Thursday, October 14, 2010

My Rare Top Tip Tuesday Challenge Entry

The folks at Top Tips are having a challenge with prizes for the top tip during the current challenge period. My tip is a simple one that involves a bit of recycling. Cricut users are guaranteed to LOVE this one!

I have the Cricut Expression and have found once I am ready to discard my adhesive mats I save them to reuse the top acetate sheet if in good shape but the real secret is I reuse the mats too. I love to do paper piecing and make many of my own patterns for animals and little humans, etc. I found the "spent" mats make great patterns or templates. I trace around my piece (right side up) with a Sharpie and cut out. The adhesive remainder on the pattern you've just created will adhere just enough so the pattern doesn't slide around and the vinyl makes a terrific sturdy pattern. Enjoy!


Dawn said...

What can be better then re-using those mats? I love the idea of using for vinyl also. Thanks so much for joining us this week at Top Tip Tuesday.

Maggie's Crafts said...

Lovely environment friendly tip! :) Thank you for sharing with us at



Caroljenks said...

What a great tip to use something that would otherwise go in the bin!

Thanks for joining us over at Top Tip Tuesday :)

Carol x

Leanne said...

This is a wonderful idea! I have an expression too and always wonder what to do when the mats run out!!

Thank you for sharing with us at Top Tip Tuesday - good luck!

Leanne xx