I was using my Cricut Expression over the weekend and came up with a tip that saved me a lot of time so I want to share it here with you. If you are "Cricut savy" this may not be news to you, and if you don't have a Cricut this may not make any sense to you at all.
Here's a quick summary for those of you that may not be familiar with the Cricut Expression: it's a tool that can be use to cut out shapes and letters to use for scrapbooking, card making or even for letter art.
One of the great features of the Cricut Expression is that if you want to cut multiple shapes from one piece of paper you can use the "quantity" button to set the number of shapes you want to cut, and the machine will calculate the space available and cut the shapes for you.
Like many crafters, I have a large supply of paper scraps that I like to use as often as possible. When I was crafting over the weekend I was cutting lots + lots of tag shapes out of scraps of white paper. Because I wasn't using one large piece of paper I had to move the cutting blade each time I needed to move on to the next paper scrap (I had several small pieces of paper on one cutting mat). If I wasn't moving too far across the mat it wasn't a big deal to use the arrow to move the blade, but if I was at the bottom of the mat and wanted to move the blade to the top it was a time consuming process.
What made the process easier for me was that I discovered the "line return" button that is circled in red in the above photo. By pushing that button you can quickly move the blade from the bottom of the mat to the top with just one keystroke. It was a real time saver and I used it repeatedly to get my tags cut as quickly as possible.
I love my Cricut Expression and use it often. If you enjoy doing crafts and don't have a Cricut you might just want to include it on your list for SANTA.