Happy Thursday! I hope you all are doing well today. I just wanted to stop in to say hello... It seems I haven't posted in a while. I have made several cards this week - and kept my promise to not use flowers on them. Can you believe it? I've made 3, so I only have 2 to go before I can flower away again! Anywho, I sadly, don't have a project to share with you today. I have 3-4 cards to post and I filmed 2 videos this weekend. Our desktop computer got a virus and has crashed and the battery/cord on my laptop has been acting up, so I haven't been able to edit the pictures or videos yet. I think my hubby figured out the laptop problem this morning, so I hope to be able to get those ready to go in a few days. Until then, I thought I'd share a few tips with you.
Tip #1 - The Magic Eraser!
I have mentioned before that I re-use my mats over and over and over and over. I am way too
cheap frugal to be buying new mats every few months. I have been using the same 3 mats for over a year. I re-stick mine using the Scotch Repositionable Glue Stick. I think it's fabulous.
The only downside to re-sticking your mats is that they get pretty dirty and gunky looking. I have tried scraping the mat off using a credit card, a spatula, a ruler, you name it. It works ok, but is pretty time consuming and honestly is a pain in the you know what! I actually just found this tip this morning, so I haven't tried it yet, but Fantabulous Cricut says to clean your mat prior to re-sticking using...
The Magic Eraser! Who knew that would work? I didn't. I never even thought of it. I am going to try it this weekend. I'm ready for my mats to look pretty and clean again.
Tip #2 - Add a shim!
This is a brilliant idea and I wish I'd come across it sooner. This come from Joy at Obsessed with Scrapbooking. She says when you're cutting thick cardstock (like Bazzill or Stampin Up), you should add a shim (a piece of paper) under your mat when you load it into the Cricut. This will lift your mat just slightly and the blade will cut a little deeper and insure that it cuts all the way through. Genius, huh?
That's enough for today. I wouldn't want to overload you with too much great information at once! I will see you all back here tomorrow for Font Friday, then hopefully this weekend I'll get some of my projects posted.
Have a blessed day,