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January 10th, 2009, 11:02 PM
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My cricut cutting board is already needing to be replaced I don't think I've used it for 20 cuts yet, and the DVD said 20-45 cuts. I was hoping it would be closer to the 45 end. I had to put a halt on my scrapping tonight because the blade is just moving the paper around on the mat, and not really cutting it properly. Of course the day it snowed a couple feet and I am forced to stay inside and scrapbook (LOL) is the day this happens

The reason I think it lost its stick so soon, I think, is because it is collecting hairs. I am still in that PP period of losing my hair, although it is slowing down, and the mat just seems to be a static magnet for them! Also, there are a lot of fuzzies from the paper that I've cut that are hanging onto the board. I think if I can get this debris off of it, it might last for a few more cuts. Someone on here suggested a lint roller, but I tried that and it stuck to the mat really bad; I almost thought I wouldn't get it off. Maybe I used the wrong kind of lint roller?

I'm just wondering if anyone has any suggestions? I've only gotten four pages of my brag book done for Jonah, a couple of cards that I cut out, and I was working on two more pages when the mat gave out on me. It just doesn't seem like it should need replacing yet, and if it needs replacing this often I might not be able to use it as much as I have been planning I know they aren't expensive, but things like that really add up!

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January 10th, 2009, 11:46 PM
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I'm still on my first board, but I can't really describe what I do to make it last cuz I don't really do anything special yet. There are defintely some bare spots on the board, but not so many that paper won't stick. I just use a lint roller that has plastic-y tape. I usually roll it out and it will stick to the mat, then tear it off from the roll, then rip off what is stuck to the board repeatedly til the gunkies are gone or that piece of sticky lint tape can't take anymore lint.

I know some folks are fans of baby wipes.

http://thescrapmaster.blogspot.com/2008/06...ats-sticky.html - Easy Tack instructions (tho I'm fairly sure someone else has similar instructions on this msg board)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90hArOVBiOY - Use a 2-way Zig glue pen
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January 11th, 2009, 08:20 AM
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I think its the mats, grr.

A while back the issue was that the mats were too sticky and a lot of people were ripping their papers peeling them off. It seems like PC tried to fix it but now the mats arenít sticky enough because from various message boards it seems like a lot of people are having this issue, myself included.

I brought out a new mat, made a few cuts in one spot, and now no matter where I put the paper its not staying down. Its basically a brand new mat with only maybe a 2Ēx8Ē rectangle that has any cuts on it, no dirt or paper fibers, and its not working. Needless to say Iím less than pleased. Iíve had my cricut for over a year now and have always got much more use out of my mats.

Iíve tried the baby wipes on older mats and it didnít work for me, but I may try it on this new one. A lot of people have good luck with this.

If nothing else I might have to try the easy tack because I canít bring myself to throw this mat away lol. I think I might be calling PC in the morning, too.
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January 11th, 2009, 01:06 PM
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THANKS!!!! I'm going to try some of those right now! We still can't go out on the roads yet, so my trip to the craft store is still postponed.
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January 11th, 2009, 05:42 PM
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I wiped it with a baby wipe, and that resurrected it back to where it was a few cuts ago. When that stops working, I guess I will try the zig pen. Thanks again!
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January 11th, 2009, 08:58 PM
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I've tried the baby wipes thing and it works to a certain degree. I sometimes just sit down and use my fingers to rub off the worst of the lint and fuzzies. That seems to help a little. I always make sure to place the protective film back on the board after each use.
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January 12th, 2009, 07:43 AM
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I was in the same boat this weekend...even though I had grabbed a package of new boards from Walmart that were marked $4.99 for 2 6x12!!!! I just wasn't ready to break into the new packs just yet. I'm cheap.

I did the lint roller and it seemed to help. Another thing was heat. I'd run my hand over the paper numerous times before loading it into the cricut. The warmth seemed to help it.

Then finally, when I had only one more thing I wanted to cut, I simply taped the edge down. Then threw my board away.



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January 12th, 2009, 11:15 AM
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I've tried baby wipes and using a soft bristled scrub brush like for mushrooms with running water
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January 14th, 2009, 01:30 PM
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Out of desperation a friend of mine has taped the corners down before loading the paper.

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January 14th, 2009, 05:40 PM
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The baby wipe really does seem to be helping! I haven't had to break out the 2-way glue pen yet! I'm going to order a couple new mats tomorrow when I order my cartridges. I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve LOL
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