How to upload your own image to Cricut Design Space

Solid color onesies better hide in my house if they don’t want to get awesome! The Cricut Explore and I are on a roll with iron on vinyl.

Iron on Vinyl with Cricut Explore

Here’s what you need to make fun onesies:

  • Cricut Explore
  • Iron on Vinyl
  • Iron
  • Dish towel

So, first thing is first… You need to know how to upload your own image to Cricut Design Space! You can buy images from Cricut Design Space. They have tons of cute ones. They also have about 50 free ones, including the rhinos! But, you can also upload your own images fo’ free. Which is the route I took! I’m going to show you how I did it with the star on the grey onesie in the pic above. These directions correspond with the numbered image below!

1: Go to picmonkey.com and upload a white square. Add the doodle star. The exact star on the grey onesie is part of the pic monkey royal package, which I pay for. But, you can use one of the free stars too! Then save the image to your computer.

2: Go to the Cricut Explore Design Space and click on upload image. Then hit basic upload.

3: This screen pops up. You’ll see the 3 simple steps: Select, clean, save.

4. Hit Continue to Step 1, and browse to find the image you saved from pic monkey to your computer. Then hit the simple image button and press continue. (I’m assuming you are doing a simple image, like a star!)

5: It takes you to the second step: Clean. This is where you literally just press all of the areas that you want to be cut out.

6: Then name and save your image to your desktop, and press insert image! Voila!

 

How to upload your own image to Cricut Design Space

7. That will take you back to your canvas with your star inserted.

8. Now, click on set canvas, on the left hand side of the scree.

9. Pick baby clothes and click done. Or whatever item you are going to make! This is just to help you get the size right.

10. I decided to make my star smaller. And then hit duplicate at the bottom of the layers pop up. (You can not see the duplicate button in my picture.)

11. Once you have all of your stars duplicated, it’s cutting time! Hit the green “C” go button at the top of the screen and the screen in #11 will pop up and show you that your stars are all arranged and ready to be cut.

How to upload your own image to Cricut Design Space

 

So, now you’re ready to cut your iron vinyl with your Cricut Explore! It’s pretty straight forward… I used the directions that came in the Cricut Explore project materials folder. Here they are:

Iron on vinyl instructions  Cricut Explore

 

Some tips and tricks I learned along the way:

  • Make sure that when you place the vinyl on the cutting mat it is shiny/ liner side facing down! Don’t wanna waste your precious vinyl!
  • If you are using text, you must click the mirror image button once you get to the Mat Preview page.
  • I cut each of my stars into individual squares first. And then pulled the access vinyl off of each square piece. No vinyl wasting over here.
  • You will ruin your vinyl if you do not use a dish towel over your vinyl image when applying heat.

How to upload your own image to Cricut Design Space

It seems complicated, but I promise once you do it once, you’ll be a pro! PLus, how cute are these little things…!

Iron on vinyl with Cricut Explore

Oh and here’s Maxwell sporting his fave onsie:

Iron on vinyl with Cricut Explore

Have you ever use iron on vinyl? Do you have a cutting machine? If you’re interested, here’s my post with lots more deets about the Cricut Explore and what it can do! Do you have a think for sprucing up plain white onesies? I’d love to hear…

IKEA Stockholm rug crush (#7 & #11 are my faves!)

I’ve been crushin’ on this rug since my sunny days of high rise apartment living in Florida. My Florida IKEA was out of the Stockholm rug for the entire year I lived there or she would have been mine! (I ended up with a super sale rug from Target that we are still using, so no complaints.) But, guess what friends, the IKEA Stockholm rug is on sale for $199 for the 6 x8 and $299 for the 8 x 11. That’s $100 bucks of off the regular price, y’all! Oh and this post is in no way sponsored by IKEA, it’s 100% my own little obsession.

IKEA Stockholm rug

One thing I love so much about it is that it goes with bazillions of styles. I’ve rounded up this rug up in 18 settings, and it looks amazing in all of them. From a spunky kids playroom to a super sleek living room. It works with all colors and (almost) all decor. It’s kind of amazing. Check it out…

 

1. Spunky playroom

IKEA Stockholm rug

2. Sleek and clean

Stockholm rug

3. Vintage glam

IKEA Stockholm rug

4. Eclectic

IKEA Stockholm rug

5. Cozy with color pops

IKEA Stockholm rug

6. As a hallway runner

IKEA Stockholm rug

7. Whimsical kitchen

IKEA Stockholm rug

8. Vintage modern

IKEA Stockholm rug

9. Traditional and fun

 IKEA Stockholm rug

10. Super sleek

IKEA Stockholm rug

 

11. Bright and cheery

Ikea rug

12. Minimilist

Ikea rug

13. Simple and cozy

Ikea rug

14. Yellow

Ikea rug

15. Sophisticated cozy (and that fig tree!)

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16. Pink and red

ikea rug17. Navy

Black and white Ikea rug

 

18. As simple as it gets

Black and white ikea rug

 

So, what do you think? Would the Stockholm Ikea rug work to plop down in your living room right now?  I almost bought it for our current dining room, but I think it’s one bad feature is that it needs a rug mat underneath, it’s not one of those super soft, cushy rugs, ya know? The IKEA rug I ended up with is perfect for eating on every day, does not need a rug mat, and it was significantly cheaper than the Stockholm (here she is at IKEA). And it had a little color, which is nice for this space. I even almost bought that sucker for the nursery, but it didn’t make the cut due to softness.

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Regardless, I still love the IKEA Stockholm rug. What’s your fave setting above? I heart 7 and 11. Oh and that amazing playroom in #1!

 

 

Monday Funday #65 {Kid crafts}

Maxwell is 4 weeks old today! (Here’s our birth story and 15 things I’ve learned about infants, if you are interested!)  I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend!

Monday Funday Link Party

It’s par-tay time! The Monday Funday Link Party is a 6 blog party where you can share your latest creativity… diy projects, crafts, and recipes! You can link up once and your projects will be seen on all 6 blogs!

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Our hostesses each week are…

C.R.A.F.T. ~ That’s What Che Said ~ Lines Across ~ Creatively Living ~ Uncommon Designs

and our special guest hostess is…

Capturing Joy

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This week’s features were picked by me! And with baby on the brain, I went with kid activities and crafts this week.

Jamie Dorobek CRAFT
CRAFT Jamie Dorobek

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Here are 7 spring time kid crafts from last week’s party! Fingers crossed the weather in your neck of the woods is cooperating with spring time outdoor activities!

MONDAY FUNDAY C.R.A.F.T.

1. Magic dough  2. Doorway puppet theatre 3. DIY sidewalk chalk 4.Playing with oobleck 5. Hula girl outfit 6. Silly putty 7. Sheep cupcakes

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