Hello friends, I'm so glad you've dropped by. If you're like me, your creativity doesn't just stop at scrapbooking. You probably also enjoy card making, paper crafts, DIY home decor and much more. If that sounds like you, then you're in for a treat!
Note: This blog post contains affiliate links. I am an affiliate blogger for Cricut and did receive a discount on my machine + bundle as a result. If you make a purchase after reading this post, I will be compensated. Please know that I only promote products I use and enjoy. It is my goal to deliver an honest review of this product for you.
As a hybrid scrapbooker, a machine like this one has been on my wishlist for a couple of years now. Eliminating the need to spend hours fussy cutting was a necessity. So, before I made my decision, I spent about 30 days interviewing other crafters who owned similar machines and gleaning what information I could from the internet. In addition, I took the time to review other brands and what they had to offer in comparison to this machine. Ultimately, this machine and brand won me over.
Why, you might ask?
Well, there were several factors for me. First and foremost was affordability. I needed something that would fit within my budget. This machine and bundle fit my budget perfectly. With endless possibilities to create and a bundle offering multiple varieties of products, this set really jumped out at me.
Second, I was looking for a machine with a very precise cut. Since receiving my machine, I have used it on various projects and am in love with the exactness. I also was heavily persuaded by this video right here. There is an even an easy dial button that allows you to control the depth of the cut depending on the material you're using.
Third, I wanted a machine that worked wirelessly and had easy to use software where I could use my own designs. The Bluetooth capabilities of this cutting machine was a big plus. The icing on the proverbial cake is Design Space. Literally, in less fifteen minutes of unboxing the machine (my very first machine of it's kind), I had opened Design Space and began to cut an SVG file from the One Little Bird store. It was THAT easy. And I was ecstatic!
In all, some added benefits of the machine are the ability to create wirelessly from an iphone or ipad, the ability to draw with various pen sets, the deeper cut blade that allows me to cut materials thicker than paper (other competitors couldn't do this), and the starter bundle that offered SO MANY EXTRAS... I simply couldn't resist. In fact, I not only ordered one for me, but one for my Mom too!
Here's what came with the Everything Starter Set Bundle:
Cricut Tools Basic Set
• Cricut Cutting Mat Variety 3-pack
• Cricut Explore Deep Cut Blade with Housing
• Cricut Explore Wildflower Pen Set
• Cricut Transfer Tape
• Cricut Tools Scoring Stylus
• Cricut Premium German Carbide Replacement Blade
• Cricut Window Cling, Black
• Cricut Explore Multi Pen Set, Black
• Cricut Printable Sticker Paper
• Cricut Printable Vinyl
• Cricut Trimmer Tool
• Cricut Washi Sheets, Designer
• Cricut Printable Iron-on Dark
• Cricut Vinyl Sampler, Home
• Cricut Dry Erase Vinyl
• Cricut Poster Board, Metallic
• Cricut Faux Leather Pebbled Patina
• Cricut Printable Magnet Sheets
• Cricut Window Cling, Red
I've been extremely pleased with Cricut as a company and brand, the machine has the quality look and feel you'd expect plus it's adorable too! What more could I have asked for?! Watch my unboxing video below:
If you're in the market for a machine or considering purchasing one, I encourage you to consider the new Explore Air 2. If you have any questions regarding my machine or the projects I've created with it, please don't hesitate to ask. You can contact me here or leave a comment below.