There are over 100 digital cartridges that are exclusive to the Cricut Craftroom. The cartridges can be purchased at Cricut.com and are listed in a separate category HERE. I have not been paying careful attention to the cartridges as they are released for a couple of reasons. I have found the Craftroom program to be difficult to work with and I thought that the prices for these small sets of images was disproportionately high.
When Provo Craft announced that the Cricut Circle was changing to a new program, one of the benefits they gave to existing Circle members (as of July 31, 2012) was free access to all of the craftroom exclusive cartridges for the month of August. So of course, I decided to take a closer look.
When digital rights are given to a cartridge in the Craftroom, the rights are also added to the Gypsy when you run the Cricut Sync. I spent quite a bit of time on Monday, looking through all of the cartridges that are now available on my Gypsy. I also discovered that there are digital handbooks available for nearly all of the Craftroom Exclusive cartridges. Many of the cartridges contain more than the three or four shapes you see when the item is listed. The link to the digital cartridge is in the item description on the Cricut site. These handbooks are PDFs so you can load them onto a tablet or smartphone to look at them
in your spare time.
Here is an example of one of the cartridge PDFs for the "Movie Night" digital cartridge that sells for $9.99 (the digital cartridges have occasionally been on sale at 20% off so watch for the sale if that seems high to you).
I haven't made up my mind about rejoining the Circle. The price is drastically reduced but so are the benefits. I don't really want any of the cartridges that are offered - I would have preferred a system that would allow you to select any cartridge for your membership cartridge benefit.
Circle membership was offered beginning August 1, 2012 at a new lower price of $79.99 or 3000 Cricut Reward points. The revised benefits do not include a Circle blog, Circle magazine, Circle meetups, contests, early notice about new cartridges (formerly called Wow Wednesday) or other items there were promised for the original Circle but never completed. The discount and free shipping for orders might be worthwhile but I rarely spend $50 at a time on Cricut.com and cartridges are fairly regularly on sale in the large craft stores for $29.99 (this week at Joann's).
The new membership can be purchased in the shopping section of Cricut.com HERE and includes:
- One cartridge exclusive for one year to Cricut Circle members, or you can choose a different cartridge.
- 10% off of all purchases made on Cricut.com
- Free shipping on orders over $50 made on Cricut.com
- Exclusive promotions on Cricut.com
- Double reward points for purchases on Cricut.com
The Circle cartridges are no longer exclusive to members - after a year they will be available to purchase like any other cartridge. You have the choice of the Exclusive cartridge "Something to Remember" or five other cartridges, Fontopia, A Quilted Christmas, Dr. Checkup, A Frightful Affair or French Manor (the original exclusive Circle cartridge).
If you were a "Premier Charter of Charter member of the Circle and you rejoin, you can email support to get a $10 credit on your Cricut/com account. You can also use reward points to pay for a membership but the 3,000 point requirement doesn't seem to make sense since you can purchase a cartridge in rewards for 1,000 points. If I rejoin, I'll probably pay cash in the hopes that I could do better with my stash of points (having heard repeated promises that the Rewards site is being revamped as well).
So, to get back to the exclusive digital image sets - I actually found quite a few that I like and I am looking forward to using them this month. If you haven't looked at them lately it might be worth spending the time to scroll through the list. If you are a former Circle member, it is definitely worth taking advantage of the free use of the images this month. Maybe if you are a good planner you can precut lots of things you anticipate needing in the coming year!
The big project that I just finished last week involved redoing a group of old magnetic albums that were badly discolored. There were so many pages that I decided to just do a title page for each book rather than try to decorate every page (it would have taken many days to do that!).
I discovered the French flag and country shape in the France digital cartridge and it worked perfectly for the cover. I used my Cameo for the title. I welded the font "French Script" and created a blackout shadow for the welded word with just a few clicks. The castle for the England books, is from Once Upon a Princess and the title was cut with the Cameo, welded in "Stonehenge" font and shadowed.
I'd love to hear your opinions in the comments:
Have you tried any digital Craftroom Exclusive cartridges? What do you think of them? Do you think the prices are fair for the content provided?
Are you thinking about or have you joined the new Circut Circle? What makes it worthwhile to you to join? Did you choose the "exclusive for one year" cartridge or one of the others?
I'll have to make up my mind soon - there are lots of other ways I could spend $80...
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