Chances are a few of you out there have a big decision on your hands. Do I upgrade to the Cricut Expression? or stick with my little bug? I too faced this decision not too long ago. Yes the original Cricut and the Create are good little bugs, light, portable, extremely functional. But I’m willing to bet, if you’re a dedicated crafter, that at least once a week you find yourself wanting just a little bit more from your little bug. Just like I did.
As I perused the user manual of my new Cricut Expression (yes, I am the type of person who reads the user manual cover to cover) I began to giggle with glee as I realized that the new functions fixed every single issue that I had with my original Cricut. I just want to touch on a few of my favorite new features:
1. Center-Point: Center point is without a doubt my favorite new feature of the Cricut Expression. Center point allows you to move the blade of the ‘center point’ of an object, select a shape from the cartridge, and have the shape cut around the selected center point. Which means you can now cut out pictures with the Cricut, to stamp first and cut second (avoiding that slightly off-centered look we have grown so fond of) and finally to cut from a specific part of the paper.
2. Quantity and Auto Fill: The quantity feature allows you to designate the quantity of a cut you would like to make without having to enter the characters individually and without overloading the screen, which would happen with the original Cricut. AutoFill will cut as many of an object out of a designated size of paper. This is great for maximizing the use of your paper.
3. Flip: Flip it, flip it good! Flip allows you to cut out a mirror image of an item. Sure with the old Cricut you could flip the actual die cut, however with some images it simply did not work.
4. Portrait: Portrait mode changes the direction of the cuts from top to bottom (as is the case with Landscape) to left to right. The portrait mode starts the cutting blade in the top left corner instead of the top right corner.
In my case, the opportunity was there and I took it. I purchased a Cricut Expression and to tell you the truth, I could not be happier with my decision. If you’re on the fence about your decision and you’re a serious crafter, I suggest trying to get your hands on an Expression, to me it was more than worth it.