Easy to Make Scrapbook Layout with your Cricut
This is a simple and easy scrapbook layout that I made using my Cricut personal cutting machine and a Fiskars corner punch. I like to use as many photos as I can in a scrapbook layout so I don't use alot of extra embellishments on my pages; the photos tell the story and bring back the memories.
Cricut has a huge array of Cricut cartridges to use with their personal cutting machines. For a scrapbook layout I like to use a square shape for a background mat for the photos I choose for the layout. Cricut's Sweethearts cartridge has a great square shape (which they use as an envelope cutout)
The corner punch I have is made by Fiskars and is available at any craft store. I like the way the photos and mats look with the corners punched.
Photo size vs mat size
I first cut the photo to the size I need; making sure to stay in increments of 1/4", 1/2" measurements. This way the Cricut cutout that I use can be made easily because the Cricut personal cutting machine also uses the same increments.
I then cut the Cricut shape (for the photo mat) to be usually cut 1/2" bigger than the photo.
Pictured are the three sizes that I used for my two scrapbook layouts.
- Your photo is 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" you would use the 3" measurement on the Cricut machine. The Cricut machine will cut the shape to be 3" x 4".
- Your photo is 2" x 2 3/4" you would use the 2 1/2" measurement on the Cricut machine. The Cricut machine will cut the shape to be 2 1/2" x 3".
- Your photo is 2 1/4" x 3" you would use the 2 3/4" measurement on the Cricut machine. The Cricut machine will cut the shape to be 2 3/4" x 3 1/2".
Your photos can be used either portrait or landscape orientation.
It takes a bit of practice to size the photo vs mat. Generally if you use a 1/2" size measurement (larger than one side of your photo) on the Cricut machine, the mat will come out right.
Pictured is the Fiskars corner punch I use.