I personally have the Cricut Explore One. I’ve had this specific machine for about 2 years before that I had the Expressions and before that, I had an older model that required cartridges. I didn’t feel the need to upgrade to Explore Air since the only difference is the Bluetooth compatibility. I find it useless since I still have to be close to the machine to put in the mat but I can see how it can be useful for someone who doesn’t have a desktop computer. I don’t sow so don’t see the need to upgrade to the Cricut Maker.

Depending on what and where you buy is what you’re getting. If you buy the machine by itself self you will get Cricut Machine, Power and USB Cord, Blade, Standard Grip Cutting Mat, & Getting Started Guide. Depending on what you want it for there will be different attachments.

Yes, the possibilities ARE endless but don’t try to conquer the world all at once 🙂

There are 4 different types of mats (they are color coded):

  • Light Grip (Blue Color Mat) is for copy paper (printer paper), thin cardstock, vellum, construction paper, and vinyl.

  • Standard Grip (Green Color Mat) is for cardstock, pattern paper, washi paper, and vinyl (self-adhesive, iron-on/HTV, and window cling).

  • Strong Grip (Purple Color Mat) is for thick cardstock, glitter cardstock, magnet sheets, chipboard, poster board, aluminum foil, craft foam, balsa wood, and fabric with stiffener. 

  • Fabric (Pink Color Mat) is for fabric and crepe paper.

The first time you use your mat you need to remove some of the tackiness is you are using paper or cardstock. otherwise, it will tear it.

Cleaning your mat!

  • Use a scraper to remove all of the leftover materials after you finish cutting.

  • Run a sticky lint roller over your mat to get the smaller bits that are hard to scrape off

  • Wash the mat with water and gentle dishwashing detergent, then allow to dry.