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2019 Spring & Easter Scrapbook Collection Round-Up!

With Valentine’s Day over, that means it’s time for two things…buying Valentine’s candy at 50% off and Easter candy! And of course, you’ll probably want to get started on spring and Easter scrapbooking, too. So, to help you find the supplies you’ll love to use, here’s the 2019 Spring & Easter Scrapbook Collection Round-Up from Scrapbook Update!

2019 Easter Spring Scrapbook Collections

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What are the trends for Spring & Easter 2019?

For the most part, the few companies doing spring and Easter collections for 2019 have stuck to their signature styles and colors. A few things stick out, however.

The gingham and plaid trends that have been evident in scrapbooking design for some time are still being seen in spring and Easter collections. Virtually all of the Easter-specific collections also include all-over prints using tiny carrots. (Use them for garden pictures if they are leftover after Easter!)

Most of the collections are very bright and graphic in style, but fans of vintage style have a few choices that lean that direction. Authentique’s “Abundant” collection brings brown and blue vintage style to Easter. For a lighter vintage touch, “Spring Farmhouse” by Simple Stories interprets a largely graphic spring style in more vintage tones of green, yellow, pink and faux wood.

Only Photo Play (under its Color Play brand) has chosen to create an overtly religious Easter collection. Designed by Becky Fleck, Easter Joy combines crosses, lilies, and stained glass with touches of ecclesiastic purple.

2019 Spring & Easter Scrapbook Paper Collections

The collections below are arranged alphabetically by company:

Authentique Paper: Abundant

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Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon, Simon Says Stamp

Authentique Abundant

Doodlebug Design: Hoppy Easter

Shipping: March 2019
Wholesale: Doodlebug Design
Retail: Scrapbook.com,

Doodlebug Design Hoppy Easter

Echo Park Paper: Easter Wishes

Shipping: now
Wholesale: Echo Park Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon, Simon Says Stamp

Echo Park Easter Wishes

Echo Park Paper: Spring Fling

Shipping: now
Wholesale: Echo Park Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon, Simon Says Stamp

Echo Park Spring Fling

Lawn Fawn: Spring Fling

Shipping: February 2019
Wholesale:
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon, Simon Says Stamp

Lawn Fawn Spring Fling

Photo Play Paper: Bunny Trail

Shipping: now
Wholesale: Photo Play Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Photo Play Bunny Trail

Photo Play Paper: Easter Joy

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Wholesale: Photo Play Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon, Simon Says Stamp

Photo Play Easter Joy

Simple Stories: Bunnies & Baskets

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Wholesale: Simple Stories
Retail: Scrapbook.com,

Simple Stories Bunnies and Baskets

Simple Stories: Spring Farmhouse

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Wholesale: Simple Stories
Retail: Scrapbook.com,

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse

Simple Stories: Springtime

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Wholesale: Simple Stories
Retail: Scrapbook.com,

Simple Stories Springtime

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Creativation 2019 Top 10 Hot Picks!

You asked for it…the Scrapbook Update Top Ten Hot Picks are back! Here, fresh from the show floor, are the ten items that I think are guaranteed to be a hit when they show up soon on store shelves.

Scrapbook Update Top 10 Hot Picks

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So, in no particular order…here they are…the Scrapbook Update Top Ten Hot Picks for Creativation 2019!

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill

Shipping: March 2019
Wholesale: American Crafts/We R Memory Keepers
Retail: TBD

This item was absolutely the most talked about product on the Creativation show floor. If you remember the Heatwave Foil Pen that We R Memory Keepers previously released, the Foil Quill appears to be an adapted version of that technology. This new version is smaller, and runs on a USB plug that can be plugged into a power pack or a powered USB outlet (on machines that have them).  The Foil Quill works by inserting in the blade or tool slot of all the major electronic die cut machines (using adaptors), laying down a foil design where normally a pen would draw or a blade would be cutting. Three different sizes of Foil Quills (sold separately or together in a kit) allow for drawing different width of lines.

One of the biggest advantages that jumped out at me of doing foil this way is the ease of doing multi-color designs that are extremely difficult or even impossible to achieve with other foiling methods.

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill

The We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill works with machines made by Brother, Cricut, Silhouette, and Sizzix. The idea of a product that is an accessory that works with all of the major die cut machines hasn’t really been tried before. This concept could open up a whole new market for innovation in the industry.

The All-In-One Foil Quill kit that includes all three pens and some foil has an MSRP of $99.99, while individual pens retail for $39.99 and foil rolls for $9.99. (The Foil Quill requires special foil.) The tool will debut on HSN shortly before it ships to retailers in March.

 

Paper House Productions “Wonder Woman” collection

Paper House Wonder Woman

Shipping: March 2019
Wholesale: Paper House Productions
Retail:

Wonder Woman made over $800 million at the box office to become one of the most popular super hero movies of all time. It especially resonated with women, even ones that aren’t usually super hero movie fans. Whether they plan to use it for theme park visits, cosplay, Halloween or a tribute to their favorite female role model, this Paper House licensed line will find a home in many scrapbookers’ stashes.

The Stamp Market

The Stamp Market stamps

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I always try to find a new exhibitor that warrants inclusion on this list. This year that was no challenge at all, as two year old company The Stamp Market made a debut showing at Creativation that would be impressive for even a much more experienced company.

One of the things that immediately jumped out at me about the excellent design of Amy Yingling at The Stamp Market is the font usage. Fonts can make – or break – a stamp design. Amy’s font choices create clean, readable text with beautiful graphic style. The fonts enhance the message without taking it over.

Amy’s attention to detail shows up in a myriad of other ways as well. There’s the gift bag die with the matching stamp set, and the stamp that creates customizable post-it notes for your planner.

 

AdTech DRIP-LESS Glue Guns

AdTech DripLess Glue Guns

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Retail: Amazon

Most crafters have at least a horror story or two of drips of hot glue ending up where we didn’t want them: on a project, on the carpet, on our skin. And those endless strings of glue that end up everywhere after you release a glue gun’s trigger are at best an annoyance and at worst can damage a project. AdTech is promising to end all of that with their new DRIP-LESS glue guns, which they advertise give users a 90% reduction in strings and drips. This is possible because the AdTech DRIP-LESS glue guns have a feature that retracts the glue away from the gun’s tip when the trigger is released, so it won’t drip when not in use.

The AdTech DRIP-LESS glue guns come in two sizes (mini and full size). The one apparent downside to these glue guns is that they are high temperature glue guns and many crafters prefer to work with low temperature glue for safety. Perhaps in the future we’ll see a low temperature version made available, but in the meantime, this problem-solving innovation will still appeal to many people.

Katie Pertiet for Simple Stories

Simple Vintage Botanicals

Shipping: February & March 2019
Wholesale: Simple Stories
Retail: Scrapbook.com (Simple Vintage Traveler), Scrapbook.com (Simple Vintage Botanicals)

Katie Pertiet has been one of my favorite scrapbooking designers since her days with the now-defunct Autumn Leaves brand over 15 years ago. For a long time, I had to satisfy myself with getting her designs in digital form via Designer Digitals. Then a few years ago she dipped her toe back in the paper market with 49 & Market, and eventually landed at Simple Stories last year when her “Simple Vintage” brand there was announced.

The first two Simple Vintage collections of 2019 will be Simple Vintage Traveler and Simple Vintage Botanicals. They embody the best of the classic vintage style that Katie has made her signature not just in scrapbooking but in home decor licensing as well. Plenty of vintage (like Tim Holtz and Graphic 45) has remained in the scrapbook market since vintage went out of vogue as the dominant trendy style. But Simple Vintage has a lighter and brighter touch than most of these other retro brands, and so fills a void that I think was begging to be filled. This is your grandma’s vintage, vintage that doesn’t know that it is vintage. Even many scrapbookers who proclaim themselves not to be vintage fans will find themselves drawn to the timeless quality of these collections.

 

Lawn Fawn Magic Picture Changer die

Lawn Fawn Magic Picture Changer

Shipping: February 21st
Wholesale: Lawn Fawn
Retail: Simon Says Stamp

Lawn Fawn has long been the industry leader in creating dies that make movable features for handmade cards, but they really outdid themselves with this picture changer. Deceptively easy to assemble considering the complex effect that it creates, this fun die set is sure to find a home in many cardmakers’ toolboxes.

Lawn Fawn Magic Picture ChangerTwo new stamp sets have been released that are specifically designed for use with the magic picture changer die. One is weather themed (pictured above). The other set is called “Get Well Before n’ Afters” and features turtles, whales and chicks with various get well sentiments. Other stamps can be used with the magic picture changer die, of course, and I’d expect to see more sets designed for it from Lawn Fawn released in the future.

Simon Hurley for Ranger

Simon Hurley

Shipping: February 2019
Wholesale: Ranger Industries
Retail: Scrapbook.com

Ranger adding a new signature designer would be the talk of the show no matter who the designer was. But when it’s a 16-year-old Youtube star? Well, the buzz is off the charts!

Simon Hurley’s large debut collection of inks, stamps, stencils and more for Ranger is a foray into a whole new market demographic for Ranger. It’s an attempt to appeal to a much younger market, with bright colors, fun young designs, and a modern look.

Simon Hurley for Ranger

This model has worked for Wilton with the Nerdy Nummies line of baking products by YouTube star Rosanna Pansino – will it transfer to the papercrafts industry? It certainly seems like it from Simon’s Creativation debut. He had attracted a small crowd every time I passed his demo table and he showed maturity beyond his years in handling the pressure and the spotlight while demonstrating.

Waffle Flower Water Media Mat

Waffle Flower Water Media Mat

Shipping: March 2019
Wholesale: Waffle Flower
Retail:

It seemed that everyone I talked to at Creativation that at least dabbles in mixed media mentioned this as one of their favorite new products at the show! With a work area that can hold a 9×12 sheet of paper, this mat will hold a card sized project easily, with plenty of room surrounding it to use as a mixing palette.

Another feature that the professionals attending the show loved were the marks on the mat for 16:9 video format, along with several squares. These guides make setting up perfect video shots or social media images much simpler. It’s a small detail that is only useful to a specific group of users, but will be invaluable to those who need it.

To see the Waffle Flower Water Media Mat in action, visit their YouTube channel to see design team member Channin make a project with it!

Carta Bella “Baseball” collection

Carta Bella Baseball collection

Shipping: February 2019
Wholesale: Echo Park Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com

I rode on the plane to Phoenix (and back home) with people who were attending winter baseball events in Arizona. Another friend of mine just returned from the Bahamas after attending a winter baseball event there. Baseball fans – adult baseball fans – are passionate and devoted to their sport, treasuring their photos with their idols and their memorabilia like game tickets. Yet most sports line that are produced in the scrapbook industry are aimed more at kids’ sports than adult fans.

Carta Bella has stepped into that void with this vintage styled Baseball line. It’s classic emblems and bright colors make it suitable for everything from a visit to Cooperstown to a spring training trip to your kid’s Little League games.

Carta Bella baseball papers

One of the more classic touches in the design is the 3×4 card sheet designed to look like baseball cards. This collection is one that is bound to be snapped up – and hoarded – by baseball fans who have been longing for something that suits their grown-up love of the game!

 

Mod Podge Ultra

Mod Podge Ultra

Shipping: Spring 2019
Wholesale: Plaid Crafts
Retail:

Mod Podge has long been a reliable go to for scores of crafters. But Plaid kicked it up a notch with the Creativation debut of Mod Podge Ultra, a spray version of the versatile craft glue.

Plaid is touting the convenience of the spray format as well as its extreme hold properties. Demonstrations at the Creativation showed heavy ceramic mosaic pieces held in place with just a spritz!  But the product’s killer benefit to most consumers will likely be the promise of “no brush strokes”. The ability to decoupage and have perfect surfaces will be a huge selling point for many crafters.

 

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2019 Valentine’s Day Scrapbook Collection Round-Up!

It’s still two weeks until Christmas, but for us crafters, that means it’s already time to start thinking about Valentine’s Day! Many companies have already launched their 2019 Valentine’s Day collections, and with the Scrapbook Update Valentine’s Day Scrapbook Collection Round-up, you won’t miss a single one!

Valentines Day collections vertical

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We likely won’t see more Valentine’s collections released – most companies are already teasing their spring and Easter collections for January and February release. But if there are more released, this article will be updated to include them!

Valentine’s Day is largely a card making holiday for paper crafters. Because of that, several of the collections shown below are only available as paper pads in sizes smaller than 12×12, like 6×6 or 6×8. (But single sheets are available in 12×12.)

What are the trends for Valentine’s Day 2019?

The small number of collections released makes it somewhat difficult to highlight trends for this Valentine’s Day. But one thing jumped out at me in collections that seem aimed at Valentine’s Day for 2019: the colors. Instead of the traditional red and white, a variety of colors appear in most lines. Pink is definitely the dominant Valentine’s Day color for 2019, with red appearing more as an accent color. From a design standpoint this makes sense, as red is a color that can quickly overwhelm a design, especially if photos are involved. It also gives the products a life beyond Valentine’s Day, for wedding, anniversary, and everyday pages.

Trend experts have been predicting that sloths and llamas are the next animal trend. Only Pebbles picked up this trend for their Valentine’s papers, though.

2019 Valentine’s Day Scrapbook Paper Collections

The collections below are arranged alphabetically by company:

American Crafts: Valentines Photo Real

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American Crafts Valentines PhotoReal

Authentique Paper: Romance

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Retail: Simon Says Stamp, Amazon

Authentique Romance

Crate Paper: La La Love

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Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp,

Crate Paper La La Love

Doodlebug Design: French Kiss

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Wholesale: Doodlebug Design
Retail:

Doodlebug French Kiss

Echo Park: You & Me

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Wholesale: Echo Park Paper Co.
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp, Amazon

Echo Park You and Me

Pebbles: Loves Me

Shipping: now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp, Amazon

Pebbles Loves Me

Photo Play Paper: Wild Love

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Wholesale: Photo Play Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp,

Photo Play Wild Love

Reminisce: Heart and Soul

Shipping: December 2018
Wholesale: Reminisce
Retail: Scrapbook.com,

Reminisce Heart and Soul

Simple Stories: Kissing Booth

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Wholesale: Simple Stories
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp, Amazon

Simple Stories Kissing Booth

Webster’s Pages: Love Is In The Air

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Wholesale: Webster’s Pages
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

Websters Pages Love Is In The Air

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2018 Halloween Scrapbook Collection Round-Up!

Halloween is on the minds of many crafters already! Whether their preference is spooky and scary or cute and fun, scrapbookers will find plenty to love in this year’s Halloween releases.

2018 Halloween Scrapbook Paper Collection Round-Up

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There’s been a lot of talk the past few years about the explosion of Halloween products in the scrapbooking industry. As holidays go, it’s probably the second most popular one to create scrapbooking products for. That said…for 2018 I’ve one been able to collect about half as many new Halloween paper releases as Christmas ones. This is a testament to both the runaway popularity of Christmas, and the fact that the Halloween “trend” may not be as ubiquitous as it seems. One factor limiting Halloween’s market, of course, is that it doesn’t have quite the international appeal of Christmas.

What are the trends for Halloween 2018?

The biggest trend visible this Halloween is the integration of purple and green as Halloween palette colors. The integration of these colors started with “alternative” Halloween collections entirely in purple and green, offered as alternatives to the traditional black and orange. This has now progressed to purple and green being mixed right in as part of the color palette of the black and orange.

American Crafts is betting that the “photo realistic” look is coming back. This look was popular in the early days of the scrapbook industry nearly two decades ago but hasn’t been widely seen in products in a long time. American Crafts’ new Halloween Photo Real paper pad is part of an 8 pad Photo Real collection. The company’s DCWV brand also appears to have included some “photo realistic” style paper designs in its Dark Fairytale paper pad. Is photo realistic back? It’s up to consumers to decide!

Vintage style is conspicuous in its almost complete absence from this years’ Halloween lines. Only three 2018 Halloween lines are arguably vintage in style. (Although we haven’t seen pictures yet, it’s a pretty safe bet that the new Tim Holtz idea-olgy release will qualify as vintage!) The presence of vintage style in the industry has been growing in the last year or so, but many of the brands traditionally associated with vintage in the industry (Prima, Graphic 45) don’t have Halloween releases so that influence looks less than it really is in the Halloween releases. Continue Reading →

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2018 Christmas Scrapbook Collection Round-Up!

It’s July, and that means it’s Christmas time again in the scrapbook industry! Scrapbook manufacturers have been busy announcing their 2018 Christmas scrapbook collections. With the Scrapbook Update 2018 Christmas Scrapbook Collection Round-Up, you won’t miss a single one!

2018 Christmas Scrapbook Round-Up

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Christmas continues to be probably the most popular single theme for which to produce scrapbooking products. Virtually every company that produces paper is producing at least one Christmas paper collection (and many are producing more than one). I located a total of 36 new Christmas themed collections that are new for 2018. And that doesn’t count more generic winter themed lines that also can be used for Christmas holiday projects. Continue Reading →

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Cricut Explore Air 2 Machine: First Look

As many of you may remember, I spent a lot of 2015 traveling around the country to various Scrapbook Expo shows to demonstrate the Cricut Explore machine for Cricut. I loved both the chance to interact with consumers around the country, and the machines themselves! So I was thrilled when Cricut offered me the chance to try out the new Cricut Explore Air 2 machine, see how it compared to my current Cricut Explore machine, and tell my readers about it!

What is the Cricut Explore Air 2 machine?

Cricut Explore Air 2If, like me, you are a user of a previous Explore model of machine, you’re probably wondering what is different about this new one from your current model. For users of the original green model of Explore machine like mine, or of the Explore One, you’ll find that the bluetooth is now built inside the machine instead of requiring a plug-in accessory dongle to work. If you currently have an Explore One, you’ll also find that the Explore Air 2 has two carriages – one for the blade and one for accessories, meaning less switching out while cutting.

One other minor change is mostly cosmetic – the setting at the dial on the top of the machine now read “bonded fabric” instead of just “fabric”. This isn’t a change in the machine’s capability but rather a better explanation of them. The previous label, based on postings in Facebook groups I belong to, seemed to confuse people into thinking the machine could cut fabric when in fact it can only cut fabric that has been bonded to an interface backing to stiffen it.

For users of all previous Explore machines, Cricut is advertising that the Explore Air 2 will cut up to 2x faster than the previous machines.

If you are a user of a cartridge based machine (the Expression series and earlier) models, the Cricut Explore Air 2 machine is a whole new eco-system, with the Cricut Design Space software and Cricut Access library subscriptions, and features like the ability to import and cut your own SVG and JPG files. But you might also be asking if a computer based machine is too complicated, or too much hassle. You might be surprised to find that the answer is no.

Cricut Explore Air 2 machine

Although I’m very experienced in setting up Cricut machines from demonstrating them, for this article I decided to try an experiment and see how long it would take me to set up the machine and make the introductory project that is included in the set-up process (pictured above). I used a clean machine that had never had Cricut Design Space installed on it, so I was starting from scratch the same as any other new user – albeit one with a bit more experience under my belt.

I started a timer from the moment that I started to take things out of the box.

Inside the box, I found the machine, power cord, USB cord, a pen, a green mat, paper for the introductory project, and a few instruction booklets.

Cricut Explore Air 2 contents

If you follow the instructions in the box, the next step is to open a special URL on the Cricut website that serves as a tutorial for setting up new machines.

Cricut Explore Air 2 set-up

Then the instructions call for plugging in the machine to the wall and connecting it via cable to the computer.

Cricut Explore Air 2 instructions

Once that is done, there are onscreen instructions in Cricut Design Space to follow to complete setting up your machine. They literally walk you through each step.

When you are done with the set up, the final step is to have some fun with your new machine for the first time! At the 14 minute mark of my set-up process (and that included time taken to take a few pictures for this article like the ones above), I loaded a mat with paper into my new machine for the first time!

Cricut Explore Air 2 with mat

By barely over the 20 minute mark, I had not only set up my new machine, but I had created (along with a few pictures for this article) a fun little card with it!

Tips for setting up a new Cricut Explore Air 2 Machine:

  • Choose Chrome: I’ve used Google Chrome for a long time with my Cricut Explore, and it is highly recommended as the most trouble-free way to work in Cricut Design Space with the Cricut Explore family of machines.
  • Forget Old Machines: For the smoothest install and bluetooth set-up, go into your computer or mobile device’s bluetooth settings and tell it to “forget” your old Cricut Explore machine. You can always re-pair them later to continue using it alongside the new machine.

And that is it…my new machine was up and running – and I’d made something – in less than 20 minutes!

Does the Cricut Explore Air 2 really cut faster?

I ran another test to see – and if so, by how much!

First, I selected a “make it now” Easter card project from the Cricut Access library and set it up to cut on my iPad Mini. This way, all of my cuts would be made from the same file on the same computer device.

Cricut Easter card

Then, I cut the green part of the card three times. The first time, it was on my new Cricut Explore Air 2 machine on the “fast” setting. That setting is available for use on vinyl, iron-on, and cardstock, and can be used just by clicking a box in the cut window. That cut took 1:58 from start to finish.

Then I tried it again on my Cricut Explore Air 2 machine, but this time I unclicked the “fast” box to cut “regular” speed. On this setting, the cut was clocked at 2:45.

Finally I tried the cut on my old green Cricut Explore machine, and it took 2:54.

This was a relatively small, but complicated design file. Other files will show varying differences in speed, of course. But even with this file I saved nearly a third of the cut time moving from my old Cricut Explore machine to the fast speed on the new Cricut Explore Air 2. Extend this time savings to large intricate backgrounds for 12×12 pages, or for large amounts of production cutting, and the time savings could add up, well, fast (pun intended). Especially or machine owners who are running a business with their Cricut, faster cutting means more time for themselves – or more time to make more profit!

Now that I can cut so much faster with my new Cricut Explore Air 2, I’m really excited to take on some larger cutting projects that I didn’t have the time or patience for before, like 12×12 decorative backgrounds for scrapbook layouts, or intricate iron-on shirt designs. Or maybe I’ll even take on some wall-sized vinyl projects…

What would you like to make faster with the new Cricut Explore Air 2?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.