The first thing to do is to load the mat, then take a permanent marker and mark the edges of the mat on both sides:
Next, create a file with several reference points. I thought they looked like stars, that's why I called this mod the "constellation".
Now to transfer these markings onto the mat. I've thought of 2 ways: 1 less permanent and 1 more permanent.
At first, I wasn't sure if this would work, so I didn't want to make it permanent. How to do this: choose a thin type of paper for the markings.
- Ctrl + A to select all the markings, then choose do not cut.
- Select the first marking and choose cut.
- Load the paper on the mat in the general vicinity of that marking and cut it.
- Leave the marking on the mat.
- Repeat for all markings.
To make this permanent, this time cut all the markings without loading any paper on your mat, using a light force. This cuts the markings directly onto your mat. Then, take your permanent marker (again, Pilot Twin Marker) and trace the cuttings so that instead of paper marks, you have permanent ink. I've already done this with the circle in the picture above (below the "u" in "Cricut").
Now you're done! Important notes:
- Remember to set all the markings in the Silhouette file to no cut after transferring them to your mat.
- Make backups of your constellation file.
- To use this mod, open your constellation file and transfer your designs to it, using the markings as reference. DO NOT SAVE. Save as a new file if necessary.
No more being limited to the top-left corner of the mat!