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In many countries of the world, people young and old have taken up the new form of craft called scrapbooking, which enables crafters to create artistic pages that preserve their memories for generations to come. Photographs and stories are laid out on a page to keep forever a moment in time, or a special story, that can be looked back on in the years to come.
Making Memories is one of the biggest brand names in the scrapbooking industry and is a familiar name with most scrapbookers, especially those that love to decorate their pages with unique embellishments. Making Memories also make a fantastic range of tools loved by scrapbookers including an eyelet setter, stamping dies, tag makers and much more.
One of the newest scrapbooking tools on the market that is a new must have for all keen scrapbookers, is a scrapbooking die cutting machine. As with a lot of big scrapbooking companies, Making Memories have also released their version of the die cut machine. It does however have some stiff competition from Provo Craft’s electronic cutter the Cricut and the manual original die cutting machine by Sizzix.
In the past, scrapbooking and craft work was a daunting thought for many as not every individual is naturally gifted with creativity and artistic talent. Fortunately, tools like the Cricut machine have advanced scrapbooking activities and enable the novice and adept scrapbooker, alike, to access this ever growing hobby. Thanks to the Cricut Machine, scrapbooking is no longer an endeavor solely reserved for those with artistic talents and now everyone has the ability to chronicle their cherished memories with family and friends. Scrapbooking not only enables individuals to preserve family history and memorialize important occasions but it is also a great bonding event and teaches everyone the importance of quality family time.
The Cricut Machine is one of the most highly acclaimed craft and die cutting tools for a reason as it boasts numerous features that bring ease and convenience to scrapbooking and craft work. As well, the Cricut boasts an arsenal of accessories and resources which enable even the most artistically deprived individual to enter the craft community. The Cricut’s overwhelming ability to introduce simplicity to scrapbooking and crafts is advancing the way that we are able to document our history and ensures that future generations will not be robbed of their right to know their origins. There are many people who are not particularly gifted with creativity but still value the importance of documenting family memories and the Cricut has brought forth a new era of possibilities for everyone.
Each of the Cricut cutting machines needs a cartridge to be able to come up with cutouts. A cartridge can either be a font cartridge or a shape cartridge. Choosing between the two is a matter of what the paper craft artist needs it for. Aside from the different kinds of cutouts, the size can also be further specified. This means that the artist already have multitudes of projects that can be done. The best thing is that there are so many kinds of cartridges with different themes for different projects and different occasions.
The Accent Essentials cartridge is an example of a shape cartridge that can be used with any of the Cricut cutting machines. It includes the shadow and shadow blackout creative feature that might be useful for layering cutouts. This is especially practical because this specific cartridge is all about symbols.
Most are basic shapes detailed with different patterns. There are a lot of variations of snowflake-like stars. There are also a number of swirling shapes that can be used for the final touches of a project the paper craft artist is working on. It does not pertain to a specific theme or occasion meaning the shapes are neutral and can be used all year round. Most of the swirls from the Accent Essentials cartridge have paisley designs that are reminiscent of art nouveau and rococo school of design. If the user already has a font cartridge, these swirls can be layered on top of the first letter on a page for a faerie tale effect.
Scrapbooking is not the latest craze; it’s been around as long as I can remember around the same time as Decoupage, and that as been around for years now. Using a Cricut makes scrapbooking a seamless breeze to do, makes your hobby much more fun to do, and to my mind this is what having a hobby is all about.
Since the innovative idea of digital cameras, Scrapbooking as come into its own, and due to the high number of people now doing this hobby, as brought about the Cricut. Since digital cameras, it’s a sad fact that the traditional photo albums have since been left behind, but more and more people are now taking those digital images and creating masterpieces by using the Cricut for Scrapbooking.
With all the advance technology these days, creating a project or idea if you like, as been made much easier by using the Cricut, and is simple to use by way of a touch of a button. If I was to describe the Cricut to you, I would describe it as a lightweight machine, that can be transported anywhere you so wish, basically it’s designed for travel, if you are serious about purchasing one, I can most definitely recommend the Cricut Expression also the Gypsy Cricut. If you are an art student, then the Cricut would easily be transported to your art class quite easily.
The Cricut is more or less a photo printer, which comes in to its own by helping you with your design, to use in your Scrapbooking Projects, and as the ability to create, design and cut various shapes and sizes for all of your Scrapbooking projects up to 24 inches, and cuts any paper, card stock, vellum including chipboard.
The Cricut Expression Web needs the use of a computer to use the Design Studio, if you intend taking Scrapbooking seriously and not only as a hobby, then an investment in a computer is most certainly worthwhile, as you may be reading this from a friends computer, or even from a computer belonging to your local library.
You can own the Cricut Expression Web for $ 350.00, and can be purchased from most retail outlets, including those advertised on my website, for as little as $ 150.00 USD, THE Cricut cartridges can cost you $ 80.00 USD, but there are Internet deals priced at just $ 30.00 USD, don’t forget though, each cartridge comprises of at least 2000 images that you can use over and over again quite extensively.
I know a few people who create wonderful projects with this machine, and use it to cut letters, shapes, phrases into big or small sizes, it not only cuts paper, and card stock materials, but also cuts through thin magnets including some fabric (must be stretched first) including etched glasses, this machine actually helps you to save paper, and allows you to make multiple copies of your saved project.
Here Are Just Some Of The Things That You Can Create:
· Create beautiful Scrapbooks
· Greeting cards
· Home Décor
· Resources for teaching
· Promotional Business Products
· Including any announcement in a matter of minutes
Hobbyists and crafters like yourself can turn some pieces into very creative works of art, you can actually establish yourself as a skilled crafter, and there is no law to say that you can’t, you could if you really wanted to, create projects that you sell to the members of the public, either in person or from a website, the world is your Oyster.