I’m a little ashamed to admit it since I’m still in my 30’s but I swear it’s already getting harder and harder to wrap my brain around new technology. Seriously, I don’t know if it’s a physical change in my in my brain or just that I’m crazy busy trying to keep up with my kids but regardless, I’m just not as quick assimilating new technology as I was before. That being said, I’m starting a new craft adventure today and I’m taking you guys along for the ride! This post is the first in a new three part series on getting to know a brand new cutting machine, the Cricut Explore Air 2. If you’ve read my blog in the past, you know I’m already pretty familiar with another type of cutting machine but this is my first time with Cricut so I’m a little nervous about the learning curve and sharing potential failures with you all. Wish me luck!
For this first post, I’ll be talking about my initial impression about the machine and accessories that were shipped to me to try out. If you’re like me and love products with good branding, you’re in for a treat! Don’t forget to check back for the next two segments (next 2 Thursdays) where I’ll actually be putting the machine to good use. I can’t wait to get my proverbial hands dirty!
The very first things I noticed about the Cricut Explore Air 2 after opening up the box was the gorgeous mint color! I know that’s totally superficial but you guys, it’s just so pretty. Of course, after doing a bit of research on the machine specs, there are a ton of other things to love about this machine including a Fast Mode function, Bluetooth enabled, multiple material settings, ability to use your own images, and more. Plus, I’m sorta in love with all the compartments Cricut has included in what would otherwise be wasted space. Super smart! I haven’t cut anything yet so make sure to check back next week for my input on it’s actual functionality.
Another aspect of Cricut that totally astonished me? The huge amount of accessories and supplies they have available! From tools to markers, mats to cutting materials, Cricut has everything you could possibly need to finish any project. I’m especially excited to give the markers a try with some original artwork or lettering! Plus, how adorable is it that you can match an Accessory Pouch with the color of your machine?
I was super excited to test drive Cricut’s newest additions to their catalog, these amazing Cricut Bags & Totes. There’s a Rolling Craft Tote, a Machine Tote, and a Shoulder Bag that’s perfect for a laptop or other devices. (Psst, they’re having an awesome sale on their bags and totes right now!!!) If you’re planning on taking your crafting on the road, they’re a great way to keep your machine and supplies organized and safe. How much do you love that grey tweed fabric, by the way?!
Each of the bags are perfectly suited for a variety of needs. The Machine Tote fits the Cricut Explore Air 2 to a tee and is solid enough that I definitely wouldn’t worry about transporting my new machine. The Shoulder Bag is a great option for safely carrying a laptop or tablet plus so much more. The Rolling Craft Tote is a monster of a bag with multi-directional rolling wheels and tons of storage space for cutting supplies, tools, an embossing machine, and laptop. Depending on your needs, you can buy one or all three of these coordinating bags!
One of my favorite things about Cricut’s new Bags & Totes is that they all fit on the Rolling Craft Tote’s expandable handle. You just slide each one on and you’re good to go! Or these would also be great for someone who doesn’t have a dedicated craft space and would like to have a place to store their supplies. You could roll them in and out of a closet as needed, keeping your house tidy!
Hope you guys liked my first look at the Cricut Explore Air 2 and all the awesome accessories they have to offer. I’m really excited to continue my journey next week when I give you a behind-the-scenes peek into learning the in’s and out’s of Cricut’s cutting machine. Let’s get this party started!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.