Geometric Pattern Scrapbook Layout
First Cut

Geometric Pattern Scrapbook Layout

This is a fun geometric shape that I chose to turn it into a sketch design.

freeshapeiloveLO|Cari Locken for SIlhouette copy

To begin:

  • Open up the design file in your Silhouette program
  • Right click on the image and choose “Release Compound Path”
  • Click off of the image

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When you do this you will notice the entire design changes color. Click on the colored section and move it off of the mat.

2freeshape|Cari Locken for SIlhouette

Now you will see the triangles are colored in.

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Click over the entire image, then right click and select “Group.” (Don’t worry about the color as this will go away in the next step).


Now go to the “Sketch” window (found along the top menu).

In the “Edge Sketch” window (on right side) select “Plain.”  (The color will now disappear.)

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You can now head to the “Cut Settings” window (which is that little knife image at the top right corner of the menu).

Select “No Cut” and then move down the “Material Type” menu until you find “Silhouette Sketch Pens.” Click on that and then remove the blade and replace it with a sketch pen. I chose to use a black colored sketch pen.

Now click on “Send to Silhouette” and the magic will begin!

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Here’s a look at the sketched design when finished. (You may notice a few places where my sketch pen didn’t completely color but that was an easy fix with a ruler & pen.)

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Now you will need to go back into the Silhouette software and “Ungroup” the design.

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Then select one section of triangle shapes. I chose the top left corner (of 8 triangles). Once you’ve selected that group then right click and chose “Group” from the menu.

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Move the other shapes off the mat.

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I wanted to fill the inside of the sketched design with smaller pieces of patterned paper. So to do this you need to create an offset image.

In the “Offset” window:

  • Select “Internal Offset”
  • Change the distance to .078 (or desired width)
  • Select “Apply”

9offsetimage|Cari Locken for Silhouette

Now you can move the larger shape off the mat and you’re left with the smaller inside pieces.

10offset|Cari Locken for Silhouette

I wanted to cut out a bunch of smaller pieces from patterned paper to place inside the larger sketch design on my layout so I selected the entire image.  Then “Grouped” it all together.

11groupoffset|Cari Locken for Silhouette



Then I selected “Replicate” from the top menu bar and clicked on “Fill Page.”  This option will fill your page with the design as many times as it can fit.

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Now you can head back to the “Cut Setting” window and select “Patterned Paper” from the “Material” menu.


*Remember to change the sketch pen back to the blade.  And change the depth of the blade to what the requirements are for patterned paper.

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As it turned out, the triangles designs fit nicely onto 4 in. x 4 in. pieces of patterned paper.  So I cut out several pieces and adhered them to my cutting mat.  Once they were all cut out I adhered them in various places on my layout.

patternedpapers|Cari LOcken for Silhouette


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I selected a phrase from the Silhouette Design Store and cut it from black Adhesive Backed cardstock.

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There was a heart at the end of the phrase and I didn’t want it to be cut in black so I ungrouped the design.  I then moved the heart to a different place on the mat and cut that out of red Adhesive Back cardstock.

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I hope that I’ve inspired you to try the sketch feature. It’s really quite easy & definitely a lot of fun!

Cari Locken

HI there! I’m Cari Locken from Langley, BC, Canada. I’m a wife and mother of 3 amazing kids! I have been crafting since I was a child and love the creative outlet that this hobby brings to me. My formal training is in the area of music as I have a Masters degree in Music and I am currently teaching Band (to Grades 5, 6 & &) as well as private piano lessons. However I always find time to dig out my scrappy supplies and work on a few projects here & there. I love creating scrapbook layouts, preserving the everyday moments and special memories of our family life as well as creating cards & home decor items . Other than scrapbooking I enjoy spending time watching my children play sports, reading, knitting, photography and cooking. I’m thrilled to be a part of the Silhouette Team!

Designs Used:

Products Used:

adhesive cardstock

sketch pen starter kit

essentials 12 in. x 12 in. adhesive cardstock 16-pack


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  1. I love your layout and I love the technique you used! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Very creative way to use the new background design!

  3. I love everything about this layout! What a great way to use the background, blows my mind! And now I will be looking at how to use other backgrounds differently. Wow. Thank you for sharing this!

  4. I love everything about this layout!!! Thanks for the great tutorial!

  5. Thanks everyone!
    It’s always fun to think of a shape differently so I’m glad that you enjoyed my little ‘twist’! 🙂

  6. Love your layout Cari. Thanks for the inspiration I didn’t know backgrounds could be used in that way. I have just finished my take on your layout and am very pleased with it and I am sure I will try the same technique with other backgrounds now.

    1. Wonderful Ruth. I’d love for you to share you layout with us – perhaps on FB or Instagram? 🙂

      1. I have just added it to the Facebook page.

  7. Love it, Cari! I’ll have to use backgrounds as a page template more often!

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