1. JUST DO IT!
Nike knew what they were doing when they coined the term “Just Do It”! It applies to my life in so many ways-
Toddler pours out all of the flour on the floor and makes “snow” angels – just do it.
Didn’t think it was possible for kids and dogs to get the stomach virus at the same time– just do it.
Mailman delivers that gorgeous rectangular box – JUST DO IT!
But seriously, open the box.
I am in a few Facebook groups for Cricut crafters and the number one post I see from newbies goes something like this:
“I’ve been following the group for a few months now, but haven’t opened my Cricut yet. I just don’t know where to start.”
If this is you…
GIRL- OPEN THE BOX!
You won’t regret it.
In fact, Cricut anticipates your hesitation and includes everything you need to do your first project and shows you the basics, step-by-step. So- open it and resolve to do that beginner project.
You’ll be hooked I am sure of it. Plus- l assure you it is easier and more fun than toddler messes and stomach viruses!
2. COME PREPARED
When I first got my Cricut I asked a friend and experienced Cricuter-
“Do I really need transfer tape?”
I thought I would be thrifty and smart. I’ve never needed fancy supplies for stickers before! If you are new to Cricut, you might be wondering the same thing. If you are not new, you are laughing at me right now!
Trust me, you need the tape. Here is a list of things you need to begin:
Cricut Machine (which comes with the universale blade you’ll be starting with)
Vinyl- htv or 651- depending on your project
… and of course some good ideas- I like to call Pinterest the good idea fairy!
3. Expect Failure
Failing isn’t fun. I like to make things! I especially like to make things that are successful, perfect, and insta-worthy THE FIRST TIME…
It does happen, but 9 times out of 10 learning something new is more of a process akin to pregnancy and childbirth. Approach this beauty with the right mind set-
You are going to fail, but with each failure you will learn something new and improve. There is always room for improvement. The first time I made wooden sign, it looked like something out of a Sci-Fi movie. I’m not kidding… my husband tried to be encouraging, but for some reason he could not find the words. I worked hours on that sign. Must have gotten some of that saw dust in my eye because they were watering. Let’s not even talk about the time I thought I’d learn Adobe in a day. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! If you don’t laugh you’ll cry.
You have to be willing to fail. Maybe pout a little, but pick up the pieces and move on.
4. FIRST THINGS FIRST
There are a million resources and options out there, but when you first begin- my recommendation is that you start with using Design Space. When you buy your Cricut, it will come with a subscription to Cricut Access. I am not affliated with Cricut, but I recommend that you continue that subscription until you are comfortable with the program. It comes with project ideas and images- everything you need to get started. I am familiar with other options and still choose to pay their subscription because it’s super easy to use!
So- stick to the basics and LEARN ONE THING AT A TIME, thank me later :)!
5. HAVE FUN
Some of you got this for Christmas and don’t know what you have yet. Some of you are researching or have researched your purchase. Some of you may be hoping to earn a little extra income with your Cricut – I am especially speaking to you. Don’t let the failure or the pressure to make something great (or profitable) steal your joy.
Join some Facebook groups and subscribe to some youtube channels for when you get stuck! Facebook groups are great because you can ask specific questions, and get immediate answers from experienced crafters!
That’s all for today! Thank you for reading my very first article. I look forward to many more! In the meantime- HAPPY CRAFTING!