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How to Upload Your Own Images in Cricut Design Space

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My daughter loves helping me come up with her own style of shirts to wear. Being a graphic designer, I can draw up anything she has her mind set on and create the shirt of her dreams with the Cricut. When it comes to mermaids, unicorns, or anything sparkly, it's sure to be a hit with this girl! She's got the "messy hair, don't care" attitude already, so we went the more mystical route with "Mermaid Hair, Don't Care" on a t-shirt and glittery vinyl.

How to Upload Your Own Images in Cricut Design Space for custom shirts and more! #Cricut

You can create just about anything with a Cricut Explore machine. There are tons of images and fonts available to help you make everything you need in a snap. I've tried multiple cutting machines through the years, and one thing I've found that the Cricut Explore can do better than the others is that I can cut my own designs easily. Today I'm going to show you how you can do it, too!

How to Upload Your Own Images in Cricut Design Space for custom shirts and more! #Cricut

You can upload any custom images in Cricut Design Space for free. Create your own designs in Photoshop, or use other programs like PicMonkey. As long as you save your images as JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, SVG, or DXF files, they can be uploaded.

To start, open the Design Space program with a new canvas. On the left menu/tool bar, select the "Upload Images" tab. Under "Image" click on the blue "Upload Image" button.

How to Upload Your Own Images in Cricut Design Space for custom shirts and more! #Cricut

Next, click "Browse".

How to Upload Your Own Images in Cricut Design Space for custom shirts and more! #Cricut

A screen will pop up so you can find your image file to upload. Once you've located your image, select it and click "Open".

How to Upload Your Own Images in Cricut Design Space for custom shirts and more! #Cricut

My file is a JPG, so that means the design and the background are one flat image. We need to remove the background (white) and leave the design (black). Depending on how simple or complex your image is, you can choose from three options to give you the best tools to clean up your design for cutting, drawing or printing. Select your image choice, and click "Continue". 

How to Upload Your Own Images in Cricut Design Space for custom shirts and more! #Cricut

The next screen will allow you to clean up your image. You can crop and erase parts of your image in just a few clicks. Deleted parts of your image will show the checkered background, which won't show in your finished design.

All you want left is the black parts of the design, so don't forget to delete the white insides of letters and zoom in to remove the smaller white details of the design! Once you've got your image cleaned up, click "Continue".

How to Upload Your Own Images in Cricut Design Space for custom shirts and more! #Cricut

The next screen will show two boxes to choose from. The option on the left is for designs that you'd like to Print Then Cut, like for stickers, printable vinyl, and more. Since my design is to be used with vinyl, I need to save the design as a "Cut Image" with the scissors icon. 

How to Upload Your Own Images in Cricut Design Space for custom shirts and more! #Cricut

Now that you've saved your image, you're done uploading. Easy, right? Everything you upload can now be easily found in the "Upload Images" tab to use time and time again!

To use your image, select the design in the "Uploaded Images Library". You'll know it's selected by the green checkmark in the top right corner of the image box, as well as a smaller thumbnail at the bottom of the screen next to the "Cancel" button.

Click "Insert Image".

How to Upload Your Own Images in Cricut Design Space for custom shirts and more! #Cricut

Now the your custom, uploaded design is ready to be used for your projects. In the Edit panel, you can adjust size, mirror your image for iron-on projects, and more!

DIY Mermaid Hair Don't Care shirt with dinglehopper! #Cricut

Creating your own custom projects with images you design yourself on the Cricut Explore machine couldn't be easier. My daughter is thrilled with her new "Mermaid Hair, Don't Care" shirt with Glitter Iron-on and is already making plans for her next shirt design! 

What custom projects will you create with Cricut?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.


DIY Glittered Easter Egg Wreath

Decorate your home for Easter with this easy-to-make DIY Glittered Easter Egg Wreath!

DIY Glittered Easter Egg Wreath

After doing a little Easter shopping for our upcoming family Easter egg hunt, I came across these glittery beauties and couldn't resist adding them to the cart. Instead of filling them with sweet treats and surprises though, I decided they needed to adorn my walls every spring instead in the form of a wreath!!

DIY Glittered Easter Egg Wreath

You only need 3 supplies:
4 dozen Multi-Colored Glittered Easter Eggs (I found mine at Walmart)
Glue Gun & Glue Sticks

DIY Glittered Easter Egg Wreath

Step 1: Hold the egg carefully in your hand and add a large drop of glue on the center of the egg.

DIY Glittered Easter Egg Wreath

Step 2: Carefully place the egg on the wreath form and hold in place for a few minutes until the glue has set.

DIY Glittered Easter Egg Wreath

Step 3: Place the rest of the eggs close to each other until the wreath is covered. You won't need to cover the back of the wreath since it won't be seen.

DIY Glittered Easter Egg Wreath

Step 4: Once the wreath is covered with sparkling eggs, you're done! You can add embellishments like ribbon or Easter grass, but I decided to keep mine with just the eggs. Glue a small piece of ribbon shaped like a "U" on the back to work as a wreath hanger.

DIY Glittered Easter Egg Wreath

This wreath is so easy to make and doesn't take too long at all. It's a great crafternoon or girl's night project, but prepare to be covered in glitter when you're done! Obviously, the larger the wreath, the more eggs you will need. I also recommend putting on your favorite movie or binge-watching some Netflix while you make your wreath since the gluing can get a little monotonous after a while. Just watch your fingers so you don't burn yourself!!

Hang the wreath on your door or walls, or stand it up on a shelf with your favorite Easter knick knacks and decor. I am absolutely loving this wreath and hope you do, too!


Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party! I hope you've had a great week and are ready to share what you've been working on this week! Here's 8 fantastic recipes and projects shared at last week's party:

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Glass Light Shade Vase: Three Ways! by Stacy Risenmay
Strawberry Granola by Dizzy Busy and Hungry
DIY Rainbow Doormat by Jennifer Perkins
Gluten-Free Mini Blueberry Muffins by What the Fork
No-Bake Blackberry Yogurt Pie by Our Table for Seven
Hello Spring Free Printables by The Turquoise Home
Easter Egg Nest Cake by Rose Bakes
Three-Step Pomander Flower Centerpiece Tutorial by Frog Prince Paperie

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