Monday, October 13, 2014

How To Use A Cricut Mat With Your Silhouette Cameo: Updated

Happy Monday!  I thought I would recycle one of my most popular posts today for those of you who  may have missed it!  Happy die cutting! 


Here's an updated post from last year,  I've had a lot of questions about the newer Cricut mats, so I've included pictures and graphics for those mats below.  Happy reading!


Today's tips come from my sweet friends Becky and AJ. Did you know that you can use Cricut mats in your Silhouette Cameo?  I did, but I couldn't quite get everything to line up and cut just right.

It didn't take too long after I got my Silhouette Cameo to completely wear out the cutting mat that came with it.  I started using an old Cricut mat I had, but the cutting area seemed off from what it was showing on my computer screen.  No biggie unless I was trying to fit something in a tight area, and then I would miss the mark every time and waste the paper I was using.  I found a couple of things that helped with this problem, and now the Cameo cuts like a champ again.


The first thing to do is to adjust where you line up your paper on your cutting mat.  Instead of using the regular Cricut lines, move the top of your paper up to the guideline at the very top of the mat, where it shows the tick marks for measurements.  See the photo above.

When your paper is lined up correctly on your mat, it should look just like this...


For the newer designed Cricut mats with the thick black lines, the idea is the same.  You just put it on the inside edge of the black line, like the picture below shows:




The next trick is finding where to line up your mat once you are loading it into your Cameo.  If you look closely on your Cameo, there's an extra, smaller line at the left side of your machine...


Line the edge of your mat up with that small line just like this...


This is actually where you're supposed to line up anything that goes into the Cameo...mats or vinyl.  I never even noticed that little line until Becky pointed it out to me!

Since I've learned and implemented these two tricks, I haven't lost a single piece of paper to a bad cut!!


Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

11 comments:

Renee Savoie said...

Money saving Mondays is a great idea for a weekly post!! I am sure I shall be back - BL

Shyra said...

yay! a new use for all the cricut mats i have, but never used. bl

C'est La-Vie Designs Unlimited, LLC said...

I love a good money saving tip! I’m stopping by to give you some Bloggie Love! I'm a new follower. looking forward to your next post. Good luck in all you do!

La-Vie B.
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Madge Gillen said...

Hey Hey now isn't that fancy??? I love this thanks for the tips!!! I love tips!!! TFS Loves-Scrappin Madge

Michelle Kinder said...

That's pretty neat.

SusieScrapper said...

Great tip, I need to use my Cameo more and probably could use the tip!

Susie (BL)

Janet's Planet said...

Great tips! I'm going to try my Cricut mats in my Cameo. Knew you could be was always afraid! TFS
Bloggie Love-Janet

Sarah J. B said...

I don't have a cutting machine, but I just want to say HI! BL, Sarah

Sukie said...

Great tips, thanks for the step by step tutorial. Looking forward to more of your crafty posts as your newest follower! BL

Shelley said...

You know your machines. I am still working my way thru the explore and Sizzix . BL

Scrappin Robin said...

Wonderful information. Thank you for sharing.
Robin...BL
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