What Is The Cricut Joy Cutting Machine?

The Cricut Joy is the newest offering on the Cricut Machine front and totally different from all other Cricut offerings, including the Cricut Maker. And this week I have had the chance and play to find out just what this little machine can do. Also check out my Cricut Joy buyers guide, this handy guide will take you through what you need to get started with the Cricut Joy project by project.

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What Is The Cricut Joy?

Why Is It Different?

  • Is a cutting and drawing machine
  • It’s compact and lightweight
  • Has a narrow mat, 4.5 inches to be exact as appose the the 12 inch matt of its counterparts.
  • It houses a fine point blade.
  • Yet also houses a pen ( However you need to switch between the blade and pen)
  • It’s perfect for card making.
  • And also labels.
  • But even better makes banners and signs up to 20 foot long. I know AMAZING!
  • It has specially sized cutting matts.
  • But can also be used without a matt alongside the smart vinyl.
  • The Cricut Joy is wireless.
  • Can be used with the Cricut app.
  • But also alongside other Cricut Machines on larger projects.
  • Yet is totally portable if you are crafting on the go.
  • Which makes it the perfect entry level machine for new crafters
  • And also a welcome addition to the craft room for experienced crafter.
Making a personalised Mince Mouse Cushion

How Much Is The Cricut Joy?

The Cricut Joy is available in UK 1st March 2020 and will be available at The Amazon Cricut Store, Hobbycraft and John Lewis. The UK price for the Cricut Joy is £179.99. Moreover, this was the same release date as the states which is a huge deal and a massive step forward for UK Cricut crafters.

What’s The Difference Between The Cricut Joy Vs Maker?

The Cricut Joy is 25% the size of the Cricut maker making it super compact and mega cute. Additionally Joy works with Cricut Design Space but has its own area built in with specially designed projects.

These are all mega quick projects but the precision the Cricut Joy cuts with is astounding. I found that it cut super quick and the cut was so clean.

In fact both the projects I made both took well within 10 minutes each to make! I know amazing. Those days of forgetting to buy a birthday card a well and truly over.

smart vinyl from Cricut

Cricut Joy Materials, What Can You Cut With The Cricut Joy?

It doesn’t cut the same amount of materials as the Maker. Saying this, it has features the Maker can’t offer. Such as 20 foot long cuts, smart labels, the card making feature and the option to go mat free.

Bringing out a clone of the Maker would have been no fun, but a totally different unique machine that is able to do things not possible on the Maker is so exciting?

Can You Use The Cricut Joy With Cricut Design Space?

Yes it works under the same principle as the Cricut Maker and Explore Air, the only difference is that if you have both machines you click between the two on the top left hand corner of design space.

If you are new to Cricut check out my Design Space Guide however also check out all of these guides below which are fundamental to Cricut success.

You Can Still Use Your Existing Cricut Materials With The Cricut Joy

Because you can buy cutting mats to fit the Cricut Joy you can also use your existing vinyls, you simple cut them to the mat size. This gives you the versatility to try out the smart vinyl which is fabulous but also use use vinyls and cards from your craft stash whilst you build up supplies.

As long as you have a Joy cutting mat, the blade and pen you can use your Cricut Joy straight away.

Which Sort Of Crafter Is The Joy For?

It’s not just for crafters. I have spoken to many readers who are not necessarily crafters, but are creative in other ways. Maybe dressmakers, great cooks, mums who like to make things with the kids, or for the home. But for whatever reason can not commit the time and money to a Maker.

The joy enables you to create quick projects such as labels, border’s, wall decals and cards in minutes. I can’t tell you how excited I am about this. If you are a quick crafter like me there are endless opportunities.

I can honestly see myself using the Joy more than I use my make. If you read my blog you will know how much I love my maker. However I love the instant gratification of the Joy and the fact that you can take it anywhere.

Permanent smart vinyl

What Have I Made So Far?

When it arrived I spent a glorious morning unboxing my Cricut Joy, trying it out and made a card and a fox cup.

Both projects were easy to make and made in minutes. There is a host of ready made Cricut Joy designs in Cricut Design Space which load in seconds ready to cut.

Using the smart vinyl felt odd at first, however because of the thicker backing it felt sturdy and solid as it cut. The cut was quick and sharp.

The card mat is a stroke of genius, with a clever slot to slice the card into that enables you to cut and draw the top of the card in minutes. And although you have to swap the pen and fine point blade half way through its a smooth quick process (not as tight as the Maker blade housing) .

Since then I have gone on to personalise Disney cushions for a project I am working on over on Cruising With Kids. These Disney commemorative cruise cushions can be personalised with anything a year, occasion or name. I picked these up in Primark in the sale bin.

Masking personalised Disney Toy Story Cushions
Making a Buzz Lightyear personalised cushion-2

I so wish I had a Cricut machine when our boys were younger. The hours I spent scouring the internet for the right personalised gifts and travel accessories.

The Verdict?

I adore the Cricut Joy, its portable, simple to use and the cut is so defined. This isn’t a huge surprise as I knew I would like it, show me a Cricut Product I don’t love.

However, I did wonder where it would fit in, especially as I love the Maker. The Joy is perfect for creating anywhere quickly and I blooming love that. Quick craft projects are the way forward.

Check out my instagram stories so see how I got on. More importantly check out how super easy these projects were to make.

I was gifted my Cricut Joy and the materials in return for an honest review, however you can’t argue with how amazing this little pocket rocket of a machine is! And please note this post contains an affiliate link.

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8 thoughts on “What Is The Cricut Joy Cutting Machine?”

  1. Hi, What would be the largest size of cutout the Cricut Joy could make? Some of the metal dies I currently use are not big enough for my projects.
    I found your blog most informative and can’t wait to get a Cricut and start experimenting.

    • Hi Daphne, honestly I love it! it will cut projects 20 foot long by 4.5 inches so you can go quite large as for example you can stack the lettering on your mat and cut in in a line.


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