Monday, March 17, 2008

Help Me Out Here--What do you think? (actual blog post!)

I truly believe that Cricut is the premiere machine out there for scrapbookers who want to make their own die cuts. Here's why:

  • You can cut paper (depending on your machine) up to 3 different sizes, 6x12, 12x12, and 12x24 (these are the sizes of the mats; the first one only cuts on the baby bug, and the last two only cut on the Expressions)
  • Sure Cuts A Lot enables you to cut your True Type fonts, including dingbats
  • With the markers that PC produces (or you can use mini Sharpies with masking tape wrapped around them, or your kids Star Wars markers because they are wide enough, etc.) you can draw all of your lovely shapes and fonts as well.
  • The cartridges (except for the new ones, which only have 2) have 6 creative features that alter the shape/font so that besides the actual shape/font, you have 6 more choices for altering the shape/font. So that's 7 total choices times for 12 sizes on your baby bug (a nick name for the original cricut) and seemingly infinite sizes on the Expressions. On the Expressions, you can go to your "Settings" and switch the sizing from quarter inch increments to tenth of an inch increments. That's 200 and what different sizes? Cartridges have at least 50 fonts/shapes, and most have 100 different fonts/shapes (that you get when you hit the shift key). Even the ones that appear to only have 50 actually have a slightly different shape when you hit the shift key, so technically they have 100 shapes too.
  • With all of the above features, I don't think that $350 for the machine (this is what you can find it for most places, and some places sell it for slightly cheaper; don't even get me started on how cheap it is when you get the bundles!) is anywhere near unreasonable. The standard package is the machine with a blade, 12 x 12 mat, and two cartridges if you are looking at the Expressions. The baby bug can be purchased for $150-$175 and it comes with one cartridge, a blade, and a 6 x 12 mat.
  • NOTE: You can find most cartridges for $65 or less online. I've seen the two-feature carts for $37. So don't even think of paying the $89 MSRP!

Please let me/us know if you have anything to add to this; feel free to correct me/us if there have been any misstatements. Those of us putting together this blog try hard to get it right every time, but we're human. We welcome your input!

1 comment:

  1. Hello! I visited you last week but then had to go and find out what Cricut was!! I am a bit out of touch! Anyway your explanations have helped greatly.

    Great blog and a great tool I think my Mum and Sister will be very interested in. They are both very crafty.

    Thanks for the visit and bye for now!


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