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Quick & Easy Tips for Building Borders!

February 10, 2016

Let’s get back to basics, and one of the easiest ways to enhance your pages—borders! Adding a decorated piece to the side of your page adds an easy design element and also allows for a lot of flexibility when adding your pictures to the page. There are so many great ways to make borders, but today I want to share a few tips using some of my favorite tools and products.

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I hope you have all had the chance to use the fantastic Border Maker System. Not only is this tool fun, but it makes it so easy to add perfectly punched edges to your paper.

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When you pair this with our 2″ Border Strips, Pocket Border Strips, and Designer Cardstock, the possibilities become endless!  There are always those occasions you want to go to town with a layout and get fancy, but if you are like me, you also want some ways to get pages done fast! So try these tips for making borders:

  • Measure. Try to keep your finished border to 3 inches wide (or less). That way you will have the rest of your page to add lots of pictures and journaling. Get familiar with the sizes of the strips you will use. The border strips are 2” wide, while the pocket borders are 1 ¼”  wide. Most of the designs that you punch can be cut at 1 1/8” to leave the design centered.

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  • Layer. Think in sets of three’s (odd numbers tend to be pleasing to the eye). I like to use one decorative layer, one punched layer, and one coordinating cardstock layer, cut to the size I need.

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  • Combine. Try using pieces from different collections together and different ways of layering. Use the decorated 2” border strips as your focal point, or switch it up and use the punched borders. Look for colors and themes among the collections. For instance, Playful Primary, Pocket Primary, and School Days all go really well together! Also try Wedded Bliss with the Love Collections. You will be surprised how easy it is once you start layering.

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Then just crop your photos, add your journaling and a title along with your border strip and you are done! A quick, easy, and classy page.

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Ready to give it a try? Grab your tools and collections and give it a go.  Once you get started, you may not want to stop. Make away! The more you do, the more fun you have, and these borders are great to have on hand whenever you are ready to complete pages. Until you are ready for them, just store with the matching collection in the new Multi-pocket Organizer Folders!

– Lauren