How does it all measure up?

Measure twice, cut once. We’ve all heard that saying. And, over the years, I have learned that sometimes, it takes more than two measures to get it right !

There are some measurements that are easy to figure out, but when you get to some fancy folds, or 3D items, you need to get familiar with the smaller increments- and that sometimes can be a challenge. I know it is for me! If you’re new to cardmaking, this handy guide will help you out.

Most of the time, card and scrapbook design measurements in North America are given in inches. It can get tricky when you’re not sure what the tick marks on the Stampin’ Up! paper trimmer mean.

I have been paper crafting for ages, and I still need to count, and recount, before I cut anything that isn’t the typical 1/4 or 1/2 inch measures. The diagram shows the ruler on the Stampin’ Trimmer, which measures to 1/16 of an inch. The 1/16 measure is the shortest, then 1/8”, 1/4”, 1/2” and the one inch mark is the longest. 

To get the straightest cut, I will line up my paper at the top guard, and cut from the bottom up. Using the guard to help hold your paper in place will ensure it won’t wiggle around as you cut. If you prefer, the bottom guard can be used the same way, and then cut from the top of the page to the bottom.

For example: the base layer will be 4 1/4″ by 5 1/2″. The next layer would usually measure 4″ by 5 1/4″, and move in by 1/4 inch successively. But, as always, in cardmaking, it goes by the designer’s eye, and what they like. There’s no hard and fast rule about layer sizes, or what is right or wrong. It’s your project, and whatever you do, is right.

Hopefully this quick measuring tutorial will help you in your creative endeavors. If you need help, or there’s another topic you would like me to explore, please, comment below! I love hearing your feedback.

Happy crafting!

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