How to Make a Mother’s Day Paper Flower Bouquet with Your Cricut or Silhouette

Break out the cutting machine! Crafting a paper flower bouquet is a great way to express your love and appreciation to Mom on Mother's Day. And creating a pretty Mother’s...

How to Use SVG Files with Your Cricut Cutting Machine

One of the great things about Cricut Joy, Cricut Explore and Cricut Maker cutting machines, is the ability to upload and cut SVG files that you have created or purchased from independent designers, like Especially Paper. Here’s a guide to downloading new projects and using SVG cut files in Cricut Design Space.

3 Proven Tips for Getting Clean Paper Cuts on Your Cricut or Silhouette Cutting Machine

Are you tired of getting torn or incomplete paper cuts on your cutting machine? You're not alone. In this post, I'll share three reasons you're getting poor quality cuts and how to solve them.

Recommended Supplies for Cutting Machine Crafts, Paper Flowers & Paper Cutting

I'm often asked about the products used in making the paper flowers and other cutting machine crafts seen on this site and on the @esppaper Instagram feed. So, here are a few of my favorite things with source links.

How to Convert Cut Lines to Score Lines in Cricut Design Space

When opening an SVG file in Cricut Design Space, every line is imported as a cut line. If your project has folds that are intended to be scored, you'll need to convert the cut lines to scores. Just follow these steps!

DIY Paper Flower: Make a Spider Mum with Cricut Explore or Silhouette Craft Cutter

These paper spider mums are a pretty addition to wedding receptions and bridal showers. If you have a craft cutter like a Silhouette Cameo or Cricut, the paper flowers are super easy to make.

How to Create Score Lines in Silhouette Studio

The ability to add scores to your Silhouette paper projects creates a lot of new possibilities. Score lines make it easy to fold paper to create boxes and other three-dimensional objects with crisp, neat folds. And creating score lines in Silhouette Studio is really easy if you just know where to look. Plus you don’t need the latest Silhouette Cameo machine to create score lines. This example was done on an older machine with a regular blade.

How to Use Alcohol Ink with Crepe Paper and Card Stock

Though it’s more common to use alcohol ink on glass, glossy paper, plastic, metal and other non-porous surfaces, alcohol ink is a great medium for adding color to crepe paper flowers, card stock projects, and floral stems. 

How to Open Zip Files on an iPhone and Upload SVGs to the Cricut Design Space App

Ready to use your iPhone with your Cricut Explore cutting machine? There are a few easy steps you'll need to take to start uploading SVG files to the app. 

How to Craft a Giant Paper Flower Using Your Silhouette Machine

A big thank you to the Silhouette team for featuring Especially Paper on their blog! I created a special project just for the post — a giant, 20” paper flower inspired by bright, sunny cosmos. See how to make the flower.

Paper Succulent Tutorial and Templates

I recently crafted a paper succulent to use as a photo prop with new heart plant stakes. It was so much fun to make and such a lovely shade of green that I decided to create a tutorial and offer the cutting files and template so that you can make your own. It's super easy to make!