I have been using a Cricut machine for over five years. I started out with the Explore Air and have worked my way up to the Maker. The one question, I am constantly asked is, “Is it easy to use a Cricut?” or “How hard is it to work with a Cricut?”.
I have heard time and time again of people buying a Cricut and then not even opening the box. It happens more that you think that people buy a Cricut and then are scared to even open the box. If you are on the fence about diving into the world of Cricut or maybe you have already bought one but just aren’t sure about how easy it will be, it is my hope that this post will help you.
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One of the first things I think everyone ought to know is that you will need to use your Cricut machine with a software called Design Space. One of the most amazing things about Design Space is that you don’t actually have to own a Cricut to log in and create an account. So you can play around in Design Space before you even buy a Cricut and get the hang of it.
While you won’t be able to actually cut and bring a project to life, you can take some time and play around within the software and really get a feel for how the machine will work.
This brings me to my next point, Design Space has got to be the most user friendly software I have ever used. I have used a lot of different types of software and Design Space has an incredible layout, it’s easy to follow and there are plenty of options for you to use.
As with anything, there will still be a learning curve and it will take a bit of time to get used to how everything in Design Space works but do not despair, there are literally thousands of online tutorials that are available at your finger tips and for free! YouTube will be your best friend. There are paid courses that you can take and online modules that you can buy to help you get the hang of your Cricut but honestly, there are so many free videos that you can watch on YouTube that are more than helpful.
If watching YouTube videos and reading blog posts are not enough help, Cricut also has a massive online community of members across social media channels. There are hundreds of Facebook groups out there full of other Cricut users that are more than willing to help you out with questions and information. I have my own group here that you can join if you like.
But what about when you are actually in Design Space? I know I have go on about how easy the software is but lets do a quick little look at how easy it actually is.
If you’re more of the straight to it and get is done type of projects, Cricut has you covered with ready to make projects. All the design work is done, you just have load your mat and hit the flashing “C” button on your machine and if you have Cricut Access, you can choose from thousands of different projects and images.
(Cricut Access is a subscription service where you pay a monthly fee and have access to thousands of projects, fonts and images. You can read more about is here.)
If you want to design your own project, uploading your own images is super easy! Plus, you can use your own fonts that are stored on your computer. For images you simply click upload in the left tool bar and drag and drop the image you want to upload right from your computer. Once you have uploaded you just follow the prompts to turn your image into a cut file.
I don’t want to go into too much detail on how to use Design Space. I have a great video here with an easy beginner project. Sometimes I find it easier to see things in action.
If this is not enough to convince you that anyone can use a Cricut, I can tell you from personal experience that anyone really can. I have hosted in person Cricut classes teaching people how to use their Cricut and I have seen a wide range of people — young, old and everyone in between. There really is no age limit on creativity and you will only be limited by your own imagination.
I live by the motto that you won’t know unless you try and believe me, it’s worth trying a Cricut. Once you cut your first project, you will find that you can do so many things and the more you do the more you learn. Don’t let intimidating thoughts of the Cricut stand in your way of creative freedom because this machine really will give you the freedom to create so many unique and creative projects.