As a scrapbooker/crafter I tend to always want the latest and greatest new gadget. Last year was no exception. After playing with a Cricut at the local scrapbook store while making the cut-outs for our cake walk wheel for the Boo Bash, I fell in love. It went to the top of my Christmas List!
I was so excited when I opened my gift from my mom, and I had a brand new Cricut Expression! I had heard so many great things from other crafters and scrapbookers that I was envisioning all the cool things I would be able to make. Then I saw the price of the cartridges and got discouraged. I played around a little with the two that I had and was able to make some cute Valentine's for my daughter's class:
I was pretty impressed with how quickly I was able to make these. I had 30+ of the little lollipop flowers done in one evening. After this project the Cricut just sat back in the corner waiting for the next time I would need it.
I don't think I turned it on for almost 4 months until I needed it to help me make the Closet Clothes Dividers that I made for my friends Candy Coated Baby Shower. Again, I just used basic shapes and letters. I still wasn't willing to make any investment into cartridges.
Then I read a blog by Kelleigh Ratzlaff about programs you could use with your Cricut to cut ANY design and ANY font! I have worked with digital scrapbooking supplies and was familiar with what could be done with Photoshop and a Printer. I just always hated the cutting part. Now that Kelleigh and Mari were offering cutting files I was very interested. It still took 3 more months, but I finally bit the bullet and bought Sure Cuts A Lot. I have spent the last few weeks finding cutting files and downloading them. Now I have SO many ideas in my head. Banners, favor boxes, cupcake wrappers, cupcake toppers, party supplies galore right at my fingertips!! I have also found a few more digital scrapbook stores that sell cutting files, and I am always on the lookout for more:
Later this week I will be showing you how I made our adorable Boo Bash invitations with digital scrapbooking supplies and my Cricut. I can't wait till you see them!