(Closed) Calling all Cricut owners/users!

posted 8 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

If you have a Cricut, which Cricut do you have?  A baby bug — the original machine?  The Create?  The Expression? I have the Cricut Expression.

What was the learning curve like for you? It has been slow for me, but that is because I haven’t had a lot of time to invest in the learning process.

How much will I need to invest in accessories (not including cartridges), like cutting blades, replacement pads, tools, etc.? It depends on the one you get. some of them come with tools and/or extra mats. I purchased a couple of extra mats because I am doing a lot of cutting and I am a just in case person. I also purchased a package of extra blades and a tool kit.

If you could do it all over again, would you start with a baby bug or go big and start with the Expression? I would definately start with the Expression because you can do so much more with it size wise.

Any other hints, tips, input? Purchase at least one extra mat; you will be doing a lot of practicing, so you will probably need it. Use scrap paper to practise with, so you don’t ruin your good paper. Also, purchase an extra blade. You don’t want to be in the middle of a project with a dull blade; it will not cut your paper properly. And purchase a tool kit; they are very handy, and you will definately use the tools to help you get the paper off of the mat, especially if you are doing intricate project and/or your mat is new. Also, in my area, it is difficult to find the mats and blades in stock, so purchase them when you see them, so you will have them when you need them.

Joanns is usually less expensive in my area than Michaels, so check both Joanns and Michaels for supplies. Right now Joanns is having a sale on cartridges for $33.99. I think the machines are on sale too, but I didn’t need one, so I could be wrong. I just purchased 2 cartridges yesterday and 2 cartridges the day before yesterday, and I do remember seeing an Elmo cartridge. They have a ton of kid’s cartridges. The best cartridges usually sell for $89.99, so scoop them up when they are on sale.

Another good place to get Cricut items is: http://www.cricut-craftsdirect.com/servlet/the-Machines/Categories This place has all the new cartridges prior to Joanns or Michaels. I purchased both my machine and several cartridges from this website. There was one in particular that I wanted that was in their coming soon section and it kept say coming soon for about a month, so I called them and they had it in their store, so I just purchased it over the phone and got it in a couple of days.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

@MadiLove918: The one that is on sale is the small one. If you plan to make banners and wall art for your kid(s), I would definately get the bigger one. If the little one is on sale, that means the big one is too.

Post # 7
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8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

You are very welcomeSmile

Right now I am just doing the small stuff for the wedding. With the larger Expression, you can cut more (quantity) at one time and bigger stuff. I haven’t used it for anything bigger than save the dates yet, but in my mind, purchasing the smaller one would be a waste because if I wanted to make something a little bigger, I wouldn’t be able to. If you are going to be using it for your wedding to make reserved signs, location signs, etc., I would get the bigger one, especially since you have a child. I remember school projects with my kids that the larger one would have come in handy. I think the small cricut and the Expression have the same features, but the Expression can just make what you want bigger. To me the little one would be great if you were just going to use it for cards, notes, tags, etc., but not for the bigger projects.

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

@MadiLove918: That is a pretty good price for what you get. If you are going to be doing scrapbooking pages, get the Expression. You won’t be sorry you did. I had a hard time parting with the money and justifying too, but it has been so worth it.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Hi Madilove,

I actually have a Silhouette, which is another personal die cutting machine. The advantage of the Silhouette is that it can cut any design you have on your computer, including fonts. That’s the biggest drawback of the Cricut- you are limited to the shapes and fonts contained on each cartridge.

That being said, I love the Cricut I use at my local scrapbook store. It’s fast and easy and has a much smaller learning curve than the Silhouette. The size you need really depends on the size scrapbook you intend to use. Most folks are traditional 12 x 12 folks, and for them the big machine makes the most sense. I; however, am a 8.5 s 11 girl, so the original machine would be fine for me.

Either way, I totally recommend that you get a die cutting machine of some sort… I can’t remember scrapping without one! I do suggest extra mats and blades. If you use it as much as I do, they go pretty quickly.

Also keep in mind that Cricut products are typically excluded from Michael’s coupons, so extra cartridges are great for Christmas and Birthday wish lists. Also, check out QVC and Home Shopping Network- they often have very economical bundles that include bonus cartridges.

Good luck and have fun!

Post # 11
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8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I forgot to mention before. Check out utube for videos on the Cricut. There are a ton of projects on there. Also, Cricut community is a great place to get inspiration and projects. http://www.cricut.com/community/

Post # 12
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98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I started with a class at a Scrapbook store that involved using the Cricut. It was actually a card making class. Once I saw how flexible it was, I was hooked. I used the machine at the store for a while before investing in my own. 

Ultimately, I decided on the Silhouette because I like to design my own titles (instead of paying for costly chipboard letters where you always run out of “e”s). Because I have so many fonts on my machine, and as a freelance graphic designer I’m pretty computer savvy, so I was confident that I could learn the Silhouette. Even now, 2 years later, there are still screw-ups 🙂

Whenever I need creative inspiration, I look at page sketches. They are a great way to get rolling if you find yourself in a rut. Check out Page Maps by Becky Fleck. She has a gazillion PDF pages on her website that you can download for free!

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Mum and I got the Cricut Create. It’s fantastic. You can find cartridges at Walmart and Meijer for about $30 if they’re seasonal, but they run about $80 full-price at Jo-Anns. Definitely wait for sales to buy the cartridges, but they’re so worth it! Good luck!

Post # 16
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8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

@MadiLove918: Be careful with eBay. Make sure you do your research on how much the actual cartridge costs and don’t get carried away with you bidding or you could end up paying more for your cartridge than if you purchased it from a store. When I bid on eBay, I wait til the last 5 seconds and put in my max bid. That way I don’t have time to get caught up in the bidding frenzy Smile

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