This month, we are staying in and pro-craftinating with Cricut’s newest machine, Cricut Joy. Cricut Joy is an excellent companion to the Cricut Explore Air 2. It’s light, portable and let’s you quickly personalize projects at home. We are excited to get crafty with Cricut Joy!
Crafting each day keeps the crazy away (especially now because of social distancing). Last month, we packed our bags, temporarily left New York City and quarantined ourselves in New Jersey. We were limited on space, but it was easy to travel with our compact Cricut Joy and Cricut Joy Travel Tote. This Tote features a padded interior for protection and custom pockets to keep us organized.
Cricut Joy is a sleek device that cuts, writes and draws. It allows us to quickly personalize projects with a single cut in 15 minutes or less. You can make cards, labels, banners, place cards and so much more. Since we will be indoors for the foreseeable future, we are excited to craft with Cricut Joy. This mini crafting machine cuts over 50 popular crafting materials, including vinyl, cardstock, iron-on, paper and more. Unlike the Cricut Explore Air 2, this machine can cut mat-free projects with Cricut’s new Smart Materials and make long cuts.
If you are new to DIY projects, then Cricut Joy is the perfect way to dip your toe into the do-it-yourself world. We created a personalized Mother’s Day card with Cricut Joy’s Insert Cards. These colorful blank insert cards can be transformed into unique, beautiful cards.
We found a beautiful design in Cricut Design Space.
We placed the tulip card on Cricut Joy Card Mat.
Then we let Cricut Joy work its magic.
Next we used the tools to carefully peel the top layer from the mat.
Then we placed the insert inside the card.
Here’s a look at the final personalized Mother’s Day card.
We didn’t want to leave our father empty handed, so we also made a personalized Father’s Day card.
We also made a personalized Happy Birthday card for one of our friends.
How adorable are these cards? We made them in less than 15 minutes. Best of all they are personalized and significantly cheaper than buying a ready-made card.
So what else can you do with Cricut Joy? Unlike the Cricut Explore Air 2, you can create projects without a mat and work with Cricut’s Smart Vinyl in extended cuts, up to 20′ of cut capability. Sensors measure the material and then the machine starts the cut. Not having to swap mats will definitely save time. Cricut Joy also has a full suite of compatible pens to write or draw with the perfect penmanship.
This spring, head over to Cricut and get your own Cricut Joy. It’s also available in-store at Michaels and Target. It’s great as a standalone crafting machine or as a companion to the Cricut Explore Air 2. We can’t wait to see what you make with it. Crafters gonna craft, right?
Of course I talk to myself when I craft. Sometimes I need expert advice.