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Tip for Cutting Scraps

Have you ever worked on a Cricut project where you just need to cut a couple of really small pieces, and they could be cut from scraps?  Here is a Cricut tip for cutting scraps that I use to save a little time.

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Instead of using a big sheet of cardstock when you only have to cut a small image, grab your scraps instead! Place the material you need for the first cut in the upper left corner as you normally would, and then place the material for the second cut in the lower right corner of the mat.

cutting scraps with your Cricut

As you can see from the pictures, I am even using scrap pieces where you can even see the original image I cut from the piece of cardstock. That does not matter as long as your design you are cutting this time will fit in the large solid portion of the cardstock that is right up to the corner of the cutting area of the mat. Next, load the mat as you normally would for the first cut.

cutting scraps with your Cricut

Cricut tip – Rotate the mat

Then when you unload the mat, rotate it 180 degress and load it to cut the second material. Yes, you can rotate your Cricut mat and load it in that way just fine. It will not hurt anything. It is actually a really good idea to do this because then you are cutting in different areas on your mat and it helps to keep the whole mat sticky longer.

cutting scraps with your Cricut

Then once you remove the excess material you can see you have two small cuts in the corners of the mat.  This also helps with the wear on your mat since you will be using a different section of the mat to cut on.  When you keep cutting in the same corner over and over again, that corner will become less sticky, but the opposite corner of the mat will still have lots of stick left to you.  So now you can get more use out of your mat!

cutting scraps with your Cricut

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