I received a question through Facebook the other day:
I remember the first time I used my Cricut to cut out an image that was not from a Cricut cartridge. I had offered to make cutouts for my twins' 1st Grade teacher because I have an extensive cartridge library and thought that there would be no problem cutting whatever that she needed for use in the classroom. Of course, the first thing that she asked for would be something that was not available from ANY of the cartridges. She wanted the Wild Things. Uh-huh...like Max and the Wild Things from "Where The Wild Things Are"!
I remember being really excited that she finally asked me to cut something with my Cricut, and then being dumbfounded at what she wanted to be cut. Where in the world was I supposed to find the Wild Things?
I asked around the Cricut Messageboard and no one had any idea where to get the cuts. I wasn't ready to let Mrs. M down and so in desperation, I bought Sure-Cuts-A-Lot (SCAL). Bear in mind that this was back in Oct 2009 and Make-the-Cut was not available. SCAL was the only 3rd party software that could work the Cricut. I struggled with SCAL and I forced myself to learn Inkscape and in the end, even though I gave up Time so that I could give Mrs. M the Wild Things, I think I gained so much more.
Cutting an image that did not come out from a Cricut cartridge was like finding a secret door to a new world. What have I done? Did I really just do that? How was it even possible? But...it wasn't in the cartridge!
Then it hit me.
Wow! As I stared at the cutouts on the mat I realized that I had just unchained myself and walked right through the doors of creative liberation. I was no longer limited to cartridges. I felt like I could cut ANYTHING that I wanted. After all, I did cut out the Wild Things, right?
In Dec, Make-the-Cut happened and after 5 mins of trying it out, I decided that it was the program I have been waiting for. I have not looked back since.
What has all of these got to do with Anna's questions?
Well, I am going to start a series of super easy projects for those of you who are trying to learn how to use Lettering Delights with your Cricut. I will show you how you can cut out a LD image with Make-the-Cut and in the process I hope to answer all of Anna's questions. If you have any questions on using Lettering Delights, please post in the comments section below. Tell me what you want to see so that I know what to show you.