An Introduction to My Digital Learning Project
The Story that Took Me Here
Okay, before I get into the heart of my post, I want to start with a story. You’re probably already thinking, “gosh, not another story from this gal!” or “another long-winded story coming our way” but I promise, it has something to do with my project. Anyways, like many of my posts, this one is going to be a long one. So, sit back, grab your favourite beverage (I’m not judging one bit if it’s an adult beverage), a snack of choice, and come along for a ride.
My friend is originally from Ontario and had been living in Saskatchewaaaan (as she would pronounce it) for a couple of years, and she and her husband had just purchased a house and invited my friend Celeste and myself over to her house for a tour. As Kaytie would have put it, it wasn’t her choice to live in Saskatchewan (quick funny pronunciation discussion if you’re interested) and blamed it mostly on her husband Jordan. Anyways, throughout the tour, she wasn’t exactly overly excited about showing us their big new fancy house until we started rounding the corner to the basement stairs. It was like we were on the platform trying to find 9 ¾. Celeste and I were a bit confused. It was a big and pretty much empty space, except for a few pieces of furniture, a TV stand, a spare bed, and a little cart in the corner with a long-looking machine on it. Obviously, oblivious to the said magic of the machine. Kaytie’s eyes began to sparkle and was completely dumfounded that Celeste and I had no idea what the machine was and frankly had never heard of it before.
By the time she was done talking about the machine and its brilliance, I think Kaytie realized that she lost us. I remember asking Kaytie, “so you spent all of this money on a machine that makes greeting cards?” I just couldn’t wrap my head around the idea that she had this big printer to make a card that I could buy at the Dollarstore for a fraction of the price than I could have probably made it for. Celeste was equally confused too.
FLASHFORWARD, a few years and the Cricut machine make its way into mainstream Saskatchewan. And boy does it ever make an impact. All of the crafters are buzzing about all of the amazing things it can do, and the thousands of the accessories, digital files, vinyl, etc. that are available are like O.M.G. LOL dolls for adult crafters. It’s literally beyond wild to me how big it is.
Why Now? Reasons to Probably Try it Out
I’ve been looking for a side hustle for a while, and haven’t been successful at thinking of something that I would like doing, that I can do from home, and that I can do on my own time. I wanted to make pretty teacher things for Teachers Pay Teachers, but there’s a ton of hoops, loops, and challenges you have to go through when working as a permanent contracted teacher. Ugh, it seems like a lot of energy and even more time to figure it out and then worry about it. Therefore, I know several people that have small successful businesses using their Cricut machines, and maybe this project can give me the skills I need to embark on a new journey. Also, big thanks to Kaytie for raving about her sister Courtney’s organization business in Toronto, Declutter with Coco, for telling me about all the ways her sister uses her Cricut machine in her business. Hmm… I feel like I have some guest speakers in the works!
The other night, Alec had us in a breakout room and our group had finished our task early. So naturally, I asked what everyone was planning on doing for the projects (because let’s be honest, I am a tad apprehensive with the Cricut craze, as well as feeling a little like my tail is between my legs when poking fun at Kaytie all those years before). As the group members were sharing, I wasn’t sure if my idea really fit. Anyways, when I said what I was thinking, two of my group members instantly were excited! Durston loves his Cricut so much he made a side hustle, Custom D Signs, which has since evolved. So, I know there are a lot of folks near and far that can help me learn how to fake my way through being in the Cricut community, and many more like Jenny for example, that are willing to try my creations (bless her soul).
Looking for Support & Connections
By golly Ms. Molly, I am going to need all of the help that I can get. I hope to reach out to friends, starting with Kaytie and her sister, and all of their years and experience using the Cricut machine, learn with videos I find on Instagram, Pinterest, or on the Cricut website, etc. Conveniently (not) Kaytie has since moved back to Ontario, and I can’t help but feel a little jaded that she decided to move at such an inconvenient time for me in my learning. Rude, right? Just kidding Kaytie, obviously, there are many more reasons your move is not in my best interest, lol. I guess it’ll help me spend more time on FaceTime and social media learning from her. OMG! I forgot to mention she also upgraded her Cricut machine before leaving Saskatchewan, and even let me “weed” one of her projects out of sheer desperation. The things she can do with that machine blows me away. Anyways, I apologize for ranting on once again.
So, I feel like that’s an adequate start. I mean, let’s be real here for a minute. The sheer amount of content out there will be overwhelming in itself, and I may spend at least a few days trying to pretend I know what I am doing in this very well-known club. Secretly, not so secretly, I am super lucky (I think) to have a Cricut machine in the school that I can use for now. But, if everything pans out, maybe I’ll have a pretty machine of my own (hopefully not something that ends up in a box under the stairs like many of my other have-to-try projects).
So my plan of attack is to download the program, browse the website, take a peek in the box at school, probably tell Kaytie that she was probably right, and then try to make a plan of what this project is actually going to look like. Because the amount of possibilities out there is actually gross. Like how the heck am I ever going to make choices? So if you’re still with me after reading this super long and probably not-so-focused post, thanks. I appreciate your time and hopefully, you were able to pick something out that made you laugh, connect to a similar experience, or just gave you a couple of minutes away from your everyday normal.
Seriously, I Need All of The Help I Can Get…Actually Though
All of this leads me to way more questions than I have answers for. Therefore, I would greatly appreciate any feedback, experiences, tips, tricks, best places to buy things, things to stay away from, or whatever. Like I said. I am beyond a beginner at this. Hopefully though with my techy-ish background, I will be able to figure this all out and not rant too many choice words at any given time. Please do not feel obligated to answer all of the questions either. Also, if you prefer to write a general comment, that’s great too!
- Are you on the Cricut crafting trend? If not, tell me why (because let’s be honest, that was me until recently… maybe until that one time I was allowed to weed)?
- If you have zero interest or experience with the Cricut, then please tell me about your project! I would love to hear about it.
- Do you recommend purchasing a Cricut machine? If so, the Explore Air®2 or the Cricut Maker®? Also, what the heck is the difference?
- How did you start using the Cricut machine? Where would you recommend that I even begin?
- Is it important to know all of the Cricut terminology?
- Best places to get materials? Tell me the best cost wise places, as well as the best places…
- Do you have any online learning places that you swear by that would help me learn?