The Ultimate Crafter's Design Course


Discover how to bring your visions to life and make designs you can share and sell.


Do you spend too much time searching for just the right design or cut file for your project? Do you have to compromise on what you want just to make something? Or, worse yet, do you refuse to settle and never finish that project?

What if, instead, you could design whatever you wanted, 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 designing beautiful things that they can upload, share with others, and even sell.  

I cracked the code on creating SVG cut files to make gorgeous projects that have been shared over two million times. My files even got the attention of a book publisher, who just two months after I learned to do this, offered me a book deal. My crafting projects, my blog, and my entire life, have been forever changed by my ability to design SVG cut files. 

IMAGINE WHAT IT COULD DO FOR YOU?

How to Learn to Design Your Own SVG Cut Files

Enroll Now at Early-Bird Pricing (ends tonight at 12:01 am ET)

Read what Jennifer's students say about Cut Above...

LeAnne Dorado

“You have no idea how much your "Cut Above" course has helped me!! I use my new found skills all the time and am learning something new often. Thank you SOOO much for all you do Jennifer”

LeAnne Dorado, Student

“The depth of information you will find in Jennifer's courses is beyond comparison! Jennifer is easy to listen to, very professional, and has a teaching style that makes anyone feel like they can learn! I've taken many courses and this is the first one that feels like everything is spelled out for me in an easy to understand format. She makes learning enjoyable and effective!”

Amber Fox, Student

Gail Till- Cut Above Student

“I’ve been using a Silhouette CAMEO software to design cookie stencils for several years now, but it wasn’t until I took Jennifer’s “Cut Above” course that I really mastered the art. Jennifer has a warm, friendly teaching style that is super easy to relate to. She explains things in a way that you can really understand and follow. Before I took her course, I would often get stuck on a design because I didn’t know how to solve my particular problem with that design and would just toss that particular idea. But now I have the skills and confidence to go a cut above! I highly recommend her course. Actually, I recommend ALL her courses – she’s an excellent teacher!

Gail Till, AudreyGail.com

Learn from someone who has been where you are.

I created the CUT ABOVE program because I’ve been where you are. So let me tell you my story. I got a Cricut, I made a few projects, and then I quickly decided I wanted to create my OWN designs. I wasn’t content to just download what other people had designed — I had ideas, and I wanted to see them come to life. So after I made my first paper flower from an SVG, I started to play around. I opened the SVG in my illustration program — which I already had installed because I am a graphic designer. And I quickly realized how easily it was to modify and create, and I had the POWER I had to make precisely what I wanted.  

That day, I designed my first paper flower — a peony with petals based on real peony petals from my garden. I was HOOKED. I began designing LOTS of paper flowers — roses, magnolias, tulips, daisies, sunflowers — you name it, I was tracing petals and creating 3D paper flowers that were AH-mazing, if I do say so myself. I was getting more creative and more adventurous as I went along, because I was learning by doing.  

Then, about two months after I began my paper flower design extravaganza, I was contacted by a book publisher. They asked if I would write a book about paper flowers. I almost just said no, I can’t do that — I’m not experienced enough. But the truth is, that by this time, I was feeling pretty good about making paper flowers. Thanks to my ability to design them and cut them out quickly right away, so that I could tweak and refine them, I was actually well along at this point. And I’ve authored 60 books already over the course of my career, so I’m experienced at writing and teaching others who to do what I’ve learned. So I said yes, I’ll write a book and tell everyone what I know about making paper flowers.  

A part of me thought it was just a dream. How can being able to design cut files translate into a book deal. But, sure enough, I turned in my book draft and received a check in the mail.  

Amazing. I still am pinching myself.  

But the real joy here for me, is not a book or a check. It’s that now, because I learned how to make my own designs for my Cricut, I can MAKE ANYTHING. You name it, I can do it. When my daughter comes to me and says, I really like this stuffed animal and I want to make one like it. Can you help me make me a pattern on the Cricut, mom? I can. I did it just last night — we made a lion plushie on the Cricut that I designed in my software. And that is a feeling like none other.  

You can do this, too. And I can show you how.  

"Jennifer has nailed my style of learning. I need actionable steps and I need them in order. Without knowing what I need to conquer first, I get lost and overwhelmed. Not only has she mastered the step-by-step approach to teaching but she also offers a personal approach. I love knowing that I can ask any question, at any time, and get an answer. She is obviously committed to the success of her students; it shows with everything she does!"  

Kara Fidd - Simplifying DIY Design

Brandi Dickerson, Cut Above Student

"I really wanted to try to make my own SVG files, but every time I opened Inkscape It was just too much. Too many buttons, too many options, and it just overwhelmed me. I am so thankful I found Jennifer’s course

 I am growing in confidence as I create and have even decided to switch over to Adobe Illustrator. (I love how she teaches the same skill on both programs!) I have started creating SVG files for my blog readers and I am loving that I now have that option.

I can promise you that you will not find a teacher who genuinely cares for and helps her students more than Jennifer. She has proven time and time again how kind and giving she is. I’m not only thankful for finding this course, but for being able to learn from Jennifer. This is one course you won’t regret!"  

Brandi Dickerson, CreativeCuttingClassroom.com

This step-by-step course teaches you everything you need to know to design SVG cut files that work with minimal fuss and bother.

The CUT ABOVE SVG Design Course is packed with actionable techniques and hands-on projects that teach you how to create beautiful and cuttable designs on a whim. Use your designs for your personal projects, share them with friends and family, or even sell them to earn extra money!  

Just imagine...  

  • How amazing it will be to make that design you need for your project NOW.
  • How wonderful it will be when you see a friend, family member, or even a complete stranger replicate something from a design file you made yourself?
  • How exciting it will be when you sell one of your own designs for real money!

This comprehensive and powerful course includes 8 units and 50+ video lessons 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.

Check out some of the gorgeous designs made by CUT ABOVE students in my last class here!


Take a Peek at the Course Curriculum


Unit 1: Get Cut Out For It Installing Design Software

  • Choose the Best Design Software For You
  • How to Install and Set up Adobe Illustrator
  • How to Install and Set up Inkscape  

Hands-On Project 1: Get Your Software Setup for Success and PLAY with a Decal! 

Unit 2: Make the Cut Creating Your First Design

  • Understanding Vectors
  • How to Make Lines
  • How to Make Basic Shapes (Circle, Square, Star, etc.)  

Hands-On Project 2: Design a Custom Card with Windows or Doors that Open!

Unit 3: Cut a Fine Figure Making Complex Shapes 

  • Understanding Nodes
  • Creating Any Shape
  • Creating Curved Lines  

Hands-On Project 3: Design a 3D Paper Flower (check out the flower designs made by previous CUT ABOVE students here)

Unit 4: Cut Along Tracing an Image 

  • Finding images you can trace
  • How to trace
  • How to clean up and simplify a traced image  

Hands-On Project 4: Design a Pop Up!

Unit 5: Cutting Remarks Creating and Manipulating Text 

  • How to Choose Fonts that Work
  • Creating outlines from fonts
  • Curving text anyway you wish  

Hands-On Project 5: Design a Sentiment (Saying) for Shirt, Mug, Tote, or Sign!

Unit 6: Cut Me a Break Modifying Shapes 

  • Using Pathfinder Tools
  • How to Offset Paths
  • Understanding Compound Paths  

Hands-On Project 6: Design Your Own Mandala or Snowflake

Unit 7: Make the Final Cut Sizing and Grouping Your Projects 

  • Sizing Your Projects
  • Understanding Layers
  • Creating Groups and Layers that Make Sense  

Hands-On Project 7: Design a 3D Paper Lantern

Unit 8: Cutting You Loose Saving and Sharing Your Designs 

  • Creating User Friendly Files
  • Making Alternate File Formats
  • A Word on Copyrights and Licensing
  • Tips on Sharing and Selling Your Files  

Hands-On Project 8: Design a Village (3D Paper Structures)

Kelli Duncan

"I am so thankful I found Jennifer's Course! 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 - Kelli C. Photography

"I had tried learning how to make SVG cut files from YouTube videos, but there are none that focus on exactly what I needed to learn. Cut Above is very appropriately named because it provides all you need in a pressure free, friendly environment where you can learn at your own pace and repeat lessons as needed. I haven’t quite finished the course yet, but I’ve been able to design some unique cards, and have gained an understanding of how to use Inkscape. I’m extremely happy with the course and recommend it to anyone who desires to learn how to make their own SVG designs."  

Margaret Ball, Student

Margaret Bell - Cut Above Student

THE COURSE ALSO INCLUDES ACCESS TO A PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP WITH JENNIFER AND OTHER DESIGNERS!

The private Facebook group -- known as the CUT ABOVE LAB -- is where you can continue learning about SVG design and ask questions of me and other group members at ANY TIME! Plus, you'll also get...


Facebook Live Sessions

Join me for Facebook LIVE sessions where I answer common questions & share new tips and tricks I have discovered. 


Support and Video 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.


Networking and Answers

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

"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 - Natural Healing Hope

"I make paper crafts for my blog - paperglitterglue.com. And that means that I need to make patterns for my blog library. At first I drew them all by hand and scanned them on my computer, then laboriously deleted extra pixels on the scanned hand drawn pattern. I knew I needed to learn a drawing program, but Illustrator is too expensive and Inkscape seemed so mysterious. 

Then I found Jennifer's A Cut Above design course. It was exactly the foundation I needed to learn Inkscape so I could start making house patterns for my blog. Jennifer's teaching style makes it so easy to learn the basics so you can quickly make your own designs on either Inkscape or Illustrator. Jennifer's A Cut Above design course is a game changer for me. Thank you so much, Jennifer."  

Lucy Foxworth - PaperGlitterGlue.com

Lucy Foxworth - Cut Above Student

Watch Jennifer teach you how to customize SVGs in Cricut Design Space

"I am a retired software engineer. After years of working at Eastman Kodak, I was an experience user of photo editing software, however, I’ve never used a vector graphics editor. I got my first Cricut (a Maker) in January. I had so many design ideas in my head, and was able to translate many of them using a raster (jpg) editor like Photoshop or Affinity Photo and Cricut Design Space. But I wanted to do more. I downloaded Inkscape. Trying to learn the tool myself and through YouTube videos and help pages was driving me crazy! Then Jennifer’s CUT ABOVE class opened, and I decided to take the plunge.  

I breezed through the first few units as she starts with the basics (choosing your vector editor, installing it, and making basic shapes) and I’d already figured that out myself. Then she got into the harder bits - pen tool, tracing images, editing nodes, oh my! Between Jennifer’s videos, and the Cut Above Facebook group members (class alums), I have expanded my skills exponentially.  

I really enjoy Jennifer’s calm manner and detailed instructions (there are oodles of free project videos at her jennifermaker.com 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 the class for life. Several alums in the Facebook group talk about re-doing the class and learning more new things each time. As my skills grow, so do the crazy ideas I have of things I can make! I highly recommend this class to anyone looking to expand their crafting design skills.  

This is a card that I conceived, designed, and made, all using new skills learned in the CUT ABOVE Design Course. "  

Robbin K., Student

Robbin K.
Tracy DeGarmo

"Jennifer's "Cut Above" course expanded my skill-set for designing my own cut files that I use on my crafting blog. I was new to using Illustrator and also wanted to learn Inkscape to help some of my blog readers. I now recommend her course to everyone who asks me how they can create their own SVG files because there is so much value in what she provides. 

She 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 group she created for students. It has grown into a wonderful community of people (current and former students) who are friendly and eager to help each other - and Jennifer is right in there with all of us being her naturally friendly and helpful self!"  

Tracy DeGarmo, tracylynncrafts.com

Answers to Your Questions

What are the system requirements to take this course?

  • A desktop computer (Mac or PC) capable of running Adobe Illustrator and/or Inkscape (you cannot run either of these on a tablet, phone, or Chrome Book) — generally speaking, you need at least Mac OS 10.7 (for Inkscape) and Mac OS 10.11 (for Illustrator), and Microsoft Windows 7 with Service Pack 1, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1​. (Note: If you are unable to get the software installed, you can get a refund for the course -- no worries!)
  • Either the Inkscape software (free software at https://inkscape.org/release/inkscape-0.92.4/) or the Adobe Illustrator monthly license (a free trial is available for Windows at https://jennifermaker.com/windows-illustrator and for Mac at https://jennifermaker.com/mac-illustrator)  

When this course is completed, you will have a basic foundation for creating virtually any cuttable design! Your options will be limitless.  

What else should I have for this course?

  • It helps if you have a cutting machine so you can test your designs, such as a Cricut Explore, Cricut Maker, Silhouette Cameo, Brother Cut 'N' Scan, Sizzix Eclips, Pazzles Inspiration, Boss Cutt Gazelle, Craftwell Ecraft, or ANY cutting machine that can use SVG files. Older machines like a Cricut Expression can only cut SVG files if you also have Sure Cuts a Lot software.
  • A mouse is useful when drawing curves. It's possible, but harder, to do this with a trackpad.
  • A basic understanding of computers, such as how to use to use your computer, how to open ZIP files, how to copy and paste, and how to attach a file to an email. You should also have watched or read my free training, SVGs Made Simple.


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

Enrollment is LIMITED to keep the class size manageable. It is currently closed for public enrollment and it will open again for general enrollment September 15-21, 2019 -- I may not open it again until spring 2020.  

In order to keep you on track and not overwhelm you, the course presents a new lesson and practical, hands-on creative project each week (every Saturday) over the course of eight weeks. You may go at a slower pace, if you wish. You may start at a later date, if you wish, so long as you are in before enrollment closes. 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 files as needed.

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

The course starts immediately 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.

My CUT ABOVE SVG Design course is the FIRST online course to teach crafters how to design SVG files for their cutting machines (first class was September 2017) and all students who joined in yars ago continue to enjoy access to it, even as I update and expand it ... and so will you!

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 and I will give you a full refund within 30 days. Please view my refund policy here for more details.


Can you really teach me how to design?  

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. Also, I have taught my extremely headstrong (stubborn) daughter how to design when she was 13. It is NOT easy, let me tell you. But I still did it and she now designs her own projects. (I am most proud of this.) And check out all of the awesome testimonials offered by my students below!

I have now taught more than 5000 crafters how to design SVG cut files over the lifetime of the CUT ABOVE SVG Design Course ... and I can teach YOU, too!

Praise from Jennifer's Cut Above Students

"I am really enjoying this 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 binder was 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 had seen your post several times talking about learning how to make your own SVG Files and saving them to either share or even to sell them. 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. I think the biggest challenge is just learning how to use all the buttons on the drawing program to get the finished project ready to download on Circut Design Space. 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 about the CUT ABOVE COURSE. I would absolutely recommend this course to ANYONE that likes paper 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 Cut Above Design Course! I have learned so much. When I started I had no clue how to navigate Adobe Illustrator and now I can make awesome SVG cut files. You have been a great teacher and I am so happy I invested in this class!" -- Debbie Berke

"Taking your Cut Above 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

"I learned so much thanks.. I am just making flower designs and selling digital designs in SVG and PDF. It is a great workshop.. I have saved everything in case I have to refresh myself." -- Judy Hall

"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 with the Cut Above course making images that I could never draw on my own, I am looking forward to finishing the course after the holidays." -- Patty Valker

 

So what is the investment for this course?

I've created three different tiers so you can choose the option that's best for you. Please note that these are special early-bird prices and will increase at 12:01 am tonight on Tuesday, September 17, 2019. 

  Silver Starter Tier

  • 8 unit course with video lessons, transcripts, and assignments
  • 8 Sample project files
  • 5 extra credit projects
  • Detailed 163-page downloadable and printable workbook
  • Access to private Cut Above LAB Facebook Community Group with many more videos from Jennifer


$147
($100 Autumn Early Bird Discount off the non-discounted price of $247)

Or 4 Payments of $57



Note: Price goes up to the non-early bird discount of $197 on Tuesday, 9/17


  Gold Enhanced Tier

  • 8 unit course with video lessons, transcripts, and assignments
  • 8 Sample project files
  • 5 extra credit projects
  • Detailed 163-page downloadable and printable workbook
  • Access to private Cut Above LAB Facebook Community Group with many more videos from Jennifer
  • Assignment Review (feedback within 72 hours) for six months after enrollment ($97 value)
  • BONUS Workshop: How to Make Filigree and Cutwork Designs ($47 value)
  • BONUS Workshop: How to Make Knockouts, Shadows, and Outline Designs ($47 value)
  • BONUS Workshop: How to Modify, Resize, and Rework Existing SVG Designs ($47 value)


$227
($120 Autumn Early Bird Discount off the non-discounted price of $347)

Or 4 Payments of $67



Note: Price goes up to the non-early bird discount of $277 on Tuesday, 9/17


  Platinum Professional Tier

  • 8 unit course with video lessons, transcripts, and assignments
  • 8 Sample project files
  • 5 extra credit projects
  • Detailed 163-page downloadable and printable workbook
  • Access to private Cut Above LAB Facebook Community Group with many more videos from Jennifer
  • Assignment Review (feedback within 72 hours) for six months after enrollment ($97 value)
  • BONUS Workshop: How to Make Filigree and Cutwork Designs ($47 value)
  • BONUS Workshop: How to Make Knockouts, Shadows, and Outline Designs ($47 value)
  • BONUS Workshop: How to Modify, Resize, and Rework Existing SVG Designs ($47 value)
  • BONUS PRO Workshop: How to Start selling SVG Files on Etsy ($97 value)
  • BONUS PRO Workshop: How to Start a Craft Blog and Attract Visitors with SVGs ($97 value)
  • Exclusive Access to the "CUT ABOVE Platinum Professionals Mastermind" Facebook Group for questions and networking
  • Exclusive Access to Jennifer's Template Library (a collection of templates for common projects you can share and sell, like invitations, cards, boxes, luminaries, shadow boxes, giant flowers, etc.)


$297
($200 Autumn Early Bird Discount off the non-discounted price of $497)

Or 4 Payments of $87



Note: Price goes up to the non-early bird discount of $327 on Tuesday, 9/17


* Payment plans are higher than the one-time payment prices because of associated fees and responsibilities with offering payment plans.

"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!" 

Lois - Where Truth Lives

"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 - Graceful Abandon

"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, Student