Simple Tips For Adding Die Cuts To Layouts

Hello, I’m Maggie Lamarre and I am beyond thrilled to be invited to guest blog today on the CK Editors’ Blog.

It is well known my love affair with die cut and embossing Machines.  As the owner of Passionately Artistic, I showcase inspiration weekly featuring die cutting with Cricut, Cuttlebug, and other machines on the market.  Every Wednesday we invite everyone to showcase their projects.

Today I’m going to share some simple tips on how to incorporate images from several Cricut Cartridges. Let’s begin!

Use Die Cuts To Create A Sense of Style

Using a die cut machine allows you to design your pages in a unique way by combining images that fits your theme.  To convey a sense of style, I die cut the dress form from Summer in Paris Cricut Cartridge, using core’dination  black magic cardstock, embossed with Cuttlebug embossing Swiss dot folder to add more texture.


Supplies: Pink Paislee Parisian Anthology,Letraset ProMarker,Core’dination Black Magic cardstock, Monarch butterfly from Martha Stewart , Colorbok fluid chalk, Storybook  Cricut Cartridge,Wild Card Cricut Cartridge,Summer in Paris  and Plantin Schoolbook Cricut Cartridge,Cosette paper pack from GCd studios, The Twinery twine, Prima Say it in Crystal.


  1. Cut 2 dress forms from Summer in Paris at 5.5” in shadows,from Core’dination Black Magic cardstock and Corsette paper pack from Gcd studios, ink the edges using Letraset ProMarker.
  2. Cut 1 tag from Plantin schoolbook, from Core’dination Black Magic cardstock, emboss with your favorite embossing folder, ink the edges with Letraset ProMarker. Add a bow using the Twinery twine in black.
  3. Cut 2 flourishes from Home Décor Cricut Cartridge at 5”, 3.5”, from the Corsette paper pack from GCd studios, ink the edges with Letraset ProMarker.
  4. Cut 1 frame at 10.5” from Storybook  Cricut Cartridge, using Pink Paislee Parisian Anthology, ink the edge with fluid chalk.
  5. Punch 3 Monarch butterfly from Martha Stewart punches, from Core’dination Black Magic cardstock, ink the edges using Letraset ProMarker.
  6. Cut 1  frame 4.5×6.25” using Wild Card Cricut Cartridge, from Core’dination Black Magic cardstock, ink the edge with fluid chalk.

Voila! It’s very easy to create a layout with your unique personality and sense of style using die cut.

There are times we are so busy with everyday life and scrapbooking takes a backseat. Or mojo is gone. Here’s how I deal with loss of mojo. I look for papers that require a minimal effort, meaning half of the work is already done for me. For example, the Cosette Collection from GCD Studios makes it amazingly easy to create a layout in less than 15 minutes. Using the die cut you can create everything you need with two sheets of paper or less.

Supplies: Cosette paper pack from GCD studios, The Twinery twine, Prima Say it in Crystal, Home Décor Cricut Cartridge, Colorbok fluid chalk, Plantin Schoolbook , Rock Princess, Lacy labels Cricut Cartridge, Core’dination cardstock, Inkadinkado stamp, Staz on, Want2scrap rhinestones.


  1. Cut crown from Home Décor  at 4”, butterflies cut from Rock Princess shadow at 3.5”, 2.75, 2.25 from Core’dination foundation pearl cardstock, emboss with Cuttlebug European folder, ink with Colorbok fluid chalk.
  2. Cut love at 9” from Home Décor Cricut Cartridge ink with Colorbok fluid chalk.
  3. Cut 1 label from Lacy labels Cricut Cartridge core’dination couture collection glitter, cut the label in half to create interest. Punch 1 Monarch butterfly from Martha Stewart punch ink with Colorbok fluid chalk.
  4. Add want2scrap Rhinestones to the design of the paper to add visual interest and depth. Cut 1  frame 4.5×6.25” using Wild Card Cricut Cartridge,from GCD Studio Ava collection, ink the edges with Colorbok fluid chalk. Cut 1 tag from Plantin schoolbook, add  a bowthe Twinery twine.
  5. Stamp a sentiment from Inkadinkado, using staz on, on Core’dination cardstock, cut a end into a fish tail.

Voila! Done! Wasn’t this fun to create so quickly and easily?

Add Glitter and Bling To Your Die Cut

There’s nothing better that goes with a die cut than glitter and bling! Doilies are so trendy right now; here’s an easy way to introduce doilies in a less intrusive way.

Did you know that there are tons and tons of cartridges with beautiful frames you can turn into doilies, by just manipulating them in the Gypsy a bit? Who knew!


  1. Cut 1 doily from Lacy Label at 8”, ink the edges. Adhere to the Ava pattern paper.
  2. Cut 4 Hexagon from Accent Essentials Cricut Cartridge. Emboss using Cuttlebug Machine with Swiss Dot folder and large dot folder, sand to reveal the core colour.  Ink with Letraset ProMarker. Adhere to the doily in  staggering  on the left.  Add glitter glue to the center of  the hexagon to add more  textured. Add the picture to the center of the doily.
  3. Cut 2  sets of hearts from Cuttlebug die heart , emboss with with Swiss Dot folder, ink the edges. Adhere to the top of the picture on the left.

Voila! You are done!

Add Flowers Using Die Cuts

Flowers have been a mainstay for the past two years and the best part of using a die cut machine is that you are never out of possibilities or end up stuck if you are missing one flower. You can always cut what you need and as much as you need–even in the middle of the night!

I created this layout to depict our tradition each year to attend the Epcot flower show in Florida; it started when my daughter was just a wee bit! Let’s begin!

Flower Instructions:

  1. Cut 18 flowers from Mother’s Day bouquet in ascending order from 4.5”, 4”, 3.75”, 3.5”, 3.25”, 3”, 2.75”,  using the Ava Collection, ink the edges using Letraset ProMarker.
  2. To create the dimensional flowers, using a large stylus create a cupping effect by using a circular motion on the edges of the flower, using a toothpick or anything thin to curl the petals inward. Repeat for all the petals.
  3. Assemble the flowers  you will need 6 layers in ascending order, starting with the large petal, then another petal in alternate so the petals for each form a full flower, then add remaining layers, add glitter glue to the edges of the petals. Repeat this step for all the layers.
  4. Add Prima rhinestone to the center of the main flower. Cut leaves free hand or use Cricut Cake basic Cartridge to cut the leaves.

Voila! Done! The possibilities are endless using the different Cricut Cartridge flower images.


Flower Tip: Create a rose center for the flowers  by spritzing  the paper lightly, then using a large stylus form the petals onto the stylus in an upward motion to create a close bud, let dry.

Voila, you are done!


Would you like to try some of these products for yourself? Leave a comment on this post for your chance to be one of four lucky readers to receive a Cuttlebug, Prima assorted goodies, Pink Paislee Parisian Anthology Papers, The Twinery Twine, Core’dination cardstock, GCD Studios Cosette Collection paper pack.    

Maggie Lamarre

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412 Responses to Simple Tips For Adding Die Cuts To Layouts

  1. Melissa Smith says:

    Awesome ideas! I love my cricut and my epic 6! They are staples and almost every page I do has a die cut of some type. But usually letters…
    Great LO and ideas TFS

  2. Karen Smith says:

    Your layouts are lovely and you have such great ides. It is such an inspitation. I am always impressed at how these layouts look.

  3. Beth Schuster says:

    Great layouts! You are very talented.

  4. Becky W says:

    Great tips and beautiful layout!

  5. Tina says:

    I LOVE the cuttlebug – but don’t own one yet – I’m hoping to someday!

  6. Jo-Ann says:

    I love the cuttlebug for its versatility. Cutting, embossing, and interchangeable with Third Party brands!

  7. nana nassar says:

    i loved the tips! Tkx so much! xoxoxo

  8. Pat N says:

    Love the die cuts. I use them all the time on my pages.

  9. Jennifer Reynard says:

    Wow, super nice layouts. Love all the ideas with the flowers and cutouts. Would be over the moon if I won any of your giveaways! Thanks for posting all
    the info!

  10. Shannon Allen says:

    Thanks for the great ideas!! I have cake decorating tools that are meant to be used on fondant, that I bet would work great for making the dimensional flowers!

  11. Donette says:

    Beautiful Layouts!!! Love how they coordinate.
    Would so love a Cuttlebug. Thanks for the giveaways.

  12. nancy says:

    Amazing layouts. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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