Tag: Cricut

Design Space 3 Hack

For anyone who uses the Cricut machine, they will know that there was a new design space that just came out.

Now with that came some pretty cool new additions, but it also came with some faults. Case in point the new P&C feature. While you get to print larger images & save paper, you now are stuck with a HUGE box around the entire image. This is fine and doesn’t mean anything for the general uses, but what if you want to print on a colored sheet of paper? When what I do for a living, many invites that I make are not done on just basic white paper, they are on really cool paper. Take these I Do BBQ invites. They are printed on a thick recycled kraft cardstock paper, I then use my cricut to cut out the invite in these really cute mason jar shapes.

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Before Cricut updated to the new design space 3, the registration marks were only little squares, and easier to manage. Now it’s a huge box around the entire image. Because I wasn’t going to let \the cricut rule my life, I designed a hack.

Directions:
Open the link
Press ‘make it’ button
Send to printer
Print on sticker paper
P&C using the sticker paper setting
Let the machine do its magic
When it’s done now you can print on any color paper!
Peel off 4 of the marks and put them onto the colored paper. (Be sure not to go over the black lines. You want those!

new file

 

I DO BBQ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s it!

I am so excited that I took the time to make this file. It sure saved me from taking down my most beloved items in my shop.

-Ashlee


How New York City changed my life

I know what you’re thinking, of course it did, NYC is AMAZING …. Sadly I have to disagree! I’m not a city gal, I’m a down-home-back-country-sit-by-a-bonfire-at-the-end-of-the-night kind of gal. The hustle of the city was a bit overwhelming to me, and the rats are way bigger than I ever dreamed of.

So why did NYC change my life? Because the opportunity that took me there was what changed my life! For 5 years I’ve just been this gal, selling on Etsy her party decor. Everyday I hoped that the new item I threw up was going to sell, and that people would buy my stuff. Well, apparently someone noticed! A little over a month ago I was approached by the amazing marketing team of  Cricut. They found my shop and LOVED my stuff! WHAT (shocker, gasp, I may even passed out a bit), they wanted to fly this small town girl from KY to NYC to speak to magazine editors about being an entrepreneur.

I jumped at the opportunity to go to NYC, of course I would love to show off my talents! I thought I was going to talk to magazine editors and tell them about myself, and never did I think I’d come back re-energized about my craft & life. This NYC trip was more than just a press event, I mean press is cool, but to be told by so many that my stuff is amazing and I’m on the right track, is like, WOW! Seriously, an editor from Martha LOVED my stuff! I met a ton of people for the 2 days I was out there, one thing I took from the trip, start a blog! So of course here I am, listening to the people, public, and PR people.

To look back on the last 13 years of my life, I would’ve never guessed in a MILLION years I would be where I am today.

My life wasn’t always cupcakes & party banners, it was once a very rough road. I was a troubled teen, now before you go off and think, well every teen has their moments. Ask my Dad, he’ll agree I was hell-on-wheels, I’m sure he had nightmares about the stuff I hadn’t done yet. By the age of 18 I was pregnant, and faced with the reality of this.is.my.life.

Unwed, teenaged, single mother.

By the age of 20, I had seen & been through it all. Had a 1-year-old on my hip, dealing with domestic violence, drug abuse (not me, my then counterpart), food banks & life. During this time though, I was always working at least 1 full-time job, and going to college full-time. After I turned 21, I had committed myself to being a single mom, working & going to school full-time, I was doing it by myself. I put myself through college, graduated with 2 degrees & ended up meeting one of my biggest cheerleaders in life, who I eventually married.

The day I told my Dad I was pregnant he said to me: You will live your life-like you will always be a single mother, do not settle, you can do this. Do not depend on someone else, make a life that you want to live, whatever you want to accomplish, do it. Work your butt off, it will be hard, but in the end it will all pay off.

Well Dad, YOU WERE RIGHT!

Hard work has paid off.

While in NYC I went to the Empire State Building. While peeking through the window I saw a glance at the Statue of Liberty. To me she represents hope & promise. No matter what, as long as you work hard there will always be hope.