Cricuting without Cricut Access

I use my Cricut every single day and I don’t pay for Cricut Access. I told this to a Cricut employee once and his jaw literally dropped. “How do you do it?” He asked… Well, I’m going to answer that question for you today! (Update: I now pay for Cricut Access after owning a Cricut for three years. I purchased it so I could share more Cricut Community projects with my followers. That being said, I still use all of these methods.)

Purchase old cartridges on Facebook Marketplace

Many people assume old cartridges are junk and are trying to get rid of them as fast as they can. Before purchasing, make sure you ask if the cartridges have been linked to an account (because they can only be linked once). If the seller is not sure, ask them what Cricut Machine they own. If it is not in the Explore, Maker, or Joy family, the cartridge won’t be linked and you can link it to your account. If you have a machine from the Explore family, simply put the cartridge in the slot and follow the linking process in Cricut Design Space. If you have a Maker or Joy you will need to buy an adapter and then repeat the same process. (If you are local, just come borrow my Explore Air for a couple hours.)

Utilize Cricut’s free Design Space images

There are at least one hundred images/fonts that are always free in Design Space. They also have a Free this Week category. I don’t know why they call it that because they usually keep the images up for a few months, but who cares: free stuff! These images often correspond with holidays which is great if you are into seasonal crafting. I make a point to showcase some of my favorite on my Instagram page so you can follow me to see what completed projects using these images look like.

Find legitimate websites with free SVGs

What is an SVG?

You can use nearly any image in Cricut Design Space, but you will have to do a little touch up work if it is not an SVG. An SVG is an image that uses precise calcuations (AKA math) to combine shapes. I like to think of it this way: if you print off a picture of a hamburger, it is going to be one flat image, but if you print off a picture of a bun, and lettuce, a tomato, etc, you suddenly have some depth. SVGs are images saved like a deconstructed hamburger. Each element is separate and you can manipulated it as a whole or in pieces. Once you have downloaded the SVG you can upload it to Design Space using the upload feature.

Notice how the first image in my recently uploaded list has multiple elements? That is an SVG!

My favorite SVG sites

Not going to lie, I kinda feel like I’m about to share all my secrets. Haha, but I want to help you guys! I have searched for images in many places and these are the sites I frequent most often. Today, I am focusing on SVG images, but I will post about complete SVG projects soon.

Now, please note, the sites I am sharing have free images for personal use only. If you are planning on making a business out of your Cricut projects make sure you pay for commercial use of the images. These amazing artists are sharing their work, and we want to make sure they are validated. (affiliate link) – This is my absolute favorite site! I use it all the time! They have nearly 10,000 free SVG images and they are still adding to that list! If you do want to start a business, I recommend buying their lifetime commercial access. It is super affordable and they seriously have everything!

Apex Cuttable Designs – This site started off as a site for embroidery files but has now expanded to cutting files! They sell most of their images, but they do have a good free section.

Cut that Design – I love the SVGs from this site but I do find their site difficult to navigate so I don’t use them very often.

Shop Craftables – This is actually a vinyl company but they have a whole list of free SVG files. If you ever need a Baby Shark SVG this is the place!

Prettygrafik – This site is actually not SVGs but I still have to include it because it is perfect for Print then Cut projects! They have super cute fan art that I have used on multiple occasions.

Learn how to use Design Space to the fullest

This one takes time, but as you become more familiar with Cricut Design Space and it’s capabilities, you will learn how to manipulate images in new ways. Don’t worry, I’ll be here to help you through it. For now, go look at these websites. You are going to have your hands full making some adorable things. Make sure to share them with me and reach out if you have any questions. If you know of a good free SVG site share it in the comments! Love you all! Happy crafting!

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