Thank you for your in-depth help, DeeAnn! I read so little commentary on CCR (and I subscribe to the Cricut thread) that I wondered if using it was a waste of time. So much was being written after the Gypsy came out that the silence on CCR just didn't seem right. I had read of problems with people using it with the E2, but I have the original Expression. It got me wondering if crafters had just dismissed CCR as having little value.
Sorry, I realized it should have been December 25th (not 24th) after I posted, but I couldn't figure out how to take it back for editing.
I think I watched the wrong YouTube videos. They were using a beta version of CCR with a different layout, which made it hard to figure out what to do.
I haven't used my Cricut too often in the past, and when I did there was usually a lot of trial and error with the size of the cuts; so if I learn CCR enough to overcome that problem I will be very happy.