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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thursday's Tutorials: Cricut Centerpoint Function

Happy Thursday everyone!

Here is a common question I see surrounding the Cricut Expression...
What is the Center Point feature?
The answer is "This feature enables the user to accurately position the blade over the center of a desired area (photos, etc.) in preparation for the cut" (from Cricut.com).

The main reason you'd want to use the Centerpoint function is to cut something out that is already printed, like photos, pre-printed journaling or to cut a shape in a particular place on your paper.

Photos: Place a pre-printed photo onto your Cricut mat, position the blade over the center of the photo, and use the Centerpoint funtion to cut out a shape, with the photo being centered within the shape.

Pre-printed Journaling: Pre-print your journaling into a shape (using a word processing program) like a cirlce or oval, and use the Centerpoint function to center the blade over the journling so it's centered when the shape is cut.

Patterned Paper:  If you have a piece of patterned paper and want to cut out one of the designs in the paper, or you want to cut out a large shape in the center of a piece of carstock and use it as a frame, you can use the Centerpoint funtion to position the blade in your desired location and cut it out, leaving the rest of the sheet intact.

Here is an example of using the Centerpoint function for centering and cutting out a photo (forward video to about 5 min., 14 sec.), by Creativeladybug:

And here is an example of using the Centerpoint feature to center and cut out pre-printed journaling, also by Creativeladybug:

I hope this information and the tutorials help answer some of your questions about the Cricut Centerpoint function.  If you have other questions, please leave a comment below and I will do a follow-up Centerpoint feature on an upcoming Tutorial.

Happy Crafting!

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  1. Thanks for the great tutorials! I have had my Cricut Expression for a year, but didn't know where to begin. I've been just taking one thing at a time and trying it until I get better!

  2. Thanks you so much for both these FAB tutorials. I've been afraid to try this function, but she makes it look so easy!

  3. Great tutorial today. I am definitely going to have to try this out with some photos.

  4. Thank you so much for posting these tutorials. I just recently got an Expression and didn't even know this option was available- I've only done some basic things so far. This is going to be so much fun to play with!!! You rock!

  5. These are great videos very well done the best I have seen. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to seeing more.

    Hugs Debbie

  6. Thanks so much for this tutorial. I had never used this function before and had forgotten all about it.
    Question: Can you use this function with the gypsy??

  7. I had never thought of cutting shapes around my journaling... thank you! thank you! thank you! for this tip. It is on time as I am getting ready for swaps, holiday cards, and gifts! Thanks again!

  8. Love this tip! There is so much out there that I don't know I can do with my E! Thanks so much!

  9. love love love the video.....what a great feature and it is explained so wonderfully.

  10. Great videos Tammy! Thanks so much I now know I can use these features.

  11. thanks for that tutorial! I am wondering if you can combine the center point feature with the "page fill" feature or something like that. I want to make label stickers for my home business. So I am curious if I used a label template in Word to print the name of my business multiple times on a page. Can I some how set up the cricut to to center each word inside a shape and cut it repeatedly? Or do I have to do each one manually? Thanks! I appreciate any assistance you can give me.


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