Due to Oliver being sick and much needier than usual, it took me longer than I expected to actually get my new crafting buddy out and set up. But oh boy am I excited now that I have!
Now I am, obviously, not an expert with the Cricut Explore Air 2. But if you are new to it too, I am thinking it will be fun to share my learning experience. Fun fact: while I am a newbie to this particular device I used to work for my dad at his vinyl sign business. So I actually started out on the jumbo machines then worked my way down to the Cricut. A little bit backwards, but that just keeps life interesting.
Cricut Design Space
The first thing I felt like I needed to learn was how to actually use Cricut Design Space. I happen to enjoy learning new computer programs and tend to take to them quickly….but I still wanted to have some kind of idea of what I was doing before I actually wanted to make something. Cricut has a YouTube channel and a playlist dedicated to walking you through Design Space. Oliver and I watched quite a few of the videos one day while he wanted to snuggle on the couch.
I very very very highly recommend checking out their YouTube channel/playlist! (I linked it above)
Despite the fact that I didn’t get all the way through the playlist, I had a very easy time navigating the program as soon as I opened it.
Setting up the Cricut Explore Air 2
This was the easiest thing. I was expecting setting up the Cricut to take a good bit of time. In fact, I purposely chose an easy first project because I was working with limited time and wanted to make sure I could actually get something done.
When the Design Space program loaded quickly (and included new machine setup and registration) I was very pleasantly surprised. I fiddled around with a ready-made free SVG file and was on my way in no time.
I have yet to try the other features (such as handwriting) that the Cricut Explore Air 2 is capable of, but I figured starting out with a cutting project was a good way to go.
The whole project cut out much faster than I expected and the results were fantastic. I did choose to do my first cut on cheap thin cardstock from Michaels rather than potentially wasting vinyl. I have not yet decided what I am going to do with the paper cutout, but I like that I am able to learn on something cheaper than vinyl.
(Kinda)Pro Tip: learn on stuff you don’t mind wasting! Card stock – especially these cheap multi-packs – is a great way to learn to use your Cricut!
(PS If you think this cutout is cute, you can find the free download from Love Paper Crafts here)
Love. Love. Love. I am so freaking excited to get rolling with my new Cricut Explore Air 2! Maybe I should apologize in advance for the Cricut projects I will be sharing….but hopefully you will enjoy them as much as I do! This thing is going to be fun!
Do you have a Cricut? What is your favorite thing to make?