Sunday, February 23, 2014

Tips, Tricks and Techniques with Alicia Redshaw

Hi everyone, this month I wanted to share with you how I frame/mat my layouts.  I get asked a lot how to do this without wasting paper and making layouts that weigh a ton.  You can see from this months sketch (below) that it includes a layout frame/mat - which is what inspired my tutorial.

So let's get started with the steps:

1. Place your back frame paper/card in your trimmer lining it up with the 1" mark

2.  Cut from 1" from the top to 1" from the bottom (between the 1" and 11" marks only) - Do not cut the whole way through

3. Repeat on the other three sides - and this is the 1" wide frame you will be left with

4.  Trim background paper/card to 11"x11"

5. Apply tape to all four sides of piece cut in step 4 (no wider than 12mm tape should be used for this)

6.  Peel back both ends of all four pieces of tape and crease (so that they can be seen from the front) - Now apply this to the frame lining-up the sides as evenly as possible (unless you want it to be of square)

7.  Peel the tapes away gently to adhere the layers together

8.  Voila you have matted/framed your page ready to create on

Now before I sign off I just want to share with you a couple of my layouts from 2013 that included this technique.  I also use this technique a lot in my Scrapbooking Classes to save on materials - i.e. get more bang for your buck.  You will see from the samples that they take the technique just that step further with double mats, which just requires an additional piece 3/8'' larger than the centre piece.

This final layout requires quite a bit of measurement alteration, but the results are fabulous - and the outer frame and black centre piece are both from the one piece of cardstock - really saving the pennies here.

Well that is it for my tutorial, and I hope you enjoyed it, and if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me:

Alicia Redshaw


Paula Jennings said...

great tips! Thanks for sharing all those layouts! They're great!

Cara G said...

Love this penny-pinching idea Alicia! And also love all those cute layouts! Great TIP!

Roberta: Mother of 3 said...

Thanks for all of the detailed steps!

Nolene Burnett said...

Alicia, these layout are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. The matting/framing makes a huge difference. I will definitely try that with my next layout.

KarenB said...

Fabulous tutorial! I do this for most of my patterned papers - I cut away the pieces behind photographs etc. It really is amazing how much it saves and how you can stretch those pretty papers across a number of projects :)

Robin said...

Love all your LO's! This tip is a great way to save too!