Getting Started with Cricut Scrapbooking?

If you are just getting started with Cricut scrapbooking, I would love to invite you to join a challenge that I am participating in on the message board. 

In January, I was browsing through the Cricut message board, when I came across the Lay It Down challenge.  Each week, one of the members posts a sketch or two, and anyone who wants to participate can make a layout based on the posted sketches.  When finished, participants post a picture of their finished layouts.

There is a new challenge posted each week.  To participate, just go to the layouts section of the message board (here's a link:, and search for the thread titled "Laying It Down (LID) Weekly LO Challenge".  Take it from me, it's not only a lot of fun, it's a great motivator!

I haven't finished this week's project yet, but here's the layout for the first challenge I participated in...

Cricut Scrapbooking - First Layout

That was not only my first project for the challenge, it was the first layout I have completed - ever! 

You see, when I first bought my machine, I purchased it with the intention of getting all my photographs into scrapbooks.  I had a problem though - I had no idea where to start!  I loved playing with my Cricut, but I found I was making cards and other crafts instead.  

Anytime I thought about scrapbooking, I would get discouraged.  Where should I even begin?  I had thirty plus years of pictures that needed a good home, and even if I just focused on my children's photos, my oldest is already twelve.  I wanted to start scrapbooking when he was a baby, but I just never took the time to get started.

On top of that, I admit I'm a perfectionist.  I didn't want to cut up and glue my pictures down unless I knew I could make my layouts look good.  I have bought magazines and books, browsed through blogs and forums, and spent hours looking at what others have done.  Still, I was reluctant to take that first step.

Now that I have successfully completed my first layout, I'm officially hooked!  Even if I only can do one layout a week based on the challenge sketches, I now have hope that eventually all my pictures will leave their home in boxes and end up in scrapbooks.

By the way, for anyone wondering which cartridges I used for this layout, here's that information:

  • I used Stretch Your Imagination for the spider.
  • I used Life's a Beach for the title and date.

The rest of it was cut with my paper trimmer.

Anyway, that's the beginning of my Cricut scrapbooking adventures.  I'm sure I will be talking about it a lot more here, but in the meantime, I would love to hear how all of you got started scrapbooking.  If you some free time, leave a comment.

Also, if you have been needing a little motivation or inspiration, please join us over on the message board for the Laying It Down challenge.  It really is a lot of fun!


  1. cristy baker says:

    Hi, I’m the same way. I have no clue where to start. I have the cricut and the slice. I would love to join your group. Please contact me asap and tell me how to join. Thank you so much

  2. Hi Cristy,

    Glad you want to join in! Here is this week’s challenge:

    To join, all you have to do is create a layout based on one of the posted sketches, take a picture of it, and post it on the message board.

    I need to get back on track – I actually haven’t completed my layouts in time for the last couple of weeks (too many other things demanding my attention!). That’s the great thing about it – no one cares if you do it on time. However, if you don’t get sidetracked as easily as I do, it really keeps you on track, as well as provides ideas!

  3. Deidralee says:


    I got started just this past May 2010. I had such a hard time trying to find a memory book for my daught that had everything in it that i wanted to record. So i decided to make my own. I started out with before she was born and included all the ultrasounds etc. But now i am a fanatic and just got a cricut last night for my 21st Birthday. Im am planning on joining the message board noted above, and am so excited im really hoping it keeps me on track. As i need a few ideas for my daughters first birthday pages

  4. Hi Deidralee,

    The message board is my favorite place to go for ideas – you will love it! BTW, happy birthday – it sounds like you got an awesome present!

  5. Jan Wallace says:

    Maybe instead of looking at all you want to scrap as as ‘mountains’ try looking at small parts as a ‘hills.’ Strive for completion, not for perfection. You can spend the rest of your life saying ‘ I should have done that or this.’ I have scrapped for ‘awhile’ and find getting started is actually the hardest. Whatever you do, your kids will love looking back at it. Remember to write things in your own handwritting, your kids will love looking back at Mom’s (or Dad’s) handwritting when they grow up.

  6. Hi Jan,

    Thanks for the advice! I really do need to “strive for completion, not for perfection”. Every layout I have done so far has taken me a couple of hours each. I’m hoping that with experience, I will be able to throw them together a little quicker.

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