Friday, February 26, 2010

Make your Cricut Cutting Mat Sticky Again

Edited to Add : I actually just got my SCAL (sure cuts alot) software in the mail yesterday! I cannot wait to get it up and running. I pride myself in saying I've only purchased ONE cricut cartridge on ebay for 20 bucks! Never again...no more cartridges for me. For those of you, who don't know what SCAL is.....it's a software that allows you to hook your cricut up to your computer, use all of your true type fonts and dingbats, and design you own customized look! It is absolutely fantastic and well worth the $75....the price of one cricut cartridge)!!!


Today's post is all about being frugal.....or cheap, whichever way you prefer to look at it! I love finding ways to prolong the life of items I use everyday. In turn, helping me save money by repurposing or reusing what I already have!



For those of you lucky gals who own a cricut, this thrifty tip is for you. Have you noticed how quickly your sticky mat loses it's "stick"??? Mine seems to go pretty quick and I dread shelling out another 10 bucks for a new mat. Especially since the craft stores don't allow you to use 40% coupons on anything cricut related! Well, have I got the ultimate frugalista tip for you!


This Zig 2 way glue pen (chisel tip) is your new best friend. You probably have some stashed in your supplies. If not, invest a couple bucks in one and save yourself some cash!



All you do is coat your entire mat with this pen. I start at the top and work my way down in straight lines, until the whole surface is covered.



Your mat will be very wet at first....it needs to dry for about 15-20 minutes. After the drying time it should be good as new. Actually, better in my opinion.



See how it sticks to my hand? Whoo-hoo......10 dollars saved! I've had my cricut for a good 6 months and have yet to buy any replacement mats. Another trick I've tried is spraying your mat with spray adhesive. It works ok, but doesn't last long. This is a much better long term solution. I LOVE my cricut, but sometimes get frustrated by all the nickle and diming! The supplies and cartridges for it are a little pricey. But if you get creative you can learn how to get around that and use your supplies to their fullest potential. The instructions tell you to only insert the mat into your machine with the arrow pointed up. Do not follow these silly instructions. Utilize the whole cutting surface by flipping your mat around and cutting equally on the entire surface! Set your machine to cut portrait style instead of landscape and it will start the cut on the opposite side of the mat. These are probably things you've already figured out yourself. But I wanted to share these little tips for the newbies and people contemplating the cricut. It took me a while to catch on to some of these things. Learn from my mistakes and trial and error, people. If I can save you time and money...I'm all over that!





153 comments:

Ashley @ Bride on a Budget said...

Thanks for the great tips. I haven't used my Cricut much because I can't afford to buy any cartridges. So all I have is the measly first cartridge that it came with.

I will be trying this tip about the mats though.

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

What great tips!!! Since Santa brought mine I've used it quite a bit. I didn't know about turning the mat, or about the "portrait vs. landscape" thing either. You're a wealth of information today!!!

Thank you soooo much for the great tips. Keep those cricut tips coming, my friend!

Jeremiah & Lindsey Kindy said...

I got my cricut for Christmas and I've already bought new blades and mats. I use it all the time thanks for all the cricut tips lately. Let us know some more of your secrets!! Please!

Lacy Key said...

Thank you so much for the tip! I too have a cricut and use it more than I should I'm sure and if I can save $ I am all for it!
Thanks again!
Keep up the great work!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh I am SO sending this tip to my sister in law. I borrow her Cricut on occasion so it only seems right.

I am hosting a giveaway and hope you'll stop by.

Hafford Family 5 said...

Great idea! I have used spray adhesive, but you can't really use that inside! BTW, Joanne's will let you use the coupon for "accesories" - not cartridges, but blades, mats, etc. Keep the Cricut tips coming.

Tammy@InStitches said...

I've been thinking about getting one, thanks for the tips !

Heather@PixieDust said...

i love that tip! i hate how the cricut adhesive crumbles. I can't wait until it dies out and I can redo it!!

Richella said...

You're the best, Amanda.

Believe me, if and when I get a Cricut, I'm going to come back and re-read your tips! I don't want it to be "the gift that keeps on costing," you know? Thanks for the info!!

Love you!

Jennifer said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you.....

mommy4life said...

I have avoided buying a cricut because of the nickel and diming, but if I can gather and utilize some of these great tips, maybe I will reconsider. Thanks.

Naomi said...

This is awesome! I have the smaller, older Cricut and have several mats and was dreading having to buy new ones because they mess up so much because they aren't sticky anymore. I even have this glue pen too! I can't wait to get home now. And I never even thought to turn the mat around. Great ideas. Thanks!!

♥Bree said...

Thank you for the tip, i was just about to go buy a new mat this weekend but ill try this instead. I dont know if you have look around but i found this website www.craftedge.com and they have a software (Sure-Cuts-Alot) and i think for as much as you can spend on cartridges this seems like a good deal and you can use ANY font you have or have downloaded to your computer. My cousin and i are going to get it, soon i hope. I just thought you might want to take a look. Thanks again for the tips.

Jenglamgirl said...

Amanda U ARE MY HERO TODAY!!! HA!

I have had my cricut about the same amount of time as you, and I have replaced my mats twice now, (luckily two comes in a pack) I am STOKED ABOUT THIS IDEA, THANKS DOLL! JGG

Deals, Steals and Heels said...

i can never remember the name of the glue, thank you for showing a pic!! and i didn't know about the portrait setting...but that's awesome.

Jenna said...

That is AWESOME! I've been using spray adhesive lightly sprayed on, but this seems much better and less stinky :)

Laura said...

Thanks for the great tips! I buy my cartdridges from www.customcrops.com and www.ohmycrafts.com. They are much less expensive and often have sales and coupons as well.

Rambling Girl said...

Thanks for the tips...I still have mine in the box and have not used it once yet but I plan on getting it out before to long...this winter time makes me so lazy.

frillsfluffandtrucks said...

Please, share MORE Cricut tips! I didn't know about either of these things--I'm a Cricut novice and still learning everything.

~ Sarah

Tonya said...

Wonderful!!! Thank you!!! I will try that right away. I'm always looking for tips with my cricut. I got it a couple years ago and I Santa brought me the gypsy this year - love it! But I still only have like 7 cartridges...the things are so expensive. I did come across this site though: www.cricutmachine.com and they had some of their cartridges really marked down around thanksgiving time...something to keep an eye on. Thanks again!

Summer Rae said...

Great info! I am going to try that next time I need a new mat. Just and FYI, Joann's will let you use a coupon on the blades, mats, and housings if they are not on sale! I didn't think they would, but I tried it once and it worked and has ever since!

Nina Patricia @ The Adventures of Nina Patricia said...

I'm dreaming of owning one of these babies one day. The funny thing? I use to work for the company the makes the Zig glue when I lived in NJ...the amount of free scrapbook supply I gather on those 7 years was insane. They were a very, very good company (same people that makes Jolee's, stickers, and the Martha line)

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

You couldn't have posted this in Sept. when I threw a mat out? ;) ;) Great tip...I had no idea you could reuse a mat. I'm really wishing I'd waited to get the larger machine now, but I have 2 friends who own them so I can use theirs when I need something big cut out.

kimberlysaucedo said...

Hey Amanda, I'm a lurker :). Thanks for the tips on the mats...I have a tip for you...you don't have to buy cartridges anymore! Go to scrappingtable.com and you can buy and download the sure.cuts.alot. They are having a sale right now I believe for 64.95 and you can print stuff on your cricut using the fonts you have on your computer! And there are thousands of free fonts you can download on your computer! Check it out!!!

Jess said...

Thanks for the tip! Another way I've used is to grab a baby wipe and rub away at your Cricut mat. Set it aside to dry and voila...a sticky mat!

nanaSewn said...

Please if you can help, I cant get mine to cut. New blades, new mat, tried every setting...it just scrapes the letters or just creases the paper/plastic. Dont know what to do or where to get the info I need.

Alicia@Thrifty And Chic said...

I also heard that using a baby wipe across the mat will increase it's stickiness...I haven't tried this yet because I have no reason to buy baby wipes otherwise...but who knows...it may work :)

Marg said...

I have been contemplating buying a Cricut but was worried about the on going cost of the mats, etc. Thanks so much for the tips, they are a HUGE help.

Mandi @ Finding Home said...

Yeah for this tip! Chick, you have to have to have to get Sure Cuts A Lot. It will be some of the best $ you ever spent - especially since you use your cricut so much. I can't rave enough about how much more usage you can get out of your Cricut with this program. I'm sure I've told you b4 but with the software that downloads to your computer, you can even change fonts mid word or letter, adjust the size of each letter mid word, and you space everything out on your paper. What you type and move around on the screen is what cuts out. Plus you use ANY true type font and dingbat. The cost is about the same as a cricut cartridge ($75) and the uses are so endless. It's really amazing. I'm actually hoping to get a new blade and that stiff stuff so I can cut some fabric with mine tonight!

Patricia said...

Thanks a million for posting this! :)

Tami said...

Thanks for the great tip. I have gone through so many mats. It is depressing to have to spend that money every month or so.

Karen said...

Thanks for the great tip! I've tried spray adhesive and it didn't work as well as I'd hoped...too sticky.

I love your table cloth!

leelea said...

I do this too and it works for me!!! I also recommend Sure cuts a lot for amyone who wants to save money. I love, love, love this software!!!!!!! Easy peasy!!!! Thanks for the info about portrait and landscape!!!

Stephanie said...

is this Zig stick an american thing? if not.. i will search our town for it high and low!! i also was told to buy the 12x24 mats and then cut them in half.. then it is a lot cheaper too.
thanks for the other tips i am definitely going to try them out!

laceylady said...

I have the cheaper cricut (I think its just called Cricut: Personal Electronic cutter) so I might not be able to, but can someone tell me how to change from portrait to landscape (I do not have SCAL, but wish to have soon)
I would also love more cricut tips and tricks!!
Thanks.

Donna said...

What a great idea! I will try this!

Tausha said...

Really-you should quit being so smart! I have used the adhesive, but never the pen. For a while you couldn't find a 12x12 mat in this city to save your life. This little tip would have been super helpful then. Also-never knew about the lanscape button. You are probably one of those smarties who read the instruction manual. Bet you can't guess that I didn't read mine!

BBrowning said...

Thanks for this tip, I was just about to buy a new mat and now I won't have to, this was so helpful!!

~Kimberly said...

I was just going to look online today for a how to on how to restick my mat. How convenient your post was on my google page! Yay! Thanks for sharing! Love the tips!

Elise said...

PERFECT!! I think I just threw away a mat that lost its stickiness. :( I will use this for my other one that I thought was on its way out.
nanaSewn-have you tried to turned your dial to a deeper cut setting?? It would be one that you would use to cut thicker paper, like cardstock.
Thanks again for the tip!!
Elise

Mama SeWELL said...

awesome tip!! thank you!!

jenjen said...

That is so good to know Amanda! I am going to have to tell my mom about that too - she uses her Cricut all the time. I can't wait to hear more about that software you got. And see what you are making next!

I am thinking about trying to find a different blog designer for our project. I just don't think the one we have now is getting the vision. Do you know of any? I hope to find someone that can work FAST!

Happy Saturday friend!

XOXO
Jen

Lindsayb-mo said...

Great tip! I can't wait to use it. I have bought way too many of those stinkin' mats. Thanks so much! Now I won't have to waste my $$$! =)

Xazmin said...

I am SO trying this! I too have done the spray adhesive thing...I wasn't too impressed! And I'm all over that software...I can't wait to check it out!

It's Mod Podge Mania at my blog if you have anything you'd like to link up...you always have the best projects!!

rachel said...

You're a GENIUS!!!!!!!

Vivacious said...

wait wait...does this software 'weld' too?
I currently have a bid on ebay for the design software (yeah, I have 2 hours to go LOL) but if SCAL welds so I can have a complete word I am so retracting the bid!
Let me know - thanks!

Shanna w Creative Therapy said...

Oooh good stuff lady! Please let us know how the scal works out. Keep cricut tip comin!

Alaina and Mitchell said...

I found that if you use a Clorox wipe and scrub, scrub, scrub it will restore it to its original sticky-ness! I inherited mine from a woman who thought she had to buy a new one every time so I got it with 193095409 semi-sticky pads, but it works so well! (I can't take credit; a lady in a craft store told me that it removes the "paper lint" that makes it unsticky...)

Enjoy! I found it as a great way to make them sticky again because you already have em in your house!

I want that software! Let us know how it works!!

Vivienne said...

Holy cow! I did not know about this SCAL thing and am immediately going to google this.
Thank you for the tip about the mat!!!

M'Recia said...

We LOVE Sure Cuts a Lot! My mom has it and we don't really feel the need to buy any more cartridges. I love how customizable it is!

Twigs @ Twiggles and Trunks said...

i am linking this on a new post. GENUIS!

MaryJanes and Galoshes said...

I had heard the spray adhesive tip too and wasn't loving it. But oddly I actually have that exact glue pen! So I will be trying that, thank you.

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

awesome awesome awesome tip! thank you for sharing! I haven't used my cricut in awhile b/c I need a new mat and am just too cheap to buy one! LOL isn't that awful!

Kimbo West @ a girl and a glue gun said...

I love you.

Rachel Slagle said...

love this idea!! thanks :) i've used the spray adhesive before and it just doesn't work great. i'm gonna run to the store and pick one of these glue sticks up!

Busy as a Bee in Paris said...

what a fantastic idea! i used a search engine for ideas (and your blog popped up, now i'm a follower ;) ) because i live in france and getting supplies for my cricket is not easy! i'm paying 12.50€ to have my zig glue stick delivered to my home in 2 days, but i think it's definitely worth it! i hope it works as well as you say it does ;) ;) ;) thanks!

Shayna @ Texas Monkey said...

Thank you, my matt is in need of some sticky love. Can you tell me where you got the glue pen?

themodernseamstress said...

Thanks for actually showing how you did this and what glue you used! I've read on forums where people said they've done this, but I'm new to Cricut, so I liked the pictures! :)

bluejeancreations said...

I soooooo appreciate this tip. I am planning on getting the personal cricut on Tuesday, it is on sale at JoAnnes for 99 dollars.

I have already learned and downloaded a trial version of scal and am so blessed to know all these money saving tips ahead of time.

Laurie

Lois said...

I love your idea...I've had my circut for a number of years...and I've bought one additional set of mats...I find when the stickiness is gone...I wash my mat with soap and warm water....and they are useable again...and stay sticky...

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

This chickie LOVES a thrifty, nifty tip and I'll be using this one. I don't own a Cricut, but I do have a similar beading mat... Whoopeee!

Thanks for sharing...

Warm blessings,
Spencer

sheep said...

I have done this many times. It works great. I usually have to "wash" my mat before regluing.
I use hot soapy water and a green scratchy pad to scrub it. Rinse well, dry and then reglue.

Amy and Kris said...

Thanks for this tip! That's why you need a Silhouette instead of a Cricut! No cartridges! And all the fonts are free! I love mine!

Sara and Andrew said...

I know this was a while ago but this is a great tip! I had a question about SCAL... I was just looking it up and it said that it doesn't support cricut. Is that true because I hear about all of these people using with their cricut and I am so confused! My email is sarasue33@hotmail.com in case you get this and have any tips about that!

Laura Lou said...

Hey, for an easier way by photo spray in a can! You just spray it over the sticky pad and its sticky again! Just FYI it is really sticky at first!

Carola said...

Thanks for the tip! I own a silhouette but have the same problem with the matts. The only thing is I don't know where I could find the glue you recommend down here in Mexico :/ I'll see what I could use instead!

Tiffany Sharp Davenport said...

I have a friend who lets me borrow hers. We bought vinyl from the local print shop to do some projects around my house. It sticks a lot better to items but the only down side is, if it is removed from drywall some of the wall may come with it. Use only on surface where it will remain for a long time. Also, this vinyl is so much cheaper.

Shelia said...

Another great tip is to use cheap wet wipes to clean your mats. It picks up the paper fibers and restores the mats. Plus it will not void your warranty.

Kami H said...

am I the only one that can't find this glue? I've looked at a couple of different craft stores. Where did you get it??!?!!

Liz said...

Great tips! But, I'd like to note that if you do this, you're voiding your warranty with Cricut. So, if something happens to that precious, precious machine, Cricut can't help you and you'll have to shell out money to buy a new one if you want to continue to cricut!

For the price though, If you go to JoAnns, they DO allow you to use 40% (and 50% when they have them) coupons to make the cost of your mats $5, so only $2.50 per mat.

You can also prolong the life of them by keeping them covered as much as possible. Letting them sit with nothing on them lets dust collect on the mats to make them less tacky. I accidentally forgot to cover my mat once after I used it, and I already couldn't use it the next day.

Doris said...

You don't have to use the Zig two-way glue. You can get Elmer's Repositionable glue stick. It's less expensive. I just rub it on the back of my vinyl. It makes the back of the vinyl a little sticky, but you're peeling it off anyway! I've had SCAL for a couple of years. Best investment EVER!

MAGpie said...

Do be careful if you decide to re-sticky your cutting mats. If your Cricut is still under warranty doing this can void your warranty.

Deebi27 said...

The bestest resticking for yucky Cricut mats. Mix 1 part Aliene's Tacket Over & Over (Michael's - less than $5) to slightly less than to 1 part water. Mix slowly. Use a sponge paint applicator. Dip in solution and "Paint" the 1 to 1 on lightly, but throughly, let dry (1 hour) and condition by placing your hands all over the mat and cut away! Absolutely amazing stuff.

Found this on Pinterest: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QUfPpiw1kU&feature=related

~April~ said...

I just had to get new mats and when I got them they had been "redesigned" My board held the sticky less than 5 cuts and it would not hold at all... Who can afford to keep buying mats @ that rate...

Younique Me said...

I just got the cricut create for couple week because it was on sale and just used it for few times. After I used it only 3 times, the mat is not sticky anymore. I have made some researches online and lucky me I found one comment...she suggested others who only used the mat few time and then it's not stick anymore, to contact the company and yes, I did :) I got the email back from the company today that my new mat is on the way with free of charge! so I think you guys can try it too :) and by the way for my old one...I washed it with mild hand soap and raise it with warm water and then dry immediately...and guess what it's stick again! :)))) So now I have more tip from you in case the stickiness is gone again. Thx!

Heather said...

I'm curious about this software you talked about. I have a Cricut Expressions machine. Does this software work with that machine as well??? That would be so awesome if it did! :)

aprilmgarrett said...

I have the cricut expression machine. I will be going home TODAY and working on my mat. I have been waiting for them to go on sale so I could get another one. :)
What machines work with that software? I have been trying to bid on the cricut software on ebay but haven't gotten it yet. Does your software work with this machine as well?

ValerieMPeters said...

Where can you find this glue?? Does Hobby Lobby carry it??

Janel@hatingmartha said...

Thank you! I have been having trouble with my mat and sooo did not want to shell out for a new one. I found this on pinterest...so glad I did!

Mrs. Montemayor said...

So glad I found this. I use the Silhouette SD so I didn't want to order and wait for anything. I tried this with a similar product (Elmer's Craft Bond Wet & Dry Duel Tip Glue Pen) and it worked great. Thanks for the tip!

Andrea said...

LOVE this! Thanks for the tip!

Barbie and Jonathan said...

A note about SCAL:
Version 3 no longer supports Cricut. They actually got sued by Cricut so can no longer support the use of it. Anyways, you can actually save yourself even more money by finding a pirate copy of version 1 or 2. Free!! Yeah... illegal too, so use at your discretion. Just thought I'd put it out there for you.
Personally, I think Cricut has enough of my money from the machine alone. I don't think I need to hand over more so I can use a different font... or use a picture that's kind of what I was looking for. No thanks Cricut.
Again: Versions 1 and 2 are compatable with Cricut original and Cricut Expressions. It is NOT compatible with Cricut Expressions 2 as this machine came out after Version 2 of SCAL. (The reason I bought Expressions 1 instead of 2)

Amanda said...

I have been doing this for awhile with my cricut cutting mat but I have never thought about putting it up on my blog or anything to share it! But I have made one of my mats work for a good 2-3 years until it was so cut up that I had to get a new one about a month ago :)

Katie said...

I just did this- but it left half my paper on the mat. What did I do wrong and is there any way to salvage my mat??

Amy said...

Using a lint roller works wonders as well.

tsmooth2001 said...

I do this all the time! I'm with you it's better than a new mat in my opinion! So don't be afraid to try it...it's such a great tip!

The Bookworms said...

I had the same problem as Katie. I just ruined my mat and my paper!? What did I do wrong?

scrappycat said...

Thanks for the tip!!!!

Nate and Chelsea Peck said...

Thanks! I'm going to use this on my Silhouette mats. I agree about the nickle and diming...Can't we just pay the one flat fee for the machine and get everything else with it?! I do love the Silhouette though because you dont have to buy cartridges.

Jackie said...

Great tips! I've had my cricut for several years and haven't bought a replacement matt, like your idea - i use spray adhesive and tape, whatever works. Didn't know about the landscape option, thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!

Melenie said...

My mat was ruined too, permanent paper stuck to it from the first batch after doing this. oh well.

Bolkema Family Blog said...

A friend just sent me a link to your blog because I warned all my Cricut friends about the horrible new mats that are out right now. They didn't work right out of the package. The paper moved all over the place. I contacted Cricut and they told me to press the paper firmly in place! So I am definitely trying this in hopes of saving my NEW mat! Thanks so much for the tip!

Deebi27 said...
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Deebi27 said...

I have a better tip for resticking your Cricut mats and it works like a dream! Get a bottle of Aleene's Tack It Over & Over. Mix 50/50 with water, in a container/lid you won't use again. Mix it throughly, with a sponge paint brush, coat the mat with the solution. Let it dry and vavoom your ready to go! I Love this stuff!

Natalie and Ryan said...

Great idea. You can get these mats discounted 40% off at Joanne Fabric store if you have one where you live.

Bastian Family said...

Thank you so much for the tutorial. I tried it, it worked now I don't have to buy new mats. I have a review board on pinterest and gave you a great review. THANK YOU!

Splendid Little Stars said...

awesome! Thank you so much for sharing this!!

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Sissy Frissys said...

I also embroider/monogram. I use KK100 (because I already had a bunch) to make my mat sticky again. It is a temporary adhesive spray. It comes in a large can and you can get it relatively inexpensive for the qty you get. Just thought I'd share. I'm sure you could use any spray adhesive as well. The best part is there isn't really any drying time. Just make sure you spray away from your machines. :)

Great blog and tips!

http://www.embstore.com/p-1025-kk100-adhesive-spray-18-oz.aspx

Brandi

Lilians Paper and Pops said...

This is a GREAT idea! I just wish I would have thought of it! Hahaha!
I went to check out the SCAL software & they no longer make the program for the cricut! :( I am SO very upset! I'm sure they only want folks to buy their stuff, but I am one that would and own a FEW cartridges. Pretty lame, but they have come out with programs for a great deal of the cutting machines out there at least.
Thanks again for the awesome tip!!!! I have this stuff & will be reviving my mats TODAY! :)

Wear the word said...

You can also clean your not sticky anymore mats with a baby wipe & it'll bring the stickyness right back!

Robyn L. Coburn said...

Another great glue for this purpose is Best Glue Ever from ScraPerfect. It is a very frugal glue, because a little goes a very long way. Video tutes on refurbishing mats from the website. www.ScraPerfect.com

Christy said...

Thanks for the tips. I also wash mine mats with dial soap and warm water. Let it dry and it will be about good as new.
I also used to buy all my cartridges from Ebay. I would spend around $18-$20 total on them.

Samantha Samples said...

Even cheaper. Maybe? If you wipe them down with Lysol wipes they get sticky again. I've been doing that months. The ones that work best are the ones in the purple container with the corse scrubby side :)

Becky Garrison said...

Hi there! I found this post via another of your posts that was pinned on Pinterest. Thanks for the info, but I was wondering if you have ever just scrubbed your mats? It works like a charm, and extends the life of your mats by far! You can check out my post about this by visiting my blog ... http://camelliacottagedesigns.blogspot.com/2011/01/one-year-with-rosie-life-with-bug.html

Thanks for the info! Becky

Laurel Geisbush said...

great tip!! The other one I heard from a friend is she washes her with a rough brush and some dish soap and the stickyness returns. Love not having to get new cutting mats!!

Jeannette Macaluso said...

YES, the best way to re-use you mats is to wash, let soak in some dish soap & water then scrub, rinse & let dry. No voided warranty & paper won't be over stuck & rip when removed.

anh said...

what kind od cricut do you have?

Amy Kirsch said...

I buy my new mats from amazon, 6 mats for 9.99. So much cheaper than retail. I never considered reapplying adhesive I will have to try it when my new one fades.

Thanks for the great tips.

Mrs. Noble said...

You can also just wash it with soap and water make sure not to scrub and all of the little particles come right off

Lynne Lyon said...

Just used some elbow grease and a couple of Lysol wipes and my useless mat is sticky, sticky, sticky again! I was in a hurry to cut out some skates, so I am glad to see a quick tip. Will look for the Zig glue when this stops working. Thanks for saving me a trip out and a few bucks!

katgodwin said...

You can also put it under the sink faucet, wet it down, and sprinkle a little Dawn Liquid dish washing soap on it, then scrub lightly with a brush or rag or sponge. Then rinse thoroughly and it will become very sticky again. I've done this to mine several times so far. I don't know how many times it would work for me, I'll just keep cleaning it till it's not sticky anymore.

Sara Nicole said...

I've never been told I can't use a coupon on a cricut cutting mat. I'm told, and I'm pretty sure the fine print says, that you can't use the coupon on the machines!

But this is great...even with a 40% coupon, they get pricey!

Sarah said...

Do you know if you can still use SCAL? I want to buy a Cricut and SCAL, but I read somewhere that Cricut sued the makers of SCAL. I really don't want to get to where I have to pay a ton of money for creative freedom.

konstantpayne08 said...

Do you know if you can use it on the original Cricut that came out several years ago. It only cuts a 6x12.

Heather said...

I always use a clorox wipe for mine. Scrub it with that and let dry for a couple of minutes and it is as good as new :) And who doesn't have clorox wipes under their sink?

auntie mimi said...

thank you for the resticky post!!! I too flip my mat how ever it will fit to get the most out of those costly additions!

Kimmarie Baker said...

Thank you for the "sticky" help. So far this seems to be the best tip that I heard. I am also going to try your "silly suggestions" once I am able to get in my scraproom and start creating again. tfa

IRIdeScent ESSEXories said...

I am selling a cricut mini. Like new for $75...realized it is not for me...if u would like another one email me at mizbiz22@yahoo.com. thank you

mustangsarah said...

here's another tip.
Wash your mats in a sink with a soft scrubbie and dish liquid. Let dry and the sticky is back. I have done it many times and works everytime.

Emese said...

just a little heads up be very careful with spray adhesive or any that you add to your mats. If it gets on the rollers it can ruin your machine, I ruined one that way.

Unknown said...

Or u just wash the mat with soap and water... sounds crazy but it works for the first couple of times

Terry Height said...

I just checked into SCAL software. You said it works with Cricut but the website it does not. Did they change code or did they just have to say it doesn't work with Cricut. I heave heard rumors that they got sued by Cricut. I own a lot of cartridges but would love the capability of designing my own and/or using designs I find online. If you know the answer here, please email me. Thank so much.

Cacie Williams said...

Another machine that will save you money is the Silhouette Machine, You don't have to buy expensive cartridges to use with this machine as you can download things from the internet and cut it out, as well as they have an online store where if wanted can purchase items. I almost bought the Cricut however after a little research purchased the Silhouette. And I love it and the cricut mats work in this machine as well. www.silhouetteamerica.com

Anothergrayhare said...

SCAL is great software. I'm so glad I bought it a couple of years ago and I use it on my Expression. You CANNOT upgrade the hardware version in your Cricut however or it will no longer work with SCAL. SCAL supports all the other machines, but ProvoCraft won't let them support Cricut.anymore. And for those of you finding your paper sticks to the newly Zigged mats, let the Zig glue dry overnight, and then pat the mat all over with the palm of your hand. The oil on your skin will stick to the mat and reduce the stickiness just enough that it won't destroy your paper. And eBay is the best place to buy cartridges. Provocraft got greedy and lost a lot of customers.

Micheal Hussey said...

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Helene Feo said...

Hi, Has anyone ever tried using 505 spray instead? I'm wondering if it would work. I use it on stabilizer when i am embroidering or appliquing. it makes the stabilizer stick to the fabric, they have all different types of sprays....

Estee C. said...

Thanks for the tip. I just order the Zig and I cant wait to use it on my mats.

Cheryl Hudson said...

I've just washed my mats with a little dish soap and let them dry over night. they stay really sticky. also- Joanns and Hobby Lobby do let you use their coupons for MATS and ACCESSORIES just not cartridges and machines, FYI. I just bought the accessories and new 12x24 mats using 50% off at Joann!

Gloria Rudenberg said...

I was wondering how long the reconditioning lasts using the Zig product. How many reconditionings does one tube of Zig do?

Melanina Husslage said...

I just bought a second hand cricut and i ve got a 2 new mats and a few used mats and i am reading youre blog but i am from the netherlands and now I want to know can we buy the 2 way glue pen in the netherlands
If not how mutch is the shipping and what are the cost of the glue pens
Email me melanina78@gmail.com

Denise Channey said...

I own a zig 2 way glue pen so I was super excited to know I can use it to resticky up my cricut mat. Thanks a bunch for the money saving tip:-(

Amber's Craft said...

Thank you so so much for this post. I own a Scan N Cut machine - same problem - the mat being not sticky after using for just a month. I tried your 2-way glue tricks and it worked!!!! I posted the link of your post on my blog so other scan N cut users could find the detailed steps! Thanks again!! :)

Creativa Studio said...

Thank you very much! very good information, I really liked how to reuse this was desperate to win back my cutting mat.
Greetings from Guatemala.

scrappy diva said...

I will look for the glue the next time I'm at my craft store. Great idea..the non-stickiness of the mat is the most frustrating and inopportunistic part of owning a cricut. Always seems to come unstuck when you're almost done cutting on the only scrap of paper that was perfect for your project.

Terry Height said...

I've had my Cricut for about 2 years now. I love it and use it quite often. I have over 30 cartridges and bought most of them off eBay for considerably less than Joanne's, Michaels or cricut.com but....lately I've been on listia.com and have seen cartridges there also. Listia is a 'free' auction site. Get rid of what you don't want and 'buy' what you do with the credits you earn from selling. It's my new addiction. Thanks for the new glue tip. I've sprayed my mats but haven't used this product.

Allyson Abraham said...

Thnx for the Cricut tips!! How do you change it from portrait to landscape?

Caroline Gilbert said...

Hello, I have had my cricut expression for several years now. With my scrapbooking style I am always designing layouts and cards with my many a cricut cartridges, I am very fortunite to have the image cuts from around 40 cartridges. The zig glue pen does work awesome on my mats, I only renew the original sticky side each time; and I being one to save money where can, I too reuse my mats, I have found I get to use mats time and time again by resticking it with the ZIG BABY BIGGY TIP glue pen, I did after continues months of use though, threw a mat away as the mat became brittle and cracked with age and use. Happy crafting.

Julia Garcia said...

I found using double sided tape works awesome as well

rkramadh said...

I will try this on my silhouette mat. I LOVE my silhouette portrait because I never have to buy cartridges. In fact, this is my first ever die cutting machine of any sort, I wasn't willing to shell out for cartridges, and then came Silhouette. Free design every week plus lots of 50% off designs each week. Just for the last 2 weeks, the entire site was 50% off for every single design you can imagine (we are talking thousands and thousands). I can design anything and print or cut or color the designs I bought plus I can make stencils and stamps and rhinestone stuff .....on and on and on...truly endless possibilities! PS: I am not in anyway whatsoever associated with silhouette, I am just a happy customer :)

rkramadh said...

I want to give more feedback now that I have had my silhouette for a few months. The cutting mats do lose their stickiness fairly quickly. I used the zig 2 way pen after thoroughly cleaning the mat of all the lint. It's not sticky enough to cut paper let alone stencils. So now I went and bought 3M spray mount repositionable adhesive. I don't know if I should spray, let it dry and use but then if I cover it with the blue sheet, will it get stuck for ever? Another comment is Joann's won't let you use their coupons on mats/blades. It says not applicable silhouette/cricut accessories :(

Kiley Chamberlain said...

is this six glue very different from a regular glue stick? I have a glue stick on hand and some elmers glue and I'm wondering if I could somehow make those work. Mix it with water or whatever. Not sure. Never done this.

Nancy said...

Thanks for the great tips! If you need to remove all the glue for a major reconditioning, I have found that d-limonene works wonderfully with absolutely no effort. I buy it on Amazon (have found Blubonic to be the best, but you can get other brands cheaper). Just put a little on a paper towel, wipe over the mat and let it sit for a minute, then scrape the glue with a credit card or scraper. Make another swipe with the paper towel to remove any residual and voila...no glue. D-limonene is the active ingredient in goo gone, but full strength is cheaper and much more effective.

Jason Woods said...

I shared these cutting mats on my blog :) http://www.beautyerfolg.info

Sam Marie said...

Another great way to save is to buy the longer mats and cut them in half.

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Margaret S said...

Thanks for the great tip.

Stacy Wheeler said...

I didn't buy a cricut until I found out about SCAL. So thrilled with it. Now I can do anything I find on the internet. Also, if you have a file you need to convert-then there is free software to convert clipart, etc to SVG files for cricut. I also love GIMP- free software to edit images. Have fun!

Simran Patel said...

i have many cutting mat..now i can use this..thanks for sharing this article

Lois said...

I have had my cricut for sooo long...love,love,love it! I also have Sure Cuts Alot and love,love,it!!!I've tried the glue on my mats and love, love it..my crucit is the Crucuit expression. I've has my expression since 2008. And before that the first one they had out..now,I'd like to get the Cricut Explore Air...

Pazzlespromoter said...

You can also just purchase a Pazzles In Vue at pazzles.com. This die cutting machine comes with amazing software and NO EXPENSIVE CARTRIDGES! It will cut svg/avg/wpc files and anything you can draw with its powerful software. The supplies (vinyl, etc.) are reasonably priced and high quality.

shawnee Davenport said...

Thank you so much for your tips! I have a cricut explore air, LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!! Got mine online at Bed bath and beyond, it was 250 dollars verses Hobby Lobby at 279 dollars!! I got my confirmation number after I paid online and took that confirmation number to my local Bed Bath and beyond and used my 20% coupon and I got back 50 dollars so I got my cricut for 200!!!

I am wondering about the downloadble fonts. How do you get the fonts onto my cricut software on my computer? I haven't figured that one out yet.

Thank you again for all your help!

Hannah Barron said...

Does adding this glue make it considered a standard, light, or heavy duty stickiness?

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