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Guest post by: Jessica Palmer
Die cut scrapbook embellishments can take your scrapbooking pages from just "so-so" to "whoah!", allowing you to create beautiful cut-out embellishments to your work with ease.
With a never-ending supply of themes to choose from, die cutting embellishments can add a level of sophistication to your page that you otherwise just wouldn't achieve.
With so many to choose from, they are also fun to browse and buy, or even make yourself with a die cutting machine!
A die cut is a piece of material such as cardstock, felt, paper, or scrapbook stickers that have been cut out by a die cutting machine into a shape. They are often also referred to as cutouts, ephemera, or paper page embellishments.
Die cut scrapbook embellishments are a great alternative to hand-cutting shapes with scissors or a craft knife and usually look professional and precise every time. They save a lot of time and allow you to be creative with different themes and styles.
Die cuts can be purchased from craft stores, two dollar stores, or the craft section of large department stores. Many scrapbookers choose to make their own with a die cutting machine. I'll talk more about that a bit further down!
Below are some die cuts of mini picture frames that were purchased from the craft section of my local department store.
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The options for die-cut shapes are endless and they are used not only in scrapbooking but card making and other papercrafts.
When it comes to scrapbooking, die cuts can be very, very, broadly classified into stand-alone die cuts, themed die cuts and layering die cuts. And these can either be manual die cutting tools or machines OR electric die cut machines.
Die cut machines are a bit pricier but many serious scrappers or craft artists would prefer it.
Stand-alone die-cut embellishments are the most common cut-out to purchase from a shop. They can be used as-is and don't require you to glue pieces on top of each other to complete them.
They can be self-adhesive or non-adhesive and come in a massive variety of shapes and sizes. These can include words such as "love" that can be used as your scrapbooking page title, geometric shapes such as rectangles for picture frames, or even a graphic such as a butterfly or diamond shape.
Stand-alone die cuts often come in a pack with a theme, so a floral-themed pack would include a few different flower shapes and a birthday theme pack may include some words and birthday-shaped imagery such as balloons.
Below is a chalkboard-themed set of die cut stickers that I purchased from my local two-dollar store. These will be great for the first day of school or graduation-themed scrapbook layout!
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Layering die cuts are just beautiful for scrapbooking but these are harder to find in-store and are usually cut out at home on die cutting machines. Layering die cuts are designed so that the shapes stack on top of each other in the final project.
Floral images and hearts are popular items to be layered in scrapbooking pages, as are basic shapes such as circles and squares.
Although you will probably find yourself reaching for anything that takes your fancy at the shops knowing that you will use it at some point as a scrapbooking embellishment, to begin with, it's great to grab a few geometric shapes, words, letters, and floral themes.
Basic shapes such as the ones below are really useful when it comes to creating embellishments for your scrapbooking pages.
Geometric shapes are your squares, circles, diamonds, etc., and can be used to mount something else on top of it, showcase your page title, or even as a picture frame for your photographs.
Tag shapes are incredibly popular with scrapbooking and you would be hard-pressed to find a scrapbooker that hasn't used a tag shape in at least one of their layouts!
Floral themes are just incredibly versatile and work across many scrapbooking pages. You can't go wrong with a few floral die cuts.
Words and letter die cuts just add a level of neatness that is hard to compete with when cutting out letters by hand. I love the word and letter sticker die cuts for their ease of use, except when I run out of a particular letter ... that's frustrating!