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great idea! thanks for sharing.
Love the tip Robyn! I do have a question though. Where can someone like myself (I'm in Germany) get this glue pen? Thanks!
Spray adhesive works as well
Thanks Robyn - I never realized about the glue stick - I had never seen one of them - now I know what to get!
Thanks for the tip, mine has lost the sticky and I thought I was going to have to keep buying them. Awesome.
thats what I use too it lasts forever and you can do it over &over again!
Thanks for the tip Robyn. I am glad to know this will work.
I've been using the spray adhesive, but it's a little time consuming to put masking tape over all the edges you don't want sticky. This looks so easy, and I already have one of those glue pens! Thanks!
I do this too and love it. It's so easy and economical.I have a mat that is over 2 years old.
This makes me so happy!!!!!!!Debbie from Illinois
Super tip I had never heard of it thanks can't wait to try it.
Another helpful video Robyn, thanks!! This is one of the methods I've used & it works very well. But my newest & most favorite method right now is using the Quilter's Basting Spray. I took an entire 1" roll of lowest tac Painter's tape & took an exacto knife down the middle of it (which DID take some effort!) so there ends up to be two 1/2" side-by-side strips on the entire roll. This 1/2" is the perfect size to tape off the sides of the mat to get it ready to be sprayed & it only takes a couple minutes to prep it. I usually do a few of them at a time & I hang them up w/strong clothespins on the top of the mat until they dry. What I like about the Quilter's Basting Spray is that it's supposed to be used with needles, so it's claimed by some to be less likely to "gum" up your blade. Just 1 more method!!
what a great idea, must try that, thanks Robyn, btw, I've left you a little something on my blog...Justine x
Great idea and great video. Thanks so much!!
Thanks for the tip , its great
Thank you Robyn. I had not tried any of the spray adhesives, I thought it would be too messy so I just kept buying new mats. I tried this, even though I couldn't find the fat Zig 2-way glue, I used the chisel. Just took me a little longer, but the mat is actually better than new! Great way to stretch the mat use, thanks.k
I am with the others Thank You for the video and tip.
thanks for tips...
Thank you! I am hoping I can find the pen tomorrow..I like this idea better than the spray as well. The spray works fine but the taping takes up so much time. Thanks for the video!
Thank you so much. When I found that my mat was getting less sticky I was getting very frustrated because it isn't that old. (Like two weeks). That was my one complaint with the cricut. Now, problem solved. Thanks so much.
Thank you so much for the tip, I live in South Africa, haven't heard of a zig pen but will have a look and see if I can find something similar, I also have only had my machine for 2 months and I've ruined a few things as the paper moves on the mat, I am sure this is going to help me and am grateful for the help, best wishes from the wilds of africa, Sylvia
While your method works quite well...there is a question for some newer cricut users that would void their machines if the mats that are treated with the glue gum up the needle and make the computer in the machine work too hard. i have a solution passed on to me that really works. Use a pampered chef chisel tool and scrape the mat north and south, then east and west wiping the tool after each swipe. This will restore a great deal of stickiness that is gone...to finish off? wipe down the mat with a baby wipe. This never fails to work on old mats. I call it the chisel tool but it's the brown thingy that they give you when you buy a stone...HTH
where do you get the glue stick with the thick tip from?
Hi Robyn,I have saved 2 mats because of your tip...it really works great!Thanks!
I tried it and it worked fabulously. Thank you again for a wonderful tip. I love, love, love your blog! You are so open and genuine and helpful!
Super idea! I am going to get this ZIP 2 way glue. Thanks for sharing! Your videos are so helpful!
Thank you so much for sharing your tip using the Zig 2way glue. I have one of these in my craft stash for over a year and not opened it, now I can use it on my mat. I have been using the repositionable spray adhesive from gerstaecker.com but like others I find masking the edges to be a bit of a pain in the rear. Not anymore now i can use my Zig stick.....yeah!BTW, I luuuuurrrrrvvvveeeee your blog & videos...FAB!!!!Christine (UK)
Being a new cricutier I have loved ALL of your videos, have learned so many things and have already used the sticky mat idea and it worked perfect. I will keep watching for new videos since I think I have wanted all of them and more than once. So many great ideas and finding out I am alittle more creative than I thought. Thank you so much. Robin (but not with a "y")
I just did this with two of my mats last night and they are stickier than when I got them brand new. Thank you so much for this tip...$5 for a pen I can use who knows how many times is much better than $13 bucks every month for a two pack of mats....me and me E are best buddies and see each other on a daily basis so you can imagine how fast I was going through mats! I do "frugile" so well I'm cheap! Thanks for helping me keep my reputation up!
I wanted to let you know that I am some more info on what to do to refresh your mat, if you will go here on the cricut forum, you will see how I used Goo Gone on my mat.http://www.cricut.com/messageboard/tm.aspx?m=4738731&mpage=1&key=�KarenMichigan
Thank you for sharing this tip. I followed your instructions and it worked well.
Thank you!!! I had heard you talk about making the mat sticky again but had no idea how you did it. Thank you for sharing. I must go find a large Zig pen now. Off to the store.
Another helpful tip: When you use the Zig glue more than once the glue can accumulate on your mat. Go to the hardware store and get a bottle (not the spray cleaner) of ¨GOO GONE¨. Spread a thin layer over the mat...let it stand for a bit, then scrape the glue off with a plastic painters spatula. Your mat will be completely glue and particle free and ready for a new application of ZIG glue.Julie
When I went to Scapfest 2 weeks ago the women hosting it told me to take a baby wipe and really scrub hard. This gets all the residue your mat and it is instanly sticky again. If it still needs a lil more stickyness then use the glue pen or a spray adhesive. I prefer the spray adhesive because you get a nice even layer, buy you have to remember to tape up the sides plus a lil of the mat or else your machine is doomed.
I have also used the Zig and it works very well. I'm going to try the quilter's spray, though, because that would be far less likely to gum up the mat.
Thank you so much for posting! I appreciate this, I'm going to try it right away! Love tips that save us $!! :)
Many, many, many, many of times I have tried to "re-stick" my mats once they have lost their stick, but I was always unsuccessful. Now that I have been told about the ZIG 2-way glue stick I won't have to waste as much money as I use to. Thank you SO MUCH! WOW! Thank you very much!Kim Buck @ email@example.com
Thanks for the tip! I've only ever tried the baby wipes. It worked, but didn't seem to last as long as new.
Amazing tip!! I knew there was a way to make the mats sticky again but had no idea just how!!! Thank you so so much!
Hi Robyn,I have tried many methods of making my mat sticky but this is by far the best and I know probably I could get the pen to do it here I sent to the USA to get mine and it works a treat,love Sianx
Thanks, Robyn. I just did this to two old mats and now they're sticky like they were when new. Thanks a bunch!
Hello Robin - I've been using the Cricut machine for several years, when my mat has lost it stickiness, I use the baby wipes to clean it. Additionally, a good "old fashioned" rolling pin from the kitchen drawer works wonders. Simply put your paper on the mat,take the rolling pin and roll over the paper, (rolling pin should not to be used with embossed paper)turn the mat on the back side and roll several more times. Works like a charm!
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