CRICUT OR SILHOUETTE? WHICH IS BEST FOR TEACHERS & SCHOOLS
5 quick reasons why you need one today
Fellow educators! Is a Cricut on your wishlist this year? Personally or professionally?
You’re not alone! There are several reasons why I have no regrets about purchasing a die cut machine; I use it more than I even imagined when I purchased it. It has saved my teachers lots of time, and brings your school decor game up to a new level.
There seem to be two types of people in the world: Cricut people and Silhouette people. I love both of these types of people! I really don’t think you can go wrong with either. In my case, I purchased a Silhouette Cameo on Amazon (during Prime Day) for personal use. It came with a robust starter pack of supplies. But I am still friends with all of my Cricut people and for my purposes, I’ve never heard of something I need that Cricut can do, and Silhouette can’t.
Deciding if you’re a Cricut person or a Silhouette person is a really fun problem to solve! Let me walk you through why you and/or your team NEED a machine; then I’ll talk about why I chose the Cameo.
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Reason #1. You want awesome bulletin boards and messages in your school.
Kids need to be surrounded by positive messages that communicate to them: “We love you.” “We care about you.” “We see you.” “We appreciate you.”
There are only a few ways to get those incredible messages up in your school! 1) Pay folks like me to print letters, symbols and more for you (Teachers Pay Teachers, my Etsy shop, etc). 2) Have students or parent volunteers help cut out letters and materials. 3) Do it yourself.
As a fellow educator, I know that you will probably pick #3 because you can do anything! But doing it yourself has it’s problems. Perhaps you don’t have the technology to support getting this done quickly. Then read on to the #2 reason why every school needs a diecut machine.
Reason #2. Time is limited. My machine gets things done so fast!
The traditional way of creating bulletin boards is so clunky and time-consuming…it makes people resort to dull, easy-to-make ideas. Or buying the die cut letters from Dollar Tree. Or no bulletin boards at all!
The Silhouette Cameo software is intuitive and easy to understand. I’m a little tech savvy so I learned a lot by playing around. I learned the rest by watching helpful tutorials online. There are thousands of videos out there to help you answer your specific question.
Now I can quickly turn my visions into realities for my school. The time-consuming part is designing the letters/symbols, and from there, cutting is a flash. But I don’t spend hours tracing letters and cutting them! Woohoo!
Are you looking to save time NOW? I make custom bulletin board letters, banners and more! They are available here, in my Etsy shop.
Reason #3. Fonts are limited on traditional die cut presses, and I want infinite options.
Reason #4. You can cut out anything.
Shapes, 3D flowers, large symbols, designs, borders. Paper – cardstock – fabric – vinyl decals with school logos and names on them… You are only limited by your imagination!
I used my machine to cut out a stencil. Then we painted a message on the sidewalk for students as they waited for the bus. You can cut out nearly anything. This is good news for those of us who are very innovative and have ingenuity.
My Cameo saved me lots of money and headache last year for Christmas! My family owns a restaurant, and restaurant workers must have covered cups when they’re on shift. I gifted each of my family members a cute, customized, one-of-a-kind clear tumbler water cup for work! I did the same for all of the awesome support staff I have the privilege of working with at school. They received a cute tumbler with their names on it, and last year’s running theme: #girlboss It was a huge hit! Creative, fun to make, and one-of-a-kind.
Mom side tangent here…I also love the Contigo travel bottles for little kids; they’re virtually life-proof for toddlers. Last year I sent my brother’s kids (there are 4 of them) their very own Contigo water bottle covered with decals of their favorite things and their name. Again – an easy, fun, customized gift idea.
Reason #5. Those budgets don't roll over.
I work with departments every year who are contemplating the best ways to spend down their budgets, which are often “Use it or lose it.” I know that sounds silly (“There’s nothing to spend our money on!”); that’s not a common phrase in education!
But I want you to think about your time and what it’s worth. Every minute spent at school, late into the night is a minute lost from vital self-care, time with friends, and time with our families. Investing in a way to reduce time spent on projects is always a great investment for our students. When we’re happier, they reap the rewards through improved instruction and better morale all around.
Consider working with your administrator, department or grade level team this year to invest in yourselves and students. It’s been SO worth the time for me!
The last die cut machine in my school was a one-font-only, your choice of uppercase or lowercase BLOCK letters. Although I got a lot done with this press, my designs were one-notes.
Scripts, cute patterns, funky fonts, you name it! If I want it, I have a way to make it at my fingertips. There are millions of font options both in the Cricut and Silhouette software and are available for download (some 100% free, even for commercial use). I love the easy access to the Google Fonts that I use every day.