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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed, March 30, 2012
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I do a lot of scrapbooking and thought this cartridge would help make beautiful pages. There is no way of knowing what size frame you are going to end up with and I have not found any setting that will work with a 4x6 photo. The frames I have cut tear so easily that I have yet to be able to use any of the fancy ones. I have looked on the internet for tutorials using this cartridge and there are none. I would not buy this unless you have a lot of paper you are willing to waste. I have tried cardstock and scrapbook sheets. Same problem with both.
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Initial post: May 8, 2012 9:23:17 AM PDT
Amen to that. I have gone everywhere (including Cricut.com, as stated on the cartridge for instructions). JoAnn's couldn't help either. I am really disappointed as isn't that what it is for, to scrapbook. Who cuts only square photos? I am so glad you wrote; thought it was only me.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2012 9:05:17 AM PDT
If you have or Get a Cricut Gypsy you can make the frames to whatever size you need :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2012 4:09:47 PM PDT
I don't have a gypsy, just the Cricut Expression. Thank you anyway.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2012 2:45:51 PM PDT
Mommit says:
I do not have the gypsy either. It did not specify that it would not work without futher equipment. Thank you

Posted on Jun 8, 2012 7:15:00 AM PDT
BOOK REVIEW says:
Thank you so much for your helpful reply. I've seen only one of the intricate frames on a video but the person only showed it after it was cut out so I don't know how many times they had to cut and remove from the cutting mat before it worked out right. I remember there were the same complaints with this one Valentines cartridge that came out one year that had a lot of filigree designs. The Tinker Bell cartridge has a lot of intricate cutwork for her wings and the manual states that "some designs work better in larger sizes." That was the only disclosure. For people without a Gypsy, I guess the only option you might have is to cut your photo down to size to fit inside the frame. (If you have some kind of photo editing software you could blow it up then crop etc. to try and get the part of the image you want to center inside your frame.) The only alternative to "fancy frames" that I've seen out there so far would be some of the newer Nestability Dies, where you can layer them. There is a company that makes stamps that go with some of the nestability dies for the matching frame sizes that add additional elegance to them.

Posted on Oct 2, 2012 9:43:49 AM PDT
Linda says:
The size you tell cricut to cut(for example 3"), will be the size of the inner cutout of the frame. I love this cartridge and haven't had any difficulty cutting or wasting paper. Hope this is helpful for the Fancy Frame cartridge.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2012 8:47:52 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 4, 2012 9:03:21 AM PST
Mel Phil says:
IT'S EASY!!! With the Cricut Expression, you can cut any size and shape of frame that you want. You need to use your computer and have to do two things: 1. Hook your Cricut to your computer (you'll have to get a USB cable like you use to hook up a printer or "borrow" one that you may already have - Walmart has them for $2.88 - http://www.walmart.com/ip/Belkin-10-Gold-Plated-USB-Printer-Cable/9203339 and so does Amazon - see the link at the end of this post. 2. Go to the Cricut website and join Cricut Craft Room - you'll download the Craft Room program (I got both this program and an update for the Cricut FREE). Using Craft Room, you can resize the frames because it shows the cutting mat, with measurements on your computer screen. Just remember that the INSIDE of the frame should be the dimensions of your photo. Importer520 Black 10 ft Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Printer Scanner Cable Type A Male to Type B Male For HP, Canon, Lexmark, Epson, Dell THERE ARE SHORT TUTORIAL VIDEOS AT THE CRAFT ROOM SITE THAT SHOW HOW TO USE CRAFT ROOM.
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