Scrapbooking with the Cricut

January 21, 2010 by  
Filed under Featured, Scrapbooking Ideas

Last weekend some girlfriends and I got together for an entire weekend of nothing but scrapbooking, gabbing, eating, and (some) sleeping.  We try to do this every couple of months – get AWAY from home, leave the kids and just scrap. No distractions.  At one point during the weekend, one girl was cutting something with the Cricut and the paper started loading wrong and it was making this awful noise – without thinking, I screamed, “DON’T BREAK THE CRICUT!!!!!”   Everyone laughed, because it was true, if the Cricut broke, someone was driving back home to get a replacement machine.

And I started to think  How in the world did I scrapbook before my Cricut??? I literally use it for almost every single layout. Whether it be for a title, text or a cut out.  The great thing about these weekend retreats is that everyone brings their own Cricut cartridges, and between three of us, I think we counted over 50 different cartridges.  And they seem to multiple every time we get together.

Now I know there are newer machine out (slice, etc.) but I am so in love with my Cricut still, I can’t really see myself replacing it anytime soon.  I have the expressions, so you can cut up to 12×12, which is awesome.  And this weekend I finally learned how to use one of it’s unique features “center point” and whoo-hoo! it was like Christmas morning for me! A new feature! Or at least, new to me.  I know, I know, I should just take the time to read the stupid instruction manual and learn to use it to it’s fullest potential, but hey, ignorance is bliss sometimes.

Here are some of the (simple) features I love to use (and over-use) with my Cricut:

Titles with Cricut

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I made this title with one of my favorite Cricut cartridges, Don Juan. LOVE IT.  I also used another cartridge (can’t remember!) to cut the wavy mauve background shape.

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This title came from the New Arrival Cartridge – only 2 layers required!

Borders with the Cricut

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This super cute fish border cam from Life’s a Beach, which one of my friends brought and is next on my list to buy. Really cute cartridge!  The title and subtitle are Cricut cuts as well (of course!)

Die-Cuts with Cricut

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Cute snowflakes topped with rhinestones make this winter layout.

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To make the blue background “flower” and big circle I used my Accent Essential cartridge, which I find myself using over and over and over….

Center Point

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Here was my first attempt with the “new to me” feature, Center Point.  I simply found these circle designs, measured how much of them I wanted cut, programed that in for my size, them put the blade over the middle of the circle.  Press the Center Point button and your off!  Of course, the title came from Don Juan, again!