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Diecuts are machine cut paper shapes and are a great scrapbooking technique to add interest to your pages. They come in many styles, colors, thicknesses and many are self adhesive. You can use scrapbook diecuts to frame photos, journal on, and/or reinforce the theme of the page. Another scrapbooking technique is to spice up the diecuts. Shade them using chalks or pens and pencils. If the edges are uneven after you press out a diecut just run your thumb nail around the edge. Don't throw away the surround. You can use it as a stencil to make more diecuts, mat a photo or just punch out some shapes. I like to keep some basic shapes among my supplies to fill in gaps if I need them. Basic shapes that may suit several themes include camera, flower, butterfly, sun, or star diecuts.