A new toy! My thoughts on the Cricut Explore Air 2

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



For years I have always been a DIYer, a crafter and enjoyed all the new gadgets that the crafting world had to offer. With so many different cutting machines out there, I always knew I needed (wanted) one. It was on my birthday list, my Mother's Day wish list and my Christmas list. Well, it's here, I have a new toy! After many years of eyeing the beautiful, eye catching machines at the craft stores, I now have a Cricut Explore Air 2.
I binge watched hundreds of videos on You Tube to make sure I knew everything about it before it arrived. I wanted to know every trick, hack and way to get use out of every little thing this machine could do! I got so much information as well as inspiration through research and had a list of crafts I couldn't wait to start.
I received it and immediately was in awe. I opened it and tested it out. I already loved it! Not only do I love the look of the machine, but it's just so darn cute. It makes my craft room/office that much cuter!
Any cutting machine makes crafting much more fun and fast. This machine does so much I want to try it all. I've got a list of craft projects ready! I had used the Silhouette brand machines before so I wanted to compare the two. It's known as the "Smart Cutting Machine". Let's see how smart it really is. First and foremost, the Cricut Explore Air 2 is more pleasing to the eye. Plain and simple, it's cute! Size wise, they are almost the same. I love how much more quiet the Air 2 is. The design software was the biggest learning curve. It is said that the Cricut design space was supposed to be easier, more for a beginner. It took me awhile to get around it comfortably. It works like a charm. Everything is pretty standard and straight forward when cutting. Learning the different tools and how to create a design is fairly easy once you play around and practice.
Pros:
  • Sleek design
  • Bluetooth
  • Cutting size max 12"x24"
  • Precision cutting
  • Smart dial
  • Subscription Access has tons of designs
  • Fast Mode cut
  • Draw, Cut and Score feature
  • Can cut over 100+ materials
  • Has an iOS app (Android still in beta)
  • Design Space (easy for beginners)
  • Able to use old Cricut cartridges
  • Easy to learn
Cons:
  • Design space slow(A bit confusing at first if you've used other software for designing)
  • Loud (although not as loud as other machines I've used)
Of course my list of pros and cons are just a few that come to mind right away. It's still a great machine and will work for any crafter. If you're a beginner crafter or a long time crafter you will enjoy this machine. Just think of how much faster and how much more you can craft if you have a machine that will cut, print or score things for you.
While I use the Cricut Explore Air 2 for mainly paper crafts, Heat transfer and vinyl cutting, it can cut over 100+ different materials and fabric. Although you do need to purchase a deep cut blade to cut certain materials.
So if you're on the market for a machine like this or if you still have questions, please drop them in the comments. If you're looking for deals, check back often as Cricut always has deals going on. If you plan to use Cricut Access for your designs at least more than 3 times a month, you're best bet is to subscribe and get a membership. This will give you access to designs, fonts and images.
Designs and crafts are endless with this machine. Here are a few things I made as soon as I received my new toy.
So if you're still contemplating buying the Cricut Explore Air2, look no further! This is the perfect machine for all your crafting needs. I will guarantee you will not run out of projects and your machine will get all the love it deserves!

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