Haunt It Halloween DIY Journal with the Cricut Expression

Die cutting our papers is so easy and Valerie shows us today how to do it with the Cricut Expression Die Cut Machine.  The cardstock weight of the paper makes them instant pages in your mini book that can be decorated, embellished, painted, distressed and more.  The Canvas Corp Haunt It Collection features a mixture of themed, basics and simple printed papers that work well together to create a mini book. 
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Tools Used:  Cricut Expression; Cricut Mini Books Cartridge

Valerie Here!!!!  I wanted to share with you this fun and simple mini book I created on my Cricut Expression with Canvas Corp Haunt It papers.

I used the Mini Books Cartridge.

0001Step 1:  Cut all your book parts out of the papers.  Keeping in mind which side is upright and out as you cut them.  The one I used is called Square book (p13 of the book). I cut all the shapes at size 3 ¾.

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 <SquareL1> from the orange and black diamonds paper (picture cricut book 1)

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<SquareL2> from Halloween on kraft (pumpkin and hat) (picture cricut book 2)

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<SquareL3> from Halloween masks on kraft (picture cricut book 3)

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<SquareL4> from Halloween on kraft (costumes) (picture cricut book 4)


Step 2:  Glue together the cuts as explained in the instructions, except I switched <SquareL2> with <SquareL4> to avoid having papers upside down. Don’t forget to put your paper on the mat with the left side on the same side than the arrow of the mat. And if your pattern is upside down, know you can switch the shape during the assembly!

Hint: Set you your mat to 12×24, even if it’s only a 12×12, or your machine will not cut the <SquareL2>. As your papers is a little bit larger than 12×12 (margin), it should not be a problem for the cut.


Step 3:  On the front of the minibook, the machine has cut a small opening to allow you to close the book.  Glue a small tag from the Haunt It Tags on Kraft paper on the left side of this opening.

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Step 4:  I chose black and white Halloween Photos for my book and resized them to 2 ¾ squares to fit the album and matted them with a 1/8” margin. If you have a printer at home (I have a Shelby), you can put two pictures of this size on one sheet.  Decorate each of the pages with pieces and parts cut from the various papers, they all coordinate, so you can make your own ephemera by fussy cutting or cropping the various sayings, costumes and images.  The Haunt It on White is quite a bit brighter than the kraft papers, so I distressed the pieces to coordinate with the book.

This cartridge comes with a wide range of dies you can use that scream for cardstock paper so you can make books, boxes, envelopes and more.  Canvas Corp Papers are all cardstock weight and printed only on one side, so they are greta for making books, cards, envelopes and more.

To see more of Valerie’s work stop by her blog Bonjour Scrap!

Happy Creating!!!!


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