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    Default Anyone using a Cricut to cut photo mats?

    My wife recently purchased the Cricut Expression for her scrapbooking. I was just wondering if anyone has found a creative way to cut smaller sized mats for photo framing.(Ovals?) I do not think the blade cuts at an angle for the normal beveled mat cut. Are their any mat templates that come with any of the cartridges they sell? Just curious.
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    You are looking to use a consumer product to cut commercial materials. I guess you can cut down a redwood with a pocket knife but not the most ideal tool for the job.
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    I don't know about cutting mats with it but I would think you could do some decorative cut outs or lettering with it and then attach to a mat. If you have access to one get creative. Don't know that I would buy one for my shop but I would use it for fun stuff if I had one handy.

    I have been framing wedding photos with established date and Last letter and some swirly stuff in vinyl and paying someone to create and cut them at about $15-$20 each. Could I do it with a cricit? Think so!

    Just because something was intended for one use dosen't mean you can't find other uses for it.
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    Pick up one of these for the decorative stuff. I have one along with another Grumbler that I know of and it is awesome. Don't know if it could cut mats but one day when I have crossed off the other thousand things I'm in the middle of I might try it.

    http://www.uscutterdirect.com/Creati...tter_p_74.html
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    I don't think even with the extended depth blade kit that it would be able to do 4ply. But as was said some other decorative glue on elements might work nicely.

    I saw the infomercial and the way it was presented I thought this think must cost a grand or two, because they never mention the total or the # of payments. I was kind of surprised to see it was only $399.00. I guess that is expensive for a crafter, but not so much as far as what our professional equipment runs. I have seen them going brand new on eBay for $225. - $250 each and every week as I have been watching them for a crafty friend.

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    John the one I linked to is 24" and comes with several hundred dollars of software as well.
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    I bought one for my girlfriend for her to use in scrapbooking and stamping.

    I think she used it three times, and now it sits on a shelf collecting dust.

    It was 400 dollars wasted, IMO

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    No intention of using for commercial reasons. I have large amounts of 4 ply mat material that I throw away. Mrs. Berg inquired if she could use some of them for her scrapbooking of photos. I will buy the heavier duty cutter and give it a try.
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    Check the specs. The one Jeff linked to had a 1mm max cutting depth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wpfay View Post
    Check the specs. The one Jeff linked to had a 1mm max cutting depth.
    That's right Wally, I don't think any sign plotter will cut 4 ply. These can only be used for the vinyl apliques.
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