inspiration on the Hobbycraft ideas blog and social media channels.

Aisha combines her passion for crafting with her job at Hobbycraft. She loves to inspire others to do more with their Cricut machines. Here, she tells us how she stays organised at home.

How do you keep your home tidy? Are there 3-5 things you are most proud of?

As much as possible I try to tidy as I go, so after I finish a task I’ll tidy up afterwards. Although this can sometimes be easier said than done, especially when I get carried away crafting or doing a home DIY project.

We’ve also had to think out of the box a little bit when it comes to storage options. Our house is a 1920’s semi and there are no straight walls and a lot of unusual nooks and crannies. That’s why finding something that’s right can take a bit longer. The reward of finding ‘the one’ and achieving a tidy, organised space is so good though! 

The one room in our house that I’m most proud of is our kitchen, we renovated it a couple of years back. We took it right back to bare brick wall. Before, it was a dark space, with lots of cupboards and not enough storag. Now it’s light, bright and airy, and we’ve been able to re-jig things slightly to include a larder – a dream come true for me.

In here we keep all of our food, and it’s worked out so much better than having everything crammed into numerous cupboards as you can see what you’ve got at a glance. We’re also able to keep the treats well hidden from our forever hungry dogs!

Why is it important to you to keep the home tidy? 

For me, a tidy home not only makes me super-productive, but it also helps massively with my mental health.

Days where I’ve let the washing pile up or have a mountain of craft supplies all over my desk in the craft room, are the days I find my mood is at its lowest. This tends to have a knock-on effect in other areas of my life. Keeping everything tidy also means I save a whole lot of time not having to hunt high and low for things.

How do you use your Cricut machine to keep tidy and organised?

I have the Cricut Maker which I’ve been using a lot in the past year to get our larder super-organised.

We try to buy as much food as possible out of packaging. This means we have a lot of dry ingredients that need better storage. We invested in lots of jars and created labels for them all. When you have six different types of rice, a label is definitely needed!

All of the labels were created in the Cricut Design Space app and cut from black removable vinyl. If we ever wanted to use the jars for other ingredients the labels could easily be changed without ruining the jar.

Labelling has become somewhat of an addiction – I’ve even labelled containers in the fridge!

Do you have any tips and tricks for people to try? 

Take your time – especially when it comes to designing anything for your home. Make sure you explore all of the fonts (or images) in the Design Space app to make sure you’ve got everything 100% as you want it.

I usually cut out one label as a test, place it on the item and then leave it for a few days. I then go back to it before making my final decision. I’m incredibly indecisive so this can take a while!

Repurposing – as a result of working on our house, we’ve found that it pays to do your research and explore different options especially when it comes to finding storage solutions.

For instance, plant pots make great pen and utensil pots. Clear jars are ideal for storing washi tapes and ribbons. And kitchen trollies are perfect for housing all your craft essentials.

If you live in a house that’s a little quirky like ours, sometimes it’s worth investing in bespoke storage options. Having something made that works for you and your space doesn’t need to be expensive, but it makes a huge difference in the end.

Find out more

If you loved reading about Aisha’s organisation tips, you may find this post useful too.

Aisha and her Hobbycraft colleagues have also shared some of her favourite organisation tutorials on the Hobbycraft Ideas hub.


6 things you didn’t know you could do in Design Space

Hands up if you knew all of these handy tips for working in Cricut Design Space?

Even the most adventurous and expert Cricut machine-owners love to learn a new trick. Take a look at our round-up of things you might not know about Design Space….*spolier* there are some game-changers in here!

Camera Tool

In the mobile and tablet app versions of Design Space there is a visualiser tool, located using the camera icon. This means you can see what your image will look like on your finished project.

To use the camera tool. select the camera icon from the menu at the bottom of the app. Hold your phone or device in front of your blank and you’ll see what your finished design could look like.

This is handy for picking complementary colours and seeing what it’s going to look like before you cut. Beware though, this won’t size your project as that depends on how far away you hold your device from your blank.

How to find the name of an image or font and choose more like it

When you’ve found an image you love and want to discover more in the same style, you can view the image set that the image belongs to.

In the desktop app, left-click, or highlight the image in the layers panel, then head to image info. Select the layer and click the ‘i’ if you’re in the mobile app. This will give you the name of the image and the image set that it belongs in.  You can click through directly to the image set from here too.

This also works to find out the name of fonts that have been welded together! Now, how many times have you welded a font and then forgotten which font you used?! We’ve all done it!

Move elements onto a different mat 

Did you know that you can move items between mats on the mat screen?

In the ‘Make it’ screen, simply click the three dots next to an image then move to a different mat. 

You’ll then be able to choose which mat to move the element to or be able to create a brand-new mat!

Change the colour of multiple elements at once

The Color Sync tool allows you to change the colour of multiple pieces on the canvas in a single click. It lives in the layers panel on the desktop app or in the bottom toolbar of the mobile app. It allows you to simply drag and drop a group of elements into another group of different coloured elements, this will make them all the same colour.

Another handy tip for working with colours is the ‘material colours’ listed in your options when selecting from the colour menu. You will always see colours already included within images on your canvas first, before the additional pre–set colorus or advanced options.

Score with Cricut Joy

Want to score with Cricut Joy? You may think this is impossible since there is no compatible scoring tool for Cricut Joy. However, the clever Design Space software knows this, so when you add a line from the shapes panel, it will create a dashed line instead.

You can also add Dash Border Line #M85AD039 from the image library and set the operation to ‘basic cut’. 

This will cut a dashed cut line on your project, which you can then use as a guide to create a lovely clean fold!

Organise which mat will cut first in a project

If you want to organise which parts of your project will cut first this simple trick will keep you in check.

Colour your project in rainbow order; it’s as simple as that!

Design Space will always work through the mats in a rainbow gradient starting with white, then black before working through the rainbow.

So, if you colour the elements you would like to cut first in white, that mat will be ready to cut first!

Find out more

Discover more Design Space hints and tips in our other blog posts:


8 DIY project ideas for an outdoor party

With lockdown restrictions easing allowing you to invite friends and family into your garden, you’re going to want to pull out all the stops. In this round-up of DIY projects for outdoor parties, we’ll take the stress out of the party planning by taking you directly to the project in Design Space.

Sandwich fans

This simplest craft project could be the sweetest thing to adorn your picnic fare. Level up your cucumber sandwiches with these adorable fans. Click here to follow the tutorial in Design Space.

Party Banners

Instantly add a party vibe to your outdoor space with colourful banners. There are a few to choose from including these striking tassels cut with the wavy blade on the Cricut Maker to create a beautiful finish.

Click here to make the Celebration Tassel Garland.

Alternatively, opt for a more traditional style with shapes or letter banners like these examples:

Star banner project:

Arrow banner:

Summer banner:

Up your game

Create games to keep your guests entertained. This tumbling tower game is perfect for all ages!

Or how about a matching game for the kids? Did you know you can cut the wood pieces on the Cricut Maker too?

Customised picnic cutlery

Customise your guest cutlery. This way they can keep the whole set for the duration of your party, which means less waste and less washing up!

Custom Picnic Cutlery:

Picnic blanket

Jazz up a plain picnic blanket with tropical vibes using Iron-on. You’d also have the best picnic spot at the park or sun trap on the beach if you took this out and about with you.

Tropical Leaf Picnic Blanket:

Raise the bar

Create a stunning bar menu with vinyl, so that your guests know what drinks are available. Or label the bottles at the juice bar so that they look terrific and help your guests pick their favourite tipple too.

Glass markers

Add these cute glass markers to everyone’s glasses, so that there will be no confusion as to who’s cocktail is whose!

And if you don’t want a permanent addition to your glasses, or want to update them for your next party, choose window cling or removable vinyl for the decals.

Pick a theme

To create a truly memorable gathering, pick a theme and run it throughout your party.

Take this Mexican fiesta-inspired fare, which includes decals for the tableware, bright and colourful cutlery holders, cute cacti cupcake toppers, and even the clearing up is covered with this Taco Tea Towel!

There are many more ideas for DIY projects for an outdoor party on Design Space. There is even a category called Parties & Events where you can choose from a wide range of themes and projects.


How to contour

Welcome to Cricut 101. In this article, we look at how to to use the contour tool in Cricut Design Space. (See ‘How to weld’ here and ‘How to upload images’ here).

What is the Contour Tool

The contour tool allows you to hide a portion of an image layer by removing any unwanted cut lines. This is useful to simplify an image, turn an image into a silhouette or remove a word from a text image. 

We’ve explained below, in a few easy steps, how to use the contour function. We’ve also shown the differences between the desktop version of the Design Space app and the mobile device version.

How to use the Contour tool

 You will need to ungroup an image first if it has multiple layers. This means you can work on each layer individually.

  • Windows/Mac – Select the image and then click Ungroup at the top of the Layers panel. 
  • iOS/Android – Select the image and then select Ungroup in the Actions menu. 
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Next, select the layer you want to hide cut lines from, and then: 

  • Windows/Mac - Click Contourin the Layers panel. 
  • iOS/Android – Select Hide Contour under the Actions menu. 
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Whichever version of Design Space you are using, the ‘Hide Contour’ window will appear. 

  • Windows/Mac - The lines on the image represent individual cut lines. Click on the cut line you wish to hide on the image itself or select the contour to be hidden from the menu at the right of the window.  The hidden contour will change to a lighter shade indicating that it will no longer show as part of the image and will not cut. Repeat with other cut lines, if desired.  
  • iOS/Android - The dark grey lines on the image represent individual cut lines. Click to hide the cut line. The line will change to a light grey, indicating that it will no longer show as part of the image and will not cut. Repeat with other cut lines, if desired. 
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When you have finished hiding image cut lines, close the ‘Hide Contour’ window, or click outside of the window to dismiss it. In the mobile app tap ‘Hide Contour’ again. The hidden contours no longer appear as part of the image. 

In our example below you can see how the spots on the butterfly’s wings, which were the same cut (and colour) as the body, have now been removed.

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The best thing about contour is that it’s temporary, or rather, you can go back and add those cut lines back in whenever you want to.

If you wish to restore a hidden contour, repeat the process and click on the hidden cut lines to add them back into the cut. The contour will reappear on the canvas. 

Further Help with Design Space

We hope this article helps you to do more in Design Space.You might also find these links useful:

  • In this video, Jen from Crifty Crafty explains when to use ‘Contour’, and when to use ‘Slice’:
  • Emma’s video shows how to use the contour tool in the desktop version of the Design Space app:
  • Paula, from the Cricut team in the US, demonstrates how to use contour in this video focusing on customising any image in Design Space:

And, don’t forget to visit our other Getting to Know Design Space articles: ‘How to upload images‘ and ‘How to weld‘. We’ll be adding more helpful articles for specific functions in Design Space too so remember to pop back to see what’s new.


Ramadan Lattice Cards Tutorial

It’s Rumana (from The Little Pomegranate) here on the Cricut Blog today and I’m really excited to bring you a tutorial on how to make my Ramadan and Eid cards.

One thing I’ve really appreciated in the last year is being able to send little tokens and notes of love to my friends and family- bringing us closer when we can’t physically be together. And with this being our second Ramadan in a pandemic I wanted to create something that would celebrate the intricacy of Islamic Geometry and put a smile on the receiver’s face.

I’ve created two cards, a card specifically for Ramadan and a second which is blank and could be used for any purpose.

Arch Card Tutorial

For my version I’m using:

  • Jewel Cricut Cardstock in teal
  • Glitter cardstock
  • Glitter gel pen in gold
  • Scoring stylus/wheel
  • Glue stick

Click here for the Lattice Card Tutorial

Step 1

Download the SVG of the card from my blog and upload it to Design Space. Here is a good tutorial on how to add your own images to Design Space.

Step 2

Let your Cricut cut, score and draw your project. If you’re using the Cricut Joy, you can remove the score lines and score manually using a ruler and bone knife or scissors (make sure not to cut through the cardstock if you’re using scissors).

Step 3

 Fold your card in half along the scoreline

Step 4

Glue along the back of the cut-out design.

Step 5

Glue you glitter cut out in place, shiny side face down.

Congratulations! You’ve made a beautiful arched card!

Lattice Card Tutorial

For my version I’m using:

  • Jewel Cricut Cardstock in purple
  • Glitter cardstock
  • Scoring stylus/wheel
  • Glue stick

Step 1

Download the SVG of the card from my blog and upload it to Design Space. Here is a good tutorial on how to add your own images to Design Space.

Step 2

Cut and score using your Cricut following the instructions on Design Space. If you’re using the Cricut Joy, you can remove the score lines and score manually using a ruler and bone knife or scissors (make sure not to cut through the cardstock if you’re using scissors).

Step 3

Glue along the border/edges of the cut-out design.

Step 4

Line it up with the cut out window on the main card and stick it down to the front.

Step 5

Press it down to stick in place.

Step 6

Fold your card in half along the scoreline.

I hope you love the cards as much as I do. Don’t tell the others, but the lattice card might be my favourite one… Make sure you keep checking in because I’ll be back on the blog and on Instagram sharing more Ramadan and Eid Cricut projects,



Selling things you’ve made using Cricut designs – Angel Policy

When starting a creative business, copyright is a really big deal! You need to ensure that you have permission to sell the designs you are using on the products you are making.  

Thankfully, at Cricut, we have your back! Our Angel Policy states that you can sell some of the things you make using designs from Cricut Design Space. But there are a few things to be aware of! Let us explain a little more.    

What is an Angel Policy? 

An Angel Policy is a way of explaining the permissible ways and how many things you are able to sell using another business’ images and designs. Most creative companies will have an Angel Policy as you’ll be making money from content or supplies they have provided you with. The content might be decorative papers, toppers, embellishments, or, as in our case, digital images or cut files.  

What is the Cricut Angel Policy? 

We believe we have one of the most generous Angel Policies in our industry. 

The Cricut Angel Policy allows you to sell things you have made using your Cricut machines, tools, accessories and software. But we do not allow mass production of craft items made with our products.  

That means you are able to sell up to 10,000 finished projects (i.e. cards, T shirts with iron on designs, finished cakes, etc.) per year using cuts made with Cricut products designs and images.   

Your finished projects cannot be made by more than one person, whether that be in an assembly line fashion, in a factory or made by a group of people (including family members). 

The exception to being able to sell your Cricut projects is where there is a third-party copyright. For example a licenced design or an image that has been made available to Cricut under licence. Our full Angel Policy has more information.  

What does the Cricut Angel Policy cover? 

Most images within the Cricut Design Space image library are covered by the Angel Policy. Here is the information you will want to note.

The content within Design Space has been marked so you can quickly see what is available for use on finished projects for sale.  If you look at the images below, you’ll notice one image with a green “a’ in the upper left corner, and one without.   

Both images are available for personal use. But, if you choose to sell your creations, only the image on the right (with the green “a”) may be used.  

The Angel Policy states that any trademarks, copyrights, and patents owned by third parties other than Cricut, made available to Cricut under license cannot be used and sold. 

Fonts within Cricut Design Space are also covered by the Angel Policy.  

Where you can sell your products 

Currently, there are no restrictions in the Cricut Angel Policy on where you can sell your finished products. You can sell on a third-party web site e.g. Folksy or Etsy or you can sell on your own website or via social media channels. You can even sell your items in a bricks-and-mortar store.  

Find out more

You will find the full Cricut Angel Policy by clicking on any of the Angel Policy links in this post.


How to weld

Welcome to Cricut 101 – Getting to know Design Space. In this article, we will look at Weld. We’ll answer the questions ‘what is Weld’ and ‘how to Weld’ in Design Space.

How to use the weld tool in Cricut Design Space 

The Weld tool allows you to join shapes to create a single customised image by removing any overlapping cut lines. This can be a great way to simplify a design, keep the letters of a word connected (as seen in the image above), or combine shapes to create new designs.  

If you are working with multi-layered images, you may want to ungroup the layers to arrange them separately before welding. 

How to use the Weld tool: 

  1. If you are welding two images together, make sure the images overlap with each other. 
  2. Select all images that will be welded together. Once two or more layers are selected, the Weld tool will become active. 
  3. On a computer, click Weld in the Layers panel to merge the selected images. On iOS/Android app, Weld is available under Actions menu. Wherever cut paths have intersected, only the exterior cut path will remain. 

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  1. You will know that your images are welded when they change to the same colour and the new image appears in the Layers panel. If needed, arrange your layers back to their original position. 

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Note that once a project has been welded and saved, it cannot be unwelded. A good trick when welding is to duplicate your design before welding so that you have an unwelded copy should you need to make changes. You can click the ‘Eye’ icon in the layers panel to hide these unwelded layers so that they don’t cut.

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We also have an article on ‘How to upload images‘ in our Getting to Know Design Space series of blog posts, with more articles to be added over the coming weeks. Be sure to check back for more helpful tips.


Introducing the Cricut Crew

We know that it can be a little bit daunting when you first embark on your adventure with Cricut. From choosing which machine to buy, getting started with Design Space, to learning how to cut with each new material, which is why we’re introducing the Cricut Crew.

The Cricut Crew are a group of kind, supportive and creative people who have a big love for Cricut. They’ll be hosting virtual workshops to help you make your first steps in learning something new with Cricut.

The first workshop to kick off is an introduction to Cricut Design Space for beginners with an Explore or Maker machine. Other workshops coming soon in May.

Meet the Crew

Fi: Fi is our Cricut Crew Coordinator. She helps organise our Crew, deals with customer bookings and makes sure everything runs smoothly. She is a Cricut mega-fan! Her favourite material is Vinyl and her passion is making customised wares from her home studio.

Emily: Emily has a super-friendly teaching style. She’s an expert in creating with Wood, Vinyl, Card and Leather so she’s your person if you have any specific questions around those materials

Kristal: Kristal’s sparkling personality will glow as she teaches you! Unsurprisingly, her favourite material is Glitter Iron-On, which she often uses to create beautiful, sparkly accessories for her business

Paula: Paula is a born crafter, spending every spare minute making. She particularly enjoys working with Vinyl, Fabrics, Infusible Ink and Card. Her enthusiasm for Cricut will shine through in your workshop!

Rabia: Rabia is such a talented creative, and knows so much about Cricut! Her favourite materials are Card and Vinyl but she’s always learning so makes the most wonderful teacher. She’ll share useful tips to make your journey with Cricut even smoother.

Rebecca: Rebecca will immediately make you feel relaxed with her calm and mega-friendly style. She is incredible at making the most creative projects using Card and Infusible Ink, and is a pro at turning basic shapes into beautiful designs.

Sophia: Sophia is also a superstar primary teacher when she’s not crafting, so has a seemingly never-ending pool of ideas for child-friendly projects, along with an amazing teaching style. She loves working with Vinyl, Iron-On and Infusible Ink

Zoe: Zoe has been teaching Cricut workshops for a couple of years, so she really knows her stuff! Her favourite materials are Vinyl, Iron-On and Fabric. Zoe teaches children how to sew in her own business; she’s particularly patient and attentive.

Book your workshop


How do I book onto a workshop?

You can book by visiting our Events page

How long do the workshops last?

Our beginner workshops usually last 1 hour but the length will be included on the EventBrite booking page so be sure to check this.

How many people will be on the workshop?

We want you to get the most out of your workshop and have hands-on time with your host so workshops will have between 2-6 participants

How much is it to attend a workshop?

Our workshops are £10

Are there other workshops coming soon?

We will be launching additional workshops that cover all machines, materials and levels of experience.


Using Cricut to try new products

When you’re running a small business, it can be quite tricky to try out new products or variations without having to order large quantities from manufacturers. Illustrator and designer Jessica has found that Cricut is the perfect way around this!

Hi I’m Jess, the illustrator and designer behind Jessica Smith Illustration! I love to create fun, colourful and feel good products and illustrations that I hope will brighten up your day or your walls. I work a lot with gouache and last year had my own book published, Get Up and Gouache, which talks you through how to use gouache with lots of fun projects to try for yourself. I also work digitally using my iPad and procreate to create illustrations, book work and hand lettering pieces.

I first came across Cricut while looking on Pinterest at how to make my own stickers at home. I wanted to be able to produce new products in smaller quantities than I could get from outsourcing. While looking into how to be able to make them for myself I stumbled upon the Cricut Explore Air. The mint green coloured one immediately caught my attention and I knew it would be the perfect addition to my studio!

Since adding the Cricut machine to my office I’ve been able to try out so many new products and it allowed me to experiment so much more than I could before. The very first thing that I tried making when it arrived was stickers. Having never had stickers in my shop before I wanted to test the water and see how they sold so I ended up making a few floral ones and popping them up for sale. They went down so well and are now a constant feature on my Etsy shop! I’ve also made cut-out cards, bookmarks, labels, and decals to Iron-On to tote bags!

There are so many more things that I’m yet to try and I honestly wouldn’t be without my Cricut machine now. 

Make sure you visit Jessica’s Shop and connect with her on Instagram!


March catch up with Emma Jewell


I’m sure I started my February Diary in the same way, but hasn’t the end of March come around quickly? 

I kicked this month off with my show on Hochanda. I’m still skyping in from my craft room until lockdown restrictions lift. The shows focused on Infusible Ink and Cricut Joy, so I was in my element creating Infusible Ink coasters and tote bags for the show’s demonstrations. 

I’ll be back on Hochanda (recently renamed The Craft Store) on the 9th of April, with two shows, both demonstrating paper crafting with your machine! 

International Women’s Day

I celebrated International Women’s Day at the start of March, with this Make-up bag DIY. Click here to see the video.

Did you know you can layer Iron-on on top of Infusible Ink? It gives a really cool effect! 

Offset feature in Design Space

I’ve also been loving the new offset feature in Design Space. This new tool allows us to outline or add a shadow layer to images and text. I used it to create this fun jumper, layering Iron-on on the sleeves to create a retro vibe.

I can’t stop using it, it’s such a perfect tool for making stickers and cake toppers too! 

Illustrations in Design Space

The BIG news this month is that I now have my illustrations in the Design Space Image library. When I first opened Design Space all those years ago, I thought about how cool it would be to have my own designs in Design Space and that dream came true this month!  

I’ve been keeping this a secret for quite some time, technically over a year, but it’s been a couple of months of drawing everything, usually in the evenings sat on the sofa watching TV!  

I currently have my first Image Set – Girl Gang – in the Design Space image library. This one is inspired by girl power and my own sassy style. Then, launching soon, is the British food Image Set. This collection is full of some British favourites, from scones and English breakfasts to sausage rolls and pasties! The easiest way to find them is by searching my name in the Images Sets section of the image library. They are all part of the Cricut Access subscription too! 

It feels so surreal to go and make something on my machines and be able to make my own designs and even more surreal to know that you are all cutting them too!

I have loved seeing your makes so far. Please do tag me in anything you make with them I would love to see! You can tag me on Instagram and Facebook

I’m excited to add more images soon with a British vibe, we have some really exciting themes planned! 

Procrastination Paper

I was featured in the March copy of The Procrastination Paper talking about how I became a full-time crafter. (Spoiler alert: Lots of glitter, blood, sweat and tears!)

This is a fabulous monthly magazine that encourages you to take time away from your phone and enjoy a slice of life offline! This Arts and Crafts themed issue also featured some of my fave crafty friends Nerrisa Pratt and Mike, the Crafty Gentleman!

Hobbycraft Workshops

I’m also excited to announce that I am going to be hosting 12 workshops for Hobbycraft in April.

I’ll be teaching you how to use and apply Vinyl to personalise your home. There are available to book through Hobbycraft’s event pages here: 

See you in April!

Emma x 

Join Emma’s Facebook Group community – The Cricut Club UK – or visit her web site: