Monday, 26 September 2011
Playing in the Cricut Craft Room
I LOVE IT!
It's still got bugs, and I've been kicked out a few times with a 'bridge' error, but I've also designed some cool stuff and had a lot of fun. The system seems to auto save your project about every 30 seconds or so, so even when I was kicked out I didn't lose any work. That eases the pain of the shutdowns somewhat.
The Craft Room gives you all the functionality of the Gypsy (on a much easier to use screen) plus a whole lot more. Particularly if you are an Imagine user.
Using a simple small border pattern I made this sweet frame - perfect for a photo on a scrapbook page.
A lace block pattern is welded together four times to make this square -- you could continue the pattern for a full 12x12 paper!
Working with the Imagine patterns and colours is easy and you get a lot of new options when filling shapes:- you can scale the patterns up or down, and you can move the pattern around to get exactly what you want in the shape.
These two name plates were designed in the Craft Room and print and cut from white card on my Imagine. (Naturally I inked them up a bit afteward for that extra bit of shabby vintagey feel!)
The card bases were made in the Craft Room welding the letters on to rectangle shapes. I kept the rest of the cards simple with some embossed vellum (Cuttlebug!) and some simple images. Here again the Craft Room came in handy as I used scraps for these shapes so precise placement of the shapes on the mat was important.
(I chose the tea set because on her last visit to London I took Dyl out for tea at Brown's and it was a real highlight of the trip. I'm working on luring her back!)
I'll be very very happy when you can link your cartridges with your account (for now you have to physically load them into the machine) and even more so when a few bugs are ironed out.
But even as it is - buggy and a wee bit unpredictable - I love it.