I’ve had my Cricut Maker for one year, and here’s what I’ve learned from my five favorite Cricut Maker projects so far.
It’s been almost a full year since I’ve had my Cricut Maker, and I’ve got to say, it has totally lived up to my expectations. I’ve wanted a Cricut machine ever since the first one launched so many years ago, and I’ve been running it ragged since last December. So today I wanted to do a quick little follow up on the top five things I love about my Cricut Maker, and give you a bit of insight on what I use it for the most.
1. I Can Make Pinterest-Worthy Labels
This is hands-down my most-used feature of the Cricut Maker. No more store-bought label tags with scraggly hand written words with a pen that smudges because it took forever to dry. Now I can put gorgeous vinyl labels on everything from fabric to glass to wood, and everything in between.
*Love those cute labels I made for this desk drawer? You can find them in my Design Space profile here and use them yourself!
2. It Makes Amazing School Projects
I totally planned on using my Cricut Maker for home organization and decor projects, but I did not plan on my son using it. Not that I didn’t want him to, I just didn’t think he’d even care about it. Oh my gosh, I was SO wrong! He is constantly asking me if he can use the Maker for school projects, personalizing his belongings, and making fun costumes for rainy Saturday shenanigans.
Turns out, this isn’t just for adults, but kiddos, too. He even covered his waist band with Star Wars decals after his appendix surgery so he’d be less self-conscious about having to wear it to school for a couple of weeks.
3. It Can “Hand” Write For Me
I wouldn’t say I have bad handwriting, but I wouldn’t say it’s great either. I always hated my handwritten labels and place card tags before because they looked so “handwritten” (which I guess is the point, but I promise they weren’t pretty). The Cricut Maker has an attachment for dropping a fine point pen inside and it will write gorgeous lettering for me at the click of a button.
I use this writing function all the time, and I plan on using it for the holidays this year to address all my greeting card envelopes.
4. The Materials Are Endless
Another thing I really love about the Cricut Maker is that it cuts way beyond the typical paper and vinyl. I’ve used it to cut leather, fabric, chipboard, sticker paper, thin sheet metal, thin cork, and even felt! (Side note, if I had this when I made the DIY Letterboard I would have avoided 1,234,567 blisters on my hands.)
The blades on this baby are the real deal, and I am constantly amazed at the clean cuts it produces. I’ve only had to replace the blade one time this year, so I call that a win!
5. It Got Me Excited About Crafting Again
I used to be a crafty chick. I loved making things for fun, not just for necessity. But somewhere along the road of working a full time day job and running a full time business and a full time website (that’s 3 full time jobs at once, if you’re counting) I lost the spark of crafting for fun. Maybe it was a time issue, or maybe I just didn’t want to let myself use precious free time for fun when I could be working more.
But all that changed when I got the Cricut Maker. As I dug into the tutorial videos from Cricut’s website and explored all the ideas in Design Space, that love of crafting came pouring back into my soul and I was excited to make things again.
Aside from all the functionality and professionalism it has brought to me as an Organizer, it gave me a much-needed reason to carve out some me-time to sit down and have fun. Not for work, not for a to-do list, just fun. And that may be the single-most reason I love the Cricut Maker the most.
Want To See All My Cricut Projects?
And if you haven’t made the move to get a Cricut machine yet, but you’re convinced that now is the time, I’d love to invite you to go check out the bundles over on the Cricut website. They’re perfect for beginners because you get not only the machine, but extra tools and materials so you can get started right after the delivery man pulls out of your driveway.
Sometimes the materials in the aisle at Michael’s can be a little overwhelming, so the bundle takes that stress out of the equation and does the deciding for you. I highly recommend this route, as it’s the way I got started myself.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.