Cricut Access is a paid monthly or yearly membership that unlocks instant access to unlimited use of Cricuts growing library of fonts, images, and projects in Cricut Design Space.
Depending on your plan, you can get other benefits like discounts on licensed images, fonts, and physical products.
Recently, it has come to my attention that some tools are only available if you have Cricut Access. Tools like Offset, Warp, Remove Background, and Project Collection feature only come with Cricut Access. I use these all in my projects. Do you?
So, is Cricut Access required? No. Do you need Cricut Access in your crafting journey? Here are some thoughts on maybe why you will need it for your projects. I guess it’s all about time. Do you have time to find the perfect image you want or the font you want, download it to your pc and then upload it to Cricut? For me, it’s the tools that are important. I want and need them.
300,000+ images in Cricut Access
Cricut Access has so many images you can use in your creations. The library is ever growing.
But if you don’t have Cricut Access you will have to pay for each image you use. Yes, there are a few free ones, but they are very limited. As you can see in the image below, the prices of images are clearly seen. If it has a green “a”, it means it is free with Cricut Access.
Even the shapes tool is very limited without Cricut Access.
Cricut Design Space has a tool called Editable Images which is wonderful for creating anything with a name in it. But once again, these aren’t free unless you have Cricut Access.
There is another new tool called Monogram which helps you create monograms for projects. It’s a handy tool. But without Cricut Access, you can’t use it.
These are professionally designed fonts to use with your new Cricut Machine.
But if you don’t have Cricut Access you have to pay for each font you use. As with images, there are free ones, but they are limited.
You can upload your own fonts to Cricut Design Space. Check out my blog post on how to do that. How to Download Fonts to Cricut.
1000+ Customizable Projects
You can make professional looking projects for every gift or home décor you can think of with customizable projects.
All the editable projects will have images and fonts from Cricut and if you don’t have Cricut Access, you will need to pay for each item they use in the project you selected. So don’t be fooled if it looks like the project is free, because it likely isn’t free at all.
Cricut Access Alternative
One site that I use a lot for my Cricut projects is Creative Fabrica. You can buy images, projects, and fonts individually or you can purchase their subscription plan that gives you access to everything they have for one low price. This is my Go-To site for all my images, fonts, and anything else I might need.
I created a post where I talk about why I like Creative Fabrica and all the other features that it has on its site you may have not thought of. Like for instance, they have “mock-ups”. For those that create things to sell, this is a great place to find images that are already staged and all you need to do is put your image over it, like a shirt or a tote bag or whatever.
My Final Thoughts
I have chosen to have the Cricut Access subscription because some tools need that access to work, and because I teach Cricut Design Space. But the choice is up to you.