How to Create SVGs to Supercharge Your Crafts

I’m an enthuasiastic crafter, designer, and teacher at JenniferMaker.com. I can design my own SVG files for my cutting machine and make ANYTHING I want. My designs have been downloaded over two million times and my YouTube channel has over four million views per month.

But it didn’t start out that way!

So let me tell you my story. I got a Cricut, I made a few projects, and then I quickly decided I wanted to create my OWN designs. I wasn’t content to just download what other people had designed — I had ideas, and I wanted to see them come to life. So after I made my first paper flower from an SVG, I started to play around. I opened the SVG in my illustration program — which I already had installed because I am a graphic designer. And I quickly realized how easy it was to modify and create, and I had the POWER I had to make precisely what I wanted.  

That day, I designed my first paper flower — a peony with petals based on real peony petals from my garden. I was HOOKED. I began designing LOTS of paper flowers — roses, magnolias, tulips, daisies, sunflowers — you name it, I was tracing petals and creating 3D paper flowers that were AH-mazing, if I do say so myself. I was getting more creative and more adventurous as I went along, because I was learning by doing.  

Then, about two months after I began my paper flower design extravaganza, I was contacted by a book publisher. They asked if I would write a book about paper flowers. I almost just said no, I can’t do that — I’m not experienced enough. But the truth is, that by this time, I was feeling pretty good about making paper flowers. Thanks to my ability to design them and cut them out right away, so that I could tweak and refine them, I was actually well along at this point. And I’ve authored 60 books already over the course of my career, so I’m experienced at writing and teaching others to do what I’ve learned. So I said yes, I’ll write a book and tell everyone what I know about making paper flowers.  

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A part of me thought it was just a dream. How can being able to design cut files translate into a book deal. But, sure enough, I turned in my book draft and received a check in the mail.  

Amazing. I still am pinching myself.  

But the real joy here for me, is not a book or a check. It’s that now, because I learned how to make my own designs for my Cricut, I can MAKE ANYTHING. You name it, I can do it. When my daughter comes to me and says, I really like this stuffed animal and I want to make one like it. Can you help me make me a pattern on the Cricut, mom? I can. I did it just last night — we made a lion plushie on the Cricut that I designed in my software. And that is a feeling like none other.  

You can do this, too. That’s exactly what this training is all about. No, it’s not a magic crafting wand, but it IS probably the next best thing to it: a clearly, laid out, step-by-step guide that will show you exactly what to do, and what order to do it in. It’s the secret sauce you’ve been waiting for!
 

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