Do I Really Need Cricut Access?

Ever wondered if the benefits of Cricut Access outweigh the cost? Do I Really Need Cricut Access to create projects in Cricut Design Space? Read more about it in this post. This post may contain affiliate links. 


Do I really need Cricut Access to create projects in Cricut Design Space?

Since talking about my love for the Cricut Explore Air, a few friends and readers have purchased this handy dandy crafting machine. The most common question that I receive isn’t about cutting card stock or which vinyl to buy, but rather it’s, “Do I REALLY need Cricut Access?”

Cricut Access is a  monthly subscription plan that gives users a wider range of images from which to choose when making a project. The subscription page boosts of “unlimited access to over 30,000 images, over 1,000 Make It Now projects, and 370 fonts, ” but is it really worth the $7.99 a month price?

Do I Really Need Cricut Access?

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If you’ve arrive here looking for a resounding “YES!” or “NO!” then you’re going to find that the answer is not cookie cutter. In my experience, the need for Cricut Access varies from person to person, depending on the user.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  • Do I use my Cricut Explore Air for more than 3 projects a month?
  • Do I feel limited by the number of “free” images in the Cricut image library?
  • Does my child(ren) use Cricut Design Space for school projects? (This might sound crazy, but even my elementary aged daughter uses it. She is only 7, but she knows how to type text and print it on card stock for poster board presentations. If your kids aren’t using it for school projects, teach them how!)
  • Would I use my Cricut Explore more if I had access to more images?
  • Do I like the Make It Now projects? (These are awesome, by the way! Why sit around designing a project when someone else already has?)
  • Would I be more likely to make personalized gifts for others for holidays and special occasions if I had access to more images?

If you answered “yes” to at least two of the above questions, then purchasing the Cricut Access plan may be beneficial to you! Let’s take a look at why.

For instance, we are nearing the month of October. It’s officially pumpkin season! From pumpkin shirts to pumpkin carving, there is a plethora of of pumpkin projects just waiting to be made! If you do not have Cricut Access, here are the FREE pumpkin images available for use.

Do I Really Need Cricut Access?

Hmmm….limited choices, no?

For those with Cricut Access, the choices widen considerably! These screen shots are just two of the pages; there are many more! I can see myself using my Cricut every day with this wide range of images. The pumpkin carving faces are too cute!

Do I Really Need Cricut Access?


Do I Really Need Cricut Access?


For me, I use my Cricut at least a few times a week. Last weekend, I used it for 4 projects, and my daughter used it for a school project. I currently have 3 projects saved in my queue waiting to be cut. For over half of these projects, I’m using an image that I would have had to pay for individually had I not had Cricut Access.

Still wondering if it’s right for you? Try your hand at these questions:

  • Do I rarely use my Cricut?
  • Do I only use my Cricut to make things for the occasional party?
  • Do I have a huge stash of Cricut cartridges that I’ve linked to my account?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then Cricut Access may not be for you! OR you may simply want to subscribe by the month.

That’s right! You can subscribe yearly or monthly. For instance, you may want to subscribe for the month of October to have access to all the pumpkin carving faces or pumpkin stencils. Both the yearly and monthly subscriptions come with 10% off purchases on and Design Space.

Monthly Cricut Access is $9.99/month. Yearly Cricut Access is $7.99/month.

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  1. says

    Back in the day, I used the very limited clip-art in Word for school projects. Wish I had this. This is awesome! A whole world of images for less than $10 a month. Nice.

  2. says

    I think I’d probably start out doing that but watching carefully to make sure I use it enough to warrant it. I’ve been known to pay for things for far too long without using it.

  3. Marge says

    I was about to purchase the Cricut Access because I found the free coupons and the free 2 week trial showed me that I really would use it. But my question is this: Supposedly Cricut is about to make some huge change to Cricut Access. Do you have any information about this? And how would it affect my subscription? Thank you in advance for your help.

  4. Lucy says

    Enjoyed your article. I do have a large collection of cartridges but I also have a large collection of sag files and computer fonts. With all of this I was thinking I really wouldn’t need the subscription. Also have a silhouette with a large library of files which I believe with the designer edition I can export as sag files. Would you please comment on this?? Thanks.

  5. Alice says

    I find everything I need from the internet. i have downloaded hundreds of free svg files and free fonts. is the best place for free fonts. I do not have Cricut Access and I feel like I am not really missing out.

  6. Trudy says

    I’m wondering about fonts. I understand images must be SVG format, but can you use regular computer fonts with the Cricit Explore Air II? Getting one as a late birthday present. Thanks in advance.

  7. says

    This was exactly what I have been looking for! I hate spending money, especially on something that I’m not sure I’ll even use. My husband got me a cricut for Christmas and so far I’ve made many things with it! Of course, just two days ago my Access trial ran out. After reading this and answering the questions appropriately I’ve decided to just go ahead and do it!! All of the extra options are well worth it.

  8. Leslie says

    Hi I was wondering if this subscription is worth it when I am wanting to make onsies and t-shirts. Is there alot baby files on here?


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