Welcome to Week #25 of my 52 Paper Crafting Organization Tips and StampinBuds Studio tour. Did you miss last week’s topic? I talked about my Scrap’n Easel, so be sure to check that out.
This week I we’re going to talk briefly about my Cricut Mats and how I store them. Are you ready?
Week 25: Cricut Mats & Hooks!
First, let me address the elephant in the room. This is NOT a very high quality photo and I truly apologize for that. The place I’m storing my Cricut Mats is kind’ve in a dark spot, hence the shadowy photo. So thank you so much for looking past my lack of photography skills. 😉
A few weeks ago I decided that I wanted to store my Cricut Mats differently from how I had been storing them for quite some time – simply under my Cricut machine.
In a move to tidy things up I remembered that I had some spare Command Strip hooks just sitting in a drawer. So, to maximize storage space I simply stuck one on each end of my workspace desk. One side hangs my Cricut Mats for cutting paper. The other side of my desk stores my vinyl mats. Easy peasy. The hardest part was getting over the fact that I was actually sticking something to my desk!
The other thing I want to say about Cricut Mats is that I have gotten away from using the Standard Grip green mats for Paper. If they aren’t preseason correctly my paper rips for the first few projects. So, I currently use the blue Light Grip Mats for paper and the Pink Fabric Mats for Vinyl. I just like the performance and visually it cues me to the type of material I am wanting to use.
I’m also going to come out and say that I’m not big on deep cleaning my mats to reclaim the stickiness. For me, it’s just easier to buy new mats. While I would love to be frugal I’m just more of a no hassle, no mess kind of girl…or at least that’s what I would like you to believe – lol. To save a little money, though, I purchase the Cricut Mat off-brand and they work just as well as the brand name. You can find those HERE.
When it comes to hooks, there are many sizes you can use. So be sure to pick something that will serve the purpose for what you’re using it for and don’t be afraid to stick it to things, like the side of your desk!
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