What is the easiest way to use scraps with your Cricut? Snapmat! If you have no idea what I am talking about, just read on to find out. I had no idea what this was a few weeks ago myself. I actually went to a Cricut event and this was in the class on the iOS app. Before that I had no idea this was possible! You will be floored as well I am sure! Read on and then give it a try for yourself.
First of all this technique will work on any Cricut machine as long as you have an Apple mobile device. So break out your iPhone or iPad to get started. Download the Cricut Design Space app on your device then gather all of those scraps you have been saving. You know the ones! You keep them thinking you will use them someday but you get frustrated because it is so hard to position those cuts just right. Not anymore!
I used some scrap vinyl but this technique will literally work for ANY material that you can cut with your Cricut. Place the materials on your mat. It doesn’t matter where you position them or even if they are crooked. Just add them to the mat.
You are now going to use your mobile device to make your project. You can design it on the computer, save it, and pull it up on your device if that is easier for you. Click “Make It” on your app and you will have the screen below.
Fairly standard, however, there is that SnapMat button in the corner. Click it! Now you have a screen that looks something like the image below.
It is using your camera to actually take a picture of the mat! It may take some practice but you need to hold the mat in that square and hold it fairly steady. Once in position, the app will do all of the work for you. I find it easiest to put the mat on the floor to get the image.
Now the app has a picture of the exact mat I am using! Tap “USE” and your pieces will be put onto the SnapMat image. Well at least one of your images. If you have multiple mats on your project, only one will be placed on the mat image. We can fix that as well!
Click the mat in the upper corner and now you can see all of your mats. Head to each on that is not on the SnapMat (one at a time).
Click the image that is being cut and those three dots will come up in the corner. Click those.
You can now move that piece to the mat of your choice.
Pick the mat that has your SnapMat.
Repeat until all of the cuts desired are on your SnapMat.
You can now drag those elements into position. Yes you can see how they will cut right on the mat and move them to the scrap that makes sense for each one. I realized that my “A” was a little large in fact for my scrap piece. I had to go back to my design and resize. However, now both pieces can be cut from my scraps!
If you don’t know, you can hook your device directly to your Cricut via bluetooth and then you just have to click continue to cut.
How does it work? One word…..perfectly!
Y’all I have been throwing away small scraps because of the hassle of cutting them correctly. It was such a pain and I could never get it right.
Not anymore! I will be cutting all of my scraps with my Cricut and SnapMat.
So, tell me, is your mind blown? I know mine was when I first learned this technique. Y’all enjoy and give this a try for yourself. We would love to hear if it worked for you in the comments below!
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