Scal

Decorating By leah_s Updated 9 Feb 2010 , 7:00pm by lecrn

leah_s Posted 2 Feb 2010 , 6:41pm
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I hate it. I. FREAKIN. HATE. IT.

I can't ungroup.
I can't weld.
I can't do ANYTHING with it.

Seriously.
Absolutely NOTHING.

And that's just onscreen. I actually haven't tried to cut anything yet.


GRRRRRRR

And yes, I've watched a bunch of YouTube videos. It looks easy there. Mine just isn't doing it.

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tiggy2 Posted 2 Feb 2010 , 9:20pm
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I just got Make The Cut and have been playing with it a little but haven't mastered it by any means. However, I have been able to weld, ungroup, etc. You might want to check it out.

cylstrial Posted 2 Feb 2010 , 9:24pm
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Have I been out of the forum's too long? What the heck is SCAL?

Jenthecakelady Posted 2 Feb 2010 , 9:28pm
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I don't have the full version of SCAL yet, I just downloaded the trial version so that I can play around with it and try to learn how to use it. I have been using the tutorials on svgcuts.com. They seem to be pretty clear cut and easy to understand (so far) and they have lots of free svg files you can download.

sabriana Posted 2 Feb 2010 , 9:36pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by cylstrial

Have I been out of the forum's too long? What the heck is SCAL?




Cylstrial - SCAL is a software program that helps you cut letters and other shapes with your Cricut.

Ritakk Posted 2 Feb 2010 , 9:55pm
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Where do you get the computer cable to hook up to your cricut? If you are using Scal and the other program?

greengyrl26 Posted 2 Feb 2010 , 9:57pm
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Originally Posted by Ritakk

Where do you get the computer cable to hook up to your cricut? If you are using Scal and the other program?




You just use a regular printer cable. Can pick them up at Wal-Mart or anywhere really. icon_smile.gif

tiggy2 Posted 2 Feb 2010 , 11:15pm
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You need a USB cable

cylstrial Posted 3 Feb 2010 , 12:00am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by sabriana

Quote:
Originally Posted by cylstrial

Have I been out of the forum's too long? What the heck is SCAL?



Cylstrial - SCAL is a software program that helps you cut letters and other shapes with your Cricut.




Aha! Thanks for letting me know!

leah_s Posted 3 Feb 2010 , 12:33am
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I just joined svgcuts and I only saw ONE pattern that was free. I bought $20 worth though.

See, I can't even find the FREE stuff.

::bangs head against wall::

tiggy2 Posted 3 Feb 2010 , 1:15am
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I couldn't find the free stuff either icon_sad.gif

gmorriello Posted 3 Feb 2010 , 1:33am
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I just used the scal to cut cupcake wrappers. I also used it to cut stencils on cricut stencil. Great tool! Havn't looked for svg files yet, but save the picture and use the trace tool. Seems to work well.

leah_s Posted 3 Feb 2010 , 1:38am
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Yeah, gmorriello, that's the type of stuff I'm trying to do. Rub it in, will ya? I have a cupcake wrapper that I downloaded and I'm pretty sure I can cut that. But I want a scalloped cupcake wrapper. The one I have is plain.

cookie_fun Posted 3 Feb 2010 , 1:51am
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I know this if off topic, but Leah just wanted to say I love your new avatar~! thumbs_up.gif

cookie_fun Posted 3 Feb 2010 , 1:55am
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http://forums.surecutsalot.com/viewforum.php?f=13&sid=ecf7c270a4cafe194636f63d86f03ceb

Here are some free SVG files I've found. Great stuff!

Also, I just got SCAL, but found that you may want to also get inkscape to make your own vectors (SVG) files from images.
If you google inkscape you should be able to download it for free.

HTH!

Tweedie Posted 3 Feb 2010 , 2:07am
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Does SCAL only work with the Cricut Expression? Or can you use it with the other models?

Jenthecakelady Posted 3 Feb 2010 , 2:07am
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Here's the blog where you get the free stuff. It took me a bit to figure out where it was too, but if it were a snake it would have bitten me!! At the top of the home page it says "Free SVG Downloads" click on that and it takes you to the blog where they post the free cuts. If they have multiple layers or other features you might need help with they will also have a link you can follow to a tutorial on how to use it.

http://svgcuts.com/blog/?cat=1

Hope this helps. I don't have a lot of free time right now, so it will probably be a while before I get the chance to play with it much.

Jenthecakelady Posted 3 Feb 2010 , 2:09am
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Originally Posted by Tweedie

Does SCAL only work with the Cricut Expression? Or can you use it with the other models?




As far as I know it is compatible with all Cricut models.

gmorriello Posted 4 Feb 2010 , 2:57am
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Leah_s I think I might have worked out a scalloped wrapper for you. I will try to post it! Hang in there...did you try the object break apart feature....I clicked on file, trace object, opened an item that i wanted to trace, then clicked on break apart and highlighted what I didn't want and hit delete. As soon as I perfect the scallop, its yours:0)

icantcook Posted 4 Feb 2010 , 3:53am
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All I've played with so far are letters, separate and welded together for a science projext board and text for 1 cake. Definite learning curve to it, and haven't really had the time or patience to really get into it yet.

Leah, I noticed I had to be pretty careful as to where on the object I click before I could group or ungroup. More of a corner of a whole group, or on the individual letter. I haven't done it enough to be able to tell you what area did what icon_confused.gif but play around with where you click on the particular object and see if you get different options of what you can do with it. And when all else failed, I just closed the program, restarted it, and told it that yes, I want to go back to my last session.

RE: Break Apart - Once you break apart, that seems to be a done deal? Can you put it back together once you break apart an object?

gmorriello Posted 4 Feb 2010 , 2:02pm
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After you break apart and manipulate what you want, you can select all and regroup.

gmorriello Posted 8 Feb 2010 , 2:05am
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Save document to computer, open scal, click on trace, browse for document, trace, then copy and paste as many times as you can to fit your page size.
LL

chilz822 Posted 8 Feb 2010 , 6:48am
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Leahs, I have saved several cupcake wrapper templetes, PM me your email addy and I'll sent them to you in svg form. Here's a pic of some I did tonight... I got 4 out of a 12x12 sheet of paper!

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-photo_1578302.html

gmorriello Posted 8 Feb 2010 , 1:06pm
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Leah_S I tried to pm you last night with templates, but they just sat in my out box. Not sure what was going on...I have posted in my gallery some templates, but also have more in svg form. If interested, pm me your email and I will send them your way. They should allow svg uploads...anyone check into this yet?

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-photo_1578176.html

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-photo_1578175.html

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-photo_1578158.html

sheilabelle Posted 8 Feb 2010 , 4:29pm
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Isn't there another software that is supposed to be easier than SCAL?

chilz822 Posted 8 Feb 2010 , 11:27pm
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There's also MTC (Make the Cut), I don't know if it's easier, but I've heard it was not as robust as SCAL... I have not tried it though.

gmorriello Posted 9 Feb 2010 , 3:56am
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okay...just watched a bunch of tutorials on you tube from scrappydew....excellent on how to use both inskape and scal...I feel much more equipped now!

hellie0h Posted 9 Feb 2010 , 6:13am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by leah_s

I just joined svgcuts and I only saw ONE pattern that was free. I bought $20 worth though.

See, I can't even find the FREE stuff.

::bangs head against wall::




SVG CUTS have freebies http://svgcuts.com/blog/?cat=1 just scroll down past the most recent, you will see "older entries" at the bottom, click there and it will take you to next page, then next and so on.

I really like Craft Edge Forum, many talented people share their svgs. Here are links to some cc wrappers.

http://forums.surecutsalot.com/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=5261 this is a princess wrapper.

http://forums.surecutsalot.com/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=5313&sid=b2ac2898e85cc112432509449bdccde3 this is a graduation wrapper

http://forums.surecutsalot.com/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=5300&sid=b2ac2898e85cc112432509449bdccde3 this is two types of scalloped wrappers

When you go to SureCutsAlot Forum, http://forums.surecutsalot.com/ click on the svg this will take you to the library. The wrappers are found in the OBJECTS category.

I highly recommend a couple of sites that offer excellent tutorials.

http://pennyduncancreations.com/PDC%20Tutorials.htm

http://imagesbyheatherm.wordpress.com/my-scal-tutorials/

There are many others that offer quality tuts as well. Also, have you updated SCAL to the 2.010, it has new features that makes it a bit easier. The update is on the download page, just click download, it installs over previous version.

charliejo Posted 9 Feb 2010 , 6:43am
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I have been using my cricut now for a year and this site Dan has been a great help with inkscape to thing to svg to cut. You have to have at least the trial verision of design studio by cricut, and one cartridge in to get scal to work. I use it alot, but really like design studio, weld and can use more that one cartridge if you have the juke box. i can do anything but cut gumpaste, still trying.

http://dan99.blogspot.com/search/label/SCAL

gmorriello Posted 9 Feb 2010 , 4:24pm
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okay for all my dear cc friends who are completely fed up with scal, svg, knk and what ever files and just want a cheap pretty cupcake wrap...try this...

http://video.filestube.com/watch,33a04e73b299100d03e9/Make-your-own-Cupcake-Wrapper.html

hope this made someone smile:0)

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