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How to Make a Scrapbook Layout with the Cricut

Updated on June 17, 2012

As I continue working on scrapbooking my daughter's life, I continue to see the value in having first rate stamps from Stampin'Up! and a first-rate die-cutting machine called Cricut. I used to handcut shapes for the frames around my photos, then I found some plastic forms to use which could be cut around. But I never got the polished, finished look that a diecut shape from the Cricut machine gave me. Using the Cricut is so much fun too!.

Making a scrapbook layout using the Cricut machine is relatively easy to make. It takes some practice to master the skills for using a personal die-cutting machine like the Cricut Create. Then after a period of time, you will find that you start to experiment using some of your own creative ideas.

This scrapbook layout showcases photos taken during the deep of winter, when indoor activities were more desirable on cold days.


I first determined the size of the frames I would need for the three photos I wanted to feature. Then I cut the photos to fit inside the frames. It is much easier than trying to figure out what the actual photo size will be with a specific sized frame.

Cricut Essentials

I can't say enough about this kit that can be purchased for use with the Cricut. A small ruler, a sharp poker, a spatula, and a smoothing tool are among the items you get. I used the poker constantly to remove the cutouts from the cardstock without bending or tearing, especially the intricate designs.


Cricut Cartridge: Sentimentals

Stamp: Stampin'Up! "For Everything"

Cardstock: Heavy Weight from the DCWV Royal Garden and DCWV Lemon Flower stacks

Pressure: Max

Speed: Medium

Blade Depth: #2

Cardstock adhered to base
Cardstock adhered to base
Middle layer
Middle layer
Top Intricate layer
Top Intricate layer
Bottom shadow layer
Bottom shadow layer
Middle layer adhered to bottom layer
Middle layer adhered to bottom layer
Photo adhered to middle layer
Photo adhered to middle layer
Top intricate layer adhered
Top intricate layer adhered
Flourish cutout
Flourish cutout
Journaling and Stampin'Up stamp
Journaling and Stampin'Up stamp

Step by Step

Choose a nice piece of 12"x12" cardstock and adhere it to a base piece of cardstock. I usually use my white "practice" cardstock for the base.

For Each Photo:

Cut one <Frame3>, pg 30, size 5 1/4" using the Frame3 keyboard key. This will cut the middle frame layer

Cut one <Frame3>, pg 30, size 5 1/4" using the Layer and Frame3 keyboard key. This will cut the Top intricate frame layer.

Cut one <Frame3>, pg 30, size 5 1/4" using the Shadow and Frame3 keyboard key. This will cut the bottom larger frame layer.

Adhere the each frame and photo together: On top of the shadow layer the Middle layer, photo, then top intricate layer.


Cut one <Frame3>, pg 30, size 2 3/4"" using the Tag and Frame3 keyboard Key. This will cut a large cutout for journaling.

Cut one <Frame3>, pg 30, size 2" using the Tag and Frame3 keyboard Key. This will cut a smaller cutout for journaling.

Cut one <Flourish>, pg 31, size 4" using the Shadow and Flourish keyboard key. This will cut a large flourish for journaling.

Arrange and adhere the photos to the cardstock



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    • MimiKat33 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Northeastern NY State, USA

      Thanks so much for your kind comment. WOW 4 scrapbooks, I've been working on my daughter's scrapbook for years but with the Cricut it has gone so much quicker. Together with the new Stamps available, the process lets creativity flow.

    • pedrn44 profile image


      8 years ago from Greenfield, Wisconsin

      I love scrapbooking. I made each of my 4 kids scrapbooks that spanned prescool to HS graduation. It is a lot of work. Your frames are beautiful. I never used the CRicut. What a great and creative idea.


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