USING A CRICUT: MY NEWEST OBSESSION

As promised from my previous post, I wanted to dedicate a blog post about using a Cricut AKA one of my favorite things in life right now!! For those of you who don’t know what a Cricut is and what it does, I want to first apologize about how crazy I have been. However, when you learn about all the wonders of a Cricut machine… you will understand where all my crazy came from and that it was totally valid!!

A Cricut machine is a machine that cuts designs and projects for you, an at-home die-cutter. Whether you are a teacher, have worked in the teacher’s lounge, or have seen one, it is similar to an old fashioned die-cutter at school. You know, the big machines where you find the shape or letter you want to cut out and then use a big crank to cut the piece out? Yes, well a Cricut is electronic and does all the heavy work for you! Check out their website to learn more and to see pictures! https://home.cricut.com/ 

I have a Cricut Explore Air 2. It can do SO MUCH more than cut paper! It can cut paper, score paper, and draw on paper (like calligraphy and designs). Not only can it cut paper, but it can cut through Vinyl, Iron-On fabric, and heavier Cardstock. It’s every crafter’s dream!!

Now that you are all familiar with a Cricut, I want to describe how you can use it. In this blog post, I’ll teach you how to create two different projects.

  • A project from Cricut’s library of graphics and templates!
  • A paper project from your own designing!

Let’s begin with the first project…creating a paper product from Cricut’s library. What’s awesome about Cricut is that when you receive the machine, you also receive an online database of products, support, and ideas! As I mentioned in my previous post, I had a Taco Graduation party and wanted to make some decorations. Here is a step by step photo process of how I made my taco decorations. These directions can be used to make just about any paper product on Cricut! Please let me know if you have any other questions!

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Now, let’s talk about the next project…creating your own paper product from a graphic you designed by yourself. So let’s say they don’t have an image you want on Cricut, you don’t want to pay for the image, or you created your own fun graphic, these are the steps you would want to follow to create your own paper product (or any other type of product for that matter). I wanted to make “Astronaut Helmets” to decorate my students’ lockers.

**I’m doing a Choose Kindness/Wonder/Space Theme and thought that these astronaut helmets would fit in great with my theme! If anyone has any other ideas for this theme, please do not hesitate to send them my way!

I wanted to make an astronaut helmet from “scratch” and wanted to create my own image, rather than searching on the Cricut database. That way, I could make it just right. *Cue Goldilocks voice*. I created this short video clip to teach you how to make your own graphics into a paper product! This video only shows you how to upload an image you already designed onto Cricut, resize, and color it. Disclaimer, it does not show you how to design images or how to piece your cut out pieces of paper together. If you have any questions about those steps, feel free to reach out!! Hope you enjoy my first video tutorial 🙂

I hope these visual instructions help you with your Cricut and/or convince you to buy one! I have had mine only for a week, but it has changed my crafting immensely… for the better. I can’t wait to continue to use it for my future classroom, gifts, blogging, and personal use! This is Miss Declaireing Happiness and I am am declaireing that my Cricut is just another thing that makes me happy:) Thanks for reading/watching!

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