Monday, 7 January 2013

How To Tutorial - Printing and Organising My Cricut Cartridge PDF Handbooks

Printing and Organising Cricut Cartridge Handbooks

I have had a number of requests for more details on how I print and organise my cricut handbooks, so I have put together a tutorial on how I did this for you. (Click on the images for more detail)

I only wanted to print out the pages that showed all the different cuts on the cartridges and did not want the instructions or different languages. There are two methods of doing this, the quick method and then my preferred method. My preferred method includes the title of the cartridge and allows you to choose the orientation of the pages and how many pages you want to a sheet.

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QUICK METHOD


These files have already been organised in a handbook style but many do not always include the title of the cartridge of the first page when you print them out.

Printing and organising cricut cartidge handbooks

1) Visit the cricut message board to this link here. Find the cartridge you are after and locate where to download it from. NOTE: this method automatically print 6 pages per sheet

2) Download and save to your computer, then simply print out.

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MY PREFERRED METHOD FOR PRINTING CARTRIDGE HANDBOOKS


1) The cricut cartridge library is no longer available on Provocraft's website. However, if you go to cricut website shop you can download the handbook there with a few steps. Search the cartridge you are looking for, click on details link, at the end there will be a "digital handbook" link to click and download. Save it to your computer.

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NOTE: Some cartridges either do not have a handbook or are not made available. The handbooks are now watermarked to protect provocraft's copyright.


2) Open the pdf handbook you need. NOTE: For printing the handbooks Do not look at the page number on the actual handbook pages but rather the page number of the actual pdf file at the top as the title is really page1.
Note the page number for the title page (page 1), then search through the handbook for the first page where the cut images begin (note this) and the last page number (note this too)



Printing and Organising Cricut Cartridge Handbooks

On this example here for Teardrop the first page number we need is 24 but on the handbook pages itself it is noted as 23.

Printing and Organising Cricut Cartridge Handbooks


The last page of images we need is page 74.

Printing and Organising Cricut Cartridge Handbooks


3) To print multiple pages per sheet. Choose to PRINT PAGES then enter the pages numbers you took note of in the previous step.

PAGE SCALING - choose multiple pages per sheet
PAGES PER SHEET - I choose 2 by 4 to save paper but you can 2 by 3 if you want to.

Printing and Organising Cricut Cartridge Handbooks

I print my handbooks in portrait mode but you can do them in horizontal mode if you want to make the pages larger and easier to read but that will use more paper.

Check the preview is correct then click OK to begin printing.

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Place all the handbook sheets into clear pockets and then put into a file in alphabetical order. I always begin the first page of each cartridge in a new pocket then then place the following pages back to back.


Printing and Organising Cricut Cartridge Handbooks

Cut the tabs from Tags, Bags Boxes and More it is cut at 1 and 3/4 inches. It is the mirror tab shape on page 34 of the handbook. I used my gypsy but you can use your cricut to fill the page, Design Studio or Cricut Craft Room. I cut as many as I could fit on a 12 x 12 sheet of each colour:

I colour co-ordinated mine to match my cartridges

Orange/peach tabs are for font cartridges

Blue for shapes cartridges

Green for lite and seasonal cartridges

Printing and Organising Cricut Cartridge Handbooks

If you label the tabs like on my photo here and then tape or glue to the first page of your handbook, you will be able to see the names from both sides as you browse through your file.

Printing and Organising Cricut Cartridge Handbooks

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Print out your own Cutting guide sheet with your own cricuts settings to keep in the front of your folder. You can find it here. I use mine all the time as the settings on my cricut varies from the standard settings.


28 comments:

  1. Thank you so much - "sew" helpful!
    TFS

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  2. Thank you for sharing this great idea. Will definitely give it a try so I can now store away my booklets.

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  3. OMG, your blog is definitely sooooo delish!!!! :-)

    Didn't take me long at all to click on "follow me". Looking forward to seeing what else you have up your sleeve! :-)

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  4. Thank you for sharing your preferred view...I like that!

    Carol aka cyimbugbitten

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  5. no need to post my last comment. I finally figured out how to put 4 on a page (1x4) and to print via "best" instead of "okay" haha..thanks for sharing how to do this - I always want another cartridge without thinking I should dig through what I already have! I sure wish Provo would give us BOOKS instead of the little guys...or a printable option that is easier - they leave so much questions!

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  6. Thanks so much for sharing this idea for storing our handbooks. Your instruction and illustrations where excellent. Will give this a go. Melissa

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  7. I followed your instructions and love how quickly this could be accomplished. Thank you for the link to the Cricut cartridges and thank you for the great tutorial!
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  8. Such a great tutorial. Thank for sharing.
    Angela
    Simple Creations

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  9. Thanks so much for sharing. I got tags bags boxes digitally on the gypsy but no book. I find it is very hard to use a cartridge without the book, esp this cart. I tried to purchase just the book from pc but they are out of stock. So thank you- now I will be able to use that cartridge!

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  10. I skip the notebook and keep my handbooks on my laptop (which goes with me to crops). I also have copies on my iPhone for times I don't have my laptop. There are several free apps for storing books. I use GoodReader.

    I do use a notebook to store my overlays and carts. In that book, I have a page view of what's on the overlay. I use a Crop in Style PSB, putting the overlays in the clear pockets in the front cover, and putting the carts on Velcro tabs on a thick page of the plastic divider.

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  11. Very helpful, Thank you for sharing your ideas.

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  12. Loved your page Thats what I,m going to try. Thanks Lee

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  13. This is so awesome and a HUGE space saver. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

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  14. Thanks for all your positive comments everyone. I appreciate them all.

    Some of the comments left when blogger was down on May 12 were lost, but luckily I have managed to retrieve some of them from my emails. My apologies if I have not been able to locate yours.

    Blueskygirl
    Thanks so much for sharing. I got tags bags boxes digitally on the gypsy but no book. I find it is very hard to use a cartridge without the book, esp this cart. I tried to purchase just the book from pc but they are out of stock. So thank you- now I will be able to use that cartridge!

    Carolyn
    I skip the notebook and keep my handbooks on my laptop (which goes with me to crops). I also have copies on my iPhone for times I don't have my laptop. There are several free apps for storing books. I use GoodReader.
    I do use a notebook to store my overlays and carts. In that book, I have a page view of what's on the overlay. I use a Crop in Style PSB, putting the overlays in the clear pockets in the front cover, and putting the carts on Velcro tabs on a thick page of the plastic divider.

    Sue
    Very helpful, Thank you for sharing your ideas.

    Anonymous
    I too just love how you have organized your Cricut Handbooks, b ut would love to know how you put the pages together. Did you take apart the books or did you print them out of a copy side by side?
    T. W.

    Angela
    Such a great tutorial. Thank for sharing.
    Angela
    Simple Creations

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  15. What a Valuable & GREAT IDEA!!! Thanks soo much for sharing. I came here via Just A Scrappin' blog Smooches... Felicia at scrapperinthemaking.blogspot.com

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  16. Thanks so much for this great idea!! I've seen other handbook ideas that are similar but I love that you included the option of printing several pages on one page right out of Adobe!! Thanks again, I love my new binder full of handbooks!!

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  17. all i can say is wowwwww! thank you so much for this! marie

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  18. this is amazing and so helpful!! cause we all know that those pics are so little sometimes! thanks so much for sharing!

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  19. Thank you so much for going into wonderful detail for us to do this for our cartridges! It's perfect and I can't wait to start on my book. I'm going to do mine like yours - your preferred method! Thanks again,
    Lisa in Trinity, TX

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  20. I really want to print all the pages using your preferred method for printing cartridge handbooks but the link to the Cricut library no longer works and I cant find it myself. Could you please direct to me to where I can find it now?


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  21. Thank you so much I have my carts on my gypsy And i still need to see the books. this way i can see them as big as i need.

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  22. I just came across this and love the idea. Now that the handbooks are not available on PC website do you have any suggestions for your preferred method? Have you found any where else to download the handbook PDF? Thanks!

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  23. What a wonderful idea!! Organization is the key to getting things done and you hit the nail on the head. So hope I can do the same. Thanks for sharing what works for you.

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  24. A HUGE thanks to you for posting this. I happened to stumble across this post from someone who pinned it on Pinterest. AMAZING!!! Don't know why I never thought to do this myself, but thanks to you, one more thing will be organized in my life and make using my digital Cricut cartridges WAY EASIER! Thanks again!!!!

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  25. I wish I had found this sooner. I can not access any of the links. Can you upload your PDF to be downloaded? I would love to have this.
    Thanks,

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  26. this is great however I think the handbooks are no longer available on the Cricut/ProvoCraft website... at least I can not find them. If you have a link as to where I can search the handbooks I would LOVE that

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  27. This is a great idea! Wish I found it much sooner as the handbooks are longer available on PC website... If you know a site that has them plese share

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  28. This is a great idea! Wish I found it much sooner as the handbooks are longer available on PC website... If you know a site that has them plese share

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