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Easy to Make with your Cricut Machine Scrapbook Layout
As I continue to make a scrapbook for my now grown daughter, I find that i am having more fun than ever making the cutouts using my Cricut Machine and Cricut Cartridges. The fun comes from having available the perfect cutout of a picture or a sentiment to go with the special photos I want to put into her album. Each week I plan to get at least one page or two done, which is a fun and memorable journey for me to make, remembering her as a small child growing into a beautiful young woman.
Cricut Cartridge: Sentimentals and Simply Charmed. Both of these cartridges are good basic ones to have in your Cricut Machine library. Sentimentals hosts a variety of frames and basic cutouts and Simply Charmed has cute cutouts for every holiday and occasion you would need for both scrapbook layouts and cards.
Paper: Use a good weight cardstock as the intricate frames cut out much better with heavy weight cardstock than they do with a lightweight cardstock.
Tools: A must have is the Cricut Essentials Tool Kit. Some cutouts require a bit of extra trimming and the paper trimmer cuts your 12"x12" cardstock down to the 6"x12" required for your Cricut Create if you have that model.
Blade Depth: #2
Photo Size vs Frame Size
The frame size depends on your photo. For instance, <Frame1> cutout at a 5 1/2" Height allows for a 2 1/4"High x 1 1/2" Wide photo. I trimmed my photos to be just a bit bigger so to be able to adhere them to the back of the finished frame pieces.
Step 1 and Step 2
Sentimentals Cartridge, Size 5 1/2"
- Cut 2 each <Frame1>, page 28, Use Layer Button
- Cut 2 each <Frame1>, page 28, Use No other buttons
- Cut 2 each <Frame1>, page 28, Use Shadow Button
Glue the three pieces together as shown with finished cutout.
Center the subject of your photo behind the frame and adhere it to the frame back. Make sure to cutout the photo a bit bigger than what you want to see.
I used a coordinating piece of scrapbook paper for one side of the finished layout, cut to 6"x12" and adhere it to the base page.
Adhere your finished photo to the patterned piece of cardstock.
Step 6 and Step 7
Sentimentals Cartridge. Photo Size trimmed to 4"High x 4 1/2" Wide. Colors are your choice...
- Cut <Card1>, page 65, Size 5" Green
- Cut <Card1>, page 65, Size 4 3/4" Lt Orange
- Cut <Card1>, page 65, Size 5" Lt Orange
- Cut <Card1>, page 65, Size 4 3/4" Yellow
Adhere the smaller <Card1> cutouts to the bigger, then your photo on top. Now adhere the finished item to your scrapbook page as shown.
Step 8, Step 9a, and Step 9b
Simply Charmed Cartridge. Use two different colors. I like white as a background for words.
- Cut 1 <Balloon>, page 75. Use Word Key (this is the intricate top layer)
- Cut 1 <Balloon>, page 75. Use Word Key, Use Shift Key (bottom layer)
Adhere the two layers together and place on the scrapbook page, inbetween your other cutouts.
Every scrapbook layout needs to have an area for a memo. Some Cricut cartridges have a cutout for a memo area; I prefer to write on a blank area. I write the name(s), date, and occasion.
After the photos and frames are adhered to the scrapbook cardstock page, you can add embellishments. I found these cute little flowers at Jo-Anne's Fabric.
Cricut Cartridge Simply Charmed
This cartridge has all the cutouts you will need for all the holidays, celebrations, and seasons. It is a great cartridge to have in your collection, especially as a beginner Cricut user.
Cricut Essentials Kit for Cricut Cutting Machines
It is truly an essential to have for your Cricut machine. The accessories included are 2 6"x12" sticky cutting mats, 1 cardstock pad (print and plain), 1 paper pad (print and plain), a spatula, and paper trimmer with 2 replacement blades. The 7-piece tool kit includes a bone folder, knife, hook, scoop, clear ruler, scissors, scraper all in a zippered carrying case * With comfortable-to-grip rubber tool handles; Cricut cutting machine available separately * Measures 11 inches long by 17 inches wide by 3 inches high