LN I do not have a Cameo and I'm sure others will come in and help you more than I can, but thought I would share with you something I found while viewing someones youtube video (I would tell you who's video it was if I could remember sorry). I thought it was a helpful video because she describes how much she really likes the Cameo but to keep in mind it it more of a designers program. She demo 'd CCR and the SCAL and showed almost the same image and if you want a ready to go pattern then Cricut patterns were more favored , but if you like designing on computer then you have endless possibilities. You just have to edit it yourself. I will see if I can find video for you because it may answer your question about layering as well.