So my Expression 2 Anniversary Edition came- and although, I haven’t found it’s permanent spot in my crafting room– I did make a quick video and a project with it for you all! 🙂
I decided to do a birthday card from the preloaded Just a Note cartridge, since my darling daughter’s birthday is right around the corner. (It is on Monday, but we are celebrating this weekend!)
OH–also…she wants a video camera so she can make her own videos–where would she get that from ;)? LOL
The words on this particular cartridge do not have center holes in the letters–and I knew that with her just learning to read, that this would not work well–so I added the pearls for the centers. 🙂
My first impressions of the machine
- It seems to cut a little quieter than the first Expression- and loading the mat is so MUCH better– much smoother!
- It takes a bit to figure out the menu screens- and remember what each icon stands for– but, like most technology these days– that is expected. (Just remember- that home key will take you to the cut screen–it took me forever to figure out how to load my mat and cut!! LOL)
- The actual cutting was great- I put it on medium weight cardstock and away it went– perfect cuts!
- It comes with the regular Cricut Expression mat–which can be a bit too sticky to start of with– but, they are better than not being sticky at all ( like some Imagine mats) 🙂
- You can use the touch screen with the included stylus, your fingernail or your fingertip 😉 I tried all 3 and will probably stick to using my fingernail 😉
- You will need to update your E2 when you get it, using Cricut Sync (which will also need to be updated) This entire process, including the updating of Cricut Sync takes about 10 minutes- but, is well worth it because without it, you don’t have all the function capabilities.
- The spacing of the items bothers me a little- because I can’t put each color layer in each corner–I’d LOVE to be able to move them around manually with my finger. (hint, hint) Though, you can adjust the kern and use the “space” or “return” icons on the overlay screen to give more space between layers. The kern is in the tools section, under the icon that looks like a globe.
- I hope to try my Gypsy on it tomorrow– BUT, I have to wait to update that also-(it is updating as I type this)