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 contains affiliate links which, when purchased through, add no cost to the consumer but help support this site with a small commission. This post has been updated as of 4/29/19.
Since talking about my love for my Cricut machine, 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 75,000 images, many Make It Now™ projects, and 400 fonts, ” but is it really worth the $7.99 a month price?
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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 machine 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 machine 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, consider holidays such as Halloween. From pumpkin shirts to pumpkin carving, there is a plethora of pumpkin projects just waiting to be made! If you do not have Cricut Access, here are the FREE pumpkin images available for use.
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!
For me, I use my Cricut machine 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 Cricut.com and Design Space.
Monthly Cricut Access and Premium Cricut Access is $9.99/month. Yearly Cricut Access is $7.99/month.
Learn more about all the plans or sign up HERE!
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Thanks so much for this!!
I have a cricut and have always wondered if the access is worth it. Thanks for walking em through its features!
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.
So many options! I love it!
[email protected] says
Wow! This is great! SO many possible projects. 🙂
Melynda Brown says
Great info, thanks.
Sandra Shaffer says
I think having access to cricut for the personalization is worth the subscription! I would find lots of uses if I subscribed.
Do you use the Access for writing on your cards
You can, especially if you are looking for more font options.
Stephanie Huston says
I really nee to look into this a little more. I use my Cricut a lot, but in bursts through out the year, not consistently.
Lori Vachon says
I wish I had a crafty side, I just don’t! Love what the Cricut machines can do though…just amazing!
Liz Mays 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.
Katie Clark says
I was curious about if it was worth buying – I just got my first Cricut. Thanks for all the information – definitely have a better idea of what I want to do now.
Sounds like a great program. I may think about it down the road. Thanks for sharing!
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.
Hi! I checked with someone at Cricut, and here is the response that I received:
“Upcoming changes will not affect existing subscriptions, and anyone who has the current version of Cricut Access will have the opportunity to change to the new options at any time if they would like. We’re unable to release the specific details of what the changes will include until it is officially announced, though.”
Hope that helps, Marge!
Sarah Walker Caron (Sarah's Cucina Bella) says
What a great resource. You piqued my interest with the school projects bit — I don’t have a Cricut, but now I want to look into one!
Thank you!! Thank you! Thank you!
You are welcome. I hope that you found this helpful!
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.
Hi, Lucy! Anything that you can download as a SVG file you can upload to use in Cricut Design Space. I’m not familiar with the Silhouette Designer Edition. I’ve used a Silhouette in the past, but I never experimented with it to try downloading anything, so I’m not sure what the Designer Edition will let you download. But if you try it, and it downloads as a SVG file, then you can upload it to the Cricut Design Space. However, STUDIO files will not be Cricut Design Space compatible.
Yes, definitely link your cartridges to Cricut Design Space. I need to do this myself! If you have a large collection, then you may not need the monthly subscription.
Hope this answers your question!
I find everything I need from the internet. i have downloaded hundreds of free svg files and free fonts. Dafont.com is the best place for free fonts. I do not have Cricut Access and I feel like I am not really missing out.
Can Dafont be used with the Cricut Mini in the Craft Room?
Hi, I am not familiar with the Cricut Craft Room. I have only used the stand alone cartridges or the Cricut Design Space. I know that in Cricut Design Space that I can use fonts that I have downloaded from other places (like DaFont), but I am not sure about the Cricut Craft Room since it is different software. However, I did find another article from a different blogger, and she stated in the comments that Craft Room does NOT allow imported fonts. http://sewwoodsy.com/2012/08/how-to-use-cricut-craft-room.html#comment-45546
This was very helpful. Thank you very much. I use design space almost everyday. The yearly membership is definitely the way to go for me. My subscription runs out every year around Mother’s Day so that is my Moms day gift!!!
Yes. You download the font to your computer first. Then you need to refresh Design Space. The font you just downloaded should now be in your list of fonts. Hope that helps.
Luis Castellon says
I’m the same. Being in graphic design I find no use for Access. Do you use Illustrator? Also, do you ever have issues with fonts? One more question, does Design Space only work with internet access because it runs on their servers or is it that it runs through a browser? Thank you.
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.
Hi, thanks for asking. The answer is “Yes!” Any font that you have downloaded on your computer, Cricut Design Space accesses them when you sign in. You can use them in Design Space at no cost.
Maria wáczek says
I’m not sure how would I do that? I have an “á” in my name and yet I can’t get the accent mark when I’m using the scripts. It shows it in the text box but it doesn’t show up on the screen that way. Any ideas. It’s hard to word it correctly so I hope you understand what I’m trying to say.
Hi, I understand what you are asking. I am not sure. Let me check with someone and I’ll get back to you.
Hi, Maria, I checked and the only thing that I can figure out is that you may need to “hack” the symbol. In other words, use an apostrophe in a text box that you place over the letter and then attach to the word. Does that make sense? I also had someone mention using the character map on your computer, but it sounds like you may have tried that?
Hi…in the design space app, how do you save designs you like for future projects? Or can you? Please help
Hi- Great question! The short answer is “no.” If you’re looking for something like a “Watch list” or a “favorites” list, Cricut Design Space does not have that option. But, there is a work around to bookmark images that you like, and I did a tutorial on it today– http://ithappensinablink.com/how-to-bookmark-an-image-in-cricut-design-space/
Note that the tutorial is on the computer only. I am an Android user, so I do not have access to the app on the phone/iPad, but you could try the method in the tutorial to see if it works if you are using an iPhone/iPad.
Ashland Taylor 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.
I’m glad that you found the article helpful. Happy crafting with your new toy!!
If I would subscribe to Cricut Access monthly, would all the images and fonts be
on a permanent basis.
Hi! No, unfortunately, they would not. You would only have access to the images and fonts while subscribing to the plan. However, any images and fonts that you purchase individually would be permanent.
If I use a font or image while using Cricut access for a project and save that project would I have access to it if I no longer use Cricut access?
If it is not a free image, then it will show a charge and you’ll have to purchase it if you no longer subscribe to Cricut Access.
Linda Schaefer says
I use my Cricut Explore every day……and usually use access every day….would not want to be without it.
Linda – Did you subscribe to the premium or standard access?
Hi, at the time of this post, only standard was offered. I am still on that as far as I know (I’m subscribed for a year).
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?
Hi! Yes,there are lots of available baby-related files. It is also great for different fonts. If you are wanting to do mainly worded shirts, there is now a Cricut Font Subscription, too, that is a bit cheaper (you can read about that here: http://ithappensinablink.com/which-cricut-access-plan-is-right-for-me/ ). You can always subscribe for a month and see if you use it as much as you think that you will before committing to a full year.
Hi, can I use my Cricut Expression with an Access subscription. I am totally new to all this! Also, do I need to own the corresponding cartridge to cut an Access image??? Thanks
Hi, The Access subscription is aligned with Design Space, not necessarily the machine. So as long as your machine will work with Design Space, then you can use any of the subscriptions. You do not need to own the corresponding cartridge to cut an Access image. However, some images will have a fee (if you are not using Access or do not have that cartridge linked). If you own the cartridge and link it to your account, then you can bypass these fees. You can read about linking cartridges here: http://ithappensinablink.com/how-to-link-cricut-cartridges-to-cricut-design-space/
Thank you so much, I can’t wait to get started!
If u download the image from circuit design space do u own the image then?
As in, if you purchase it from them? Then, yes, you would not have to purchase it again and could use it as many times as you wanted.
I am a newbie to the Cricut world… I thought I did not need Access because I have used computer based design programs.. but as a new user I found out that making the projects using the Access subscription was well worth the cost… it helped me get to know my machine and boosted my confidence in making more complex designs.
Thank you for chiming in with your experience!
Thank you so much for this information. I have wanted a Cricut machine for awhile, but have hesitated because I didn’t want to be stuck paying a monthly fee for access. I already have cartridges that I love and probably would not even expand to the access. I only use it for scrapbooking now, (which takes me about a month out of the year)
You are very welcome! Happy crafting!
I was wondering. If you subscribe to it a month here a month there. Do you get to keep the images or are they just available during your paid month? Or can you purchase an image here and there when needed?
Hi, The access images are only available while you are a subscriber. Even if you use an image while you are a subscriber, if you do not subscribe the next month, then you would not have access to that image unless you paid for it. Any images that you pay for individually are yours whether you are subscribed or not.
Hi, you may have covered this but I’ve read so many comments that I can’t remember. Are all of the Cricut cartridges available in Design Space? If not, how do I find out which are and are not?
Thank you in advance for your help. 🙂
Any cartridge that can be “linked” is available in Design Space. I have been using a Cricut since the Expression, and all of those cartridges linked (meaning the images were available in design Space and just had to be linked to my account.
So I have had the yearly subscription for two years and I do like having it. There are other benifits to having the access. You also receive a 10% discounts when you purchase on the Cricut.com website.
I did often use the access because it gave me more options and I also used it to get the 10% discount when I purchased cartridges and materials.
The other thing to consider thoughis that you can search online for jpeg images and upload to your Cricut project for free, which I did often as well and you don’t need the subscription.
Luis Castellon says
This didn’t cover the part about what if I have my own graphics and have no need for Access? I am looking to see if I can use it without it and I guess the answer is yes. I already have access to thousands of graphics via sites like freepik and vecteezy. I just need to know that I can use them without having to have Access, otherwise, it’s one expensive brick. The Design Space being online only is another horrible idea that I am not too fond of. Thanks.
Hi, you can use the Design Space with your own images and fonts. You can actually download Design Space without purchasing a Cricut if you want to view it first. For more information on uploading images or photos, you can see these posts: http://ithappensinablink.com/how-to-upload-svg-files-or-images-in-cricut-design-space/ or https://ithappensinablink.com/how-to-upload-your-own-images-into-cricut-design-space/ .
Thank you for your article, it was very helpful… unfortunately I am very frustrated at the moment. I have been attempting to use the Android app on my phone. I don’t have internet access right now to use my laptop. I also have an Android tablet but it’s OS is not new enough. My question is would it be beneficial to get an iPad or internet for laptop. Can you download free fonts and images on iPad? Any input would be greatly appreciated
Hi, I’ll be totally honest– I only use Design Space on my laptop. I have a hard time working on a mobile device, and not all the aspects of Design Space that are available on a laptop are on mobile. I find it difficult to visualize my project and work on mobile. I actually downloaded the app on my phone and then deleted it. Of course, this is all personal preference. I know several people who only use the Design Space on mobile.
As far as the free fonts and images, if you use Design Space Access, then those images are in the Design Space system and are not stored on the iPad. Images that you download from another source can be uploaded to Design Space (and then deleted from your phone if you wanted). However, the fonts are not uploaded. Rather, Design Space pulls them from your computer when you are using the text function. Therefore, the fonts would have to be stored on the device. A mobile device would not be able to store nearly as many fonts as a laptop would.
These are the reasons my preference would be to have a laptop. But it is all in what you become accustomed to using.
Arlene Rauls says
Once I subscribe to cricut acess are the fonts and images free, or will I have to pay?
Hi, they are free while you are subscribing, but if you ever cancel your subscription they are not yours to “keep” and will go back to the original individual prices.
Cindy Funk says
I just received my cricket. I have been playing around with it. If I by the access will I have to pay for making my own sayings and signs? I also am using a tablet. Or can I use a older computer?
Hi, the Access is to use some of the images/fonts. Designing in Cricut Design Space does not come with a charge.
Erin Hellebuyck says
Cheers! My husband got me a cricut maker for Xmas. I have been using it a lot without Cricut Access. My husband installed the cricut app on my iPad. So my big question is “do I really need the Cricut Access subscription.” I understand the access gives you more choices, but are these choices then free? Do I still need to purchase them? Also, I’ve been doing the projects. Will the projects then be free? Will I still be required to purchase projects in addition to the subscription fee? Thanks for your help. ; )
Hi, once you have the access subscription, the choices provided within that subscription do not have a charge. Many of the projects are free, though not all of them may be. Each project uses different images and fonts, and if the images and fonts used in that project are in the Cricut Access subscription, then the project will be free. The images and fonts available in the Cricut Access subscription are plentiful. I’ve never had to pay for any additional images because the choices in Cricut Access are so substantial.
How much are the images once a memeber for access. Like if i had to puchase an image what does it generally range in coat?
Is this the only website to use for a cricut maker?
It depends if the image is “licensed” or not (like a Disney image). Those are more expensive typically. An individual regular image is usually 99 cents or $1.99. Font sets are higher.
Darcy Stringer says
I am new to the Cricut scene. Learning how to use my Explore Air 2. My question is: can I use images from Cricut Access for items I plan to sell or is there a different option for accessing images for commercial use?
Hi, here at the bottom of the Cricut legal page is a FAQ that covers some of the questions about selling and copyright. https://home.cricut.com/legal
Do you use font manager software on your laptop? I am just getting started with Design Space and I have Windows 10 and need any helpful hints you can give!
No, I do not. Cricut Design Space pulls them all into their software, and other than dividing them between system fonts and Cricut fonts there is not really a way to organize them within the Design Space software.
Can I use my Cricut for cutting my own fonts in Photoshop, or do I need Cricut Design Space?
Hi, the Cricut machine only receives “orders” from the Cricut Design Space program, so you will need to download Cricut Design Space. It is a free download. You’ll need to have fonts installed on your computer in order for Cricut Design Space to pull them into the program. https://ithappensinablink.com/how-to-upload-a-font-to-cricut-design-space/
Can I use my Android with cricut access and if so how
Yes, Cricut Access is based upon your account. As long as you are signed into your account on your Android Device, the program will pull up your Cricut Access subscription.
Edward Pena says
Read https://cricut.com/legal#top articles pertaining to their Service, as they term it. Lots of caveats to be aware of. Mostly they pertain to the consumers liabilities, service provider indemnities, and lack of consumer remedies. Hopefully, not too many people run afoul of these. BUT…I have read enough reports of Provo consumers running into billing issues, particularly around cancellations that I am quite wary of their business practices in this space. I have been offered a 10% discount in exchange for a monthly subscription that would, in theory, almost pay for a knife blade and housing. If I ran into any of the cancellation/billing issues I’ve read about, that savings would end up costing $100. Dunno. c