The year 2020 wasn’t the best, let’s face it. This travel blog has been turned into a lifestyle blog and I’m going to be all about life and living it in 2021, which is why I’ve started crafting. Crafting I used to think was for professionals and that I’d never be able to compete, well not anymore. I purchased my very own Cricut Maker and I’m now crafting like there’s no tomorrow.
There are a few things you need to know about the Cricut Maker if you’re going to be planning on getting one and using it a lot. I had no idea what an SVG was before I got a Cricut Maker and I have to say that if you’re going to get one, do your homework first, I wish I had so that I knew what I was getting myself into! If you are wondering what an SVG is, it is a Scalable Vector Graphics image, this is a type of image file that you can scale up and down while still keeping the high quality of the image.
How To Use A Cricut Maker?
So let’s imagine you’ve got your Cricut maker in front of you and you have no idea what to do, well first off you need to download the Cricut design space which is where you’re going to do all your creating and making whatever you want. If you plan on making your own designs then I’d suggest getting stuck in, watch some YouTube videos and get some ideas of how to use the design space to make your own unique creations.
Now if you’re a beginner you’re not going to want to jump in headfirst and create loads of stuff for it not to work, I tried and failed. After watching a few YouTube videos and joining a couple of groups on Facebook I started to find out more about templates and SVG’s, both were totally new to me so I had to start learning!
The Cricut maker is super easy to use if you’re just going to print out some names or something basic, let’s face it though if you spent over £300 on a machine, you’re going to want to do more than print your name or use it as a paper weight!
What Will I Need With My Cricut Maker?
So you’ve just spent a great deal of money on your Cricut maker, hopefully, you got a deal on it though. It doesn’t stop there, you’re going to need to buy even more. Most people buy a Cricut maker to get into making things to sell online, very few buy them because they want a nice little hobby and that’s totally fine. I’ve written a post about recourses needed for a Cricut Maker and I think you should check that out, let’s talk about the basics now though!
You’re going to need a few things:
Mats – your Cricut Maker will come with some mats but if you want my opinion I’d buy some online, not the Cricut brand as they’re not as long lasting. You can get them cheaper and better quality.
Vinyl – you’ll want loads of it in different colours, shapes, patterns and maybe even glitter but don’t jump in head first! Get a couple, find your feet and go from there, I started with rose gold vinyl and went from there.
Pens – I’ve heard people talk about different pens, that being said I’ve only ever used the Cricut ones and I haven’t had a problem with them so far. They’re on the more expensive side and you’re mainly paying for the name but they’re worth it, maybe as them for a Christmas gift?
Transfer paper tape – you’re going to need this, I know a lot of people use masking tape which is a cheaper alternative but I got mine off Amazon and it didn’t cost much at all, if you’re going to be transferring vinyl, it’s a must!
You can find all sorts of recourses on the Cricut website, although don’t buy everything from there, take a look online and shop around. The Teckwrap vinyl is very good if you want to hoard vinyl!
Where To Find Templates & SVG’s
Now you need to read this before you get sucked into the Cricut maker world otherwise you will lose a lot of money! DO NOT buy SVG’s or templates from the Cricut store, don’t spend stupid amounts of money for them on Etsy or eBay and dig around a little. I haven’t purchased any yet and if I can help it I don’t intend to either.
I’m not that creative when it comes to making my own templates or SVG’s so I go online and I find my own, I use one website Design Bundles for most of my svgs now, they have a huge range and not only that but they have a free section so you don’t have to pay a penny if you don’t want to. That being said they have some amazing ones at a low cost price so it doesn’t hurt to take a little look! They also have some great templates as well.
The other place I would suggest looking for some and you might think I’m mad but look at Facebook! Join some Cricut groups and you’ll soon find out how amazing crafters really are. If you ask for help in these groups then people are always happy to help, you get the odd bad egg but you’ll find yourself at home trust me!
Making The Most Of Your Cricut Maker
As I’ve said before, you don’t want to jump in the deep end because you’ll end up overwhelmed and you might lose a lot of money. Take a look around and find your feet. If you’re planning on using your Cricut maker to sell on the likes of Etsy make sure you test the waters first, you don’t want to make 100 products and only sell 2.
Tips for selling on Etsy, well my first one would be to make one product and list it and see if it sells and if it does, then you can make more of that product and then try other products once you’re making a profit. It might take a while to get back your losses from buying all your crafting supplies including the Cricut maker but don’t worry, you’ll get there.
Let me know what you use your Cricut maker for and if you’ve got one for a hobby or if you’re in it for the profit! Remember to have fun and don’t try and be someone else, have fun and do what you want to do! Oh and share this post with your friends, family and fellow crafters if you found it useful!