The morning began with breakfast and training sessions that walked us step-by-step through how to use the Explore, focusing on the Design Space (which is the software) and some potential opportunities for DIYers moving forward. I'm not sure if we are allowed to share the details of that yet but I was just blown away by the possibilities!
power point slide from the morning training
In my first launch party post I shared some videos I took (from the back of the room) - Cricut has since posted them on their YouTube page as well as some additional informative (and one funny) videos that are a MUST if you are curious about this new machine.
The rest of the day was filled with inspiration and fun - the creative team at Cricut is incredibly talented. They took three plain ol' hotel conference rooms and transformed them in to gorgeous destinations! Each room had special make-n-takes, snacks, photo ops, Cricut staffers on hand to answer questions about machines, and EVERY piece of decor had either been made with or decorated with the new Cricut Explore. Just take a look at these stunning scenes!
The New York room was all about fashion. The make-and-takes included jeweled collars and headbands made from felt, a very dashing man in a suit wandered around the room serving delicious covered apples of every possible flavor, and all of the clothes and accessories on display had been made with the Explore!
It was also in the New York room where someone decided that Anna Griffin and I could be unsupervised. Clearly that was a mistake. Here she is doing everything BUT making a jeweled collar!
The California room was all about fun! We decorated our own beach bags and made drink umbrellas while sipping virgin pina coladas and eating popsicles. The centerpieces had live goldfish in them! There was a bicycle built for two on display and uhhh...Anna and I tried to ride it. It was shameful. ;)
The Utah room was a comfy cabin filled with gorgeous home decor pieces that were stunning. We made mounted deer heads out of paper and birch and decorated water bottles, then sat back with a cup of hot cocoa and some s'mores.
It was here that Anna and I got to spend some time playing with an Explore. I am pretty skeptical (and also technologically challenged as we all know) but I was SO impressed with the quality of even the tiniest cuts (the "old" blades will fit this machine but they have also come out with a new higher quality blade that is AWESOME) , how easy the software was to understand and all the new functionalities and ways to create that the Explore will offer. I also got a sneak peek at the EXCLUSIVE content Anna will be offering when she launches the Explore on HSN on February 12th (I will be on air with it in March)...if you love making your own party decor then you are going to FREAK OUT!!
I want to share a little bit of the excitement of the launch party with you! Leave a comment here telling me what excites you most about this machine and one lucky winner is going to receive a box filled with some of the goodies I received on the trip - including the decorated beach bag, a few small Cricut items, some of the fun treats we got from local businesses, a present from Anna, and I may throw a few other little surprises in there as well!
Also - please feel free to post your questions and I will try to get them answered as best I can. I should have my machine in the next week or so so anything I don't have the answer to now I will answer as soon as I get to play with mine! :)
If you missed my first blog post you can find it here - and check out more great photos/blog posts/recaps by checking out #ExploreCricut or find Cricut on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram (officialcricut). THANKS CRICUT for a wonderful 48 hours!