All About Cricut Joy – The New Mini Cutting Machine

by Crafty Lumberjacks

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Joy to the world, the new Cricut Joy has finally arrived! Cricut Joy is Cricut’s smallest smart cutting and writing machine ever!

We had the opportunity to head to Cricut headquarters to get a first look at the new Cricut Joy and we knew it was going to be a game changer for our small space and hectic schedule.


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Q: What does an apartment with a craft room in NYC and a unicorn have in common? 

A: They don’t exist! 

Typically, when we craft it takes longer to set up and gather materials than it takes to make the actual project. We love our one bedroom apartment, but a craft room is a distant dream. 

Cricut Joy is perfect for us because it’s compact, portable, and sets up instantly-making it super easy to move from room to room. Now we can cut out vinyl on our small coffee table as we binge watch or make labels on our kitchen counter as we reorganize the cabinets. 


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Now don’t get it twisted…we still LOVE our Cricut Maker, but Cricut Joy is our newborn baby and will be the perfect companion to our Maker. We’ll still rock our Cricut Maker for our bigger elaborate projects that have wider designs and need more cutting power. For smaller, practical everyday projects Cricut Joy will be our new go-to!

We can’t wait to quickly and easily personalize anything and everything in less than 15 min. 


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What is Cricut Joy

Cricut Joy is a small portable smart cutting and writing machine. It let’s you quickly and easily personalize anything with one cut and one color in 15 minutes or less. It’s portable enough to take anywhere, and powerful enough to cut repeated shapes up to 20 feet long. Cricut Joy makes it possible to make something unique for you – or anyone – at a moment’s notice.

What can I make with Cricut Joy?

Cricut Joy is perfect for practical, everyday projects – it’s fun, functional and simple to use. The options are endless, but here are some ideas to spark some creativity 

  • Customized labels to get extra organized. 

  • Vinyl decals for your water bottle or phone.

  • Iron-on transfers to personalize your tote bag or a last minute gift.

  • Simple party decor, like banners and cupcake toppers. 

  • Personalized place settings for holiday dinners.

  • Create super-fast no fuss greeting cards. Perfect for when a birthday sneaks up on you! *This is something new that we are SUPER excited about. 

What do I need to know about Cricut Joy?

  • Mats Optional! Cricut Joy has a line of brand-new materials that do not require a mat which means less to buy, fewer steps and faster results! The new Cricut Joy Smart Vinyl comes in extended sizes up to 20’, with repeated cut capability and no need to switch out mats. Set it and forget it! (20′ Smart Vinyl is available in certain colors only.)

  • Bad handwriting like us? Let Cricut Joy do it for you with a new line of compatible pen types that draw and write in a variety of styles. 

  • All-new Cricut Joy Insert Card sets and Cricut Joy Card Mat make it easier than ever to create a card in minutes.


Iron-On Felt Zipper Pouch

In honor of Cricut Joy’s small size we thought we’d personalize a pouch to keep some craft supplies in. Little did we know when we ordered the pouch, it would end up being bigger than JOY! 


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We designed and made this quick project all from the comfort of our couch and our iphone! Ah, the modern world.


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MATERIALS:

HOW TO:

It’s as easy as picking a project, letting Joy do all the work and then putting it all together…but we’ll break it down for ya!

Step 1: On your phone or tablet open our free cut file in the Cricut Design Space app. Resize if needed, click “Make it” and then “Mirror”.

Step 2: Cut vinyl down to size. The app lets you know how much vinyl you’ll need, so there’s little waste.


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Step 3: Set material (Smart Iron-On) and press “Go”!

Step 4: Load Cricut Joy by simply sliding the Smart Iron-On shiny side down through the two brackets. Joy will detect and grab the material, double checking there’s enough length before cutting. 


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Step 5: When Cricut Joy’s done cutting, press “Unload” and check out it’s handy work! So professional!


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Step 6: Peel and weed away any extra Iron-On.


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Step 7: Preheat the EasyPress Mini on low setting. 

Step 8: Preheat pouch for 5 seconds. Center Iron-On face down, liner side up and press while moving with light pressure for 30 seconds. Tip: Slide a book inside the pouch to create a flat surface.


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Step 9: Carefully peel off liner while warm for the big reveal!


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Throw in all your “small things” or give it as a gift to someone who will think you spent way more time and energy making it than you actually did!


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Time after time we put off doing simple projects, because of the hassle of setting up in our space…but not anymore!  Cricut Joy is our answer to the long list of simple ideas we’ve been putting off because of laziness and time restraints. 

Also, it fits seamlessly with our home decor, so it’s always in reach… so, no more excuses! We could go on and on, but writing this post has gotten us excited to go customize and personalize everything we own! 


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Cricut Joy will be available online and in-stores early March. For even more info about this tiny but mighty machine go to Cricut.com

Can’t wait to hear about the joy it brings to your space!

5 comments

Tracy February 24, 2020 - 12:53 pm

I’m thinking I may need this now!! Thanks guys!!

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Crafty Lumberjacks February 24, 2020 - 9:21 pm

Yes! It’s so great! March 1st is the big day!

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Lisa Chin March 1, 2020 - 10:50 pm

Awesome little tool! Do you think it would cut stencil material?

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Karen July 21, 2020 - 5:16 pm

As a newbie to Cricut this was really helpful, thanks!

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Crafty Lumberjacks July 21, 2020 - 5:42 pm

Karen! So glad to hear it!! Welcome to the Cricut Club!!

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