How to Use a Cuttlebug

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How to Use a Cuttlebug
A Cuttlebug can help to create scrapbooking shapes and designs. (bike scrapbook image by robert mobley from Fotolia.com)

Storytelling may be one way to remember fun events and happenings in your life, but people who want memories you can hold in your hand often turn to scrapbooking. The creative processes related to scrapbooking can often involve long hours of cutting, colouring and gluing to obtain the final decorative result. The Cuttlebug machine is designed to make that work a little easier. This machine cuts out shapes and embosses paper, creating intricate patterns in a fraction of the time of handworking.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Cuttlebug system
  • Cuttlebug dies
  • Embossing folder

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Attach the Cuttlebug handle. Line up the handle with the hole on the right side of the machine. Insert the screw and use the hex tool (both screw and hex tool come with the Cuttlebug) and tighten the screw until the handle is securely in place.

  2. 2

    Place the Cuttlebug on a dry, flat work surface with 15 inches of space in front and behind. Lower the front and back platforms so they are perpendicular to the work surface. Lowering the platforms activates the Cuttlebug’s suction cups that will adhere to the dry, flat surface to keep the machine in place while you work.

  3. 3

    Lay the Cuttlebug spacer, labelled “A,” on the surface. Place one of the “B” cutting pads on top of the spacer, followed by the cutting die (foam-side up) and the paper you wish to cut into. Finish the stack with the second “B” pad.

  4. 4

    Insert the stack you just made into the Cuttlebug, pushing until the stack sits firmly against the machine. Turn the handle to pass the stack through the machine and out on the other side.

  5. 5

    Remove the pads and spacer to reveal the cutout in the paper.

  1. 1

    Place a piece of paper face-up in the embossing folder. Stack the embossing folder between the two “B” cutting pads, and place this stack on top of the “A” spacer.

  2. 2

    Insert the stack you just made into the Cuttlebug, pushing until the stack sits firmly against the machine. Turn the handle to pass the stack through the machine and out on the other side.

  3. 3

    Remove the pads and spacer to reveal the embossed design in the paper.

Tips and warnings

  • The Cuttlebug comes with the spacer, cutting pads, the handle assembly pieces and a user manual. Find die cutouts, paper and other Cuttlebug supplies at arts and crafts supply stores.
  • If you use specially designed thin dies, replace the top “B” spacer with the spacer labelled “C” for more accurate cutting.
  • Do not attempt to cut through any paper material thick than 1/8 inch thick. This could damage the Cuttlebug machine.

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