If you are crafty, you may well be dipping into the world of Cricut and all it has to offer – and there is so very much.
I needed a crafty person to guide me through and I have found one in Joyce May. Joyce is a software developer, so she is comfortable with all things techie and on the screen. That is such a good starting point.
Joyce made all the flowers and lettering on this board using Cricut.
She offers Cricut workshops and a friend and I had the pleasure of enjoying a near one-on-one with her going through some basic Cricut design. Some of you might be wondering what on earth this is, so I can condense it down for you as follows:
It is the ultimate cutting machine - and the reality is that this machine can do so very many things that not so long ago we paid others to do. Now we can do these things at home. This is a machine, which can cut paper, vinyl, fabric, craft foam, sticker paper, faux leather, and more. The variations are endless. Cricut machines were manufactured by Provo Craft & Novelty Inc in Utah, USA and they started appearing on the market in early 2003- 4. Their popularity has grown enormously over the years.
So Joyce launched into Cricut with exuberance and curiosity because this was new and unexplored. We are the lucky recipients of her curiosity because she is now offering classes. You don't need any experience or prior knowledge just an enthusiasm to get stuck into a craft you have never come across.
In our session with her, we looked at a paper pattern, which we downloaded, measured and added writing to, which will make some lovely Easter Egg holders.
It was a program called the Cricut Design Space Program which supports the Cricut Machine. The projects are produced in the Design Space and then depending on the material and the size they are reproduced on a magic mat, which is loaded onto the machine as you would paper for a printer. The programme for cutting or writing is conveyed to the machine, which then conducts the commands. The Design Space offers over 150,000 images, and if those aren't enough Joyce can suggest a few more. The size, fonts and shapes are again varied and plentiful and all can be incorporated into the design at the touch of your fingers.
Joyce also works with infusible ink and she produces some lovely coasters in glass with this process. There really are endless possibilities.
She offers a comprehensive handout where you can access many helpful sites to enhance your images, she guides you through the Design Space, so that one step follows the next seamlessly and the end result is something that you can feel proud of having achieved with her support.
It's a great opportunity to learn something new and at $80 pp, I can assure you that given the hundreds of options available to you under the Cricut Design Space program and the machine, it is actually great value. Once you have mastered the basics, the options are indeed endless.
A number of retail stores store many items for Cricut enthusiasts, so there is no shortage of places where you can stock up once you have got the Cricut bug.