The wizards at Provo Craft are releasing their new Cricut Gypsy at the end of July. The entire scrapbooking and arts and crafts and Cricut enthusiast community is very excited about this new release. What is the Cricut Gypsy you ask? It is a handheld digital scrapbooking device that will store and hold all of your Cricut designs, cartridges, photos and more! It will let you design on the go, and do everything you could do before with Cricut software on your computer, but now in the palm of your hand! It can weld, stretch, resize, slant, rotate, and preview all your shapes and designs like a pro.

All in all, this device seems to be extremely exciting and opens up a whole world of possibilities for the arts and crafts world. We can't wait to get our hands on a copy once it is released at the end of July. Rumors say that it will sell for around $200-$300.

Cricut GypsyCricut Gypsy features include:

•Size - 8" x 3" x 1.5"
•Weight - 11 ounces
•Screen Size - 4.7", 16:9, 480 x 272
•Stylus Length - 3.75"
•Storage - ~4000 Cartridges, 10000+ Designs
•Battery Life - 4 hrs cont. 18 hrs int.
•Compatible with all Cricut Machines and Cartridges
•Weld, size, slant, rotate, stretch, preview
•2 Full content cartridges preloaded

Benefits of the Gypsy:
•No computer required
•All CDS functionality on-the-go with no PC
•Interfaces with CDS when connected to a PC
•Stores All Content
•Stores All Overlays
•Stores All Manuals
•Stores CDS Projects

Before this was released, many are concerned as well as excited due to some measures ProvoCraft is taking to make sure you only ever have one copy of the Cricut Cartridge... it seems once you load your Cricut cartridge onto your Gypsy, the cartridge itself is totally erased! Therefore you only ever have one single copy of any given cartridge. This causes understandable consternation with many scrappers who share, borrow, and trade their cartridges on a regular basis. Also, it goes without saying that electronic devices tend to... crash and burn. At $50 a pop, loosing your collection of Cricut cartridges could be a very large hit in the wallet.

Thankfully, this is not the case. In the latest new Cricut Gypsy features release the company told everybody that The Cricut Gypsy does not erase your Cricut Cartridges. Syncing your cartridge is as easy as plugging it via an included adapter. The Gypsy will download the cartridge, the manual, and the overlay so that you don't have to use any of those anymore as you are putting together your designs. You may only download a cartridge to a gypsy one time, and after that you may use it with your Cricut machine as normal. You will not be able to download it to another device though, but you should keep it for backup in case your handy dandy new toy ever breaks. This means one should be very careful when buying cartridges on ebay now to be sure they have not been previously downloaded to another device.

The Cricut Gypsy retails for just under $300 in the store. It will be including many new applications and additional software as time goes on. Initially when you register online you will receive an application that lets you view and store your photos right on the device. Additionally, in the future Provo Craft will be releasing many different accessories like neck lanyards, custom styluses, custom colored skins, and much more so you can personalize everything about it to have as much personality as you do! Check it out, and see what you think!