My Review of the Cricut Explore Air 2 Cutting Machine

by Crystal Carder
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This year, I’ve been trying to do new things like trying to stop stressing or thinking of what could happen and just doing it instead. One of the things I’ve really wanted to try, for a while, is the Cricut Explore Air™ 2 machine.

You may have already heard about these machines because there seems to be so much chatter about them in the blogging world.

Unfortunately, this machine comes at a hefty price, $299!! I really wondered if this machine would be worth such a high price, after all, I’m probably the least crafty person I know.

Fortunately, for me, some of my family members offered to buy the machine for me. I absolutely hate the thought of someone spending that kind of money on something, especially for me, but once they had the idea in their head there was absolutely no talking them out of it. I’m so grateful for them being willing to buy it for me, and another part of me feels so guilty.

Anyways, I ordered the Cricut off of Amazon, mainly because of the 2-day shopping I get with Prime, but I kind of wanted to order it off of Cricut website just because they have amazing deals too.

The day the Cricut Air 2 was supposed to arrive, I kind of panicked and went on a Cricut shopping trip. I bought some vinyl, Cricut transfer paper, and a cutting mat because I wasn’t sure if the Cricut came with one. (Good news, it does, so now I have an extra). One thing to keep in mind, if you’re planning on buying the machine, the materials could get costly, but I am currently looking into cheaper alternatives and will share with you all.

When I finally got home, later that day, my Cricut was on my doorstep and ready to use. I ordered my Cricut in the Mint color, but it is also available in other colors like pink and rose.

Cricut Explore Air 2 Machine

Setting the Cricut up was effortless. I used a MacBook to set it up, but I’m pretty sure my Windows laptop would have been just as easy.

The Cricut Air 2 came with everything I needed to get started, including some sample pieces of vinyl and heat transfer paper. 

I started with a simple paper cutout of my daughter’s name and I immediately got hooked. This machine is so much fun to use and it’s practically dummy-proof. And, if you’re afraid it will be too hard, there are a ton of YouTube tutorials and it comes with a manual.

When you hook up the Cricut Machine up to your computer, for the first time, you get a free trial of Cricut Access Premium, so you can make practically anything you want. If you’re worried this could get expensive, don’t, because you can also make designs from other photo editing software and upload it to the Cricut Design Space. Cricut also offers a Cricut Design Space™ app to make it even easier to design your projects.

Here are some of the things I’ve created so far:

A decal for my laptop:


A decal for my Rtic Tumbler


Guys, seriously, in just 3 days, I’ve made a bit of everything; car decals, wall decals, drink decals…. everything! It’s so addicting.

I’ve already read some simple tricks to save money on supplies and as I try them out, I plan on sharing them.

If you’ve been on the fence about buying a Cricut Explore Air™ 2 machine, don’t wait! Seriously, you won’t regret this purchase!!!

*Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post or sponsored by Cricut in any way. This post does contain affiliate links, please see my disclosure policy here.


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Linda H November 29, 2017 - 7:13 pm

I’ve never owned or used a Cricut or Siloutte but now want to be able to cut out stencils from vinyl to make signs. Basically cutting out words. That’s really all I want to do. Is the Cricut Air 2 the machine for that? If I have to piece together a couple pieces for bigger signs that’s fine too. I just need something that is simple to use 🙂
thanks!!!
Linda

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