Sooooo, I like to buy things I don’t need. I’ve owned something coveted by many crafters for over a year without opening it. Okay, a year and a half. I’m so embarrassed! It was about time that I crack open my Cricut Expression 2 and actually put it to good use with the 6 cartridges I own!!
Maybe it’s the intimidation factor that has caused the 18 months to go by without use, because I had no clue where to begin!! Gah!
Calm down, Jessica. Always start with the internet.
Thank goodness for my inner monologue, because it led me to the Cricut Website’s “Getting Started” section! Praise Jiminy!
After unpacking everything, I found Jinger’s Quick Start video. I also grabbed the printed “Quick Start” guide from the box for some extra help.
Unfortunately, 18 months of solitary confinement to my closet showed up to kick me in the butt. Little Cricut wouldn’t start. I had to call Provo Craft to troubleshoot and was met with a super sweet customer service representative who helped me fix the problem in 30 minutes. All good! As a side note, call 1-877-7CRICUT if you ever have issues with your machine – they are super sweet!
Alright, back to the setup process…
The very first step is to calibrate your screen. It’s super easy – just tap the screen in a few places.
Accept the EULA.
Remove the film from your cutting mat and place your first sheet of paper aligned to the top left corner. Make sure you have the arrow pointed up!
Not shown: Install your green cutting blade. It’s pretty easy – and I did it just about the time my Cricut was malfunctioning. I was terrified that my Cricut was broken and forgot to take a picture!
Select your first shape. I chose a simple heart outline.
Make sure it’s in the right place – top left corner! I’m still learning how to move it all around.
Line up your cutting mad below the guides and against the silver load bar. Press the button in the center of the screen (machine with arrow pointing towards it) to load your cutting mat (end result shown below).
Select the blade settings (bottom left selection of the 5 shown above) and make sure your paper is properly selected. Jinger used “Heavy” for cardstock, so I went with medium since I was using some cheap-o thinner cardstock.
When everything is selected, hit the blade button and the Cricut will work its magic! Chirp, chirp!
When Cricut makes noises, Kate wants to know what’s going on (she’s very nosy)…
Nosy does not equal brave! She was not loving the Cricut upon further investigation – LOL!
After a few seconds, I had a heart! I peeled it away from the cutting mat by slightly bending it so it popped up. I need to get some Cricut tools, but this works for now!
Okay, I am REALLY excited that I have a Cricut! I’m so glad it’s finally opened and I can begin to come up with some amazing projects to share here. Since the other day when I started the setup, I’ve already made a few random graphics. Valentine’s Day is coming up, now isn’t it?! I think those Sweet Tooth Boxes are calling my name!