Thursday, August 25, 2016

My First Time Using a Cricut Explore Air

Thanks to Cricut for providing me with a Cricut Explore Air!  
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So as most of you probably know, I attended Haven blogger conference in Atlanta a few weeks ago. I was able to try out products I had not previously used before, including a Cricut.  I had heard of it and know people who use one, but I honestly thought it was just for scrap booking and making cards. Man, was I wrong!  Cricut can do so many things, from art pieces, to monograms, to T-shirt lettering...the list goes on.



So, what is a Cricut?  It is a personal cutting machine that allows you to make DIY projects at home, using paper, cardstock, or vinyl.  You can use pre-made images or customize your own.  I was lucky enough to attend the Cricut class at Haven for a hands on demonstration and get my own Cricut Explore Air machine to try for myself as part of their blogger program!


Getting started was pretty easy! Make sure your Cricut is plugged in and press the button to open the machine.  Download the app onto your phone, (currently it is only available for iPhone, but Android is in the works) or you can also access the projects on your computer or iPad. (Yes, you can use it with Bluetooth for wireless access)


Create your Cricut ID under the Sign In option and set up an account and you are ready to design! I used the app in the class, so I accessed the projects from the drop down menu (3 lines) in the top left hand corner.  From here you can select from your personal projects or the pre-made categories.  We selected one that was made for the class.

I selected a flower design on white card stock that I layered over a solid turquoise sheet of card stock to allow the color to show through the cut areas.  Once you select and save your design, then you are ready to print it.  The Cricut comes with a sticky mat where you will apply your paper to insert into the machine. The app cues you to insert the correct sheet of paper if you are doing a layered design and also tells you when to take it out.  The Smart Set Dial easily lets you select which material you are using so it can set the blade depth.



Once your design has been cut, you can use one of the tools to help lift the paper off of the sticky mat without tearing it.  You have to be a little careful here, especially if you have an intricate pattern or if your mat is new (and super sticky!)  I was a little worried at first that I may have chosen too advanced of a design, but I was able to get the cut design off the mat without tearing any of it!


Our instructor gave us a tip for new mats:  Press it against your shirt to lessen some of the stickiness.

Here is my finished project from the class.  Now, I am trying to figure out what to make next!


Comment below and tell me your favorite Cricut projects, so I can get some ideas!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.



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    1. I will definitely be saving money by doing that!

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  2. I love the project you worked on! So pretty! I don't have one, but my friends who do love it!! Thanks for sharing and thank you for the visit and sweet comment at The Dedicated House. It means the world. Feel free to share this post at my Make it Pretty party which is currently live. Here is the link if you want to check it out. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2016/08/make-pretty-monday-week-189.html Have a happy weekend. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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    1. Thanks for visiting and I will check out your party!

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  3. I love my Cricut! I don't have the newest one, but use it for so many things! I cut out vinyl, have made so many banners for celebrations with it. I am a nanny and use it a lot just to cut out cute animals and all things girly. The 3D projects are fun too! Have you tried fabric yet? Here is a link to an old project I did with fabric.https://allthingsrenee.com/diy/knock-it-off/

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    1. I have not tried fabric yet, but I want to! I am still learning on mine, but I just used vinyl for the first time. I will def check out your post! Thanks!

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