Cricut: Good investment?

posted 3 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
1719 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

If you like scrapbooking or other diy projects you will like it.  However the cartridges can be pretty expensive, though they have some amazing choices!  You can often find deals on ebay/amazon.

I have not tried to design my own, so I can’t answer to that.

Post # 4
1248 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@taraesque:  I have a Silhouette and LOVE it.  You can use any image in it, free or purchased, and put any PDF in it from word processing software.  It automatically updates with any new fonts I install/download too.  Instead of cartridges, you shop for the images you want through their online store.  Each image is $.99, and the first 10 are free (it also comes with some pre-installed).  So much cheaper than those cartridges.  I have used the print & cut feature extensively too.  

I’ve designed a few things in the program itself, but if you are doing petals, you could just draw them, scan them into the silhouette program (it will take any image). 

If you work with fabric quite a bit, the silhouette will cut that too.  I’m not sure about cricut though.  However, the silhouette has to be hooked up to a computer.

I know that people like their cricut too.  I suggest watching some videos of each in action before deciding.  

Post # 6
652 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My mom uses hers all the time so it was worth it for her! My sibilings have used it for school projects, I used it for wedding invites, and she uses it for cards and scrapbooking. 

Post # 7
1248 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@taraesque:  I uploaded our mock up invitation in it and it cut around the letters typed in 16 pt font (around 1/8th of an inch) with no issue.

The circles I’ve cut for my invite are 1 inch diameter too.

Post # 8
2831 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

the silhouette is a better machine. there’s no cartridges, and it has the ability to create your own designs, and the shapes are so much less expensive.

i have the silhouette portrait (the smaller one), but i’d love to upgrade to the cameo!

Post # 9
229 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

i agree with pp. rather go with the silhouette (cameo or portrait, but I have the cameo and it’s perfect). 

it has been such a help throughout wedding planning. i have used it for everything, and i can’t imagine having to do everything without it. Bonus is i get to use it after the wedding for other craft projects! 😉

Post # 10
11 posts
  • Wedding: February 2014

I bought a Silhouette Cameo just for my wedding and I feel like I got a lot of good use out of it and saving money. I’m also using it for a lot of non-wedding stuff.  This is what I made so far using my Cameo.

Post # 11
74 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I loved using a cricut! I would love to have one of my own!

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