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Monday, March 28, 2011
Happy Monday, Cricuteers! Alrighty, so Cricut Magazine contacted me and asked if I would review the newest volume (April/May) of their magazine. I said "of course!" and they sent me one to review and a few extras to give out as blog candy. Sweet!! I have FOUR copies to give out this week, so be sure to leave a comment today, and come back each day this week for more chances.


Ok, I'm going to be honest in my review here. Cricut Magazine didn't pay me to do this, and they didn't ask me to say anything in particular - just do an honest review. So here goes...

I will say first of all, the the magazine is beautifully published. It's put out by Northridge Publishing, and they've been around for quite a while, so it looks very sharp, the editing and photography are all top notch, etc. The other nice thing is that it's not just full of advertising like some magazines are. There's actually not a whole lot of advertising - maybe just 10-12 pages out of 130 pages, and even those ads are relevant, so it's not bad at all. Perhaps that's why the magazine is a wee bit on the pricey side at $14.95 newsstand price, but it is more like a book AND you can get it for quite a bit cheaper per issue if you subscribe.

Cricut Magazine is quite full of bunches and bunches of useful ideas, and there's quite a variety, so there would certainly be something for everyone. There are altered projects, cards, layouts, even fabric projects. I personally am a huge fan of layouts, and the ones in the magazine are great, but most are 1 page. There are some 2 page layouts, but I'd like to see more. My years of teaching with the Cricut have shown me that most people prefer 2 page layouts. But you can always adapt the 1 pagers and make a coordinating second page. The cards are varied - some simple, some a little more detailed, so again it's a good variety.

There are a few places in the magazine where they really dig in to show and explain some cool techniques step by step. For instance, they show how to use Tim Holtz grungeboard in your Cricut to make some beautiful dimensional flowers, which are stunning! They also show step by step instructions to cut fabric in your Cricut and make the most adorable little baby onesies. That's very useful information, and certainly would cost you less than paying for a class.

In my opinion, the one thing they could improve would be the consistency in providing detailed information in the directions. Some projects have Cricut cut sizes listed, and some mention only what cartridge the cuts are from, but no sizing. However, I think they might be working on making that a little more consistent for future issues - I hope so. The only other thing I noticed was that some of the projects are very Cricut-focused, and on others, the Cricut work looks like more of an after-thought. So maybe it's a beautifully detailed layout, but just has one little Cricut cut on it. No biggie, though, and by far most of the projects are pretty Cricut-centered.

Overall, it's a fabulous magazine, and there's plenty of "meat" in it - both for the beginner and the more advanced Cricuteer. This is really what all of us Cricut fans have been begging for for years! I'd say it's well worth the money for the ideas, and especially for the step-by-step techniques they include. I looked in the magazine, and it says you can call 1-888-225-9199 to subscribe. Or you can do so online HERE. It says it's $39.95 for 6 issues (=$6.65/issue), $74.95 for 12 issues (=$6.25/issue), $109.95 for 18 issues (=$6.11/issue), or $144.95 for 24 issues ($6.04/issue), and I believe it's published once every 2 months. Also, HERE is the link to their Facebook page so you can "Like" it and find more info.

Who else has received the new Cricut Magazine, and how do you like it?  Are you all excited to win a copy?? And btw, if you'd like to submit projects to be published in the magazine, HERE is the link to their submissions page.

192 comments:

Anonymous said...

I would really love to win this magazine, I could use some ideas
for my layouts. Thanks for a chance to win. Love your blog.
hidalgo67@sbcglobal.net

Cindylu2u said...

Have not seen one yet, but really enjoyed your honest review. Would love to check one out!! Thanks

Linda Peterson said...

Thank you very much for the review! I will have to check into this magazine.

Scattychick said...

I would love to see how you use fabric in your cricut I love working with fabric in my LO's

Cherylann's "Outta-My-Mind " said...

Thank you for a great review. I have not been able to find it on the shelves yet, must sell out fast.
Cherylann (prinkles)
prinkles@woh.rr.com

char52 said...

Thanks so much for your complete review.

Sonjan said...

Love it. I would love to win the magazine. My daughter bought last months magazine and it is definitely very informational. Thanks for the chance to win.

Sondra
srader@fuse.net
http://angelblessingscrafter.blogspot.com

nancydianne said...

I got the first copy and was disappointed in the lack of detailed instructions. I am a scrapbooker, so I want to see lots of scrapbooking. I thought it was ok, but the cost was way too high for the content. I do agree that it was beautifully done and looked pretty. Would rather win one than pay for one!! Nancy

Melissa said...

Thanks for the review Monique! I would love to win one and get a chance to check it out myself. I agree that the newstand price is a bit pricy and for that reason I probably would never buy it unless I went with a subscription.

Melissa
www.disneydreamerdesigns.blogspot.com

craftymom205 said...

Would love to win one. I think cost too much for the content that is in it.

craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

Lucy said...

Great review. I think I would certainly get more use out of my cricut with this magazine! Thanks for the chance :) Lucy

nqharrison said...

I have an digital subscription for a much less price and I love it.

Sonia said...

I would love to win the Cricut Magazine. Just to be able to see all the layouts and use their ideas would be great. Thanks for giving us a chance to win one!!!

sasmith102@ yahoo.com

TheSweetOne said...

I love the glossy look and feel of the northridge publications. I picked up the first issue and have enjoyed looking at it repeatedly (though I have yet to find time to tackle any of the ideas...) I'd love to win a copy of this issue! Thanks for sharing with us.
thesweetone at rogers dot com

Suzy said...

How neat! I love my cricut and would love to win a copy of the magazine. Thanks! :)
Suzy suzyq28024@gmail.com

Brenda said...

I did buy a copy at HL because I wanted to see what it had to offer before subscribing. It really isn't a magazine like you said, it is more of a soft paper back book. I do love the projects in it and love that there isn't much advertising. I, like you, would like to see more info on the projects than just the cricut cart used. So that will be nice if they address that. Overall I think the book is great and I am going to subscribe to it.

Edna said...

Great review and I have looked at this in the store and really enjoyed the contents. WIll be thiing about a subscribtion :)

Monica said...

I would love to win this magazine, I skimmed through it at the book store and it looked interesting.
Monica
mmapplegate@sbcglobal.net

cgreer said...

i have the first issue and really like it...i adapted a couple of the ideas and made some nice cards. thanks for a chance to win!

mom2h said...

I subscribed, and was a bit disappointed in the first issue, but feel they have made an obvious effort to improve the second issue. As a follower of your blog, Monique, and several other Cricut-heavy blogs, I have come to expect well-designed projects and detailed information about cuts, supplies and techniques. For the subscription price, I will expect no less from this magazine. My renewal will depend upon how well they meet these expectations.
That's my .02 ! ;)

Maquel said...

thanks for the honest review, Monique. my hubby bought me the first one, and I enjoyed it, and will use it for inspiration. Thanks for the opportunity to win one!

mderosby at gmail dot com

Carissa said...

I would love to win a copy and see how I like it. I am so tempted to subscribe, but I think I am waiting until the magazine hits its stride.

Crafting Katie said...

Thanks for the review, Monique! I've been looking for this magazine in the store before I bite the bullet and order it. Thanks for the chance to win one!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your review. I'm always looking for ideas. It's disapppointing that it is so expensive. It would be lovely to win
a copy.
Grammy V.

dgroovy said...

I have had lots of advertising sent to me about this magazine, never bought it the price scared me. You just inspired me to check it out and maybe buy it.Thank you.

Heather said...

I would love to win! I have not had a chance to take a look at this magazine yet! Thanks for the chance to win!
ra6352 (at) gmail (Dot) com

DebbieG said...

Oh I would just love to win this magazine. Thanks for the chance. Thanks for the review.
debbieanng@yahoo.com

Faith Abigail Designs said...

I haven't been able to find this magazine in stores, yet, but I'm very excited to see it. Thanks for the detailed review.

Marijo said...

Thanks for the great review. I look forward to seeing the magazine. Thanks for the opportunity to win.
Marijo aka Scraptastic Grammy
mjs1199 at cox dot net

Wilma Z said...

I love this magazines. And I really, really hope to win one. Thanks for the chance and the review.

chandale_berry said...

Would really love to win this magazine. Thanks for the chance.

Tammy said...

What a great giveaway...I would love to see what they put in this magazine...I adore my cricut so learning new things or seeing some things would definately inspire me more in creating with the cricut.
smiles...Tammy
thank you for the chance of winning.

toptinmanswife said...

I haven't been able to find this magazine in the stores. I would love to win a copy and share with all my scrapbooking buddies!

kdearman@suddenlink.net

jrhammer said...

Good review! I agree based on past issues I have seen. I suppose it is pricey because of the lack of advertisers. That is my biggest complaint. This is not a cheap hobby, but I still love it!

blueskygirl said...

Monique,

Thanks for your review. Always good to hear what others have to say. I got a 6 month subscription when they first announced the magazine. I could not wait for the first issue to arrive. However, I, like many others were quite disappointed with the first issue. There was extreme lack of detail on most of the projects. The majority of the time they listed what cartridges were used, but didn't even bother to tell which cuts were from which carts, let alone the sizes. It was basically a book of pictures of cards and layouts etc. I follow many blogs like yours, which give wonderful ideas and detailed instructions on cricut projects, so if I am paying for a magazine, it better at least have the same standard. The first issue did not and I said if it doesn't change, I won't be renewing my subscription.

Ok on to issue 2. As much as I didn't like the first issue, I love this one. Much better with showing detailed sizes etc for most of the projects. Still lacking some, but I hope they are working on providing detailed instructions for all the projects in future issues.

I loved the several detailed projects with step by step detailed instructions and photos for each step (ie cupcake onesie, baby buggy choc. bar, and mommy banner). Would love to continue to see these highlighting decorating household items or decorating with fabric. I do scrapbook, and I am with you Monique, on having double page layouts versus single page, so I hope to see an improvement in the magazine in that area also.

Craftina said...

I have not seen one ye! I wolk like to check one out before i decide to subscribe. Thanks for the great review!!
Corrinna
walkers4@shaw.ca

Melissa said...

This is such a great giveaway, I would loovvveeee to win!

Kathleen said...

Thanks for the honest review of this magazine. Because it is rather pricey I didn't know if it would be worth it. I like 2-page layouts almost exclusively since I usually have a tough time paring down the number of pictures I take of an event to begin with.

I might have to wait awhile till I decide whether or not to subscribe. As you said, they are looking for input to gear the mag to what people want. Thanks for letting them know what Cricuteers are looking for and thanks for sharing.

Kathleen in NJ
kmurphy614@gmail.com

Shauna said...

I would love to win this magazine. I always love to see new ideas. I thought it was a bit pricey to purchase. Thanks for the offer.

joni said...

Great review! I haven't seen this one in the stores yet, but from your review it looks like it would be so helpful for those of us intermediate cricut lovers! Thanks so much!
hugs,
joni

ErinLeigh said...

I've been considering purchasing the digital copies, but I'm not sure how well I would like them...

sprice said...

Enjoyed your honesty in your review. Would be great to win a copy to preview before subscribing. Thanks for the opportunity.

wbsprice@yahoo.com

Kim said...

Thanks for the magazine review. I would love to win the magazine for the new ideas and inspiration. I like that it has different skill levels for the projects.
toojoyous@bellsouth.net

shari said...

I would love a chance to check out this magazine, thanks so much for the chance. Shari (cricutrookie)

Trudi said...

I would love the chance to "review" the magazine and then of course I would have to hoard it. It sounds great. Thanks for the chance.
etfamily at wynndel dot ca

Beverly said...

I have considered getting this magazine, so I really appreciate your honest review. Of course, it would be great to win a copy!

IRW Dana said...

I haven't seen the Cricut magazine and I would LOVE to see one in person. I know I'm not using my Cricut to the best of it's abilities and would love to learn more. Thanks for the honest review. papermemories4u@yahoo.com

The Cropping Canuck said...

Tfs!

CathyinMN said...

I would love to be able to see this magazine firsthand. Thank you for your candid review of it and for a chance to win one.
tcsobotka at charter dot net

Carrie K said...

I would love to win this magazine. I haven't seen one anywhere yet and I really want to try it out!!

Bram_fam said...

Your reviews were very useful and really made me consider a subscription but I would love to see a copy of the magazine.

Amy SEK

Emily S said...

I hope I win! I got the first issue at CHA and I love it so much! Thanks Monique :)

littlen said...

i have subscribed to this magazine back in february, but have yet to receive a copy. for some reason it seems to take several months to receive your first issue. i hope it's worth the investment.

Katherine said...

Thanks for the informative review Monique. I want to see one for myself b/f I decide to subscribe since they are so expensive. Just need to make myself get out and buy one - but winning one would be even better. Thanks for the chance.

Marcia said...

I have purchased a digital copy which is less money, but would love to win a hard copy! I did like some of the ideas, but also thought that it was a bit pricey. Thanks for the chance to win!

http://marciasmemories.blogspot.com
mb6464@hotmail.com

Dakota Bear said...

Monique, thank you for your review of the magazine. I would really like to see a copy of the magazine before I decide whether or not to subscribe. I would like to thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

Mary said...

I recently bought one of the cricut books and love it. I have gotten alot of great inspirational ideas from it. I cant wait to see this book

sleigh said...

Haven't seen one yet and I always have a looky-loo before I buy these days. There is so much advertising and the same thing over and over again (my opinion) and magazines are creeping up there in price lately... it would be great to win one so that I can "check it out"! Thanks for the chance to win :)

Ami M. said...

Wow, sounds like a good magazine. I had no idea it had that many pages.
Thanks for the review!

Jamie said...

Great review! I would love to win a copy.

Wendy said...

I ALWAYS struggle with planning a layout - I'm just not creative that way. So I would love to have a magazine with step-by-step directions on making layout pages!

Wendy T.

4kids4 said...

Wow..thanks for the detailed review! I'd love to check it out...and I'm glad that for the price, there's little advertising and more of the good stuff!! Thanks for the chance!

~Sharon C.

Grammy GG said...

Appreciate the excellent honest review. I agree with you that I really like doing 2 page LOs--rarely do a 1 page LO. I love idea books and would love to win a copy of the Cricut magazine. Thanks for the opportunity.

Rebecca said...

I committed to a 6 month subscription when they first announced the magazine. I like the magazine, I don't love it "yet".

Anonymous said...

I've flipped through the magazine at JoAnn's. Would love to have my own copy to delve into it.

canana3

PurpleLadyBug said...

I would love to win this so I could learn how to cut fabric on my cricut. Thanks for the review!

kperlic at hotmail dot com

Nati Tristan said...

Magazines like this are amazing! So much ideas and inspiration. I haven't seen this one yet. And I love that you have given us the opportunity to win one. Thank you!

blueprincess said...

I have not seen this at any of my local book or craft stores. I have seen very mixed reviews on it and would love to get my hands on one to make up my own mind.

Karen said...

I would love to win a copy to check it out first because it is a little pricey!
Happy Crafting!!
Karen dkolopez@msn.com

Sentimental Scrapper said...

Wonderful review, Monique! I haven't seen this issue, but am a fan of their wonderful magazines/books! - They really are more like books. I have some cards being published in upcoming issues and I know they are requiring the exact cut sizes and very detailed instructions for future issues.

Kimberly
http://craftspotbykimberly.blogspot.com

Julia said...

I would love love love to win a copy! I'm not a subscriber yet, probably because I've not seen or got got my hands on a "real issue" I've only seen it online.
I'm thinking if I'd get one in my hands, I'd probably subscribe in a heartbeat.:)

juliayoder@hotmail.com

Charlotte Cornett said...

Would LOVE to win this magazine!! Thanks for the chance!

Connie said...

WOW!! I would love to do my own review of the magazine. THanks for the chance to do get a copy!

sandra said...

Thank you for the review I would love to win one for some great ideas and inspiration.
treto_sandra@yahoo.com

Patty said...

Hi! I'm a pretty new cricut user (last 3 months) and I could really use a magazine like this to bring me up to speed. Crossing fingers.....

Debbie said...

I would love to win this magazine for inspiration-to be able to sit on the couch and flip through the pages would be nice thanks for this chance
upnurse at aol dot com

Deanna said...

Glad to hear your opinion. I've been skeptical about this magazine and not sure I wanted to just check it out at that price.
Thanks for the chance to win one!

Regina said...

Have not seen the magazine yet. Your review was very helpful. I would like to see a copy before I make up my mind to subscribe. Thanks for the chance to win.

Kathy and Ed said...

I almost subscribed last mo. But after attending your crop the other night decided to buy an expression FIRST. Mine is on the way, Now I will definately need to subscribe LOL

Kathy and Ed said...

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Kathy and Ed said...

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Kristie Maynard said...

I have seen this in the stores, but really hesitate to spend that much money on it when I really haven't had a chance to look closely at it. I'm glad you gave this review. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
kristie at lashotphotography dot com

Cynthia B. said...

I haven't even seen this magazine in person, but I've heard great things about it (except for the price). I don't have an Expression, so I doubt I could make use of all the tutorials, although I'm sure the ideas are wonderful. Thanks for the review!

JenJackScrap said...

Hmmmmm....I'm SO happy that someone I trust reviewed this mag. I have toyed whether to subscribe myselft and/or even purchase a subscription as a gift for my mom and/or sister, but wasn't sure if it was really worth it. I must say, your review has me considering subscription(s) a little more seriously. Thank you for your cander!!

scrapstampcrazy said...

I would love to win this magazine and see what myself what it is all about. I was initially scared away by the price point especially when I can get so much inspiration from other bloggers for free. I know in the past when I have subscribed to scrap-booking magazines I was always initially excited to look at them but after one viewing they sat on my shelves collecting dust never to be opened again.

Denise-Scrapmouse said...

I have not seen the Cricut Magazine so it'd be great to win a copy to see it first hand. Thanks for the giveaway chance and for the review too.

coupondenise at live dot com

Charlene said...

Thanks for the magazine review. I've been hearing back and forth things about it, so it's nice to get the low-down. I'd love to win a copy to see for myself.
Thanks!
SouthernMrs
at verizon
dot net

Singerli3 said...

Thanks so much for your review. I would love to check it out for myself. Thanks for the chance to do just that.

Singerli3 said...

I would love to win this magazine. You gave a great review and i would love to have a chance to read it myself.

dwilkinson said...

Would LOVE to win!!!!
Danielle
wilkinsons2@gmail.com

Meshell said...

Thanks for the review. I haven't seen the magazine yet, but I'm afraid it is way out of my budget. You can get ideas online for free, and just think of all the supplies you could buy with that money.

Aman said...

I would like to check out this magazine! Thank you for the review!

Ashley @ Bride on a Budget said...

I read the first issue and it's a cool magazine!

Brittani Nguyen said...

Wow, I was just looking at this magazine yesterday (maybe not the april issue but one of them) and couldn't budget it! I'd love a copy of this, thanks for the opportunity!

Nicki121986@hotmail.com

Luria said...

I would love to win thanks for the chance.

Luria

DebC said...

I would love to win this magazine! It would be great inspiration! thanks for the chance.
dsc105@live.com

kristyscraps said...

I've been wanting to hold one in my hands and look at it, however, I haven't found one locally. Would love to win one! I hope "they" read your review and work on the details to make it even better!
kristyscraps@sbcglobal.net

Teri said...

So glad to read your review as I've only had a chance to glance through my sister in laws copy. I really liked what I saw, but didn't have a chance to really check it out thoroughly! Would love to win a copy!!
Teri

Rachel said...

Cool! I'd love to check out this magazine. Thanks for the chance to win :)
~Rachel in Sacramento

Wendy Pannell said...

I would love to see the second issue -- glad they are incorporating more content. Will they have articles using the Gypsy as well? I'd like to see that! Thanks for your review.
Wendy Pannell
fizzy53@comcast.net

Cathy T said...

Thank you for the review. I've been wanting to get this magazine. I have looked at three different places t his week and have not found it. I would love to win it! Thank you!

Jo said...

Thank you for your honest review ... I really appreciate it! It would be wonderful to win a copy! Thanks for the chance to win.

Jo xx

Jessica said...

Thanks for your honest review. I would love to win one to check it ou!
-Jessica
jessica dot a dot stevenson at gmail dot com

Cathy said...

I would love the chance to win a magazine I spend as much time searching for inspiration as I do creating...not sure if thats a good thing or not.lol
mexicopetshop@hotmail.com

Ceci's Blog said...

I really really want to win this magazine it has so many ideas and tip.
Thanks for the complete review!!
cecy

Cathy said...

It would be great to win the magazine to make an educated evaluation for myself. Thanks for offering the change to win a copy. : )

lanejoy1 said...

I would love to win this magazine since I haven't been able to find one around my area. As always, thanks for such great blog candy. You are the best.

lanejoy1@windstream.net

Cricut Design Chicks SWARM said...

I would love to win a copy of the magazine. I bought the first one and LOVE IT!!! I have used it many times and just adapted to it. I love the new stuff they show us. I like variety. I do wish they would show some other ideas of their products. BUT overall I am very pleased!! Doris
parkernana5@cox.net

Crystal said...

i love to read magazines,i love cricut,i love to paper craft.i would love to win

Jeanie said...

I just happened to come across the first issue. Looked at the price, swallowed hard, and bought it. There were so many ideas, loved it. I guess I'll be looking for the next edition.

GailPellegrin said...

I would really enjoy have this magazine. I am new to cardmaking and would love some ideas.

gailpellegrin@att.net

Miss Dhilly said...

It sounds like a cool magazine but too pricey for my taste, would love to have a sneak peak at it though!

thedhillonz@hotmail.com

Catherine Ryland said...

I could really use some ideas would be great to win! I have heard so much about it but have not seen the magazine yet.

Marta said...

Monique, I would agree with your review of the magazine. There definitely needs to be more consistency with the directions. Other than that, I love this magazine.

Nadia's World said...

I would love to win this second edition of the magazine. I did buy the first one and I really enjoyed it. Very nicely printed, cool projects. I do agree with you that I wish it were more consistent on giving the detailed info on all the projects.

Thanks for your review and the chance to win. I just can't spring the subscription right now but I do think it is worth it if you are an avid crafter or Cricuteer! LOL!!

Nicole T.
niclax13@gmail.com

Courtney said...

Thanks for the Review. Will have to look in to it.

cj2215@hotmail.com

Courtney said...

Thanks for the review. Will have to check out the magazine

Dream of Scrappin' said...

Great review! Thank you so much! I am really liking the look of it and can't wait to check it out...wait, I will wait to see if I win! Thanks!
Siobhan
siobhanrenee@hotmail.com

cardchick's world said...

very interesting...was just wondering if is set up like the Cards and Scrapbooking mag (which are more like a book) sure would like to check it out befor I subscribe to.....
cardchick50atgmaildotcom

Kathi Silvia said...

I looked at it very quickly today, for some reason my 1 year old didn't want to peruse the magazines! LOL! I didn't realize it cost that much but it was more like a book.

Donna said...

Wow! Thanks for the great overview of the magazine, Monique! I appreciate your honestly and insight. I would love, love, love to win a copy of the magazine!

Blessings, Donna
grandma4five

NanetteMT said...

Thanks for the great review. I would love to win a copy of the magazine!

TUKI said...

I've been so "on the fence" about the magazine. So glad you were able to preview it and give us the "411" on it. Thank you!!!

Tuki

Nana Jo said...

Great blog candy. Just a little pricey for me.

mmlmn @polarcomm.com

Parcha said...

I saw the first one and was not impressed. Maybe the second one will be better. Would love to win one though.
Thanks.

Jennifer H said...

I can say that I enjoyed this issue of the Cricut magazine more than the first issue and I think the issues to come will be even better. I do agree that there needs to be more consistency in giving the measurements. If I do win a copy I will give it to my mother. Thanks for the review and a chance to win a copy.

Megan said...

I would love to get my hands on a copy and see what more I can do with my bug. Thanks for the great review!

meggiemeg at comcast dot net

Sue H. said...

Thanks for the chance to win a Circut Magazine. I am a new circut owner and am so excited to see ideas.

Kelly Toth said...

Would love to win this. Have seen the sneek peeks they offered last issue.

Mara Adkins said...

I had been wondering about the magazine. Also seems like you'd need to have lots of cartridges to make it worthwhile. Would love to have a chance to win one!

Paula said...

I have been trying to get a look at this magazine before committing to buying it. Thanks for giving me the opportunity.

bskt4holly said...

I really really really liked the first magazine. I agree that it is like a book not a magazine. Thanks for the chance to win the Second one:)

Mom2Fiveplus3 said...

Thanks for the review. I've been considering the magazine but wasn't sure if I wanted to spend the $.

stennille1978 said...

I haven't seen this magazine near me anywhere yet! Would love to win one to take a look!!

Michelle said...

Thank you for the review. I'd love to win the magazine and get some creative ideas.

Sharon Aubuchon said...

Thanks for the chance to win. I saw the first issue (my friend subscribed)and was excited by the projects, but when I tried to duplicate A few, they didn't turn out right because of the lack of detailed instructions. The magazine is visually beautiful though and I would love to win it!
saubuchon@centurytel.net

Charlotte said...

Great review Monique. I have not seen the magazine in person. Would love to have a copy. It would be great for new ideas! Thanks for your honest review!!!!

Karen S. said...

I would love to win this magazine... especially since it's out of my price range. I did flip through the last issue while out shopping... it's such a beautiful magazine! Thanks for the chance to win!

chandale_berry said...

Cross my fingers and hope to win. Would love to win this magazine. Thanks for the chance.

TeresaK said...

I'd love to win the magazine! I know that the quality that the Publisher puts out is top notch, but have not seen a copy of the Cricut magazine myself. I love your designs and your blog!
Thanks!
Teresa
happiqueen at aol dot com

Northwoodszoo said...

Thank you for the great review -- you covered all that I've been wondering about. Would love a trial copy (and possibly will subscribe), now that you've given us more information about what to expect.

Kate said...

Thanks for the review. I didn't realize that the magazine contained instructions for projects as well. I thought it was just a showcase of finished items.

Cindy said...

Wish I would of signed up sooner. It sounds like I missed a great issue.Thanks for the review.

Angela said...

I'll take one!

Heather DG said...

I am excited to maybe win a copy! Would love the inspiration - enjoy seeing projects as it helps me decide what other carts I HAVE to have ;)

Kelly Massman said...

Very cool!

Queenie said...

I recently subscribed to the magazine but have not yet received a copy. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your review and now am more anxious than ever to receive my first copy.

marieke said...

i would love to win this magazine... i never seen one.. ( i life in netherlands) here all the cricut stuff is not so common!!
thanks for the change to win
hernandezmarieke@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Great idea for a magazine for us Cricuteers...I hope it is available in Canada. Would love to see the inside of the magazine :-). Thanks for your review, it was helpful. Sylvie

Coley said...

I would really love to get this magazine, but I just can't bring myself to pay that much. I would rather put it towards buying another cartridge! If they were somehow able to bring the cost down, I'd consider subscribing. Thanks for your review!

Weezie said...

Thanks for your review of this magazine. I haven't seen this magazine anywhere yet, but I'd love to see it.

Cathie in UT said...

Thanks for the review of the second issue. I had seen the first and have to admit that the online bloggers and community were better at explaining projects and just as creative.
Maybe if I win the second issue it will show me it is worth the price to subscribe in the future!

Barb said...

Would love to win this magazine!!!! Have not seen one yet but it looks like a great magazine. I always need ideas for page layouts. Thanks for your honest and frank review.

gshrader said...

Would love to win this magazine. Definitely want to check it out before subscribing! Thanks for the review

Kristen Ann said...

I've gone back & forth on whether or not I want to subscribe; was leaning toward not. THANKS for the feedback as I'm going to wait for them to get some kinks out.
braunkristen@yahoo.com

GrandmaTo5 said...

Would love a chance to see the magazine for myself before I consider subscribing. Thanks for the review.

AShu93 said...

Thanks for the honest review & a chance to win!

zenderzoocrew said...

I do not get the mag yet, although I would love too just haven't put out the money. Looks lovely! Would love to win a copy and be enabled to have to buy it!
Thanks for the chance to win!
Jenny
zenderzoocrew@yahoo.com

GlendaP said...

It's so generous of you to decide to give away your extra copies. I would love to win one of them. I have considered subscribing but want to see a copy of the magazine first since they are pretty pricy. Your review is very helpful and makes me want to see one even more.

Just A Pac Rat said...

I would love the win this magazine! Looked for it in my bookstore and it is all ready sold out!

Thanks, circlebenterprises.com

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

This is great! I love honest reviews like this... they are hard to come by these days! I have been wondering what this magazine is like, so thank you for the inside information! Thank you for the chance to win one!
Lisa
summer_sunset54@hotmail.com

xxsquigglesxx said...

Thanks for the review of this magazine. I'd love to be able to have a look inside!

xxsquigglesxx(at)gmail(dot)com

Sandra Joy, my2pets@comcast.net said...

I did consider the electronic copy because it is the cheapest way to go, but my computer is old and has very little ram left. Therefore, I would very much like to win this interesting looking magazine. Thanks for the opportunity to win one, Sandra Joy

Barbara said...

I usually make cards and have just started scrapbooking. I would love to win one of the magazines to get some ideas. I love your designs.
Barbara Galyean

Bast said...

Thanks for the honest review. Was wondering how the magazine was. Would love to win a copy as I could use a bit of inspiration these days.

TFS!

Kim
bast830@comcast.net

Alisa said...

I've heard about this magazine but haven't seen it yet. Thanks for the review. Can't wait to go find it. Or maybe I'll be the lucky winner 

Anonymous said...

Fabric in the Cricut? That would be very cool. Thank you for the review. I've thought about subscribing but the price seemed high - now I know it's worth it.

pameladixon said...

I did buy the first one on ebay, but was alittle disappointed not to see more on the Imagine, but overall a great magazine.

Melissa S said...

I'm totally going to look into this magazine. It is cool that they have altered projects too!

Vickie said...

I like this magazine and like you I too thought it was a bit price however I get the digital version and it's only $4.95 per month at that price it's cheaper that any printed magazine I can pick up at the store or even subscribe to so it's great!!!!! TFS your review.

silly_girl_823 said...

I absolutely love the idea of the cricut magazine and thank you for your review.

Amy V

silly_girl_823 at hotmail dot com

Rose said...

Thanks for your honest review!I have not seen a copy yet so winning one would be awesome!It's one of those thing you say to yourself is it really worth the money! So when Money is a little tight & your not sure this helps!TFS
rosebud222222222@aol.com

Pam Speidel said...

Omg, look at all the comments! Obviously I am not the only one who would *love* to have this Cricut magazine! Thank you for the opportunity to win it! Smiles, Pam :)

Peg Toth said...

I would love to win a copy of this magazine. Being retired, I'm watching my pennies, and it is a bit costly. I loved your review.

Christina said...

I would love to win this! I like your review! Before I buy magazine subscriptions I like to look at an issue first. Thanks for a chance to win!! Christina :)

Scraprelief said...

Good review can't wait to get a hold of one. Julie
Luniegirls@yahoo.com

Amy said...

Thanks for the detailed review!

M from Texas said...

Great review. Thanks for your honesty. I'd love to get my hands on one!

coolnana72 said...

Thanks so much for the review and the fantastic giveaway--I have been considering in subscribing but have been hesitant because of the price,but I may change my mind.

JoAnn said...

I have been wanting this magazine and would love to win it. I enjoyed your review of the magazine. Thanks for the chance to win one.
scrappingnana4 at yahoo dot com

Cathy Holt said...

Thanks for the review! Would love a chance to win one!

Ola said...

How I would love to win this magazine!!! Everytime I go to a craft store I pick it up with all intentions to purchase it.... but by the time I get up to check out, I feel like I can't justify paying $14.95 for it plus all the other crafty goodness in my cart, loL!

Thank you so much for sharing an honest review & for the chance to win!!!

~Ola
okj83 at live dot com
zloe.blogspot.com

Angela said...

Is this the mag you will be published in?? Are you telling?

Aleda Haynes said...

Loved your comments and review. I also was disappointed in the overall information. Gorgeous pictures. I will have to see lots more for my money before I renew my subscription.

mimikat33 said...

Although I keep copies of your blog in a folder for reference, I would love to have one of the Cricut Magazines too. Thanks for your great review and a chance to win.

Kat
www.cricutcardcreating.blogspot.com

ajandfour said...

I would love to win a copy of Cricut mag vol. 2. Volume 1 was on the shelf in my lss and then it wasn't. I want to have one at home to relax and browse over.
Thanks for the chance to win. I follow you. Your blog is great!
Alison
fourkidstwocats at msn dot com

JANLYNN said...

I saw a n online preview of issue 1 and thought the same things you did here. It does really look nice though and maybe geting my hands on one where I could see it really good are what I need to make me junp off the fence and subscribe. jls@eplus.net

Beth Anne in PA said...

Winning this magazine would be great. Always looking for inspiration and tips. Thanks for the chance to win our own copy.

Beth Anne in PA
woody42997ataoldotcom

Jennifer said...

Monique,

I would buy the magazine based on your reviews, but others don't sound as happy! Hopefully, they really are trying to improve it by providing more cut sizes and recipes!!! :)

Thanks so much for taking the time to do this!

Crafty hugs,

Jennifer
partridgelu at yahoo dot com

Beth said...

I haven't seen the magazine yet. I think it would be so interesting, but just don't have the money to buy a magazine at that price. I'm so loving your blog!
Beth Lee
bethlorr@hotmail.com

valerie said...

Thank you for the review. I would love to win a copy of the magazine. I saw a few pages online but it is pricey.

vharrison 902 at gmail dot com

AmyJRockstar said...

I would be sooooo happy to win a copy of this magazine. I keep my crafting mags forever and make sure they get plenty of use. Also, I want to eventually start a challenge on my blog (if I get some sponsors ;)) for people to use their magazines and create something they've seen in a magazine at least once a month or so and then a winner will be chosen for candy each time. What do you think? :0) Thanks for the chance to win!

XO ~ Amy Jo (follower)
amyjrockstar at gmail dot com
http://lv2scrapandfibrofacts.blogspot.com/

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Monique Griffith
Rocklin, CA, United States
The Monique Griffith Design Team consists of 4 Cricut Designers: Monique, Wendy Lawrence, Susan Rees and Becca Rees. We specialize in making Cricut Project Kits that you can make on your own with your Cricut, learning more about your bug in the process. You just need your Cricut Expression, the required cartridge(s), and a few basic tools. The directions come with a Cricut Cut Chart that shows you line by line exactly what you'll need to cut on your machine, with all of the settings for each cut. There are also well-organized written instructions and color photographs. We pride ourselves on our detailed designs, and on teaching others how to most effectively design with the Cricut. Currently, we have have downloadable directions on sale for only $5, and there are over 50 projects to choose from.

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