Gypsy Help!

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Gypsy Help!

I don't have my own Gypsy, but a good friend of mine has one. And whenever she gets a new scrapbook "toy" she has me figure out how to use it and then teach her. So her newest is the Gypsy. I have played a bit with it and have linked all her Cricut Cartridges and even created a title and cut it. But I was wondering how you weld the letters on the Gypsy. I know how to do it on her Cricut Design Studio (another toy I learned and taught her) but I can't figure out how to do it on the Gypsy. I am assuming you can?!?! If you have the Gypsy is it easier to just do it all on it and not use the Design Studio software? Any other things you have learned you can pass along to me?? TIA!

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Sorry I can't help you out... but Lauren/LMCH knows a lot about the Gypsy and uses it all the time. I know it does weld b/c she said she welded a bunch of train tracks together to make it go the width of a 12x12.

So hopefully she can teach you that and give some other tips.

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Hi...I will try to explain as best as I can without screen shots of the gypsy itself Wink

when you add your letters to the mat, then you move them over right up against each other so they are touching/overlapping like you would want them to be welded (either drag them over, or use the arrows to bump them in one direction or another). Then on the screen on the side of the mat with all the funtions, you have to select the tab that says "advanced" (I think)...there is a button that looks like 3 shapes together (one is a star I think)...with the whole group of letters selected hit that button, then hit the button that looks like a eye...that will show in in a red outline how the letters or whatever will appear as cut.

eta: if the letters aren't already "grouped" you have to do that first, before you weld...since they have to be grouped and all selected so it knows what you are welding.

Hope that made sense...don't have my gypsy in front of me. that is the only problem with the gypsy...the users manual is online in pdf form. if you go to the gypsy website, you can look up directions with better instructions than I gave Lol most stuff I learned by trying, but some stuff (like welding) I had to look up...since the button/icon for welding is just shapes and doesn't say "weld" on it, it wasn't obvious to me how to do it until I looked it up.

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here is the manual...welding is on p. 37 I am sure they explain it much better Lol

http://www.cricut.com/gypsy/download/User_Manual.pdf

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Thank you! I wondered if that was the button to use...but I must have not been getting the letters selected right or something when I tried the first day because it didn't work. But when I read the instructions I got it right this time! Smile So now that she has the Gypsy...do we even need Design Studio? Can't we do all the same stuff on the Gypsy?

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some people on the cricut message boards say that they use both...I don't have DS, but I can't see the need for DS with having a gypsy. i only ever had the trial version of DS, so I can't say from experience. I know that I have a jukebox, and I am now trying to get rid of that since I won't really use it anymore now that I have the gypsy.

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My friend already had design studio when she decided to get the Gpysy. But I guess if she kept the design studio updated with her cartridges she could design things at her computer since the screen is larger and then just transfer them to her Gypsy for cutting when she isn't at home....