Time-Saving Scrapbooking Tools

by Jana Lillie

scrapbook tool



Cricut Expression Rises to Every Occasion

Scrapbookers rejoiced when Provo Craft rolled out its Cricut Personal Electronic Cutter. If they didn't have the right die-cut shape, style or size on hand, no worries-the machine could cut what they needed in seconds at the touch of a button, no computer required.

Since then, the company has introduced a larger machine with more muscle, the Cricut Expression. Consider how these powerhouse features could make your scrapbooking life easier:

  • Cut custom letters, shapes, and phrases from most paper types, vinyl, and thin plastic.
  • Create larger cuts-up to 23 1/2"-in portrait or landscape mode.
  • Feast on the flexibility of six cutting modes, including Fit to Length.
  • Preview via an LCD screen the exact pattern or shape being created.
  • Choose from hundreds of cutting dies in each Cricut cartridge.
  • Use any Cricut cartridge, blade, or blade housing.
  • Select a mat size of either 12" x 12" or 12" x 24".
  • Save time with an all-new center point function.
  • Mix or match creative features in the same cut.
  • Cut mirror images.

scrapbook card

House Card by Sue Neal, as seen in Creating Keepsakes' May/June 2010 issue.


To create a negative silhouette, follow these easy steps:

1. Die cut shape from cardstock.

scrapbook step-by-step

2. Trim 3/4" around negative image. Sew inside image, taping threads down in back.

scrapbook step-by-step

3. Attach foam squares to back, and adhere to patterned paper. Mat.

scrapbook step-by-step


Learn how to use the Cricut Expression to create large letters from CK's Brittany Beattie.

- Check out the Crop-A-Dile on page 3 -

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We R Memories
This company makes good, solid tools. Also, not very complicated with user-friendly, intuitive instructions. I am also interested in the new binding machine. It is on my wish list.
Cricut Expression
This machine is the ultimate. I think that the video should also show setting the pressure and speed buttons in addition to the size setting. It's all important information. Working with the Design Studio & the Cricut expands the Cricut's capabilities. Woo Hoo!
Creatopia looks interesting. Like the idea of being able to emboss a 12 x 12 sheet all at one time. Very cool. Anxious to see more videos of the other accessories in action.
I have had my eye on this for a while now and would love to add it to my collection, from the tape runner to the 900 machine, I love them all!
Xyron Creatopia
That is one cool machine! Of course I want one! I am the Gadget Queen and I must have everything cool! ;-)


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