Monday, August 31, 2009

Fiskars Lacy Days of Summer Tutorial :)

Tutorial for Fiskars’ “Lacy Days of Summer” Border Punch Photo Mats and Corners


By Janeen Beuchel
*Before you begin, decide about how large you want your photo mat to be and write down the measurements.*



1. Start with a full 12x12 piece of paper In the color that you want your mat to be and a scrap 12” strip of cardstock. This strip will serve as your guide when you cut your mat down to size.
2. Punch along one edge of the scrap strip, making sure to line the edge of the paper up with the edge of the design printed on the punch.

3. Choose one corner of your 12x12 sheet and make one punch on each side of the corner with the edge of the paper lined up with the edge of the design printed on the punch as you did in step 2. It will look like this when this step is completed.
4. Then take your 12x12 sheet and line up what you have punched with the printed design on the punch so that you are punching the design going towards the corner. Only one flower should be showing at the edge of your punch.

Repeat on the second side and when you are finished, it will look like this.



5. Now take your strip that you punched in step two and lay it on top of your 12x 12 page that has been punched and your measurements that you wrote down before you began. In order to get exact photo corners you need to determine how big to cut the paper and the punched strip will help you with this. The sides of your photo mat must be exactly as long as the inverted point exactly between each of the flowers punched. I labeled these points with the arrows in the photos below.



In my layout I wanted my photo mat to be about 10 inches by 10 inches. So to find out my exact cutting measurements I laid out my punched strip and my ruler on my page.

Since I wanted my mat to be about 10 inches long, I went to the point that was next farthest down the ruler from 10 inches, so I will cut my paper to be 10 5/16 inches long, at the mark that I made on the paper in the photo below.

6. Repeat with the other side of your photo mat as described above if the lengths of your photo mat are different sizes. If your photo mats are the same length like mine were, simply measure the length you measured before and cut your paper accordingly. I now have a piece of paper that measures 10 5/16 inches by 10 5/16 inches.
7. Finish punching the rest of your corners by making one punch on each side of each corner with the edge of the paper lined up with the edge of the design printed on the punch as you did in step 3. All 4 corners will look like this when this step is completed.


 
8. Then simply complete the punches between each set of corners. When finished your page will look like this.


 
9. Then take your punched strip and use one of the scallops as a pattern to draw your own scallop in each corner.


 
10. Use your scissors to cut each scallop you drew. When you are finished it will look like this.


 
Now you can use your Lacy Days of Summer photo mat on your layout and embellish as desired. Enjoy!

1 comment:

Ekip2 said...

Awesome tutorial! Thanks - I bet this will make me use my border punches more cuz I love the specialty paper with the pretty edges but not the price of them!

Andrea