Monday, September 17, 2012

Money-Saving Monday...on Tuesday #6


Well, I'm running just a tad late (or maybe a whole day late!) for this installment of Money-Saving Monday, but I'm hoping you'll think it's worth the wait!  Today's tip is about making your Cricut cutting mats go farther.  How?  Well by cutting them in half of course!

You can get a package of 2 Cricut cutting mats that are 12 x 24 inches for about $10 - $12 if you catch a good sale or use a coupon at Joanns.  Once you take them out of the package, but before you take the plastic cover off the sticky part, cut the mat in half, right down the 12 inch mark, being careful to stay right on the line and making your cut as straight as possible.  Once cut, you'll use the markings on the mat like usual, and your paper will be positioned right at that cut edge, so you want it straight.  When you're ready to use your cut mats, just insert the green edge first (see illustration above) and your cuts will be gauged perfectly.

 For around $10 - $12, you'll wind up with 4 cutting mats.  That's about $2.50 - $3 per mat!  Yay for saving money!

If you have any money-saving tips or tricks you would like to share, please email me using my contact page. Your tip and blog my be featured on a future edition of Money-Saving Monday!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

4 comments:

CRAZY4 CHRIST said...

ya for saving money!! I really should cut my 12x 24 mat in half, it is way to big to try and put through the machine and I can't seem to find paper that is 12x 24 unless you want to pay an arm and a leg for it!! Have a great day!!
Kristan

Juliana said...

This is a wonderful tip! TFS!!! BTW...I love that photo and story about your DH and cat! How cute!!!

Marty Walden said...

Have you seen the tip about respraying the mats? Use Krylon Easy-Tack repositionable adhesive and the mats will be like new.

The Archiving Angel said...

Don't know if I have told you but I LOVE your money-saving monday segments. They are terrific!
You bring us unique perspectives and ideas and it is not something you see on every blog. Although, I simply adore all crafting blogs. That was not meant as a negative toward any other crafty blogs. Our crafting community has its unique style and beauty and they are all truly amazing.