Themed SVG Cut File Review (Baby, Beach, Winter, Dies, Christmas, Etc.)
LetteringDelights.com (sidebar) has some new, beautifully packaged SVGs. Just what I’ve been looking for. Cost less than carts, adorable color ideas, BUT…the one downside is that the files are not separated into cut layers–you have to figure all that out yourself. There are some cuts easier to do that than others. I would like them much better if they were simplified and pulled apart for cutting, but I’ve still bought several. They are offering FREE ones from time to time, which is a great way to test them to see if you like them. The “frames” svg files will probably be some of my most used. If you are confident with dis-assembly and separating colors by layer, go for it. If not, stick with images easy to separate.
SVGcuts.com does a better job of separating items for cutting, and the cuts are clean. The only minor thing I do not like about these downloads (for pay) is that within every group, the svg cut files are called “SVG files”. When I went to move my old files to a new computer, somehow I lost lot of files because all the subfolders had the same name. This should not have been a problem, but it was. I’m not sure HOW this happened, I just know it did. I’m hoping I can download another copy or get it all straightened out, but it’s a hassle. I recommend renaming them by cut file name when you download them rather than the generic “svg files” for each set. I have had great luck with these files and highly recommend them. They run great sales and often do a free gift set (full set) with the purchase of a couple other sets. Sign up for their newsletter for more info on sales. Great free cuts each week on their blog, too.
ScrappingTable.com is probably one of the best values out there as far as SVG cut files grouped by theme for download. You can buy it for a one time subscription and there are constantly updates. Just the other day a new one came out for girl pages. With a minimal price of a subscription, you get all subsequent files she releases FREE. These files are clean, and not too complex to cut quickly (not a lot of intricate paper piecing, which I don’t tend to enjoy as a rule). She also provides a lot of helpful tutorials, and alerts you when updates to SCAL come up (the software program which allows Cricut to cut any font on your computer, any appropriate jpg, or svg files).
One of my most used SVG sets is the “shapelies” by Penny Duncan. They emulate popular nesting dies and are worth looking into. Simply separate the images down to one or two images in the sizes your prefer, then cut! I got them in the “free” phase also, but you’d spend the money on just one of these dies, and she offers countless ones ready for cutting. Very well worth the $15 for all of them in my opinion.
Others you like? I’m only referring to “theme” sets for this post. There are LOTS of free SVG files out there just ready for search and grab!