I've owned my Cricut Expression for several years and I'm amazed how often I use it. When I bought it I thought it would be a craft tool that would be handy, but I really didn't think it would be as useful as I have found it to be. I love how easy it is to use and with just three cartridges I'm able to find almost everything I need.
As much as I love the Cricut, there's one thing that has always annoyed me. Sometimes I want to cut out several of the same shape but in different sizes, or on many different scraps of paper (all on my cutting mat at once). If you are cutting just one shape at a time you need to select the shape for each individual cut. For example, if you are cutting 20 circles in a variety of sizes you'll need to select the shape each time you change the size.
>>Disclaimer: In the grand scheme of things this sounds kind of WHINY. I'm not saying this is on par with world hunger or anything, but it is some thing that annoys me. Now back to my tip.
Over the weekend I was using my Cricut and I figured something out that I want to share with you. The Cricut Expression has a "quantity" button that allows you to cut multiples of the same shape at once. I use that option a lot, but only if I'm cutting two or more of something. The tip I want to share is this: if you select the quantity button and the quantity of one you can move the blade around and change the size and the Cricut retains the previous shape you cut. Light bulb!
As I was making cards over the weekend I was using my Cricut to cut a specific shape from a 12"x12" patterned paper, but I wanted quite a bit of space between each cut. I realized that I could select the quantity button, set the quantity to one, chose my shape and select the cut button. Then I used the arrows to move the blade to the location of my next cut and selected the cut button without having to re-select the shape.
I'm not sure why it took me so long to figure this out, but now that I have I'm so excited. It's the little things, people.