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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Thursday Tutorial - Paper Saver Tip!

Hello! Rachel here from Cricut with Heart and today I'd like to share a paper saving tip for cutting photo mats. I was on a Close to My Heart consultant retreat this past weekend, and my friend a fellow team member, Shauna Nuttall, showed me how to get four full 5" x 7" photo mats from one sheet of 12"x 12" paper!

You begin by setting your paper in your cutter and line it up at the 7" mark.

Then pull down the cutter to the 7" mark on the cutting ruler.

Lift the cutting ruler and rotate the paper counter-clockwise, lining it up again at the 7" mark. Pull the blade down again to the 7" mark on the cutting ruler, and you now have your first 5"x 7" photo mat.

Simply repeat the process! Lift the cutting ruler, rotate the paper, line up at 7" and pull the blade down to 7". Now you have your second mat. 

The final cut will get your final two mats! Just lift, rotate, and cut down to 7".

Now you have four photo mats at 5"x 7", and the scrap piece from the middle is 2"x 2"! Easy, huh?

This method will also work for cutting 4 1/2"x 6 1/2" mats by starting out with an 11"x 11" paper and cutting at 6 1/2".  I hope you'll find this tutorial as useful as I did!
Happy Crafting!
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  1. Thank you so much for your tutorial! I love to save paper!

  2. Love, love, love this! Thank you so much :-)

  3. I never would have believed this until I tried it myself. Fantastic paper saver. Thank you!

  4. I love the K.I.S.S. theory....so easy to follow thanks!!

  5. very cool idea!!! I'm going to give it a try and I'll pass it on the my card grp...I subscribe and read all the post but hardly ever comment..only to the onse that I really like and to the ones that are helpful...thanks for sharing

  6. Great tip! I hate having odd shapes of leftover paper!

  7. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing it. Always love paper saving tips.

  8. Great tip Rachel!!! Glad you shared it!

  9. great tip... i totally didnt believe the ath of this til i actually drew it out myself. makes sense that it would work i just had to do the math. lol thanks for sharing!


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