Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Attention Cricut owners!

Cricut lovers, have I got a tip for you!!! I found this great idea in my online travels and wanted to share it with you today. I'm sorry that I don't know the person who originated the idea...but whoever it was, he or she is a creative genius!!

Cricut mats can be expensive if you have to replace them often. And with that money, you could be buying more fun catridges! So, this tip will help once your mat has lost it's stickiness.

First, you will need one two way glue pen (make sure it's the one with the jumbo tip). It's by EK Sucess Zig Memory System and looks like this:

This retails for (I believe) $5.99 so if you can use a coupon for this, you would save a little. (You can check http://www.scrappincricut.blogspot.com/ for a coupon). Kendra is a sweetie who is always kind enough to post any coupons that may be available for any given week. It takes her alot of time and effort to do this, so if you do print one off, be sure to leave her a nice comment. I'm sure she'd really appreciate it.

Now for the instructions...

Clean your mat using soap and water. Allow it to dry. Because patience is not something I possess, I used a hair dryer (on a very low setting) to speed up the process. :o)

Once dry, you will want to tape off the outer portion of your mat where you do not want adhesive.

Starting at the top of your mat, run your glue pen across from one side to the other.

Do this over and over until your entire mat is covered in glue. If you find the glue starts to puddle on your mat, wait a few minutes and then lightly dab that portion with paper towel.

After about 20 minutes, your mat should be nice and sticky. However, if at all possible, it's best to leave it overnight (uncovered) to allow the glue to settle properly. Remove your tape. Then you can cover your mat with it's protective clear sheet again.