Before we get started, I want to be sure that you know that two days ago, on "Hello Thursday," some new Cricut cartridges were announced. "Hello Thursday" is the third Thursday of the month and you should always check the Cricut.com site to find out about new products and check for Design Studio and Gypsy updates.
If you have the current version of the software (1.0.31101.0), you will only need to download and install the updated Font Pack. You can check your version by using the "help" menu and choosing "About" to pull up the information box.
OK - now that we have that sorted out, let's get to the tips. These are some common concerns and questions that I have been asked frequently and have seen posted over and over again on the Cricut Message Board.
2. Cursor placement and movement on the mat
Be sure that "Show Ruler" is selected in the View Menu. This will help you quickly determine the size for the paper you need to cut certain elements. You can set up an entire mat with all of the colors you need to cut a complicated layered character such as a Disney Princess using small pieces of paper. If you'd like to see a video explanation of this, here is a LINK to a post on my blog with more help.
When you have set up a cut in Design Studio and you are ready to put the paper on the mat, you can turn your mat so the arrow is on the left and then use the grid on your screen and the mat to place the paper in the proper positions. The key is to remember that the arrow goes to the left - it is not at the top of the screen. I made this mistake once - and then I learned my lesson!
When this happens, hold down the "alt" key on your computer keyboard and the handles will temporarily disappear. If you are having trouble with handles not appearing around an object, sometimes pressing the "alt" key will make them reappear.