CUT ABOVE SVG Design Course

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 a 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. 


How to Learn to Design Your Own SVG Cut Files

“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 - All Natural Joy

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 son comes to me and says, I really like this stuffed animal and I want to make one like it. Can you 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

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 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 Layer
  • 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


The private Facebook group 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. Jennifer will come into the group live to answer any questions you have.

Answers to Questions, Support, and Video Training

I am 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.

"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

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

"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 - Live Nourished

"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 - Penny Recipe

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 or phone) — 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 ) or the Adobe Illustrator monthly license (a free trial is available at )  

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.

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

Enrollment is LIMITED to keep the class size manageable. I do not know when the course will re-open -- I may not open it again until 2019.  

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. Enroll now to secure your spot.

How long do I have access to the course?

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

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.

How much does it cost?

The discounted price is $147, a savings of $50 off the regular price. 

The next time I open this course, I expect to price it at $197 due to the immense value and the sheet time it takes me to help my students.

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) 13-year-old son how to design. It is NOT easy, let me tell you. But I still did it and he now designs his own projects. (I am most proud of this.)