Question by Lacey: Is the Cricut Expression really worth it?
For a few years now I've been amazed by the Cricut infomercials. I'm a creative person and love a lot of the ideas that the advertisement shows.
I've been toying with getting one for myself but don't want to have buyers remorse over it. Today, Black Friday shopping, I found two stores that had the Expressions for $ 150-$ 185. They by no means were flying off the shelves but from what I've researched seem like a reasonable deal?
My question (to those who own this product) is it worth the money? I'm not much into scrap booking. I'd like to get into but that's not my main focus. I'm looking to make my own holiday cards, create some framed pictures, maybe make wall decor, label things around the house, make gift tags, etc. My fear is I'll buy the product and the expense will keep snowballing. I've looked into the cartridges. Though they are cute I just want basic shapes and lettering. Do I need to keep buying mats, tools, special papers, etc? Is it easy and addicting or time consuming and painful? Do tell!
Answer by grasshoppa_goat
i don't do scrapbooking either, i mostly enjoy getting precision letters for signs and cutting vinyl. specialty papers and cricut-friendly vinyl can be found for cheap on various craft and scrapbooking specialty sites. i bought some seasonal paper pads for $ 3-9 on joanns.com recently.
i've heard a lot of people complain about the price of the cartridges especially for font cartridges. i downloaded a program for about $ 50 called sure-cuts-alot that turns any truetype font on your computer into what amounts to a font cartridge. i haven't tried it yet, but it seems pretty simple from the few times i've opened the program to check it out. you can also download shape packs for $ 5-10 via a partner of the sure-cuts-alot site. these effectively replace the $ 20-80 cartridges that are made exclusively for cricut.
with some savvy shopping, aside from the original cost of the machine, owning and operating a cricut doesn't have to drain your bank account.