Tips for Making the Most of Your Cricut Explore Air 2

I’ve been trying to figure out more and more about my new Cricut machine so I figured I’d share some of the useful information I’ve found out and learned over the short time of owning my first Cricut machine.

Review of the Cricut Machine
I love that it’s simple and easy to learn how to use the Cricut machine. You can easily upload, design, and create any design that you want using the Cricut software. You can upload your own image, write using the Cricut Explore 2 Machine – an amazing feature, and use already made images from Cricut at a reasonable price. There are over 60,000 images ready for use with your Cricut machine starting at just 99 cents each.

Tips for your Cricut Machine

Always Keep Mat Clean
Be sure to keep the included cutting mat clean. You’ll want to clean your cutting mat after every use and store it with plastic over the top. This keeps your cutting mat lasting longer and easy to use with each new design you make using your Cricut machine.

Use Different Blades
If possible, try to use different blades for cutting different materials. I like to use a dot of nail polish to color code which blades I use to cut each type of material. This will help you keep your blades sharp and ensure that you get the most out of your Cricut blades before having to replace them.

Cricut Access
Let’s face it, I love fonts and I’m sure you do too! That’s why I highly recommend you subscribe to Cricut Access for the most affordable pricing options to access only the best fonts and images for use with your Cricut machine. Now if you’re going to design your own options regularly, you may not need this.

Practice, Practice, Practice!
Lastly, when it comes to using your Cricut machine for the first time, you’ll want to get some lower-cost supplies to practice. Even though the Cricut machine has some pretty user-friendly settings, there’s always room for user error. I highly recommend you use some scrap vinyl and other materials to get a hang of mastering your Cricut machine to make the best Cricut crafts ever.

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Actual Tools You Should get for your Cricut Machine

Extra Mats – Be aware that there are different Cricut cutting mats for different projects and materials. Order some extra mats that will be helpful for your specific Cricut crafts.

Cricut Tools Craft Basic Set – this set is a lifesaver for a newbie Cricut user like me. You’ll get everything you need for the basic functions of your Cricut machine crafting projects in this useful basic kit set.

Cricut Complete Starter Set – To be honest, if you’re up for spending a little more money, it’s best to invest in this Cricut Complete Starter Set. You’ll have everything you need to make the best Cricut crafts this year with this starter set.

If you’re looking for some fun Cricut crafts to make with your family, check out my list of Top Cricut Crafts to Make that I gathered from other bloggers who’ve mastered their Cricut machine.

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  • robin rue

    Thanks for the review. I have been wondering about these.

  • Amy

    I have so many supplies for my Cricut. I just need to actually take time to use it.

  • Lisa Favre

    I’ve been so curious about the Cricut machine and have been wanting to get one! I am sure there’s a bit of a learning curve, but it seems totally worth it!

  • Lisa Joy Thompson

    I’m hoping to get a Cricut sometime soon as I have a whole slew of projects I’d like to create. I love crafting and having a tool like Cricut makes it so much easier to create amazing things.

  • Brianne Tursi Manz

    Cricut has really taken over the arts and crafts scene recently. It’s just so versatile for lots of craft ideas.

  • Janis

    This Cricut model looks like so much fun for crafty moms and kids. I’ve heard so many good things about this brand and wish I owned one.

  • Liz Mays

    Starting to work on some projects with this machine would be great. I imagine you can do some really cool things with practice.

  • jill

    This is great information and a great review. I’ve been thinking about getting a cricut. It seems like you can do so much with it!

  • Heather

    I’ve been wanting a cricut for so long! I’m hoping Santa brings me one this year.

  • Kathy

    I have always wanted one of these. I’m hoping to save up so I can get one soon. I hear such great things about them. I would love to start making a lot with it.

  • Colleen

    I’ve been thinking about getting one of these to replace my older model. This company makes doing any sort of creative work so much easier.

  • Tara Pittman

    This is a cool craft machine. It would come in handy for so many craft projects.

  • Bill Sweeney

    This is such an awesome arts and crafts tool.. It would be a lot of fun to have to do some cool art projects and crafts.

  • Cinny

    I’ve always been curious about those Cricut machines. They seem like a lot of fun.

  • Audrey

    Having a cricut opens up the possibilities of doing crafts. I’d like to get one for our family and do a craft night on a weekend day.

  • Sherry

    My stepmom loves using her Cricut. I always look forward to receiving cards that she has made. I don’t know if she has this one yet.

  • Surekha-dreamingloud.com

    Oh thanks for the guide and tips for using cricut machine. I am planning to have mine. This would be helpful.

  • Toni

    I can’t wait to get a Cricut machine soon! Awesome tips!! Thank you so much for these!!

  • Wren

    I have always wanted one of these! So many neat projects you can do with it. Good to know all the supplies you will need.

  • Wendy @ One Exceptional Life

    There’s a lot of discussion about this Cricut machine. I’ll have to do more research as I’m not really clear as to what it’s all about.

  • Julie Cao

    Nice tips on using the cricut machine. I will always remember keep the mat clean despite sometimes I forget about it.

  • Cassie Mayers

    Sounds brilliant! This is a piece of kit my brother would love. He is really into his design!

  • Marcie W.

    I’ve heard wonderful things about the Cricut. I had no idea it could do so much.! Very cool.

  • Monica

    I need to show this to my sister in law. She has been thinking about getting this for her crafting.

  • Myrah Duque

    I always wanted to own a Cricut machine! I see so many of my friends making their own designs and it is so easy!

  • Samantha Donnelly

    This sounds like a great machine, I would love to have a try and see what I could come up with, I now need to think of ways I could make the expense work x

  • Joanna

    I didn’t see a Cricut machine before. I can imagine it is a great help for people who have businesses in which they personalise products.

  • joy

    it is good to hear that there are several different blades and mats for specific projects. hope you’re enjoying your cricut.

  • Emman Damian

    I want to have my own Cricut Machine! It seems so nice! So cool! I need one please!

  • Bella and Dawn at Dear Mummy Blog

    This Cricut Machine sound awesome and we’d love to give one a go! Especially as we love crafts so much x

  • Nina Louise

    This looks like such a handy tool to have around, especially if you’re a creative person! Brilliant review for anyone considering purchasing a Circut!

  • Terri Steffes

    If you love arts and crafts and creating customized designs, getting a Cricut is worth it. Love the review!

  • Kristine Nicole Alessandra

    I want to have a Cricut and see if I can create some pretty things with it. It has been on my wishlist for a long time. I know I won’t be able to get one this Christmas but I am looking forward to getting one for Mothers Day!

  • Rhian westbury

    I still don’t quite understand what a cricut machine is, but I’m sure for those who are thinking of getting one these are useful tips x

  • Lily

    I would love one of these. Maybe Santa will get me one for Christmas!

  • Rebecca Smith

    The Cricut machine sounds fantastic! It sounds super easy to use. Wish I was more crafty, I’d definitely get one if I was!

  • Anna

    Cricut Machine looks like such a creative tool! Should definitely find time to try it!

  • Kara Guppy

    I really want a cricut machine, I am amazed by what they can do

  • Elizabeth Williams

    Must admit I’ve never heard of a Cricut machine before but it looks great. Very informative post on how to use one.

  • Kacie Morgan

    This is the first time I’ve heard of Cricut. It sounds like a really handy gadget to have in the house, especially if you’re an avid designer.

  • Natasha Mairs

    I have always thought about getting myself one of these. But for the price a bit expensive as I don’t think I would use it that often

  • Anosa

    I know my mum and sister would love this as they love the Cricut machine and this would make such an amazing present.

  • Mellissa Williams

    I would love to get a Cricut – it seems like such a great device for crafty and creative people. Thanks for the in depth review.