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?
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.
Learn more about all the plans or sign up HERE!
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