It’s probably because of the official arrival of spring, but I’ve been thinking a lot about organization lately. When I saw this dry erase magnet board, I thought it would be the perfect excuse to experiment with making a different kind of project on the Cricut and getting to know how to write and cut in Design Space.
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Since I got my Cricut last year, I’ve been surprised by the range of projects I can make with it. It’s not just for making cards (though, of course, I could make a ton of birthday and holiday cards if that’s all I did with it!). So far, I’ve made a card, gift tags, holiday decorations, customized iron-on t-shirts, three fun projects using vinyl (here, here, and here), and other projects that haven’t made it to the blog yet. I’ve been wanting to get a better understanding of using write and cut, so customized magnets seemed like a great way to try this feature out. You can use your magnets for a dry erase board, like I did, or for the refrigerator.
How To Make “Handwritten” Magnets using Cricut Write and Cut and Magnet Sheets
- Printable magnet sheets (I used about half of one 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheet for my magnets).
- Magnetic dry erase board (I used a blue, square 11.5″ x 11.5″ board).
- Cricut Explore pens (I ended up using the 1.0 tip marker from my Gold Multi Pen set).
- Cricut Explore Air with Cricut Design Space.
- Cricut Spatula (I used the trimmer and weeder from my Cricut Gold Tools and Trimmer Set) – optional.
- Strong Grip Mat (I used the one from the Cutting Mat Variety 3 pack).
Create Your “Handwritten” Text in Design Space
- Choose “Add Text” from the menu on the left.
- Type in your text.
- Choose “Edit” from the menu on the right.
- Pick “Has a Writing Style” from the top drop down menu and then select a font. (I used Folk Art Festival.)
- Choose “Layers” from the menu on the right and select “Write” as the Layer Attribution.
- If you plan to use multiple pens, you can select each color from the drop down menu so that you will be prompted to change pens. If you are going to use the same pen throughout, you don’t need to make changes except to indicate the tip thickness.
Create Your Magnet Shapes in Design Space
- Choose “Insert Shapes” from the menu on the left.
- Select your preferred shape from the menu that pops up. I used square (which can also be used for rectangles.)
- If you want to make your square into a rectangle, click on the lock in the lower left corner of the shape to unlock the aspect ratio.
- In the right hand menu, select “Layer” to change the Layer Attributes. I choose white for the shapes since I wasn’t going to use the print or write feature for the background and this makes it easier to see your work in Design Space. Make sure “Cut” is selected.
- Choose “Edit” from the right hand menu and adjust the size of the magnet to meet your needs.
Attach Your Text to Your Magnet Shape in Design Space
- Position your text on the shape.
- Select both the text AND the shape at the same time. (I used the command menu to do this on my Mac, but the button you’ll need to hold down varies by device).
- On the right side “Layers” menu, choose “Attach” so that the text will be connected for “write and cut.”
- Repeat this process for as many magnets as you plan to cut. (I copied the shapes and measurements for all of the days of the week, but used a different size and font for the to do magnet.)
- Choose the size of your magnet sheet from the drop down menu.
- The magnets will be automatically re-positioned to minimize waste of the magnet sheet.
- Choose “Custom” on the pressure setting wheel and then select the type of magnet sheets you are using from the drop down menu.
- Design Space will prompt you to load pens. If you’ve written in several colors, you will receive prompts at several points.
- Once your magnets write and cut, you can remove them from the mat. I used the Cricut Spatula to gently remove each magnet from the Strong Grip Mat.
- The magnetic dry erase board that I used had adhesive so I could attach a holder for the marker to the back. It also had adhesive for attaching it to a wall, but I prefer to keep my board more mobile.
- I plan to use my magnetic board at work, and I’m not in the office everyday, so I have plenty of room for my to do list and for my daily meetings.
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