This post is sponsored by Cricut. All opinions are my own.
I’m thrilled to be partnering with Cricut this year. I had a Cricut mini for years that I absolutely loved and used all the time but it was definitely time for an upgrade so I could create bigger and better things. The Cricut Air 2 is not only a pretty piece to look at but it’s ability to create more projects is what I love the most.
First I needed a space to well, create. My old desk was small and 9 times out of 10 I never even worked at it. Most times, I do my work from the couch or wherever kids are working. After getting all this pretty new equipment from Cricut, I had to create the perfect workspace for it.
Whether your new to Cricut and the Cricut Explore Air 2 or just want to learn more, I’ve but together 7 Things You Need to Create the perfect Cricut workspace for your Cricut Explore Air 2.
CRICUT EXPLORE AIR 2
I’ve been using my Cricut Mini (don’t judge) for years so it was finally time to upgrade to the Cricut EXPLORE Air 2 to really take my crafting to the next level. Let me just start off by saying this machine does not disappoint! I can’t believe I actually waited this long to upgrade.
This machine can do it all. It can cut all different materials – everything from cardstock, vinyl, and iron-on to specialty materials like glittery paper, polished foils, and bonded fabric.
You can create beautifully cut and decorated cards and use the pens like your very own calligrapher, embellishing projects with beautiful text and delicately drawn shapes.
A DEDICATED CRICUT WORKSPACE
If you have the space, I highly recommend a dedicated workspace to let your creativity run wild. My “office” is actually my family/homeschool room with a little corner for me. Once I took on this partnership I knew I had to upgrade my area. So I measure it out and headed to IKEA to create a space I could love, on a budget.
After a few trips to IKEA (it was actually like 5), I settled on the perfect combination of desk pieces for my space. I ended up purchasing just the wall desk but went back for the Linnmon to make it an L-shape.
I’m so glad I did. It gives me plenty of space to work and doesn’t take up much of the room at all.
I also went with a 4-shelf Kallax Bookcase to hold my EasyPress machines. I wanted them to be within reach at all times and I like how they look so they’re perfect to display on the shelves.
If you’re going to be doing any kind of heat transfers, I can’t recommend the EasyPress enough. I loved them so much, I ordered one in each size.
They take the guess work out of heat transfers and offer quick and consistent transfers that last! As someone who was using a regular old iron for years, this is SO much easier.
If you can’t get all three right away, I recommend the 9″ x 9″ to start and add to your collection from there.
This little machine backs a powerful bunch and is a much needed piece for your craft room. It does everything your favorite EasyPress does just in mini form. Making it perfect for hats, sneakers and all those little projects you’ve dreamt up.
Depending on what type of projects you want to create, you’re going to need some vinyl. With a wide assortment of colors and styles, there’s a vinyl for whatever project you can dream up.
HTV or heat transfer vinyl, is what you’ll need to make shirts and other crafts, like this Disney Fish Extender I made with my Cricut Mini a few years ago. Stock up on this! It’s what I use the most.
Cricut EXPLORE Air 2has an array of tools you’ll need when creating projects. I highly recommend one of the starter kits that have the basics like a weeder, etc.
EXTRA CUTTING MATS
I highly recommend getting an extra cutting mat or two. I’ve lost some over the years, the loose their stickiness after a while and there have been plenty of times I was in the middle of a project and I couldn’t find my mat and had to run out and get a new one.
Now I have them hung right on my bookcase that holds my EasyPress machines. I used a command hook to hang them out of the way but still handy when I need them.
Stay tuned for some fun projects coming your way courtesy of Cricut!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.
Sunday 13th of March 2022
Hi Dawn, Inspired by your post. Thanks for sharing. I too absolutely love your Cricut space you created. I love the mint color also. Which is the color I fell in awh with. I haven't purchased mine yet and still not sure which to get. I love, love, love, the functions listed on the Maker 3 but totally love the look of the Air Explore 2 in mint. So, for my first and as a beginner could you help me decide which I should go with. And understand totally its's an opinion. Looks vs Function.
Friday 16th of October 2020
HI I love the raiser/stand you have your monitor and cricut on. Could you share where you got it? TY!
Monday 29th of June 2020
Hi Dawn! I was just wondering what two desks exactly did you chose from IKEA? I absolutely love this set up and would love to recreate this! I saw that the linnmon tables have shelves on either one side or both and I was wondering which one you went with? Thank you so much 😁😁
Sunday 24th of May 2020
Hi I just got my cricut2I like your set up it’s something I would do eventually I’ve never done this before and I appreciate any advice or tips.
Thursday 26th of December 2019
Hi, absolutely love your little Cricut space. It’s so gorgeous yet functional. Can I ask where the chair came from? I am setting up a home office and got a new iMac for Christmas, but I want a more girly type of office chair than what I have seen at Office Depot. Thanks so much for the inspiration. My whole sewing room was furnished by ikea. Love that place.
Thursday 23rd of April 2020
Hi Joy! I'm so sorry I didn't see this comment before now. I picked up this chair at Home Sense. But I've seen similar ones at Marshall's, HomeGoods and TJ Maxx. Hope that helps!!