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Did you know that you can make your very own decal for your laptop? I recently bought the new Cricut Explore and let me tell you, it is MAGICAL!! I absolutely love it. I helps me craft things beyond my wildest dreams & today I want to share with you a little something I’ve been able to do with my new Cricut.
Ready, Set, Craft:
- Design your decal. I designed mine on Adobe Illustrator. If you’re using Adobe Illustrator here’s a few tips: Once you’ve designed your decal, make sure you convert all type to outlines by “Creating Outlines,” and save the file as a .svg. You can also design your decal on the Cricut Design Space. The software provides tons of free and paid artwork & fonts for your to design a decal perfect for your laptop.
- If you designed your decal using another software, you’re going to have to upload your design to the Cricut Design Space. It’s really easy and straight forward once you get onto the Design Space. Use the rulers to make sure your design is the right size for your laptop. (BONUS TIP: If you’re uploading any text, you will have to weld the text together for it to show up properly on your cutting mat).
- Once your design is ready, click on the “Go” button to get started with your cut. Make sure your Cricut Explore is on & connected to your computer.
- Prepare your cutting mat. To efficiently use your vinyl, cut just the amount that you will need for your design by using the rulers on the Design Space & compare them with the mat. Once you cut your vinyl, carefully line it up to your mat & set it in place, black side up.
- Follow the on screen instructions to ensure that you are ready to begin cutting.
- Push the cut button on your Cricut & be amazed at the speed and precision of this magical machinery.
- Once you unmount your mat, I usually (carefully) take the whole piece of vinyl off the mat, but you may feel more comfortable leaving the vinyl on the mat & peeling of your design first.
- Once your peeled out your design, place your design on your laptop just as you’d like it! And Ta-da!! (CONFESSION & helpful tidbit: It would be helpful to use transfer paper. I was too lazy to go to the store to get some, so I freehanded it…and wasn’t too happy about how I laid it out. So next time, transfer paper is the way to go!)
You did it!! A custom made-by-you laptop decal that the coffee shop regulars will be eyeing for weeks!!