Have you ever had a knot in your stomach when you started something new? Whether you’re learning how to play the piano or jumping into 3D printing, it can be very daunting at first. This also applies to hobbies like scrapbooking. A quick Google search yields over 1.5 trillion results, and it’s easy to get lost on Pinterest’s endless-looking pages. By the way, just standing in a craft shop is overwhelming. Now, why not kill the anxiety-inducing knot cutely? That’s the idea behind the new crafting machine, Cricut Joy.
The machine came from the company behind the original Cricut, formerly known as Provocraft, Cricut, and the first word after opening the box was “OMG, very cute!”. I felt the visceral waves of an acute attack. I wanted to pick it up and squeeze it.
This friendly design is intentional, as Cricut Joy is the exact opposite of the intimidating one. According to Tom Crisp, Vice President of Industrial Design at Cricut, this is for “doublers”. For those who want to get started crafting but don’t want to spend time and effort making adventure a hobby for a full-fledged office acquisition. With it, you can easily create everything from professional greeting cards to flashy stickers.
Weighing just 5 x 8 inches and weighing less than 4 pounds, the Cricut Joy can be placed anywhere. It is 75% smaller and lighter than its older siblings, with a chubby silhouette and a more friendly face. The price is also low. At $ 180, it’s $ 70 cheaper than the company’s next cheapest cutting machine. I’ve been using it for a few days, so I’m not nervous. Cricut Joy is like a little robot companion, you can’t hold your hand, but it makes your crafting journey much easier.
Make snail mail cool again.
Cricut Joy is limited to cutting and drawing. It may sound basic, but it may be for a skilled craftsman, but it is powerful enough for a beginner. Also, very few components on the device need to be manipulated. Lid. A clamp that opens and closes. Tool housing (each included) where you can drop your pens and blades.
You need to connect your machine via Bluetooth to Design Space Sea Turtle SVG, the company’s software accessible from PC, Mac, iOS, and Android devices. It’s similar to Adobe Photoshop, working with layers, working with images, text, and shapes to do the final project. For those who have never used this type of program, there is a steep learning curve. Thankfully, if you take a quick look at the tutorial and follow it, most of the stress will be relieved immediately.
Design space is free. You can upload your own images or choose from a variety of ready-made shapes, graphics and designs to create your own projects. But it really opens in the Cricut Access account. It costs $ 10 per month (or $ 8 per month for annual plans) but offers a much larger design catalogue. Yet another monthly subscription is never at the top of my wants list, so I recommend starting with the free version. If you can’t stop creating, proceed to your subscription.
My first project was an insert card that used a mechanical cutting tool to create a design on pre-folded card stock. I selected a template and proceeded to the Create screen of the desktop app. From the drop-down list, we have selected a specially designed card mat and material to use. The software has instructed you to load the blade into the housing. This process took 3 seconds.
$ 180 for Cricut
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Then I put the mat with the cardstock under the guide of the machine and watched the joy come back to life. A small blade swept across the mat and danced like a figure skater. It’s not quiet, but the humming and grunting aren’t too loud to be confusing. I couldn’t stop laughing because a thank-you message appeared shortly before the scratch-free paper.
I am an obsessed woman. I made 30 greeting cards from the first greeting card, but each one is more complicated than the last greeting card, and I can’t wait to send it to the mail carrier. One boasts a seemingly hand-painted tube created from free vector images. Another card featuring a toaster with lightning adorns a friend’s desk. “Did you make it?” He asked when I gave it to him. I was smiling again, despite the scraps of paper in his hair.
You can do it
Greeting cards have been my favourite project so far, but that’s not all CricutJoy can do. When used in combination with vinyl, it can be used to create pantry and home office labels.