1. Don't throw those old mats out that you feel have lost their stickiness, clean them off using Windex wipes and you will see the stickiness return.

2. To make sure that your paper doesn't move, use painter's tape to hold the paper to the mat.

3. A splatua from the cake decorating area of your craft store, helps in lifting your cuts from the mat with ease.

4. You can use vellum and transparencies on your Cricut.