I LOVE the Cricut Expression. The more I use it the more it amazes me.
There is nothing better than having the ability to make unique & interesting titlework that is the color, size, font that matches my vision instead of making due with prepackaged stickers/chipboard. Never running out of the letter "a", "e" & "t" is freeing & allows me to title my pages without a second thought.
I don't sacrifice the look of chipboard just because I'm using the Cricut. I just cut multiples of each letter/shape & adhere them -- usually 4 or 5 gives me a similar look of Thickers style letters.
Sure there is a learning curve with certain paper (Bazzill) but as long as you have a sticky mat the results are good