Do you ever have days where you’re just flat out in a snit? The other day I really, really was and I don’t even know why. If even the smallest thing happened I was pissed off beyond all comprehension. Call it hormones or whatever you want but angry me was simmering.
Perhaps it had something to do with the fact that I had tried a bazillion freaking times to make a cut with my Silhouette and things absolutely refused to work out for me. I don’t know how many times I cut the same thing over and over and over again. I thought that perhaps it was my blade so I ordered a new on on Amazon Prime and waited two days to get back after it. But things didn’t get any better and my pissiness from two days prior came back with a vengeance.
So next I went on to Amazon to order a new mat. My mats are pretty old, after all, and it’s probably time to go for new ones. Now I had just gotten a 12 x 24 inch mat but I didn’t want to use it since the thing I was cutting was only about 6×6.
I hop online and get things in my cart all ready to go when I notice that one of the recommended items are Cricut mats. Well, I don’t have a Cricut so that won’t work! Or will it? I noticed there was a staggering difference in price between the Cricut and Silhouette versions of mats. At the time two Cricut mats were $12 or one Silhouette mat was $11. Ain’t that some crap? Before I even thought about it too much I ordered the two pack of Cricut mats and called it a day.
And I guess that by the title and all that you’ve guessed that it worked out for me and I saved money. Both of which are true, but it just so happens that in my few cuts I’ve made so far, I PREFER the Cricut mats! And using a Cricut Mat in a Silhouette Cameo is no sweat!
You can get TWO Cricut Mats for around $12 at Amazon OR you can get one for around the same price! Let’s save some money, shall we folks?
Now before you go nuts and throw your Silhouette mats out of the window, you’ll need one to trim down your Cricut mat to fit. So whoa there! Place your Silhouette mat on top of the Cricut.
We’re gong to align the sticky area from both of the mats so they match as perfectly as we can swing it. See here? They don’t match at all but that’s just so you can see the edges of both! The Silhouette mat has strong black lines and the Cricut dotted white lines (underneath).
Using a marker trace around the Silhouette mat.
Use scissors to trim. Bing, bang, boom and you’re using a Cricut Mat in a Silhouette and saving half the price while you’re at it!
Now I’ve used my mat several times and the first time I just went after it without trimming it up. The sticky area is just off enough that it can mess things up for you so I really recommend trimming it down. The Cricut mat seems to be thicker which I worried would be a problem, but so far it only seems to be a benefit. The mat has more of a “self healing” feel to it which makes it seem like it might even last longer in the end.
Normally a purist, I never would have tried crossing brands like this, but in the end I’m so glad I did. I’m much happier with the mats and I’m way happier with the cost! Happy cutting :)