calling out ALL paper crafters (cricut question)

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calling out ALL paper crafters (cricut question)

So DH said I could get a cricut with our tax money and I was all excited I mean it can do so many things.

But then after scrapping for 8 hours yesterday with out one I enjoyed the spontaneity of scraping and got to thinking that maybe a cricut would have me thinking to much and cause a "writers" block of sorts when scraping. I never know what I am going to do until I sit down to do it.

Part of me just wants to get one and make 100's of shapes and put them away until a day I feel the need to use them when all I will have to do is tape them in place. It was just so easy to use the few punches I had yesterday even when I "wished" I had more shape options the sympliocty of just paper in punch down and you have a sape was refressing. Also at times I punch out parts of pics and there would be no way to line them up to cut right on the cricut.

If you don't have one please still take the time to answer. $200 is alot to spend and I want to make sure it is worth it. I am getting buyers remorse and I have not even bought it yet. Just say N/A if you can't answer.
Thanks so much inadvanced Smile

Anyone have one and find themselves not using it as much as they expected/why?
So give me the pros and cons of having a cricut?
If you do love them do you also keep stamps,punches,stickers to embelish or did the machine replace all that for you?
Anyone just play with it for fun with diffrent papers and save the shapes for another day with no reasion to use them?
Or do you cut only what you need and know what it is going to be used for in your layouts before cutting them out using the cricut? (not talking about saved scraps)
Anyone have no intrest in getting one/why?

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Anyone have one and find themselves not using it as much as they expected/why? N/A I use mine more than I would've ever thought.
So give me the pros and cons of having a cricut? Pros: never having to buy embellishments or letter stickers again. (or that is the case with me atleast) Cons: the cost of the cartridges. And I warn you: You will get addicted.
If you do love them do you also keep stamps,punches,stickers to embelish or did the machine replace all that for you? the Cricut basically replaced everything. I hardly ever buy anything but ribbon.
Anyone just play with it for fun with diffrent papers and save the shapes for another day with no reasion to use them? YES! I always cut extras too each time I cut something, so next time I have things on hand.
Or do you cut only what you need and know what it is going to be used for in your layouts before cutting them out using the cricut? (not talking about saved scraps) no
Anyone have no intrest in getting one/why? N/A

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Anyone have one and find themselves not using it as much as they expected/why?
I've only had mine a week, but so far I'm loving it.

So give me the pros and cons of having a cricut?
pros: you can do so much with it! It's easy to use. No more having a bunch of stuff you aren't going to use, just cut what you need and that's it.
cons: cost. Carts, tools, etc really start to add up. I've also had some problems getting the pressure right, and have ended up ripping a bunch of paper trying to get it right, but I should get better with that the more I use it.

If you do love them do you also keep stamps,punches,stickers to embelish or did the machine replace all that for you?
Still have all of it, and expect to keep buying stuff, depending on what I want for certain pages. (but who knows, that could change when I get more carts) I also have a cuttlebug, that I will still use and buy dies for.

Anyone just play with it for fun with diffrent papers and save the shapes for another day with no reasion to use them?
Not yet, but I did cut some shapes for my kids to play with and have cut some titles for pages I haven't made yet.

Or do you cut only what you need and know what it is going to be used for in your layouts before cutting them out using the cricut? (not talking about saved scraps)
Trying to only cut what I need or know I am going to use soon.

Anyone have no intrest in getting one/why?
For the longest time I was wishy-washy on getting one. The cost was the biggest factor, that and I haven't been doing a lot of scrapping lately, so I wasn't sure it would be a good investment. But I have been having so much fun with it, I am so glad I finally decided to get one.

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Anyone have one and find themselves not using it as much as they expected/why? Nope! I love, love, love mine. I use it pretty much every time I do a LO. I love being able to cut my own titles, use the font/color that I want, etc.

So give me the pros and cons of having a cricut? Pros I already mentioned. Plus sometimes I will get ideas for a page based on something available on one of my carts. Cons would be that you are going to want to keep buying cartridges! Haha. But you can get them for decent sale prices, and you don't have to buy more if you are content with the one(s) you have!

If you do love them do you also keep stamps,punches,stickers to embelish or did the machine replace all that for you? I still use everything else as well, but I don't buy it as much any more, if that makes any sense. On one LO I might use the cricut and stickers, on another one I might stamp something and use the cricut, etc. But I pretty much always use the cricut!!!!

Anyone just play with it for fun with diffrent papers and save the shapes for another day with no reasion to use them? Not really, just because I am too much of a cheapskate and I would feel like I was wasting the paper. I will occasionally cut something just for fun if I get a new cart, but that has maybe only happened once or twice.

Or do you cut only what you need and know what it is going to be used for in your layouts before cutting them out using the cricut? (not talking about saved scraps) Yupper!

Anyone have no intrest in getting one/why? N/A

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Anyone have one and find themselves not using it as much as they expected/why?
I use mine, I just wish I had more time to devote to scrapping as I am ridiculously behind.

So give me the pros and cons of having a cricut?
Pros- So many functions in such a small space.
Cons- Carts are expensive so sometimes you have to wait. Also, sometimes you can get too fancy with the pages or crafts

If you do love them do you also keep stamps,punches,stickers to embelish or did the machine replace all that for you?
I am just learning stamps and plan on incorporating both. They have taken the place of about 75% of my embellishments but sometimes I just need something different.

Anyone just play with it for fun with diffrent papers and save the shapes for another day with no reasion to use them?
This is actually a good idea. You can get an idea as to how big the image will be. Also, certain papers cut better on certain settings. Right now I am working on animals so I lots of random shapes left over after lettering. I keep them for my kid to play with or if a friend wants them.

Or do you cut only what you need and know what it is going to be used for in your layouts before cutting them out using the cricut? (not talking about saved scraps)
I usually cut for a purpose but sometimes when I am stuck, it is nice to play. Right now I am practicing shading with chalk so I cut stuff for fun. I'm glad I'm using practice pieces because I'm not too artistic so I've messed up quite a few learning how.

Anyone have no intrest in getting one/why?
I have one, just really wish I had the expression.

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Thanks so much for doing that for me.
I should have also asked,

What model cricut do you have and is it all you need or do you wish you spent money on the bigger one?

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don't have time to answer all of the questions ... but I have to say I can't imagine scrapping without it now. I rarely use letter stickers at all - my only con with the Cricut is that it doesn't cut letters small enough sometimes (depends on the cartridge, but the smallest cut by itself (not the inside of another cut) is 1 inch on the original machine). once I suck it up and buy the software, I can cut the letters smaller.

I still use some sticker embellishments, but it's more rare now that I have the machine.

and I only cut what I need at the time because I'm pretty color specific in my cutting. when I cut extras, I forget about them and never use them.

I have the original machine. I'd LOVE the bigger one, but I don't have the space for it at all, so in that respect I guess I'm glad I don't have it.