I received my very first Cricut product — a Cricut Joy last April, and have been having so much fun with it ever since.
I seriously can’t believe I didn’t start using one long before. It’s perfect for a creative like me!
Today I’m sharing my top 5 reasons why I love my Cricut Joy.
1. Ease of use
I always heard how easy a Cricut is to use, but until I tried it I just wasn’t sure. It’s true — they make it so user friendly and easy. I jumped right in and learned the ropes instantly. The Cricut basic tool set also makes every project go a bit more smoothly, so I highly recommend that set.
I have to admit, I’m not an instruction reader, and I love that I could figure out how to use Design Space and my machine on my own without reading instructions. It’s seriously that easy. But don’t be like me — read instructions, ha!
2. Cricut Access
I had no idea Access existed and just how many pre-made design files and fonts are available — hundreds! It’s a game changer, and you can choose from a Standard or Premium version – I’m using the Premium version.
Access makes it quick and easy to personalize anything with a click of a button, and the project inspiration is so inspiring.
3. Cute and compact size
I have a ton of craft supplies and materials in my home office, and am quickly running out of storage. I love that the Cricut Joy is so compact and easy to store when not in use.
It’s so cute it even looks good styled on my book shelf and doesn’t even need to be hidden away. To some that may seem silly, but the aesthetics of my home office/craft area really matter to me. Anyone else like this?
You can make nearly anything with the line of Cricut products — if you can dream it, you can probably make it. So far I’ve made a t-shirt, cards, various labels, personalized school supplies and a metal koozie, and so much more.
Before I knew what a Cricut machine was actually capable of, I used to think that they were too expensive — was I ever wrong!
With the things that I’ve made so far I’ve more than recouped the initial cost of my Cricut Joy, Easy Press, and Cricut Access. You could even start a business selling merchandise made with a Cricut. People love personalized anything!
3 easy projects you can make with a Cricut Joy
1. Paper Cards
Last spring I had a so much fun cutting some homemade cards and having my daughter, Vivienne help me assemble them. We went with a love/heart theme and used a combination of beautiful holographic and textured papers from Cricut.
We mailed our cards to family and to residents at a local nursing home, and they were a big hit.
I hadn’t used the Easy Press 2 until I made this shirt, and it was so straightforward and once again, easy to use. I loved being able to utilize the Cricut website to get the exact temperature needed for this Iron-On Vinyl.
This shirt took us about 3 minutes to make from start to finish. Easy peasy!
We’re getting ready to start virtual education, and I have really worked hard to get us organized and ready. I’ve set up a book shelves with all the school supplies and books, and have loved making easy vinyl labels.
Here’s a look at a shelf in Vivi’s playroom.
At a bargain bin, I recently bought a to do list white board and wanted to fun it up a bit, so I decided to make a colorful label for the top section.
I added a bottom layer of vinyl and then on top of that, placed the labels working with the negative space. Once the label was applied, I decided to paint the wood border a coral pink color.
These are just a few ideas there are so many things you can make with a Cricut Joy!
If you’re on the fence about purchasing a Cricut, I hope you found this helpful. I wanted to share the things that I would have wanted to know before making the decision to buy.
I highly recommend Cricut, and can’t wait to explore the rest of their products!
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You might also like this Cricut back to school personalization tutorial.
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