Question by Allison: Some info about Cricut scrapbooking tool? 10 pts. best answer!?
I started doing some scrapbooking in the last couple of weeks and I think I might want to get a Cricut. I just have some questions about them.
1. What are the different types of Cricuts? I wouldn’t be doing a lot of large cut-outs so I was thinking the Cricut mini? But I’m not sure…. What are the pros and cons of each different one?
2. What can be done with a Cricut? I know it can cut out shapes and designs but is there anything else you’ve used it for?
3. Is there any up keep? Do you have to buy replacement blades or cutting mats? If so, how much are they?
4. How does the online craft room work? If you use it, do you still have to buy cartridges?
5. Is there “special paper” that has to be used in a Cricut or can you use any paper? I know this is a long shot but, can you use fabric?
6. Overall, is it worth the money? Are there any other machines similar to it for a better price?
Thanks in advance! Please keep in mind that I don’t do scrapbooking for a living or hobby. It’s mostly just a pastime activity that I do in my spare time, so I’m not looking to spend tons of money on a Cricut.
Answer by gina
A small Cricut would probably work fine for you if you don’t need images to be over 5.5 inches. I do personally think the larger machines are better working. I have owned everyone that has been available.
Lots of up keep. Blades and mats have to be replaced often. They do not get as manu cuts and uses as they claim!
You can cut lots of materials…paper, chipboard, foam and cloth…do not use flakey craft paper it will destory your mat. So will felt because it sticks bad. Do not cut glitter paper either it will ruin your blade after one use! You should get a deep cut blade to cut chipboard and fabric.
I own a scrapbooking store and many of my customers do lots of things with the Cricut
Vinyl stuff…decor…home…or business/car
Party decor …Cricut has a ton of 3d cuts…candy boxes…props…really a lot!
School projecfs or bulletin boards
Fabric heat franfer material make your own logo clothing or bags
Glass etching design
Much much more…
Craft room is free and they often have freebies. Typically if you don’t buy their images though you can not cut any additional images. I think they charge way to much for digital images personally.
Pros and cons…
Cuts a million times better
Cheap svg files from many sites
You can scan a die cut and totally change it using your computer.
You are able to change and add anything to your cuts.
Not a lot of stores carry their products which mean you need to buy supplies online and no chances of sales.
Same up keep with mat and blades…but that is what you will get with most all these machines.
More complicated to learn how to use…utube has wondercul tutorials! !!!
I think I hit on all your questions…good luck !!!
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