The Cricut cutting machine can create virtually any shape or design you want for your craft projects. Beginners may feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of cartridges and designs available. Starting with a beginner project, whether it's a scrapbook page or a craft, will get your creative juices flowing and help you master the skills you'll need for more advanced projects.
Cricut offers a variety of projects on their website, Cricut.com. Choosing a category such as "Home Decor" or "Scrapbooking" presents a complete list of projects for each category. Traditional projects include designing scrapbook layouts and greeting cards, while other projects include decorating plates for your home or even decorating a cake. Each project includes step-by-step directions, a list of supplies you'll need and a rating based on how hard the project is to complete.
Searching craft store Michael's website at Michaels.com pulls up a list of Cricut projects. Projects include scrapbook designs, like the "Snow Baby Layout" for designers to show off their children playing in the snow, and cake designs including the "Robot Cake," a great option for young boys. Individual projects outline instructions, include a detailed picture of the finished project and explain which cartridges you'll need to make the project. The total time needed to complete your craft, along with any user reviews, is also listed. To access a full list of projects, choose "Projects" as the search category and put "Cricut" into the search box.
Books and Blogs
Scrapbooking and papercraft books for beginners will give you plenty of picture ideas for crafts and page layouts. Create ideas using these books and incorporate your own designs using your Cricut cartridges. Specific Cricut books, such as "Card Making with Cricut" by Tanya Fox and "Scrapbooking with Cricut" by Annie's Attic, outline detailed projects designed to make on your Cricut machine.
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