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    Hi ladies. I used to post here before I became super caught up in life with a baby, haha. I don't know if you'll remember, but I was the one who made my daughter's whole first year album pre made? If you don't remember, that's fine. Just thought that might ring a bell.

    Anyways, my SIL invited me to a crop night at a scrapbook store that her and her SIL and mother go to, and I had sooo much fun, I've been bitten by the scrapping bug again I'm super excited about it, and we've even planned on getting together at least one SUnday a month to do this. I've been playing around on Picasa getting all my pictures together, and ave realized that Izzie's (my daughter's) first year album is going to be getting a whole lot bigger now that I'll have some time to do this.

    While at the crop, I did get to play around on one of the girl's cricuts (expression) and it was a ton of fun. I'm super excited to do so again! However, now I'm also thinking I may want one for myself, considering I will be doing some scrapping on my own too, and she won't be able to make it to every single crop. I've been looking around and have found the Cricut create at walmart for 145! This is way too much to be spending now, DH said to wait for Christmas, but I'm just curious about this so I can do my research and put together my list of cartridges and such.

    For those of you that can help -

    1. What are the big differences between the create and expression? (am I right in that those are the only two? ... and other than the price, haha).

    2. What cartridges do you feel are MUST HAVES? Font wise or shape wise?

    3. Any websites/stores you know of that you can get cheaper cartridges?

    4. Any other advice you can think of when researching to buy a cricut?

    Thanks so much for any help!
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    1. there is also the cricut personal (aka "baby bug") the create has the same features as the expressions (flip, portrait, fit to page, fill page, etc.) but it is just smaller. the baby bug doesn't have those features. so with the create you are limited to what will fit on the 6x12 mat (either landscape or portrait). I have the create, and most of the time it is a perfect size, b/c I don't do anything super big...just use it for cards and scrapping

    2. hmmm that is kind of a personal decision. for me, I wanted a few different fonts, and some good shape carts that are versatile. Opposites Attract is a good font cart b/c there is a cursive and a block font on there, both with upper and lower case. I also have george (came with my baby bug) and don juan (came with create) which are OK, but i might not have bought them on their own. I have alphalicious too, which is nice b/c it has upper and lower case. Shape carts, I have new arrivals, in order to scrap baby stuff. I also got Christmas Cheer (obviously to do holiday projects). Doodlecharms is good b/c it has shapes for all seasons. I have a ton more, but it is hard to pin down for you what would be must haves...guess it depends what stuff you will be scrapping or card making for.

    3. i got most of my carts from customcrops.com or ohmycrafts.com

    4. you can get the Create for cheaper than you found it at walmart if you look around online. I got mine at Big Lots on Thanksgiving for $99. I *think* it might be cheaper than 145 at customcrops.com and ohmycrafts.com...also check ebay. There are some other online sites that some other ladies on here might have used before too.

    good luck!!!
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    I'm not much help as I don't even know the name of the one I have. LOL....It's the one that does the 6inch by 12 inch paper...lol.

    Cartridges are just one of those things that everyone has such varying opinions on...some of the ones ppl say they couldn't live without, I think aren't great, and I'm sure they think the same of some of the ones I love. lol. A couple of my favourites are Everyday Paper Dolls, Beyond Birthdays, and Winter Woodland. I am also loving the look of Create a Critter so that will be next on the list!

    Good luck with compiling your list! And btw, I definitely remember you
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    1. What are the big differences between the create and expression? (am I right in that those are the only two? ... and other than the price, haha).
    The Create uses the 6x12 mat but can only cut up to 5.5 in by 11. If you are looking to use vinyl to make words, you may find that you need the expression to get the words big enough. Also, with the expression, I have been able to make my own borders for a 12x12 page. I had a personal Cricut but found myself limited so last year on Black Friday, I got myself an Expression for $188.

    2. What cartridges do you feel are MUST HAVES? Font wise or shape wise? You will receive at least one cartridge with your machine and that usually has the basic shapes and a font. After that, it really is personal preferences and what you use the machine for. My current faves are B is for Boy, Graphically Speaking, and Storybook.

    3. Any websites/stores you know of that you can get cheaper cartridges? ebay is a great resource as are customcrops.com, memorymiser.com, and ohmycrafts.com. They all usually run great sales that puts the carts at about $30 or less.

    4. Any other advice you can think of when researching to buy a cricut?
    Check out the Cricut messageboards at cricut.com. You can get ideas as to what the machines are capable of and see what people have created with the various cartridges. I always look to the messageboard to see what carts I want to buy.
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    Hi Laura! nice to see you again. How is little miss Izzie?

    To answer your questions:

    1. What are the big differences between the create and expression? (am I right in that those are the only two? ... and other than the price, haha). The difference between the create and expression is the size of the 6x12 and 12x12. When I first bought a cricut I got the Create. But I couldn't cut as big as I wanted. So on Thanksgiving Walmart had the Expression for $119 so I bought it and sold my Create. Since you are going to be a teacher I'd suggest the Expression and then you'll be able to use it to make stuff for your classroom

    2. What cartridges do you feel are MUST HAVES? Font wise or shape wise? I love my stretch your imagination cart. Opposites attract is a good one for fonts. I also have Christmas Cheer for Christmas stuff.

    3. Any [COLOR=#006400 !important][COLOR=#006400 !important]websites[/COLOR][/COLOR]/stores you know of that you can get cheaper cartridges? Custom Crops is a good one. I've also bought on ebay too.

    4. Any other advice you can think of when researching to buy a cricut? Search online and also maybe wait until day after Thanksgiving you could probably get one for really cheap like I did at Walmart. HTH

    Look forward to seeing what you create.
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    I agree that you may want to go with cricut expression if you're going to be a teacher. I also have an expression that I paid at Black Friday for $199 at Walmart, but you can now buy them on Ebay for the same price with free shipping. So you no longer need to wait! I love using my font carts: Mickey's and Plantin Schoolbook, and Ashlyn's Alphabet but SCAL will give you more options and varieties over buying the font carts, if I'm understanding correctly. So that is the next thing on my list before the gypsy. My cart that I know I use the most often is the Create a Critter. TONS of animals and accessories on the cart, well worth the money. I've only purchased my carts from Ebay as they include free shipping and the costs are very competitively low.
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    You've gotten great answers so far! My fave cartridge is Walk In My Garden. I only have a few carts. GL!
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    Welcome "back"! Course I remember you.

    I think you'll really enjoy a Cricut if you get one! Not that I'm bias. haha! It's shameful how many carts I have now and it's sooo hard to say which are my faves. If you're just starting out I still think Graphically Speaking is a great cartridge. It has a good mix of fonts, sayings and graphics. I won't answer the other questions, because the others have done so well.
    Hope to see more of you!! Happy Scrappin.
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    Thanks guys. This was really helpful! I think I will hold out for thanksgiving time to see what I can get then, and maybe I'll try and stock up on some cheap cartridges and supplies until then. I'm hoping to he able to post some more around here. Things are super busy right now, especially with trying to get ready for another LO.
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    I have no idea, just wanted to say hey. "HEY!"
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