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Cricut Craft Room-Tips And Ideas

Updated on May 19, 2016
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Professional Scrapbook Artist, Paper Crafter and Author, I have been teaching people how to make family memories into legacies for 20 years.

Endless Inspiration With Your Free Cricut Craft Room

Are you a Cricut addict like I am? Well if you are, then get ready to expand the possibilities of your Cricut beyond what you ever thought possible ! The new free downloadable cricut craft room is here. It works with your computer and your cricut cutting machine to create infinite possibilities. It takes the cricut to new levels and makes the combination of your computer and cricut cutter into a professional level system. If you think I am excited about this, you bet I am !

What is exiting about this program?

You don't have to buy any cartridges ! More space in your craft room

No loading cartridges and looking for the images on the keypad

Once you set up your account, and download the program, spend some time on the tutorials. It will take a little time to learn the program, but once you embrace it, you will be amazed and excited about the possibilities

Design Options In The Cricut Craft Room - Wow To This Program-Just Saying !

Ok so now you will want to know if this program is worth the space on your computer. The answer to that question is a resounding, YES ! Here's why:

  • You can enhance images What does that mean? You can size, slant, rotate, or flip. That's something that would be very difficult with a cartridge.
  • You can also type your favorite word or phrase and weld the letters together for a single cut. While it's true that you could size images just off the cricut machine, this gives you more sozes than you thought could be possible.
  • You can use all the cricut images on the cartridges that you own You simply link each cartridge to your cricut craft room and you have access to every image on every cartridge. You will just be able to have more design options with them
  • You'll get some freebies Just for logging in, you’ll automatically receive Cricut Craft Room® Basics, which includes a font and a collection of versa-tile images.
  • You get support for your craft room experience.
  • You get free tutorials. They take you through the process, step by step
  • Projects can be saved Like what you have created? Save it for future use

Where To Get Your Free Downloadable Cricut Craft Room - Yup It's Free !

All you have to do it to select your PC application, download the program into your computer, create a Cricut account and you are ready to go. It only takes a few minutes. You connect your computer to your cricut machine. You design and the machine will cut from the computer design you have created.

Free Cricut Images-Weekly

And Where To Find Them

Go to the Image Drawer at the bottom of the screen and select the cartridge drop-down menu. Select My Cartridges, and you'll find this week's special content added to your cartridges list. They let you try images free for one week. Once the week is gone, so are the images, but they do have purchase options

Once you download your Cricut Craft Room, you will get free downloads as long as you log in every week. Gotta love that ! You get to use the cartridge for that week, then they replace it with a new one ! That is really sweet !

If there is a cartridge that you have tried and like it, you can purchase it at the cricut. com store. I love trying something before I buy it

Need A Cricut? - Now is the time to consider getting this tool !

I was on the fence for a long time about spending the money for my cricut ! With all the new ideas, projects and programs, I have found that the investment was well worth it . These machines are well worth their price. When you figure out the cost of embellishments, letters, ect, then you will see the value. You can use them for scrapbooking, cards, paper crafts and décor ! This is the time to take that step forward !

Cricut Expression 2 Bundle with $50 Craft Room Gift Card
Cricut Expression 2 Bundle with $50 Craft Room Gift Card

Wish they had this unit when I purchased mine. This beauty has a LED touch screen ! It comes with one cartridge and $50 gift certificate to The Craft Room Digital Downloads . Sweet !

It also accommodates a 10 x 12 mat or the smaller mat

 
Cricut Expression 2 Electric Cutting Machine
Cricut Expression 2 Electric Cutting Machine

This unit also has the LED touch pad and has images loaded into it. It's a perfect unit to get started with. Also has a deeper blade option

 

Guess What? You Get Lots Of Free Tutorials Too - Free Tutorials And Project Ideas From Cricut and cricut crafters

After you go through the download and get registered, the fun is just beginning. It does not stop there. Cricut offers you all kinds of tutorials and guides to help you use you cricut craft room. I have just been so into learning this new system. Whjen you get started, you will be just as excited.

Cricut Expression Electronic Cutting Machine
Cricut Expression Electronic Cutting Machine

Great buy for those crafters who want a basic unit

 

The Cost Of Images In The Cricut Craft Room

Reasonably Priced Images

Sometimes I want a specific image for a project or a single scrapbook page. I hate to buy a cartridge for one or two images. Well, the exciting thing about the Cricut Craft Room is that you can buy images for a lot less. On average, you can buy cards images for about $1.99. You can also buy groups of images for about 9.99.

The cartridges are available as Cricut Room Images. When you purchase them, they are instantly loaded onto your craft room...no shipping costs ! Some for the craft room are less expensive than the actual cartridges

There are over 300 digital images that you can purchase for your craft room program. That is a plus, because in the past I have found myself buying a cartridge for only a few images.

Cricut Craft Room Rental

500-600 images under $20

Another option in the craft room is the rental bundles, These are large graphic bundles-we are talking hundreds of images for under $20. You get to load and use these images in your craft room for 60 days. These would be great for weddings and special events. They are also good for folks who do paper crafting as sellers. there are lots of possibilities with these graphics

Some bundles like the Holiday bundles are available for purchase for about $29.99 and have 500 images

Cricut Craft Room Tip

Have You Loaded The Cricut Craft Room?

Have you loaded the Cricut Craft Room?

See results

When looking for your cartridge in the long, long list of ALL Cartridges, they are alphabetically listed,

My Favorite Cricut Craft Room Blogs

Ok, so I am a Cricut Craft Room junkie. I can't get enough of it. Here is a list of my favorite cricut craft room blogs if you want to learn more.

How To Link Your Cartridges In The Cricut Craft Room

Have You Used The Cricut Craft Room? - We'd Love To Hear About Your Experiences

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      Joretta Smith 2 years ago

      I loved my Cricut Expression 2 and craft room until it quit working. It says it's cutting but it doesn't.

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      Linda F Correa 2 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

      Hang in there. I know that there was an update on some issues. Check the connections on your cricut. My all means call customer service. They will always help you through you problems

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      Sandra Simpson 2 years ago

      i am disappointed that I bought the cricut expression 2 instead of the silhouette. The fact that you can use any font on your computer with the silhouette beats the cricut, where cartridges must be purchased for a limited number of fonts. I wish I had done more research!!

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      Linda F Correa 2 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

      I think that both machines have their pros and cons. Cartridges do not have to be purchased. there are plenty of fonts that are in SVG format that can be added into the cricut design craft room while not buying a cartridge. The new cricut explore which is what I am currently using have features that I really love. I had the expression 2 and gave it up for the explore about a year ago. I am going to look into the expression for you and see if I can get more information. Also check out http://www.caramiller.com/. She has taught me a lot and does classes on both the expression and explore. Classes are very reasonable!

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