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Article courtesy Scrapjazz; by Lisa Wallace

When do bugs in your scraproom mean it's NOT time for the exterminator? When you're talking about the scrapper's new favorite Bug, the Cricut Personal Electronic Cutter!

1_205Weighing in at just 7 pounds, this ‘lil bug doesn't require a computer connection! Simply insert the cartridge, push a few buttons, and you're ready to cut a variety of letters and shapes from 1" to 5.5"! With a library of over X cartridges available, the Cricut offers thousands of possibilities. Each letter or shape on the cartridges offers additional options like shadow, solid filled, and more - expanding the scope of your cutting library.

Ready to step it up a notch, cutting style? Check out the ‘lil bug's big sister, the Cricut Expression. The Expression can be used with a 12x12 or 12x24 inch mat, and will cut in portrait as well as landscape orientation - this allows for letters and shapes up to 23.5" long! The Cricut Expression also packs a bigger punch, and will allow you to cut light-weight chipboard.

Got cartridge fever? Take a peek at the Cricut Jukebox! Never swap a cartridge again! Each Cricut Jukebox can use up to 6 cartridges, and up to 3 Jukeboxes can be linked - that's 18 cartridges, right at your fingertips!


  • The Cricut Personal Electronic Cutteris lightweight and portable, doesn't require a computer connection.
  • Both the original Cricut and the Expressionuse the same cartridges, blades, and blade housings.
  • Extensive library of cartridges covers many styles, themes, and tastes.


  • The original Cricutis limited to 5" high letters and shapes.
  • The Cricut Expressionoffers additional options, but has a significantly higher cost.
  • Each cartridge increases the financial investment needed to cut a wider variety of letters and shapes.

Perfect for: The scrapper who attends frequent crops away from home, doesn't have a computer in their scrap area, or is uncomfortable with computer use.


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