Everything You Need to Know about Your First Cricut Machine


Not so recently I received my first Cricut Machine and I’ve been eager to tell you everything you need to know about getting started with it. But… well… I’ve got a procrastination queen title to uphold… so… yeah….

By now I should know that putting things off ALWAYS takes longer than just diving in and getting after it. Not only that… this time I can’t get over ALL the months I’ve missed out on crafting with a Cricut.

Let me back up to the beginning…

It all started last Halloween. My mom had decided to move to Portland (YAY!) and I flew out to help her clear a storage unit in preparation for the move. During the clean-up, we came across this bag.

Everything You Need to Know about Your First Cricut Machine

My mom casually mentioned that it was a Cricut machine that someone had given her and since she had never used it, she was thinking of getting rid of it. Out of all our family possessions that she was parting with, I think this is one of two items that I quickly called dibs on.

I have a Silhouette machine that I haven’t had much success with and I’ve been extremely curious how a Cricut machine compares.

The bag went on the moving truck and I picked it up from my mom when she arrived in Portland in December.

Actually, I threw it in the back of my car and it rode around with me for about 5 months.

Seriously… 5 months.

It would still be in the back of my car, except my car died and I had to clear it out before I could get a new one.

Then the Cricut sat in the garage for a month.

I just KNEW it was going to be so hard to use… I’d need a full day or two to crack the code on how it works.

But my husband is starting a new DIY for our master bedroom (more on that soon) and the red bag had to come out of the garage so he could get after his own project.

After 3 years in storage, 5 months in the back of a car, and one month in the garage, it was time to let this Cricut out of the bag.

You guys… this thing is amazing!!

Everything You Need to Know about Your First Cricut Machine

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Everything You Need to Know about Your First Cricut Machine

The machine I received is the Cricut Expression Electronic Cutting Machine. I believe it’s their original model since when I turned it on the screen was stamped 2006. This guy is “old school”! However, while attending SNAP! Conference, I was able to try out the latest version and found it to be just as easy to use.

So what makes this machine so amazing?

Plug and Play

Everything You Need to Know about Your First Cricut Machine

The instructions are very simple and I was able to literally plug it in and start cutting with it. Once it’s plugged in, hit the power button, place paper on the cutting mat and loaded it into the machine with the push of a button.

Seriously the hardest part was deciding what design to cut first.

Minimal Technical Difficulty

Everything You Need to Know about Your First Cricut Machine

Rather than connecting to your computer, Cricut uses cartridges for lettering and designs. They’ve since upgraded to allow for online versions of their templates, but you don’t have to use them. My plan is to continue using the cartridges until I get really familiar with all that the machine can do and then connect to the online software for even more options.

Old School Doesn’t Mean Outdated

Everything You Need to Know about Your First Cricut Machine

I’d like to give credit to Cricut as I know they’ve upgraded their machines several times in the last decade, but I was still able to go to our local craft store and purchase product that easily worked in this “retro” machine. Inside the red bag I found this basic kit that makes crafting with the Cricut even easier.

Quick and Easy

Everything You Need to Know about Your First Cricut Machine

I had myself convinced that this was going to take me FOR-EV-ERRRRR to learn how to use. But after less than 10 minutes and only a couple of user errors, I was off and running. In under an hour I had two projects ready to share with you. SO quick and easy!

How did I have this in my possession for 6 months without using it?!!

Stop back by later this week to see exactly what I’ve created with my “new” Cricut with easy step by step instructions to making your first project. In the meantime, if you’ve been thinking at all about getting a Cricut Machine and find a great deal on any of the models, definitely snag it! This one HERE is a great starter bundle.

Everything You Need to Know about Your First Cricut Machine

What have you been putting off that you need to get started with? Have you discovered anything new that you just love to craft with? What is your favorite thing about using a Cricut? Let me know in the comments below.




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