How To Use A Cricut Mat With Your Silhouette Cameo: Updated

Here’s an updated post from last year,  I’ve had a lot of questions about the newer Cricut mats, so I’ve included pictures and graphics for those mats below.  Happy reading!

Today’s tips come from my sweet friends Becky and AJ. Did you know that you can use Cricut mats in your Silhouette Cameo?  I did, but I couldn’t quite get everything to line up and cut just right.

It didn’t take too long after I got my Silhouette Cameo to completely wear out the cutting mat that came with it.  I started using an old Cricut mat I had, but the cutting area seemed off from what it was showing on my computer screen.  No biggie unless I was trying to fit something in a tight area, and then I would miss the mark every time and waste the paper I was using.  I found a couple of things that helped with this problem, and now the Cameo cuts like a champ again.

The first thing to do is to adjust where you line up your paper on your cutting mat.  Instead of using the regular Cricut lines, move the top of your paper up to the guideline at the very top of the mat, where it shows the tick marks for measurements.  See the photo above.

When your paper is lined up correctly on your mat, it should look just like this…

For the newer designed Cricut mats with the thick black lines, the idea is the same.  You just put it on the inside edge of the black line, like the picture below shows:

The next trick is finding where to line up your mat once you are loading it into your Cameo.  If you look closely on your Cameo, there’s an extra, smaller line at the left side of your machine…

Line the edge of your mat up with that small line just like this…

This is actually where you’re supposed to line up anything that goes into the Cameo…mats or vinyl.  I never even noticed that little line until Becky pointed it out to me!

Since I’ve learned and implemented these two tricks, I haven’t lost a single piece of paper to a bad cut!!

Happy Scrapping!
~Amy E

Amy England

Creator of the Scrap This Save That blog and Youtube channel and curator of a ridiculous amount of paper crafting supplies!

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  1. Unknown says:

    I don't have a Silhouette Cameo but I have a friend that does, I'll have to pass this on to her. Looking forward to a great #sitsblogging week. Have a great day.

  2. The Ordinary to Extraordinary Classroom says:

    I came by to introduce myself. I'm Trina and I am participating in the SITS Tribe building Challenge. I have seen a lot of teachers with these Silhouette Cameos. I am wondering if it's worth the investment. How are they different of better than a Cricut.

  3. Unknown says:

    I've totally used a Cricut machine in my Silhouette before! Mostly because I couldn't find a 12×24 silhouette mat for the longest time :/

    Stopping by from SITS tribe!

  4. Unknown says:

    Hey stopping by again. Came to find your Pinterest to follow but thought I'd also leave the link to our SITS thread since not many people have found it.

  5. Theresa says:

    I use my cricut mat all the time but have been lining it up against the gray circle thing. I'll try your way next.. Thanks

  6. Unknown says:

    Thanks for sharing. I have a cameo and was shocked at the difference in price of the mats! I was able to get two 12×24 cricut mats for the price of one 12×12 silhouette mat. Cut one in half and trimmed per your notes, now I have 2 perfect 12x12s and a 12×24! Boom!!!

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