Friday, March 22, 2013

Free Tip Friday - Two Simple Tips

Today’s tips are a repeat of two tips I shared with the Scrappin’ Queen, Dawn Duntley.   Dawn is the founder of Scrapbook Hoarders Annonymous, a Facebook group for scrapbookers who want to sell unwanted supplies.  It’s a lot like a giant virtual garage sale where each seller posts their own supplies but without having to pay fees to the likes of ETSY, Ebay, YardSeller, or any other group just for the privilege of posting.  The group has 1,550+ members, so if you’re looking for something in particular, chances are you will find it there.

Dawn has another facebook page for her own scrapbook supply company, and she often posts a “Tip of the Week”.  Here are two simple tips I shared with Dawn last September:

How to make your title stand out from the background paper

Have you ever die cut a title and then laid it out on your page only to be less than impressed with the way it looks?  Sometimes die cut titles tend to blend into the background paper especially if the paper has a busy pattern.  To make my titles stand out, I often use a simple outlining technique to create a “shadow” of sorts around my letters.  You can use a black, white, or colored pen to just trace around the edges of all the letters.  You will be amazed at what a difference it makes!

Not the prettiest picture, but you can clearly see the difference the outline makes.

How to hand cut the perfect tag

Have you ever needed to make a tag without using a die cut only to have the tag come out lopsided because you can’t get the angles to match?  To make sure the angled corners are identical, try this trick:  Snip one corner, but flip the cut piece over and use it as a template to cut the other side.  Voila!  Both sides are cut at an identical angle – no more lopsided tags!

Cut off one corner.

Flip the cut piece over and use it for a guide on the other side.

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