June 10, 2017

Why I Upgraded to a Cricut Explore Aire 2

POST DISCLAIMER This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine. READER COMMENT DISCLAIMER Comments submitted may be displayed on other websites owned by the sponsoring brand. This post contains AFFILIATE LINKS, which do not affect you at all, but help me keep my site running. So, thank you!

My Old Cricut Expressions

In the winter of 2009, I bought a Cricut Expressions vinyl cutting machine. My oldest daughter was getting married and I wanted to make wedding favor boxes for the reception. I also wanted to do some vinyl lettering on my walls and on wooden plaques to give as gifts. The Cricut Expressions had served me well over the years. I used it to make gift sacks, greeting cards, and other paper crafts for the children at church. My youngest daughter used my Cricut Expressions to do craft projects. The Cricut Expressions saved my hands, not having to hand cut out many things. I even bought a lot of different cartridges with different fonts and other designs that the Cricut Expressions could cut out. While it saved me a lot of work, the cartridges and finger pads were a lot to keep track of and the Cricut Expressions had its limits on the thickness of cut it could make. One thing I can say is this is a sturdy machine. I have had and used this machine since January 2009!

In the summer of 2016, my oldest daughter, Julia, visited us, with her family. She just got a new Cricut Explore Air 2 Mint. We had a blast crafting. Julia designed and created a T-Shirt for me, with iron on vinyl that read "Beach Therapy." She designed a lot of decorations for birthdays, a wedding, for a summer party, banners, and created items for New Year’s Eve too. Julia even created a nativity scene on a sheet of magnetic backing using the Cricut Explore Air 2. Grandchildren love playing with the pieces and sticking them to the fridge. I began to see the versatility of the Cricut Explore Air 2.

Cricut Explore Air 2

Opening the Box to Let the Creativity Begin!

I began to see very quickly that the Cricut Explore Air 2 was easier to use than the Cricut Expressions. With the Explore Air 2, there is no need for a touch screen and boxes of cartridges to keep track of. The Explore Air 2 can cut from thin velum to thick leather and draw with pens.

So, I have now upgraded to a Cricut Explore Air 2. I love the digital Design Space online. I can upload all of my cartridges to the Design Space once and use them from Design Space. Also, Design Space is already loaded with lots of designs and fonts for future projects!

I have already begun to make projects and have plans for others. I want to create a family flag and family T-shirt with the iron-on. I can use the Cricut Explore Air 2, to design tagless labels to go inside clothing and quilts for gift making. I am designing our family shirt, labels for homeschool materials and binders. I am beginning a weekly "Creation Night" with my youngest daughter. She was gifted a Cricut Explore and I have A Cricut Explore Air 2.  Some of the "Creation Night" projects will be with our Cricuts, others will be sewing, quilting, and other crafts. I have plans to make Christmas presents, birthday gifts, wedding gifts, cards, and even saving my walking shirt. I got a stain on one of my shirts I wear for my daily walks. I could not get the stain out. So, I am designing an iron on vinyl design that upgrades the t-shirt from ordinary and saves the shirt from becoming a dust cloth! I have only worn it a few times and did not want to lose it.  So, the Cricut Explore Air 2 can be even used for restoration projects. 

At least once a month I want to post a DIY or a recipe on Saturdays. Some of those DIYs will be Cricut Explore Air 2 projects! What could you create using a Cricut Explore Air 2?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Click Here to Leave a Comment Below

Leave a Reply: