Monday, February 28, 2011

Can you believe it!?!? I can't!

I am finally getting an Imagine and I am BEYOND excited! I've wanted one since they were announced but circumstances just wouldn't allow it. (You know that old saying "bad stuff comes in 3's" or something like that? Well it's true. HOPEFULLY, praying and keeping fingers crossed, our run of bad is over.) So anyway, my Imagine is due to arrive tomorrow. YAY!

In the mean time, because I couldn't see light at the end of this tunnel, I've not paid much attention to the do's and don'ts of the Imagine....I do recall hearing that there were some issues (hopefully all ironed out now) but just in case...can you gals that have Imagines take the time to fill me in on what to do or not to do? Any helpful hints that you would like to leave here in the comments would be greatly appreciated not only by me but I'm sure for others too.

Thank you!!



Cricut Imagine Cartridge, Yummy

11 comments:

  1. Enjoy your new toy! I'm so jealous!

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  2. I'm so excited for you! Can't wait to see what you create. I think I'm going to hold out for the Expression2 in April. I have almost enough pennies saved now. hugs, eileen

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  3. I'm still holding out for at least another six months, in hopes all the bugs are out of it by then.

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  4. I have an Imagine. I like it but I will love it when ProvoCraft gets the free software Craft Room Design Tool is up and running. I really dislike the small Gypsy like screen on the Imagine. I use Design Studio all the time with my Expression so I was used to a full screen.
    My Imagine worked the first time right out of the box for me. The next day, it kept locking up when I powered it on. I ended up spending lots and lots of time...2 days fiddling with it trying to get an upgrade until I found some good instructions from Chris on the Cricut message board on how to restore system functions. It has worked fine since I did the restore.
    http://community.provocraft.com/Cricut-Community_postsm688003_IMAGINE-SYSTEM-RESTORE-INSTRUCTIONS.aspx
    Believe it or not...it took several hours to get through these instructions. I consider myself to be an experienced PC user. I was shocked at what I had to go through to get it to work.
    I hope your unit works right from the very start! I look forward to what you share from your learning experience with the Imagine.

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  5. I've had my Imagine for several months and so far no problems with it at all. I'm sure you are going to enjoy it. Can't wait to see the projects you create.

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  6. Love the Imagine. I hate messing with lots of small pieces of different colored paper and am thrilled with the ability to put one 12x12 white sheet on a mat and end up with multiple colors and patterns. Yesterday I was cutting 2 inch bunnies and carrots. The carrots had 2 layers, the bunnies 3, each layer a different color. I used one sheet of white paper and whipped out 8 of each, a total of 40 different layers, with one cut.

    There have been a few problems with the firmware, but most of those have been resolved. Another big update is supposed to be available any day. I hesitate to say this, but I think a lot of people have had user end problems. Its really a lot simpler to use than the gypsy, and if you don't let yourself get frustrated and just think logically about the problem, most of the time you can resolve it.

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  7. I too have an Imagine. I havent had any problems exept USER problems. Here's a couple of big tips: #1 your 12 x 12 paper cannot be bigger than that (larger paper cut down to almost 12 x 12 or papers that have the end strip with writing on it, etc) you MUST cut down to 12 x 12 and NOT cover the black lines around the mat or it won't work. Didnt know this and had days of frustration! #2 do not move your Imagine around (even on your table) when you do, you will need to recalibrate it. If I do move it back and forth, I notice that when I print and cut, my cut is off and I have to recalibrate. Other than these 2 issues, I can't wait until the update for the Gypsy is up and also for the craft room. Have fun, it is so much quicker to make projects with it!

    Deanne G

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  8. Congrads on you new toy, Enjoy! then you can post lots of projects/goodies you created with it to give us a bit of inspiration. I am still thinking about if I want one or not in the future. I still have to learn how to use my big bug ;)

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  9. I haven't had the calibration issue Deanne has had. My Imagine was downstairs in our family room. I decided to move the grandchildren's toys down there and move my scrapbooking stuff upstairs to the old toy room---I now have my own space!!! Anyway, what with all the moving of furniture, toys (the kids' and mine), painting etc, my Imagine was moved from table to table to floor to table over and over and I haven't had to calibrate since it first came out of the box in September. Chris, from Provo Craft, who posts on the Yahoo Imagine group has said that moving the machine should not affect calibration and that he has travelled with one by plane to CHA and not had to recalibrate.

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  10. !!!!!CONGRATS YOUR GONNA LUV LUV IT I HAVE ONE. GOT IT 3 MOUNTHS AGO.. AND I LUV IT I DONT HAVE ANY COMPLIANITS..I CANT WAIT TO SEE WHAT PROJECTS YOUR GONNA SHOW US..:)

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