5 Simple Ways I use my Cricut Joy

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cricut for Cricut. All opinions are 100% mine.

2020. What a year, amiright? I would never have known with I received the new Cricut Joy from Cricut back in March that I would a) be about to take on an extended summer with my kids home for what felt like 1 million days and b) have so many ways to use the Cricut Joy in my daily life.

I have previously used a Cricut Explore Air 2 and was curious to see how easy it really was to use the Cricut Joy in comparison to my Cricut Explore Air 2. Well, since I’ve received the Cricut Joy, it has become my go-to machine. It is so easy to use, portable, set up is easy, mats are optional thanks to smart materials…. I could go on and on. I love that I can ask one of my children to go upstairs and get my Cricut Joy in its cute little tote bag and not have to worry about it being too heavy or cumbersome for them to carry for me.

I would love to share with you today 5 little ways that I have used Cricut Joy throughout my day to day life, especially with Covid going on.

1) Make and send cards. We did this for family members in March and April, Teachers in May, birthdays for friends. My boys have loved playing around with the card options in Cricut Design Space and finding new things they can make and send out.

2) Car Stickers. My husband and I go through phases of wanting to redo our car sticker situation…. I don’t know exactly why, but I like to change things up. I uploaded my favorite band’s logo to Cricut Design Space, with the help of my husband, and made myself a fun, new Weezer sticker for my car. As always, when you are doing things with a specific logo, make sure you are only using it for personal use and not for profit.

3) Labeling buckets. I already said 2020 was a weird year, but we have upped our storage of commonly used items not knowing what the future holds. For us, we go through a lot of flour, sugar, and our favorite smoker wood pellets. This was a fast, easy project that I made using Cricut free fonts and labeled my buckets according to what is inside of them. This project took MINUTES and only required smart permanent vinyl, transfer tape, and time!

4) Label my quilting rulers. This one might seem silly not knowing when I will be sewing with friends again, but I really wanted to label my quilt rulers. Some of these rulers are super pricey and I would hate to have one walk off unintentionally. I searched for “Tulip” in Cricut Design Space. When I did that, I found a free “Window Cling Flower Box” project. Through the “customize” feature, I got rid of everything except a cute little tulip and added a “J” to the center of each tulip. I cut these out on permanent smart vinyl and adhered them to my quilting rulers.

5) Water Bottle Labels. Our elementary school has asked that each child brings a refillable water bottle to school each day. I have heard similar things from different friends and family throughout the country. In order to make sure my kids know which bottle is theirs, I used a Free Cricut font and made BIG letters. My oldest wanted his initials and my kindergartener wanted his name so it was something he was familiar with.

Each of these projects were easy to make using my Cricut Joy in 5 minutes or less. I loooooove organizing my house just a bit and making things personalized as well. Cricut Joy is available for purchase online and in-store (I’ve even seen it at Target!). If you are considering a Cricut and don’t currently have one, I highly recommend the Cricut Joy as an easy, everyday machine.

Custom Tape

Let me first say this post is NOT sponsored. I just wanted to share something awesome I found and love. I recently shared on instagram how a box of quilts went missing between my house and my binding client’s. It still makes me sick to my stomach to think about it. My husband and I had been talking about the possibility of designing and printing custom tape for my boxes that I send out and this was the catalyst to get that going. We found a company that prints not only tape, but stickers, etc etc etc. The tape we had printed is the same type of tape that Amazon uses on their packages with those threads that make it harder to rip. I LOVE it! I used it for the first time today and it is soooooo awesome. It is not like normal tape and you do have to wet a sponge, then wet the tape, then attach it, but it was really easy. I love the security it adds to package and the recipients will know for sure what is inside the box when it arrives. 🙂 If you have any tape or sticker needs, I highly recommend Sticker Mule. Follow this link to get $10 off your order! (psssst. 300 feet of tape is only $39 so $10 off is a big deal!) Sticker Mule

Cotton Cuts Subscription Box

I was asked a few weeks ago if I’d like to try out a box from Cotton Cuts in exchange for my thoughts. I am always up for trying out subscription boxes or other quilting tools. There are so many options out there and we all only have a limited amount of our budget that we spend on fabric, notions, quilting, tools, etc. and I love suggesting things I feel are worth a part of your budget!

Here’s how Cotton Cuts works:

They ask you a series of questions to try to get to know your quilting style, then they customize a box based on your preferences. You can choose 12 fat quarters or 1 half yard cuts. You can choose to have a box sent monthly, or every other month. They customize the experience so you end up with a box you are pleased with when it arrives in the mail. Beyond that, I love the mission behind Cotton Cuts. They provide jobs to intellectually challenged and others with disabilities. I just LOVE companies that give back or exist to help provide opportunities to those who might not have employment otherwise.

My box arrived today and I was so pleased by the contents. I requested no batiks (they’re just not my thing) and ended up with 12 great FQ’s (plus the one extra they sent!). Surprisingly none of these are repeats with what I have in my stash, which is awesome considering I have accumulated quite a bit of Cotton + Steel lately. I adore Sweet Marion by April Rosenthal and recognized the two florals immediately. The novelty prints are perfect for a boy mom and I forsee some drawstring bags in my future for more hot wheels storage.

In addition to the perfectly folded and packaged FQs, they also included a cute Gingiber greeting card, Lanterns jelly roll friendly pattern by Purple Pineapple Studio, two 12-1/2″ block patterns, a cute zipper pull, and a free pattern download of my choice from Rebecca Bryan. I’m super excited to pick a pattern and get started enjoying this awesome box.

If you’d like to try it out, go to www.cottoncuts.com and use the code VANORMAN for 10% off your first box!