Should I get a Cricut? I’m sure you’ve been asking yourself this question for days if not MONTHS! Keep reading to ask yourself the same questions I had to see if a Cricut matches your lifestyle. Hint: it’s probably a YES!
Do I love to craft?
Well I feel like it’s obvious, if you found this page it’s because you probably love to craft, have been googling the Cricut for months like I had and are seriously considering in investing in yourself and your crafting addiction let’s call it what it is.
Does it cut the materials that I would need for my crafts?
If you are a scrapbooker, love making personalized shirts, making faux leather bows, if you enjoy quilting or love labeling everything with vinyl (my weakness) there is seriously something for everyone with this machine! Since I got mine last year I have only scratched the surface of what I can do with this thing and I’m learning more every day!
The Cricut Air 2 can cut:
- Scrapbook paper
- Glitter vinyl
- Printable vinyl
- Card stock
- Glitter card stock
- Iron on vinyl
- Glitter iron on vinyl
- Washi tape
- Craft foam
- Faux leather
- Construction paper
This is just naming a few, the Cricut Air 2 can cut over 100 different materials!
Am I good at learning new things?
There’s a learning curve it comes with pretty much anything you doing life right? The same applies to the Cricut. It’s designing software, lucky for you and me both the software that you use with the Cricut is called Design Studio and it’s super user friendly. The learning curve really kicks in when you realize how many different things that you can do with this machine. I have a Cricut cheat sheet that I use to help me remember all of the different features in Design Space. I have most of it memorized now, but every once in a while I still have to look at it when doing a project I’ve never done before.
If you need help connecting cursive letters in Design Space click HERE
Do I have the space for it?
When I first bought my Cricut all I had was my kitchen table, so that’s what I used. All that the actual Cricut needs is up to 24 inches clearance front and back. And that’s ONLY if you have the larger 24 inch Mat. Otherwise you only need about 12 inches clearance if using the standard mat size.
While a craft room would be amazing, that is not the kind of space I have in my home. I have a small chunk of a living room wall. My amazing husband built me a craft table, literally around my Cricut. My husband is an absolutely amazing Carpenter and somehow knows exactly what I mean even when I don’t. I hadn’t even thought of it but he even put in an electrical outlet that also has two USB plugs. He’s the best.
Short answer, no you don’t need a lot of space. How awesome would it be to have an entire craft room just for yourself? A place to put all your crafting goodies because we all know they pile up eventually. A girl can dream right?!?!
How often would I actually use it?
Ask yourself what you plan on using it for first and then second and then third and go from there because the longer you have it the more potential for more projects you realize that you can do, the possibilities are seriously endless! Personally, I use mine at the very least every other day and I work full-time! I think of something or another that I want to do every day and make it a reality. I don’t know about y’all but I always tend to end up spiraling on Pinterest with all of the ideas and inspiration available. Sometimes though there are so many ideas going through my head it’s hard to pin down the ONE to do that day.
Can I afford it?
If you are anything like me you have had a Cricut in your cart on Amazon, Walmart, Michael’s, Joannes and Hobby Lobby for months now debating whether or not to get this $200 toy and how much you would actually use it. If you just plan on using it for yourself to save some money, you know instead of paying other people to design things for you that aren’t exactly what you really wanted then it’s definitely worth it i. The long run!
Or is your plan that you want to put in that investment and sell some things to friends and family so that it paid for itself (that’s what I did) And in this case it’s also absolutely worth it and you are honing your skills along the way!
But, it’s over $200! I know, I know and that’s why it just sat in my cart for months taunting me. Had I known what I know now I would have bought it right away instead of wasting all those months just staring at it. It is definitely something worth investing in knowing what I know now.
Do I need a computer?
No! My main reason for deciding on the Cricut instead of a Cameo Silhouette which is what my best friend has is because I don’t own a computer. A cameo is also a great machine but what turned me off was their Designing app was not up to par as far as using a phone or a tablet goes, their programming works way better on a computer which I did not have. Design Studio works absolutely flawlessly on my iPhone X as well as my iPad Pro and my projects sync up on both if you save them to iCloud. I do believe design studio is also in the Google playstore if you do not have an Apple.
However if you do have a computer that’s great too! All of your projects sync flawlessly from computer to tablet to phone no problem.
Do I have to design ALL of my projects myself?
Absolutely not, there are multiple websites that you can download SVG files from that someone else made and you can also use with your machine. SVG files are the files that you use in design studio, you can find files for free or at Etsy has some amazing designers and is an amazing resource I use when looking for new files.
Make sure when you use free files and you are wanting to sell items you make from that file that they include a commercial license if you plan on selling those items, otherwise you can make it as many as you want for personal use.
Do I need all of the accessories?
Absolutely not, when I started out all I got was my Cricut and some weeding tools. I definitely recommend getting some weeding tools if you plan on using vinyl a lot. Vinyl is what I essentially got mine for in the beginning. Weeding tools are pointy little tools that help you get out all the little pieces inside of letters. You know, designs that are hard to get out with just your fingers. But you can also just use a set of tweezers or a needle if you’re really pressed for money.
If you are wanting your Cricut for say scrapbooking at first. Do a quick Google search to see if there are any essential items you need for your particular needs. Then start with only those tools. I will tell you though that as you use your new toy your addiction will grow. You will want all things Cricut at some point or another.
Will people ask me to make them stuff?
Without a doubt, and do it! It helps you to try new things as well as get more proficient at your new machine. In the beginning I only charged family and friends for the materials that I would use. I would tell them that they were my guinea pigs. When it didn’t come out perfect, at least they knew that up front. Nothing ever turned out terrible, maybe just a little crooked. They have pushed me to try things that I probably wouldn’t have otherwise. This has also added more tools to my skill set and helped me get better. Whenever someone wants something that I haven’t tried yet I go on YouTube and figure it out. There are also very helpful Cricut communities on Facebook that you can ask questions to and get advice.
Check out my Facebook group Cricut Chaos HERE. We share projects, ask questions and learn a whole lot from each other.
Hopefully I helped you come to a conclusion, or at least helped you decide whether a new Cricut is in store for you. These were all questions that I had when I was deciding whether or not I was going to dive in.
Let me know if you have any other questions that I have not gone over and we can talk!
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