Cricut Explore Design Space: Using our SVG files


***See our latest Cricut Design Space Tutorial in this August 31st, 2015 post here.***

Updated March 11, 2015 to account for new changes in the DS software update!

If you are new to our site, first read about our Cricut DS SVG color conversions program and our file compatibility at this link here.

We want to help anyone new to our site who may be new to using our cutting files. We are now including a special SVG file for Cricut Explore Design Space users in our SVG cutting files. If you don’t use a Cricut, don’t walk away, there are other crafters who may prefer the way these files are formatted. These files are still SVG files and will work with many other software too, they are just in color and arranged a little differently.

We will show you how easy it is to use these files in the Cricut DS software, and how to organize the colors and lines onto the right cutting mats. There are lot’s of picture steps in this post to help you through the easy process. I’ve broken this down into the very smallest steps so you don’t miss anything. If you are a more advanced Cricut user, feel free to skip down a few pictures to the spot where you need to be caught up.

Here we go…

Free SVG file for customers

Free SVG file for customers

Today we are using this free file: 3D 6 Count Flip Open Candy Box, by Jamie Cripps. We are offering it free so that you can see how 3D files are formatted, and to see how easy it is to use within your Cricut Explore Design Space software.

How to upload SVG files into Cricut Explore Design Space software

Step 1. In your Cricut Design Space software, click on “upload image,” then click on “vector upload.”

How to import SVG files in Cricut Design Space software

You are going to browse images from your computer. Find the SVG file you want to upload, then save it.

digiplayground Cricut Design Space SVG Conversion files size

Look for the file labeled “DS.” Right after the file name you will see the file width, listed in inches.

This is a good time to take note of which file to look for within the file you downloaded from Look for the file that starts with “DS” in the file name. Also take note, the size of the file is listed right after the DS. This file is 4.48 inches wide. We only list the width, as that is all you will need to resize this file in the Cricut Explore Design Space software.

*** Update***

The new version of the Design Space software no longer needs you to enter the native file size. The software now recognizes the original size of the file. Yeah! Thanks Cricut for listening!

Cricut Explore Design Space software sizing SVG files

This is my only complaint about the Design Space software, it is unfortunate that the software doesn’t retain sizing info of SVG files. See how the file is so small in the window. We have no control over this when we design our SVG files. This is just how the software imports them, but fortunately, there is an easy solution. Size doesn’t matter so much for paper piecing cuts, but it can make a difference on some files that require specific sizing, like some boxes. Since this project is a box for mints, it has a very specific size. We will use the width of 4.48 inches to work with.

resizing SVG files in Cricut Design Space software

To fix this small issue, click on “edit” in the upper right corner of the DS software. This will open the size dialog window. Look at the sizes listed.

change size SVG files in Cricut Design Space

Now before we type in the new size, make sure that the little lock symbol is closed. Then type in the width found in the file name. It will automatically fill in the length for you since it is locked to resize proportionately. That is why we only list the width.

how do you change SVG size Cricut Design Space software

Now that the file is the correct size, you will just need to move it over to the live cutting area.

Ungroup Cricut Design Space software

After your file is resized, you will need to “ungroup” it. Do this by clicking on the ungroup icon in the layers palette.


The “ungroup” button may not be found right below the layers, as this does not open as a floating window. Instead, you may need to scroll down to the bottom of the page below the layers and then you will see the symbols for ungrouping. You can still detach the layers palette and make it a floating window by clicking on the blue layers tab and then dragging it out to separate it from the rest of the tabs.

make score lines Cricut Design Space software

Now we will make some of our lines score lines. This is my favorite feature of the Cricut Explore Design Space software.

Find the layers with the dotted lines. We group them together logically so you can choose them independently of their layer underneath. (our files that are converted will have all the score lines per part in their own layer. Our old files are in black and white, and score dashes end up in lots of layers. We are happy to convert our old files free should you come across one. See about our free file conversion program here.) With our files, you will be able to choose whether you want to cut them as dotted lines, or change them to dotted score lines. (If you want solid, not dashed, score lines; this is an edit you will have to make. We do not make solid lines as some of our users use the color DS files in their software and do not have the capability of creating score lines, and solid lines would just cut across their paper.)

score lines Cricut Explore

Click on the little “scissors symbol” in the layers palette.  This will open the line dialog box. We will now change the cut lines by clicking on the little “score symbol.” Do this twice for each set of lines you want to change into score lines.

how do you change cut lines to score lines in Design Space

Now we will attach the score lines to their corresponding cut part underneath. This way they will cut and score on the same mat.

***Important Update!***

Do this by clicking on the two layers that need to be attached. Depending upon your operating system (Mac OS or Windows), you may need to hold down the shift, command, or control or key to select more than one layer at a time. (Shift if they are next to each other, and command if they are a layer or two apart.) After the layers are selected, click on the “attach icon” that looks like a little paper clip in the top of your layers palette. Now those two layers are attached and will appear on the same mat in your cutting window.

With the cricut update, you can no longer select multiple layers from the layers palette by clicking on the layers and pressing the shift key. Instead, you need to click on the actual objects and lines instead in your view window. So click on the objects and lines you want to attach, then click attach. After the layers are selected, click on the “attach icon” that looks like a little paper clip in the top of your layers palette. Now those two layers are attached and will appear on the same mat in your cutting window.
Change cut lines to score lines Cricut Explore Design Space software

Do this for each color and line grouping. We will select all the yellows and attach.

step 16

Then you will select the blue main box piece, and it’s corresponding score lines and attach. One thing to note, the Design Space software will show you what layers you are selecting by the box drawn around it. I’ve pointed it out in this screen shot above.

rearranging layers in Cricut design space software

You may now ask, Where did my layers go now that everything is attached? No worries. They did not disappear. You simply need to rearrange them. This step isn’t necessary, but it will calm your nerves, if you are uneasy about not seeing them in the picture.

rearranging layers Cricut Explore

Do this by clicking on the group you want to bring forward. Then click on the “arrange icon” in the top menu bar.  It will bring up a screen where you can choose to bring the selected group of layers to the front.


You can also do this by selecting on the objects in the view window, and right clicking then selecting “move forward” “move backward” “move to the front” or “move to the back.” Do this until you get your layers, or attached groups in the right order.

Cricut Explore Design Space tutorial for Design Space SVG conversions

Now let’s look at the Cricut Design Space Cutting dialog window. See how the parts are grouped perfectly onto their corresponding mats for paper color changes? Notice how the score lines and cut lines are on their correct mats too. You are ready to start cutting. Cool!

We invite all Cricut Explore users to use our files and hope you enjoy our SVG files specifically designed for cutting software that recognizes layers.

Thanks for visiting our blog today! Happy Cutting!


So…What is the “Surprise Me” button?


Surprise me button sm

So whatever you do…

don’t push that button!

You don’t want to know what will happen.

It could cause a site meltdown.

(I know…you guys are all too smart to be gullible like that…

but it certainly does make for a dramatic opener to a blogpost. Right?)

So, just in case you have ever wondered what the “Surprise Me” button does on the home page, let me tell you….

This was a fun little idea that I had to help you navigate the site in a completely different way; AND it’s totally awesome! (yes, I was a teen in the 80’s and old habits don’t die easy. Might as well say, “this button is so rad” too.)

Alright-y then…moving on…

Sometimes when I shop, I don’t have a clue what I’m after, and I don’t always have time to look at everything. However, I still want to get a sampling of what is available, without necessarily having to go through all the categories. Now don’t get me wrong, categories are great and totally useful, we need those for sure! But, sometimes, I just want to see a random sampling of what might be available; and I want someone else to put that sampling in front of me. You know how it goes, you go to a restaurant, they hand you a menu the size of a book, and ask what you want to order. It can be a little overwhelming. Instead of looking through the menu, pouring over whether you want one of their pastas, burgers, or a selection from their ethnic offerings; you ask your server, “what are your favorites?” Now you have three choices instead of 500 (if you ever been to the Cheesecake Factory…then you know what one of these kind of menus look like.)

That’s where the “Surprise Me” button comes in, and that’s exactly what it does.

The “Surprise me” button takes a random sample of all the products in the store, and in a simple click of a button, it generates a page of random products for you to view. Click the button again, and another random selection comes up. You can click as many times as you like, and not get the same combination of products to view twice.

Cool, huh!

Try it, it’s fun!

Just click on the link below, or find the button on the home page.

surprise me

Now, If you have and crafty friends, that like silly gimmicky stuff…like buttons that you are told not to click, tell them to go click the “surprise me” button, and see what happens.



The “surprise me” button is original to

Cricut Explore DS Software Compatibility


cricut explore

(Please see average conversion return times at the bottom as they are updated with our schedules.)

First off, thank you to all of you who have visited our new store, and made us feel so welcome on the big world wide web! It has been fun seeing the store go live so we can offer you our designs. You have really been wonderful to us, and we hope that we can reciprocate and be good to you.

We want to make sure that Cricut Explore users know that we are aware of your needs with the Design Space software, and we have a great program for you to make sure that you are able to use all of our files. Our SVG files are compatible with most cutting machines, but the Cricut Explore is a little different. You can read which cutting software work best with our SVG cutting files on this page.

We are pleased to announce that all of our new files (December 2014 and newer) are user-friendly with the Cricut Explore Design Space software, and a good number of our original files have been updated to include a DS user friendly version of our SVG files. While not all have been updated, you’ll still find that some of our older basic SVG designs will work just fine with the Cricut DS software–but are not in color yet (we can fix that for you–and anyone else who prefers working with color coded SVG files.) Our older 3D SVG files will definitely need to be updated to be user friendly for this particular software. That’s because you Cricut Explore users have the ability to score. Sweet for you…but that means a conversion for us if you don’t want a bunch of dotted lines in their own little layer.

At your request, we would be happy to update any of our SVG files with user friendly versions for Cricut Explore Design Space users free of charge. Please don’t be shy in asking, we want you to be able to use our files, and it helps us in getting all of our files updated for other Explore users. Simply use our contact form and put “DS Conversion” in the subject line, then send us your request with original order # and which files need conversions–if you’ve lost that info, we can look up your name, and find your orders on our end. As we do these requests, we will also add the new DS friendly version to the corresponding design in the store and update it so other Cricut DS users can purchase the file.

Please be patient with us as conversions will take a little bit of time, but we are relatively quick. We hope to turn around conversions in 24 to 72 hours depending upon how many requests come in at a time. We have been returning most DS user friendly SVG versions within 24 hours on weekdays. That time frame is subject to change if we get a large back log, but so far, we have been keeping up and have several design updated in our store. We will keep you updated on time frames on this blogpost. (see update below)

Now if you haven’t used one of our DS user friendly SVG’s before, we highly recommend that you read this tutorial on our blog that shows you how to use our Cricut Explore user friendly SVG files. Click here to see more! These instructions will help you understand layers, changing lines to score lines, and clipping layers together so that they cut on the same mat.

We are excited to be offering all our files to cricut explore users–whether that be through fast conversions, or DS user friendly SVG designs already included in the download. We are thrilled to be serving you, and all others who prefer working with color coded versions of our SVG files!

Thanks again for choosing for your SVG cutting files!

–Samantha Walker

***Update*** Our conversions will be processing a little slower over Spring break April 4th-April 12th, and will return back to our regular quick turn-around April 13th. 

Please know that ALL of our new files already contain DS SVG conversions–just look for DS in the file name in your downloaded folder. If you see these symbols below in the product listing, that means they are compatible with these cutters and software.

these software will cut files