The first step is to take your new machine out of the box, and plug it in near your computer. Then, sign up for a free Cricut Space Design ID account, download the Cricut Design Space app, and install it on your computer.After that, you’re ready to make your first project. Here are the basic steps to using a Cricut:First, choose a design in Cricut Design Space. You can select a pre-made image or design your own.Then, select your cutting material and place it on the sticky cutting mat. The mat will hold the material in place while the Cricut cuts the design. Then, press the button to load the mat into the machine.Select the correct material settings in Design Space, and send the design to your Cricut cutting machine.Press the flashing button on your Cricut machine to start cutting.After the machine finishes cutting the design, remove the mat from the machine, and the material from the mat.Now, you can take your cut paper pieces or vinyl designs, and add them to your projects.