This is part two of the honest review of the Cricut Imagine by Provo Craft. Learn more at www.AboveRubiesStudio.com for Part one of this series
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Self-expression can be made through many things. You can show your individuality through the clothes you wear, the shoes you use, bags and accessories that you own plus the cosmetics and perfumes that you put on. Being different as an individual is somewhat difficult to achieve these days. This is because of the trend that is dictated by the market. Celebrities, models, stylists and designers have a lot to say on what is hot and what is not and that is not just in the fashion scene but also in architecture and other forms of self-expression.
Another way of how one sees and judges you is through your home. It is said that a good home also has a positive impact. So how do you make your own homes appealing? First is to make it neat and orderly. Next is to decorate it according to your style and taste. You can base your home décor from celebrity houses and with some advice from an interior designer. But make it more you by adding your personal touch. Since decorating a home can be costly, one way to save money and at the same time have that magnificently-decorated home is by making your own decorations.
Yes, you can make your very own artwork with the help of art tools that are available in the market. One good product that will surely help in your creating your personalized home décor is products from Cricut. Make a personalized painting using their Home Décor Bundle. This great package is composed of a 24” Personal Electronic Cutter, a 12 x 12 cutting mat, one sheet of vinyl transfer tape, one sheet of black vinyl, one black color ink and one sheet of stencil material. Make your art statement using this package and also match it with a Provo Craft Yudu screen printer for the ultimate art project you will ever make.
You can get this awesome package at the nearest craft stores. Home Depot is the newest addition to the retailers that supply these superb art materials.
Another benefit of making your personalized art craft is that you can also give them as gifts to your friends. There is no other gift that can equal to one done with the labor of love. So start creating your home décor using Cricut expression. And right after it, start making one for your friends. Make this art work perfect by checking out Cricut information available on the web.
A few years ago, Provo Craft decided to really change the world of scrapbooking by releasing the Cricut product line. The Cricut machine is a cartridge-based electronic die-cutting machine. The Original Cricut Machine was released (also known as the Cricut Personal Electronic Cutter), with the ability to cut images onto paper using a 6 by 12- inch mat. The Cricut Machine is sold as a package with one cartridge (George and Basic Shapes), cutting blade, a cutting mat, and instruction manual. Several cartridges and accessories were released shortly after.
Cricut Expression Machine
Demand for the Original Cricut machine was overwhelming. Customers were asking for a machine to cut larger images and more functionality, and Provo Craft responded by introducing the Cricut Expression Machine. The Expression has several notable upgrades to the original machine: it is able to cut images up to 12 by 24 inches, has a large LCD screen that allows the user to see the next cut, an eight-way directional blade, and Fit-to-Page mode. Provo Craft also introduced more cartridges and accessories to go along with the Expression.
Many Cricut users have upgraded to the Expression from the Original Cricut Personal Cutter. However, scrapbookers were asking for a more portable machine to take along to crops and scrapbooking parties. The Expression is a larger machine, meant to be left at home at a permanent workspace. Once again, Provo Craft responded to demand by releasing the Cricut Create Machine. The Create Machine has the functionality of the Expression, but is a much smaller unit with greater portability. The Create can cut images up to 6 by 12- inches, similar to the Original machine.
Cricut machines require cartridges in order to cut images. All Cricut Cartridges are compatible in all three machines. Cricut is continuously releasing new cartridges to keep up with scrapbooking demand. There are now over 100 Cricut Cartridges available! The cartridges have unique themes, with 4 main types:
Fonts- these cartridges contain letters and numbers with varying styles. Some popular Font cartridges are: Plantin Schoolbook, Calligraphy, and Storybook. These cartridges come in a peach-colored binder with a detailed instruction manual and unique keypad that corresponds to the cartridge.
Shapes- these are the most popular type of Cricut Cartridges, among the favorites are: Stretch Your Imagination, Wild Card, and Celebrations. The Shapes cartridges come in a light blue-colored binder.
Classmate- these are catered towards educators- includes 50 States, Cursive 101, and My Community. The Classmate cartridge binders are green.
Solutions- these cartridges were released after the other styles. The Solutions cartridges are less expensive, and contain fewer images than the other cartridges listed above. Some popular Solutions cartridges include Stone Script, Home Accents, and Camp Out. These do not come in a typical storage binder, but do include instructions and a keypad.
Cricut has introduced several accessory items to complement the Cricut machines' capabilities. Some popular accessories include the Jukebox, Design Studio Software, adhesive vinyl, color inks, and stencil material. These all help scrapbookers to enhance their creativity and produce amazing projects.
A Glimpse Into the Future
Provo Craft has just announced the release of the Cricut Gypsy, which allows users to upload all of their cartridge content into one place. The Gypsy is a portable device with an interactive interface, similar to an Ipod. Users can create designs anywhere, and simply plug into a Cricut Machine to cut. This will be released just in time for the holidays.