A quick search on Google regarding crafting and you get almost 2 million results –overwhelming when you are a newbie and looking for ways to live a creative life, right? That’s without getting lost between the seemingly endless possibilities Pinterest will add to the mix. And standing in a craft store isle won’t help either.
Curbing all those issues mentioned above is what Cricut does, and it truly works. Starting with its latest Cricut Joy machine –cuteness overload and easy to use –Cricut makes crafting approachable and accessible for everyone.
Whether you are new to creating or an experienced maker, Cricut smart cutting machines and apps give you the freedom to make DIY magic happen anywhere, any time. Cricut machines let you design and cut intricate, professional-quality DIY projects from hundreds of materials, such as vinyl, fabric, leather, cardstock and more. All Cricut products are supported by an intuitive app that makes it possible to design and cut projects with the machines in just a few easy steps.
With it, you can easily make all sorts of things, from professional-looking greeting cards to fancy stickers and everything in between depending on which model of the range you choose.
The Cricut Joy is limited to cutting and drawing. That might sound basic—and it might be to a seasoned crafter, but it’s plenty powerful for newcomers. The Joy only has a few components on the device you need to interact with making it user friendly and easy to navigate: A lid, which flips down; a clamp that swivels open and closed; and the tool housing, which is where you’ll drop pens or blades into.
You need to connect the machine via Bluetooth to Design Space, the company’s software, which can be accessed via PC, Mac, iOS, and Android devices. For those who have no designing experience poking around Design Space and following easy on-line tutorials alleviates most of the stress quickly. And you will be crafting in no time.
Design Space is free; you can upload your own images or choose from a variety of pre-made shapes, graphics, and designs to create your own projects. You will also have some free designs to use as part of the package. But the magic really becomes evident with a Cricut Access subscription. It offers a much larger library of designs, for about R99 per month. But before you commit you can try the so free version, and if you find after 30 days you can’t stop crafting well into the early hours of the morning, then go for the subscription it is so worth it.
If you’re craving a creative life but don’t know where to start, the Cricut Joy might be the place where you could start.