Pros: Has 1000s of variations possible with this one cartridge in 11 different sizes.
Cons: Can only be used with a Cricut die cutting machine.
The Cricut cartridge called New Arrival is an awesome cartridge for new parents, old parents, anyone with kids or that has kids they scrap or do paper crafts about.
You must have either a regular Cricut (many people call them ‘the bug’) or Cricut Create or the Cricut Expression (the big E) to use this. The Cricut machines are electronic die cutting machines.
The cartridge comes in a sturdy colorful box that can be stood on a bookshelf for easy storage. In the box you get an Instruction Manual / Handbook that explains how to use the cartridge and shows the different features the cartridge has on it. Also included is the rubber overlay that goes onto the Cricut machine’s keyboard, and the cartridge itself.
The cartridge must be plugged firmly in the Cricut machine. It can go on either way; it does not matter if the cartridge is facing forward or back.
The New Arrival cartridge designs were designed by the rob and bob studio.
Open the cartridge package - probably the hardest part of the entire thing.
Make sure your Cricut machine is turned on and plugged in.
Place the rubbery Keyboard Overlay onto your Cricut machine.
Insert the New Arrival cartridge into the slot on the right front of your Cricut machine.
Place your chosen paper onto the Cricut sticky cutting mat.
Hold the Cutting Mat up to the rollers and press the Load Paper key.
The machine will automatically suck the cutting mat into the machine and wait patiently for your next order.
Now pick which characters / shapes you want it to cut by pressing the corresponding key on the Keypad Overlay. Refer to the Handbook to see what is on each key.
Now for what makes the Cricut the coolest thing since Swiss cheese. You can change the size of your die cut by rolling the size dial up or down. So it you want your die cut 4 inches, just dial it to the 4 inch mark. Your die cut will automatically resize and cut out 4 inches tall. How cool is that?
Now press the CUT button and chill while it cuts.
Resist the urge to touch anything until the machine stops cutting completely
Press Unload Paper key and the mat will be ejected out of the machine.
Now just peel your die cut from the cutting mat. If it does not readily come off, try gently bending the mat so that a corner comes up.
Cricut also has tools to assist you in this. One is like a dental pick and one like a spatula. There are others but those are the two tools that I use most often.
There is also a feature called Real Dial Size. If you pick this the die cuts will be exactly the size you choose. If Real Dial Size is off; the Cricut will automatically make the die cuts fit proportionately together to give a more realistic look.
The New Arrival cartridge also has Creative Feature Keys. They are:
When applied they changed the selected image into a second thing. For example if you press the baby rattle key and the circle key the baby rattle with be cut out within a circle.
These allow the variations you can do with the cartridge to skyrocket into the thousands.
You can cut paper as thin as vellum and as thick as cardstock up to 0.5 mm thick.
Cricut has a Paper Saver mode to help conserve paper waste.
The shapes included in this cartridge include:
Pregnant mom with purse, hat, shoes, hair, pants overlays
Umbrella with bow overlay
Words: Baby Shower
Words connected: For, Date, Time, Place, RSVP
Baby in a sling
Stork flying that can go with the baby in a sling
Pile of presents; with bow, tag, and ribbon overlays
Stitched looking card
Words: New Arrival
Connected Words: Name, Date, Time, Weight, Length, Parents
Words: It’s a Boy
Words: It’s a Girl
Two overlapped hearts
Woman pushing baby stroller with hair, shoes, dress overlays
Baby stroller with trim overlay
Word: Bath time with bubbles overlay
Bathtub with bubbles overlay
Crawling baby with diaper overlay
Girl outfit with shirt, panties and clothes hanger
Onesie with clothes hanger
Baby face with bow overlay
Bassinet with trim overlay
Smiling moon with hat overlay
Diaper bag, opens and closes with teddy bear, bottle and diaper
Baby booties with bow overlay
Baby bottle with nipple and ring overlay
Baby rattle with trim overlay
Words: Little One
Sitting baby with arms out; with bow and diaper overlay
Bunny stuffed animal
Airplane with cloud, wing, propeller and banner overlays
Choo choo train
Pea pod with baby face that fits in it
Words: Sweet Pea
Words: I am small
Words: I am big
Words: For you
Words: Thank you
Confetti, hearts, star, pacifier, baby bottle, moon
Envelope with optional window
All of these shapes can be cut in 11 different sizes from 1 inch to 5.5 inches.
All these shapes can be cut with the additional Creative Features to make new designs.
This cartridge will be useful and save money for years to come. Excellent investment in you scrapbooking supplies.