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Cricut Planner Ideas to make your own

How to Make a Personalized Vinyl Planner with your Cricut Machine?

My life has been a whole lot better since the day I discovered Cricut Design Space, bought my first Cricut machine, and figured out how to use it. Designing with Cricut not only satisfies my cravings for doing DIYs, but it also awards me with a sense of achievement like “Wow, I did this?!” Sometimes I get so into my DIY projects and my business stuff that I lose all the motivation to do other tasks of the day (like laundry – but to be fair, who actually likes that?). So, to keep me motivated while doing something I love, I decided to try out these Cricut planner ideas. Honestly, it turned out to be the most amazing thing I’ve ever done!

For a long time now, I have been searching for an eye-catching vinyl decal planner to keep me motivated throughout the day that I could re-use. Everyone know that paper planners are great, but being able to look at a planner without the countless whiteout marks it *chefs kiss *. So I could personalize a planner using Cricut and a dry erase board.

At first, I wasn’t so sure what I wanted to put on it. I mean there are so many great ideas. I needed it to be functional for me and my business, keeping the top priorities in the top of my mind. Typing in Cricut planner ideas into my google search bar, the results were exciting but totally overwhelming. That when it hit me – we already have a planner! [Link bestie planner] We can totally use that to help us!

I am here so you don’t have to spend much of your time on the internet, watching loads of tutorials before trying out something like I have to. So, today I am back with instructions on how to make your own personalized vinyl decal planner using Cricut!

Now I know hearing the word Cricut planner ideas, makes your mind go crazy with the possibilities of what would happen and how it would turn out. Well there’s just one thing you need to know, the purpose of a planner is to ensure you don’t miss any important deadlines and complete all your tasks for the day. As long as your vinyl decal planner is fulfilling these purposes, you did an amazing job!

To begin with, here’s a list of the things that you need to create your planner using Cricut:

1. Vinyl Sheet

2. Transfer Paper

3. Cricut Machine

4. Cutting Mat

5. Dry erase board

 

Follow these steps next to create your vinyl decal planner

STEP 1

Start a new project on Design Space, and add your desired designs related to tasks to do, checkboxes, days of the week, motivational quotes, and anything that goes on the planner.

You can choose the free images from Cricut, or make your designs if you’d like.

*Want to skip this step? Download this free svg planner file here!

STEP 2

Once you have finished selecting the designs, resize them to make sure they don’t look too small or too large for your planner.

STEP 3

Once you are satisfied with the design you have made, it’s time to start cutting! Connect your computer to your Cricut Machine.

STEP 4

Place the vinyl sheet on the mat and load it into the Cricut Maker.

STEP 5

Place the vinyl sheet on the mat and load it into the Cricut Maker.

STEP 6

Select your vinyl settings in your Cricut Maker and press the cutting button to start the process.

STEP 7

Once done, carefully remove the mat from the sheet by peeling it, remove the extra vinyl by cutting it and then use transfer tape to grab your vinyl designs.

STEP 8

This brings us to our final step, place the decals on the place your board and remove the transfer tape. You’re done!

Note: Make sure to smooth out the surface to let out all the air bubbles. You may need to throw some elbow grease or use a needle to pop stubborn bubbles.

So, this was the process I followed to make my very simple but customized vinyl decal planner. I took it to my work and everyone loved it! The Cricut planner ideas in your mind might be different from this one but I suggest you start with this one and move on to more creative and complicated designs to master the art!

Check out this one I made for you to plan your business tasks!

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DIY Crafting Tutorials: How to make vinyl decal with Cricut Maker

Vinyl decals are one the EASIEST circut crafts you can create. Whether you want to use it for informational purposes or to simply decorate your walls, they are suitable for both! So, following our pattern of learning new DIY techniques, today I’m gonna tell you all how to make vinyl decals. The way I do it is super quick and easy, you can follow that and get your vinyl decals in no time! 

 

I make my vinyl decals using a Cricut machine and even though the process looks a bit complicated, trust me once you get the hang of it, you will never want to stop! So, here goes your guide:

How to Make Vinyl Decals with Cricut?

Okay, so I will be writing down the method that I follow step by step. Hopefully, you will get the perfect vinyl decal with these instructions! 

STEP 1

I know this one is pretty obvious but I wanted to give you guys a perfect thorough guide! To get started, you need to find a design for the decal. You can head over to Pinterest for inspiration, peep the shop, or jump to Design Bundles and grab a freebie!

 

STEP 2

Once you have selected the design, go to the Cricut design space and start a new project. There you will see several options on a tab on the left-hand side of the screen. From here, click on the upload button and select your design from your device’s media. 

I always use design space on my desktop as it gives me a better view of what I’m doing with my design plus I feel like it is easier to navigate on the desktop than on my mobile phone.

STEP 3

This step is one of the most important ones if you want to master how to make vinyl decals using Cricut maker art. After your design has been uploaded on the canvas, you must resize it. 

Make sure you have an accurate idea of what size you want your vinyl decal to be and then change its size accordingly. Otherwise, it would either look too big or too small for the surface you are making it and all this is going to be worth nothing! 

Note: I prefer to place my design on the top left or right of the canvas as if it is situated in the center, an entire vinyl sheet is wasted during its cutting process. Saving those extra pieces comes in handy when you have small designs to print.

STEP 4

You can always customize your design. Add text, elements, or pull pieces from other designs to give it a more personalized look. Once you are satisfied with how it looks, next comes the second most important step of how to make a vinyl decals!

STEP 5

Click on the “Make It” button to begin the next part of this process. Ensure that the design is exactly how you wanted it. Turn on your maker and make sure it’s connected to your device. Choose vinyl when it asks what material you are using.

STEP 6

Place the vinyl sheet on the mat in a way that the shiny side is facing up. Let all the air bubbles out by smoothing out the surface.

STEP 7

Follow the instructions displayed on your screen to place the mat accurately in the machine. Once done, press the logo button and the cutting will begin! This part always makes me super nervous especially when I use scrap pieces!

STEP 8

When the cutting is done, you have to press the eject button on the maker to release the mat from the maker. Carefully remove the mat from the sheet by peeling it and then cut the extra vinyl sheet around your sticker to avoid wasting it. You can not believe how many times a project was saved by having just enough scrap vinyl. 

STEP 9

Pull out the negative space around your vinyl decal and then stick it on the transfer paper. Again, ensure there are no air bubbles otherwise the design will not shift on the transfer paper easily.

STEP 10

This brings to our final step!

Now place this where you want your decal to be. Smooth it out with your fingers, a blank credit card, or with the tools that come along with the Cricut Maker. Then carefully peel it off at a 45 degree angle and here it is, the perfect vinyl decal made by you!

Bonus Tips! 

  • You can also use parchment paper to create a barrier while you decide your perfect placement. Once you find it, slide the paper out and press down.

  • If parts of your decal do not want to transfer, lay it face down and press it down  from behind, sometimes the added pressure releases it from the paper backing. 

See? How simple and easy the process is if you thoroughly follow the instructions! Now, get started and make your first vinyl decal. Let me know how it turned out!

Don’t forget to check out these great car decal bundles on my shop. You can also get 3 x Decal Care Cards to learn about how to perfectly apply your decals without spoiling them!

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6 of my absolute FAVORITE Mockup Designers

It’s no question that I absolutely ADORE mockups. I love that you can use them to promote your products without having to sink a lot of money, time, and resources into a possible product flop. They can be used time and time again with a number of designs and depending on who you shop from, you end up with a picture-perfect product EVERY TIME.

With so many mockup creators, who can you trust for a quality product? Well, I am about to share with you, my TOP 6 mockup designers. Now I wouldn’t share something unless I 100% believed in the product or have used it before. These designers are my go-to favorites so get your pen and paper out and take notes besties.

Disclaimer! The links below will navigate you away from the site. Nothing wrong with that, just letting you know!

Southern Market Designs

First up – Southern Market Designs. Her rustic chic designs melt my heart and I can’t help but throw my wallet at her often. She tends to run sales so if you are interested in grabbing some at a killer price be sure to find her on FB. You won’t regret it. To browse her collection of files right now – check out this link here.

Southern Mockup Designer

Sabine B Photography

Another favorite mockup designer is Sabine Photography. She has an amazing eye for capturing products. With her wide range of style and products, she needs to be apart of your mockup collection today. To browse her shop right now – check out this link here.

Sabine B photography Mockup

Mod Mockups

This shop recently popped up in my design feed and when I tell you I am grateful – I MEAN GRATEFUL! They specialize in clothing so if you need some gorgeous mockups for your clothing shop, wait no longer – check out this link here.

Sabine B photography Mockup

Mockups For Crafters

I have to show some love for my Canadian bestie Mockups for Crafters. Her style and mockups are as fun and unique as she is. She is always trying new things to make her designs stand out and collecting amazing props. You can visit her shop by checking out this link here.

Mae Middleton

Mae Middleton brings fresh and bright mockups to the table and if you shop her bundles – OMG – you will score many amazing products. Be sure to check her out by clicking this link here. She recently dropped a HUGE Christmas bundle and I am biting at the bit waiting to download it.

Fleudusoleil Designz

Wrapping this list up, we have Fleudusoleil Designz. Getting started with shirts was a big deal for me. I didn’t have a lot of money for a billion color shirts and I desperately needed quality shirt mockups. I found this shop on Etsy and I have been back countless times. The quality, lighting, props – so perfect! You can see what I mean by looking at them here.

How do I use them?

Oooh! You are in luck. I just so happen to have a youtube video that you can peep to see how to use these mockup designers images to create quality proofs of what you can do without sinking money into the stock.

What about some freebies?

I understand that not everyone has a ton of money to spend right away, trust me I was right there with you! For that reason, I have compiled a list of freebies from other mockup designers that you can download right now and you can see them by visiting this blog and this one (coming soon!). The site adds freebies often, so be on the lookout!

What the swatch?! The one thing you need today for your business.

Some of the best things in life are really the simple ones – the smell of fresh laundry, the first leaf falling in autumn, your kids sleeping in on the weekend – some are naturally more reasonable than others. What if I told you that I know something super simple that has been a lifesaver for me in business and it happens to be a book. Okay, not a “book book” but more of a fold-out pamphlet. It’s a color swatch book for not only for my vinyl but also for my shirts.

Even if you don’t plan on selling your products and creating a business (but I mean why wouldn’t you? Get paid to do what you love doing anyway!) you will still benefit from getting these swatch books. I have a vinyl book for Oracal 651 and 631 as well as Siser HTV. These nifty little books come with every vinyl they offer along with a small color swatch, name, and my Siser book even comes with temperature settings. I also contacted my favorite shirt brands (Bella + Canvas, Anvil, and Next Level) directly and requested a copy of their shirt catalogs with a color swatch book as well. Want to know where I get my supplies? Check out this blog post!

Now, why would you need these books? Let me tell you! Set the scene if you will, you are in the middle of creating a project and run out of green vinyl. *gasp* You check your stash and you can’t find any that matches it. You search frantically through your scrap bin – nothing. Now what? Do you remember the name of that vinyl? NOPE! Oracal won’t even give you a hint by putting the name of the color on the back either (seriously, why is this not a thing?) You can use this color swatch book to match EXACTLY what color you used and get that ordered.

If that example wasn’t enough for you, let me paint this scene. Your whole sale shirt provider ran out of Bellas in a size XL and you need TEN more! If you had swatch books, you can compare the Bellas with the Anvil and find that Anvil has a color very close that you can substitute for. (If you are selling these, make sure that you get the okay from your customer of course, but I digress).

Okay, so I have you convienced and now you are asking “Ashley – WHERE do I find these things?” I got you covered! Disclaimer! The links below will navigate you away from the site. Nothing wrong with that, just letting you know!

My Viynl Swatch Library

  1. Oracal 651
  2. Oracal 631
  3. 2020 Siser HTV
  4. The entire Oracal Line Up (I don’t have this, but still pretty cool)

How To Get The Shirt Books

  1. You can download Anvils marketing tools here. If you want a physical book, you request a copy by clicking here.
  2. For Bella and Canvas, visit their site and check out digital copies for all of their catalogs and color swatches. There are several things under the download section that you can grab, I felt like it was best for you to be able to check them all out. If you want the direct link click here.
  3. At Next Level you can get digital copies as well, but if you want to have a physical copy, all you have to do is ask.

What Do I Say?

I really tried to find exactly what I said the first time around, however, I could not find it, so this next bit is a “What would I say today” message. Feel free to copy and paste if needed.

“Hello there! My name is (insert your name here). I own a small business where I sell appareal (insert your business name here). I am writing to you today to see what I would need to do in order to get physical copies of your catalog and your color guides. I am putting together a binder with the designs that I have to offer along with my favorite brand suggustions and I would love to include you in this binder for my customers to review. I noticed that I could download the digital copies, but as I am sure know, there is nothing like seeing the physical real life color of an item. Please let me know at your earliest convience, if needed you can call me or email me at (insert your contact information). Thank you so much and have a wonderful day. “

Just to show you I’m not that crazy, I do really have them lol

Well, that’s all she wrote folks! I hope that you found this helpful. If you did, make sure you share it with your other crafting friends. If you want to hang out with me and other like-minded besties, be sure to join the group. You won’t regret it. We do awesome giveaways and you can stay up to date on new freebies (check out this post for my favorite places)!

Trusted Suppliers

When you are starting a business or just doing this as a hobby, getting supplies is one of the beginning steps. However, if you are doing this as a hobby or a quick gift for a friend, getting the most BANG for your buck may not be on the top of your noggin. We all know about the popular craft stores like Micheals and Hobby Lobby, but they are not always wallet-friendly. With the convenience of online shopping combined with the already hectic schedules a lot of us have, we need to have those reliable suppliers that we can just simply place an order with and get our merchandise in the mail. With so many options though, who can you trust? It’s so important to find your trusted suppliers since anyone can make a site.

Once you start searching for things, you will notice that Facebook Adspops up various places and the first thing that runs through your mind “Is too good to be true?” (I see you FB! I am on to you!). Being in numerous groups for Etsy, Crafting, and Cricut I have seen my fair share of “Where can I buy” posts. Glancing over and reading the comments, taking mental notes, I have found that often times there can be bad businesses who over promise and under deliver. However, time and time again I have seen a number of businesses pop up as “So and So is LEGIT!”. So this post is going to show you those businesses – those TRUSTED SUPPLIERS!. Below you will find a compiled list of the “Too Legit To Quit” Businesses that can be trusted with your Crafting Needs.

As I find more great businesses, I will add them to the list. Comment below if you know a business that is amazing and needs to be added!

Vinyl Suppliers:

  • 651 Vinyl – Troy and his team at 651 Vinyl are located in KY and I have been buying from them for some time now. Their customer service is amazing and I love their “pin-pins” for weeding. Sales do not come often, so if you are lucky enough to catch one, go crazy! If you join their FB group, they also do grab boxes that are PACKED with vinyl but those go so quick. You can check out their site at 651vinyl.com (They give you candy in every order! Vinyl, blanks, and sweets like come on now!)
  • Craftables is another great spot. I have purchased a few times from as well. Their site offers FREE craft files that get updated often. You can shop with them at shopcraftables.com
  • Happy Crafters – Although I have not personally shopped with them, they do have some really nice deals and I have some besties who shop with them and they LOVE them. Check them out by visiting https://www.happycrafters.com/
  • JPI Blanks – They have a lot of sales but shipping can be slow during those sales so keep that in mind. Other than that, the family-owned business is really sweet. https://jpiblanks.com/
  • Heat Transfer Warehouse – Another great company who is located just north of me in FL. Their prices are good and they offer a large variety of materials and blanks. You can see more about their operation by check out the link here https://www.heattransferwarehouse.com/
  • Heat Transfer Source – A have a bestie who LOVES this place and I trust her with my crafting life! Since she says they should be add to our “Trusted Suppliers” lists, I have no choice but to believe her. They offer everything from vinyl to blanks to faux leather and more! If you join their FB group, you can enter to win a number of giveaways it’s insane! Visit their shop by clicking here https://www.heattransfersource.com/
  • CSDS Vinyl – I have purchased from them a few times for their amazing printed vinyl. Their products are of high quality and they have been quick to answer my questions when I had some. https://csdsvinyl.com/
  • Zindee Studios – Another site that offers some really incredible printed vinyl. Their acrylic blanks are absolutely adorable and make perfect keychains. You can see more of their merchandise by checking out the link here. https://zindee.com/

Bulk Blank Suppliers

  • www.JiffyShirts.com (My personal favorite bulk t-shirt buyer). There are so many greats styles. I personally use Bella + Canvas and Anvil for adults, but I have heard great things about Next Level as well. Don’t let the name “Jiffy Shirts” fool you though, they offer so much more than shirts! Everything from hoodies to bags to pants and hats – they are ah-mazing!
  • Oriental Trader – If you are shopping for bulk items for parties and quick DIY projects, you can score some seriously awesome items at the Trader. https://www.orientaltrading.com/
  • 24 HR Wrist Band – They offer A LOT of items and I mean A LOT! Although I have not personally purchased with them, I have seen people RAVE about their cozy prices so if you are headed to an event and want an easy DIY giveaway item that serves a purpose, it’s worth checking out. https://24hourwristbands.com/

Now that you know my top trusted suppliers, make sure you are getting the right vinyl by checking out this post where I go into detail about the different types of vinyl you can use.

Let’s Talk Vinyl!

It is no secret that I am vinyl crazy. I originally started out by just wanting to make SVG files for other crafters. However, when my BFF came over and told me about a sale at a local discount store, I found myself inside said store not knowing how I got there. (Just like when I visit Hobby Lobby or Micheals. I end up sitting in my car with piles of bags and a bill the size of myself, but let’s not tell my husband!). Thus the addiction to vinyl began. There are a lot of types of vinyl and if you are just starting out, it can be overwhelming. Let me help ease some of the fear of the unknown by breaking this down for you. Let’s talk about it the different kinds of vinyl!

What is vinyl?

So what is vinyl? When you type it in on google, you might find fencing, old records, or even a TV show. (Totally learned something new today). So what is the vinyl that we are going to talk about today? Craft Vinyl – Vinyl that can be used on cars, walls, and even shirts. Let’s dive in a bit.

Permanent Vinyl:

Permanent vinyl or as you may see it often referred to as “651” in crafting groups is a vinyl that was created to be well permanent. It’s supposed to stand up against the outdoor elements. This vinyl can be used on cars and fleet vehicles which makes it the perfect material for anything outdoor. Think business decals for windows, car decals of course, and even outdoor signs. Yes, those cute signs you see all over Pinterest, you can use it for those!

But wait, there’s more! (No really, there is) Crafters rejoice at the awesomeness of 651 in the DIY world we live in. You can use permanent vinyl as your go-to for cups, tumblers, laptops – think anything that is going to have to stand up the elements outside – or – the being used constantly. Your imagination is truly your only limit. Oracal 651 boasts being strong for up to 6 years! It has a nice glossy finish which really makes your great designs pop. Now Oracal is not the end all be all. There are PLENTY of other super cute and permanent solutions for vinyl.

Wall Vinyl:

Wall vinyl is considered a “temporary” indoor vinyl. This is often referred to as 631. It is a great way to instantly update the walls inside homes and businesses. 631 has a nice matte finish so there is no glare inside. Oracal boasts a product that can last nicely for 3 years with a clean removal for up to 2 years. This product makes it easy to change a space without the mess, fuss, and commitment of painting. It is the perfect solution for renters, college students, and even parent’s who children’s taste always change (Mom approved stamp – 2 kids 9 and 5).

Heat Transfer Vinyl:

Heat transfer vinyl (also referred to as HTV) is a vinyl that can be cut and used on a variety of products from shirts to bags, aprons, kitchen towels and well the list goes on and on. When heat is applied (can be a simple clothing iron, and easy press, or even an industrial heat press), it bonds to the fibers and can withstand daily use and washing. HTV makes for a strong and long use product! There are many different types of HTV including glitter and stretch for those more elastic fabrics. One of the more popular brands is Siser. Each type (and brand for that matter) comes with its own set of heating instructions so if you are a crafter, it is important to read the settings needed to help ensure that your products come out great.

I hope that this information has helped you get to know more about vinyl and the different types of that you can get for crafting. If you have any additional information to add, feel free to drop it in the comments below. To see a list of the places that I LOVE to shop for my own supplies, check out this post here.

*Disclaimer, there are affiliate links in this post. I have linked to some AWESOME deals on Amazon to help you get started on your journey. The links are for starter packs which is a great way to test out new avenues of crafting. If you make a purchase using one of my afl links, I get a small percentage of the sale. It isn’t enough to buy a car, but I can splurge on some dollar deals that will allow me to create tutorials and more for you.

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