Learn how to find and access Shared Projects in Cricut® Design Space. You can access and share projects with the entire Cricut Community.
If you have questions about Shared Projects, you’re not the only one. I think it’s actually an underused feature of Design Space. Although I do believe that initially Design Space wasn’t as user friendly or easy to search as it is today.
In fact, Cricut is constantly making changes and improvements to Design Space. And, fortunately, they’ve made sharing projects even easier.
FAQs about Shared Projects
Who is the Cricut Community?
You may be wondering, just who is the “Cricut Community”?? The Cricut Community are all those Cricut users who use the Design Space software. In other words, that’s you, me, and every other person who owns and uses a Cricut cutting machine.
What are Shared Projects?
And you may also be wondering what are “shared projects”. Well, shared projects are designs created in Design Space using Design Space fonts and elements. That means those projects do not include any uploaded images, or system fonts – just fonts and elements found in Design Space.
Can All Cricut Projects Be Shared?
Now, some of these projects may contain elements that are available for free to Access members (learn more here) and some you may have to purchase. But, all are in Design Space and not uploaded by the user.
So, only projects that use Design Space elements and fonts can be shared. You can’t share projects if they contain system fonts (fonts from your computer) or images that you’ve uploaded.
I believe this is partly to comply with Copyright laws and prevent copyright infringement. I mean, if you could share an image or design you purchased from say Etsy and then share it, you’d be sharing items for free you may not have a legal right to do.
How to Find or Access Shared Projects in Cricut Design Space
The first thing you should probably know is that shared projects are found in the Cricut Community. Remember, the Cricut Community is simply comprised of Cricut Design Space users like you and me who have made their projects public in Design Space.
To find, use or access shared project files, you first have to search for them. Here’s how:
- Cricut Access Subscription (optional)
- Cricut Design Space Software or App
- Cricut Cutting Machine
- Launch Design Space on your computer, laptop, or iOS device. (Please see NOTE below.)
- Enter your Cricut ID and Password, then click on Sign In.
- Once logged in, you can search or browse for shared files from the Cricut Community. From the Home screen, type a phrase to search for in the search field. This can be keywords, such as Christmas Ornament, or even a profile name, such as Pam Baker or The Birch Cottage.
- You'll then see your search results sorted by categories, such as:
- Images (images you've uploaded that meet the search criteria keyword)
- My Projects (projects you've created and saved)
- Cricut Projects
- Community Projects
- Community Members
- Simply click on View All under the category, such as Community Projects, to view all projects in that category.
- Once you find a project you want to use, click on the image of the project to see the Project Details.
- From the Project Details page, you can view any additional pictures, as well as, instructions and all elements used in the design.
- Click on Edit a Copy to edit and use the shared project design.
- The project will open in Design Space where you can edit it. When ready, simply click on Make It.
Note: Project sharing is available on iOS and Windows/Mac platforms of Design Space. It is not yet available on Android. (November 2, 2022)
Follow a Community Member in Design Space
If there is a particular Cricut community member, such as The Birch Cottage, that you’d like to follow in Design Space, here’s how:
- If you know the member’s name that you want to follow, from the Home screen in Design Space, type the community member’s name in the search field.
- Scroll down to the Community Members search results.
- Find the community member’s name and either click on the Follow button or click on the name of the community member. This will open their profile in Design Space.
- From the community member’s profile page, click on the Follow button under their profile image.
Like or Save a Project in Design Space
You can also like or even save projects in Design Space. The nice thing about saved projects is that they will be easily accessible in your Saved projects. Here’s how:
- From the Home screen, enter a search term in the search field.
- Browse or scroll through the projects. Once you find a project that interests you, you can click on the heart beneath the picture to “like” it or the bookmark icon beneath the picture to “save” the project.
- You can also click on the image of the project to go to the Project Details page, and then select from there to like or save the project by either clicking on the heart icon or the bookmark icon.
- Then to access the saved projects, click on My Projects. Then select Saved from the My Projects dropdown menu. There you will see a listing of all the projects you have saved.
- You can even further organize your projects into collections. But, I’ll save that tutorial for another day!
Follow The Birch Cottage in Design Space
I told you how to follow a Community Member in Design Space. Well, I’d love it if you would follow The Birch Cottage in Design Space. Here’s a link to my profile page:
By following me in Design Space, you’ll be notified via Design Space when there are new designs made available. Each time you log in to Design Space, you’ll see a little bell icon near the top – right beside where it says My Projects. You will also see a number beside the notification icon telling you how many notifications you have. Simply click on the bell to see your notifications.
So, there you have not only how to access Shared Project Files in Cricut Design Space, but also how to follow community members, and even how to like and/or save shared project files in Design Space.
More Cricut Tutorials
If you love to craft with your Cricut, then you might like these Cricut project and tutorial ideas from The Birch Cottage:
- How to Upload an SVG File to Cricut Design Space
- Let It Snow Christmas Ornaments
- DIY Round Wood Door Hanger
And be sure to Pin this tutorial to your favorite Cricut Pinterest board to save it for later or to share with family and friends!