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A few weeks ago I unboxed my new Cricut Explore Air 2 live in my stories and as promised, I’m sharing a companion post here on the blog. I have the Cricut Explore Air 2 in a pretty mint color that fits perfectly with my office color scheme and right out of the box it is ready to create fun projects. The Cricut Explore Air 2 is very easy to use once you know the basics of the machine.
Getting Started: Unboxing
The Cricut Explore Air 2 box includes everything you needed to set the machine up and design you first project. To get set up all I had to do was attach the power cord, and the USB cord to connect my computer to the machine. You’ll be prompted to run the Cricut software installation program which will give you access to Design Space. Design Space is where you can choose pre made designs to work with or create your own designs.
You’ll want to have a few sheets of vinyl and card stock depending on what project you want to create. From my research it looks like those are the most popular materials used with the Cricut Explore Air 2, however there are others. You’ll want to buy a few additional items that are not included in the box such as a Cricut Basic Tools set for weeding, applying, lifting and cutting as you create. You’ll also need transfer tape specially designed to make lifting your design from one surface and applying it another. Finally, you’ll need a Cricut Mat. The mat has an adhesive that keeps your vinyl still during the cutting process.
Making a Project
I started off with a simple vinyl lettering project for my front door and another for a holiday guest basket. To create a project you need to open Design Space. Once in Design Space you can work with pre-made designs or create your own. I created my own using a free font. I typed in the words I wanted, then selected the font and letter size. Once I was ready for the Cricut to cut the vinyl I tapped on the green “make it” button in the top right corner. Next I reviewed my deign and when I was satisfied I tapped the green “continue” button in the bottom right of the screen. After that, I followed the on-screen prompts telling me to use the dial on my Cricut Explore Air 2 to choose the type of medium I was using and to make sure my cutting tool was in the machine. Next I was prompted to feed in the mat and vinyl using the flashing button with the arrows. Finally I was prompted to tap the Cricut button to begin the cutting process. Once my vinyl was cut, I clipped it down to size, I weeded it and transferred the letters to my DIY guest basket envelopes. This is the first of many projects you’ll see me share using the Cricut Explore Air 2. To following along with my video tutorials and behind the scenes experience make sure you’re following me here. To make sure you don’t miss the step by step blog tutorials, make sure you click below to subscribe to ApronsAndStilletos.com.
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