Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Cricut Mini Review

Hello! I've been having a bit of fun today...well, it is my birthday... so I've allowed myself some playtime. I've been sent a Provocraft Cricut Mini to try out, so that is exactly what I have been doing...and it's been good fun!
I've been wanting to try some kind of electronic cutting machine for a while, so this was the ideal opportunity for me to see how one works. Having never used one before I am a total newbie .

It comes with a nice little folder with some very clearly laid out instructions on how to install the machine and start on your first project - it even includes the card you will use for your first project. The instructions were very easy to follow and I was making some cards in no time at all.

I uploaded the Cricut design Room software to my computer without a hitch. It is fairly straightforward and intuitive to use,.  I soon got the hang of moving things around and choosing what I wanted. The software comes with a free font and an assortment of shapes for you to play with including a few ready made items like cards and gift tags.

I like that you can cut out letters from a shape and then use the cut out letters on another project.
 I was concerned that with only the free cartridge I would not have much to play with, but with 500 free images there were plenty of options for me to get started with and you can resize and manipulate the images given to suit your needs.
(Wouldn't this make a lovely anniversary card! Really sweet. )

There are plenty of cartridges and digital images available for immediate download and purchase, and I am sure there are styles to suit most peoples needs.
My only frustration with the product is that it doesn't allow me to cut out my own designs, but if that is not what you are looking for,  then this is the perfect product for you. It doesn't take up too much space, is easy to use, cuts beautifully and gives you access to a whole world of designs.

For people in the UK, I've found it online here at the best price so far.


  1. Happy Birthday! Hope you enjoyed your day. You have made some great cards, wouldn't have guessed it was your first attempt with these results.


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