I thought before I wrote about the Cricut font cartridge Cursive 101, I would spend a few minutes talking about the handbooks and overlays that come with each cartridge. Even though the handbooks include instructions in the front (often in many different languages), I have often been puzzled about what I actually have to work with. So I thought we would review the instructions provided by Provocraft and fill in any blanks that might become evident.
Below is an introduction to the overlay and how you can use the shift key to switch from the bottom image or lowercase letter to the top image or the uppercase letter. This process is the same as we use on our computer keyboards including the option to use shift for one selection or shift lock for multiple selections.
The page below is important because it shows you how to multiply your cartridge potential from the visible choices on the overlay keyboard by 12. I didn't quite understand how to work with the feature keys when I first started cutting with my Cricut so I am going to spend a little bit of time elaborating on this section. Before I get started, take a second to look at the instructions included in the handbook below.
The primary image on this page is in the red box on the left on the handbook page as shown in the graphic below. This is also the images you see on the overlay keyboard button. You cut the lowercase by pushing this key. You get the uppercase by pushing this button with shift.
In the handbook, the first box to the left, in the top row, is the "Puzzle" feature box. To cut a lower case "a" puzzle piece, you need to push the "Puzzle" feature key and the "a" key. Add shift, and you get an uppercase "A" in your puzzle piece.
The last box on the top row is the tile box. You can use the letter tiles to create fun titles on scrapbooking pages or as building blocks to learn how to spell new words. Once again, to cut a lower case "a" tile piece, you need to push the "Tile" feature key and the "a" key. Add shift, and you get an uppercase "A" in your tile piece.
On to the cartridge content of Cursive 101. Here is a look at the sample Provocraft puts on the back of the cartridge:
There are a handful of images on this cartridge and they also have puzzle, notebook and tile options.
Click here to view to the Cursive 101 handbook in PDF format
And finally; the list of all of the images and phrases on this cartridge with their page numbers. Cursive 101 has a VERY short list but it may come in handy just the same. If you find any errors in the spreadsheet, please let me know so I can correct them. If you would like to share this information on your blog, instead of copy and pasting this info, please paste a link to my site. The spreadsheet below is saved as a JPEG but you can download a PDF version of Cursive 101 here: