If you follow me on social media, you’re probably well familiar with my Cricut obsession by now and you may have seen some of my past DIYs with my Cricut. Surprisingly enough, I still get asked a lot of questions about the machine whenever I post about it. I get asked everything from “how easy is it to use”, “what types of projects can you make with it” and even “what the heck is a Cricut”. In light of this, I thought I would take some time to start fresh and really introduce you to the machine by going over all the basics in a post.
So, first things first: what the heck is a Cricut ?!
I honestly don’t even know where to begin. The possibilities are seriously endless when it comes to Cricuts. They are writing, scoring and personal cutting machines! They can cut paper, vinyl, adhesive foil, craft foam, iron-on transfers, faux leather, window cling and so much more. Basically, they are superheros.
My machine is a Cricut Explore Air, which has a duel tool holder that allows you to cut and write at the same time. It’s currently on sale for $199 (regular $249).
I first learned about Cricuts last March when a co-worker told me about their Etsy shop where they sell stationary and party supplies. I was familiar with other electronic paper cutters, but didn’t know much about Cricuts. I was so amazed at all of the different materials they could cut and instantly knew I needed to have one in my life! I finally was able to get my hands on one in the fall, and my only regret was not getting one sooner. I’ve already gotten a few friends hooked on them too, who have gone on to buy their own Cricut after trying mine out.
I remember that I was really nervous about using it for the first time. I was really excited when I found out that Cricut has a bunch of really easy to follow how-to videos. I found them to be so incredibly helpful when I was first learning how to navigate my machine. I learned all about the different settings on the dial, (which are used for different material types) storage compartments and how to load/unload the machine. There are also lots of tutorials for different crafts.
There’s also a section on the website where you can download templates, graphics, how-to’s or upload your own designs. It’s called the “Cricut Design Space”. In my next Cricut post, I’ll go over these resources and how simple they are to use!
I hope this post has helped those of you that have still had questions about it. Now that I’m more comfortable with it, every day I’m amazed at how easy they are to use and all the different things you can make with them. I really want to try making some pillows, mugs and some more paper crafts next. Do you have a Cricut? If so, what are some DIYs that you recommend to try?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.