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How to Cut Scrapbook Photos

Artfully cutting your photos using your imagination and a few simple tools takes scrapbooking to new heights.


  • Step 1: Consider your options Determine how many photos will fit on a page and whether to crop an imperfect photo.
  • Step 2: Think creatively Think creatively. Photos may be cut in squares, rectangles, ovals or circle shapes, and into stars or heart shapes.
  • TIP: Copy irreplaceable photos before cutting them.
  • Step 3: Cut hard shapes Cut a square or rectangle by placing your straightedge over the photo and marking your shape with your photo pencil. Cut inside the lines with the scissors.
  • Step 4: Use a template Make or buy a template to trace any desirable shape onto your photo with the photo pencil, and use scissors to cut the shape inside the lines.
  • TIP: Use a tissue to remove unwanted pencil lines.
  • Step 5: Combine cutting techniques Combine cutting techniques to create special effects or to silhouette an object in your photo.
  • Step 6: Crop digitally Crop digitally with camera features or photo editing software. Whether you prefer to use low- or high-tech methods, remember that the most treasured scrapbooks are always made with love.
  • FACT: Scrapbooking is the fastest growing American hobby.

You Will Need

  • Straightedge
  • Photo pencil
  • Scissors
  • Template
  • Photo editing software
  • Digital camera
  • Tissue (optional)

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