Illustrated Scrapbooking Die Cuts Versus Handmade Die Cuts

This past Christmas my husband bought me a red personal die cutting machine. I was so exited! I am really into scrapbooking and love to use die cuts. I knew this would be a fun way to embellish my scrapbook pages with diecuts I would hand make. Well, this past week I got out all of my scrapbooking supplies and decided to get to work. I am over a year behind and have a lot of pictures to scrapbook. My die cutting machine was set up and ready for all the creative and cute things I was going to make. I laid out my first scrapbook page and decided that cute snowflake would work great with my pictures.

I choose the colors of acid free cardstock I wanted to use, and got to work using my die cutting machine. It took time deciding which cartridge had the cutest snowflake die cuts. Then I attached my acid free scrapbook paper firmly to the cutting matte and cut, then I cut its matching layered piece. I then had to glue the two die cut pieces together. Hum, the snowflake was super delicate. It had very thin parts. The only thing I have ever used in my scrapbooks was acid free glue sticks. So I pulled it out and began the tedious work of trying to keep the glue on the back of the die cut. It took me 10 minutes to get my first 2 inch snowflake made!

I am someone who sits down and gets my scrapbooking done; on average 18 or more pages done in a day. However today because I used my die cutting machine I only created 6 pages. I was so disappointed. I felt as if I had wasted my day and I wasn’t happy with the way my handmade die cuts turned out. Glue had squished out from under the super thin parts of my die cuts and it made my pages look dirty. I had even ran to the store and bought a glue pen which could be applied in the thinner areas of the die cut. Even so, on some areas the glue still leaked out. The pages I do are usually quick, easy and VERY CUTE! Not wanting to give up on my personal die cutting machine so fast, I gave it a few more chances. I have come to the conclusion that a personal die cutting machine is not an ideal scrapbooking tool. It is fun to use for special things, birthday cards and school projects for my kids. But for fast, productive scrapbooking it is a hassle.

So I have gone back to my “regular” scrapbooking technique. DIE CUTS! Illustrated die cuts are SO much cuter! All you have to do is pop them out, put a few swipes of glue on the back and you’re set to go! I know there are some scrapbookers out there who love taking hours at a time making just one page and I take my hat off to them. But I have two kids and piles and piles of pictures that need to be scrapbooked. I love my scrapbooks, it is so much fun looking back at the fun times my family has had together and how things have changed. So for me it is very important to stay caught up. I’ve decided that I’m sticking with pre-made illustrated die cuts. While looking for them I have found a lot of fun, simple, and inexpensive scrapbooking embellishment to use. Cut outs are one and are not hard to use, that is if you know how to use scissors! I have also used some that come with matching frames these are fun. Headers are also a great way to finish off a scrapbook page. For me, my new motto is: “Happy Scrapbookers use Die Cuts!” and I’m a happy scrapbooker!

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