How to use Sure Cuts A Lot 2 with your Cricut Machine
What is Sure Cuts A Lot 2?
Sure Cuts A Lot 2 (SCAL) is a software that can be used specifically with the Cricut Expression, Cricut Personal, Cricut Create, and Cricut Cake Machines. This software will allow you to create images and fonts without having to buy all those expensive cartridges. In order to use this software you may have to update your firmware on your machine. If that is necessary this software will walk you through the steps of how to do that for free. I purchased my copy from ETSY.com and paid $24.99. It can also be purchased off of ebay and craftedge.com. Seeing as how most of the Cricut cartridges are at least $25 each and you are limited by what material is on the cartridge to what types of projects you can make this is a cheap and easy option. This is not a Cricut brand software so there is the possibility of this voiding your 1 year warranty. However, if you're like me and purchased your machine used then that won't be an issue. In this article I will go with you step by step on how to install and use this software.
Step 1- Installation
Once you insert the disk into your computer a pop-up box will open telling you to run the set-up file and follow the prompts.
After the prompts have been installed you can begin to use the software.
If your firmware on your Cricut machine needs to be updated SCAL will walk you through the process of how to update that for free! When you turn your Cricut on it will say on the screen if it's 1.0 or 1.2 for example; this is how you will now if it needs to be updated. The entire process from update to install was 15 minutes.
Step 2: Create
This software has many different options of how you can create. You can change your font and even insert saved images. Simply use the pad on the screen that resembles your cricut keypad or your keyboard and start designing. You can also cut in layers if you need to do several colors. You can use downloaded fonts and other SVG images. There are also some generic images in the software for basic projects. It has some scrollwork, shapes, floral, and animals just to list a few.
Step 3: Cutting
When you're done with your design you will need to prep your machine. Turn your machine on, apply your paper to your mat making sure it's lined up properly, and insert the mat into the machine and push the load paper button on your Cricut machine. Make sure your pressure and depth are set properly depending on the type of material you're using (if you're using vinyl the depth and pressure will need to be set as deep as it can go). When you have everything set you just push the "cut" button in your software. Your machine should start cutting. To unload the mat just push the unload paper button on your Cricut machine.
Step 4: Start Crafting
Now that you have endless possibilities at your fingertips you can craft away. I recommend using the Cricut spatula to remove your items from the mat.
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