I have been using Cricut products since 2014 when I received my very first machine, a teal Cricut Expression 2. Most of the supplies I've owned have been from Michaels or buying them off of other people. I had very little experience shopping on cricut.com; let's face it, customs and exchange rates have not been all that great for Canadian shoppers in recent years. Despite the exchange rate woes, I decided to try buying different stuff from Cricut.com, and spent some time scoping out different supplies and cartridges I could buy. In my very long decision making process I received an email from Cricut about a big anniversary sale. Now, this was my incentive to splurge! (If you don't already know this, I love a great deal, especially on crafting supplies).
Cricut.com Exclusive: 3 Tote Bags
Last year I traded up my Cricut Expression 2 for a Cricut Explore Air, and loved making the switch. Well, this year, Cricut came out with bags for storing and transporting the Explore Air and I fell in love. These beautiful bags went on sale during the anniversary sale, and the deal was too good to pass up. I bought all three!
These bags came in three separate boxes, and were very easy to put together. The wheels for the rolling tote were super easy to install all by myself, and they work smoothly on all the surfaces in my home. I have yet to take them for a stroll outdoors, so I'll let you know how that goes when I have to take my crafting on the road.
I love that there's a laptop bag that fits 12″ x 12″ paper, and a laptop compartment in the rolling tote. So, if you want laptop storage and paper storage, but don't know if you want to get three bags, then you're totally safe with just buying the rolling tote and leaving the laptop tote behind.
I found the rolling tote fits a lot of stuff. I don't own a Cricut Cuttlebug, but if I did, it would fit inside with plenty of room for 12″ x 12″ cutting mats, tools, vinyl, iron on, and embossing folders. I own a Stampin' Up! Big Shot, and I could probably get it to fit if I needed it to and if I packed the tote right. The outside compartments hold tools and cartridges, and are great for quick and easy access.
The really cool part is that I can get all three bags to stack together, so when I'm not using them they look great and are functional storage. The grey color fits in really well with my grey, black and white craft room too! The machine tote has a spot that fits it over the rolling tote's handle, which helps to hold it securely in place. I throw the handle of the laptop tote over the top and have it hang down the backside of the rolling tote when I'm not using it.
All in all, these three totes are as functional as they are beautiful! My experience buying them on cricut.com was great! They shipped quickly and arrived a day sooner than expected, even though the FedEx guy got lost on the way.
Let's Buy Supplies!
I may have a mild crafting addiction…coupled with a craft supply addiction. They do go hand in hand! LOL The Cricut anniversary sale saved me a lot of money, so I stocked up on a bunch of Cricut supplies to take advantage of the sale. Also, really good to note – Cricut now offers flat rate shipping to Canada, so don't let the fear of high shipping get you down, it's not expensive anymore! Bonus!
Cricut sells bulk supplies, so if you're an avid crafter, these bundles are for you! I go through Cricut blades quite often in a year, and jumped for joy when I discovered that Cricut offers a 10 pack of the new German Carbide blades. They were the second thing in my cart after the tote bags. Really cool that the blades come in a little carry case, so there's less of a chance of losing them.
I also like to stock up on cutting mats, and these also come in a bulk pack. Mats tend to last a pretty long time, but if you do a lot of cutting they wear out a little faster. I just threw out two mats that were no longer sticky after using them since 2014, so that's about 3 years of moderate use.
If you've never used a product before, Cricut offers little bundles to allow you to try out the supplies. There's a vinyl bundle, an iron on bundle, and starter packs for all sorts of supplies. If you want to experiment, or just need a little of a wide variety of colors, these are for you. I bought a roll of white premium outdoor vinyl and a roll of iron on to try them out, and I had really specific ideas of what I wanted to make, so I didn't get a bundle this time. However, I did get the big roll of transfer tape, because it was extra value added!
Would I Buy from Cricut.com Again?
Time for the tough question! Would I buy from cricut.com again? I think I definitely would. I'm pretty conscious of exchange rates, so I'll wait for a sale (they happen quite often, so I don't have to wait very long) and then stock up to make the most of my shipping rate. Shipping is super quick, and the customer service has been prompt. That's a great thing for a customer to experience when shopping online, especially when receiving a package from a completely different country.
I'm even contemplating Cricut Access, so that I don't have to buy any cartridges again. Not all images are included in the membership, but enough of the ones that I would use, especially the fonts, are included to make it worth my while. The really cool part is that there are projects especially for Access members, which would save me a tonne of time and I'm totally into that! I have received a trial of Cricut Access in one of the physical cartridges I purchased, and I gave it a shot. I made a whole bunch of stuff in the two days I had access, which was really neat! If you get one of the two-day trial codes, pick two days where you can create a lot of different things and make the most of your experience. That way you'll be able to tell if Access is the right fit for your crafting needs, and if you should go Standard or Premium or Fonts only.
For all of my fellow deal lovers, Cricut has a promotion coming up next month: Enjoy Free Shipping on any order of $50 or more (US and CA) with code JUNESHIP at checkout! (valid June 1 – June 30th, 2017).