I remember laying in the hospital, starving and watching infomercials. Infomercials are what kept me from going crazy from hunger. Because of an upcoming emergency surgery I wasn’t allowed to eat to get my pancreas related levels low. I remember seeing the Cricut Expression in action and knew I needed to have it. A cutting machine that could intricately cut paper for me? My creative soul could see so many projects I could make, especially since I love throwing parties. It’s a good thing Santa ended up getting it for me for Christmas. And as much as I loved the Expression, it lacked more customization which as a graphic designer I felt I needed.
I then got the Cricut Explore. It had so many more options and the ability to customize my art work like being able to cut my own images that I drew or designed. The types of materials I could use increased (think leather, chipboard, fabric!). I didn’t have enough time to make all the projects I conjured up in my head. When an opportunity arose by partnering with Cricut to use the Cricut Explore Air 2 I was ecstatic! I wasn’t sure what could get better.
These are the reasons it is better:
- Bluetooth enabled. I don’t have as much space in my office as I used to since we moved. Being able to leave the machine in one place and not have to be connected to my computer is pretty nice. I can work from anywhere in the house. For the Explore One you can buy a bluetooth adapter that will help you achieve the same thing. Wireless just makes me happy.
- Fast mode. With some materials you can enable fast mode which quickens the speed of completion. With some projects you just can’t wait to see the results!
- Double tool holder. You can cut and write at one time. This is good for alignment issues. Sometimes if you reinsert it after you write it could shift a little and not be as exact. This helps with this.
Because I had already used a Cricut it wasn’t difficult to start using the Cricut Explore nor the Explore Air 2. Set up was a breeze. The hardest part is figuring out what to make first. For starters, I’d use the Cricut Design Space where projects are already designed for you and images are already created. You pick the design you want to use adjust it according to your liking in the program. You can use your computer, tablet or smart phone for this. Then just place the material on the mat and begin!
I wanted to share with you this art print I made using images found in the Design Space gallery. I am in love and I want to make more. And because Valentine’s Day is coming up I have “love” on the brain.
Cricut Explore Air 2
Coated Photo Paper (I use this paper for all my printables and stationery)
Transfer Tape (optional)
Flower Image #M4570A (on Design Space Images)
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.