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How to Combine Projects in Cricut Design Space

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Learn how easy it is to combine two or more projects in Cricut Design Space into one project; super useful with the Cricut Mug Press designs!


With the release of the NEW Cricut Mug Press machine, it got me to wondering how to use some of my existing projects that I’ve saved in Cricut Design Space with the Cricut Mug Designs. Is there a way to combine, merge or import an existing design with another design?

You bet there is! And it’s super easy. I’ve even created a video to show you just how easy it is. Plus, I share with you how to use the Cricut Mug Design project file (think of it as a handy template) with an existing project file. Maybe you have a favorite mug design and you want to use it with the new Mug Press – you can! And I’ll show you how!

See, when Cricut designed their new Mug Press machine, they sort of thought of everything, including creating project files that were specifically designed to make it easy for you to properly layout your mug designs. As of the writing of this tutorial, there are currently two project files available from Cricut and designed for use with their mug blanks and mug press machine.

Plus, the mug design project file (that is really a template) for use with the infusible ink transfer sheets has a straight edge, ripped edge, scalloped edge, wavy edge and even a zig zag edge that you can combine with your designs to create really stunning customized mugs. But, more on that in a moment.

Why would you want to combine projects?

Before we get into the how-to, let’s talk a moment about WHY you would even want to combine projects. I can think of a few good reasons, such as:

  • create a new design using elements or designs from two or more saved projects
  • print out multiple projects at one time (big time saver!!)
  • use a saved project with the new Cricut Mug Press (great idea)

And when I say combine, I mean merge two or more files into one or to import one design into another design thereby creating a new design. Does that make sense? I hope so!

Cricut Mug Press

So, what got me to thinking about how to combine Cricut projects in Design Space in the first place was the introduction of the new Cricut Mug Press machine. You can read my “first look” or first impression of the new machine here.

Cricut Mug Press

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See, Cricut has two project files that are SUPER helpful with using and creating designs with the new mug press machine. Plus, each project file has multiple finished sizes to choose from. Cricut has its own mug blanks in both 12 oz/340ml (small) and 15 oz/425ml (large).

Cricut Design Space with mug project

NOTE: You do have to be a Cricut Access member to use these files. I subscribe to Cricut Access and I think it is SOOO worth it!

*For use with compatible sublimation mug blanks, poly-coated, 11 – 16 oz (350 – 470 ml) straight wall only; 82-86 mm diameter mugs +/- 1 mm (3.2-3.4 in).

Mug Blanks

The mugs that you use with the Cricut Mug Press are called “mug blanks”. These mugs are specially coated mugs that are designed specifically for use with the mug press machine. You don’t have to use Cricut brand mug blanks, but they are highly recommended.

You can use straight mugs designed for use with sublimation. Curved mugs don’t fit well nor do the designs transfer well in the Cricut Mug Press.

How to Combine Projects in Cricut Design Space

Alright, enough about the Cricut Mug Press, let’s take a look at how to combine projects in Cricut Design Space. Keep in mind that this process will work for two project files or more.

Learn how easy it is to combine two or more projects in Cricut Design Space into one project; super useful with the Cricut Mug Press designs!

How to Combine Projects in Cricut Design Space

Yield: 1 Project
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Easily combine multiple saved project files in Cricut Design Space into a new project. This technique is especially helpful for using your saved project designs with the NEW Cricut Mug Press design template.

Tools

  • Computer, laptop or compatible device
  • Cricut Design Space
  • Two or more project files
  • Cricut Access Subscription (optional)

Instructions

  1. Open Cricut Design Space Learn how easy it is to combine two or more projects in Cricut Design Space into one project; super useful with the Cricut Mug Press designs!
  2. Select the project file that you want to add a design to and open it. In this example, I'm opening the Mug Design Setup project file. If you are using this project file, you'll want to scroll down to the Cricut Mug Press section and click on the design. Learn how easy it is to combine two or more projects in Cricut Design Space into one project; super useful with the Cricut Mug Press designs! Once you click on the Mug Design Setup file, the project details will open (#1 in the below picture), be sure to scroll down to the Finished Size drop-down and select the size and style of mug design you want to use (#2 in the below picture). Then click on Customize and the project will open in Design Space (#3 in the below picture).Learn how easy it is to combine two or more projects in Cricut Design Space into one project; super useful with the Cricut Mug Press designs!
  3. Next, you will open a new window. To do so, select File > New Window from the top-left menu bar in Design Space. It may take a couple of minutes, but Cricut Design Space should open in a second window. Learn how easy it is to combine two or more projects in Cricut Design Space into one project; super useful with the Cricut Mug Press designs!
  4. From the new window (the second window you opened), you'll want to open the project file that you want to copy into the first window. In my example, I'm opening the file named "P - for Pam" under My Projects. When the Project Details page opens, click on Customize. This design will now open in Design Space.Learn how easy it is to combine two or more projects in Cricut Design Space into one project; super useful with the Cricut Mug Press designs!
  5. Select the layer(s) you want to copy and right-click somewhere on the design and then select Copy from the pop-up menu.
  6. Switch over to the first Design Space window where you have the project open that you want to copy the design to. Right-click somewhere in the design space and click on Paste. Learn how easy it is to combine two or more projects in Cricut Design Space into one project; super useful with the Cricut Mug Press designs! Learn how easy it is to combine two or more projects in Cricut Design Space into one project; super useful with the Cricut Mug Press designs!
  7. You can now resize the design, use contour or otherwise customize it to your liking. Be sure to Save your new project.

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Where to Buy the Cricut Mug Press

DISCLOSURE: This blog post contains affiliate links for products or services we think you’ll like. If you make a purchase from one of these links, The Birch Cottage will make a small commission at no additional cost to you. All opinions expressed are 100% our own.

The Cricut Mug Press just went on sale beginning March 11, 2011. You’ll find the mug press, infusible ink transfer sheets, infusible ink pens and mug blanks at these retailers and online. If you are a Cricut Access member, you’ll receive a discount of 10% off if you purchase the machine through Cricut.com. Plus, you’ll likely find the supplies like the infusible ink transfer sheets and pens on sale, too.

NOTE: As of 6:52 AM on March 11, 2021, not all of the above listed retailers had the Cricut Mug Press listed on their site and some were even sold out within hours. They are, however, supposed to carry the machines and supplies. Good luck!!

More Cricut Project Ideas

Although I have been a Cricut user for years, I’ve really only begun sharing project ideas and tutorials here on The Birch Cottage blog. I thought you might like them too!

I can’t wait to see what you design now that you know how to combine multiple projects in Cricut Design Space. Doesn’t this just open up all kinds of possibilities? I sure think so!

Pam Baker from The Birch Cottage

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