Post # 1
Ok so we have almost 2 years before our wedding and will be doing a lot of DIY stuff, and was thinking about getting a Cricut so that I can do the invitations, table names, etc… I am also going to be doing a cup cake tree and doing the cup cakes with my mom and saw that you can use certain Cricuts to design cakes and cup cakes with, or did I read that wrong and do you need a Cricut cake machine specificall or can you use say the personal Cricut for it? Can you tell me your experience and results with a Cricut? Thank you!
Post # 3
I was thinking about getting a Cricut last year since our wedding is 99% DIY, but after looking at the price of the machine plus all the add-ons it was going to be a fortune and I figured I could spend that money else where. It would have come in handy in a few places so I say if you have the money then go for it! But if you don’t think you are going to use it much after the wedding (which are most cases) then either buy a second-hand one or don’t bother. Just my thoughts though! Hope that helps! 🙂
Post # 4
It depends on if you have the money for the machine and the add-ons. My mom is a super scrapbooker lol, so when I got engaged she bought the personal cricut for herself for $89 on sale. I bought a wedding cartridge only new for $20 and then we actually used it a lot. I don’t have pictures of everything but I have my table numbers I can show you. If you want pictures PM me. We used it to make our guest book. It is a scrapbook with pockets for people to put their messages in, the cricut cut out the little pockets, which saved a lot of time. They were actually “envelopes” I believe, but I will be selling my wedding cartridge, if you would like that. I made embellishments for the invitations, but then changed my mind on my invites. I know we made a lot of other things I just can’t think of.
My mom is actually going to give me her cricut, (I am going to school to be a teacher) so that will be awesome also, I am getting excited about teaching. I have to keep their attention some how!!!
PM me if you have any ?’s
Post # 5
I am an avid scrapbooker and use my cricut alot for that. I will also be using it alot for my DIY projects (I too have 2 years yay, so there is no rush)
The cake one is different. You could use it to cut shapes out of paper or chipboard to put on the cake, but that is not edible. The cake one I believe does fondant.
I will probably make my “bouquet” out of different sized/shaped flowers I cut from my cricut out of paper, I dont know yet, i might do something more traditional, like REAL flowers, GHASP! LOL so Not sure about that one yet.
My invitations are going to be semi – DIY with ordering them just plain white with black font, and then stamping images with my colors (blues/oranges) I got them all designed and Anns bridal bargains, its like 40 dollars for 100 of them, so its worth it to me.
do not forget to factor in the cost of paper, mats, cartridges etc… you may find if you don’t already have a stash of colors/papers/etc… it may not be worth it. But I love my cricut:)
Post # 6
@Winter2013: Also yay for 2013!!!! we are having our 20 year anniversary vow renewal in may of 2013:) so, its nice to see another 2013er here:)
If you just want #s cut out or something, I wouldn’t mind doing that for you and mailing them to you. you can pm me with what you are looking for, I would only charge you for the paper and postage:)
Post # 7
Thanks for your opinions and advice ladies, I def do not have money in my budget for a cricut but was thinking of asking for it as a christmas present lol. Our families still do presents even though we are all older and have children.
@Ronneykay: If I need something I will let you know, thank you for the offer 🙂
Post # 8
If you get a cricut, I suggest getting Sure Cuts A Lot software. You can download it and it nixes the need for cartridges. I got the cricut when it was on sale at Joanne’s for around 70. The software was a gift from my Fiance (can’t remember the price of it).
So far, I haven’t used it, since I don’t have the cardstock just yet. I’ve JUST begun trying to scrapbook and have one page layout for the wedding album and another page that I have no clue what to use it for, but it has swans on it! 😀
oooooh…. and if you’re scrapbooking, I don’t know how great this would be for photos, but for embelishiments that won’t touch the photos, it’s perfect: Get discontinued wallpaper books from paint/wallpaper stores. That’s where I found the swans! (What? I was gonna use the book for something else, too!)
Post # 9
I bought my Cricut personal cutter (the small one — up to 6″ by 12″) for $60 over Thanksgiving weekend and I LOVE it. I’m using it to cut out our invitations. My craft room looks like this after a marathon cutting session yesterday:
That’s eight episodes of “Glee” worth of cutting. Each invitation requires five or six cuts, depending on whether or not someone is invited to the rehearsal dinner. So I’ll be re-watching the entire first season. 🙂
I don’t have Sure Cuts-A-Lot, but I also haven’t paid full price for a cartridge yet — don’t buy them at Jo-Ann’s or Michaels. Hit up Amazon and eBay. I’m using two cartridges primarily: Mother’s Day 2010 for the invitations (it has a “coupon book” cut that’s shaped like a ticket, and we’re getting married at a theater, so it’s perfect) and Wall Decor and More for reception elements (more tickets, plus birds).
Post # 10
I bought it. I even went for the bigger one. I had such high ambitions….. There were so many things out there and I HAD to have it!
Then I figured out its going to be cheaper to get the semi diy cards at micheals/joannes (I have a love obsession with pocket folds). I did use it for my bridesmaid cards and I am going to make my BM/GM wineglasses/beer mugs. And I did hangers for my girls (when stressing about painting I remembered I could just cut their names out on some of that sticky paper.
All of that, not worth $200. Also, I have never bought a cartridge. I got the Make the Cut software. Similar to SCAL, download the free trials of both and see which you prefer.