Thursday, October 7, 2010

Simple Cricut Imagine Layout

So I got the new Cricut Imagine machine and I'm on the fence as to whether or not I am going to keep it.  I love the concept of the machine, but I'm not sure if it is worth the price.  Here is a simple layout using the Imagine More cartridge along with the old Stamping Solutions and George cartridges.
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Everything was printed and cut on the Imagine, except the background paper which is Bo Bunny double dot.  The bottom border is from the Imagine More cartridge, cut as one piece, then I cut the music border layer separately and adhered it to the border with foam tape.  Next, I used patterned 'paper' from that cartridge to 'flood fill' the title and guitar shapes from Stamping Solutions as well as a rectangle from George and Basic Shapes.  The end result was a simple and FAST page to put together.  I'm all for scrapping efficiency!

I'm not a big fan of the artwork that comes on the Imagine cartridges that have been released to date, so I'm thinking I would use the patterns with my existing cartridges more often.  I find the machine itself easy to work with - the screen is SO easy to navigate through - I sure wish my Gypsy worked like the on-board screen (wishful thinking for a Gypsy upgrade perhaps?).  My one overarching concern is with the ink - it is not good with moisture - I got a drop of water on one image I cut out and the piece was ruined - with good old offset printed patterned paper you buy it would just dry back to normal.  So I'm still thinking about the machine and figured I'd share my thoughts.  Happy scrapping!!


iluvmybugs said...

Cute layout!
Thanks for your honest opinion of the Imagine! I'm still on the fence about it and appreciate hearing what people who own it have to say.

Glora said...

SUPER CUTE LO! Thanks for the unbiased opinion of the Imagine. I agree about the cartridges so far. I'm not a fan of the images I've seen.

The Purple Scrapbooker said...

Thanks for your opinion. I am still undecided. It looks like it would be lots of fun to play around with, but for the amount of money..... I just can't decide.

**Treefrog** said...

Thanks for the unbias opinion and I too feel the same way about the images on the carts and I too think the screen is easy to navigate, I like it better than the Gypsy screen and I still love my Design Studio! I need to make some time this weekend to play more with mine too make sure it is something I'll use more then just once in awhile.