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Tips and Tricks

I thought we could share some of our most used tips and tricks here.

Cricut/Sihouette mats can be reused when they lose their stick. I know some people like to use glue pens but what works best for me to is clean the mat with water and dish soap. We made a mask to lay over the top of it the mat so that none of the non sticky parts show ( you don't want the rollers on your machine to get sticky). I spray the mats with adhesive spray. It works perfect for me and I haven't had to buy new mats in a long long time.

You can also use Cricut mats in your Silhouette machine.

I also like to make my own glue dots. I squeeze a drop of Aleene's tack it over and over glue onto a piece of wax paper. Once it tries, it is a perfect glue dot.

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You can also use buttons as pop dots! I ran out of my pop dots a few weeks ago and I needed a pop dot for my page. I just used a button and it worked like a charm. You can't even tell that I used a button instead of a pop dot! Smile

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Angie - where do you get the Aleens tack it over glue? I can't find it anywhere in the stores near me and have been looking for months!

I use the Zig 2 way Glue to re-stick my cricut mats.

I love using this tool - http://www.paperwishes.com/products/4000716/retractable-pick to poke holes.

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I get it at Michael's. It is the only place I can find it

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I'm way too lazy to wash my cricut mats! I just keep spraying the Krylon Easy-Tack and haven't yet had an issue with any buildup. I love to play with different mediums with paper scrapping, so I take old jewelry (especially if the piece can't be easily re-altered for another necklace or the pin on the back broke off), wiring with beads, washers, or textured trim or ribbon (anything useful around the house) and hot glue the pieces in place, so garage sale finds or junk jewelry keeps it cheap! It may add height to the piece, but as long as I can fit it in the page protector, it's all good. I then add extensions to the book so the album stays balanced and flat. Oh, and I buy fake flowers when they're on sale and rip them apart to use for scrapping instead of buying the fabric flowers in the bottles for inflated prices.

Another trick for glitter spray is to either get or recycle small sprays, fill them up around 1/3 of hairspray, 1/8 to 1/16 (depending on the size of the bottle) tsp of glitter, and then fill the bottle with water. Shake it up and you're ready to go! You can add dye to give color to the background. Instead of glitter, you can substitute shimmer to give it a gold, silver, or pearl look (or whatever metallic color you wish) to make the paper or element pop a bit more.

Here's an example of a card I made using the spray on the crown and title... the bugs were actually buttons with the holes cut off:

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My Michael's doesn't have it! Neither has ACMoore or JoAnn's. *sigh*

Tracey - LOVE the jewelry idea - never thought of that and have plenty of one earring left to use! Thanks!