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January 25th, 2009, 12:55 PM
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Sounds like a silly question....but mine never come out perfect and it's bothering me.

Initially I was cutting the pic down to the size I wanted, then trying to cut a mat to be slightly bigger around each edge (and uniform on each size obviously). Then I'd put tape on the pic, and try to drop the pic exactly where it should be on the mat.

Today I tried to tape the pic to the paper first, THEN cut the edges. It seemed to work a little better. But I feel like I should be measuring or something, because it still doesn't come out perfect. One edge might get not completely straight, and if I have to trim it, then that side is less thick than the others. And I just can't trim straight with scissors for the life of me.

Also, maybe I just have a cheap trimmer, but I don't like how mine works. If I want to cut a pic, it doesn't always work to line up with the lines on the trimmer for me to be able to make sure it's straight. Depending on how much I'm cutting, the pic might be off the edge. What kind of trimmers do you guys use?

I hope that made some kind of sense so you know what I'm talking about!
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January 25th, 2009, 01:51 PM
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My trimmer is cheap and I think it's slightly warped, because I have the same issue. I don't mind if they're slightly off though. I cut the pic to where I want it, and then cut it so the mat is 1/4 bigger on all sides (so 1/2 altogether). Then I mount the pic. I'm going to get a different trimmer as soon as I can though.
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January 26th, 2009, 07:03 AM
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I can hardly ever get mine straight, so I just do the best I can. I have a trimmer and cutter from Creative Memories that cuts the paper and pic uneven, go figure.

Just try and get it as close as you can to what you want
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January 26th, 2009, 07:27 AM
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I have a pack of scraps that I bought and as long as my pics are smaller than 4x6, I just use those. I try to make all sides even, but that rarely happens. If they aren't even, I just center as best I can with what I have cut. Usually when my cutter stops making good cuts, it's time to change the blade. I think I have the Fiskars 12x12 cutter. I think I paid $12 for at Joann fabrics (used a 40% off coupon).
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January 26th, 2009, 07:53 AM
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And here I thought yours were all perfect I bet I'm just much more likely to notice mine and not anyone else's. It's something I can definiately spend a little more time on though.

The other thing is getting my letters/words straight. Especially stickers!
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January 26th, 2009, 02:04 PM
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I have a pack of scraps that I bought and as long as my pics are smaller than 4x6, I just use those. I try to make all sides even, but that rarely happens. If they aren't even, I just center as best I can with what I have cut. Usually when my cutter stops making good cuts, it's time to change the blade. I think I have the Fiskars 12x12 cutter. I think I paid $12 for at Joann fabrics (used a 40% off coupon).[/b]
I have a pack of scraps too, that I keep forgetting that I have! lol. I should do that. And I think the ruler/guide thing for the blade on mine is actually warped a little. I've had the cutter for forever and it was fairly cheap, so it's not really surprising.

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And here I thought yours were all perfect I bet I'm just much more likely to notice mine and not anyone else's. It's something I can definiately spend a little more time on though.

The other thing is getting my letters/words straight. Especially stickers![/b]

I have a pencil and I draw guidelines for them! lol. Unless I'm in a mood where I don't care (which happens a lot more often lately).
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January 27th, 2009, 07:58 AM
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I just put my picture onto the paper and then cut the best I can. If I tried to get it straight and even all on four sides I would have no mat at all. LOL
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