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Posted 12/15/2012 by notscrappinlately in General Scrappin'


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Posted: 12/15/2012 9:55:14 AM
been really wanting to get back to scrapbooking & card making. So while it was on sale,as a Xmas present for me,I bought a Cricut E2 and 7 cartridges. I haven't opened any yet as I'm waiting for Xmas, and now I'm having 2nd (3rd & 4th)thoughts. In the past, I've had Coluzzles(still have), Sizzix(sold machine and all dies yrs ago), Quickutz(I won in a random drawing with some dies--also sold all yrs ago). It bugs me to think that it might be just another 'toy' that is basically a waste of money. And then I debate myself over the smaller version, since basically I want it for SB and card making. Do I really need to cut anything larger than 5.5"? Most of the other reasons for the larger one--making cute gift boxes, doilies?--really, how often am I going to do that? And for the few I might want, it's a lot cheaper to just go buy them....
Also, I'm not super computer savvy, so I prefer something that doesn't have to hook to computer, and won't be designing my own stuff. More simple for me
Help me make a decision, please??? Yeah, I don't even know what I really want....

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Posted: 12/15/2012 9:59:44 AM
the big one is much more useful. you can cut envelopes to fit cards--can't do that with the little one. and little gift card bags or purses; need 12x12 or bigger for those. plus can arrange several pieces of paper on a mat to cut each part separately. hard to do if mat is small.

but all that said, it seems many people these days are switching over to the silhouette and leaving cricut behind.

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Posted: 12/15/2012 10:12:06 AM
I LOVE my Cricut...I have several fonts so I don't need to waste money on sticker letters. I also love to make all my own embellishments. I also do home decor with it.


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Posted: 12/15/2012 10:15:11 AM
I agree, keep the bigger one. I had the small one and couldn't do most of the stuff I wanted. Also the small one didn't alow you to rotate images so you were limited to the 6 inch size.

I also agree that it seems people are going with the silhouette now but you do need a computer with it. They don't offer cartridges only files you buy online. I am torn because the silhouette seems to cut more detailed things than the cricut and most of the classes online offer silhouette files that I can't use with my cricut. I rarely craft near a computer so I went with the cricut. I do have a Gypsy that I can make most of what is offered in those files. Are you familiar with the Gypsy? It's AWESOME!!! I don't use my cricut without it. But if you aren't computer savy, it might be a bother to you. I find it easier than the all the buttons on the cricut. I'm rambling now. Sorry....

Bottom line, if you are going to stick with cricut, keep the bigger one!!! If you have questions about the Gypsy, let me know!!

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Posted: 12/15/2012 10:16:45 AM
I have not jumped on the Silhoutte band wagon. I am much like the OP that I am not computer savvy. I really just use hand die cut machines. I have a Slice, Big Shot, Grand Calibur, and the smallest Cricut and happy die cutting by hand!

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Posted: 12/15/2012 11:15:46 AM
Check out the Sizzix eClips too.

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Posted: 12/15/2012 11:25:55 AM
Go online and download the free cricut software for cricut craft room. Play with it. See if you like it. Yes cricut has cartrides so that you don't need to be online, BUT.... more and more they seem to be moving in that direction. aka forcing you to use their online software. Plus in order to get the most out of the machine you will want to use the CCR to weld and hide some of the cut lines depending on your project.

I have a cricut. And I use it, but I think it's time has come and gone. I've got to much invested in it to totally scrap it. But... Santa has a cameo wrapped and waiting under the tree for me. I like their shapes and it works with MTC (make the cut) and I love all the things I can do with MTC. No cartridges, lots of free shapes, fonts, etc...

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Posted: 12/15/2012 12:44:29 PM
The Cricut machines are easy to use and you don't need a computer. You can use Cricut Craft Room if you would like to do things online, but I have never used it. The bigger E2 will allow you to do many more things than the smaller machine will. I think you will like it. You can find videos online of people using their Expression and E2. Look at You Tube videos to see the Cricut being used, and what the cuts are like. It will give you more of an idea of what can be done with your new machine.


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Posted: 12/15/2012 1:06:34 PM
I sold my Cricut Expression and moved to the Sizzix eClips. I can still use cartridges and not the computer, but it also gives me the flexibility through eCal to use the computer and cut any font, or svg file I want.

That said, here's my thoughts for you:

1) You said you want to use it for cards: Keep the bigger machine. I used to have the Wild Card cartridge. It made quite a few cute cards. However, anyone with the baby bug was severely limited on which designs and size they could cut with it. And (IIRC) there was only 1 envelope that could be cut with the baby bug.

2)You said you want to use it for scrapbooking. Keep the big machine. You may decide to make a border, or even the cool negative mats for a background and it will drive you nuts to only be able to deal with the small mat. Plus, if you want to weld the titles (make one word instead of each individual letter) you will want the space to do so.

3) Cartridges = money. Regardless of whether you can find the exact ones you want for cheap or on sale, they still equal money. If you are someone who can be content with only having a few options, then stick with the Cricut. If not, then realize the investment you will be making. This is the #1 reason I switched machines. I had SCAL for Cricut (No longer available after lawsuits) and usually was cutting free files as opposed to using the cartridges. I also was using my fonts for titles rather than the Cricut fonts I had. (Although, there were 2 I loved!). Mostly because I didn't want to buy a cartridge for one or two images.

All that said, there are people who love and adore their Cricuts. There are also people that use their Cricuts because they've invested too much in them to switch to another machine.

Ask yourself why you want it? What do you plan on cutting with it? Do you have a spot you can keep it or are you going to "lug it out" every time to cut with it? This will make a huge difference in whether you use it or not in my opinion.

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Posted: 12/15/2012 4:20:38 PM
I have the Create and still love it Many of my scrappy friends have upgraded to the Expression and Imagine because of those extra bells and whistles. They have beautiful pages with intricate cuts and lots of extras. However, my scrapping style is fairly simple and flat so I only need a 6x12 cutting mat. I tend to do 2-page layouts with 4-6 photos on each page and lots of journaling. I also love the fact that I'm not "tied" to a computer because I scrap with several groups of friends so my Create is easy to bring to crops.

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Posted: 12/15/2012 4:44:47 PM
If you don't want to deal with the computer, then keep the Expression. It's a good machine. There are others with more capability, but they DO require a computer to get that extra capability. Someone recommended the eClips, but before you consider that, check their designs. I honestly didn't care for them. Yes, you can use SCAL with it, but then you will be tied to a computer, which you said you didn't want to do.

The Close to My Heart cartridges have lots of cards and envelopes on them, as well as versatile scrapbook designs.

I have an Expression and a Gazelle, which is an awesome cutter that lets me do my own design work, but I use my Expression most of the time because it is convenient, and I don't have to spend time designing files.

The cost of the cartridges can add up over time, but you said you have seven to start with, which is not too bad.

I suggest you keep the Expression. It may not be the most popular machine anymore, but you do not need a computer, and it is great for making cards and scrapbook pages. It's probably the best machine for what you want to do, based on what you posted.

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Posted: 12/15/2012 11:30:06 PM
I totally agree with scrapn nana... Have had an E for years and just got a cameo. While I know I will love the cameo, I still really like the E for totally different reasons. The cartridges are so easy to use and I love most of the designs.
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Posted: 12/15/2012 11:47:09 PM
I have the small Cricut personal cutter and wish I had the Expression. I am a basic scrapbooker but sometimes I would like to make a bigger journaling box or frame for a picture and I can't do that with the smaller machine. Enjoy your E!

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Posted: 12/16/2012 6:22:07 AM
I have cricuts and the cameo love them both, lately I use the E more. I was using them both daily, but fiddling with the computer slows me down, I much prefer my cricuts to work with. Yes, I've invested a lot in them, but I enjoy using them, so it was well worth it to me. There's nothing wrong with the cricut its the management that's the problem. Great product and fun to use. I started to buy the E2 and I had it in my cart Thanksgiving night. I wish I had kept it. It would have only costed me $125.00 with the extra coupon. Good luck.


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Posted: 12/16/2012 6:30:22 AM
I had the create 6x12 and still love it for bringing to crops.....but I love my expression for bigger cuts.

Both are easy to use and I love all my carts. I don't want to fuss with a computer to scrapbook. Cricut works great for me. You are going to love it.

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