I am so excited to finally share the newest member of Cricut family cutting machines, Cricut Joy! In early January 2020, I took a trip to Cricut headquarters in Utah to learn all about Cricut Joy and how it is going to make our crafting lives so much easier. I’ve had to keep this little secret for over a month now and can’t wait for you to get your hands on this machine on March 1, 2020!
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What is Cricut Joy?
This small but mighty cutting machine is made for folks who love quick, cute, crafts, but don’t have a dedicated craft room or lots of extra time. It looks adorable on any desk or side table, can be easily carried from room to room, and can cut vinyl, paper, greeting cards and more. Cricut Joy is less than half the size of the Cricut Maker at 9 inches long versus the 22 inch long Cricut Maker.
What makes the Cricut Joy different than the Cricut Maker?
Cricut Joy is simple. The machine itself has no buttons and comes with 2 tools- a single fine point blade for cutting and a pen for writing. Cricut Joy uses Bluetooth and is compatible with Design Space. It is the smallest, lightest, and most portable machine in the Cricut Family. The Cricut Maker on the other hand, offers 12 tools for cutting, scoring, engraving, debossing, writing, and more. The Cricut Maker can cut 300+ types of material versus the Cricut Joy cuts 50+ types of material. Cricut Joy has a few very special features that I think you’re going to love:
1. Cricut Joy Smart Materials™
Cricut Joy Smart Materials™ is new with Cricut Joy and allows you to cut without a mat! This makes crafting easier, faster, and my favorite thing–you never have to buy a new mat. Cricut Joy Smart Vinyl has a thicker backing making a cutting mat unnecessary. I love the idea of not using a mat, but I appreciate that Cricut designed a mat for Cricut Joy for people like me who have a stock pile of vinyl. So, not to worry, Cricut Joy can cut regular vinyl from your stock pile with a mat.
2. Long Cuts
Another new feature of Cricut Joy is long cuts. Cricut Jot Smart Vinyl comes in several lengths including 4 feet, 10 feet, and even 20 foot long rolls in certain colors of vinyl! The matless cutting coupled with long cuts allows you to cut more images in a single go than with the Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore. Think pantry labels, wall decals, or water bottle labels for the whole basketball team. As a retired teacher, I can see how this feature would be super useful for lots of projects in the classroom.
3. Cricut Joy Insert Card Kits
One of my favorite new features of Cricut Joy are Insert Card Kits. Inset Card Kits come with everything you need to make 12 greeting cards. The Insert Card Kits include 12 cards to cut, 12 inserts, and 12 envelopes. (Some sets only include 10 of each item.) The new card cutting mat is genius and is a game changer for creating quick, cute cards on the go.
Where can I buy a Cricut Joy?
The Cricut Joy is $139.99! I’d recommend spending the extra $20 and get the Cricut Joy + Essentials Bundle. It’s the best deal for sure!
Cricut Joy is made for people like me- crafters who love to make quick, easy, functional things and don’t have dedicated space to do it!