Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I did it, I broke down and I did it

Sorry I have been MIA for so long but I did it, yep, I did it.

I bought the new Cricut Explore

I have been spending my free time (haha) playing with it and figuring out Design Space, it's online counterpart.  I have had several conversations with many of you in the past months on whether or not I thought the new Explore would be the right Cricut for me. I had two - the original and the Expressions. The original only cuts on 6x12 papers and mats so I don't use it a whole lot and my Expression's computer cable connector was not connecting. For my everyday scrapbooking and crops it's not a big deal but when I plan my workshops or retreats, I use Cricut Craft Room to set everything up. It helps me stream line the process for multiple cuts and saves me A LOT of paper - love that!  The Explore would help with that BUT it's biggest drawback - it only works when I have Internet access as everything is done online using their Design Space software.  This is a hindrance when I am at many of my crops and retreats because internet access can be sporadic or non existent. So, why did I get the Explore?  Great Question!  It was a good price?! I liked the color?! Yes and Yes but if I spent that much money on those two crazy reasons I would be very silly.  Really, I did it because I knew that was the direction that Cricut was going and that if I was going to spend the money, I wanted it to go the farthest it could. I will still be using my old Expressions on many occasions but the new Explore will give me many more options for Crafting and for my larger events.

What do I think? Well, it's quiet, it cuts very well and it looks like it can do ALOT!  The machine itself is very simple to use. Everything is pretty much pre-programmed and ready to go with a flip of the wrist. Design Space, takes a little getting use to but I really think it will be pretty simple when I figure it all out.  I'm excited about the possibilities and looking forward to many creations in the future - we will see. I'll keep you posted!

Until then, look at this crazy mess it has been busy cutting out for an upcoming event. :)

Happy Scrappin! 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Chalk It Up with me on October 25th

Our next workshop is coming soon. Join me at my home on Oct 25th to create these 3 layouts using the fun Chalk It Up papers from Close to My Heart.

 Sorry that my picture quality isn't great.  I've had a hard time with my lighting and phone lately.  I can tell you though that these are really cute layouts!

The workshop will go from 2pm - 5pm.  All papers will be cut and organized making the creating quick and fun.  Sign up on the paypal link to the right now.