The Ultimate Cricut Design Space Course

Learn how to do all the things in Cricut Design Space and make amazing things you can display, share, and sell!

Do you spend too much time spinning your wheels, trying to understand how to do things in Cricut Design Space? Do you have to compromise on what you want just to get something done? Or, worse yet, do you refuse to settle and never finish that project?

What if, instead, you could design and make whatever you wanted in Cricut Design Space, whenever you wanted?

Imagine how it will feel to finally make precisely what you envision, just the way you want, without compromise. Imagine having the know-how to impress everyone, even yourself, with what you can create. Imagine being connected to others who are on the same journey as you... all committed to making beautiful things that they can display, gift to others, and even sell.

Jennifer Maker

Like you, I got my first Cricut cutting machine to help me make things easier. I fell in love with it and since then, I've been teaching crafters how to use Cricut Design Space for more than four years. And like you, I rely on Design Space to create things quickly and smoothly, so I can teach others how to make the hundreds of projects I've designed. I know all the tools and tricks to make Cricut Design Space sing for me whenever and wherever, enabling me to reach millions of viewers every week on my channel, blog, and academy. My ability to use Cricut Design Space easily and quickly has opened every door (and window!) for me, and every day I am amazed and grateful.


Join me for a special series of in-depth online Cricut classes that will get you on your feet and running with all of your amazing ideas, from concept to design to finished project, STEP BY STEP!

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Who is Jennifer Maker?


Called the "queen of crafting" by her millions of fans, Jennifer is the founder of the wildly popular JenniferMaker blog and channel that both inspires and teaches you how to make beautiful things.

Jennifer has been teaching for decades and is known for her easy-to-follow approach and complete directions from start to finish that anyone can follow. She can teach you how to make pretty much anything!

In addition to teaching, Jennifer is an award-winning designer and author of over 60 published, bestselling books. She and her designs have been featured in FIRST for Women, Country Living, Good Housekeeping, Apartment Therapy, The Oprah Magazine, BuzzFeed, and 5-Minute Crafts, as well as on USA Today and Fox News affiliates.

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What Can You Teach Me?

This step-by-step course teaches you everything you need to know to use Cricut Design Space to create beautiful and personalized projects!

The DESIGN TO SHINE Course is packed with actionable techniques and hands-on projects that teach you how to create beautiful projects on a whim. Use your creations for personal use, gift them to friends and family, or even sell them to earn extra money!  

With DESIGN TO SHINE, you will learn to design and make projects on your own without relying on expensive SVGs or following step-by-step tutorials.

Just imagine...  

  • How amazing it will be to make that project you've been dreaming of.... now!
  • How wonderful it will be when you see a friend, family member, or even a complete stranger display something beautiful you made yourself.
  • How exciting it will be when you sell one of your own crafts for real money!

This comprehensive and powerful course includes step-by-step video lessons and printable workbooks designed to get you results in much less time and with far less frustration than if you tried to figure it out on your own.

This is not just a "how to use Cricut Design Space" course — this is a "how to DESIGN in Cricut Design Space with an award-winning professional designer and then actually make all the things with more fun and less fuss" course!

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What Will I Make?

In DESIGN TO SHINE 101, you will learn to use Cricut Design Space to design, make, and personalize your own...

Pop-Up Card

Pop-Up Flower Pot Card

Iron On Shirt

Custom Iron On T-Shirt

Round Sign

Personalized Wood Sign

In DESIGN TO SHINE 201, you will learn to use Cricut Design Space to design, make, and personalize your own...

  • Layered Paper Frame *
  • Custom Paper Flower *
  • Faux Leather Jewelry *

* All new projects! Nothing you've seen before on my blog or channel.

Paper Flower

In DESIGN TO SHINE 301, you will learn to use Cricut Design Space to design, make, and personalize your own...

  • Shadow Box *
  • Layered Vinyl Project *
  • Detailed Mandala *
  • Print & Cut Project *

* All new projects! Nothing you've seen before on my blog or channel.

Shadow Box

Note that these are the not the usual projects that are just "load and go" — these are carefully chosen projects to teach you important Cricut Design Space concepts in a step-by-step fashion, building upon and reinforcing what you've learned as you go. You will make some amazing things, yes, but most importantly you will master Cricut Design Space!

Are these specific projects not quite your style or interest? No problem! With the skills I teach you in each unit, you are learning valuable skills that can be applied to the projects you DO want to make, plus you can customize these to be exactly what you want. And I can't wait to see YOUR personal style!

Kelli Duncan

"I am so thankful I found Jennifer's courses! I trust her information and love how thorough she is! She is a great teacher and a lot of fun to watch! Her additional mentoring and care for her students is absolutely priceless! I can not wait to learn more from her!"  

Kelli Duncan

Plus there's more beyond just the lessons in the course ... I have special bonuses to continue to support and help you long after you finish the lessons. Check these out...

BONUS: Play-by-Play Videos

See Exactly How to Do That Thing

You're going to LOVE my NEW library of videos that show how to do individual tasks in Cricut Design Space on Desktop, iOS, and Android.

Each video is just a few minutes long so when you need help with Slice or Print Then Cut, you just watch the video then apply what you learned immediately.

I show you exactly what to do, where to click, and how to make it work!

And the entire collection is searchable, captioned, and downloadable, too!

Here's an example of a Play-by-Play video:

"I really enjoy Jennifer’s calm manner and detailed instructions (there are oodles of free project videos at her site, so you can see if her style of teaching matches your style of learning). Having the videos allows me to pause, try things, and rewind if necessary. There is also a manual that walks through everything in writing. I love that I have her course for life. "  

Robbin K.

Robbin K.

BONUS: Design Space Toolboxes

Work Smarter and Faster

Wish you had a shape? Or a template? Or knew what fonts to use? Because I have handy toolboxes for all of these things right in Cricut Design Space. And you get access to use, copy, and modify as you see fit. These help you design faster and more accurately! And all shapes, fonts, and other tools are free... you do not need Cricut Access to use these toolboxes.

Design to Shine Toolbox
Tracy DeGarmo

"Jennifer does an amazing job of teaching in a way that supports multiple learning styles by using a mixture of text, video, and hands-on projects (the projects are great!). The course interface makes it easy to go back and review topics, which I found extremely useful. I love the Facebook groups she creates for students ... and Jennifer is right in there with all of us being her naturally friendly and helpful self!"  

Tracy DeGarmo

BONUS: Behind the Design Videos

Watch Me Make Complex Designs From Scratch

Each unit in Design to Shine comes with a project link so you can hit the ground running and make something amazing. But if you'd like to see HOW I made it from scratch in Cricut Design Space — with NO UPLOADED IMAGES OR SVGS -- so you can learn more about designing, you can! Each unit has a special "Behind the Design" video showing me designing a project in Cricut Design Space from start to finish. These files are pure Cricut Design Space designs. It's fun and fascinating what you can make in Design Space! Watch to learn or just for fun!

Behind the Design

"I have learned so much from taking Jennifer's course. She is an amazing teacher and has the ability to break down complicated subjects and teach in a way that is very methodical and thorough. She is so generous in sharing all her secrets and supporting her students with answers to questions as well as cheering them on to success. Any course she offers... I'm all in!!!"  

Laura Mapstead

BONUS: Student Group

Ask Questions and Share Ideas in a Safe, Friendly Space with Jennifer and Her Entire Team

The private Facebook group — known as the CRICUT COLLEGE STUDENT GROUP — is where you can continue learning about Cricut Design Space and ask questions of me, my team, and other group members at ANY TIME in a safe, welcoming environment where you can be heard and seen! Plus, you'll also get...

Support and Training

My team and I are present and accessible in the Facebook group on a regular basis to answer your questions, provide support, and share additional training videos, tutorials, and files. We care about your success!

Networking and Answers

Learn from other students as they ask questions, share solutions, work through assignments, share tips, and post their own projects!


Jennifer Maker's workshops and tutorials are some of the best available. Her instructions are clear and easy to follow. She even includes mistakes so we all can learn from them. Her upbeat personality makes it easy to listen and follow along. — Sondra Bryson


I would have never opened my Cricut box if I hadn’t first watched JenniferMaker videos and seen her ideas and passion for helping others. I can’t imagine the money, time and frustration I have saved because Jennifer already made those mistakes and learning curve for me. Because of her I see the capabilities that my Cricut Maker has. She’s so ingenious! — Mikki Ashton


I consider myself an advanced crafter but I was very intimidated by my Maker. The good news is I invested in her workshop and now I am a master of my Maker! If I need to know how to do something, I just refer to her instructions. They are one pagers, very succinct and understandable. Throw any doubts away and join the club!Barbara Shook

Answers to ALL Your Questions!

What are the system requirements to take this course?

  • A desktop or laptop computer (Mac or PC) or a mobile device (iOS or Android) capable of running Cricut Design Space. I cover Mac, Windows, iPhone, iPad, and Android. You need only one of these, not all of these. (Note: If you are unable to get the Cricut Design Space software installed because you do not have a computer or device that supports it, you can get a refund for the course -- no worries!)

When this course is completed, you will feel comfort in Cricut Design Space and know how to make beautiful things on your Cricut! Your options will be limitless.  

What else should I have for this course?

  • A Cricut cutting machine capable of running the current version of Cricut Design Space — this course covers and includes Cricut Explore, Cricut Explore One, Cricut Explore Air, Cricut Explore Air 2, Cricut Explore 3, Cricut Maker, Cricut Maker 3, and Cricut Joy. Older machines like a Cricut Expression cannot use Cricut Design Space, so you would not be able to use that cutting machine for this course.
  • The current version of Cricut Design Space — Desktop version, iOS version, or Android version (yes, I support and teach ALL of these versions in this course). If you do not have the software installed yet, no worries — I will walk you through that in this course. You DO NOT need to be a Cricut Access subscriber to take my course — you can be a free user of the software and get the full benefit from what I teach.
  • Supplies and tools to make the projects for each unit (optional, but encouraged). You're welcome to learn without making, of course. If you do make the projects, I offer full and complete project supply lists for each unit at least two weeks before each unit is slated to start. \

Do you provide the supplies and tools for the course?

No, you are responsible for purchasing your own supplies and tools.

When does the course begin? Can I go at my own pace?

In order to keep you on track and not overwhelm you, the course presents a new unit of lessons and a fun, hands-on creative project each week (every Sunday). The first unit started on Sunday, June 6, 2021. Enrollment is now closed, but you can join our waiting list to be notified the next time we offer open public enrollment.

If you are busy, you may start later, so long as you are in before enrollment closes. You may also go at a slower pace than weekly, if you wish.

This is a self-paced course that you can access at any time you wish, re-visit whenever you want, re-play videos on demand, and re-download workbooks as needed.

When does enrollment end?

Enrollment is now closed, but you can join our waiting list to be notified the next time we offer open public enrollment. I do not know when I will open enrollment again, but it may not be until 2022.

What if I am busy and can't start right away?  

The course officially started on June 6, 2021 and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course — you decide when you start and when you finish. You can pause and restart whenever you wish, too. Enroll now to secure your spot.

How long do I have access to the course?

How does access for the lifetime of this course sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like — across any and all devices you own. That means as I update it, which I will, you get free access to the updates, too.

How long is the course?

This depends on what tier of the program you sign up for, but you can expect each unit to take 1 hour to learn and 1-3 hours to craft, depending on the project. I've spaced the course out so there is one unit per week to avoid overwhelm. This gives you time to watch, learn, and make! If you enroll in the Platinum Tier with all 10 units, the course is 12 weeks long (there are one-week breaks in between 101 and 201, and between 201 and 301).

I’ve tried other Design Space classes. How is yours different?

DESIGN TO SHINE is a project-based program that builds upon itself logically in each unit, walking you through every important task, step by step. Each thing I teach is explained clearly in searchable videos and printable workbooks, and then reinforced over and over in a variety of ways to make sure you learn in the way that works best for you. I don’t skip steps — I take you through slowly, explaining everything as I go. You are fully supported through our Q&A Center, Play-by-Play videos, Behind the Design videos, and our private Student Group. And you can watch and re-watch whenever and wherever. Oh, I help everyone, regardless of whether you are on Design Space for Desktop, iOS, or Android, so even if you have Desktop right now, when you get that brand new iPad next year, you can revisit Design to Shine and learn how to use Design Space in iOS, too! This is a true program, one built carefully and thoughtfully to really teach you how to independently make projects on your own without relying on expensive SVGs or following step-by-step tutorials for the rest of your crafting life.

What is Cricut College?

Cricut College is my project-based program to teach you key Cricut Design Space concepts so that by the time you graduate, you can make projects on your own without relying on expensive SVGs or having to find and follow step-by-step tutorials.

This is an unofficial educational program that is not associated Cricut or Provo Craft. Cricut and Cricut Design Space are registered trademarks of Provo Craft. Use of them does not imply any affiliation with or endorsement by them.

The DESIGN TO SHINE course being offered is a part of the Cricut College program, and it will be a prerequisite for future advanced Cricut workshops taught by Jennifer Maker and her team.

Do I need to be a Cricut Access subscriber?

No, you DO NOT need to be a Cricut Access subscriber to take my course — you can be a free user of the software and get the full benefit from what I teach. But I will also help all Cricut Access subscribers get the most of their subscription, too. Either way works for this course!

I have a Cricut Joy. How can I cut the projects you show here on my Joy?

You CAN do it! I specially designed our unit projects so they could be cut on the Joy as well as Explore and Maker.

Do I have to download SVGs?

No, this is a pure Cricut Design Space course and everything I teach you is made within Design Space. You do not need to download ANYTHING except the initial Cricut Design Space software/app, any extra fonts you want, and my workbooks.

Is this all-new content, or recycled projects?

All new! I developed the lessons and projects solely for DESIGN TO SHINE! They are specially designed to introduce concepts in the right order without overwhelm.

Why should I enroll in a course instead of watch a free YouTube video or read a blog tutorial?

This in-depth course is designed for those who want a comprehensive program that leads you through learning in the RIGHT ORDER so that you truly learn and remember. And you can ask questions and feel confident that you'll get help here! This course is also great for those who enjoy learning from Jennifer's easy-to-understand, calm, and clear method of teaching. This is a no-fluff, no-mess, no-distraction course ... it's like sitting down with Jennifer in her craft room to learn directly from her! Oh, and it's fun, too!

Do I have to have to use Facebook for this course?

No. All videos, workbooks, files, and resources are stored in the Course Area in our Teachable school system, which does not share a login with Facebook. That said, the private Facebook group is a great place to ask questions, see answers to other's questions, and get inspiration!

Are the classes live?

No. All videos are pre-recorded and professionally edited to ensure maximum learning in a distraction-free environment.

How much does it cost to enroll?

My DESIGN TO SHINE course is available at three different levels with three different pricing tiers, as well as convenient payment plans, to accommodate a wide range of interests and budgets. Our payment plans are quite affordable and easy to use. You can see all the pricing details below!

Are there coupons for the course?

No. Our academy has a place to enter coupons by default, but this course does not have any coupons or discounts because we've tried very hard to make it affordable without that.

I already consider myself advanced and do not need the beginner 101 or intermediate 201 courses. Can I skip those?

All units in DESIGN TO SHINE build off the prior units, and I introduce key concepts, tips, and tricks throughout the units that are important to understand for good design. We ask that all students, regardless of their experience or knowledge level, progress through units in order to ensure we are all on the same page as work through projects. Thus, it is not possible to sign up for just 201, or just 301. Thank you for understanding!

If I begin at Silver, can I upgrade later?

Yes, you can contact us at to request an upgrade! Please note that our pro-rated upgrade fees are calculated based on the current fee for the tier at the time of upgrade, not the price it would have cost to upgrade when you first enrolled. We do expect to increase prices for all enrollment tiers after June 6, 2021, so you may wish to lock your upgrade in before that date.

How is DESIGN TO SHINE different from your CUT ABOVE course?

The CUT ABOVE SVG Design Course focuses on using Illustrator and Inkscape to make SVG cut files. The DESIGN TO SHINE course focuses on using Cricut Design Space solely without SVGs (I mean you can use them, but I'm not teaching with SVGs). All DESIGN TO SHINE projects are made IN Cricut Design Space with FREE elements that either I made for students right in Design Space or they make themselves. It's a pure Design Space design course. There's also more education on how to use the Cricut than I put into Cut Above -- I am showing how to use all five Cricut cutting machines in DESIGN TO SHINE.

Will this course teach me to make SVG cut files?

No. I teach students how to do that in CUT ABOVE. I'd recommend taking DESIGN TO SHINE before taking CUT ABOVE, however.

Does this include Cricut Coach Playbook?

No, the Cricut Coach Playbook guide is not included in the purchase of this course, nor is it needed. We provide everything you need to learn Cricut Design Space within the course.

Will this course help me start a craft-related business?

Oh yes! Making, personalizing, and selling crafts is a winning formula for Etsy shop owners, as well as crafters who want to make and sell unique designs locally. The DESIGN TO SHINE course will help you learn how to design and make beautifully finished projects that people are willing to buy! Many of my students have gone on to become income-generating business owners after taking my courses. And — bonus — the projects I teach you how to make in this course are all popular and sought-after items that are highly sale-able.

Can I sell the projects I make in this course?

Yes, you can sell the finished projects!

What if I am unhappy with the course?

I would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact me within 30 days of your enrollment and I will give you a full refund. Please view my refund policy here for more details.

Can you really teach me Cricut Design Space?  

I will certainly do everything in my power to help! I am very patient when teaching and quite experienced at teaching a wide variety of levels of students. I also now employ a whole team of talented people to help me help you make the most of this course — these are not volunteers, but paid and skilled educators (my employees) who help me support my students. We are here for you! If you're still not sure if I can do this, check out all of the awesome testimonials offered by my students below!

I have taught millions of people how to use Cricut Design Space ... and in this special, in-depth and hands-on course, I can teach YOU, too!

Will I be able to ask questions?

Yes! You can post a question anytime in the private Facebook group and/or send us an email at and we're happy to help!

Praise from Jennifer's Students

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"I am really enjoying your course and also learning a lot. I find it easy to learn from your videos and have even gone back and replayed lessons to refresh my memory. I love that there is lifetime access; this is one of the main reasons I signed up for it. The added bonus of the workbooks were a totally unexpected and a fantastic reference." -- Sherrie Lou

"Jennifer, I have enjoyed this class so much! You’re a wonderful teacher and you’ve given me a path to a new outlet for my creative energy. I know that, with practice, I can go anywhere and do anything I want to from here on out. The sky is the limit! You’ve taught and encouraged each one in this class to try and fail until we try and succeed—and it’s OKAY! We learn from our mistakes and, boy, have I learned A LOT! LOL! The information you’ve taught us consisting of step-by-step instruction for simple to complex projects has given us confidence to tackle even the most complex instructions and come out on top, excited to have accomplished the completion of each and every project with your tips and pointers including personalized trouble shooting. THANK YOU! High five please!" -- Judy Krull

"Oh Jennifer! Where do I begin?!? I knew the first time I read about it, that this course was my chance to open a door leading to many adventures for me. Each lesson has been a new learning experience. Some of the lessons were lots of fun and some of them were more challenging, but all of them are very informative. And the one thing that I was REALLY impressed with was the ability to get one on one help!! That makes any problem less daunting. And, believe it or not, it helps to see others posting their questions too. More than once I've found answers or easier ways to do things. I just can't say enough good things. I would absolutely recommend this course to ANYONE that likes crafts of any kind. I can promise that if you do take this course, you will have fun and you WILL LEARN A LOT!!" -- Lelia Dorado

"I was terrified of my Cricut machine at first. Everything I attempted was a disaster! By taking Jennifer’s course, I have tamed that beast called Cricut & I am making many, many projects! Thank you Jennifer!" -- Renee Banbury 

"I love the your course! I have learned so much. When I started I had no clue how to navigate. You have been a great teacher and I am so happy I invested in this class!" -- Debbie Berke

"Taking your course was one of the best learning adventures I have been on in a long time. I was so out of the loop on crafting and doing this course was just what I needed. I found your course to be a great learning adventure. I recommend it to as many people as I can, as often as I can. Love your easy way of teaching. You have a true talent and skill set that is rare with so many of the e-courses. Thank you for all you do." -- Helen Roberts

"Everything you have out there has helped me learn how to use my Cricut, personalize gifts for friends and family, and try things I would have never dreamed I could do. I have taken a bit of a break on the course, having lifetime access removes any pressure to finish the course in a set amount of time. However, I recently had some issues with installing fonts and was able to go back and look at videos at the beginning of the course that helped. I am having great fun!" -- Patty Valker  

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"Jennifer is a delight to learn from - she knows her stuff, and she shares so much value with you in her courses - it's amazing they don't cost twice the price!" 


"Jennifer is an awesome teacher! I've taken several online classes, and she is by far one of the best I've learned from. Not only is she thorough, but she is clear, easy to follow, and anticipates questions beautifully. Her combination of video and written instructions is a win for all learning styles, which is a bonus. She's also fun!" 

Lisa Yvonne

"Jennifer is the first teacher I've met in years that puts her students first. She gives excellent instructions, answers all questions, and lends a hand when you're stuck! I've never had a more pleasant or effective learning experience." 

Michelle Darby