Dilema: Cricut or Slice?

Jennie - posted on 01/28/2010 ( 34 moms have responded )

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The lady at my local store told me that the making memories slice was better for me than the cricut because it was smaller and simpler and i'm a beginner with not a lot of space to scrap. She told me that the cricut wasted a lot of paper at first until you learn how to work with it and the cartridges were expensive but i want to hear from scrapping mamas like me. thank you

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Joan - posted on 02/09/2010

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Well, I think "know thyself" rings true for this one. I love the slice images...they are modern and cute. I love the fonts...again modern.

If I were just comparing the slice to Cricut cartridges, it would be easy.

HOWEVER. For me, I don't have a lot of flat workspaces on my desk for the Slice stickymat you have to restick to cut on each time. Having to dedicate that flat workspace wasn't going to work for me...I'd have everything in the world glued to it.

I don't know that I waste a lot of paper...I buy stock at Big Lots or scrapbook clearance stores, or stacks of colors I use a lot. I think I waste less paper than I was wasting in money on letter stickers before...and wasn't using because they were the wrong size or color for my project.

I use Cricut plus Sure Cuts a Lot software (third party software that lets me cut any shape or font on my computer). I have downloaded all the Nestability dies for cardmaking for it and just cut them with my Cricut. I use it a LOT for my kids projects, and it can cut much bigger letters than the Slice can.

I think all those are good to take into consideration.

I'd love to play with a slice...they are adorable and portable...but I'm not sure it's the best choice for me personally.

Good luck! (You might also read reviews at twopeasinabucket.com or other scrapping sites to get a good feel for pros and cons to put on your own list!)

Eve - posted on 02/07/2010

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No bother at all! Animal crackers is one. The Spring one has lots of cute bunny's and catapillars and birds and such that would make a cute scene for a baby page. The Basic one that comes with the Slice is another one. The more you look at, especially the basic shapes, the more you will find (in the same way that an ending parenthacy is also a sideways smile) the multiple applications of a die cut. Example: The grass in the spring cartridge could also make a nice head of hair~lol. Or the carrot , if you cut the top off and turned the carrot upside down (the widest part of carrot being at the bottom) it would probably make a nice palm tree for a beach baby page with a pretty sunrise or sunset picture in it from baby's window. Don't hesitate to ask anything else :) Eve

Sara - posted on 01/30/2010

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I tried the slice once at a demo. She's right about it being smaller, and I guess you wouldn't waste the paper since you don't have to cut it down to size first. However, I honestly instantly disliked it. I just didn't want to cut one letter, move the machine/paper, cut another letter, move...etc. I use my cricut mostly for titles so I'd be moving it way too much. And honestly, I think the cricut is pretty easy to use Plus, I don't always cut a full 6 x 12 inch piece to do my titles on. If I want 2 inch tall letters, I just cut a piece that's 2 1/4 inches tall. Not much waste there! :-)
As for the cost issue, it's true that the cartridges are expensive in stores. And they rarely go on sale and you usually can't use coupons. However, I bought 2 cartidges on Ebay and paid less than $30 each including shipping. Like I said, I mostly use the letter cartidges since I do a lot of titles with my cricut. The cartridges I bought have 6 different fonts or styles on each...compared to buying letter stickers, it's a bargain!

SO - I would reflect on what you'll do with it. If you see yourself using it often, and using it for titles/letters, I would still recommend the cricut. Plus the prices have come WAY down. I bought my original cricut (personal cutter) on sale about a year ago for $150. Now they are around $80 at Walmart.

Tanya - posted on 01/29/2010

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WOW!!! This is an EASY question.... CRICUT of course. This is the thing.. EVERYTHING takes time to learn. There are soooo many videos on youtube PLUS alot of WONDERFUL blogs to check out. How about this.. I belong to a Message Board called Paper Crafting Mania, http://papercrafting.11.forumer.com/inde... , Come register.. and ask 100000 questions. We are a SMALL group always looking to help and inspire. We have challenges and daily chats where we just chit chat, or cry, or vent... this is a VERY laid back forum. So.. another thing.. you buy the CHEAP plain white cardstock from Walmart in the paper supply section and practice with that. It is easier than that lady at the store makes it seem. BTW.. I have been using it a couple years and LOVE it!!! There is a new software called Make The Cut as well that is better than SCAL. I do not recommend SCAL or MTC until you are fully aware of the Cricut capabilities. Learn one thing at a time ya know. So.. feel free to drop by... Leave a note saying Tanya sent ya ;) .. Hugs... Tanya

Ivodell - posted on 01/29/2010

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I love my cricut , i know a few of my friends have been horrified when I told them the cost. But so what i get enjoyment out of it, and really a sheet of cardstock does not cost that much does it .

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Connie - posted on 01/02/2013

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Storage space, as MaryAnn mentioned, can be a problem for some. I also have 60+ cartridges. I have them filed neatly in storage boxes labeled with the titles under a 2' x4' table that I use for my Cricut machine. An alternative, is the Cricut Gypsy, though it is expensive. The cartridges are downloaded onto the Gypsy design device. Then, all you need are your Gyspy and a cord.

MaryAnn - posted on 01/01/2013

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i have two cricuts- love them, however, the carts can get expensive.. i have 60+ and have a huge investment in them. But i've now discovered the Cameo Silhouette- I love the idea of no cartridges!!! my cameo will be here this week and i'm starting to weed out my carts that i bought, but really never use. I love the idea of making my own designs- and really.. i thought it would be so difficult, but it's not- I'm not really tech savy, but i have been using the the software that you can download free- just to see how i like it. the decision is up to you.. but if you are looking for a decent cutter, cricut isn't bad- but the downside are the carts and storing them

Connie - posted on 12/30/2012

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TO DONNA JUSTICE: I have never tried and never have heard of anyone using the Cricut for cutting fabric. The recommended materials for cutting on a Cricut machine are: scrapbook paper, cardstock, vellum, thin chipboard (like the backside of a ceral box) which can be painted, stamped or otherwise embellished. I would imagine that fabric would leave lint on the mat, shortening its life.

Connie - posted on 12/30/2012

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I have never used the Slice and really don't know anything about it. I do know that Cricut has many more cartridge choices than any other machine out there. I would NOT recommend the Cricut Expression ll to start out with. I started with the mini, passed that to my d-i-l and bought myself the original Cricut Expression. I am very satisfied with it.

Yes, Cartridges can be expensive, but I only look for good deals with very few exceptions. I have accumulated a number of cartridges over the years. Maybe you know someone that you could borrow from. Both, my sis-in-law and next door neighbor, as well as some people at church have cartridges that they are willing to share. Sometimes websites (I believe it is Cricut.com) will "rent" cartridges or an image. You have to pay for the rent, hook it up to your computer with a usb cable, and you have 2 weeks to cut as much as you like.

Do you homework before you buy either the machine or the cartridges. Check retail stores and get on their email lists. Check cricut websites, write down the name and price and then check Amazon.com or Ebay. I have gotten the best deals online, but Ebay is not always the cheapest as some will bid more than you could buy it on sale. If you buy the machine, I wouldn't buy used or reconditioned as they usually don't have a warranty. New machines come with a DVD on how to use your machine, plus one, or even two cartridges. You can also go on youtube and see videos of how to use any of the machine choices. Check prices on the mats that you place the paper on. Learn how to extend the life of your mats.

As far as wasting paper at first with the Cricut, watch the DVD, read the user manual, and read the manual that comes with each cartridge. That will give you a better idea of how to get optimal use out of each paper. Also, I save my scraps, filed by color, to use for smaller cuts.

Personally, I love my Cricut! Good luck.

Donna - posted on 12/30/2012

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hello i was wondering if any of you use your cricut for cutting material and if you have comparied it to the slice. thanks alot

Connie - posted on 10/26/2012

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Sometimes Ebay bidders will bid more than what you can get a cartridge on sale for. Do your homework first.

Connie - posted on 10/26/2012

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Good luck! A little bit later, I can give you some websites to check out. If you sign up for their emails, You will know when the sales are.

Karen - posted on 10/26/2012

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Be casreful with Oh My Crafts.....they do have good sales, but the shipping is pretty pricey. Ebay is the best place to shop for cricut cartridges.

Connie - posted on 10/26/2012

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I have never used the Slice machine. If you were to but it, then down the road want to upgrade, then you will be buying 2 machines and respective cartridges I used to own the maller Cricut, then upgraded to the Expression, passing my original to my daughter-in-law. I do have a Sizzix die cutter as well. Sizzixe dies can be expensive, too, depending on what you want. I have seen alphabets for as much as $149. Even at a 1/2 price sale, even $75 is too much for my liking. I can purchase 3 or more Cricut cartridges on sale for that price! When you buy it new, it comes with a DVD with lots of good information, and cartridges come with instruction manuals on how to get the exact look that you want. Very versatile. As far as wasting paper, I don't waste too much. The machine allows you to start your cut wherever you need to. I keep all my scraps, sorted by color in labeled file folders to use for punches, stamp on a small mat, cut out crazy shapes for mosaics or confetti, and much more. Paper does not need to be wasted. I love my Cricut Expression.

Dianne - posted on 10/21/2012

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I have used the different size circut I am sure u can use up ur scrap paper to cut out on ur circuit.i love my circut. There are amazing sites that advertise things for ur machine I have ordered them from America too and I am from Australia as well . We pay a lot more for these items than you ladies in America. Pays to shop around. I love scrapping either alone or with friends. Happy Scrapping. From Di in Aussie land.

Sarah - posted on 10/20/2012

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I bought some of them, I drew some of them, and there are forums where folks share them too... It really depends on how you want to go about it...



I started with a software called Wrapcandy and I still use the forum there quite often. The software is quite limited though, and I quickly wanted to move up in capability. So, I started designing wrappers in Paint Shop Pro, which is owned by Corel now... It is a great program for folks starting out! You have a lot of functionality but it has a learning curve. I would recommend a site like lynda.com or what not to really help you get the most out of any program you do get.



As I moved into digital scrapbooking (where the files are huge because they are 12 inches square at 300 dpi for good printing), I wanted to get an even more powerful program so I moved up to the full version of Photoshop, Creative Suite. Photoshop also has a program called Elements that has a lot of good functionality as well. It's very comparable to the Corel programs!



I hope that helps! Feel free to ask me more, or check out my blog at www.alisarah.com :D

Natalie - posted on 10/16/2012

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Hi sarah im looking into doing custom party favors as well.Do u recommend any software/programs for your computer??? I see u said you have tons of graphics. I wanted to know how u got them?

Diana - posted on 09/15/2012

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I have a Slice, Cricut and a Silhouette and I would definitely recommend the Silhouette. You can do a lot more with it than the other 2 and you aren't limited to cartridges and don't have to buy any extra software to make it more versatile. Just my opinion. Good luck with your decision.

Sarah - posted on 09/08/2012

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I don't know a lot about cutting machines, and I'll tell you that right from the beginning but I am much more excited about using a cutter that doesn't require cartridges at all that I can program with my computer to cut any image I want. I know this is available, I believe one is called silhouette and another cameo?? I'm sure there are tons of choices out there but I already have tons of graphics on my computer because I'm a digital scrapbooker first and also a custom party favor designer so I don't need cartridges, I need something that will work with photoshop!! :D

Alice - posted on 09/06/2012

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I just bought a Slice. Does anyone have cartridges they would care to sell Cheap?

Jennie - posted on 03/29/2010

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Thank you so much for all your opinions and I'm happy I just got my cricut is the first one but I got a great deal on the Home Shopping Network It came with 4 cartridges and a 2 year protection plan for almost 200 dollars is amazing and i'm glad I got it my favorite cartridges is the paper dolls is beyong amazing. I also checked Oh My Crafts and they do have really good deals on cartridges. I trying to learn and is not hard at all it just take a little time to get used to... thanks and wish me luck

Sonya - posted on 02/16/2010

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I have never used the Slice but I do have the Cricut and alot of Quick Kuts. But as far as the Cricut it will do alot of the same things as the Silce but if you like things to be big and bold as I do from what I have seen you will not be able to do this with the Slice although with the Cricut you can go from 1to12 inches in anything. My vote Cricut

Jennie - posted on 02/07/2010

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Well thanks a lot and how i could i forget about ebay!!!! i only checked amazon because ebay has been bad to me :( but i'll just stay away from the evil sellers. THANKS SO MUCH!!!!! If i may bother you again can you tell me a cartridge that helps me do a lot of baby stuff? and thanks again

Eve - posted on 02/01/2010

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Absolutely LOVE my Slice (and the company is one of the best companies I've EVER dealt with!) Great for portablility too and cartridges are a LOT cheaper than cricut! Drawing tips available starting this month too. I have that one and a Xyron wishblade for home for bigger cuts and the Xyron Wishblade doesn't need cartridges at all! look on message board for the sale I just posted it this morning! Good Luck! Eve

Melissa - posted on 01/30/2010

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I love my slice, it's small and easy to take with me to friends and does alot of the same things as circuit IMO.

Sherry - posted on 01/30/2010

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i bought one last year and used it twice i also don't have alot of scrapping room and i have seen the slice. they bought get the same raves from my scrapping friends one is less space taker like you said . i still have to learn the cricut more . i wasted alot of my paper to learn a few items on it

Tanya - posted on 01/29/2010

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Amy.. not to step on your toes.. I would not recommend printer paper. I say this simply because it is too thin and will stick BAD to new mats. (bet you forgot about that didn't you? LOL ) I would start with the cheap $3.97 packs of Card stock sold in the Paper Supplies(around filing cabinets and such at Wally World). Please don't be upset Amy.. I tried that the first time.. was sooo mad it was unreal.

Amy - posted on 01/29/2010

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Cricut by far. More versitile and can cut larger images. Just use printer paper to practice and recycle that when done, then use your scrapbooking paper to make your final cut. You will get the hang of it and in no time you'll have the confidence to use the scrapbooking paper without practice.

Tanya - posted on 01/29/2010

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Absolutely Dell.. my pleasure.. we welcome anyone who likes to craft and even chit chat. :) There are alot of nice ladies there that are willing to help. Australia.. kewl.. we don't have anyone there that far away.. YAY!!! Welcome Dell from Australia!!!

Ivodell - posted on 01/29/2010

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Thank you Tanya,
I ceratinly will check out that site. hugs from me in Australia.
Thanks tanya, have just been to that site. thanks again. regards. Dell

Jenn - posted on 01/29/2010

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I own the smaller Cricut and love it! I currently just have 3 cartridges, but borrow other ones as I need them from friends and there is scrapbooking store that rents out cartridges too, I just borrowed a friends Slice machine this past weekend, because I was needing some lower case letters and none of my Cricut cartridges had lower case. I have to say I like the Cricut a lot better. I don't think it wastes paper. The slice machine was a longer and messier process them the Cricut. With the Cricut you punch in what you want it to cut, put your paper on the already sticky sheets, insert it into the machine and click cut allowing you to go and do something else. With the Slice machine you have to put a sticky glue on a glass board, wait for it to dry, then apply your paper. You can only cut one thing out at a time and you have to hold the machine the whole time it is cutting. I just found it to be more time consuming and more messy.

Donna - posted on 01/29/2010

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I have never used the making memories slice but I do have a cricut and sizzix (sp) machine. Cricut is much easier than sizzix (and lighter). Cricut can waste paper but once you get the hang on it you won't. Cartridges are pricey BUT if you keep your eyes open for sales you can get them at a reasonable price. Hope this helps you.

Ivodell - posted on 01/29/2010

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I have just bought cricut, and a friend recommended I get the Sure-Cuts-A-Lot programme as well . which i did with it after you activate it you can download designs from the .net so in the long run it works out cheaper then buying cartridges for cricut, yes you do waste a lot of paper when you first start, but I guess it gets easier the ore you use it. I HOPE>

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