Craft Room Makeover With The Cricut Maker! (Pt. 1)

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

First off, thanks for all of the birthday wishes!  Turning 40 surrounded by good vibes and comments from my BGC Family made my birthday even more special. I returned from my birthday trip to see a brand new Maker sent to me by Cricut. It sent me over the moon!

I want to take you down my Cricut memory lane because Cricut and I go way back. I remember the first time I laid eyes on the machine like it was yesterday. I was watching HSN in awe. Prior to Cricut my cutting “machine” was a pair of scissors, a steady hand and a TON of patience.  Back then my preferred craft was scrapbooking.  Cutting shapes and words by hand was nice, but once I was introduced to the Cricut Expression my craft life changed for the better! I haven’t looked back.
I spent a few years building up my Expression’s cartridge library before I felt like I was outgrowing it. As much as I loved the ease of cutting I felt boxed in by the cartridges. I was so serious I called Cricut and asked whether they planned to develop a machine that allowed us to cut our own designs. I really wanted to be able to use my own designs while crafting with my Cricut. Further, I recognized the lack of diversity in the crafting world so I knew the ability to develop my own designs that spoke to our culture would be a game changer!
The Explore came along and I was in love again. The Explore meant I no longer needed cartridges so my Expression became more of a decoration than a go-to machine. She still sits pretty as a daily reminder of where it all started 🙂

I’ve played with The Maker for a few days and I’m in love yet again! My first impression of The Cricut Maker is you don’t know what you’re missing until you find it (or until it finds you). It’s difficult to impress a 40 year old because like Steve Harvey said, “You can’t tell a 40 year old nothing because they’ve lived through 40 years of BS!” I was surprised to be impressed.
Here is why I LOVE the Maker:The Maker gives us infinite possibilities to stretch our creativity. Gone are the days where you’re limited by the materials you craft with because the Maker gives you tools necessary to cut everrryyyything! You can cut:

  • Chipboard
  • Fabric
  • Felt
  • Leather

In true Cricut fashion they don’t just make it so you can cut the materials. They make it so you can cut everything with speed and accuracy too. Me and my older Cricut machines had a long run at it but our relationship wasn’t always on solid ground. With my Expression, it was a guessing game with which setting worked best for certain material. The Explore solved the problem of the cut settings, but I still felt the need to make slight adjustments here and there. Certain materials were still a challenge so I knew what types of materials to avoid so I could keep my blood pressure low. The Maker solved both of those issues.
I’m working on redecorating my craft space so I decided to use the maker to make some chic decor. I made 3 different projects with my Maker in under an hour.
1. Mothaland Art. I love adding elements of The Motherland to my spaces. I cut Kraft Board with The Cricut Maker and it was a breeze! They took away the dial that required you to select the material and added something that really helps The Maker standout: The Maker automatically knows which blade/cut setting to use! Once you select the material The Maker does the rest. This feature came in handy as my original plan was to create this piece using leather but thanks to The Maker I realized I didn’t have the correct blade inserted. I’m so glad I didn’t waste that premium leather! For this project I sized, cut & weeded the silhouette then framed it in this cute shabby chic frame.

2. Word Art. For my next project I turned my favorite phrase into word art. I am always telling people to choose joy so I knew it would be perfect for this space. It was my first time using the writing feature, but once I chose the font and scaled the words my Cricut Pen did the heavy lifting.
I do wish there were more font options in Design Space but overall I am happy with how it turned out. I look forward to exploring (no pun intended) this feature more.

3. BGC Logo Art. A craft room for the founder of BGC would not be complete without some BGC Art! For this project I imported the BGC logo, sized and cut it using Cricut Premium Vinyl. After weeding I used Cricut transfer tape to add it to another photo frame.

Drumroll please. . .

I love it! These were 3 quick and easy projects anyone can do thanks to the Cricut Maker. The pictures also make great gifts or you can treat yourself and make something to keep. What have you made with your Cricut Maker?