July 14, 2009

SCAL 101: Intro to cutting cool crap

Hi, my name is Jan, and I have a Cricut.
Hi Jan.
Um, I've been using my Cricut for about a month now. I had a great idea that I would purchase the Sure Cuts a Lot software and cut amazing things. And, um, it's way smarter than I am.
mumbles of sympathy
So, anyway, I have been figuring it out as I go. That's why I came to this meeting. I'm hoping to share with all of you what I'm learning. Kind of a dummy's set of lessons. Maybe we can all work on this addiction together.


That's right. SCAL (Sure Cuts a Lot) has pwnd me. For one, I keep calling it Sir Cuts-a-Lot, as if it is some knight coming to rescue me from mediocre crafting abilities. Anyway, I am learning, and it's really great. It's a bit tricky to figure out at first, but once you get going, you can do anything with it. You will love it.

SCAL is the knock-off option to Cricut's own Design Studio. Basically, SCAL cuts whatever computer image is in a .svg file type, while Design Studio only cuts from Cricut cartridges that you already own. So, cost-wise, there is no comparision. Even after you spend $70 for Design Studio, you still have to buy every cartridge you want to use with it, either at $80 full price or $40ish if you find them on sale. SCAL is $60ish total, and you can cut anything.

**WARNING** SCAL software is NOT approved in any way by Cricut. They want you to use their own software, and if you use SCAL you will void your warranty with Cricut. They claim that some Cricuts can mess up if you use other software. They currently have no way of knowing if you use SCAL, so it's your own ass if you tell them :) Mine was purchased from a friend and the warranty was already voided, so I had nothing to lose. I am in no way responsible if your Cricut breaks and you call up Provocraft and tell them you were using SCAL. Love you though ♥

But then you're thinking, what the heck is .svg and how do I get one?

That is a great question, I thought that too! So I will be posting some basic intro steps to getting it working, as I go along and learn it myself. Cause that's what we do here. I know many of my friends and readers have either gotten Cricuts recently, or haven't yet tried SCAL for themselves. So hopefully this will help us both out. It will take me a bit to explain, so check back for new chapters in SCAL 101. I'll be posting basic steps, descriptions and helpful links for those of you wanting to figure this out too.

Now, anyone have a sponsor token for me??
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3 comments:

  1. This will be great! I have a Cricut & SCAL too but can hardly figure out how to use it!!

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  2. Love your title...will keep watching as you learn. you are now my official motivation.

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  3. Great . . . first you insipired me to create my own craft space. Now I'm gonna want to buy some new tools. :) Thanks for the tutorial!

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