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Easy to Make Graduation Scrapbook Layout Ideas

Updated on June 12, 2012

A scrapbook layout is fun and easy to make using a Cricut personal cutting machine; a die-cutting machine for paper and other media. I use my Cricut to cut out the sentiments and shapes for scrapbook layouts and homemade greeting cards.

Cricut sells a huge amount of cartridges with every theme you can imagine available. Whether it is a holiday, a season, whimsical characters, romance, new baby; anything you would need for a scrapbook layout has been made into a cartridge by Cricut.

Graduation Layout

The theme for this layout is a 6th Grade Graduation. I didn't have alot of photos to choose from because the graduation ceremony was held in a darkened auditorium, making it hard to get a good photo.

I chose not to put mats under the photos because the sizes were so unusual it would have not been possible to cut a mat with the Cricut and have it come out looking good.

The sentiments are 3-layers; a top layer, a middle layer which peeks out through the holes and cutouts in the top layer, and a bottom larger layer for a mat. A heavier weight cardstock is needed for most sentiments as the intricate top layer has quite a few large and small areas which need to be cut by the Cricut machine.

The Lacey strip was created using a Punch from Stampin'Up!. It is called Large Border: Lacey Trim. If you do not have this punch, you can leave the space open or cut a rectangle free-hand with coordinating cardstock.

Specifics

Cricut Machine Cartridge: Cricut Essentials: Stamping

Cricut Machine Blade Depth: #3

Cricut Machine Pressure: Max

Cricut Machine Speed: Medium

Heavy Weight Cardstock

Lacey Border Trim Punch (optional)

Hints:

When cutting out a sentiment or a letter; flip the paper face down and use the FLIP keyboard key. The cut comes out better.

For the Congrats and Dream sentiments you can use one sheet of cardstock for each of the three layers so use at last a 12" long piece of cardstock. This way you won't have to change the cardstock but make sure to change the size.

Step by Step Photos

Congrats layers
Congrats layers
Dream layers
Dream layers
Congrats adhered
Congrats adhered
Dream adhered
Dream adhered
Inner Mat saved
Inner Mat saved
5" Mat
5" Mat
Mats and Frames
Mats and Frames
Mats and Frames adhered
Mats and Frames adhered
mat adhered to square mat
mat adhered to square mat
Frame adhered
Frame adhered
Lacey Trim Border punch
Lacey Trim Border punch
adhered to square
adhered to square
Lacey Border Trim & mat adhered to card
Lacey Border Trim & mat adhered to card
Edges of photos punched
Edges of photos punched
Finished!
Finished!

Step by Step

The best way to create this scrapbook layout is to cut and adhere the shapes together; then place them on the scrapbook page. That way you can arrange and rearrange the layout.

Sentiments:

Cut one <Grats>, size 3/4, using the base keyboard key. This will cut out the top layer of the sentiment: Congrats. I used a multi-colored green scrapbook cardstock.

Cut one <Grats>, size 3/4, using the Blackout and base keyboard key. This will cut out the middle layer of the sentiment: Congrats. I used a pink colored scrapbook cardstock.

Cut one <Grats>, size 3/4, using using the Shadow and base keyboard key. This will cut out the bottom layer of the sentiment: Congrats. I used a light green scrapbook cardstock.

Cut one <Dream>, size 1" using the base keyboard key. This will cut out the top layer of the sentiment: Dream. I used the same multi-colored green scrapbook cardstock.

Cut one <Dream>, size 1" using the Blackout and base keyboard key. This will cut out the middle layer of the sentiment: Dream. I used the same pink colored scrapbook cardstock.

Cut one <Dream>, size 1" using the Shadow and base keyboard key. This will cut out the bottom layer of the sentiment: Dream. I used the same light green scrapbook cardstock.

Adhere the Congrats layers together making sure the middle layer is totally behind the top layer.

Adhere the Dream layers together also making sure of the middle layer.

Mats

For the bottom mat which has the layer border punch trim adhered to it:

Cut one <stampfrm>, size 5 1/2" using the base keyboard key. Discard the stamping frame and keep the square created. I used a peach colored cardstock.

For the "journaling" area:

Cut one <Stampfrm>, size 5" using the base keyboard key. Discard the stamping frame and keep the square created. I used a green and rose colored cardstock. Set aside.

Cut one <Sclpfrm2>, size 3" using the base keyboard key. Discard the frame and keep the square created. I used the peach cardstock.

Cut one <Sclpfrm2>, size 3" using the base keyboard key. Discard the square and keep the frame this time. I used the multi-colored green cardstock.

Adhere the Green frame to the peach square. Then adhere them to the green/rose colored square.

Punch:

Punch a 4 1/2" strip of the green/rose colored cardstock using the lacy border punch (if you have one). I love mine and use it quite often so it was a good investment.

Adhere the punched border to the peach square from point to point.

Photos:

I have a Fiskars corner punch which gives me 3 choices of corner designs to use. I punched the corner of each of the 4 photos for an extra nice look.

Arrange the photos on the 12"x12" scrapbook cardstock page. Make sure to leave room for the two sentiments and the journaling mat.

Before I adhered the bottom photos I adhered the lacy border punch & square near the bottom, then I adhered the photos on top of it. The whole look is that of layers of subtle color.

Done!

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