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This summer I began making homemade jam and canning it as a way to connect with my Grandma who has passed. All is well and good when canning until you suddenly have a few different flavours and no labels. I have been able to design my own Cricut Maker Jam labels within minutes.
I never imagined myself being crafty before starting my blog. However, I suddenly found myself beginning to put on all these different hats. I was designing my own business cards, creating free printable downloads and doing my own web design. When I initially discovered the Cricut Maker, I was shocked that such an item would exist for consumer purchase.
From greeting cards to labels, cutting leather and even wood, there is nothing this machine cannot do! I downloaded the Cricut Design Space software before I even had a Cricut machine and spent some time getting to know the lay of the land.
One of the things I really liked about Cricut Design Space is that even if you’re not sure where to start, they have templates that you can follow. Or if you’re the adventurous type, you can completely create your own from scratch.
PRO TIP: Save your project often. The software did crash on me a few times and I did lose some work. However, once I knew exactly when I wanted, it took minutes to put the design back together.
My only other complaint is that I was unable to adjust the transparency of an image. It was a simple task on my end in different software. I was then able to upload the image with the correct transparency and keep designing
From picking the background color, curving the text and adjusting the spacing between the letters, Cricut Design Space made creating my Cricut Maker Jam Labels a dream.
Never in a million years did I imagine being able to create my own Cricut Maker Jam labels. The personalized touch of my Grandma’s actual signature on the Jam means I am able to continue spreading my grandma’s love with my closest friends and family.
Besides the obvious, why did I select the Cricut Maker over the Cricut Explore Air 2? I know many people wonder what the difference is between the two models. In 100% honesty, I don’t have the Explore so my knowledge is limited. However, in conducting my own research, there are things that the Explore Air 2 cannot do that the Cricut Maker can, that I want to do!
The biggest difference is that the Cricut Maker has a bunch of tools that are not compatible with the Cricut Explore Air 2. The following tools such as the rotary blade which cuts fabric and a knife blade with lets you cut thicker items like leather and this wood. Additionally, there is a wavy blade, a perforation blade, a debossing tip, and even an engraving tip.
There are a few other differences but they’re small, so the biggest thing to consider is what are you using it? Since I plan on seeing how this machine handles some of my upcoming projects with my leather business, the Maker was clearly the way to go for me. However, if you are going to be primarily cutting cardstock or vinyl then the Cricut Explore Air 2 is going to be an amazing tool for you!
Both the software and the Maker were very easy to use. I myself was quite intimidated at first even with doing research. It’s one thing to do the play with design space but once you plug in the machine and see it get moving, is a whole other thing. But in the best way as the possibilities are endless!
Seeing my Cricut Maker Jam Labels come to life with Gram’s signature brought me to tears. I hope she loves them as much as I do! What was the first thing you made with your Cricut Machine or what would you make first if you had one?
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