Friday, October 29, 2010

Proportional Matting

Question from Yesterday: DonnaK asked where I buy Twinkling H2Os. I bought mine at Marco's Paper, a brick and mortar store in the Dayton area. But you can find them at the big craft stores (Michael's, Hobby Lobby, JoAnn's) and buy with a coupon!

Now on to today's post, which hopefully Blogger will post in a timely fashion....

Today's Tip is one of those that, on the one hand, seems like a no-brainer, but, on the other hand, makes life so much easier!

After getting sick of doing the same math over and over, I made a simple, handwritten index card, which I posted on my bulletin board right over my workspace, with a list of dimensions for cutting stamped panels to matte evenly on a standard 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" card. It lists the sizes for cutting panels in quarter-inch increments. (Those of you who live in countries where "standard" is different can easily adapt this idea for yourselves.)

I typed it up for those of you using American measures. Hopefully, you can save it and print it for your own use.


If I cut a 4 1/4" x 3" stamped, panel, for instance, all I have to do is move up a quarter inch to get the measurements for a 1/8" matte all the way around the stamped panel. For a thinner 1/16" matte (as on yesterday's card), it's easy enough to just add 1/8" to the dimensions of the stamped panel.

I hope this makes sense.

And here is a happy CAS card that utilized this little chart.


Design Discussion: Please note how I rooted the flowers in the open space provided by the sentiment. I just love the way that looks!!!!
Supplies
stamps: Shady Tree Studio
ink: Memento
paper: PTI white, SU brilliant blue
accessories: dimensionals.

Personal News: My son Jack, who has high-functioning autism, was released from private occupational therapy Wednesday! After four years, he's finally functionally appropriate for fine motor and hand-eye coordination! YIPPYYYYY! He continues to receive OT through our school district, but this is a wonderful milestone for him to meet...and one less regular therapy session to cart him to! His developmental pediatrician saw Jack yesterday and is blown away by his progress. Jack truly has blossomed in the past six months. He's even one of the best readers in his regular 2nd grade class! Needless to say, we're on Cloud 9 around here right now, and I just had to share!!!

48 comments:

  1. Hey Simplicity, thanks so much for the dimensions! You're right, a no brainer but still makes life sooooo much easier having it written down for reference! Great idea. I was like you in that I was constantly doing the same math over and over and now, thanks to you, I don't have to. I only have the first 3 measurements written down, so thanks again. Love your work!
    www.pawwpadd-caseyspitterpatterchatter.blogspot.com

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  2. Susan, thank you so much for writing up the dimensions! I'm printing it off and putting it right by my paper cutter. I'm always doing this crazy mental arithmetic with fractions and lots of the time, I don't end up with an even matte and have to trim part of it. I can't believe I didn't just do what you did and write it down!

    Great news about Jack! I volunteer at a stable that does riding lessons for kids with disabilities and we do a lot of work with the kids on fine motor skills by getting them to do up the bridle and the girth, groom the horses, use the reins, etc. - it's wonderful when they finally learn to manage it.

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  3. I for one will print these off to have at my work station!!!! Thanks Susan.
    Congratulations Jack.....what a winner, so pleased to hear your good news!
    Now, this card is delish.... I love this little set from Nancy.....her sentiments are beautiful it's on my never ending wish list lol.....we all have them ....right?

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  4. Susan, So happy for your family. Jack's news is terrific...it thankful brings tears to my eyes. Awesome news! Thanks for sharing your struggles, triumphs, and your heart.

    Obviously, all the crafting shares are great too, but it is you and your personal take on things that make me keep coming back each day.

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  5. Susan, Fabulous, fabulous news on Jack!!! So happy for Jack and your entire family. Thanks for the dimensions...will definitely use them!

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  6. love the way that looks too!

    and yay jack! that's amazing news

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  7. WAY TO GO JACK!!!! Great news!
    Thanks, Susan, for the dimensions chart. I'm printing it out and it will have a permanent place on my work table.

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  8. Kudos to Jack!!! Awesome news. Love the card and thanks for the tips. Will print off when we get home.

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  9. Susan, thank you so much for the post. I've printed the chart, and will refer to it often! I'm nearly embarrassed to confess I didn't even think to mat proportionally, which explains why I was always so impressed (but didn't know why) that your matted cards always looked so wonderful. Today's post is a real "duh" moment for me, and I thank you for it. Your card is lovely, and a perfect example of what a difference careful planning can make. And a BIG congrats to Jack! You've all worked so hard to make this happen, and we're thrilled for you. Jack has got to be so proud of himself. A big high five to you, Jack!

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  10. Thank you Sue for repeating what I say to myself too often. Duh, why didn't I think of that. I do measure every single time and am always thinking, okay, if I cut off this much for the first mat, then I cut off this much for the next... I will print out the chart. Love, love, love your blog. You continue to be the #1 in my favorites list. So happy for Jack, AND you. : )

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  11. I am so excited to hear about Jack's progress and success! Yippee!!!!

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  12. Go Ja-ack, Go-ja-ack....picture me singing
    Go-Mom and Dad for you faithful confidence and perseverance. God enormously and extravagantly bless all those who helped Jack in this
    blessings
    patti moffett

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  13. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the dimensions sheet. That is going to be so helpful. And what good news about your son!

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  14. Love your card and what great news about your son!

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  15. Great news about Jack...please pass on my congratulations to him for working so diligently to improve himself....no doubt you had a big hand in it too.
    Absolutely love this card....this is what you were born for!!!! LOL!!!

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  16. First, two thumbs up for Jack-wonderful.

    Love your card-perfect place for those flowers.

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  17. Beautiful card and thanks for the matting cheat sheet, you can bet I printed it right out!

    Way to go Jack, what wonderful news for you all!

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  18. Susan, what wonderful news about Jack!
    Thank you so much for the print-out for matting panels. Making cards without alot of mental math is always a joy.

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  19. GO Jack! I know you must be so happy!!!

    The card is beautiful (of course!) and I've printed that great cutting aid to have handy when I'm matting....Thanks, Susan!

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  20. Great News about Jack!
    Blessings to you and your family.

    P

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  21. Congratulations to Jack (and your family)! Great reward for all the years of therapy. Enjoy your ride on the cloud!

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  22. Great news about Jack. Kudos to your family and his entire team! What a blessing. This certainly belongs in the "Things I'm Grateful For..."

    The card is beautiful. And thanks for the chart.

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  23. What milestone for Jack! You sound so excited and happy, rightly so! Congratulations.
    Thank you for the measurement chart. I need it!

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  24. Thank you! It's so easy to get confused and cut the wrong size. I've been writing down my dimensions, but this is great to have it all in one place. Wonderful to see your family news too. I'm not a stamper, but I love to make cards and love your blog.

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  25. I am so happy to hear about your son. What a blessing. Also thank you so much for the measurements. That will really help a lot.

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  26. Congrats to Jack. It's so good to see great progress. And many thanks for the chart. I'll print it and refer often.

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  27. Great news for Jack (and you). What a joy it must be to see such progress. xx

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  28. Pretty card, and such wonderful news about Jack!!

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  29. I know you are so pleased about Jack! You are in our prayers.

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  30. Congratulations Jack! That is great work.
    Susan, nice card ;)

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  31. Ah I am so thrilled to hear your great news about Jack, even I'm over the moon!

    Really like today's card and do see what you mean about 'rooting the flowers'. Thank you for all the advice you share, you are very generous & like the other bloggers I'm thrilled with your matting chart. Mwah Mwah

    Mary Mac

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  32. very pretty!
    glad to hear your great news on your son!

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  33. Susan, I love how you placed the flowers by the sentiment - great idea!!!

    Congratulations to Jack ~ fabulous!! Way to go!!!

    and to Nick too for his accomplishment with spelling!!

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  34. Thank you so much for the matting information. And congratulations to your son!

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  35. That's terrific for Jack, and of course the whole family. Your little measurement card is brilliant... because you know I just pencil it out EVERY TIME. :P Lovely card, too. :)

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  36. So very nice to hear the good news about your son. I"m happy for you.

    Thank you for the dimensions (printing them out now), and for sharing your card - it's wonderful!

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  37. Susan I LOVE this card and also LOVE the position of the flowers...Its perfect! And I am so happy to read the great news! Blessing to you all...Hugs...Cookie :D

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  38. Just a comment on your news about Jack. So happy for you all. I too, have a son with autism. He turned 21 just a few weeks ago.
    He is about in the middle of the spectrum. He still has some challenges with motor skills and putting pressure on things.
    Wishing you all the best!!
    T. Blue

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  39. Yippee for Jack! And for you all.

    Thanks for the measurements and beautiful card.

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  40. I do like the way the sentiment wraps around your image.

    What great news about your son.

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  41. Wonderful news about your son, Susan. I'll bet that other milestones will be coming in rapid succession now! Love this card. The colors are so crisp and happy and the layout is perfect!

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  42. What wonderful news! I am sure that Jack's progress is due to everyone's hard work and perseverance (including Jack)!

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  43. Way to go Jack!I m really happy for you, i trully believe you have been a big part of his progress...

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  44. Wonderful news about Jack! Congratulations Susan. Thanks for the measurement chart. This will be very helpful.....

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  45. Thanks so much for this awesome chart. What a handy thing to have! :-)

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