Introducing Cricut Joy | What Is It and What Can It Do?
For the past month or so, I’ve been sitting on a big little secret. Earlier this year, my all-time favorite brand, Cricut, invited me out to Salt Lake City to preview their newest machine. After picking myself up off the floor from shock, I couldn’t help but wonder…of all the bloggers and all the Cricut super fans out there…why me? And then they revealed Cricut Joy, and I instantly knew why I was there. Because this little but mighty machine is PERFECT for YOU…my readers. For my DIYers who want to update their spaces on a budget. For my organizers who want to label every little thing with gorgeous labels. For my renters who don’t have any space for a craft room or bulky supplies. For my busy mamas who need quick, easy and fuss-free party decor, teacher gifts, classroom crafts, and more. It’s the Cricut machine for ALL of us, and today I am both honored and thrilled to show you what Cricut Joy is and what it can do!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.
What is Cricut Joy?
Cricut Joy is the newest addition to the Cricut family of cutting machines. It is Cricut’s smallest smart cutting machine (measuring just 8.5” wide, 5” deep, and 5” tall), making it super lightweight, easily storable, and perfectly portable. Don’t let its small size fool you though…this little lady has some serious state-of-the-art capabilities that will allow you to create like no other machine in the Cricut family.
Like other Cricut machines, Cricut Joy both cuts and writes, but it does so using a whole host of tools and materials specifically designed for its smaller footprint. From vinyls and papers, to iron-on and card kits, everything for Cricut Joy is…well…little…but more importantly, intentionally designed to eliminate fuss and frustration while maximizing ease and flawless results.
To be clear here, everything for Cricut Joy is uniquely designed…pens, blades, mats, materials, charging cord…everything. Although other materials you may already have on hand can be cut down to fit Cricut Joy’s mats, any Maker/Explore blades, mats, tools, pens, etc cannot be used with Cricut Joy. To make sure what you’re using is compatible, always look for “Cricut Joy” clearly marked on the packaging.
Introducing Matless Cutting
One of the most exciting and innovative aspects of Cricut Joy is matless cutting! (Cue the confetti!)
I’ll be honest…I didn’t realize how time-consuming and annoying dealing with mats was until I didn’t have to use them! I’m totally hooked, and the ability to cut without a mat has me consistently reaching for my Cricut Joy over my other, bigger machines.
Until now, cutting on a Cricut machine required adhering some sort of material (paper, vinyl, iron-on, etc) to a sticky mat and then loading that mat into the machine. Once the design was done cutting, you’d unload the mat, remove your material from the mat, and (quite often) clean it.
However, Cricut Joy eliminates that entire process. It features sensors under the feed guides that allow Cricut Joy Smart Materials to be cut without a mat. You simply feed these specific materials right into the machine (similar to how you would load a laminating machine), and your design will be cut with the same precision as any other Cricut machine.
What Are Smart Materials?
Cricut Joy Smart Materials are sized and designed to be cut, matless, on Cricut Joy. Not only do they have a firmer backing (which provides the stability necessary for cutting), but they feature bands on either side of the material that allow them to feed directly into the machine. These Cricut Joy Smart Materials come in both vinyl and iron-on, in a whole host of colors and finishes, and in lengths of 48”, 10 ft, and 20 ft rolls (in limited colors)!
Yes, you read that right…20 foot rolls! And do you know what that means? Yep – you can cut up to 20 feet of designs, all at once, without having to unload and reload mat after mat. Current Cricut users know what a serious game changer this truly is!
Does Cricut Joy Only Cut Smart Materials?
No…you can use mats with Cricut Joy! The machine comes with a 4.5×8.5” Standard Grip Mat. Cricut Joy 12” long Light Grip, Cricut Joy 12″ Standard Grip Mats, and a Cricut Joy Card Mat are also available. The mats are used for all paper cutting, non-smart vinyl and iron-on, and scraps. These mats look, feel and work just like the Cricut mats you already know and use, but they are fed into the machine just like the Cricut Joy Smart Materials (rather than loaded and unloaded with a button).
What Else Can Cricut Joy Cut…and How Big?
It is important to note here that Cricut Joy primarily cuts a wide variety of vinyl, iron-on, paper, and cardstock. However, it does not have the power nor the interchangeable tools to cut fabric, chipboard, wood or other heavier-duty mediums as seen in the Explore and Maker models.
And with such a little machine, you might be wondering how big can it actually cut? Bigger than you might think!
- Cricut Joy Smart Materials with Matless Cutting – any design that is 4.5” wide x 48” long or smaller
- With a 10’ roll, you can cut the 48” long design twice
- With a 20’ roll, you can cut the 48” long design 5 times, all without unloading!
- Mat Cutting
- 4.5×8.5” Mat – 4.2” wide x 6.5” long
- 4.5×12”Mat – 4.2″ wide x 11.5” long
A Streamlined Design
Before we dive into a sample project so you can get a sense for how truly easy Cricut Joy is to create with, let me first chat about how it looks and fits into your home.
First, there are no buttons! To turn it on, you simply plug it in. As I mentioned before, to load the machine, you feed your Cricut Joy Smart Material or mat right into the guides. “Go,” “Pause,” and “Unload” functions are all controlled via Cricut Design Space (on desktop, mobile and tablet). Admittedly, if you are already an Explore/Maker user, not having the Load/Unload button or flashing Cricut button does take some getting used to. That said, the mobile app makes it so easy to both design your projects AND run your machine with a simple tap of a button. (Yes! That means a computer really isn’t necessary…making mobile cutting a real reality!)
The machine features an ultra-modern, sleek and simple design that will seamlessly fit into your home…wherever you need to put it! It looks nice on kitchen counters, desks, and cubbie bookshelves yet also tucks perfectly into bins or baskets for out-of-the-way storage.
For those of you who write to me and say “I’d love a Cricut but I have nowhere to keep it,” this is the machine for you! Not only can Cricut Joy (and its just-as-small accessories and supplies) be easily tucked away, but it can also be quickly pulled out whenever creativity strikes. Spreading out on the kitchen table is no longer a big production, as Cricut Joy can be setup and cleaned up in mere minutes!
What Kinds of Projects Can Cricut Joy Make?
Oh but friends…vinyl decals are just the tip of a very large iceberg. I can’t wait to show you all it can do in the coming weeks!
Friends, Cricut set out to reduce your most common barriers to crafting: time, space, and fear of failure. And Cricut Joy so perfectly accomplishes that mission! The machine features such a sleek, small footprint, that it can find a place in even the tightest of homes. Its ease of use (no mats, no measuring!) means you can easily fit projects into your busy, messy, overflowing life. And its perfectly precise cutting that Cricut is known for means you will get great results on your projects…every time. Cricut Joy is so aptly named…I can’t wait to show you all the ways it can help bring a little more joy to your life and home!
4 Comments on “Introducing Cricut Joy | What Is It and What Can It Do?”
Wow this is amazing! I always am jealous of the cool labeling you do, but sheer size and complexity of the older machines always made me shy away from them. This one looks so fun and manageable – and most importantly, storable! Thank you for sharing – can’t wait for your new blog post on labeling possibilities!
Totally agree with Cindi that seems like a great new option. And I am definitely one of the people that said, at this point in my life I don’t need a $300 machine (plus all the stuff to actually use it!). Did I miss it, or did you leave out the price? I connected to the link, and it shows $180 for the machine, plus all the stuff sells individually. I don’t see a “Starter Package”, but the basic attachments look like they could add up quickly. So it’s still something I’ll have to weigh in terms of cost vs. rewards. But the small size, ease of use and portability, do make it look good. Thanks so much for the update. Aloha!
I am frustrated with Joy. I have cut only a few cards but the blade does not cut all the way through the Cricut card stock. Weeding is a nightmare. I have to use an exacto knife and it takes forever! What is wrong? I was SO excited but now disappointed. Can you help?
Hmmmm….something definitely does NOT sound right. Is the blade sitting all the way down in the clamp? You have removed all the packaging/styrofoam around the blade housing, correct?
If the machine is fully unpacked and setup right, do you have the correct material selected in Cricut Design space? On the cut screen, you can select your material type (make sure you select “Insert Cards: and can even increase/decrease the pressure via the dropdown menu (see image attached).
If you’ve tried all of those things, let me know and I’ll keep thinking. It also wouldn’t hurt to reach out to Cricut since what your’e experiencing is NOT normal..it should cut clean through the paper on it is own.
Hopefully, we can get this sorted out for you!Megan